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La Provence
La Provence

La Provence Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.laprovencerestaurant.com
  • Phone: (985) 626-7662
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Erick Loos IV
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: From New Orleans: Take I10 west to Causeway Blvd. North towards Mandeville, approximately 24 miles. Upon exiting the bridge stay right on
    Highway 190 East. Continue on 190 East approximately 8miles. La Provence will be located on your right side 2 miles past Fountainbleau State
    Park.
A word from La Provence
Country French inspired restaurant. At La Provence, “cooking with heart” means everything. The menu blithely ignores the cutting edge of urban contemporary French food, and instead reflects the time-honored, time-consuming rustic techniques that in turn reflect the rugged earthiness of the ingredients.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "Husband and I met my sister and bro-in-law for dinner Saturday evening and it was wonderful to be able to enjoy a super meal and visit -be able to talk to each other at a normal tone of voice! I hate a noisy restaurant. Our server Micah W was a pro and very pleasent and relaxed. I enjoyed my Whahoo entre but my husband's drum was a bit heavy, like the frying oil wasn't at the right temp (he compared it to a fish stick). Sister got the Market menu and was very satisfied with the pork, bro-in-law said the duck was awesome. Will be back for brunch one day!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I was over the moon. The selection and food quality exceeded my expectations. Really very special."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Wonderful steak and softshell crab were the entrees of choice for my wife and I."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Meal was absolutely incredible. Our server, Courtney, was very knowledgeable and made great recommendations on food as well as wine."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We traveled here with our family, a party of 10. As we entered we were greeted with smiles and a feeling that we were happily welcomed. It was a wonderful dining experience. We were very well cared for, the food was a work of art. I think all of us would recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Family celebrated two events--daughter's 54th, and our 60th wedding anniversary. We have been going to La Provence since 1976. It never fails to be an event. The pate at the start is always a hit. Good bar cocktails, and a limited but reasonable wine list. Entrees were all quite good (the filet being a bit pricy), and desserts & after dinner drinks fine. Will go again, but alas, it's a 100 mile drive from our home. Guess that shows how much we like it. Only minor issue was an annoying hum in one of the room A/C units. Perhaps they will repair that soon."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "This was our 5th trip to La Provence over the past 6 years. It remains extremely consistent, with an unusual and eclectic menu that is superbly put together and served in an quiet, romantic, yet large enough for a substantial group by friendly and an extremely accommodating staff. The menu selections are not as wide and varied as August, but the quality and craftsmanship with which Eric Loos performs his duties is extraordinary. Situated idealistically for anyone residing on the Northshore this is a John Besh restaurant that should be a must visit for the discerning diner. 5 stars and a meal that is guaranteed to exceed expectations."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Half of our meal was quite good but half was not. Avoid the lettuce salad and the monkey bread pudding. The soft shell crab was well prepared as was the puppy drum. That "bread pudding" was essentially a dinner roll turned to cinnamon roll with a spoon of brown sugar on the side with vanilla ice cream. Disappointing"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Worth the drive across the lake if you're visiting New Orleans. The best beef tenderloin I've ever eaten. Everything about this place was excellent. Don't forget to check out the pigs in the backyard. You may be eating one of their brothers!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Been wanting to dine here forever. For my birthday, my daughter chauffeured my husband and me from the southshore so that we could enjoy "beverages". The staff very attentive, but not stuffy. We dined from 7 to 8:30 perfect dining time for two people. Not too fast; not too slow. The complimentary house made pate took me back to a dinner I had in Paris. I had the "salt & pepper, shrimp and watermelon app that had a gazillion flavors and the entree grouper was perfection as was hubby's soft shell crab. And the oysters, well, Ooh La La! A joyful meal right down to the molten chocolate dessert with hazelnut icecream. The ambience is like no other place around here. La Provence was everything I had been dreaming of and more."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Superb meals with outstanding service! Server was familiar with low sodium options. Would recommend highly"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The delicious food and wonderful staff made a birthday dinner fantastic. I had been here before, but not in a while. We were treated like royalty. We will definitely be back!!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "About 45 minutes from New Orleans in an old farm house. Beautiful setting. Great service. Delicious food especially the quail gumbo. Not really much for kids."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "French country inn atmosphere with great food. Father's Day brunch was super and quite reasonable. Always a good experience. Will return."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food here is the best on the Northshore. Quality and consistency is key. The brunch is an amazing deal. Don't pass it up!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We are relatively new to Louisiana and the Norrh Shore and have seen this restaurant on Open Table when looking for places to eat. We saw it featured on a local PBS style show and decided that is where we would celebrate our anniversary. We had high expectations and it did not disappoint. The food was fabulous and the service was perfect. Will definitely be come a favorite dinning escape without the kids."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "My wife and I and another couple dined here Saturday night. Three of us had the fixed price three course market menu, which included a chilled corn soup, pork blade steak and a peach dessert with Steen's syrup cookie crumbles. The corn soup was a grand slam home run. Unbelievable combination of flavors!!! The peach dessert was a solo home run. The pork blade steak was excellent as well. My friend that didn't get the market menu had the rack of lamb and said it was excellent. We also had the sweet pea ravioli and oysters ooh la la appetizers and they were great. Outstanding meal and will definitely return."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We had reservations for 8:30 but flight arrived late into New Orleans -- so we asked them to push it back -- They stayed open for us and gave outstanding service even although we were so late that we were the only ones in the restaurant. Food reminded me of France-- from the Pate and toast at the beginning. Seafood was excellent and I highly recommend the pork ( they raise their own pigs). The quality of LA Provence is well worth the effort to drive into the country."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We loved La Provence to celebrate a graduation! The house is beautiful, and we loved going to see the pigs out back. Our server was very personable, and the food, exquisite! The torched peaches were unreal! We also loved the cocktails... yum! Thanks for a wonderful evening! "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "I once dined in a small country restaurant in France (near of Dijon), which was in a non-touristy area, way out in the woods. Someone I knew who lived in the area took us there. It had a cozy ambience, exposed beams, clay tile floor, hanging copper pots, and an intimate feel. I took lots of photos. We actually cooked our own meat course which consisted of thinly sliced meats (beef, chicken, veal) which we seared (with the help of long forks) on clay tiles with burners beneath that were brought to our table (one tile per 4 diners, so it was a communal thing). Whenever I go to LaProvence it makes me think of that restaurant."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "This was always our anniversary place when we lived in Slidell, LA. After 11 years in Florida we had the chance to go back and relive some great dining memories. Chef Chris is no longer with us, but Mr. Besh has kept the ambience and flavor that was this restaurant's tour de force. The crab bisque served in a canning jar was scrumptious! The soft shell crab was presented well and totally enjoyable. The best beginning is still the Pate du Foie Gras and toast! I hope we don't wait another 11 years to visit again. So glad John added a new room in the back, it is the perfect place for a private party."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "I loved everything about this restaurant... We drove up and saw pigs grazing and beautiful produce growing right behind the building. The restaurant is a charming rustic building with low beamed ceilings and ceramic floors, beautifully decorated. It was very romantic. When we sat down we were served toast and rich, delectable paté. The wine list was very reasonable, and the menu has a $28 fixed price option (but we opted for the a la carte menu). We got the salt and pepper shrimp salad and the oysters on the waitress's recommendation (both amazing). For our main courses we ordered the lacquered duck and the escolar. Both were fantastic, but the escolar was one of the most delicious dishes I've ever had. For dessert: get the monkey bread!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We like to dine at La Provence on Sunday afternoon! Depending on the time you get there, you can order off the brunch or dinner menu. In any case, the Restaurant is quiet so you get full attention of the wait staff and kitchen. One of the best restaurants around the New Orleans area for a leisurely dinner on a Sunday."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Begining with a complimentary pate and ending with a delicate dessert, all of the food here is fresh and fantastic!! The chef is a true artist. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We had brunch at la Provence in Feb 2014 and enjoyed it. The second time, last week (May 2014) was disappointing because the food was mediocre this time. One first course was too salty, one person's main course (fried soft-shell crab) was too oily (seemingly fried in low-heat oil). Given this experience, I don't think we will drive again 90 min. from Baton Rouge to this restaurant."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "My wife and I have been here on many special occasions and every time the food and service has never failed to be outstanding! This is by far, my wife's favorite restaurant."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "It's almost as if your wish is their command. We dined with another couple and the service was fantastic... We had a food allergy that was taken very seriously and accommodated perfectly. We were lamenting a desert that used to be on the menu and our server offered to check with the kitchen to see if they could offer it to us and they did! It was delicious, as usual. The service is always top notch at La Provence and the food is always fresh, seasonal, and inventive. Worth noting, you can purchase the pâté to go and bring a little flavor of France home with you. Looking forward to our next evening at this lovely restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Food was excellent all around. Not inexpensive but worth the price especially for a special occasion. Will definitely return"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We had early dinner on Sunday. The ambience, food and service were above and beyond. We plan to return soonest!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "All of John Besh's restaurants are excellent, but in our opinion this is the very best. It's well worth the drive -- nearly 50 miles from our house. Even with all the other great New Orleans restaurants close by, we dine at La Provence at least 2 or 3 times each year."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "It's just refreshing to find a gem like this that wants to serve your needs. My wife and I are celebrating our 7 year anniversary I have a history of not picking great restaurants but my wife complimented me on knowing just what she wanted .... quiet romantic and french... "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "If at all possible, whenever my wife and I travel east, we plan an overnight to have dinner at Chef Besh's North Shore gem. We have never been disappointed with the food or service. Each time we go, we can't wait for our next visit. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "This is one of the best in SE Louisiana! We had a couple of vegetarians in our group and the chef designed something perfect for them after discussing their preferences with them. Farm out back for fresh local ingredients, chef buys from local farmers too. So yummy my teenager said she'd marry her entree if she could (she's usually very picky). Highly highly recommend!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The ambience is wonderful; we love the more casual atmosphere at a restaurant that serves very upscale food. This was our second trip, and 3 of 4 of us really enjoyed everything that we had. My husband was disappointed in the oysters appetizer (didn't taste well-seasoned and it was a lot of bread crumbs to not season well) and, his fish was good, but not what he'd expected after our first eating experience at La Provence was out of this world. My pea ravioli appetizer with egg yolk was delicious, and my lamb shank meal was also really good. We'll definitely be back, but be aware the more adventurous dishes seem to be the better tasting, rather than pan fried fish and oysters with breadcrumbs."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Too expensive for the quantity and quality but Courtney was great"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We went to celebrate a birthday in honor of my brother's birthday and were extremely pleased on all counts. Our waitress was attentive; our food divine. From A to Z all went well. Thanks."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Has been many years since our last experience here. Change hands since but to a prominent nNew Orleans chief . Should at least match the past or that of the new owner. It did neither. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "After planning a road trip through Lousiana we discovered La Provence on Top Chef and knew we had to check it out. It was one of the most awesome meals I have eaten in my little foodie life. The smoked shrimp appetizer I still haven't been able to get out of my head. For anyone going to New Orleans or surrounding area this place is a must!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Love LaProvence, super romantic experience. Really worth the drive across the lake. Only thing wish they offered a more reasonably priced Riesling."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We went to the North Shore of the Lake specifically to try La Provence, which I read about 40 years ago in "Gourmet" magazine. The food was fine, the menu limited. The service was eccentric, and certainly not what I expect in NOLA. Overall, not what I would hope from a Chef Besh restaurant. I would not go back. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014