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Provence - Carrboro
Provence - Carrboro

Provence - Carrboro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://provenceofcarrboro.com
  • Phone: (919) 967-5008
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30 - 2:00
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
    Brunch on Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Baptist Knaven
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Provence Restaurant in Carrboro is the place to celebrate a birthday, wedding, rehearsal dinner, anniversary, or retirement party. The romantic setting in the forty seat dining room can easily be transformed to accommodate a business meeting or pharmaceutical presentation.
  • Private Party Contact: Baptist Knaven (919) 967-5008
  • Special Events & Promotions: Every Tuesday, we off all of our wines by the glass for half price, and serve several special appetizers. Every Wednesday is Date Night in Provence, with a $30 special menu including an appetizer, entree, and dessert.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: North Greensboro Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Provence offers a private parking lot behind the restaurant. This lot is accessible via our driveway from Weaver Street.
A word from Provence - Carrboro
Provence has seen only few changes over the last 10 years. And since the change of ownership in 2012 by Chef Baptist Knaven you’ll still find all of your classic favorites such as the beautiful Sole Meunière and Whole Fish baked in Rock Salt, as well as the Onion Soup and Lobster Bisque on the menu.
Chef Baptist came to the United States about 10 years ago and has earned his accolades in the U.S. at his very successful Mediterranean restaurant “Café Zito” on the North Carolina coast, until he moved to the Triangle and started working at Provence. Working with Felix Roux, a Provence, France native, gave him the edge in classic French cuisine and that is what his menu is based on.
Enjoy a casual dining atmosphere, inside or out-, with an impressive French and international wine selection. Enjoy our great seasonal salads and entrées, and choose from our all in-house made desserts like Pain Perdu and Chocolate Fondant.
Bon Appétit!
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Diner Reviews
  • "We found this last minute on open table and everything was excellent from the bread to the appetizers to the fish. What a great find."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "Not too busy or loud, outside seating is lovely. Food was excellent with good variation, waiters friendly."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Service and food were excellent . The grilled lamb ribs were cooked perfectly for my taste and my husband enjoyed the salad"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "We chose Provence for our wedding anniversary dinner and we were very glad that we did. Food, service and wine were excellent. We are looking forward to returning soon."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Inside is kind of formal with white table cloths... but it still felt somehow not intimate at all. The outside patio looked much nicer, but it was a too hot to sit outside. The onion soup I had was delicious. I also had lobster over risotto - the lobster was salty and a bit overcooked, but still tasted alright. I disliked the sepia risotto - it had cuttlefish in it, I think. It wasn't creamy, so the texture was strange, and I honestly found the black color (I think from the ink) to be disconcerting. There was also unexpectedly shrimp in the risotto even though it wasn't in the menu. Dessert (ice cream in puff pastry with ganache) was tasty, but difficult to eat - the ganache was very hard. Staff was very nice - no complaints about service."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "What can I say, it was an excellent experience. Service, food, ambience, all were perfect!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I have been dining at Provence since it opened (which is longer ago than the current website indicates). The food has always been excellent, but in the early days the wine selection (especially by the glass) was terrible for a French restaurant. The new management has solved that problem, and there is now a fine selection, by the glass and by the bottle. They have also wisely kept some old favorites (two preparations of escargot, the fish prepared in salt, the fish mixed grill), but added some new ones (a fine seared foie gras appetizer and a wonderful lobster risotto). And the use of local vegetables definitely showed in the salad."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We've lived in the area less than 3 years and finally went to Provence after hearing so many great things about this little gem. The food, service and ambience is wonderful. It was my husband's birthday and Provence was a terrific place to celebrate. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Our group of four were very impressed with Provence. The staff were friendly and gave us service that we would expect from a restaurant of this type. Dinner was excellent and all of us enjoyed the very well prepared and presented food. One of our group is a wine fanatic and he was impressed with their cellar. Yes, we will be back and will tell friends about Provence. It was a grand evening."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "My husband and I had Saturday brunch at Provence. It's a sweet little "French style" restaurant, right in the middle of Carrboro, NC. The courtyard is an awesome place to people-watch and the interior is cozy and European. Our server was fantastic and the food couldn't be better. The escargots, crepes, and quiche were all delicious, and the wine list was good as well. The location is across the street (diagonally) from Weaver St. Market, so it's a nice place to eat before grocery shopping. We will return!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We decided to have Saturday Brunch/Lunch at Provence at the last minute. We were very happy that they were able to accommodate us on short notice. Under the new ownership the dining experience and the food have been getting better and better every time we visit. Now being open for Lunch and Brunch on the weekends is wonderful. The food is quintessential French or Mediterranean bistro and its great. Scallops and smoked pork belly for me, chilled wild mushroom and truffle soup for my wife - yum. Smoked Salmon Benedict and Crepe with brie, pear and spinach - fantastic. And Oh..the beignets with chocolate sauce and raspberry coulis are to die for!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "My wife and I have been dining at Provence for as long as it has been open. Almost 10 years. We simply love it. There is no place in the triangle where we would rather dine."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Not only did we enjoy a delicious meal (outstanding), but the service was impeccable. My husband and I split a salad, and the kitchen kindly split it before bringing to the table. Our waitress (I think Kim) was incredibly knowledgeable about the menu and very professional. Pierre, the manager, checked on us several times during our meal. The outdoor space was so quaint and lovely. This was certainly an excellent experience and I highly recommend!!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Marvelous, as usual. They placed us at our favorite table in a corner in the bar and made sure that our favorite dessert was available."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "consistently a great meal, ambiance and excellent service"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Service was attentive, food was delicious. The dessert (Kahlua ice cream was wonderful - I was tempted to lick the dish)"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We are pleased with our meals every time we come. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The dinner was lovely. The wine superb. Pierre is the best. He made sure we had great service and supported his wait staff beautifully"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "This was the first time we went to Provence having recently moved to Chapel Hill from NYC. The dinner was delicious, the service was right on without being over bearing. The "house" that Provence is in was charming. We have been trying restaurants in the area and this was by far the best. Definitely on our "let's go back" list."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "One of the few French restaurants in the area, Provence is a landmark in the dining scene for the town nicknamed "Paris on the Piedmont". It is a rare white-tablecloth type of atmosphere (although the patio is less formal), and a nice opportunity to enjoy a romantic dress-up night out. Although parking is very convenient, it is a gravel lot so high heels are not really practical. The restaurant itself is small and intimate, occupying a former house. Nice wine selection."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We got the fish sampler, muscles, salad and risotto. For 2 of us sharing everything it was too much food! Very tasty, but could use more garlic. I threw my no dairy policy out the window - impossible at the place with butter and cheese in most of the dishes. It was worth it! They do not do gluten free options."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This restaurant is as good as it gets in my view. EVERYTHING about it is special. It is my restaurant of choice in this area when I wanted a evening of fine dining with excellent service and ambience."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We had lunch here the other day and ordered the hamburgers, medium well. (Yes, I know, it's not French, but . . . one of us is gluten-free and they don't have much GF choice in their entrees) They came out raw in the middle. They tasted fine but were a bit on the greasy side, as were the fries. Stick to the croques (if you're not GF)."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Escargot was much to heaviy garliced. The worst ever in my experience. Several of the mussels were empty. We like this restaurant a lot but this was the worst meal I have had there. Others in the party were pleased with their food."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We went to Provence for my husband's birthday per recommendation of a friend. The wine list had some interesting options. Our salads were quite nice. The room is not what I'd expect for a French restaurant. It reminded me more of a Southern kitchen, but still it was clean, light, and airy. Our entrees were fine. All in all, we had a pretty good meal."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "my bloody mary was perfect. the coffee was great( i had 4 cups ). the brunch selection was extensive. our waitress was excellent. the brunch itself was one of the best i ever had. we will definitely being returning"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "It was a quiet, cool night perfect for outside dining - service was very good - three of the four dinners were excellent, one dinner (which was the special) was not special…….overall experience was excellent though!!! Enjoyed the evening!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Nice selection of French-inspired cuisine in a low-key quiet environment. Convenient parking."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We've eaten here several times and the food is consistently excellent and the staff are very accommodating. Recommended."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Had a wonderful Brunch on 6/28/2014. Perfect spot for a couple to just sit and visit and enjoying fine dining. Not rushed, and well served. Will return for sure. D"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite restaurants in the area. We eaten dinner there many times. This is the first time we tried the brunch. Great food and wonderful service. We'll definitely be back again."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Excellent service, had the pork chop and my wife had lamb chops, both were well presented and were very good."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I always tend to order fish because, in the past, they offered the widest array of choice with often up to 5 different kinds, all fresh. But, they were out of the whole fish special, and no more sole almondine, for a while. Got the 4 sampler; less than impressed. Should have gotten the duck breast or the filet! Escargot with roquefort was outstanding though; as was the wine, until we ordered a second bottle of the white burgundy to learn they were out of that , too. Provence salad with dijon vinaigrette was awesome, too."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "In the Chapel Hill one asks: "what's the best place to go if you don't choose the Inn at Fearrington?" Provence in Carboro was on everyone's short list of 4-5 recommended alternatives. It is a pleasant small restaurant, friendly, with good food and, if the weather cooperates, an outdoor eating option. The menu is, as you'd expect, mostly French and the wine list is in the same category. The cooking is certainly above average, but not much that is memorable. The chef knows what he's doing, but one wishes for the extra something that would make the dishes memorable. Example: Tournedos done perfectly, but the sauce and the rest of the plate was only average. Vichyssoise good, but thin. I'd go back, but hope the chef keeps experimenting."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Our family of 6 adults enjoyed a delicious, beautiful brunch at Provence on Father's Day. Our server was skilled, knowledgeable, attentive, fun, and did a great job in joining in the banter of our group. We were seated on the porch. Loved the location but the table was a bit small for 6 adults. Other than that, our experience was perfect!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food and the service are great! Very nice menu."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We have been dining at Provence for many years and it has always been very special. It is our "go to" place when we have guests visiting from out of town or when we just want a delicious meal. The manager greeted and seated us at our table in the bar area, which I requested when making the reservation. It is quiet, cozy and beautiful with murals on all walls. We all ordered drinks, which were well prepared. The bread was wonderful as were our escargot baked in roquefort. The lobsters were delicious as were the rack of lamb and tournedos of beef. Grand Marnier creme brulee, tarte tartin and ice cream du jour were a great way to end the meal. Wines recommended were also very good and complemented our dinners perfectly."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We always have a wonderful dining experience at Provence. We enjoy the atmosphere and the personnel. Escargot are well prepared. Wine list pairs well with the food. Presentation adds to the dining experience."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Food was delicious, wonderful service, perfect restaurant for our birthday celebration."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I went to the restaurant with my husband and we had a wonderful experience! Great food, friendly service, a lovely place"
    Dined on 6/7/2014