Provence - Carrboro
Provence - Carrboro

Provence - Carrboro

  • 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: Mediterranean, French
  • 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 9199675008x
  • Special Events: Every Wednesday is Date Night in Provence, with a $30 special menu including an appetizer, entree, and dessert. Once a month, we host a wine dinner with a special guest from the wine industry. Sign up for our newsletter to stay informed of all upcoming events: info@provenceofcarrboro.com

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 12 years. And since the change of ownership in 2012 by Chef Baptist Knaven and his business partner Jerry King, you’ll still find all of your classic favorites such as the beautiful Trout Provencal 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 in 2003 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 Profiterole.
Bon Appétit!
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Provence - Carrboro reviews from OpenTable diners
121 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (94)special occasion (79)neighborhood gem (73)great for outdoor dining (72)romantic (64)notable wine list (45)great for brunch (37)great for lunch (31)good for groups (13)late-night find (3)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Shep1234
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Last minute reservation and wanted to try something new. Food was great! Nice wine list. Would love to try their wine pairing dinner next time. Will dine there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Galloway
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    We had a special occasion lunch to plan and had been introduced to Provence on a Food Tour. Very glad we selected Provence. Everything we had was good, freshly made, and the chocolate-orange torte was (gluten free) was out of this world. We were able to sit and talk for a long time without feeling rushed. Wonderful experience. We did not make use of their wine list, but it appears to be extensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected
    hopeful
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    I have passed the restaurant many times and had no idea from the outside how good it was inside for food, atmosphere and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie!
    Tomas
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    First time at this restaurant. Simply exceptional. Great fresh seafood!! Excellent service....... From the salad to the entrée to the homemade desserts - no complaints what so ever. Will be back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super good
    marcia
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    I have been there for lunch but never dinner. We had a select dinner (eager to get to Playmakers) but it was all dellcious. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    anonymous
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    One of the best restaurants around here. Absolutely loved it and would recommend fully!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent all the way around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Been to Provence three times now and have had nothing but great food and great experiences each time. The Mediterranean Sea Bass was one of the best I have had. Service was also fantastic and the atmosphere is quaint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • internationaldiner
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Excellent and interesting menu, excellent service, very pleasant dinner for our family of four.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite Place
    Steven
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We go to Provence 3-4 times a year usually on a special occasion. This time was our wedding anniversary. We had the restaurant specialty - whole fish (sea bass I believe) baked in salt (for 2). The fish was fileted at the table and served. The fish was incredibly tender/fleshy and served with a homemade hollandaise and rice pilaf plus vegetables. Dessert were a snowball sized profiteroles for each of us. Service was attentive. I add that we have tried most of the dishes and can recommend them all. Cheers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth it
    chapelhillfoodie
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Had a lovely crepe and glass of white at La Provence earlier this week. Very nice ambiance, great service and most importantly the food was true to it's name. The bread was crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle. Crepe was prepared properly and service was non invasive. Wine list was extensive. Looking forward to going back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brunch
    BillVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    A nice, small restaurant with a "family owned" feel. The service was outstanding and they never let my coffee cup or water glass get empty. The portions are on the small side, but prices are reasonable. Wide selection on the Sunday brunch menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great date spot
    Enp0412
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My wife and I had a great date night out here. The food was absolutely spectacular and the service was impeccable. I highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I like this place
    Johnnysgoodfind2
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I've always been a fan of French cuisine and I was not disappointed with Provence. Our second time there and this time we brought three others who also enjoyed their visit. We'll be back yet again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Food
    LoveToDine
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The menu had many delicious and unusual options. The atmosphere was perfect for a pleasant, leisurely lunch. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great ambiance, great food
    camille102
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Though the menu is small, this restaurant had AMAZING food. And the desert is great. The service is very friendly and professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    yumm
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Romantic atmosephere, great food. Very loud at dinnertime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too much, No touch
    Guston
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The previous owners of this restaurant were French and knew how to prepare and serve a good French meal - great preparation, measured presentation, modest portions, perfect course timing. The new management does not understand this. The food is often the same dishes as before, but it is not prepared as well, seasoned as carefully, and is generally less tasty. Plus, the helpings are American Big Mac quantity rather than proportional to a meal of stages and courses. Too bad. Provence used to be a special place to eat. Now is is a so-so restaurant with no real distinction. In the Chapel Hill market it is low second tier. I do not plan to return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Fish
    SouthernGal
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great restaurant with great selection of fresh fish and wines
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evening at Provence
    Sparky
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Immensely enjoyed dinner. Found greeting a bit lukewarm especially when we had to change our seating arrangements. We could have been treated more graciously. Server very good. Fish cooked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Almost perfect
    tymelyronVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Really enjoyed our dinner there, outside seating was lovely and food was great, including the lobster soup and snails for appetizer, and trout and seafood of the day quartet. Indoor seating looked cute too. Only problem was it took forever to get our check, as the credit card machine was not working properly; management was very apologetic, hopefully will not be a problem in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • quaint and romantic
    kitty
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    the outdoor patio with water fountain and comfy dining chairs was the perfect setting for my sisters birthday. the food was okay, a bit overpriced, wine also, so not a place i'd go on a regular basis. the staff was not overly friendly but professional enough.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent French food in Carborro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We were very pleased with the rack of lamb and the duck. Both were prepared perfectly and the sides were delicious. The staff was very attentive and we had a lovely dinner experience on the outdoor patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Europe in Carrboro
    afoodie
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The best dining experience in the Triangle. It is a scrumptious piece of Europe right in our own backyards. Each dish is thoughtfully planned, prepared to perfection, and served by an attentive and caring staff. Their menu is diverse and worth your review. I have been there many times and never tire of trying something new, in addition to repeating favorites. No matter what you select, you can't go wrong at Provence.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely brunch
    visitingdiner
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This is a charming french restaraunt! We sat inside but I wished we had known about the great outdoor, front yard seating. WE will have to go back! The bunch has an excellent menu. We all enjoyed our meals. The coffee was a very good French Roast and the french baquette and butter were perfect. WE will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fantastic food and ambiance
    MaLu
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I'm so glad we found this place. We loved the food, ambiance and service. The four fish dish was delicious. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Provence has been well known in the area for several years. It is located in a quaint yellow house with outside dining in the yard. The dining room is not expansive so the noise level is low. There are also four dining tables in the bar. I would not call it classic French food but there is a French flair and many French wines. We had a wonderfully attentive waiter who was able to explain all of the menu items in detail
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal ever
    Brooklyn
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Everything was perfect . . . including the weather, which made outdoor dining a pleasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A good French restaurant
    BernieVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Overall a very good restaurant with a French theme. Whole fish encrusted in salt was cooked to perfection. Service was perfect. Risotto excellent as well. A do not miss restaurant if in town
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect fish
    Mmmmnc
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Batiste is a fish artist. My favorite whole fished baked with rock salt. Cleaned table side. Fish lovers should take whole fish on plate. Other favorites escargot, 4 fish sampler, wine parings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a wonderful meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Four of us dined at Provence last night. We had the lobster, duck, and lamb. Everyone loved their entree! Great selection of wines. Don't skip the desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant in Carrboro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I lived in France for 18 years and this is some of the best Southern French food I have had.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Provence in the Piedmont
    Randy
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great food and service. The menu was small but diverse. Roasted beet salad was very good. The speckled trout (sea trout) was outstanding as was the lobster over shrimp risotto.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for lunch
    Like2dine
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was delicious with great presentation . My friends both had wine which they enjoyed. Will go back later and enjoy the outdoor seating when the weather is cooler. Limited parking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mark
    Mark
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We stopped for lunch at Provence a few days ago. The food was excellent and obviously prepared with care. The menu reflected a desire to be creative even when serving the most basic fare. Our waiter was friendly, helpful. and knowledgeable without being overbearing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly Outstanding
    RogerWVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We went for dinner on a Monday and were absolutely astounded as to the quality of the kitchen. Everything was simply fantastic, the food, the service and the wine. The wine list has many very good wines at quite reasonable prices. Provence just seems to keep getting better and better!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food surpasses 5 stars
    DineomightyVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food and service were beyond expectations and worthy of six stars. Only suggestion I have is decor is dated and could use minor facelift. Surprised that restaurant wasn't more full!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique cuisine
    luckylunch
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Fish Baked in crusted salt served with hollandaise sauce, exquisite! It was the first time at this restaurant for my friends. They loved it, said it was the best fish they had ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • VaGrant
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Delicious,well seasoned French cuisine. Highlights of our meal were the scallop with pork belly appetizer, mussel chowder, rack of lamb and a wonderful seafood entree that features 4 types of fish with 4 different sauces/preparations. We will definitely visit again next trip to chapel hill!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding
    FirstVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for brunch!
    mcc2
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Not too busy or loud, outside seating is lovely. Food was excellent with good variation, waiters friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate