Cafe Provencal - Williamsburg

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$30 and under
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French
Nestled in the heart of the Williamsburg Winery, the Cafe Provencal offers fine dining in a relaxed and friendly setting. Chef David McClure uses only the freshest of local ingredients to create his signature dishes inspired by his classical French training.
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.4
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4.3
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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was great. Nice and quiet. Food was lacking selection on the room package. Was very disappointed in not being able to order off the regular menu. The dishes we had were so so. The Room was nice and quiet.

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Finediner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a surprise birthday party for my wife at Cafe Provencal. Risa, the manager, went above and beyond to make sure that our evening was extra special and that every detail was attended. The food and service were outstanding. It was truly an experience that we will never forget.

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GilG
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food tasted wonderful and the presentation was a true work of art. The staff were all frendly, courteous and knowledgeable. They made the experience one we look forward to having again.

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noname
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Unfortunately there were tables of loud diners. It is a small room and noise carries. Otherwise always a great experience.

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Jessie
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

It’s almost impossible to find the restaurant on the property or even in the Inn. They were very kind when our table wasn’t ready and offered us a glass of wine. Every staff member was personable and nice. The ambience is dated and tired. The food was beautiful to look at but fell short of the overly expensive price tag.

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AdamH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

For a nice quiet Valentines dinner with my wife and I, it was spot on. I think it might become a yearly event for just the two of us.

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GillS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience3

We went for Valentines prix fixed dinner. Our dinner reservation was at 6:30 by 8:00 we were not even close to being served our entree. The pork belly in our soup was so fatty my husband could not properly chew it or swallow it. His scallop appetizer was undercooked. We were excited about the entree’s we picked, petite fillet stuffed with lobster. Well when they finally arrived almost 2 hours after being seated the lobster was so undercooked it could not be eaten and the middle of the fillet was raw, it was the same with my husbands. It was so disappointing! I had not been there for some time so I don’t know what has changed but would not go back any time soon at this point. We generally dine at Cochon or Fat Canary for special occasions so will definitely go back to those.

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vipJeff
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful cooking and generous portions for such high quality food. Ambiance is tops. Service was exceptional. A great dining experience here on several occasions which has made this a dependable and predictable special evening every time. The restaurant is amongst the best you can find anywhere.

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vipJenny
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a fantastic experience. The service was impecable and the food was amazing. It is a bit pricey but it is well worth it!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Server very nice but slow and clueless regarding menu. Salad boring, oversold, overpriced would not order again. Short rib meal very tasty but fatty. Scallops were tasty, charcuterie selection very good.

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Blossom
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Everyone's food was lukewarm and portions for one diner were extremely small for the price - especially the butternut squash soup. There was not enough waitstaff for the five tables dining when we were. Only one person; the hostess had to jump in. Not good.

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vipHarryB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Open Table should have notified us about the price fixe menu. It was awful and we paid $300 plus tip. Thank goodness for the bread and wine. The service/waitress was incredible. It was a tough night for the wait staff. We weren’t the only ones having a problem. Honestly the only food that tasted good was the bread and the desert. Shame on you Open Table and Cafe Provencal.

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AlisaB
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Open Table did not provide the New Year's Eve details concerning set menu, price, etc. We were surprised to find out upon being seated that there was no menu and only one price. That should have been advertised. The meal was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really appreciated Amber's attention to detail and delightful sense of humor.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Provencal never disappoints. The small dinning area provides a quiet, intimate place to have a relaxed unhurried meal. The Christmas Day dinner was excellent with a well thought out limited menu. The wine pairing option was very good. The service is always exceptional and Christmas Day was no exception. The owners of the Williamsburg Winery came to each table to thank customers for dinning with them which was an unexpected and a treat.

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OpenTable Diner
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fabulous food and wine for a great Christmas Eve dinner.

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Cory
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant dining experience with exceptional food. Would return again and again.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service. Totally worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The menu is limited but we respect the benefit of doing a few options right. Often having a larger selection results in mediocre results. We ordered the chicken and scallops entrees which were tasty. We wanted to order only local wine but ended up with the Williamsburg Cabernet based on server recommendation that is bottled locally with outsourced grapes. It was lovely. The service and atmosphere was superb. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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johnmac62
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an outstanding dining experience. I will recommend it to all

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was incredibly helpful and accommodating

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JessF
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the welcome to the seating to the low noise to the food to the service to the attentiveness of staff and friendly, but not invasive, interactions with our waiter....outstanding in every respect. Well worth the price.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Waited too long
Barely saw waiter
Water glasses not refilled
Food not cooked properly

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vipDavidC
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Creative, delicious cuisine with excellent service.

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Prowler1
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

good service, food portions were small for the price

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healysf
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our first experience at this restaurant. Absolutely one of the best dining experiences we ever had. The food was simply outstanding. The presentation, the quality of the food, the variety and creativeness of the entrées appetizers and desserts was simply exquisite. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is in the Williamsburg area. It is worth the trip to this restaurant for the Experience in the food. And to top it off the quality of the wine from the winery was as good as the quality of the food. We will definitely be making it a point to go back

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LauraD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Saturday night, party of 6. Waited over 90 minutes for food after we ordered. Restaurant NOT crowded.
Server apologized that kitchen had been trying to serve four tables at once. Four. Overwhelmed by four tables ordering at the same time? Once food arrived, only those who ordered the chicken enjoyed their entrees. Short ribs were extremely fatty and unappetizing. Veg ratatouille entree offensively tiny -- maybe 6 bites of vegetables and far smaller than a side salad at most restaurants. Several of us had to stop at the grocery store to buy food to eat at home once we returned, hours later than we had hoped. None of us will be back.

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viptrigger
Denver
55 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an outstanding dinner with excellent service. It was very pleasant to be out away from the town and to enjoy the quiet.

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Diane
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

There were 5 of us. The Chicken, the Scallop and the Charcuterie plate was very good. The Rattatouille was pitiful! Overpriced for what it was and it was just prepared wierdly. All the vegetables were soft except carrots which were barely cooked. Very little flavor and I came away still hungry. In the beginning we had to ask to order wine before ordering for our meal as she didn't ask about drinks and instead went right into asking us if we were ready to order our meal. We had 3 desserts. The puffs were fine, the chocolate dome was fine...the goat cheeescake was terrible. Had a gelatin texture and a very hard cookie underneath. For $11 the expectation was something that at least tasted something more like a quality cheesecake. Oh...and we had to wait about 20 minutes for our dessert. We were ready to leave and call it quits when they arrived. Needless to say we won't be back or recommend this restaurant to our friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our Birthdays and new retirement status. It was lovely and memorable.

MR
vipMaryannR
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

A little disappointing. A scallop entree was undercooked. Rockfish In bouillabaisse was over cooked. My butter poached lobster salad came with grilled and not poached lobster. Good but some flaws in the kitchen on our visit.

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I was visiting my sister from California who recently moved to Williamsburg and we both visited the Williamsburg Winey then had dinner at Cafe Provencal. The ambience is much like French Provence and the restaurant has a creative and interesting menu. The food was great, we both had swordfish with a beet and duck starter. The service is attentive and pleasant and the wine list is varied. All in all a terrific experience which I would highly recommend.

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AlexC
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cafe Provençal is a great place to eat if you’re looking for a delicious/spectacular meal. They are self described as a “casual fancy restaurant” and they definitely deliver. The food was amazing (get the lamb if they have it!!!), the service was above expectation, and the wine is wonderful. If we are ever back in that area we will definitely return.

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vipemmo
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Mixed reviews. An elegant setting. Service wonderful. Vegetables undercooked . Specifically asked for nothing spicey and risotto quite spicey. Vegetables provided as a substitute but took quite awhile. Lamb excellent. Steak more done than requested. Desert lacklustre.

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RobertM
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Provencal is always a wonderful, unique experience. Food was superb; service couldn’t have been better. Craig was a wonderful server, as he has been for us each time in the past. We are from out of town, but always have dinner at Cafe Provençal when we come to Williamsburg.

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vipWill
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Provençal was a perfect end to a busy afternoon. Calm and comfortable surroundings and view, beautifully executed (if not innovative) dishes. Best of all, a chance to try Williamsburg Winery’s great wines at essentially retail bottle prices. Great food, wine, atmosphere, service and value.

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Shake258
Montreal
11 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fantastic really good and recommend to everyone who like great wine

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EngTchr
Richmond
31 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was very quaint and relaxing. Our waiter was excellent— very attentive and knowledgeable. The cheese and charcuterie tray was amazing. My diver scallops were perfect and my wife’s filet mignon was as good as it gets. Thanks for making my birthday exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super belated anniversary. Our waitress was sweet as can be & gave us complimentary coffee & a glass of wine before dinner as we were waiting for the restaurant to open & then an anniversary dessert in the house. By far the best scallops we’ve ever had ANYWHERE & lamb chops were very good as well. It was a very quiet place to have dinner & would def go back.

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FFNA
Omaha
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We don't give perfect ratings to restaurants. This is the exception to that statement. Perfect service. Creative menu beautifully prepared. Impeccable service. Great wine list, reasonably priced. What's not to love?

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Cafe Provencal - Williamsburg is rated 4.3 stars by 952 OpenTable diners.

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