Cafe Provence - Brandon

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426 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
Warm and inviting, casual fine dining at Café Provence is a truly memorable experience. Located in the restored historic section of downtown Brandon, Vermont—Chef Robert Barral, former Executive Chef of the New England Culinary Institute and The Four Seasons in Boston, crafts our seasonal menu to showcase not only his talents as a chef, but also highlight the best meats, cheeses, and vegetables that local farms have to offer.
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ED
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming here. The food is fantastic and the staff is extremely gracious

RW
New England
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The finest casual dining in central Vermont by far!!
Chef Robert is a local treasure!
Cafe Provence is well worth the trip for all visitors!!!!
Reminds me of Alsace and Provence!
Primo delizioso.

SS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Really good food and atmosphere; weirdly inattentive service (second time this has happened). NOT busy so that's not an excuse. Half hour to get our drinks (also second time this has happened). Bread arrived after entrees.

GB
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A charming find in Brandon - great for lunch, brunch or dinner! Specials are always great as are the menu items. Best food in town!

f
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Menu always interesting and the food is of top quality. Have visited often and have never been disappointed.

JN
New England
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent tastes, reliable cheerful service, beautiful ambiance. One of our favorite places- even better when spring finally arrives and you can dine under an umbrella on the patio!

TS
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

we had to wait over an hour for service and food. The fries were greasy, the ham very salty
the booth we reserved (confirmed) was not available for the time requested.

S
New England
21 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Waitstaff was quick and efficient. Our soups were excellent along with wine. It is interesting to watch the chef in action. Our meals were excellent the sauce on the duck duo complimented it very well..we shared a desert that was a sampler of most items. Overall excellent and we will return!

BD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Provencal-style cuisine...French Onion Soup was among the best Ive had, Cassoulet was a nice variation on the stew, Duck two-ways: fantastic, Bouillabaisse-Style fish stew with Lobster Tarragon sauce was perhaps the highpoint. Like the dessert sampler idea as well. A must visit!

k
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Good food. Very tasty. Big portions.

JS
New England
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best food and service in the area. Can be a little chilly by the windows in winter, but everything else makes up for it.

MH
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Vermont. The food is excellent and the service is attentive and friendly. Highly recommended and we can't wait to go back!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, and a wonderful meal. Chicken dish was moist and had great flavor. Scallop & salmon special with risotto was excellent. I would definitely recommend!

JS
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere with wonderful service.....The food was absolutely outstanding.......All in all; it was a very relaxing evening dinner that I would suggest to everyone.....

C
New England
17 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The roast chicken which appeared to be cooked was icy cold in the center and had to returned to be reheated. The meal had obviously been prepared in advance or prepurchased. The plates were hot but the food was only warm. The meal was a disappointment.

WB
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad we ventured down from Middlebury for an absolutely amazing meal. The day’s specials were incredible!
We asked for a booth because my husband wears hearing aids. We could actually have a conversation. It can be impossible for us to have a conversation in some restaurants.
I look forward to a return trip soon!

s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a wonderful New Years Eve dinner here. There aren't many restaurants in Brandon , but this makes it worth while. We don't usually eat on on NYE because it is such a chaotic night, but this was none of that. This restaurant is a must.

SP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is 45 minutes away from our home, but absolutely worth the drive. Nothing this good anywhere in the area. Look forward to our next visit!

S
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great value! Like the ambiance and appreciate the great staff.

BC
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. The food was fantastic and so was the service. We have been there many times and this visit was one of the best.

T
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed our dinner. Our server was most pleasant and accomodating.

DM
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Average quality at high price. Friendly staff, though.

S
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I treated myself to the cafe twice during my trip to Brandon. I enjoyed the fish stew after a chilly cycling day - it was generous and delicious. My cocktail was perfect and I indulged in the warm apple crisp w fresh local vanilla ice cream - I loved it!!

N
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Drove 25 miles based on our Innkeepers recommendation. It was well worth it!

V
New England
27 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Appreciated the vegetarian options and good service.

BH
New England
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A favorite spot and not too far from home. Food is amazing and comforting.

MW
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The pace of the evening was a bit slow. Almost like we were forgotten about a little bit. My meal was good, but not as good as I expected. Wine was great, hostess was a bit cranky. We sat outside which was nice, but we could have used a bit more light. There was no candle on the table (or salt/Pepper or sugars for that matter).

FF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I was celebrating an excellently attended art show opening at the Brandon Artist's Guild next door. The Cafe was quite crowded, and although our waitress tried, she wasn't able to provide very timely service. The food was wonderful as always.

JD
New England
30 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Provence cones to Brandon, Vermont . Chef and ownet Robert goves a master class in French regional dining. This place is not to be missed

SS
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great food, good service. We have never had a less than an excellent meal at Cafe Provence.

B
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I love Cafe Provence. However the main menu has hardly changed in too long a time. The lasagna has been almost cold the last two times I’ve had it. Often the restaurant seems short one wait staff. But I will contnue to come because overall it is a good experience! They also could use more interesting vegitarion options.

SS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The food was superb here; the best we ate while on vacation in Vermont. Their wine and other drink selections were quite good, too. But it was the preparation and presentation of the food that would bring us back again.

SV
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

While we have had overall positive experiences at Café Provence, it was obvious that our salad was not freshly prepared this time. We purchased three of the same, and they all lacked the ‘wow’ factor I was hoping to give my two other family members who were looking forward to enjoying this particular salad that I had raved about for quite some time. The first time I had this dish, it had crisp overflowing spinach in the crispy cheese cup. Much of it was limp this trip, barely filled the cup, and the cheese had the texture of a stale cracker, rather than a crisp one. Despite reservations, we still waited over an hour to be served, but enjoyed the complimentary bread and butter while we waited. I’m hoping it was just an ‘off night’ for the restaurant, and look forward to a better visit next time (especially considering it’s above our usual dining budget guidelines for our family). Five stars last time, four this time, and look forward to the next trip and hopefully another five star review!

BG
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Cafe Provence never disappoints. A go-to spot for many years.

MM
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good except for the very long wait for entrees to arrive.

s
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is top quality. Had excellent beet and goat cheese salad, then perfectly cooked salmon on linguine. Very nice room and great service.

AJ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We come up to the area 2x each summer as our kids go to camp there and have been talking about trying to get here for several years. It was not worth the wait. It took 40 minutes from the time we ordered until the appetizers arrived. Mussels were bad--bland, which I would not expect for a French restaurant. There was a tomato pie that was better, but mediocre. Our main were a haddock with crabmeat with polenta. It was a mess. The polenta tasted like it had been under a heat lamp for a long time. Which it probably was, since our mains came 40 minutes after we finished our apps. The cavatelli was very good--the only dish of the 4 we ordered I can say that about. Service was not good even putting aside the unacceptably slow delivery of food. Server was visibly disappointed when we told her we didn't drink alcohol. Sorry! We don't drink. Yes, you make make a smaller tip but deal with it. If you act like that, you will DEFINITELY make a smaller tip. We were very disappointed in this meal.

D
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we had a fabulous lunch at Café Provence in a beautiful setting that gives the feel that you might be in France. The menu has something for everybody - from fussy to the more adventurous. Our occasion was a family gathering of 3 generations of women.

TI
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food was decent but there is no A/C. It was a very warm evening and the place was unbearably hot - so much so that we lost our appetite.

RB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We go to Cafe Provence frequently and it doesn't disappoint. Food was delicious and beautifully presented. Service was good and they let you linger over your food and talk with your supper companions. This is welcome as some places try to rush you.