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Cafe Provence - Brandon

4.4
386 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, French
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm, Bistro: 2:00pm - 4:30pm;
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm;
Brunch: Sunday: 9:30am - 3:00pm, Bistro 3:00pm - 4:30pm
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Phone number
(802) 247-9997
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Robert Barral
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Private party facilities
In 2010 opportunity came knocking at our door in the form of expansion. We decided to take it and further spread our roots in Vermont with Center Street Bar, a new private dining room and a culinary theater for weekly cooking classes.
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Private party contact
Manager: (877) 769-3024
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Across from Aubuchon
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Parking details
Parking available behind the restaurant, or in the streets.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 386 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Appealing decor and ambiance.
Interesting and varied menu.
Food quality, preparation and flavors we’re outstanding!!

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2.0Dined on May 31, 2018

I regret to say it was less than stellar, although the food was very good. The staff definitely needs a lot more training.

The concierge did not know we had called and asked for a booth. Took forever for the server to come and ask for our orders, but we had not even had a drink order taken and and to ask for water. Then the server said they did not have the bourbon we would have preferred then came back and said,"Oh yes, we do have Jim Beam."
We drink Manhattans regularly and it was by far the weakest of any area restaurant.

A night out at a restaurant is more than just the food. Train your staff!!

Sherry K.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Absolutely fantastic!!! Can't wait to go back. Best meal for miles.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Graduation dinner - exceptional food

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We chose a time we thought would not be busy (1:30 pm on a Sunday) in order to have a quiet experience for 9 people eating as a group. It worked perfectly -- there were other customers, but it was generally quiet and the service was prompt and attentive. As always the food was outstanding. (As we get older, we more and more appreciate restaurants where you can have a conversation without anyone having to raise their voice. This place can be noisy when it is full on a Friday or Saturday night.)

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Food is always top notch here. I have been here numerous times and never have been disappointed. Had seafood stew which was outstanding. Their private label Grenache was delectable.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Outstanding experience. They ran out of gluten free pasta so server actually went to store to buy some do that I could have my much looked forward to entree. Above and beyond customer service.

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

First time patron to Café Provence for my birthday. The atmosphere is lovely and the service was very good. I wish I could say I would recommend this restaurant to a friend without hesitation. However, there were only a couple of highlights worth praising. The mussels appetizer was outstanding paired with a nice Oregon Pinot Noir. The entrees fell woefully flat. The beef medallions were actually strips of beef that were hard to chew and lost in the peppercorn sauce and mashed potatoes. My husband's vegetable lasagna was disappointingly average for a better restaurant. Both meals were overpriced for the quality we received. Maybe this would be a better place for brunch or drinks and appetizers.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The Mother's Day brunch was very good. Food selections were interesting. Most notable were the lobster polenta, the osso bucco, duck pasta salad, and the wide variety of desserts (my favorite the flourless chocolate cake).

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Nice experience as always! We got Calamari, Caesar and a Pizza to share between two of us - was perfect for two people plus some leftovers!

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2.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Overrated. Waited over an hour for the entree which was unremarkable. The fixed price was overpriced. Noisy. Could use a thorough cleaning. Waitperson asked us to hand her the soiled dishes when she cleared. I have been to Cafe Provence several times and thought I'd give it another chance. Bad decision. I won't go there again.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

My husband and I shared the escargots appetizer that came with a perfectly dressed salad. My Chicken Cordon Bleu was excellent, as was his Seafood Stew. The service was attentive and friendly, and we love the atmosphere at Cafe Provence. It was a good crowd for a Saturday night. Thank you Chef Robert and staff!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We travel to Vermont a couple of times a year and we always find time to have dinner at Cafe Provence. The mussels are outstanding! The portions are large (we shared a salad and it was plenty for 2 and we'll probably share an entree next time we go) and the house-label wines are very good, a really outstanding value.

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Food was Excellent, service was excellent! The only issue we had was it wasn’t busy, and with only a table for 4, it took almost an hour and a half after ordering to get our meal. The rest of the experience was great. Not sure what happened. 6:45 reservation, waited longer than anticipated and left later than anticipated.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Excellent choice for aprés gallery opening at the Brandon Artists Guild.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

A very nice long leisurely lunch. Very good food and drink. Unhurried and conducive to thoughtful conversation.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Cesar salad and roasted chicken was very good.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Fabulous menu and wonderful wonderful food! Eager to return.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Always a pleasure making the trip here. We love the food and wish Robert had a restaurant in Manchester

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2.0Dined on February 9, 2018

We have enjoyed some good meals at Cafe Provence and some not so good. Prime Rib was definitely a not so good meal. Downstairs was cold and lifeless. Private dining room next to bar.??? Disappointing to say the least.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Excellent food, exceptional waitress! A bit out of the way but worth the effort. We dined early and restaurant was quiet. The temperature in the room was cold and colder still in the restroom. I didn’t want to take off my coat.

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3.0Dined on January 20, 2018

I have mixed emotions about this restaurant. We arrived at our reserved time of 7:30 and were promptly seated. It wasn’t very busy in there - maybe about 20 other diners. The waitress immediately brought us water & menus and then asked if we would like to order a cocktail. Both my husband and I ordered off of their specialty cocktail menu. Ten minutes later our waitress came back to see if we were ready to place our order. We inquired about our drink orders and she said that they would be out soon, that the bar was backed up. We thought that was strange because no one was sitting at the bar and there really wasn’t very many people in the restaurant. We placed our orders for appetizers and our meals. Five minutes later the waitress informs us that they can’t find the calamari in the freezer and asks if we would like something else. We reply “just our drinks that we’ve been waiting for”. At this point we were pretty close to giving up on the place! But then our waitress brings us a complimentary bowl of clam chowder as a way to apologize for the delay and the fact that there wasn’t any calamari. That was super nice of her and it was delicious. We finally got our drinks - 25 minutes after we sat down. Both drinks were very small. My husband’s was watered down and mine was just ok. Definitely not worth the wait. I can tell you that our meals were very good and that the serving size was plentiful. But our waitress never checked back to see if we needed anything else while we were eating (perhaps a glass of wine?) so we had to flag her down to request it. So in summary, extremely horrible bar service, great food, generous food portions, a bit pricey for a subpar experience.

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2.0Dined on January 19, 2018

This is the 3rd time we have visited as we live over an hour away so we only visit on special occasions. Even though I made a reservation, our group of 4 was shunted to 2 of the worst tables in the restaurant. I've been in the restaurant business for years so I know where the bad tables are. And to make matters worse, all of the best tables were empty for the entire time we were there. It absolutely ruined the evening. And the pouting, angry hostess made it even worse.I don't understand what we do to always be shunted to the worst tables, even when better ones are available. I don't understand when we ask for a better table why the hostess gets angry and just shunts us to another crummy one. I won't be back. Sorry Cafe Provence, but you have lost my business.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

As always, this restaurant was superb. All the choices varied and everyone was happy. My husband declared his NE Clam Chowder to be the best he's ever had and is mad about the bread pudding.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Exceptional food. Goat cheese pizza appetizer was awesome. Makes for a great date location, and save room for dessert.

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2017

Cafe Provence never fails to deliver a superb dining experience. Our friends from out of town were really impressed too.

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2017

When visiting Family in Vermont, it’s always on our list to dine at Cafe Provence. Food is always exceptional.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

I went here for my anniversary and enjoyed every last bite!! I plan to revisit in the future :)

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2017

Wow! We have dined at Cafe Provence several times, always excellent and a good value, but last Thursday for their Thanksgiving Buffet was exceptional. Frankly, I wasn't expecting to be impressed, I'm not a big fan of buffets. I make an exception for Cafe Provence! Their selections were varied enough to provide something for everyone and all were prepared with care. Their turkey was tender and very well flavored, the filet sliced to order and cooked to a turn, the side dishes of root vegetables and dressing still make me salivate just a bit when I think of them! I won't rave too much about the desserts but let me just say that the pecan pie (from Gourmet Provence) was the best I have ever had and I am from the South! All of this was accomplished efficiently by a very friendly restaurant staff.

I can't wait for the holidays to come next year so we can repeat this new Thanksgiving tradition!

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2017

As always excellent food, and ambience, would recommend to anyone anytime!!

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2017

Cafe Provence is our absolute favorite special restaurant. The food is always so fabulous. We went for Thanksgiving, and it was fantastic. We were there last year as well. The main meal was scrumptious. The extra dishes were amazing. The desert choices were incredible. We really enjoyed our meal. Our waitress was so nice, and we never felt rushed. It our new holiday tradition, and my favorite restaurant for lunch with friends. Brandon is a lovely town as well. It is a little bit of a drive as we live in Vergennes, but well worth it. Thank you Cafe Provence, we love you!!!

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2017

Terrific place. Excellent food and very friendly, attentive service.

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2.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Noticing the service level has dwindled as of late. Forgot to bring the bread until very late. The lasagna was ice cold. Maybe just off night. Normally very good.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

This is one our favorite places. We had them do our rehearsal dinner and the deserts and cake at our wedding at Mountain Top Inn. The tomato pie is awesome and the french onion soup might be one of the best I've had. The food is amazing all around and a can't miss for anything on the menu. My wife had the cordon blue and it was really delicious.

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

While we have eaten at the downstairs bar a couple of times, this was our first meal in the actual restaurant. We were happy to see they had a specials menu and all 4 of us thoroughly enjoyed our appetizers, entree and dessert! We also found their private label wine to be exceptional.

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5.0Dined on October 25, 2017

Went to Café with my fiancé for a date night, as he’d never been. I’ve been countless times and it is always great I love this restaurant and the staff is amazing!

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3.0Dined on October 22, 2017

Good food. Totally clueless waitress. It appeared there was a problem in the kitchen.

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5.0Dined on October 17, 2017

Fantastic French-inspired food in Vermont. Everything at this restaurant is tasty. You can't go wrong on the menu.

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4.0Dined on October 11, 2017

Maybe I ordered the wrong items in a French restaurant. New England Chowder was similar to
library paste in consistency, and had no taste.
Pizza was mediocre at best. Our waitress was terrific.

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2.0Dined on September 29, 2017

Way overpriced for quality and quantity of food. From appetizer to main the meal was
so mediocre that I was mystified as to why this eatery gets such high marks. Will not go
back ever. We dined on a Friday evening, high season and there was a few additional
diners. Should have been the red flag. My duck dinner was swimming in a brothy white
bean base. Dry, dry duck leg and a meager portion of smoked duck breast. Extremely
small portion of fish was served to my husband. Coffee....alas cold. No more to say.

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