About La Provence - New Orleans

Country French inspired restaurant. At La Provence, “cooking with heart” means everything. The menu blithely ignores the cutting edge of urban contemporary French food, and instead reflects the time-honored, time-consuming rustic techniques that in turn reflect the rugged earthiness of the ingredients.

25020 Highway 190
Lacombe, LA 70445
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Southern

Hours of Operation:
New Winter Hours of Operation!!!
Dinner Service: Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday Early Bird Dinner Service: 4:00pm-8:00pm

La Provence is available for Private Event Bookings, Themed Dinners, Wine Dinners, Supper Club, Catering's, Pop Ups, Holiday Dinner and Corporate Events Monday thru Thursday in addition to our Winter Hours of Operation.

La Provence will be open for Valentine's Day Service on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 with a Set Menu from 5:00pm until 9:00pm. Stay tuned for the Menu and Details!!!!!!

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(985) 626-7662

Website:
http://www.laprovencerestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
From New Orleans: Take I10 west to Causeway Blvd. North towards Mandeville, approximately 24 miles. Upon exiting the bridge stay right on
Highway 190 East. Continue on 190 East approximately 8miles. La Provence will be located on your right side 2 miles past Fountainbleau State
Park.

Executive Chef:
Erick Loos IV

Private Party Facilities:
At La Provence, we have a private dining room available for social and corporate events, with seating for up to 75 and 125 guests reception style. The beautiful Garden Room features a large fireplace, custom artwork and opens on to the courtyard with fountain.

Private Party Contact:
Christy Bradley: (504) 299-9777

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

La Provence - New Orleans Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.2

service

4.5

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4.5

value

3.9

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69% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (17)
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Good for Birthdays (12)
Special Occasion (11)
Worth the Drive (9)
Cozy (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Authentic (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Great for Brunch (6)
Business Meals (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Fun (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Healthy (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Seasonal (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Organic (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Casual (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
People Watching (1)
Scenic View (1)
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Vegan (1)
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Had new years dinner and was very disappointed. Duck was cold and dinner was ridiculously expensive. For the quality of food and the price you charge, it is not worth the experience. You need to lower your prices!!!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Year's eve dinner...Beautiful atmosphere, nearly empty dining area.
Complimentary pate was divine as always. Oysters Rockefeller lacked the main ingredient - pureed spinach, and instead had a topping of overly salty bread crumbs. Main dish - stuffed lobster, was anything but outstanding. Lobster tail was very small, 2 bites at best, and the crawfish stuffing had crawfish the size of dehydrated shrimp cat treats. Wait staff although polite, not trained for fine dining.
Beautiful atmosphere, unfortunately, the worst meal I have ever had at LaProvence. Having dined with all prior owners/chefs, expectations were a high!

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great night out. Everything was what we expected. Good food, great service, outstanding time. Thanks for a great evening!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The restaurant is pretty, and the fireplace is very nice. Free pate starter was delicious. Charbroiled octopus and arugala salads were winners, too. Unfortunately, that's where the positive review ends. On a cold Thursday night, the dining room was less than 1/3 full yet it took the waitress almost 10 minutes to greet us and take our drink order - despite walking by our table several times. She also didn't seem to know the proper way to monitor and clear the table as dirty dishes were piling up. The pork chop could have been good but was overcooked and extremely dry. My date's tagliatelli had an overpowering amount of some seasoning (fennel, maybe?) that made it barely edible - she left most of it behind. We had planned for dessert but decided it would be a better idea to visit Baskin Robbins. Overall, not competitive with other restaurants in this price range.

One last note - I was surprised how noisy the restaurant was considering how few people were present. They should really consider some noise-attenuating furniture or decorations.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Under recent new ownership, La Provence is on its way to restoring the excellent fine dining reputation that it held for many years under its founder, Chef Chris. Under the Besh Group ( owner prior to current owner), service really suffered. We recently had a group of 13, on Christmas Day afternoon. Ambience, service, hospitality, and menu offerings were great and reasonably priced. Of the 13 entrees, only one was sub-par. Would highly recommend as I think they will continue to get better.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas dinner was wonderful. Going out to eat on a major holiday is always risky. No problems with food or service. This is a quaint and cozy place with consistent food and service.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Took the family for Christmas. Four party of four cost over $300. Not worth the value. Food was average. They have lost their touch

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Horrible. Service bad. Food not that good. Needs a complete new menu and wait staff.

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Enjoyed a great Christmas Eve dinner w/ family

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great food!! Karen was our server and she is the best!!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Outrageously expensive for ordinary food. The food was ordinary. There was the Charcuterie Board that had tastes of various meats and pickles greens that was interesting, but the waitress named the over 10 items so fast you did not know what you were eating. That's the second time in 30 years that we ate there. Maybe the next time it changes hands.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Have been there many times. Really enjoy the rotating menu. There is always something new and exciting to find for dinner. The servers are always professional, courteous and attentive. While the food is a bit pricy, it is in line with other fine dining restaurants. The wine menu is extensive and affordable.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Spectacular atmosphere and service. The wait staff was professional and very attentive and food was very good.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Authentic, Organic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Baton Rouge)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We have been to La Provence several times over the past few years, and have usually enjoyed our visits. We had notified the restaurant in advance that this dinner was for our anniversary. We were running about 15-minutes late for our reservation, but did call to let them know. We were seated next to a larger table that was quiet noisy, so much so that we had a very hard time carrying on a conversation. Also, it appears that there may have only been 2 waitresses working that night as service to our table seemed to be pretty slow. The waitresses were very nice, but I think that the restaurant should have had at least one more working that night. We really enjoyed the appetizers, but were not impressed by the entrees. The lamb shank did not have a lot of flavor and the short ribs were very tough. The "steak" knife provided by the restaurant was almost inadequate to the task of cutting the meat. During previous visits we were impressed with the food. This time, we were not.

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Terrific food and atmosphere!
Wait staff very attentive even with a large party!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Romantic
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Just another disappointing attempt to recapture the spirit of a once great restaurant. Menu was limited. Organic pork chop was too tough to chew . Duck confit was fair at best. Salads and desert was the best part of the menu. Service was friendly but not knowledgable. Not worth the drive IMO.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Food descriptions and options are still fit for foodies, but the execution is subpar. Everything was either undercooked, over cooked, or haphazardly plated. Sad to see such a drop off at restaurant that carries real sentimental value.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food not good see my revie was below!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Eating at La Prov (as we affectionately call it) is like being served in our own living room except the food is much better and there is the brilliant addition of simple syrup to our iced tea. The atmosphere is cozy, the service is both formal and down-to-earth, and the menu has the perfect balance of changing frequently while still always offering our favorite dishes.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great place looking forward to our next visit. Service was outstanding

Tags: Spicy, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Fun, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 23, 2017

1- Upon arriving I asked for a nice table, we were given the worst one, closest to the kitchen service entrance.
2- The soup must have had pureed oysters, because I didn't see any.
3- The beef was not hot, only warm.

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Quaint, but upscale Country French restaurant set back among the trees near the lake in Mandeville. It is much larger than it looks from the outside and defintely looks like restaruant you would see in the countryside of France. The service is superior and the food is farm to table fresh and excellent. Many of the dishes are simple but over the top with flavor. The pasta is homemade as is the pate' and most of the vegetables and spices seems to be farm to table. The oysters are simply prepared but the flavor is far from simple! The cocktail list is well done and the wine list is extensive for the menu. The butter lettuce salad was over the top with unexpected flavor. We found the atmosphere to be perfect for a relaxed slow date night dinner. It is romantic and cozy as well. The bar is large, yet cozy and welcoming. All in all it is a hidden gem and well worth the drive across the lake for a different kind of experience and a great meal.

Tags: Healthy, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 9, 2017

La Provence maintains its reputation. The food is exquisite. The service is warm and personable. We save it for our last night in the area every year.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Mississippi)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Since Chef Eric and Jennifer Hunter have taken ownership of La Provence, they've taken it to a level the Northshore hasn't seen in over a decade. Farm to table ingredients mixed with the creative manipulation of the food into a feast, along with ambience and friendliness of the staff make for an amazing experience. You can also stroll the farm and see the animals, plants, vegetables, and honeybees and see where your food is sourced from. Do yourself a favor and go here...often.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Casual, Authentic, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Live Music, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great food. We love the pate! We had a great with our friends there.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for great food and a cozy environment.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

I think the only jarring note was the music -- sounded like New York jazz, and was kind of intrusive -- other than that, the experience was perfect.

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Vegan, Good for a Date
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Four of us ate at La Provence on Saturday 9/29/17 with reservations for 7:30 pm. Everything was lovely from the ambiance to the service to the cuisine. The complimentary pate is always perfect and very addicting! We started with the beet salad which was innovative and delicious. Our entree was the lamb shank. It was tender and perfectly prepared. Along with a round of cocktails to start and then a bottle of french malbec wine we also ended the meal with the french press coffee. Although John Bech no longer owns this restaurant the quality of the food and the service has remained. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 23, 2017

This was our first visit to the restaurant since John Besh sold it several months ago. We have gone to La Provence regularly over the last 30 years! Needless to say, we have a lot of important memories tied up in the restaurant. We were very anxious when we heard that there was a new owner. We waited a couple of months to let them get the kinks out before we tried it.
Fortunately, we were very pleased with the dining experience. The restaurant of course retains its country French charm. Several of the waitstaff are unchanged, including our excellent server last evening. The menu expands on the previous menu, leaving some of the standards in place such as Chef Chris's gumbo, but adding some very nice new creations. A beautiful ceviche was featured on the appetizer menu and some very appealing new entrées were added, including a delicious striped bass that we enjoyed.
Chef Eric visited with us at the table and took his time explaining his cooking heritage and what his plans are for this great restaurant. We were amply convinced of his genuine concern for keeping this gem on its A game.
We look forward to another 30 years of family outings at La Provence!

Tags: Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Good for a Date
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 21, 2017

We had a lovely meal with longtime friends who were visiting from Texas. They had wanted to eat at a "New Orleans style" classic restaurant and we said, "You don't have to drive to the city for that!"

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

The food is always perfect, as is the service. The staff always welcomes us and treats us as great good friends. We are always made to feel at home there.

Tags: Healthy, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We have been to La Provence several times in the past and were eager to try it out since the new owners took over. The food was as wonderful as it has ever been and the service was excellent! This is probably our favorite restaurant in New Orleans and we were so happy to see the commitment and passion the new owners have for the food, the farm and the local area. We can't wait to go back!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 8, 2017

My wife and I visit La Provence once every few months and always enjoy this special place that serves fine food and drink. The servers are warm and professional. The ambiance and decor are very inviting. This will continue to be one of our favorite, maybe THE favorite, places for a refreshing evening out for us.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Healthy, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 2, 2017

A very pleasant, quiet meal. We ordered the charcuterie board, pork belly appetizer, and the Malbec. Everything was delicious, and we enjoyed every bite. We sat at a window by the bar, and the bartender was attentive. I've enjoyed eating here for over 20 years, and I'm happy to say I'm never disappointed. The pate alone is worth coming back for. Consistently wonderful food, drinks, service, and experience.

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We enjoyed a delicious dinner at La Provence. My only complaint was the noise level.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Updated French, farm to table destination gem. If I lived near or in New Orleans, I'd frequent. Beautiful country roads to get there. Yummy, conscientious restaurant

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Healthy, Organic, Seasonal
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on August 13, 2017

The food was excellent. I enjoyed the personal attention of the new owners and will definitely return soon with friends.

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·Dined on August 5, 2017

La Provence has been in business for 30 years and has had several owners/chefs. This was only my third time there and it had been at least 20 years since my last visit but it did not disappoint. The food and service were fantastic. Nine of us celebrated a friend's retirement and this was her request. We drove in from Baton Rouge and it was definitely worth the drive. I will try not to wait another 20 years before the next visit.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We have eaten here for years , since the original Chef Chris had it. John Besh had many iterations of it but only the last was successful in my opinion.
That said the new owners are on the right track. The food quality is amazing. The menus is a bit on the plebeian side. It seems that to be safe all the New Orleans area restaurants have gotten the memo that all menus should have the same preparations and proteins. That said, these were done with an energy that is fresh and clear! Go try it with these new folks, you will have a great meal in a beautiful setting.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Authentic, Business Meals, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Every aspect of the experience was extraordinary. We were pleased to find that the high quality of food and service we have come to expect at La Provence has only continued to improve.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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