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La Provence - New Orleans - Permanently Closed

4.6
4.6
1560 Reviews
$31 to $50
French

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.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French, Southern

  • Hours of operation

    La Provence will be temporarily closed for roof, ac & electrical repairs starting on Wednesday, April 25th until further notice. We are anticipating a fast and speedy completion! We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience during this time!

    La Provence will also be available for Offsite Caterings & Events during this time! For information on Offsite Catering and Events please email Jennifer Hunter at jenn@laprovencerestaurant.com for logistics & information.

    Spring 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.

  • Phone number

    (985) 626-7662

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Eric Hunter

  • Neighborhood

    Northshore

  • Parking details

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

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Menu

Appetizers

  • Crabmeat Gratin$10.00

    spinach, artichokes, baguette

    • Roast Vegetable Board$16.00

      smoked pecans, spinach, harissa aioli

      • Smoked Burrata Mozzarella Tartine$12.00

        house ciabatta, pickled eggplant, garden herb pesto, oil cured olives

        • Pickled Gulf Shrimp Salad$13.00

          cucumber, mirliton, preserved meyer lemon, arugula, celery, piquillo pepper

          • Chef Chris' Quail Gumbo$16.00

            dirty rice stuffed whole roast quail, gumbo jus

            • Warm Asparagus Soup$8.00

              house bacon, grilled asparagus,créme fraîche

              • Broiled Gulf Oysters$16.00

                andouille butter, grilled lemon, house made bread

                Entrées

                • Cornmeal Fried Softshell Crab$32.00

                  cauliflower, picholine olives, lemon-thyme perfumed couscous, romesco sauce

                  • Grilled Hanger Steak$30.00

                    mushroom ragout, dauphinoise potato, bordelaise, truffle

                    • Slow Cooked Pork Cheeks$28.00

                      spätzle, roast carrots & sweet onions, sauce Robert, fresh herbs

                      • Braised Lamb Shank$32.00

                        roast ratatouille, crispy fried panisse, our garden rosemary, confit garlic

                        • Roast Duck Breast$28.00

                          heirloom red corn grit cake, charred spring vegetables, sweet peas, hazelnut dukkah

                          • Poached Atlantic Kingklip$32.00

                            vegetable dashi, beluga lentils, grilled beech mushrooms, swiss chard

                            Market Menu

                            $39 Per Person

                            • Grilled Black Plums, Cantaloupe, House Smoked Bacon, Charred White Corn, Chile Infused Honey, Mint

                              • Rare-seared Yellowfin Tuna, Andouille Sausage, Braised Green Onion, Fingerling Potato, Spicy Green Garlic Puree

                                • Blackberry & Ginger Fritters, Champagne Sabayon

                                  For menu edits, please contact SinglePlatform at (866) 237-4564.

                                  What 1,560 people are saying

                                  Overall ratings and reviews

                                  4.6
                                  4.6 based on all time ratings
                                  • 4.6Food
                                  • 4.5Service
                                  • 4.6Ambience
                                  • 4.2Value

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                                  1. PC

                                    PeterC

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on April 22, 2018

                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                    This was my second visit and as before I found the place to be very polite and civilized. The waitstaff are very considerate and allow you to try things if you're in two minds and they provided very nice advice about wines to have with the different food that we were trying. I had duck and my friend ate tuna both of which were very good. it is one of the best restaurants I know in Louisiana. Not a good place to go to save money but a first-class establishment.

                                  2. T

                                    Trinity

                                    Mississippi

                                    3 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    3 reviews

                                    Dined on April 21, 2018

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    We had dinner there this past weekend and couldn't have been more pleased with the service and menu. The food was absolutely delicious and all vegetables were local and seasonal (most came from their own gardens) making for an even better dining experience. We started with their house made pate served with crunchy bread. I've never been a huge fan of pate but theirs was truly delicious; smooth and full of flavor but with a light consistency. I followed that with the warm asparagus soup, roasted duck breast with seasonal vegetables and finished with Meyer lemon infused Crème Brule. My meal was perfect from start to finish and the service was top notch. The ambiance was romantic with french country decor that served as a great backdrop for the delicious food. This is a great place for a special occasion or date night.

                                  3. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    New Orleans

                                    15 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    15 reviews

                                    Dined on April 15, 2018

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    One of our children told us La Provence had returned to grand form. That was an understatement. The new owners have done a remarkable job. We had brunch there a few weeks ago. Brunch was remarkable. We went again for our anniversary tonight. Our meal tonight was one of the best meals I’ve ever had. La Provence is definitely the best restaurant on the North Shore. The menu is uniquely creative and executed to perfection. The pride the new owners take in their restaurant shines through the entire experience. The romantic atmosphere was perfect for our anniversary. We had an incredible night.

                                  4. a

                                    apogribn

                                    Seattle

                                    20 reviews

                                    vip
                                    4.0

                                    20 reviews

                                    Dined on April 9, 2018

                                    overall4food4service5ambience4

                                    Excellent restaurant that is a standard in the greater New Orleans area.

                                  5. j

                                    joed

                                    New Orleans

                                    5 reviews

                                    2.0

                                    5 reviews

                                    Dined on April 8, 2018

                                    overall2food1service4ambience5

                                    Sent privately

                                  6. C

                                    Crane

                                    New Orleans

                                    15 reviews

                                    vip
                                    2.0

                                    15 reviews

                                    Dined on April 1, 2018

                                    overall2food2service3ambience4

                                    So sad once a brilliant dining experience but it needed to close. Not even close to the standards left by Chef Chris

                                  7. LT

                                    LarkeT

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on April 1, 2018

                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                    This is a very good restaurant. I’ve been twice. Both times the food was unique, delicious, and inventive. It is a little pricey, but it’s great for a special occasion.

                                  8. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    New Orleans

                                    2 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on March 26, 2018

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Everything about La Provence was special. It felt as if we were special guests into the chef and owners private retreat. The atmosphere is so inviting. The food is incredible. The garden is immediately behind the restaurant. It is a true farm to table high end dining experience. My husband and I had an amazing romantic dinner to celebrate his birthday. Highly recommend.

                                  9. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Minneapolis

                                    3 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    3 reviews

                                    Dined on March 10, 2018

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Outstanding in all regards, worth the drive

                                  10. RM

                                    RebeccaM

                                    New Orleans

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on February 25, 2018

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    My husband and I make a point to celebrate our anniversary here every year for the last 7 years or so. The food is always perfect; service is stellar; and the ambiance is wonderful. We took my well-travelled parents and my son on this last visit; they commented as they walked up to the entrance that they felt like they were already in Europe. And they absolutely loved the entire dining experience.

                                  11. TW

                                    ThomasW

                                    New Orleans

                                    9 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    9 reviews

                                    Dined on February 24, 2018

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    New owner/chef Eric Hunter has continued the La Provence staples and added new choices to complement.

                                  12. r

                                    randy

                                    Charleston

                                    3 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    3 reviews

                                    Dined on February 14, 2018

                                    overall5food4service5ambience3

                                    Valentine dinner. Portions were presented very nicely... much larger than expected... excellent value... and service was above expectations... Emily was very attentive... can't wait to go back

                                  13. CH

                                    ConnieH

                                    New Orleans

                                    8 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    8 reviews

                                    Dined on February 10, 2018

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Food delicious, atmosphere warm, service wonderful

                                  14. K

                                    Kansas

                                    Kansas City

                                    30 reviews

                                    vip
                                    4.0

                                    30 reviews

                                    Dined on January 19, 2018

                                    overall4food4service5ambience4

                                    While we have dined here several times over the past few years, we had not been in since last Spring. Each time we visited, we had been very satisfied. We were concerned by recent reviews but found the service and the food to be excellent. We would certainly recommend La Provence for upscale dining.

                                  15. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    New Orleans

                                    2 reviews

                                    3.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on December 31, 2017

                                    overall3food3service5ambience5

                                    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!!!

                                  16. LR

                                    LaurienR

                                    New Orleans

                                    28 reviews

                                    vip
                                    2.0

                                    28 reviews

                                    Dined on December 31, 2017

                                    overall2food2service2ambience5

                                    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!

                                  17. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    New Orleans

                                    2 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on December 29, 2017

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                  18. KL

                                    KeithL

                                    New Orleans

                                    5 reviews

                                    2.0

                                    5 reviews

                                    Dined on December 28, 2017

                                    overall2food2service1ambience4

                                    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.

                                  19. RH

                                    RonaldH

                                    New Orleans

                                    14 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    14 reviews

                                    Dined on December 25, 2017

                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                    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.

                                  20. G

                                    Gleater

                                    New Orleans

                                    44 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    44 reviews

                                    Dined on December 25, 2017

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    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.

                                  21. J

                                    shaneJ

                                    New Orleans

                                    2 reviews

                                    2.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on December 24, 2017

                                    overall2food2service3ambience3

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

                                  22. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    New Orleans

                                    4 reviews

                                    1.0

                                    4 reviews

                                    Dined on December 24, 2017

                                    overall1food1service1ambience4

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

                                  23. TG

                                    TerriG

                                    New Orleans

                                    12 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    12 reviews

                                    Dined on December 24, 2017

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Enjoyed a great Christmas Eve dinner w/ family

                                  24. s

                                    steve

                                    New Orleans

                                    40 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    40 reviews

                                    Dined on December 16, 2017

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                  25. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    New Orleans

                                    1 review

                                    3.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on December 15, 2017

                                    overall3food3service3ambience2

                                    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.

                                  26. CC

                                    CharlesC

                                    Charleston

                                    3 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    3 reviews

                                    Dined on December 15, 2017

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    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.

                                  27. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Cleveland

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on December 14, 2017

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                  28. EW

                                    EarleWW

                                    Baton Rouge

                                    18 reviews

                                    2.0

                                    18 reviews

                                    Dined on December 14, 2017

                                    overall2food3service3ambience2

                                    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.

                                  29. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    New Orleans

                                    2 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on December 10, 2017

                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

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

                                  30. n

                                    nappyd

                                    New Orleans

                                    9 reviews

                                    2.0

                                    9 reviews

                                    Dined on December 7, 2017

                                    overall2food2service2ambience3

                                    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.

                                  31. DF

                                    DarrinF

                                    New Orleans

                                    6 reviews

                                    vip
                                    3.0

                                    6 reviews

                                    Dined on December 6, 2017

                                    overall3food3service5ambience5

                                    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.

                                  32. J

                                    Jack

                                    New Orleans

                                    8 reviews

                                    vip
                                    1.0

                                    8 reviews

                                    Dined on December 3, 2017

                                    overall1food1service5ambience5

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

                                  33. S

                                    Shenanigans

                                    New Orleans

                                    34 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    34 reviews

                                    Dined on November 29, 2017

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    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.

                                  34. e

                                    edparson

                                    New Orleans

                                    6 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    6 reviews

                                    Dined on November 26, 2017

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                  35. FN

                                    FoodieNOLA

                                    New Orleans

                                    21 reviews

                                    vip
                                    2.0

                                    21 reviews

                                    Dined on November 23, 2017

                                    overall2food2service4ambience3

                                    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.

                                  36. M

                                    Missica

                                    New Orleans

                                    56 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    56 reviews

                                    Dined on November 18, 2017

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    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.

                                  37. C

                                    Cdarich

                                    Hawaii

                                    4 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    4 reviews

                                    Dined on November 9, 2017

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    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.

                                  38. CS

                                    ChefSandySays

                                    Mississippi

                                    6 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    6 reviews

                                    Dined on October 28, 2017

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    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.

                                  39. L

                                    Lena

                                    New Orleans

                                    9 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    9 reviews

                                    Dined on October 14, 2017

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                  40. M

                                    Melissa1

                                    New Orleans

                                    7 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    7 reviews

                                    Dined on October 14, 2017

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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                                  La Provence - New Orleans - Permanently Closed is rated 4.6 stars by 1560 OpenTable diners

                                  Permanently Closed

                                  This restaurant is permanently closed.

                                  • Neighborhood

                                    Northshore

                                  • Hours of operation

                                    La Provence will be temporarily closed for roof, ac & electrical repairs starting on Wednesday, April 25th until further notice. We are anticipating a fast and speedy completion! We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience during this time!

                                    La Provence will also be available for Offsite Caterings & Events during this time! For information on Offsite Catering and Events please email Jennifer Hunter at jenn@laprovencerestaurant.com for logistics & information.

                                    Spring 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.

                                  • Cuisines

                                    French, Southern

                                  • Dining style

                                    Casual Elegant

                                  • Dress code

                                    Business Casual

                                  • Parking details

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

                                  • Payment options

                                    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                  • Executive chef

                                    Eric Hunter

                                  • Additional

                                    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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