Provence of Carrboro

4.7
1210 Reviews
$30 and under
French
Provence has seen only few changes over the last 18 years. And since the change of ownership in 2012 by Chef Baptist Knaven and his business partner Jerry King, you’ll still find all of your classic favorites such as the beautiful Trout Provencal and Whole Fish baked in Rock Salt, as well as the Onion Soup and Lobster Bisque on the menu.
Chef Baptist came to the United States in 2003 and has earned his accolades in the U.S. at his very successful Mediterranean restaurant “Café Zito” on the North Carolina coast, until he moved to the Triangle and started working at Provence. Working with Felix Roux, a Provence, France native, gave him the edge in classic French cuisine and that is what his menu is based on.
Enjoy a casual dining atmosphere, inside or out-, with an impressive French and international wine selection. Enjoy our great seasonal salads and entrées, and choose from our all in-house made desserts like Pain Perdu and Profiterole.
Bon Appétit!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1210 people are saying
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HopaF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant!

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JordanM
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best escargot in NC. The Rocquefort on top is a must.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a date

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JulieS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor service and ambience was excellent! Food was terrific as always. So pleased they are able to maintain high standards despite the new Covid limitations.

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Anonymous
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outdoor on the patio, which is their seating during the pandemic. All of the tables were well-spaced apart and servers were masked appropriately. I had flounder amandine and my dining partner had filet. Both were excellent. Cocktails were on point. We also had a delicious slice of cheesecake.

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Russ
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arranged for a much needed parents date at Provence having not returned for over 10 years and at the recommendation of friends who had more recently visited. We were seated close to the outdoor heater (48F) and a wonderfully relaxed evening ensued. I can say that the both the mussel and snail appetizers were simply delicious, followed by the steak forestiere, probably the best steak we have eaten in 14 years dining out in the chapel hill/carrboro area (yes including other high end restaurants). We will certainly be back soon and would highly recommend the cuisine, simply divine (thanks chef)

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NicholasT
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice and charming place, great first date location.

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WendyM
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our meal was very good and presentation was very well done. The outdoor seating was very nice with good social distancing. The wait staff were very nice and accommodating. Was disappointed that they didn’t have the wine we ordered or any of the dessert I wanted . Also chose a cappuccino in place of dessert only to find out the machine was broken. Overall it was a pleasant evening.

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WilliamG
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a perfect evening. The service staff--Larry, Meg and Miriam--became good friends. The rack of lamb is always beyond five stars.. Looking forward to the next one. Hope they can find workable space heaters.

Bill

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DianeV
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance on a safe patio. Attentive staff, great service and a delicious meal.
The menu has an interesting variety.

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JamesF
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tournedos was excellent, the mushrooms and even the potatoes delicious. The service was prompt and personable, and the ambience on the outside courtyard was truly Provencal. A wonderful evening!

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dinaround
Raleigh
26 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Keeping in mind it was pouring rain and though they had double canopies, that couldn't stop the puddling of water at our feet. It was not good, but we don't blame them for the weather.

That aside, it has been awhile since we last went to Provence--COVID stopped us from going and also trapped us for some months overseas. Being away we lost track and it appears they have either new owners or managers and kitchen staff or all three.

The menu was disappointing in its selection. The mussels were served without bread --at a French restaurant (!), the salad tasted good, but was really unattractively plated, but the other choices were fine.

The entrees were OK, but not true to French cuisine--which in the past was the case at Provence, one of the diners had the Magret de carnard, and the plating was downright unappetizing with beans covering the entire base of the plate and the duck breasts sitting on top...bad. The other two entrees tasted good, but again, very sloppy presentation.

Desserts were uninspiring to order, but we did order one to share and only were given one plate, but 3 spoons. The dessert was totally uninspiring.

The glassware and flatware was poor quality, the wine glasses inappropriate for the wines, and as mentioned the plating was very poor.

The server was not well trained or skilled and knew almost nothing about the menu, food, or preparations. The hostess was pleasant and nice.

This is VERY different than the former Provence which was a French and upbeat experience always with a talented staff.

And, we are sorry that they changed so much.

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TimH
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We ate under an umbrella while it was raining, mostly gentle but sometimes a downpour. The waiters never missed a beat. In a way it was like entertainment. Certainly, a meal experience we will not forget.

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vipwrsmith50
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve always had the best experience at Provence. Extremely friendly staff and the food was exceptional. Always a pleasure to dine there.

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AliceG
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we've had in a long while. Worth every penny.

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DavidK
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! One of or the best restaurants hands down in all the area!

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vipHeidiB
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent, as usual! All seating was outdoors, but they had a nice set-up under cover.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time I go here I remember why it’s incredible. I don’t go enough and that will change.

Every app was amazing. Especially the escargot. Im not sure the secret to turning the simplest salad to something phenomenal.

The staff is so nice and rock smiles constantly. The atmosphere is amazing. If you can, sit on the porch or outside.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EXCELLENT!!!! As always.

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AlisonV
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at Provence is always a treat. This was our second time in two weeks, as we had such a wonderful time last week. We have to go back home, but when we return we will go again. Outstanding in every respect.

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Kelly
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, service was great, seating area was quiet and pleasant, and the COVID precautions were impeccable. We chose this for our first post-COVID meal out and it was the perfect choice!

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WoodyB
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going for years and happy they’re now open for patio dining. Attentive and professional service, delicious food.

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Betty
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Provence has created a lovely, safe environment for dining. Kudos to them. All the staff (our wait person, in particular) were attentive and efficient. We have already recommended that friends dine here.

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AliceG
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service. Love the outdoor patio.

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craigm
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was great finally to be able to enjoy some of my favorites, all of which were as excellent as ever. As long as the weather remains decent, dining al fresco at Provence will be great. Do reserve well ahead--due to the necessary spacing the number of places naturally is not nearly the normal one.

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beegee
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was prompt and courteous. The outdoor setting was very comfortable and pleasant. The food was terrific. I had the flounder amandine and I can't remember ever having such a delicious flounder. The vegetables accompanying this dish were nicely prepared and added to the enjoyment of the meal. My companion had the wild boar stew which she claimed was delicious. A very lovely evening

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AlisonV
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our most favorite restaurants. The food is spectacular and the staff is excellent. In this time of Covid the dining is all outside and is very pleasant and relaxed. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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AnneS
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Provence provides a delightful outdoor space for dining. The service was excellent as was the food. Tables were spaced appropriately. Highly recommended.

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TheoD
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. The outside terrace is ideal for outdoors dinner and the tables are properly spaced.

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vipAliceB30
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous fresh food. The waiters were attentive and knowledgeable. The atmosphere outside was adorable and romantic!

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Lauren
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really appreciate how covid-careful they’re being! And what a pleasure to have a refined meal ‘out’ these days :):):)

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Baptist and Crew have never disappointed us! Exceptional as always....Don’t hold back....Go tonight while you still can!

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JohnB
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

croutons ( hows that for picky) were dangerously hard! Not just picky.

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ReginaM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Provence is a place we always think of first when we want to celebrate a special occasion. The food is wonderful and the staff is outstanding. It never disappoints.

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ThomasP
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal! Everything was delicious. A special occasion.

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vipCharliegirl
Raleigh
78 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. Portions were large. Onion soup was amazing. Duck was delicious as was the tuna. Chocolate pie was wonderful. And it was nice and quiet in a beautiful setting. We just loved it.

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MichaelV
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

This was our second visit to the restaurant and while the food was consistently outstanding, the service was night and day. My wife and I both have alpha-gal and the waiter was both aware of what that meant and very communicative as to the which menu items would be “safe”. He was also very attentive and engaging, recognizing that we were observing our anniversary.

The waitress this second visit seemed to have absolutely no interest in any interaction with us, appeared to be oblivious to our allergies, failed to acknowledge the event we recorded with the reservation, and disappeared for long periods of time. The hostess and other wait staff tried to pick up the slack but she was so lackadaisical that we thought she had gone home sick. I’m not sure we would have returned had this been our first experience.

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SusanB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A special day at a special restaurant. Our server was very helpful, patient and a delight.

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Marilyn
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Provence is the best French restaurant in the area. Its great for special occasions.

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RobertF
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful quiet dinner on a snowy evening. We had the set menu, which was every bit as good as we expect from Province.

FAQs

Provence of Carrboro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 967-5008.

Provence of Carrboro is rated 4.7 stars by 1210 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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