Provence of Carrboro

4.4
1013 reviews
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Provence has seen only few changes over the last 15 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!
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is such a great restaurant especially for special occasions. The menu & food is divine, the service outstanding, & the ambiance lovely. Highly recommend.

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JG
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. As far as I know, authentic French cuisine. First time I’ve ever had escargot. I learned a lot about French specialty food. I also think I understand the French paradox a little better. The fats were the highlight of the food. Not additional calories added.

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SS
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience terrific food. New server who tried really hard.

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LF
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely lunch at Provence. Excellent food, even better service, beautiful ambiance, Definitely a hidden treasure in Carrboro!

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RW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service at Provence, from the welcome by the hostess to the service at our table, is excellent, warm and natural and efficient. The meal was very good, but with perhaps a bit more waste on the magret de canard than expected. Preparation of all menu items was excellent, and the profiteroles provided a wonderful conclusion.

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m
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I decided to take my father to Provence while he was visiting. It was his first time dining there and he was thoroughly impressed. His steak was perfect and everyone, including the chef, made sure we had everything we needed. I highly recommend Provence for any occasion!

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s
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The front of house staff were all friendly. We weren't sure if the chef was out of town or if management had changed, but the execution of the dishes left much to be desired. The escargot came out without their shells and were of decent size. To my knowledge, a salt encrusted fish is supposed to be encased in salt to allow the fish to steam and be very tender. The fish that came out of the kitchen was a whole fish cooked on a baking pan with a heavy dusting of salt, not encased. The waiter struggled to remove the salt, but he was gracious to block the salt from hitting the table. Once the fish plated, I was horrified to see that the "hollandaise" came out solidified in a soup bowl and was doled out in chunks. It was not the nice creamy emulsion sauce that I was expecting of egg yolks and butter, and did not look freshly made. It looked like my $31 one-pound fish was dissected into less than a filet worth of fish on the plate. To his credit, the waiter tried his best and was a bit nervous as he plated the fish, perhaps it was his first time serving the fish. The vegetables were cooked well, still firm and not mushy. The salmon portion was cooked well; the seared scallop looked like it was steamed as it was missing the golden brown color of a sear, but at least it wasn't rubbery; the other white fish (mahi mahi and trout) were both overcooked and dry. The sauces helped, but were broken and had a strange viscosity. The rice pilaf had so much saffron that it had a bitter unpleasant taste. The salted fish plate had bones and chunks of salt mixed throughout the fish pieces, which required careful chewing. The first crunch was alarming, but not as shocking as the saltiness that flooded my mouth. We were asked by the waiter and hostess how the food was, but we couldn't figure out how they could improve if the execution of basic French techniques was clearly lacking. Next time we will go back to eat at St. Jacques, Rue Cler, or Coquette for French food.

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HW
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, wonderful hopitality. The red snapper fish of the day was perfect.

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CH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Friendly atmosphere, not too formal, not too casual.

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J
Raleigh
72 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely New Years Eve dinner! Even though Provence was very busy, both the service and the food were outstanding. They really "shine" with the escargot and the rack of lamb ! What a great evening !

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B
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food as excellent as usual, service below usual standards. Still a favorite spot.

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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Table for 4. Three for dinner. Had to ask twice that the extra place setting be removed. Ordered drinks. Took over 20 minutes. When drinks came one was totally the wrong drink. Service not good. Not sure who was our server. Hostess and two other servers waited on us. Not crowded for a Saturday night. No second seatings while we were there. One of the entrees had so much grizzle. Asked for second sharp knife that didn’t help. Owner came over said he would take entree charge off bill, didn’t charge for wrong drink and asked if we wanted an after dinner drink. At that point please just the check.

We hosted a party for 35 people several years ago food food but servers couldn’t present the food to each person. Had to do family style because chairs and tables so close together.

Will never go back.

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F
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Very disappointed in our meal. The cheese on the french onion soup was burnt and both orders of the lobster were not cooked sufficiently and had to be sent back to the kitchen. I asked that my tenderloin be cooked between medium rare and medium and it was rare. If they were very busy, I might understand, but they were not.

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WL
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal and very good service

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CE
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

After repeated visits to Provence, we have found some dining aspects unchanged and wonderful, while others were a bit of a disappointment (but not horrible). The meats and seafood were excellently cooked as desired. The desserts were top-notch, as were the sauces for all dishes. The service was impeccable and we found the chef engaging at table side. The only downside that we experienced with all entries were slightly undercooked and flavor-lacking risottos and rice. We will return despite this very select failing, as the overall experience at Provence is excellent.

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AB
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It has been several years since I dined at Provence and I had heard the quality slid over the years. But then a friend told me it was back up to the high standards and fine dining experience of its inception, so we chanced it for a Christmas Eve dinner. It was superb - great food, thoughtful, unobtrusive service, lovely atmosphere. It is one of the more quiet places to eat so you can actually have a conversation without blaring, piped in music and horrible acoustics! We will return.

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J
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was good at each course,especially desert.
A key characteristic of the place was the wonderful atmosphere,with
little noise and quiet service.

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B
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

A lovely setting and so happy to be there on a rainy day. To start we ordered French Onion Soup. It came with a rather ashy tasting char of cheese and bread on top which was inedible. A replacement was quickly made and the rest of the meal was fabulous. We wondered why this even happened. We do not want to besmirch the restaurant, especially when it is one of the rare fabulous restaurants open for lunch, but that soup should never have left the kitchen. However the rest of the meal was more fabulous than described on the menu, topped by a fabulous dessert. I would chalk this up to a kitchen error that was so made wonderful later on. Read this and know you will find this restaurant more than expected in its ambiance and desire to serve you exquisite food.

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RM
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Provence is my go to place for special occasions as well as just regular weekly dining. I love the atmosphere, the service and most definitely the food! I have yet to be displeased.

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C
Raleigh
57 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We really loved the escargot and the mussels. The wines were excellent. All the dishes were tasty. Very pretty restaurant.

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FM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I dined here for the first time having reviewed the recommendations on Open Table. It certainly lived up to our expectations. Table settings were exquisite, with plenty of space in between to allow for casual conversation. Service was excellent, very nice selection of specialty cocktails, a complete selection of wines and the food was well presented and delicious. The desert and French pressed coffee completed an excellent dining experience. We will definitely return.

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T
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Over Priced and poor quality on a Sunday afternoon lunch. Salad greens were on their way out and our chocolate tarte was so cold that it had no taste. And, the espresso machine was OUT OF ORDER.
Our bill for 2 onion soups and a shared salad, desert and two glasses of wine came to $ 80.00 with tip!
Ridiculous. Time for Baptiste (the owner/chef) to throw in the towel!
Don't go here.

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JB
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Wine list was out of date. Ordered two different wines, both were no longer available. However the restaurant suggested alternatives which were excellent. Waiters forgot to bring spoons for soup and small forks for escargot.

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best meals that I have ever experienced. The onion soup was the perfect start to the meal and everything - the wine, the soup, the entrees, the service - was fantastic.

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RT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

It was very nice - my egg on my Benedict was too hard, it should have been runnier and my guest's steak was gray in color. The beignets were cold and hard. It was obvious the chef wanted to get out of the kitchen as we were the last customers. A bit disappointing.

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c
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was excellent, the food, service and atmosphere. I would recommend it to anyone.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb in every respect.

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CC
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful place! Excellent authentic food, and a beautiful outdoor spaces to enjoy it in. We highly recommend visiting, and will be back soon!

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RI
Greensboro
59 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We always love to dine at Provence in Carrboro. The service is second to none. The atmosphere is great. And the food is very good. I highly recommend this restaurant to any who have not tried it. You will not bet disappointed.

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C
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Was just ok. Place had a funny old smell. Took away from experience

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JW
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding fish! Outstanding wine list, and outstanding desserts!

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NF
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the absolute best Tournedos Rossini last night that I have ever had in my entire life. It was tender with a delicious sauce. Oh my goodness, I can't wait to go back and order the same thing. The wait staff was attentive, the noise level low.... just a lovely setting.

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p
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Larry was lovely and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. My friend had never been to your restaurant and was very pleased with her experience.

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MF
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 1

We have dined before but were very disappointed this visit. My husband found his mussels very tough to open and flavorless. He enjoyed the filet of sole but it was so overpriced.

We did not realize when we made the reservation that there was an Octoberfest (with beer pairings) meal planned for that evening. So for the entire duration of our meal the front door slammed every minute or so as the servers entered and left to service the crowd in the front garden. Also, we got to constantly hear the bartender and waitstaff calling for more beer glasses from the bar area.

Overall, it was a terrible value for our food and experience. I was very disappointed.

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A
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was quite good and the atmosphere was charming. However, the service was atrocious. It seemed like our server had never waited before and there were multiple issues from the the beginning of the meal through the bill. It detracted from what would have been a very nice experience.

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G
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our entrees were excellent: nicely presented, unpretentious, ungimmicky, and simply delicious. The chef prepared one dish specially without butter (for the one of us who has severe dairy allergies), and traded out one set of vegetable sides for another for another of us. Since we hadn't ordered appetizers, it took a very very long time to be served. I think that would deter us from going again, since similar requests are usually handled more expeditiously. There are two vegetarian choices, one of which sounded as if it might be vegan. I would be very happy if the chef could devise more vegetarian dishes--there are so many out there now, rooted in French tradition and cooking techniques, that are very tasty and refined.

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f
Western NC
14 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When we learned we would be spending a brief weekend In Durham, Provence was the only choice we even considered for dinner: authentic, meticulously prepared food prepared from the finest quality ingredients in an intimate, friendly setting.
The sepia risotto with two grilled lobster tails was exceptional. My partner enjoyed the shrimp and scallops entree. We both had desserts - a lovely orange chocolate tart and a coffee crepe brûlée. The wine list by the glass includes a marvelous selection beyond the ordinary stuff so often found On wine lists.
We will be back.

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P
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner enjoyed by our party of four. Appetizers of Coquille St. Jacques, Escargot Provençal and Escargot summer Roquefort we’re yummo. Entrees of Tournedos Rossini, Tournedos avec Sauce Verte and Coquilles & Crevettes was fantastic. Profiteroles and Strawberry Creme Brûlée rounded out the meal. Such a good restaurant.

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m
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and ambience were awesome. The owner gave us a bottle of red Spanish wine for free. The best hospitality ever!

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BH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very good, but one diner found one fish on her plate tough. The ambiance was super until (as I heard a waiter tell another table the crowd gets there. It got so loud I was happy the evening was nice so I could wit outside; for older folks arriving early to eat is so smart. The wait staff are terrific.

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