Provence of Carrboro
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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Our favorite restaurant!
Best escargot in NC. The Rocquefort on top is a must.
Perfect for a date
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.
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.
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)
Very nice and charming place, great first date location.
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.
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.
Great ambiance on a safe patio. Attentive staff, great service and a delicious meal.
The menu has an interesting variety.
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!
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.
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.
We’ve always had the best experience at Provence. Extremely friendly staff and the food was exceptional. Always a pleasure to dine there.
One of the best meals we've had in a long while. Worth every penny.
Amazing! One of or the best restaurants hands down in all the area!
Excellent, as usual! All seating was outdoors, but they had a nice set-up under cover.
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.
EXCELLENT!!!! As always.
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.
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!
Been going for years and happy they’re now open for patio dining. Attentive and professional service, delicious food.
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.
Great food and excellent service. Love the outdoor patio.
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.
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
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.
Provence provides a delightful outdoor space for dining. The service was excellent as was the food. Tables were spaced appropriately. Highly recommended.
Great food and great service. The outside terrace is ideal for outdoors dinner and the tables are properly spaced.
Fabulous fresh food. The waiters were attentive and knowledgeable. The atmosphere outside was adorable and romantic!
Really appreciate how covid-careful they’re being! And what a pleasure to have a refined meal ‘out’ these days :):):)
Chef Baptist and Crew have never disappointed us! Exceptional as always....Don’t hold back....Go tonight while you still can!
croutons ( hows that for picky) were dangerously hard! Not just picky.
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.
Outstanding meal! Everything was delicious. A special occasion.
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.
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.
A special day at a special restaurant. Our server was very helpful, patient and a delight.
Provence is the best French restaurant in the area. Its great for special occasions.
A wonderful quiet dinner on a snowy evening. We had the set menu, which was every bit as good as we expect from Province.
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.