Provence of Carrboro

4.5
1038 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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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SM
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is always excellent but the noise is terrible and blights the experience. Something should be done to ask patrons to speak more quietly. Some patrons are literally shouting.

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OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great French recipes

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CW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have not eaten at Provence for about 10 years..we had a great meal, prices were reasonable for what we had and we had an great experience. They only have gotten better.

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MM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a lovely evening ...the food and the service was fantastic. We are big fans of Provence both for dinner and brunch and it is our favorite restaurant for special occasions!

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JR
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Provence is reliably excellent. Food, service, welcoming atmosphere are all terrific, plus it is cozy and charming.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The service was not great. We stood at the hostess stand while a waiter stared at the check in screen for 3 minutes and didn’t even bother to greet us and say it would be a minute. Our waiter barely made eye contact with us and I had to ask him for his name. My wife’s salmon was so under cooked that it was slimy and I am almost certain the filet I ordered was actually a top round steak.

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TC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. It is an asset to Carrboro. We recommend it highly to any great food lover.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service. A delicious meal.

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o
Pinehurst
9 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The escargot were delicious! As were the mussels. Did not care for the créeme brûlée too watery and didn’t like the coffee flavor .

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EL
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

A comfortable, cheerful, somewhat intimate space with painted wall scenes from, I assume, France. The beignets are delicious, as was the lobster, shrimp, and scallop crepe. Service is good, though our water was left un-refilled for the length of the meal (but we did get plenty of coffee refills). Noise level for Sunday brunch was quite low. Everyone was generally happy with their meal. Overall, a very relaxing place for brunch.

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R
Salt Lake City
14 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was slow to start , we got our pre dining drinks after the first course, the duck confit was undercooked and difficult to eat, the lobster bisque had more tomatoes than lobster. Desert was good

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SP
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Presentation was great and loves the ambience. Prices are steep so we will only go on special occasions, but it's worth it. Loved the homey feel!

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DO
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Pleasant, good service, well prepared dishes, though not spectacular

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OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another memorable Valentine’s dinner.

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KY
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff and the food are amazing here. I had an accident at the table and everyone was so gracious and there were 3 servers immediately there to help solve the problem. An amazing place to have dinner.

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P
Raleigh
27 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Nice ambiance and good service. Extremely poor quality meat and wife's fish dish tasted old. Haven't felt ripped off at a restaurant in a while but I did here. Way overpriced for what you get. Won't ever be back.

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day

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SF
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant! And the brunch is a great value, too! But in any case, the quality exceeds the price - a too-little-known gem.

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T
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was good. I had a fillet that was a bit undercooked and my husbands lobster was a bit overcooked but the escargot were fantastic and the ambience was great for date night. The waiters and staff were very nice. It was an overall good experience.

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j
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

food was generous and delicious; service was excellent

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HG
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Love the ambience. Food is real provincial French. Good for adults though children in parties would be comfortable. Had a great birthday lunch. Harold

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SA
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place and food. Foie Gras on the menu means I’ll be back in a heartbeat. If you are feeling adventurous, get the Foie Gras ice cream dessert. You won’t be disappointed. Service is great too. Pretty much the best place for a romantic date dinner in Carrboro.

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JD
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and delicious food in an attractive setting. Plus it's not noisy - we can hear each other and our friends.

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BG
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love eating at this restaurant. The food and service are always top notch. There was a group of folks at an adjacent table that were really loud this time...not generally the case. Must admit it took away from the enjoyability of the night though.

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j
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Provence is a GREAT restaurant! Baptisit is always warming and inviting, food is always excellent and Jordan is a great server! ++++

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a
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
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
13 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
3 reviews
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 9, 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 4, 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
7 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 December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Friendly atmosphere, not too formal, not too casual.

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J
Raleigh
73 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
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
19 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 29, 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 28, 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
11 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
18 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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