Provence of Carrboro

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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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MP
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great small restaurant with crepes. Good service. There are lots of choices for brunch.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Our table was ready when we arrived. The staff and service were wonderful. The salads that we ordered were a highlight. My trout was perfectly done and sauced. The jasmine rice was a perfect match for the spiciness of the fish. The downside was my wife’s duck. It was greatly undercooked. I guess we could have sent it back to the kitchen, but we really do not like to do that. The desserts were very good. My rating reflects mainly the duck - it soured our 32nd wedding anniversary dinner.

n
Greensboro
12 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We've eaten here many times, and this visit was disappointing. Our server hovered, was less than professional and generally annoying. The smoked salmon benedict was chintzy and had barely a sliver of salmon. Giving serious consideration to taking Provence off my "favorite" list due to this experience. I consider that a shame, since I usually love an afternoon spent here.

s
Western NC
17 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

My husband and I enjoyed our brunch this past Sunday. The food was excellent, but I do have to say the service was not up-to-par. First, we were the first to be seated in the dining room and were put by the curtain leading to the bathroom and kitchen. I did not notice our unfortunate location until we were already settled in and ordering. Our server either needed more training or was just having an off day. She did not take away the wine glasses when we did not order wine and in fact, almost knocked mine over. Extra glasses made for a crowded table. She also did not offer to pour or remove the beer bottle and left it empty on the table. Empty plates were also left on the table much too long. After serving our food, she did not stop by and ask us if the food was to our liking or if we needed anything else. The inattentive service did diminish our enjoyment.

BE
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The onion soup was not as good as it was in the past.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Agréable but overpriced

D
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Sat down at 8pm, service was good but the restaurant was out of a couple entrees already. The duck dishes and tuna dish were excellent.

M
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First-timers to Provence and we weren't disappointed in the least. I enjoyed the 5oz filet and my partner had the Mahi. Both were as good as it gets. Our server could not have been more helpful and accommodating. 5 stars for an excellent dining experience!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal, exquisitely prepared and beautifully presented. Casual elegance at its best.

PZ
Raleigh
36 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This time it was our first time to have Brunch at Provence and it was simply delightful. We had the special appetizer which was scallops and pouched quail egg done perfectly. Then the special eggs Benedict and the fois gras crepes, just perfect with a lovely bottle of bubbly. Sunday at its finest.

JS
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was outstanding. Lamb chops were not cooked to order and were very fat. Other orders were very good, deserts were special.

SB
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn't have been better! The food was excellent, the sparkling rose hit the spot, service was excellent and friendly, and the day was perfect. Great way to spend a Sunday afternoon on a special occasion!!

n
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great special occasion restaurant! Excellent food.

KD
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire experience was excellent! There was a street fair that made getting to the restaurant challenging but the staff phoned in the early morning when they discovered the unfortunate situation.
They explained precisely where I should park because I had an elderly person with me.

Our waitress was just perfect. Charming, knowledgeable when menu questions were posed. The food was delicious. A wonderful experience.

We stayed for the special Mayberry Film documentary and were delighted.

CH
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What are the most charming, yummy little bistro’s in Carrboro where you can eat outside under the trees, actually hear your dinner companions, and have an easy time parking your car. Where are these things so rare these days?

PE
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

good selection, great wine recommended for our main dish and were very good, service attentive but not overbearing. Great food, enjoyable evening.

LR
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Provence has been one of our favorite restaurants for years. It's the next best thing to actually being in France! The menu includes French classics as well as interesting and innovative ways of food preparation. The ambiance is both sophisticated and warm. And the salads taste like you just collected the greens from your garden minutes before. Servers (especially Larry) are knowledgeable of both food and wine; they are total professionals.

FB
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place to get a "touch" of France without leaving the Research Triangle Park, NC. Having moved back from Vence France we have tired to visit on every one of our wedding anniversaries. Eating outside is common even in the heat of the summer, but we normally prefer to eat inside this home renovated as a restaurant.

BC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful French Food!
This visit was with a birthday gift certificate, and my husband and I couldn't have been more pleased with the food, service and atmosphere. We were in a small room, with about three tables and the small bar, and when the bar patrons left, the noise level was fine. After each having one of their special cocktails (with bread that is outstanding!), we shared a salad. He had the filet and I had the special, a brined rack of lamb. Each was cooked to perfection, and we enjoyed the accompanying sides and a very good half-bottle of reasonably priced wine. Dessert was a crème brulee with a mix of spices on top-fantastic. We were more than satisfied!

CD
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another delightful brunch on Sunday. We sat outside at Provence. The waitstaff is fabulous and the food was great.

H
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb! Fois Gras was delicious, crepes were delightful and very filling. Hand crafted cocktails really made the meal. Would highly recommend Provence. Lovely outdoor seating.

FP
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

We have been to Provence many times in the past without any problems, and this was the reason we brought guests this time. Much to our surprise we had one of our worst experiences at any restaurant. To start the evening, our waitress had dirty finger nails. She had little to no information regarding the questions asked of her regarding how the food was prepared. Dirty dishes were left on our table well after we had finished both our appetizers and our entrées.

Additionally, my wife and I ordered a main course that included two lobster tails. Both orders were extremely salty. She sent hers back. We were told that lobsters live in salt water and that is why they were so salty. We have never experienced this problem in the past with either whole lobsters or lobster tails. When my wife ordered her meal, she was quite clear about her concern of too much salt.

LF
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite lunch spot in Carrboro! Excellent food quality expertly prepared. Service is always perfect, too!

OT
Greensboro
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It has been a few years since we visited here, and we had heard it had fallen on hard times, but with new management and attentive staff our experience couldn't have been excelled. Kudos to La Provence!

IB
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my boyfriend to brunch at Provence of Carrboro for his birthday which is also Bastille Day. They had a perfect menu and special holiday drinks. Even though the day was hot, we enjoyed sitting on the porch under a tree. Lovely environment.

SF
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food as always, very good service. Unfortunately, though, our table in a corner of the large room turned out to be deafening much of the time as the room was full.
I was also surprised to find that our sangrias were as expensive as the food itself! Delicious though.
Provence remains our restaurant of choice for French food in the Chapelboro area.

SM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Provence and it was spot on. Everything from drinks, the special French Margarita to the delicious lobster bisque and charming atmosphere were just what we wanted to enjoy a special family brunch. Can’t wait to try the dinner menu!

MS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I've had in a long time, from the salade Provencal, to the risotto with lobster tails, to the fabulous Tarte Tatin and cocktail.

SG
Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great meal and experience, always a delight to go there

OT
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner tonight was amazing! The escargot with roquefort was probably the best I’ve ever eaten anywhere! Mom had the four fish sampler (scallop is soooo good) and I had lobster tails over polenta. Lobster was a little tough and I should of went with the whole fish instead, which I will probably do next time! Thank you for an amazing meal!

d
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Where Seafood is concerned, this place is spot-on. Cooked to Perfection. Sunday brunch was wonderful.

DA
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Provence is always a delight. Its casual elegance is a lovely atmosphere for a relaxing dining experience, the food is delicious and healthy, and the service is outstanding. That's why my sister and I chose to celebrate our recent birthdays there and we had a wonderful experience!

CF
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were eating with our small dog outside and it was threatening to storm. We had great service and a wonderful meal before the storm.

M
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed the food, ambiance, and service. I will be back in the near future. Was surprised that the soup was served with a serving spoon, rather than a soup spoon.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Great service and delicious food.

CH
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most charming restaurants in Chapel Hill with a pea gravel outdoor patio, shade trees, romantic lighting and a fountain. Our favorites are trout provencal and duck leg confit. But last night scallops with pork belly stole the show. Even if you sit inside you can have a conversation because the noise level is low. it’s an old house converted to a restaurant

BD
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food choices were excellent. The only problem we had was with parking. Two of us parked on the side of the restaurant. Afterwards two other cars parked next to the building next door making it impossible for people in the back lot to exit. We were blamed for the problem when the persons who came in after us should have used better judgment. We were chastised by a man in an orange-like shirt, and that truly did not sit well with us.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and ambience were fine. The service was almost too attentive. There were few diners at the time we ate and the servers didn't need to check in on us as often as they did. Other than that, the meal was as good as I've come to expect from Provence. Thanks!

TM
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was pretty unremarkable. I had the canard Wellington and chocolate orange torte for dessert. This was about $45 and I've had better, less expensive meals at Cheesecake Factory (but the ambiance obviously isn't as good). We were outside, but inside was pretty loud.

NM
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Got there at 7 for a 7PM reservation, was seated immediately, waiter took our order for wine, soup and entrees, wine and soup were served timely, entrees were served 2 hours later as the waiter and the chef forgot about us. As I was with a beautiful lady sharing a nice bottle of Merlot, I did not keep track of time until we looked around us and the room was almost empty. Then food came out. The fillet minion was ordered medium rare came out blood rare, The lamp chops ordered well done came out black on outside and pink in the middle. french fries were limp and soggy. They game us free dessert to make up for the poor service. Still no excuse for poor service and cooking.

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