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Provence of Carrboro

4.5
913 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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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.
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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Mediterranean, Provencal
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Hours of operation
Lunch/Brunch: Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 11:00 - 2:00
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(919) 967-5008
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Baptist Knaven
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
North Greensboro Street
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Parking details
Provence offers a private parking lot behind the restaurant. This lot is accessible via our driveway from Weaver Street. Additional parking is available in municipal lots on Weaver Street to either side of the restaurant.
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Public transit
Chapel Hill Transit F, J, CW
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Special events & promotions
Tuesday through Friday, we offer our prix-fixe menu, with a $30 special menu including an appetizer, entree, and dessert. Once a month, we host a wine dinner with a special guest from the wine industry. Sign up for our newsletter to stay informed of all upcoming events: www.provenceofcarrboro.com.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 913 People Are Saying
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4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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UndertheSon (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

We went for a late Valentines Day dinner and were very pleased. The restaurant was very warm and friendly. The food was excellent and our service was very good. We can’t wait to go back and take our friends.

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OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

My new favorite restaurant! The menu had so many great options and the food was spectacular.

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vipDpxx (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Just fabulous! Perfect Friday lunch with wine and escargot!

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osage (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

very fine experience..........................................................................................................................

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vipchapelhillian (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

It was the perfect place for Valentines dinner. Excellent meal and warm and friendly atmosphere.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Pinehurst)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The meal and the service were excellent

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SeraphinaW (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

This is such a classy little place. The staff are all very friendly and courteous. I went for Valentine's Day and they were very efficient and seated everyone within a matter of minutes (even one couple who didn't have a reservation). The food we had was phenomenal. They also have a nice outdoor patio that I think would be nice to sit in on clear, cool nights!

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We really like the scale and relaxed atmosphere of Provence. The menu is fresh and innovative, though this visit was for Valentine's day and the menu was more tailored. In spite of that, it was broad enough to please most anyone's taste. The lobster tails over risotto were superb. As a former New Englander I tire at the way southern chef's botch cooking lobster. However, these were real Maine lobster tails, cooked to perfection. The service was up to its usual very high standard. A selection of a white wine (from France) was good, but a bit pricey as chosen by our waiter. (We are almost always US and other country wine drinkers.) While we rarely eat dessert, the Profiteroles beckoned us and they were excellent. Over all a very nice evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Very good experience!!! Great date dinner!

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UNCfan (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Superb valentines dinner, excellent food and service!

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Hermes (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

The food was amazing especially for the price. However, the atmosphere is very pale, in decor and the people that attend it. The waiter must be new, because he was not very good and not very polite to guests, like a server should be.

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RaleighFoodiesNC (Raleigh)
3.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

We had high hopes driving from Raleigh after being patrons of Lil & Lori Lacassagne, previous owners of Saint Jacques, for years before they sold out and left for Gibsonville. We started with cocktails in the bar. But, there didn't seem to be anyone tending and at one point there were three behind the tiny bar, which made it a little haphazard for a Friday night, which was a bit concerning. No sommelier was there, nor a maître d', just the manager and wait staff attempting to make cocktails. The food was excellent, as was the wine we chose ourselves. The ambiance was lacking as the music was not at all effective for creating an atmosphere and the rooms acoustics left something to be desired. The whoever was excellent and will bring us back for a second look. We recommend the mussels for a first course and take advantage of the fish du jour. Parking was available off street. There's potential here if the staff can get the front of house together to make it an experience.

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BenReviews (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Provence is a true little gem in Carborro. Set in an old house, the restaurant has a lot of charm and ambience. The menu is authentic and the food was excellent. A great dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
2.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Disappointing food. When claiming to be a French restaurant, one would expect to eat accordingly.

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Maddie (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

The Team at Provence of a Carrboro is great. The food is delicious and the wine list is very extensive you are sure to find your favorite. I went for dinner and brunch the next day, I loved it very much. Make sure you stop by and give them a try. It’s worth it.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

My cousin and I were very impressed by our overall experience at Provence. The wine list was extensive and our waiter was very accommodating. We enjoyed the atmosphere and delicious French cuisine! We highly recommend Provence for any occasion.

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ModfatherNC (London)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Wonderful brunch! Carrboro’s best Sunday brunch, in fact...or maybe even the entire Triangle’s! Check it out.

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oldblue (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

We like Provence for the quiet ambiance, good service, and mostly good food/wine.
Food experiences from recent visits— very good (fish four ways, lobster bisque, trout amandine, escargot, bread pudding); not as good (salad with mango because mango not ripe and cream brûlée-extremely shallow).

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
3.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Provence has always been one of my favorite restaurants for special occasions. Recently my family celebrated my birthday there with a Sunday Brunch. Not the usual great experience and I have been hearing this from other locals recently. The food was mediocre and the service was really poor. Too expensive for it not to be great. I think dinner is better than brunch or lunch.

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OpenTable Diner (Greensboro)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Very good service and the food was excellent. I would certainly return to this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
2.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Unfortunately this was an off night for Provence and very disappointing to me as the hostess.
The two orders for trout Amandine were tasteless, and there was no salt and pepper in sight.
The coffee was cold, but the waiter did refill the two cups for the coffee drinkers.
The server in the kitchen put balsamic vinegar rather than chocolate sauce on the
profiteroles order and the vanilla ice cream order. To Provence's credit, we were not charged for the desserts, and they did replace them.

I was treating as a birthday celebration for one of the guests and as I mentioned, I was very disappointed. My final bill was over $200 for four people, and I felt as though we didn't get our money's worth.

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vipGo4It (Raleigh)
2.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

I hope it was an off night. 1st course of scallop and pork belly. Scallops perfectly done but pork belly was chewy with inedible bites. Wife ordered duck confit with roasted brussel sprouts. Confit was tough and required a steak knife to cut. Sprouts were steamed and boring. My Filet de Canard Wellington was good.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We were very excited to try Provence and wanted to love it but... we were incredibly disappointed! Overall, food was mediocre and overpriced. Escargot was flavorless, risotto was too salty (although the lobster was cooked well). Service was also mediocre. Would not recommend!

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vipJean (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

What a wonderful meal we had at Provence for New Years Eve ! Both the food and service were outstanding ! Also, their bartender really knows how to make a good cocktail too ! I had the
salmon dish (beautifully prepared), and my companion had the Rack of lamb.

We shall return to this lovely restaurant !

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Bill (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Holiday menu so somewhat limited offerings. Food excellent as usual. Service outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food and atmosphere. Attentive staff. Always consistant.












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skinisin (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent menu, great French cuisine, superior wine list, nice atmosphere, excellent service

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EmjkgPittsboro (Raleigh)
3.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

My sister and I have eaten here before and loved it. As a Christmas gift to visiting family, my sister treated seven of us to brunch on a Saturday. While many entrees were delicious, two members had a disappointing experience. Both got lukewarm soup and barely heated entrees. In fairness, they did not make the server aware of the issue but later spoke with the manager who took the items off the bill. The noise from the kitchen was not only audible, but the conversations could be heard verbatim. Kitchen language is very colorful. All in all this visit was disappointing as we had built up anticipation with tales of earlier visits. All restaurants have times of "less than". I just so wish it hadn't been when we brought new patrons.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

It's a great place for a special occasion. The food is delicious, and the service is first class. It's a bit pricey, but it's totally worth it. Love the ambiance, too. We have eaten inside, as well as have enjoyed dining outside. Very accommodating and a perfect place for a fun evening out!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

I brought my girlfriend to Provence for a Christmas Eve dinner and we both LOVED it. She ordered the salmon entree and I order the filet mignon. Both were cooked to perfection. The service staff was very helpful with wine recommendations and overall quite friendly. We will definitely be back.

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