Provence of Carrboro

4.6
982 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.
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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, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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JW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding fish! Outstanding wine list, and outstanding desserts!

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NF
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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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Raleigh
3 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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Raleigh
7 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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DD
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food as always was outstanding. We have eaten here a dozen or more times and have never been disappointed. It is a little bit pricey, but delicious classic French food (without reliance on heavy sauces) is just fabulous on so many levels.

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MT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We both had a really great time for a birthday celebration. Excellent service & wine and food as well.
We really like the brunch here too!

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w
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sunday brunch at Provence was great. Really the best Eggs Royale I have had - including in Scotland! - with lovely lovely smoked salmon and perfect poached eggs. Others enjoyed the crepes. It's a relaxed, pretty enough outside venue, just the perfect place for a brunch where you can actually hear one another.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely restaurant to celebrate a birthday dinner! Also fabulous for brunch.

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RM
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a gem of a restaurant in the Triangle! Brought business visitors from abroad. They were very pleased to served world-quality cuisine at a venue where all five of us could hear one another at the table.

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D
Raleigh
29 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great brunch! Will definitely be back. Thanks for a tasty meal!

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b
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My go to French restaurant for consistently fine dining. Don’t miss the rack of lamb, mussels and onion soup. Half price bottles of wine on Wednesdays! Great service too. Class act all the way. Weekend brunch al fresco also a good option. Provence is a solid five stars.

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G
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant, have been there several times before and always has been a nice experience

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I had the burger forestiere and it was cooked to a perfect medium rare. Great flavor. We sat outside on the patio. The fountain was a nice touch, but there were bugs that eventually found our food. An elevated fan would be an improvement to circulate the air.

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CH
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming little french bistro set in an old house with a treed front patio. Best fish in town, served with local veggies

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SD
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wanted accessible quiet spot with good seafood, desserts, and wine to celebrate Mom’s 98th birthday. It was perfect. Would be good for dates too, romantic, handy parking. Staff very nice!

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FB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant since it takes us back to our 3-year stay in France. It's food is as good as any restaurant near Nice, France as is the service. The wine and food selection also mirrors the kind of restaurant we enjoyed in France, seafood as well as quality meats prepared in an unexpected way! Love it!

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SV
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Folks are genuinely well trained, knowledgable about the food and their wine list. Can identify hidden gems on their fair-sized wine list and help you pair wisely to their wonderful dishes. Have enjoyed dining there on several special occasions and would enjoy more often as a welcome break from our routine. They time the pacing of your dinner well, and the presentation is as beautiful as the dishes are delicious. While reasonable, it is still a tad outside our normal price point.

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c
New Orleans
44 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent, as usual. I have been dining here since the restaurant opened, and Baptiste has done a fine job of maintaining a strong tradition while at the same time introducing some very attractive novelties. Among the latter was my choice, the lobster risotto. My guests were equally pleased with the lamb chops and the four-fish combination. The improvement in the wine by the glass selection of several years ago has also been maintained. Service was friendly and efficient as always.

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w
Raleigh
54 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I had eaten at Provence for a special Bastille day dinner and was told by the manager to be sure to let him know the next time I dined and he would make it a special occasion. The tomato bisque was great. Sweet tomatoes, fresh basil and not too ‘bisquey’. The drink (entre deux mers) was also great. Things went downhill rapidly. The foie gras torchon was not ‘torched’ and basically just warm. The sampler of fish was all over cooked. The tarte tantin was a gooey mess of a crust and the apples were mushy. I mentioned the problem with the fish and was told they would let the chef know—but nothing else. For $100, the meal was vastly overpriced given the quality of food. There are much better choices for French in the area. The manager did not deliver on making this special.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four ladies enjoyed a quiet birthday celebration. We were well taken care of .

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M
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding quality and service that we have come to expect from this outstanding restaurant. Highly recommend and our favorite French restaurant in the triangle!

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J
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our all-time favorite places to have dinner.

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Raleigh
53 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy the Provence, usually for a special occasion. This was no exception. We had a quiet table in the front (bar) section. The food and service were delicious! We finished it off with our favorite dessert (profiterole!). Merci beaucoup!

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c
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I cannot wait to go back for Sunday Brunch and try the crepes next time .

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EM
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I was left unimpressed. Overall, the food was bland and mediocre, at best. There are far better brunch spots in the Triangle. I won't be returning.

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GO
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, ambience and service. We will return.

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VK
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A very nice restaurant for lunch/brunch, particularly on the weekend. Good service, though perhaps a bit spotty at times. Their espresso machine seems to have been "broken" for at least a month. They need to get it fixed. Excellent wine list, not a great place if you're a beer or cider drinker. I would recommend it to friends, with the caveats mentioned above.

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s
Raleigh
26 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Always good French food with excellent wine list. Nice evening so ate outside. Great service. Consistently good restaurant.

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OT
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very Simply One of the Triangles BEST RESTAURANTS! Chef Baptist is a Master Chef that will leave you eager to get back! French-Mediterranean Cuisine and Truly Homemade Desserts! Treat yourself and bring friends....No regrets here....

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W
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Both the server and the host constantly tried to push us in and out. Waiter even asked us what we wanted to order before asking what we wanted to drink. I had to insert an appetizer request and he still wanted our meal request at the same time. Then the host came and asked us our order - this only after being there about 10 minutes. When the waiter brought a piece of chocolate tort for dessert he gave me a spoon to eat it with. I asked for a fork and he reached over to another table and gave me a big dinner fork instead of a dessert fork. Overall, mediocre food, terrible and uncomfortable service. I will not return.

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r
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

We went to Provence for a belated Father's Day dinner and to celebrate our 48th wedding anniversary. In general, the food was quite good: the lobster bisque was delicious, as were the escargot, and my tournedo. Unfortunately, the tournedos ordered by my wife and daughters were way overcooked (they all like their beef extremely rare) despite their specific requests to our waiter. My wife was waiting for our waiter to ask how our dinners were, but unfortunately he never did. My youngest daughter eventually requested a new tournedo, but my wife just left hers on the plate. Eventually, the manager picked up on what was happening and asked my wife if she would like to send hers back, but by that point, it was too late. To his credit, he comped her meal and gave her a creme brulee as an apology. Happily, the desserts were all excellent, especially the bread pudding. In closing, while this experience could have been better, I would still recommend Provence as a place for "special" occasions, and I expect that we'll be back to give it another try.

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r
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Provence is a remarkable restaurant. In fact, I hesitate to call it simply a restaurant. It is more like a gourmet kitchen at my Uncle John's house in Florida, or Great Aunt Florence's in southern Virginia. If elegance were ever simplicity, that holds true here. The management and servers are as real and authentic as the cuisine and ambiance. I have never felt more comfortable dining than I have here every time I have visited. There is no disconnect between the front and back of house, rather the balance and unity of the organization is as fully integrated with the highest integrity and fluency possible for people to experience. So often another more corporate Five Star venue is largely show and presentation, too often sacrificing the food and enjoyment for appearances. Some say love is the most important ingredient in a dish, but there is no one word to express the psychic quality that enhances the most superb ingredients with the most skilled and passionate preparation of every detail. I am reminded of dining in Europe, Italy in particular, when I sit down to a meal at Provence. It is a personal affair, quaint and intimate. Provence is a restaurant where professional means personal and precise while at the same time providing unparalleled satisfaction and comfort. I consider it a jewel in the Carrboro crown, a local resource of which we can all be proud and appreciate, a meeting of hearts in the highest sense, like coming home to the scents and flavors that nourish both body and soul.

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OT
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I always love having brunch here. The wine list is extensive and the food is always fresh and delicious. The patio is a plus for people-watching, and the service has always been excellent!

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Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

It took at least 10 min for the waiter to talk to us... no even mention specials or anything... came ask for a drink and left... 5 min later came with the drink and left again...We spend at least 20 min waiting for our order to be taken.. after that the food came back quickly and it was amazing! Maybe bad luck for us the waiter that we got since all the other tables were not suffering.

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