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About Provence of Carrboro
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.
Carrboro, NC 27510
French, Mediterranean, Provencal
Hours of Operation:
Lunch/Brunch: Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 11:00 - 2:00
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
North Greensboro Street
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Chapel Hill Transit F, J, CW
Banquet, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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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Provence of Carrboro Ratings and Reviews
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 !
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.
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!
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.
We normally go to Provence for dinner about once a month just to basque in their superb food and service, but this was an anniversary dinner. Larry, our server, is on "old school" waiter who knows just how to recommend both food and wine, serve without being "present" and someone to engage with - a dying breed. The lobster was excellent (attested to by an old New Englander) as was the quartet of fresh fish from the NC coast.
It does not get much better.
We've been going here since it opened and this was by far the worst meal I've had there or anywhere. The scallops were undercooked and the mushroom veloute beneath was so salty as to have lost all flavor. The porkbell was also non descript. The entree was a favorite of mine until.last night. The Tagine D'Angeau was terrible. I had to pull the meat away from the sauce in order to eat it and left most everything else on the plate. We won't be back until Baptiste rights the ship in what used to be Carrboro's best restaurant
Provence has a very welcoming atmosphere from the moment you approach the front porch to stepping into the small cozy entrance where you are greeted with a proper French flair. The dining room is warm and inviting, the menu is varied with fish and meat selections. Half of our party had the Mediterranean lamb selection, and half chose the Trout and other seafood specials. The wine selection was excellent, as was the dessert options-we had the bread pudding! All portions were more than adequate. Everyone on staff was knowledgeable and accommodating-even our music request was honored!!
This was our 6th visit this year and still amazed at the quality of the foods, ambiance and chic setting. This was a late Tuesday night and the place was quiet, romantic and warm. Service was spot-on that left us no "wants." We both had sea food or fish and it was fresh and cooked superbly. Everything was fresh, well seasoned and beautiful to see.
The ambiance and service were great. The decor was charming and I can imagine this being a great spot in the summer next to a fountain. The food was rather lacking. The onion soup had such a thick layer of cheese, you have to excavate through all 2 inches of it to get to the onion soup. The crepe Suzette had a nice flambéd taste to it but the syrup from the canned oranges really clashed with the crepe.
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