Provence of Carrboro

4.6
962 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, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

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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2.0Dined on July 28, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

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

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2.0Dined on June 30, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Excellent food, ambience and service. We will return.

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

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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2.0Dined on June 23, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

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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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Food was impeccable classic French, which is rare these days, but also I loved the friendliness of the staff and the neighborhood feel of the restaurant. Will definitely return.

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

The main dish, trout almandine, was very good albeit just a tad on the salty side. The desserts, profiteroles and tarte Tatin, were okay but not outstanding. The wine we consumed was fairly pricey and unmemorable. The service by a busy group of wait staff was quite good. The noise level at times was such as to make conversation across the table something of a strain. All in all, a good dining experience but a bid uneven, we thought.

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3.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Really enjoyed our appetizer and desert but the entrees fell flat and were overpriced. Expected more from a restaurant that specializes in fish. My lobster was cooked well although the risotto was very bland, my wife’s plate of 4 different fish was under seasoned and felt like something that could be made at home. Would look elsewhere for a unique experience

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

This was the second time that my wife and I have tried Provence of Carrboro, and we have been disappointed each time. We each had the Poissons Du Jour (the chef's selection of four fish) and each of us felt that the selections were either tasteless or mismatched. For example, the trout that formed the basis of the Truite Provençale was overwhelmed by the tapenade of of olives, capers, and shallots. The wine list was good, but overall we didn't think that the meal was worth the $150+ (wine included) that we paid for it.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

It was Mother's Day, so it was very busy. The food was delicious,hot and delivered quickly. Was lovely

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Food good but not quite up to price level. service very good

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Five of us had brunch at Provence on Saturday to celebrate birthdays. The ambiance was lovely. It's so nice to eat at a restaurant with white tablecloths. We were able to order from the lunch, brunch and crepe menus so everyone loved what they ordered. They gave free desserts all around to celebrate the birthdays. Excellent restaurant experience.

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3.0Dined on May 4, 2018

We used to go to Provence years ago and loved it. After having left the area for a few years, we decided to try again on our return. The food was just ok, net nearly as good as it used to be, and the service left much to be desired. My wife told the server she needed to eat gluten free, and he still brought her a salad with croutons, and a main course with couscous. Doubt he ever mentioned it to the chef.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

The food is outstanding, tasty, and correctly portioned. The service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

The staff are welcoming the moment you step in and go out of their way to make you comfortable.

The food is outstanding!

The wine list is both affordable and adventurous.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Provence is my favorite restaurant in the Chapel Hill vicinity when the weather permits outdoor seating. This past Friday at lunchtime proved perfect weather. The lunch/brunch menu and the excellent service made the end-of-the-semester celebration all that could be hoped for.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Absolutely FABULOUS...a delicious meal all around.

Awesome bread! Actually the entire meal!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

A group of 8 friends celebrated our 40th reunion from UNC on Saturday night with a wonderful dinner at Provence. They seated us at a big table in the bar by ourselves, and the staff couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. Everything we ordered was delicious and it was a memorable special occasion.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Our dinner for four was absolutely wonderful ! The dinners were beautifully prepared ; the guys had "Rack of Lamb" , and they love it. The gals had the "fish of the day" - wonderful - with four different fish each with their own sauce. "Provence " is one of our favorite restaurants in the whole area ; their food and service are outstanding !!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

An absolute delight! As a transplant from Charleston, SC, I'm confident Provence could easily beat the best French restaurants down there.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Provence is the real deal. Food is delicious and beautifully prepared, and wine list is excellent. Ambiance is warm, and the manager Chris is extremely welcoming. Don't be surprised if he remembers your name and your wine preferences when you visit again. A perfect place for a relaxing neighborhood restaurant dinner or to celebrate anniversaries and birthdays.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The Moroccan lamb tajine crepe was marvelous, as was the French toast appetizer! Outstanding wine list. Good selection of desserts. The chocolate orange cake was to die for! Great service. A fantastic choice for an anniversary Sunday brunch.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Small intimate restaurant with authentic French cuisine

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Varied menu
Good fish options. Fish was very fresh and perfectly cooked.

Good service. Attentive.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

From start to finish we had an excellent experience. Pleasant greeting, prompt and friendly service and excellent food. The grouper chowder was terrific the fish was fresh and flavorful and desserts were delicious and artfully presented. It’s a little pricey so we use it for special occasions but can’t wait to return.

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