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Thu, 6/21
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Provence of Carrboro

4.5
944 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 944 People Are Saying
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4.6
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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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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

6 of us had brunch here and all enjoyed their food. Pleasant small restaurant, attentive but not intrusive service. The burgers were delicious, although the roll was a regular sized standard roll and looked a bit odd on the burger. The salad was proclaimed delicious as was the rest. Would definitely return for brunch or other.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

I decided to check out this place based on some reviews I read. It was even better than expected.

For the GF followers I may have this place is a great find. French food where all the sauces and even a GF 'cracker' like bread.

So I had the salt baked fish, they debone and clean table side. interesting approach instead of placing the whole fish in front of you like they do in middle-eastern restaurants. I love both ways.

I also had the escargot, something I never find a lot on menus.

My friend who joined me that night had the cream of mushroom soup also GF.

Finished off the night with a flourless chocolate torte which was decadent and good.

Though pricey I would make this a must try 'date night' type place.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Great service, delicious meal and dessert. One of our favorite places to eat. Never disappointed.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

This is my favorite French restaurant. The menu is authentic, the wine list offers good choices, and the service was exceptional. A perfect evening.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Good restaurant with fresh ingredient, good amount of food. Comfortable setting

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2.0Dined on February 25, 2018

My crepe Suzette was burned on the underside which I did not notice until I ate half of it. It tasted unusual but did not say anything because I thought it might be the sauce. That was not something I would complain about.
Finally, I turned over the crepe and saw it was burnt. When the waiter finally came, he took the plate and didn't say a word.
I know that sometime s crepe can be too thick but to burn it? Whoever made it should have started from the beginning and made a fresh one considering the price!
I have made crepes for years and never burned one once!
The cook who made it hid the burned part! He/she knew it was burned!

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Celebrated a birthday and Provence was nice to give birthday girl a free dessert. A great touch!

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

I went to Provence with 3 friends to celebrate a birthday. We shared the escargot appetizer - it was excellent! We all had fish entrees. All the entrees were exceptional - very nice presentation, perfectly prepared fish, with excellent vegetable and rice sides. And the desserts were to die for. We shared the profiteroles and pain perdu. Overall, a wonderful evening of conversation with friends complimented by great food and wine.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

We went on a quiet night after Valentine’s week and it was excellent! The canard Wellington is a must have!!

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Just fabulous! Perfect Friday lunch with wine and escargot!

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The meal and the service were excellent

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Very good experience!!! Great date dinner!

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