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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
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.
As a lover of French food with no options within a 2-hour drive of our home, I always get excited when I have the opportunity visit a restaurant with classical, authentic French food as it is a rare treat! We decided to visit our daughter at school at the last minute and chose Provence over the other suggestion that we were given for our dinner on Friday night. The food at Provence did not disappoint! We loved the escargot and torchon of foie gras as well as all of our entrees: Duck Wellington, Lamb Tagine and the Duck Confit. The service however, left us a little disappointed with the whole experience. We joked that the server might take "French" service a little too literally - and not the good aspects. I'm not sure if it was because we had two children in our party or what it was. (I'm guessing it was the children but our daughters were very well behaved and in no way disruptive to other diners. We are in the restaurant business and VERY sensitive to this.) We were never offered a cocktail or something besides water to drink and actually had to ask if we could order drinks after we had been seated for almost 10 minutes. Throughout the rest of the meal we just felt a general slight unfriendliness and apathy from our server. His assistant (or backwaiter) was a little friendlier but given the interactions we witnessed between our service team and the other guests around us, the adults in my party were left wondering if we had done something wrong that we were missing. Perhaps most of the other diners were regulars with whom they have rapport. With that said, I must point out that the host/manager was gracious and inviting in all of our contact with him - on the phone, at the door and on our way out. Overall, still a very good meal!
We have been there many times (and it has been a favorite restaurant), but the evening started off on a bad foot when we were led to a cramped table, in a space that was really too small (between another table and the bar); when you have a reservation, you expect one of the better tables (especially in an upscale restaurant). Then, we waited and waited in the forgotten table. The food was fine — not outstanding — and we were just ready to go before dessert. We have had many good experiences there, but this was not one of them...
French/Mediterranean perfection! Chef Baptist is a Master with Fish. The Restaurant is quite simply one the Triangle areas absolute Gems....Best Truly Home Made Dessert Menus available. When the weather permits, the outdoor seating is refreshing, quite and comfortable. My wife and I drive over an hour each way as often as we can....it’s REALLY this worthwhile!
I am a many time over repeat diner at Provence. It's my favorite restaurant for great food, excellent service, and the ability to hear your friends talk across the table. Despite good food at some other restaurants, the noise factor is very important to me. I also like the fact it is an old house and has a warm inviting atmosphere. All staff are also nice and friendly.
Our last visit to Provence was disappointing. While all six of us raved about our exceptional entrees/appetizers, etc. our service was unlike what our past experiences have been. Perhaps it was an off evening since the dining room was only occupied by one other table during our arrival. Throughout the evening, it remained half full. Al Fresco dining, however, was bustling all night. Perhaps that's where the focus was that evening. Our reservation was made several weeks ahead of time since we were celebrating a 75th birthday. No mention of my birthday request was ever acknowledged so since it was a surprise, I just dismissed it.
This was our first visit to Provence on a bust weekend at UNC. Provence is small and has limited parking in the rear. We were fortunate so it worked for us. We were pleasantly greeted and seated immediately, but our table was in the bar area. Even though the bar was very small, the ambiance was not great.
On the other hand, the food was great. We started with salads and the French onion soup. The soup was awesome, as good as I have eaten. We had lamb, filet mignon, duck Wellington and the seafood medley. We all belonged to the clean plate club. The food was served very hot, a pet leave of ours, and it was delicious.
Overall, it was a really nice evening with great food and service. We will definitely go back.
Provence is somewhat of a regular special event spot for my wife and I. Our meal seemed especially good this time with prompt service. I believe it has the best seafood in the Triangle. This is not a heavy sauce French restaurant but one that specializes in farm to table fresh vegetables and fresh fish cooked perfectly.
Provence is my wife and my favorite French food spot in the triangle. It is outstanding, unpretentious, and has fit into the “best of” category for nearly every meal we’ve gotten there (meaning, this is he best preparation of a specific dish that we have ever had). I had the French onion soup (best I’ve had) and the fish of the day special, which was a four item Local sampler of scallop, mahi, salmon, and snapper. Each with its own perfectly paired sauce. My wife had scallops and polenta, also excellent. Excellent service and wine pairings as well.
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