WELCOME TO PROVENCE!
"The onion soup gratinée, loaded with sweet caramelized onions in a deeply flavorful broth and baked under a dome of blistered gruyere, is superb."
- Greg Cox
For over 17 years, Provence has enjoyed welcoming guests to their well-loved establishment. Regarded as one of the finest French restaurants in the Triangle, Provence features the cuisine of the French Mediterranean with an emphasis on local, seasonal dishes.
In 2012, the transition of ownership to Chef de Cuisine Baptist Knaven and co-owner Dr. Jerry King ensured that the long standing quality and reputation of Provence continues to thrive. You will still find all of your classic favorites on the menu, such as the beautiful Truite Provençale and Whole Fish baked in Rock Salt, the Onion Soup Gratinée and Lobster Bisque as well as some contemporary creations to celebrate our locally grown food.
Enjoy a casual dining atmosphere, inside or on the patio, with an impressive French and international wine selection. Choose from our great seasonal salads and entrées, and finish with one of our house made desserts such as Crème Brûlée, Pain Perdu and Chocolate Torte.
203 West Weaver Street
Carrboro, NC 27510
Tuesday - Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lunch / Brunch:
Friday - Sunday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
We are proud to partner with Pittsboro's own Fair Game Beverage Company, one of the finest distillers in North Carolina. We currently offer the full range of Fair Game spirits: Flying Pepper Vodka, Fair Game Apple Brandy, Fair Game No'Lasses, and Fair Game Amber Rum. Perfect for cocktails or to sip on their own, these liquors are sure to delight! Visit their website for more information!
a wine list like no other
Restaurant Provence is proud to offer one of the most extensive wine lists in the South! Our expert team has personally selected more than 150 wines that pair perfectly with the dishes on our menu. We're always refining our list to include only the best wines available for our guests.
In the mood for just a taste? In addition to our vast list of wines by the bottle, we also offer more than 25 wines by the glass and more than 20 by the half bottle (375mL).
Perfect Pairings: Monthly Wine Dinners
The best way to enjoy any wine is with a perfectly paired dish. Each month, we offer an exclusive five-course, five-wine tasting menu. Each dinner highlights a specific winemaker, cuisine, or wine-growing region, and each wine is paired with a dish crafted by Chef Baptist specifically for that wine. These dinners are a great way to learn more about wine and enjoy amazing food and even better company.
Our wine dinners are usually held on the third Thursday of each month, with seats available by reservation only. Our chef is happy to accommodate any allergies with advance notice. Please call the restaurant to make reservations at 919.967.5008! (Reservations for wine dinners are not available through OpenTable.)
TRAVEL THE WORLD THROUGH WINE
Internationally known for its wine, France is (of course!) featured prominently on our wine list. We've included many of the best regions in France: Côte du Rhone, Châteauneuf du Pape, the Loire Valley, Burgundy, and more! And no proper list is complete without a selection of beautiful Bordeaux wines—we offer more than twenty wines from this acclaimed and diverse region!
While we certainly love French wine, we have dozens of wines on our menu from the other great wine growing regions in the New and Old World, including Spain, Italy, Argentina, New Zealand, and the United States.
A REASON TO CELEBRATE
Whether you're celebrating an anniversary, a birthday, or another big event, Provence has plenty of bubbles to keep the party going. We offer eight true champagnes by the bottle (or half-bottle!) and another four sparkling wines from other regions.
Want to learn more about hosting private events and parties at Provence? Visit our Private Events page!
Executive Chef - Owner Partner
Born in the Netherlands, Baptist Knaven spent his formative years studying and working in the south of France and other regions of the Mediterranean. “My passion became mastering the cuisines of France and the Mediterranean. I understood the important role local farmers and producers played in the quality of the cuisines and wanted to create dishes that exemplified the essential relationship between the farm, the artisan producer and the table.”
Throughout his career, it has been Chef Baptist’s motivation to create exciting menus and dishes that exemplify this relationship. “The joy of being in Carrboro, with its Farmers’ Market and plentitude of local producers,” Chef Baptist says, “is the opportunity to showcase the best in local, seasonal products.”
Chef Baptist Knaven came to the United States in 2003 and earned accolades at his wildly successful Mediterranean restaurant, Café Zito, located on the North Carolina coast. Moving to the Triangle, he joined restaurant Provence to work alongside former owner and creator Felix Roux, a French native of the Provence region.
In 2011, Baptist partnered with retired neurosurgeon Dr. Jerry King. They worked together to plan the future of Restaurant Provence. After redesigning the menu, updating the patio and interior, they decided to take over Provence in 2012, and turn it into what it is today.
Chris Goodman, a Cary native, has been the general manager of Restaurant Provence since September 2017.
Chris’ vast experience in the restaurant business began over 20 years ago with serving and bartending jobs, which led to assistant management positions, and ultimately an opportunity to work as a chef for a high-end catering company.
Now, after a career of honing his front- and back-of-house service skill, Chris’ knowledge of all aspects of the hospitality industry have made him an invaluable addition to Restaurant Provence.
Erin and Larry
getting ready for a busy Saturday Brunch