About La Provence
Country French inspired restaurant. At La Provence, “cooking with heart” means everything. The menu blithely ignores the cutting edge of urban contemporary French food, and instead reflects the time-honored, time-consuming rustic techniques that in turn reflect the rugged earthiness of the ingredients.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm
$31 to $50
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From New Orleans: Take I10 west to Causeway Blvd. North towards Mandeville, approximately 24 miles. Upon exiting the bridge stay right on
Highway 190 East. Continue on 190 East approximately 8miles. La Provence will be located on your right side 2 miles past Fountainbleau State
Erick Loos IV
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
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At La Provence, we have a private dining room available for social and corporate events, with seating for up to 75 and 125 guests reception style. The beautiful Garden Room features a large fireplace, custom artwork and opens on to the courtyard with fountain.
La Provence Ratings and Reviews
We're big fans of John Besh establishmen ...
We're big fans of John Besh establishments as it is, but this is a unique take on farm-to-table, and it's very much appreciated. The freshness of the food came through, the animals and ingredients that are just out back of the restaurant adds to the authenticity of the meal.
In the past I have been a little disappo ...
In the past I have been a little disappointed with the strange menu with a lot of game as entrees, for example. The restaurant seems to have evolved over the past couple of years. The ambiance was always very nice. This time, we found the food to be very good also. There were a lot of items this time we could have chosen, instead of searching the menu to find one thing that sounded appetizing. I would go to this restaurant again soon. The last time I was there was a couple of years ago, and a similar time gap before that ... always leaving a little disappointed. Not so this time.
My husband and I celebrated our 25th wed ...
My husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary with our 9 year old daughter at La Provence. We enjoy trying upscale, local restaurants for any kind of occasion. The staff were friendly and made sure our special occasion was acknowledged (including complimentary glass of champagne). They even have an interesting children's menu.
The crostini and pate was interesting though the extra crunch was a bit difficult! The breads rolls and fresh butter were delightful. Our appetizers were delicious - a creamy salad for me, a cold tomato and vegetable dish for my husband, and the bisque for my daughter.
Entrees did not disappoint. I love a moist, tender and flavorful steak filet. My husband's pompano was good but could have used a larger serving size. Our daughter had their homemade crispy chicken strips (such a kid!).
We each had our own dessert. The dark chocolate tart with espresso ice cream was perfect for me. The cornbread pudding something was tasty but surprising to my husband. The little one went with ice cream and chocolate syrup!
Overall we enjoyed our little trip to Lacombe, LA.
Dining at La Provence is literally like ...
Dining at La Provence is literally like dining at a french restaurant in the Provence countryside. The drive to the rural area just outside Mandeville is a fitting preparation for a meal in a fine french restaurant. The food is exceptional, and the service attentive but not overly so. While the cost is relatively higher than other restaurants, the quality of the food, the inventive cuisine and the ambiance and service all make very much worth it. It's a great place for a relaxing and rewarding meal.
Recommending La Provence mainly based on ...
Recommending La Provence mainly based on past good experiences. We went for the special "cool inary" menu and the word for our experience was "scorched". First was a crab soup that was bland and crabby smelling and not in a good way. In it were two pieces of burnt toast. And, yes, it definitely tasted burned, not just browned. The soup was a total loss. The entree was some delicious fresh shrimp with some fluffy potato gnocchi. I thought they needed some salt and pepper but my daughter, a fan of gnocchi, thought they were perfect. We both agree they were in a wonderful brown sauce flavored with smoky bacon and onions. Inexplicably big hunks of burned bread were tossed on top of it. Maybe to add some texture, maybe for the sauce, but it just didn't work. Seemed cheap and detracted from the dish. The creme brulee with fruit and a cookie was wonderful. But, the sugar topping on mine had been scorched in a couple of places. Pressed coffee and one drink were great, but the peach mint julep was a lot of bourbon and mint with no taste of peach. We wondered if Eric Loos was on vacation. Service was superb as usual.
I love La Provence. The food, service an ...
I love La Provence. The food, service and ambience are fabulous. My only complaint is that I'm not sure why, for a $36 fish entree, a couple of asparagus or some other vegetable can't be added to the entree plate. It's a little strange to just see a piece of fish sitting on a big plate with nothing else except the butter sauce. It gives the appearance of being cheap. How much could a couple of asparagus cost a restaurant? This would also add to the presentation. Just my humble opinion.
Have been to La Provence on several occa ...
Have been to La Provence on several occasions over the years, both before and after it was acquired by John Besh.
This last visit was disappointing. The food lacked is former zest. Service was only mediocre. The menu has been trimmed back. The company has taken a lot of price...too much!
We have dined here a few times over the ...
We have dined here a few times over the past several years and have never been disappointed. This meal we repeated the crab bisque (with tapioca) and the drum with crabmeat, along with a good bottle of champagne. Most important our server, Liam, was a helpful and friendly, as always.
We really enjoyed everything! The barten ...
We really enjoyed everything! The bartender who waited on our table took 30 minutes to take our drink order and was seemingly walking away every time we wanted to talk to her. We didn't expect it to be a 2 hour brunch, but we certainly enjoyed every minute of it! The food was exceptional! We will be back.
had a group of 13 for a sunday birthday ...
had a group of 13 for a sunday birthday brunch. Everything was great. Our server did a wonderful job. The brunch menu price is an outstanding value, 3 courses for $38. Food was outstanding. Atmosphere was excellent as always
We had a wonderful time at La Provence. ...
We had a wonderful time at La Provence. It felt like we were automatically visiting family or good friends as we were warmly welcomed into the kitchen and got a tour of the farm! The service was fantastic and the food was so tasty! I would highly recommend going here for a change of scenery from New Orleans :)
Just a great meal. The Quail gumbo was ...
Just a great meal. The Quail gumbo was so rich and tasty. had the soft shell crab which was excellent. The tomato salad was super fresh. The drinks and wine were great. Ambiance super. Well worth the trip from New Orleans.
Celebrated with my husband on the evenin ...
Celebrated with my husband on the evening of his birthday. It was a really memorable meal with friendly service. They even provided a few surprises for us in honor of our occasion. I'd say that the atmosphere of the restaurant was fancy, but approachable.
The presentation was not pleasing. The a ...
The presentation was not pleasing. The appetizer was on a big plate and half the plate was empty which took away from the artistic intention. The 15.00 cost of the appetizer could have had a two Tablespoons of crabmeat instead of one. The entre was not pleasing on the plate. The waitress described the dish with a small amount of hollandaise circled on the plate. Well the sauce was bigger than the fish. The pompano was not skinned which made it hard to eat. I usually don't complain but I was surprised since it was talked up on the Tom Fitzmorris radio show. The wine selection was poor. The soup was good and the waitress was great.
We had been looking forward to dining at ...
We had been looking forward to dining at La Provence but left disappointed. While the appetizers were excellent and the dessert was fantastic, the entrees were not up to expectations. The lamb's neck was over salted, potatoes were undercooked, and the short rib was tough and difficult to slice. Paying over $250 for two, one would expect a better better dining experience.
Maybe an off day? Perhaps.
Wonderful experience. Seated immediately ...
Wonderful experience. Seated immediately. Served one of the best cocktails I've ever had. Duck pate' was mouthwatering. "oysters ooh la la" to die for. Excellent amberjack with side of pork belly. Service friendly, professional, attentive. Sadly, no room for dessert.
This restaurant has had some highs and l ...
This restaurant has had some highs and lows since Chef Chris sold to John Besh years ago. Right now, it is at a high point. Food was great. Menu was varied, with a great selection of affordable French wines. For some reason, bar service to table is always very slow, now as before. Over all, it is a fine restaurant with farm to table ingredients and with the atmosphere of Provence, France. Highly recommend.
We went for Father's day. A special occ ...
We went for Father's day. A special occasion menu was offered for a fixed price. Assumed that the price probably did not include drinks which would have been fine. But found out when we received the check that it not only didn't include drinks, but that refills on soft drinks and tea were not free. This is the first time that I have ever been charged for 3 1/3 Iced Tea's. I would recommend the restaurant, but next time I'll stick with water. We paid almost $30 for a group of six for our drinks (non-alcoholic).
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