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La Provence

105 Thoreau St., Concord, MA
978/371-7428
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Ranked #20 of 47 restaurants in Concord
Price range: $0 - $15
Cuisines: French
Most recent review
- Apr 15, 2014
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81% Recommend
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English first
Concord, MA
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is an order-yourself-at-the-counter place, so it's casual. But the food is good. Yummy soups and interesting salads, not to mention prepared meals.

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Concord, Massachusetts, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Provence was started by Robert (Ro-bear), a semi-retired experienced French chef. It has gotten busier and bigger during the 5+ years I have been going there. It is wonderful (but increasingly crowded) for lunch. (I stopped by today at 1 PM, could not get a table, so departed. You have a choice of a variety of salads, soups or souffles.... More

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Concord, Massachusetts, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This is a truly special place. Good home cooking; special treats to buy; friendly staff and great value for the money. Self service for everything to keep the price low, you help your self to everything but the delicious food. A great place to meet people for lunch - in the winter with a big bowl of delicious home cooked... More

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Carlisle, Massachusetts
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80 reviews 80 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

The cheese shop will give you samples of almost anything they serve, and locals maintain index cards of their favorites. I usually avoid the sandwiches, unless they are made fresh, but love the yellow beets, when they have it in the deli case. Over the holidays, we ordered hors d'oeuvres to go for 6, and esp. enjoyed the thinly sliced... More

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39 reviews 39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013 via mobile

Many aspects of this cafe will remind you of time in France. How to order? What is that salad? What IS the soup du jour? Where DO I collect food, pay? Am I supposed to clear the table? Staff is efficient and distant. All simple enough, once you sort it out. And it is worth it. We have been twice... More

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Harvard, m
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Let me preface this with the fact that I have not eaten here personally. And I never will after my Mom's recent experience which is too bad because they have quiche that's out of this world (we've had takeout). My mother has limited mobility due to complications from stage 4 ovarian cancer and currently needs a crutch to get around.... More

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Didier1326, Owner at La Provence, responded to this review

This incident must have happened with a member of the staff as the owner was unavailable in July. He would have handled the situation differently had he been present and is sorry Carolyn j.'s mother had an unhappy experience. More

Northborough, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013 via mobile

I've lived in France and have cooked French food for nearly twenty years. I'm amazed at how fresh and perfectly spiced the food is. I'm inspired to cook up some French classics using fresh herbs and veggies.

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Concord, Massachusetts
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

I've visited here several times and enjoy the light fare that is served. I like the calm atmosphere and the service is delightful.

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Weston
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

I was a repeat customer of the La Provence catering. NEVER AGAIN. I do not speak French. However, in the world as I know it, a canape (vs an hors d'oeuvres) is a delightful, hand made little piece to eat. Their catering menu lists 6 delightful items I call canapes. Next listing is "assorted canapes." I ordered 9 dozen assorted... More

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Didier1326, Owner at La Provence, responded to this review

We are sorry our customer was so dissatisfied. "Assorted canapés" have been on our menu for many years, and we have never before had this kind of misunderstanding as to the nature of what is meant by "assorted canapés". Had the customer asked when placing the order for an explanation of what types of canapés would be included, we would... More

Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Charming atmosphere, wide range of French items to take out or consume on the spot; welcoming staff, delicious food

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