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La Provence

In a warm, dimly lit space, La Provence carries a romantic, timeless vibe, just right for a date, although service has been sorely lacking at times. Balancing traditional Provencal cuisine with a California sensibility for local ingredients (the vegan salad, for example, is a fresh, satisfying delight), dishes are elevated with fresh herbs rather than butter and cream. Smoked salmon comes on a plank with a smoking pine branch for a rustic/exotic touch. Entrée prices are extremely reasonable, topping out at $24 for a grilled lamb filet dressed with thyme jus.