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“A pleasant Sunday lunch with English friends.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurant Orsay

Restaurant Orsay
3630 Park St, Jacksonville, FL 32205-8336
904-381-0909
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Ranked #12 of 1,740 restaurants in Jacksonville
Price range: $30 - $30
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Edgewood or Dancy
Transit: Public Transit Stop Located At Park & Ingleside.
Cliveden, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“A pleasant Sunday lunch with English friends.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

We were seated in the older and quieter part of the restaurant. The waiter's timing was perfection with attention at all the right moments. The wine list had been considerably upgraded since our last visit and continues to have an excellent French selection with good vintages. The
food was presented beautifully and was very good. And while the design of the restaurant is
rather nondescript, the overall experience is excellent with a sophisticated feel.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
St. Augustine
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
“Exquisite”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

This is one of our top five restaurants in Jacksonville. From casual fresh oysters to roast duck they have it all and a great selection of wine, craft beer and beverages to go with it. Outstanding farm to table dining.

Visited February 2013
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Jacksonville, Florida
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“One of the local best!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Orsay has excellent food and excellent service. It is high class bistro food, in a pleasant (albeit a tad noisy) environment, with an excellent wine list too. The food is fresh, innovative, and seasonal. The waiters know the menu and can explain how dishes are prepared and all the ingredients. It is a very nice place to go for either a special occasion or regular meal, and considering the food, it is not overly expensive. Another nice thing about this restaurant is that it continues to evolve to suit the desires of the neighborhood. I do miss those Sunday night "Mom's dinners" with their specially priced wines, though. If you are anywhere near Jacksonville, you should try to dine at Orsay - you won't be disappointed!

Visited June 2012
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Amelia Island, Florida
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88 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“Absolutely Wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

I've been wanting to make the 60 min. trip to this highly reviewed restaurant for maybe 2 1/2 years, but as we spend but half the year in the environs, scheduling with friends just didn't present itself--until last night. Four of us went, 2 couples, all with lots with considerable New York and international dining backgrounds: we're all pretty fussy. To a person, we were all very smitten with Orsay. We were warmly greeted and shown to our table in what I'd call the "back" room, which is perhaps an attempt to mimic a simple French farm house, quite rustic. Judging that it seemed a little loud, we opted instead for the bar area, where we had a nice comfortable banquette. Our server, Patrick, was the best server we've encountered in recent memory: knew his stuff cold and gave us very good and confident advice, which we really appreciated. Dishes devoured-and loved by the four of us were: Soup du Jour, a Gazpacho that was pureed but sublime, Apalachicola oysters on the half shell, amazingly fresh, with a memorable dipping sauce, the Eden Farms Berkshire Pork Chop (I'm in my mid-60's and have had way too many pork chops-this was the best ever, braised, then pan-roasted to perfection; both men had this dish); and the pan-roasted fish (a red snapper), which our wives loved. Everything was so good that we readily ordered three deserts, a hard choice again, picking the Valrhona Chocolate Bouchon and two Apple Pecan Bread Puddings, both superb. We also enjoyed glasses of white wine, a single malt scotch and a bottle of Mon Couer Cotes du Rhone (2010), very reasonably priced at $35. The place is modern, informal, friendly, relaxed and the food on this night was the best we've ever had in Jacksonville, hands down.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Savannah, Georgia, United States
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“one word "AWESOME"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

My girlfriend and decided to take a trip to jacksonville for a mini one day vacation and went to the zoo. after that we were a bit hungry so we decided look in tripadvisor to see what places were good to eat at and this was one of the places listed. I called and made a reservation and we got there in 30 minutes. We were greeted in a friendly manner and seated near the fabric wall. The seating was a little too close to other customers but it was of no concern to me. Our waiter adam came to us and I asked what were some good cocktails to try and i drink about anything so he offered me the calibri i believe it was pronounced. it was very delicious, not being too strong from the tequila, it was pretty smooth and refreshing. and my girlfriend had a martini with pear in it. it was delicious as well. Good way to start the first time. so then we got the mussels which were absolutely mouther watering with that white wine blend. We also got the steak tartare which was recommended by another table sitting next to us. it was nice and towards the end, it had a wasabi kick to it. I loved it! my girlfriend wasnt too fond of the wasabi ending taste so i just ate it all myself =) Then we went onto our entrees, my girlfriend had the filet mignon which was cooked to perfection and the vegetables and potatoes that came along complimented the taste of the filet very well. I had the duck and it was soooooo good... I love duck and it was medium rare, I never really had it at a temperature but I let our waiter adam choose it for me since he was doing good so far with the drinks and appetizers. At the end we finished off with a pecan cake with vanilla bean ice cream on top. Oh Man... I thought i was going to be full already but it was oh so good...the texture of the cake and the ice cream together was to die for... My girlfriend absolutely loves that place and we will be going back again... many more times! I definitely recommend this place, I am not a food critic but I love to eat food =) and I will try anything once and this place deserves more than a one time visit...maybe more like going back to try something new every time until I've ate it all. Two Thumbs up!!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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