La Cuisine French Restaurant

4.8
1191 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
Located in the heart of beautiful downtown Ocala, La Cuisine offers an authentic selection of bistro dishes drawn from the various regions of France.
Our award-winning menu focuses on unprocessed ingredients. We use local, grass-fed, antibiotic free meat and poultry when available.
Everything you taste at La Cuisine is homemade and well portioned as if you were invited to our grandmother's table.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

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Starting May 9, 2021

We will be offering our Dinner Menu all day, with specials (seafood plateau, Bouillabaisse, handmade ravioli). NO BRUNCH MENU THAT DAY. We look forward to serving you!

What 1191 people are saying
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vipMoriahM
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire dining experience is amazing. When you enter the restaurant, the food smells delicious. The service is excellent, attentive but not intrusive. The menu variety is plentiful so there is something for everyone at this restaurant. The ambiance is spot on with a French cafe. The decor and background music support the theme perfectly. We had a wonderful dining experience and plan to return. This is a gem in Ocala and not to be missed!

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viprogerm
Miami
100 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We were lucky enough to dine here on our stop over in Ocala. The owner was charming and came over with a warm greeting. Everything we ordered was superb The Lyonnaise salad was outstanding with tender pork belly. The pork shank with honey thyme sauce was melt in your mouth tender and the sauce was perfect. The filet mignon was a beautifully prepared and, again, melt in your mouth tender. The wines were good value also. We were only able to order 1 of the house souffles (only 1 left)..We could have eaten 4 of them, they were so light with perfect texture. Ocala is so lucky to have this gem. We had stopped on our way back from New Orleans and this food was as good as the best of New Orleans.

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vipBin707
London
13 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very pleasant experience overall. Will try to arrange our travel plans in order to return. Very good onion soup, steak/frites was top notch with marinated flank steak and a very tasty jus, unusual (but good) copperhead frites.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and experience were so worth the treat.

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Jeff
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent restaurant, food, ambience and service. Pricy, but worth the experience.

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JoanM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was very attentive and we enjoyed the wine selection he recommended. Our steaks were done as ordered. Nice ambience.

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LindaS
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recapture the feeling of “date night”, regardless your age. It’s a special place, with a charming atmosphere, offering delicious food perfectly prepared, along with consistently great service. Weekends offer the added bonus of soft mood music. Well worth the money for a memorable evening ( or Sunday brunch).

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Noname
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience2

The food was bland and uninspired.
The service was impeccable.

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vipParisH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down Ocala's best restaurant. Wish I had come here sooner.

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AnnS
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stupendous, authentic French restaurant for both food and atmosphere. Not pretentious at all. Staff and owner/managers' #1 goal is to give an amazing meal with top notch service. This place is a true rare gem!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Place was beautiful, staff were great, food was WAY overpriced. If it was awesome food I could see paying $68 for it but I could have gotten better tasting, more tender steak at any local steak must a fraction of the price. Only item we got that was worth the money was the frog legs. Keep in mind I have been to France and eaten many French dishes, the food was mediocre at best busy the staff and restaurant were great.

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JohnG
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit to this restaurant after several years of visiting Ocala and we couldn't be more pleased with the service, food quality, and ambiance. Our party had a variety of menu items (Grouper, Beef Short Ribs, Filet Mignon) and everything was superb. We'll definitely include this establishment in all our future sojourns to this fun city.

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vipBernard
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best place in Ocala, whether you plan a dinner with a few friends or enjoy a nice dinner as a couple. The food is great and the dessert souffle is out of this world!
Friendly and efficient service too.

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vipLifeAfterTimonium
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Cuisine is by far the best restaurant in Ocala. The food, ambience and service is absolutely excellent.

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JamesA
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful little gem serving excellent old-school French food. Great service, enjoyed everything but the drive up to Ocala.

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vipLance
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Average for the prices. Understaffed as most places are these days. Perhaps my expectations were too high based on their ratings. Ordered chefs choice special to try and get their best. Had scallops for appetizer and then they brought me scallops for the entree. Guessing that’s all they had to be proud of? Sure like to send them to French Laundry and try to reinspire the owners to do better.

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JoanC
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. Every bite, from bread to dessert was delicious.

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vipDanT
Orlando
28 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always. Best restaurant in Florida!!

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BrentF
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants and you can go very dressed up or dressy casual. They have a very nice outside dining porch with as much charm and detail to quality as the inside dining.
The owners take great care to greet each guest and check-in with you tableside as well. Most of their wait staff have been with them a long time so that tells you a lot.

A cute and well-stocked bar with knowledgeable mixologists is separate from the dining area if you want an even more laid back dinner or just to drop in for drinks and appetizers.

You can not go wrong at La Cuisine.

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vipGregC
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our top favorites in Ocala!!

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pjbythesea
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We received our vaccines, so we decided it was finally time to return to one of the few good restaurants in Ocala. And just as we remembered, we had outstanding service on our 4/10/2021 evening visit. The food was delicious and well-presented. Our waitress was able to get the Caesar salad braised, which we prefer. The grouper was light and flavorful. My Dad had the hanger steak, and he loved it. Did I mention the outstanding service? (unfortunately, I cannot remember her name, but I remember her hair braids!) We will definitely return. Hopefully, we will leave some room for dessert. (love the chocolate mousse.)

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a romantic evening meal. Friendly staff and great food!

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waterview
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met friends halfway in Ocala. This restaurant exceeded our expectations.

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FranM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a Great Resturant to eat at, the food is amazing

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RalphS
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant specializes in French cuisine as the name implies. We love French cuisine. Now that we are released from our coronavirus quarantine we were so glad they asked if we wanted a reservation for Easter dinner. We had lamb of course. I had lamb shanks which we normally have at a Greek restaurant down in Tarpon Springs. The French version of this dish was slightly heavier but that could have been the quality of the lamb. It was served swimming in a bed of navy beans. Delicious. My partner Sandy had rack of lamb which was exactly as one would expect. There was a delay getting dessert apparently because everyone there decided they wanted desert at the same time. Sandy had their homemade ice cream and I had creme brulee. Overall an excellent Easter dinner.

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Foodiefantastic
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ocala's hidden gem! La Cuisine is always a pleasure! If you haven't tried it yet, you do not know what you have been missing!

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PATRICIAH
Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming to this restaurant. The food is consistently delicious and the service is superb!

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DanaH
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is, in my opinion, the best restaurant in Ocala.
The food is excellent and the service is impeccable.
We have eaten here several times since it opened and
have always found the staff to be cordial and accommodating.
A job well done - 6 stars out of 5.

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vipJohnR
Orlando
42 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amanda was a very attentive and friendly server. Everyone enjoyed their food (Easter Sunday; brunch menu was not available). Wife's Prime Rib portion was enormous and she loved the au jus. Mashed potatoes were beautifully presented but could've been more flavorful. In contrast, the champignons were very well flavored but the portion was on the small side. We enjoy La Cuisine enough to drive from Orlando just to eat there and will likely do so again for next 'occasion'. A charming place worthy of support. Go!

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vipocalafoodie
London
15 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a company spring dinner with 8 people and everything went really well. Good cocktails, starters [ fois gra ] , and entrees. The favs were the grouper, and short ribs.
Awesome service on a very busy night. This is one of the best places to dine in Ocala no doubt and everyone should give it a try. The owner always there walking around to be sure you are pleased. And of course the bread cannot be beat

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We went for Brunch. The servicer was nice. We did have to ask for items more than once however restaurant wasn’t busy. Food is good and we enjoy the dishes. This is the 3rd time for us, 2x for brunch 1x for dinner. Dinner was very good!

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vipDonaldU
Portland
21 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and experience every time, if you’ve never been you have to come try it, you won’t be disappointed!

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GaryL
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great downtown Ocala restaurant. They have their own parking lot so parking wasn't an issue. We sat inside but they have outside seating as well. Great food with a variety of choices with a French flair. A full bar, wine, good menu, attentive service, and staff wearing masks with reasonable distances of tables. Highly recommend.

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vipRichG
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service and the soufflé is absolutely to die for!

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HaroldC
Tallahassee
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

This is our 3rd visit and apparently something changed in the kitchen. Portions were smaller and all 5 of us were disappointed in our meals in both quantity and quality. Not a good value at all. Maybe it was an off night. Service and ambiance just fine.

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FaithAB
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food here was excellent. Having traveled in France often I would say that it rivaled some meals we've had at the best place in Lyon, Paris and Nimes.

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JulieM
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought our daughter who is very Fancy Nancy OOH LA LA girl and it was her 8th birthday. She was so over the world with everything. Can't wait to do it again.

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JoanneH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was only our second visit to La Cuisine. It has become my favorite!
Everything from the food to the service to the setting is fantastic.
Can't wait to go back.

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Barney
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a true gem in Ocala, and a rare find in central Florida for fine dining. Excellent menu and service at La Cuisine which is a very nice french restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is one of my very favorites, not in Florida or Texas, where I am from, but as a world traveler- I can truthfully I can say: in the world. The food is imaginative, impeccably prepared and beautifully plated; the service is attentive but not intrusive; the owners take great pride in their restaurant and stop by each table to be sure everything is perfect. I cannot recommend this more highly.

FAQs

La Cuisine French Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (352) 433-2570.

La Cuisine French Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 1191 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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