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La Cuisine French Restaurant, Ocala, FL

La Cuisine French Restaurant

4.7
4.7
1732 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue, Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (352) 433-2570

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Patrice Perron, Jason Zarcone

  • Private party facilities

    La Cuisine’s private dining room can accommodate up to 14 people. It is available to host private celebrations or business meetings.To plan a group event at La Cuisine, please contact us: (352) 433 2570

  • Private party contact

    Jami: (352) 461-1512

  • Neighborhood

    Ocala

  • Cross street

    Fort King Street and SW 1st Avenue

  • Parking details

    La Cuisine has its own parking lot. After 5pm, you can also park on the street or behind the restaurant.

  • Entertainment

    Live Music, wine tastings and other events (please check our website)

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,732 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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    Best Value

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Innovative

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Neighborhood gem

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Great for fine wines

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Romantic

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    Good for special occasions

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  1. FD

    FrequentDiner

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    A wonderful evening out with just a few misses that a restaurant with La Cuisine’s reputation and ambitions can easily address. We sat away from the live music, which was a perfect location to enjoy the music while still be being able to hear each other. Service was attentive, timely, knowledgeable, and cheerful. One small but important issue was that our server held our water glasses at or near the rim when refilling them. While not everybody is as concerned as I am with spreading germs, it would be a better practice for servers to avoid touching the drinking surfaces. Almost every element of our meal was exquisite. The bread, the soups, and one each of our entrées and desserts were excellent. In particular, the French onion soup, the Parmesan soup, and the vegetarian entrée were outstanding. Unfortunately, the grouper was over cooked and dry, although slightly rescued by the lemon slices served alongside. The chocolate mousse dessert was extraordinary, and included small textural elements that added a delightful difference compared to most renditions. The crème brûlée, unfortunately, while generously sized, was not up to the standards set elsewhere by the kitchen. Beneath the pleasant and familiar shell was a pudding-like offering rather than the desired creamy texture. Overall, a great night and solid value!
  2. DC

    DeeC

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food was good although the soufflé was not thoroughly cooked through. The rest of the meal was excellent. We had grouper and duck. Both excellent. Crème Brûlée was to die for. Wine list is good- had a nice range of prices and selections. Service was ok but nothing that would prevent me from going back. We waited for about 10 minutes before the waiter showed up but once he did, he was attentive. Back waiter had no idea what was on our cheese tray. The pace of the evening was good. We didn’t feel rushed nor were we waiting long between courses. Price is definitely $$$$. Be prepared to drop ~$75-100 per person. Ambiance was nice. The noise level was good. We could have a concurrent with a live duet performaing behind us. The duet was excellent by the way Overall a nice experience. If we would have been attended to more promptly at seating and if the soufflé would have been cooked thoroughly, I would have given it 5-stars.
  3. GC

    GeraldC

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Have come here many times. Food and drinks are outstanding. The kitchen and or service were a little slower than normal but still one of our favorite places to dine in Ocala
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful dinner at the best restaurant in ocala in my view ! The owner Patrice was in attendance , ensuring perfect service and food from a stellar chef . The foie gras appetizer is just to die for and the grouper meunière is the best I have ever tasted . My friends loves the airplane chicken and the Sancerre was perfect and reasonably priced . Best meal in ocala with lovely live music on a Friday night ! A wonderful evening ! Wait service was outstanding as well Thank you Patrice and team !
  5. CW

    CharlesW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Blood orange and basil soufflé was wonderful
  6. s

    stephend

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    authentic french cooking with an excellent nod to those of us who need to be gluten free. I was more than pleasantly surprised at the gluten free and gluten free possible dishes were there for the offering. My only suggestion is to have,if possible,a gluten free bread of some kind to better sop up my escargot!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful day to enjoy the outdoor patio, excellent service and food was outstanding. Very innovative specials!
  8. BS

    BrianS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    “Fine dining” as good as we’ve experienced in this part of Florida. Expect higher prices, good ambiance and very good service which it had, but overall value was less than expected. For instance, ribeye steak special was very good, tasty and cooked to preferred medium rare, but for $72 ? It didn’t measure up in terms of quality which at that price I’ve had far better elsewhere.
  9. G

    Gman

    Detroit

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the Grouper and it was the best I have ever had. So good! We will be back:)
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit to this restaurant, and we were very pleasantly surprised despite the positive reviews we had read. We had a mussels appetizer, which was excellent although the mussels were not as plump as they could’ve been although that may be the season, we had bouillabaisse and grouper as entrees. Both were excellent with plenty of seafood, well prepared and excellent flavor. We shared the daily soufflé for dessert, which was blueberry, and was phenomenal and perfectly done. We will definitely return.
  11. FK

    FloridaKid

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary at our favorite restaurant, La Cuisine. Everything always seems so special there, from the service to the food and ambiance. Their delicate soufflés are always the way to finish the perfect meal!
  12. TK

    ThomasK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is not a fast food restaurant. It is a place to really sit down and enjoy your companions, the ambiance, the excellent food, wine and desserts. If you're looking to rush in and rush out, don't go here. I would definitely make a reservation. We had the boneless beef ribs and gratin potatoes, which were excellent, as was the onion soup and even the burger. Breads and cheese tray were wonderful. I highly recommend La Cuisine for fine dining in Ocala. We have been there before and the entertainment is very good but there was none the evening that we went this time.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food1service5ambience5
    You were out of the item we ordered. Our food was cold
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were welcomed as soon as we arrived. We were seated immediately, the waitress was very attentive. Our drinks came quickly and the French martini I had was yummy. The food was presented well, great flavor and a very nice service size. It is one of my favorite restaurants for special occasions or Sunday Brunch. Don’t miss 👍👍
  15. BF

    BrendaF

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As a recent resident to Florida from the Northeast I’ve been searching for a good restaurant. We’ve tried all the recommendations in the paper and from new friends but La Cuisine is the only restaurant we return to for excellent food, great service, warm inviting venue, and reasonable prices. This is truly an exceptional dining experience.
  16. O

    Outdoordiningfan

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Food and service was disappointing. Grouper was not the best quality and prepared with too much butter. Swordfish was also not the best quality and a bit overcooked and tough. Service was not that great; e.g. had to ask twice for wine list, no butter with bread, etc. Don't mind spending top dollar for great quality food and service, but La Cuisine just doesn't measure up.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dining experience! We had high expectations based on the reviews, but somehow we were still blown away. The menu, service, and food were excellent. Even the attention to the smallest details - and you will know what I mean when you are there - show how much the owners care about making this place special. My wife and I each ordered 4 courses but we left wishing we could have tried more of the menu. It was totally worth the drive from Orlando, and we will definitely be back.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    Unfortunately the service was very slow. We ordered a burger without a bun for someone who was gluten free. They delivered it with the bun. Then when it was brought to their attention they took it back. Brought it back a minute later without the bun but the bread crumbs were all of the burger from the bun they just removed. We then brought it back to their attention as this is a allergy and they finally remade it. We had to probably wait twenty minutes for another one.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful date night restaurant. Service is great and the food is even better! The French Onion soup is out of this world.
  20. C

    Caro

    Atlanta

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my mom for her Bday…one of the best places in Ocala or truly in the whole state of FL. Their bread in unbelievably good! Everything is amazing!!!
  21. DB

    DonaldB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great high quality French menu. Great service. One of the finest restaurants in Ocala.
  22. AS

    AnnS

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La Cuisine NEVER fails to impress! The menu selection is outstanding and everything is always perfectly prepared. The cocktails are perfectly mixed and incredibly tasty. Service is always top notch and the owners are very visible and always make sure you have enjoyed your meal. This is authentic french food at its finest!
  23. P

    Patrise

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    What a disappointment! Last year same time we had an amazing meal so we anticipated the same this year. I was so looking forward to foie gras on gingerbread having had it last year. Reading the menu tonight, the same preparation was promised. Unfortunately when the dish was served it was a far cry from the delicacy served last year. Instead of a single piece of well prepared liver, we were served small nuggets sat atop a piece of soggy bread. Unclear the pairing with balsamic reduction. Such a shame. We ordered the bouillabaisse and when it was presented to the table, one serving included the toast with rouille and the other dinner did not. We had to wait for the second serving of toast which rendered both dishes tepid. We were told the missing toast was dropped on the floor and the servers thought it best not to serve that piece. Should be grateful I guess. Lastly, while clearing the table, the server dropped a dirty knife into the lap of my dining companion. It was a shame and since the restaurant is a good 49 minute drive, I can say I will not return or recommend this once promising eatery to anyone.
  24. c

    catcity2

    Tampa

    127 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    127 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La Cuisine is a fabulous French Restaurant. We went for Husband's birthday and the waiter wished him a HB upon seating. Food is off the charts, it is delicious, sauces are amazing. The owner came over to make sure everything was going well and at the end of our meal they gave us 2 champaigns in honor of his birthday. We will surely go again, it is a fine restaurant with excellent food.
  25. DP

    DougP

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Disappointed: Four of us dined there last night, and walked away very unimpressed. We each ordered an appetizer and four entrées, and a glass of wine ahead of time.The foie gras and escargots were nice. The imported French cheese plate had a Manchego, a Comte and another goat. Manchego is from Spain and the goat cheese was not French that we could tell either. You would expect a nice double cream, etc. These seemed like Sam’s buying club bought cheeses. When we asked the waiter. he really just shrugged his shoulders. We also also ordered the steak tartare. House grind good, but Very bland - there should’ve been some seasoning mixed in with the meat. As for the entrées, we ordered a beef Bourguignon, which was the best of all four entrées. The mushroom Tajine, which was just used to serve the meal. It was not used to cook the meal in as customary. This dish lacked proper seasoning, and missing walnuts. the brie cheese they did put in should have had the rind cut off. I ended up with strands of rind in my dish. I did not finish it. We also ordered the cassoulet which was pretty clear they used canned beans, the duck Confit was not confit but roasted. It was served with a sausage that was std - didn’t even ask or see the pork belly. . And lastly was the chicken airline breast. The Cremini mushroom demi-glace, did not taste homemade but very familiar to a canned soup. I’m not happy having to give this review, but after spending over $300 on this dinner, I expected a better meal. One of our dinner guests that evening was a chef so maybe that didn’t help?
  26. JZ

    JiaZ

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Surprisingly good! Will go another time.
  27. GW

    GleeW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous dinner! Thank you! Would love a salmon and/halibut dish from your chef!!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my wife’s birthday and she had a great time. Loved every moment. Food was great and the live band BigBad was awesome. I definitely recommend this restaurant. A great dining experience.
  29. D

    Donnashumbleopinion

    Nashville

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We chose two of the fish entrees and they were fabulous! The roasted garlic app you can get and eat with the baguette is way too good! Loved our waiter and bartenders and can’t wait to go back
  30. TN

    TedN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    from the service to the food everything was excellent. Our server suggested the perfect drinks for us and was very helpful. this was the second time we have ate here and both visits were worth it
  31. PS

    PegS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We thoroughly enjoyed our experience. The food and service were OUTSTANDING. The fois gras sublime and the escargot even more so. To say the food was delicious was an understatement. The souffles for dessert were the best we've ever had here in the states. Our server was friendly and attentive without being overbearing. Timing of the meal impeccable. The only thing that was difficult was the noise level, as the tables are quite close and later in our meal there was live music. While most of our party this didn't bother them, but there is one person who is severely hearing impaired and it made listening and participating in conversation difficult. But they still REALLY enjoyed the dining experience. We will definitely be back.
  32. l

    lorrainej

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Charles was a fabulous and knowledgeable server! We loved everything about this experience!
  33. w

    wklc

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was our 3rd trip here and have never been disappointed.
  34. e

    elik

    Phoenix

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Christmas Eve dinner. We had a nice evening. Food was delicious, service while she tried hard did not meet the fantastic level of the meal!!
  35. NB

    NBJB

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Husband enjoyed his cassoulet, & onion soup. I had the shrimp stuffed with crab and thought the dish was over accented with 2 different sauces, and the crab was unrecognizable.
  36. M

    Marcia

    Western NC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We come here every Christmas Eve, and we always have a wonderful meal and service. Everything is exceptionally delicious. Their specialty drinks, appetizers, entrees and desserts are all outstanding.
  37. W

    Willie

    Portland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding French cuisine with a creative touch. Pearl onions in beef bourgoigne had a unique pleasing taste. Seared foix gras was excellent. True French style magret. Service was superb. Very attentive. Wonderful music appropriate for venue.
  38. J

    John

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    Had the steak tartare (awful), foie gros (good), brussel sprouts (worst I’ve ever had), duck (good), steak (good), and risotto (barely ok). For the price, there are many better options in Ocala.
  39. MW

    MaryW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was exceptional and the food was wonderful, as always! While we appreciate having live music, it was extremely loud. We were lucky to be in a separate dining room, but it was still uncomfortably loud. While traveling from Gainesville to Ocala, we encountered an accident on I-75 and we’re going to be 20 minutes late for our reservation. When I called and asked if they could hold the reservation, they kindly agreed and even gave me a decorated plate with a birthday scoop of ice cream after dinner! It was a nice surprise! We always look forward to special occasions at La Cuisine!
  40. T

    Tranny

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific server- knowledgeable, pleasant, and professional

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 4.7 stars by 1732 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today
Google Map for La Cuisine French Restaurant

48 SW 1st Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Fort King Street and SW 1st Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Ocala

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue, Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    La Cuisine has its own parking lot. After 5pm, you can also park on the street or behind the restaurant.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Patrice Perron, Jason Zarcone

  • Entertainment

    Live Music, wine tastings and other events (please check our website)

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (352) 433-2570

  • Private party facilities

    La Cuisine’s private dining room can accommodate up to 14 people. It is available to host private celebrations or business meetings.To plan a group event at La Cuisine, please contact us: (352) 433 2570

  • Private party contact

    Jami: (352) 461-1512

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