Restaurant Orsay

4.8
3211 reviews
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Located slightly off the beaten path in the Avondale Historic District, Restaurant Orsay attracts regular locals and foodies from across the southeast by showcasing their French Cuisine in a warm, inviting atmosphere, without being pretentious or stuffy. Owner Jonathan Insetta, Managing Partner Jason Eddy, and Executive Chef Michael Mckinney, work to bring locally sourced ingredients together with genuine southern hospitality. Recognized as Jacksonville's best restaurant by locals in Folio Weekly, Restaurant Orsay is a premier dining destination on the First Coast. The establishment is accredited by AAA with four diamonds, has won numerous awards for food, service and wine, and is the only independent establishment in North Florida with Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence.
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New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for Easter! The food was fabulous. We had the oysters and roasted fish for dinner. Our son had the chicken and lobster Mac.Both were excellent. Our server, Rob, was wonderful and gave us good recommendations. We were seated by the bar. I would suggest the front room for a quieter option. We would definitely recommend.

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JL
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Restaurant Orsay was absolutely wonderful! The food was top notch and our server, Tony, couldn’t have been better.
I had the lobster pot pie, which Tony explained is not a typical pot pie. He told me all about it. It was heavenly! My friend had the duck breast and Tony was helpful with that as well. We had escargot for an appetizer, yum. We also took some strawberry napoleons back to the hotel for breakfast. They were great too.
All in all the only complaint was that there were two large parties nearby and it made things noisy. Would I go back? I’d drive the four hours from my home to have dinner there again!

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C
Jacksonville
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I relocated to Jacksonville four years ago and have dined out quite a bit since then. Orsay is, by far, the best restaurant in Jacksonville! For this visit, we had our two adult children with us, and they were equally impressed with the extensive menu (especially gluten-free options and separate GF menu), attention to detail and superior service by our waiter, Tony. You will not be disappointed in choosing Orsay for your next dining experience.

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P
Jacksonville
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Orsay continues to deserve its high rating. Everything was first class.

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JB
Denver
65 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is the best restaurant in Jacksonville. The food is French, however there are some classic American items on the menu. The escargot and lobster mac and cheese are particularly good dishes. The lobster pot pie is not your typical pot pie, but oh so delicious. The wine list is varied and reasonably priced - lots of French wines are available.

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OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing

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LN
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for brunch and sat at the bar. I’m a visitor to Jville and Orsay was recommended. It did not disappoint!! I was impressed with the menu knowledge of the staff. The trios foie mousse was incredible with the red onion marmalade. The quiche of the day was gruyere, shallot and lardons with a beurre blanc and petit salad. I felt like I was back in Paris. I would definitely return & recommend!

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JC
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Orsay does everything right. We loved celebrating one anniversary there on 4/7. Complimentary desserts was an unexpected, added bonus!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Table was ready when we arrived and food was fantastic

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M
Jacksonville
15 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time there and we had a great experience. The fish was excellent. Service was fantastic.

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OO
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Generally fabulous food. Make sure you save room for desert.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a perfect dinner.. highly recommend

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RH
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've long felt that Orsay is the finest restaurant in Jacksonville, and every time we go that opinion is reenforced. The food, the service, the ambience, are all simply the best.

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JB
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was as great as it always is!

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AK
London
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service would recommended to anyone looking for a special occasion

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D
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Have been to Orsay many times. This was the first time I was disappointed in the evening. When I made the reservation, I assumed all reservations made were for the main dining room. Important to note..... you have to specify which dining room you want when you make your reservation. Sitting in the bar is very noisy, My group is all in their seventies and we needed the quieter location. The hostess was not the least bit apologetic.
I almost always order the trout. This time the trout dinner was way too salty. Another guest at my table ordered the venison, which was declared uneatable and was sent back. Not anxious to go back with so many other great places to dine in Jacksonville. Meanwhile, the waitress was wonderful !!!!!

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KO
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious. Unique flavors and nice wine selection with good prices. Some of the tables are very close together so you are very cozy with fellow diners.
Without question we will be going back to this wonderful place.

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H
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We’ve usually tried to get to Orsay at least annually with friends (we live an hour north of Jacksonville). Sadly, missed last year, so pleasant to return. Our server (Antoine?) was a true professional’ really knew his stuff. And we had a nice table for four in the back room, much preferred. Dishes enjoyed by our group included the escargots, the Brussels Sprouts, the Split Pea Soup, the Duck Breast, the Beef Stroganoff and the Berkshire Pork Chop. Smiles all around. My wife hoped the Brussels Sprouts had been crispier. Great place. Very informal, unfortunately a little too much so with some spirting baseball caps at the table. Great food. Superior service.

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PM
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I’ve never had anything but a great experience here. It doesn’t matter if it’s happy our for a few drinks or a full dinner date everything is always top notch. Definitely my favorite restaurant in Jacksonville.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent on all levels. Wine list is exceptional....a Jacksonville favorite.

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BB
Washington DC
88 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant Orsay was sensational. We had beef stroganoff (made with short ribs) and a fish risotto with bacon. They were both heaven in a bowl. Robert was our server and was very friendly and efficient. If there were six stars to rate it, I would give it a six!

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OT
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Great food and service

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AK
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second year in a row that I’ve chosen Orsay for my birthday dinner and it never disappoints! We saved up to be able to go, but it’s worth every penny! We feel like we’re back in Paris when we eat there! We went earlier this year to be able to enjoy their happy hour which meant we were able to try more delectable food for our money! We had the boullibaise and mussels small plates, escargot and scallops appetizers, and the duck breast entree and they were all amazing and we highly recommend all of them! Can’t wait to go back!!

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LP
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Family was visiting and we wanted to have a special night out. The escargot and wine were amazing. The shrimp cocktail was cold and fresh. We loved it so much we went back for brunch a few weeks later and enjoyed eggs a la Orsay. We watched amazing pastries fly by our table and the staff adhered to all the demands of our 5 yr old. Both dinner and brunch were amazing. Two different experiences but great. Best part the blood orange martini.

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L
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

The moody hostess at the desk could not have been more condescending. My wife ordered a dish that promised a whole lobster. When it came out it had maybe half of a lobster. Would NOT recommend.

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LP
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Orsay and it did not disappoint. Great food and service!

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MW
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very pleasantly surprised upon entering the restaurant and our waiter was truly the best there is I believe his name was Bryson. Everything from the food to the service to the quaint atmosphere was truly a delight. I will definitely be back very soon.

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RP
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was just ok, wife had the mussels in wine sauce, the dish was so salty she should have sent them back. I told the waitress to tell the chef but got no response from anyone. Service was good just wish the food was as good.

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B
Jacksonville
48 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Orsay is the best restaurant in Jacksonville, in my opinion. Their twist on a traditional French menu makes Orsay one of a kind and their wine list is among the best I've seen anywhere in the world. Pro-tip, if you prefer less energy in the room, request a table in the dining room, rather than in the bar area, which is always very energetic.

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OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 3

Restaurant as a whole was extremely pretentious. Food was average at best and expensive for the portions. We were convinced by our server to change the temperature of an entree to, “medium plus.” It ended up being way too close to rare for a dish we initially wanted medium. Cocktail was almost undrinkable because it tasted like a spice cabinet. Maybe I’m an overly critical foodie from New Orleans but I would NOT recommend this restaurant.

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e
Mobile
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ful menu and delicious food! Loved the brussel sprouts and macaroons. Service was outstanding. Would recommend to anyone traveling to or through Jacksonville.

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OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my husbands birthday here and we are just blown away by the excellent customer service by everyone. The food was amazing, and the drinks...Lear just say you get your money’s worth. So so good. I suggest the lobster Mac and cheese and brussels sprouts. The filet was cooked to perfection and our server Tony was very detailed, efficient and overall made sure my husband had the best experience. We will be back and just thankful to the staff and manager Nicole for such a great night.

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B
Jacksonville
19 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely recommend Orsay - it's our favorite Jacksonville dining experience. Phenomenal cuisine, remarkable wine list, impeccable service, beautiful atmosphere.

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R
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Orsay lives up to its reputation as one of Jacksonville’s premier restaurants. This is French cooking prepared with reverence for tradition, but with room for creativity.Farm to table ingredients are embellished, but never overpowered. Stir in seamless and highly knowledgeable service, and you have a recipe for excellence. This restaurant would be a star in Manhattan.

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D
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing as always! I had the vegetable Shepard’s pie and my date had the pan roasted fish. We both were pleased. Everyone was professional and courteous. Will definitely be back!

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E
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Orsay is terrific in every way-the menu is varied and creative. We arrived early and were pleased to discover that the (huge) Gulf oysters were half price. The mussels were ironically small but delicious. The scallops entree was perfect. Service was outstanding.

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SN
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our experience was not as good as previous visits. Was disappointed in the roasted oysters. My short ribs were chewy and not very favorable. Had the filet last visit, it was awesome. Service was very good. We will return believing this was just an off night.

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c
Jacksonville
19 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Get the roasted oysters! Brunch is terrific and the two dollar eggs rock!

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SP
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Nice little place tucked away in the neighborhood. The drinks were well made and at an average price. The service was good except for a few hick-ups. However, the food was okay at best and over priced.

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OT
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! Went here for my boyfriends birthday and had an amazing time. Food was phenomenal, Rob our server was great!

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