About Restaurant Orsay
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.
Jacksonville, FL 32205
French, Southern, American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: 7 days a week 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Late Night: Thursday - Saturday 10:00 pm - 12:00 am
Cocktail Hour: Sunday - Friday 4:00 pm- 7:00 pm, Saturday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Edgewood or Dancy
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Restaurant Orsay understands that when we cater your event, we don’t just bring in our trained staff, and our delicious food–we bring a commitment to bringing your vision to life. Our talented staff will liaise with the florist, the musicians, and even the rental company to ensure that every detail is perfected. Our chefs will work with you to create a culinary event to be proud of, which also reflects your personality and any dietary considerations.
Because we know you aren’t just interested in dinner, you want an experience worth sharing.
Additional parking is available at First Coast Cross Fit, located next door.
Public Transit Stop Located At Park & Ingleside.
Private Party Facilities:
The private dining room at Restaurant Orsay is the perfect balance between style and substance. Designed to evoke feelings of lush intimacy, the space is nonetheless perfect for meetings and conferences as well. State of the art audiovisual equipment is available as well as high-speed internet.
Private Party Contact:
Danielle Johnson: (904) 381-0909 ext. 16
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Restaurant Orsay Ratings and Reviews
I wasn't impressed. I was a little irritated that there was approximately a 1ft gap between the us and the table next to us, which was a table of 4. We basically made it a table of 6 because we were so close. It made conversation between my wife and I a little awkward because the other table can hear every word without trying, and vise versa. It was Valentine's Day, so i'm not sure if this is normal. I get that they try to accommodate everyone, but cramming as many people into the restaurant as possible doesn't make for a romantic atmosphere. The service wasn't very attentive. We probably saw our server a grand total of 5 times. Had to wait 10 minutes for my ice tea to be refilled. And when the waiter finally refilled it, he left the pitcher at the table for me to refill my own glass. I would think with them being an upscale restaurant I wouldn't have to refill my own glass. His lack of attentiveness probably goes along with the overbooking that occurred. Furthermore, I wasn't impressed with my steak. I don't mind paying a decent amount of money for great steak, but the rib-eye steak wasn't worth the $50.00 that they were charging. I will say that the shrimp cocktail and the lobster bisque were good and that my wife enjoyed her filet mignon.
My first trip to Orsay was ok. Food was delicious and portions were good. Presentation was nice. We went for valentines Day and I have to say the service was good but not exceptional. The waiter was passionate about the items on the menu but food was slow appearing at the table. Could just be because it was busy. It was so loud in the dining room that it was a challenge to have a conversation without shouting. I just feel that for what you get it is overpriced. There are other places to go for dinner where you will get food of the same quality for a much better price. Will have to try lunch there once and see if my opinion changes...
Food is almost always excellent. Server engaging. Once we got our meals had to ask for a coffee refill once had server’s attention. Then never was offered a second refill Has gone from our favorite go to to an occasional choice.
It was our wedding anniversary which we noted on Open Table
Never acknowledged by any of staff.
We went for our dating anniversary, and it was nothing short of the perfect choice. It had a lively, yet intimate feel. They sat us in the corner booth, which was super comfortable and romantic. The entire staff was very polite and accommodating. The food was to die for and was very fresh. Not to mention, they have a complete gluten free menu which makes anyone with a allergy feel safe when ordering. We highly recommend Orsay for anyone celebrating a special occasion or just want a nice romantic evening.
We were taken by immediately on time for our reservation by our hostess . She was friendly. It was my first time and my friends I was with had been many times. Recommendations were all on point that evening from small plates to our main meal. Yet deserts were very disappointing. Which was a huge surprise. We were not offered anything else to try. The deserts were taken off the bill which was the right thing to do. We didn’t ask but it was done. Prime rib was fabulous and the pear martini was my favorite of he evening. Our service was slow as the night continued on. One gal w us waited for a while for her drinks. We do not know the tall blonde servers name as she didn’t introduce herself. She was polite. Our food service though as to when it came out was great! I’d come back for the food for sure. Service left much to be desired on the professional level and attentiveness to the table that evening . We also had a guest meeting us and we told the hostess stand . After 30 minutes of being told we weren’t preset by the hostess our friend was leaving . We decided to get up and look for her as we thought her being a no show was bizarre. She was getting ready to leave actually. No one came to the other side of the restaurant where we were seated to look for us. Orsay has delicious food which is a 5 Star but the service for us that evening was not.
Normally this is our #1 spot for date night. But this time we had some (very) small disappointments. First, the music is always energetic and on the loud side; normally we aren't directly under speakers but this time we were; our server was nice enough to have it turned down BUT you should be able to have a normal conversation without shouting. Second, I've never been served a martini in a champagne glass; the kind with the short stem and rounded lip. It's hard to sip when your 3-olives-on-a-toothpick is jabbing you in the nose. That's why real martini glasses have tall stems and wide "mouths" that are in a V shape. But the Beef Strogonoff was outstanding; onion soup divine; duck rilette very nice.
The service was wonderful and the food was great we had reservations for 6 o’clock on Sunday and checked out the menu before hand online. I had the pan fried fish which was served with grits, sauce and Attractive salad greens on top. My wife ordered a burger well done, which was cooked to perfection!
"Kitchy" restaurant in residential area of the Riverside Avondale area of Jacksonville, It is extremely noisy, making it hard to converse with table mates. Should be quiet and romantic, but instead is more of a bar scene. The style of food is "Bistro French", and it is very expensive for this area.
The beverage menu has a variety of unique "craft cocktail" choices, as well as beer. The service is impeccable-our waiter was a true delight, and very knowledgeable about the wines, of which they have over 700 to choose from.
If you are a meat eater they certainly have many choices- duck liver, leg, breast/ beef stroganoff, pork, chicken ....The one thing on the menu I am totally opposed to is Foie Gras, because of the force feeding of geese to get a fatty liver.
Orsay also has a variety of sea food- Mussels Frites, sea scallops, and tasty Bouillabaisse. I had 6 oysters on the half shell ($3.00 each) and enjoyed the accompanying vinegar and cocktail garnishes. My main course was Carolina Trout, which was tasteless. It seemed to have been steamed in parchment paper, En Papillote, and had absolutely no flavor. It came with haricots verts, potatoes, covered with brown butter. I prefer olive oil, wine and garlic as seasonings, so I did not eat much of mine. It wasn't bad, just not to my preference.
The dessert menu has many tasty choices, our favorite is the apple cinnamon bread pudding.
We ate the Sunday Brunch at 1130. My food was excellent. My wife had the Eggs Orsay. They were not as warm as they should have been, as if they sat while my omelet was cooking. The Bloody Marys were excellent. Our waitress, Alexandra, very knowledgeable of all aspects of the menu. She was an excellent server.
The spinach salad was too salty. The steak was great but the vegetables were not appealing to look at or very tasty. The vegetable dish seemed like it had been pre-made. The chunks of bacon duck that were mixed in the vegetables were dry and tough. The bread was delicious. The service was outstanding. The mashed potatoes were dry and cold. I will go back but will try some other dish. We had steak filet dish, $ 40.00 each, it was not worth it. The mussels were great. The restaurant is very dark; everything is dark too much wood. The front room is very unappealing. I would liken it to a cheap cafeteria decor. It was very generic and dull decor.