Restaurant Orsay is known around town as the go-to spot for celebratory meals and special occasions. The restaurant has a Southern-inspired menu with a distinct European twist—dishes like bouillabaisse, beef stroganoff, and berkshire pork chop are prepared with classic French techniques. And even if you aren’t celebrating, don’t skip an impressive dessert menu by Rebecca Reed, a Chopped champion who cranks out picture-perfect treats like petit fours and macarons.
When people think of iconic Florida restaurants, images of bayfront dining in Tampa, theme park restaurants in Orlando, or beachside seafood in Key West might come to mind. But hiding in plain sight is a culinary gold mine—at the best Jacksonville restaurants, you’re in for a treat.
No doubt, one of the best things to do in Jacksonville is eat. The Bold City is home to an eclectic dining scene that features everything from street-style tacos to authentic Nashville hot chicken and incredible Filipino delights. The city is a melting pot of people and cuisines, and there’s plenty of new and exciting foods to keep the crowds hungry for more.
After soaking up some sun at the beach, cheering on the Jacksonville Jaguars at a home game, or swinging your clubs at the golf course, you’re never far from incredible food. From high-end cuisine to piled-high burgers (grab some extra napkins), here are the best places to eat in Jacksonville.
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