Yelp names Jacksonville restaurant among 'most romantic' in Florida

Restaurant Orsay is located in Avondale at 3630 Park St.
Restaurant Orsay is located in Avondale at 3630 Park St.

If you’re looking to impress your date with a romantic dinner, one Jacksonville restaurant is among the most romantic in the state.

In a new list, Yelp names Restaurant Orsay (No. 8) as one of the Top 20 Most Romantic Places to Eat in Florida. (St. Augustine’s Collage Restaurant is No. 2.)

Launched in 2008 by chef/restaurateur Jonathan Insetta, the French cuisine restaurant at 3630 Park St. is an Avondale neighborhood favorite as well as a date-night destination. 

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On the menu, you’ll find entrees ranging from Shepherd’s Pie, Prince Edward Island Mussels Frites and Lobster Pot Pie to Bouillabaisse, Cassoulet, Pan Roasted Duck Breast, Beef Stroganoff and Steak Frites.

Orsay’s 25-page wine and liquor list offers the perfect pairing to your meal.

And think of Orsay’s dessert menu as an invitation: whatever you can’t try on this visit will be waiting for your return visit. There’s Crème Brulee, Butter Pecan Bread Budding, Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse Dome, Caramel Cheesecake, Macarons and more.

Yelp compiled its list of romantic restaurants in Florida, in part, via a search of its reviews for key words and phrases like “romantic,” “date night” and “valentine.”

Restaurant Orsay won Best Romantic Restaurant in the 2017 Bold City Best competition.
Restaurant Orsay won Best Romantic Restaurant in the 2017 Bold City Best competition.

Here is what some Yelpers have said about Orsay’s romantic atmosphere in recent years:

  • “Great wine, great food, great atmosphere. Extremely romantic restaurant and I'm not the most impressed upon, but this restaurant would really swoon me if I went there on a date. (April 2017)

  • “The best place to go for a romantic date night.” (October 2019)

  • “Orsay is great for so many things. Happy hour with friends? Check! Romantic dinner date? Check! Family brunch (or boozy brunch)? Check! After dinner coffee and amazing dessert? Check! End of evening stop for a handcrafted cocktail? Check!” (May 2016)

  • “Always great for a romantic dinner with the wife.” (December 2016)

  • “Elegant yet relaxed, ideal for a romantic dinner or a group of 4 to 6 friends.” (June 2018)

Yelp's Most Romantic Places to Eat in Florida

  1. Pane & Vino, Miami Beach

  2. Collage Restaurant, Saint Augustine

  3. Firefly, Panama City Beach

  4. Lagniappe, Miami

  5. Bunbury, Miami

  6. Pia's Trattoria, Gulfport

  7. Dada, Delray Beach

  8. Orsay, Jacksonville

  9. Yah Mon, Tampa

  10. Prato, Winter Park

  11. Le Patio, Wilton Manors

  12. Mandolin Aegean Bistro, Miami

  13. Vero Italian, Miami

  14. Cafe Seville, Fort Lauderdale

  15. Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Restaurant & Bar, Miami

  16. La Brochette Bistro, Cooper City

  17. OLIVIA, Tampa

  18. Ciro's, Tampa

  19. Osteria Vecchio Piemonte, Miami

  20. Capriccio Ristorante, Pembroke Pines

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This article originally appeared on Florida Times-Union: Jacksonville's Restaurant Orsay named to Yelp's Most Romantic list