An ad, on line, said "In honor of Jacksonville's French roots" Olio would be serving "A daily French lunch special" for three days in May. Being of French roots, I decided to try it.
I didn't even know the place existed in Jacksonville until I saw this event. The façade of the restaurant is rather nondescript but not hard to find and there is plenty of street parking available all around the old courthouse annex (Olio's is diagonally across the street from the Courthouse Annex building).
We arrived about 11:40 AM and it's a good thing we did. By the time we left at 12:20, the queue to order had reached the front door. It's a stand in line and order, wait for your name to be called, go get your meal kind of place.
The wait was not long at all and both of us dining found the food to be pretty darn good. The pommes frites (French fries) were really good. My friend had the bisque and the duck grilled cheese. Both were tasty and filling. I opted for the "French lunch special" which consisted of Croque-Monsieur, the side of pomme frites, a salad and a glass of Louis Perdrier Champagne. It was advertised to have the daily French dessert, but I never saw a desert. (maybe they just forgot).
All said and done, for stand up and order, communal dining, plastic tableware and plates, kind of place, it was both creative and tasty. Unlike another reviewer, I did not find the food to be overly salty although you could tell salt is used in the preparation.
Having tried a lot of restaurants for lunch in and around Jacksonville, I'm more than pleased to say I'll go back here and try some of the other menu items. I think it's worth a visit!
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.