Annual Visit. Three of us travel annually to Jacksonville on business and we always eat at least once at Sarnelli's. In our view, it is the best Italian restaurant in the southern U.S. We actually plan our stay around dining out at this exemplary restaurant. The food is painstakingly prepared, the wine list is outstanding, and the service wonderful. Mama Sarnelli has gone out of her way to ensure that we have our favorite dish--mussels. Fine dining in an unlikely place is what one experiences here. It is not fast food and for that we are grateful. Our next visit is in two weeks and our mouths are watering just thinking about it.
Never got to try it.... We tried to dine at Sarnelli's. My husband, son, and I walked in and were glared at by an older female that was seating another couple. We were not welcomed or greeted in any way. A couple minutes later, she came back back and bluntly asked, "Do you have reservations?" We replied that we didn't and she walked away. Another woman came back and said "We're totally booked, sorry." We thought it was strange because of the rude vibe we got. There were only a few tables full and 60% of them were empty. I called the restaurant from the parking lot and asked if I could make reservations for 6:30PM that night. (At the time we were sent away, it was about 6:10PM) The man said that it wouldn't be a problem! Of course, we didn't return. We can only wonder why we weren't seated.
Great Food Lover. At Sarnelli's you feel like you have gone to visit your Mom in Italy. Rosiara Sarnelli is always on the floor to make sure that your dining experience is just that "An Experience"! If you have any concerns whatsoever Mrs. Sarnelli wants to know if you don't LOVE your food Mrs. Sarnelli is not happy. The "FRESH" homemade Mozarelli with Beefsteak Tomatoes along with fresh herbs and olive oil is out of this world. The Grand Marnier Fresh Snapper/Grouper and Shrimp is so great that you feel you are on the shores at Naples. Of course the Lasagne, Chicken Cordon Bleu and other dishes are prepared and presented with just as much flare. I say "You Can For Get About" not having the Dining Experience of your life at Sarnell's Italian Restaurnt In the Heart of Orange Park. Mama Mia... Also VERY ROMANTIC-- Fresh Flower and Candles at EVERY Table...
A Trip To Italy (Without the Airfare). Since having been stationed in Naples, Italy and in Catania, Sicily over 20 years ago I have been looking for an Italian restaurant that has the authentic Italian flavors and textures that made dining in that beautiful country such an enjoyable event. The search is over! Restorante Sarnelli is the answer. A bit pricey when compared to the chain Italian restraunts like Olive Garden but the atmosphere and the food are well worth it. The management goes out of their way to ensure you have an enjoyable dining experience.
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