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Whether you’re lucky enough to call Ortega home or are just visiting the Jacksonville area, make sure to stop by the award-winning Metro Diner for the best comfort food in town!

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Casey Pereira

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Metro Diner Ortega, Jacksonville

Awarding-Winning Comfort Food Restaurant Serving Diner Classics

If you find yourself in Jacksonville with a craving for classic southern comfort food, look no further than Metro Diner Ortega! Guy Fieri raved about our griddle-seared Iron City Meatloaf during his Jacksonville visit for Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Plus, VOID Magazine named Metro Diner “Best Breakfast” and “Best Diner.” Jacksonville Magazine awarded Metro Diner “Best Comfort Food” and “Best Breakfast.” AND, Florida Times Union readers have voted Metro Diner “Best Of” in 9 categories year after year!

Located on Roosevelt Boulevard near Lakeshore, Metro Diner in Ortega is the perfect place to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s the ideal spot to fuel up before attending a Jacksonville Jaguars or Jumbo Shrimp sporting event, or after seeing a performance at Veterans Memorial Arena, shopping at The Shops of Avondale Sun, or catching a movie at Ray Cinema.

Our regulars will tell you that it’s not just our big portions and bold flavors that deserve acclaim; it’s the relaxed ambiance and tight-knit, friendly team that make Metro Diner stand out. Even if you’re not from around these parts, you can expect a warm welcome, a fresh pot of coffee and comfort food classics that make you feel right at home.

What Our Guests Are Saying

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Breakfast is great here. I visited here twice in a three day period while in Jacksonville. I just had to go back for the Strawberry Belgian Waffles that my nephew kept recommending. He was right, they were excellent!

Darryl B.

Jacksonville, FL

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Chicken n waffles with spice syrup was great. Lots of food. Service was super. Chicken was juicy with a crispy skin. Oh and the waffle came with strawberry butter. What? I wanted more.

Dennis A.

Jacksonville, FL

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Food was amazing. The staff was wonderful. If our server was at another table, other servers were quick to help. The spicy honey chicken sandwich is freaking amazing (definitely think it would go great with a waffle bun lol). It was very refreshing to go to a restaurant and have great food AND service.

Angela S.

Jacksonville, FL

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The food is always amazing, and the prices are super reasonable. I refer my out of town guests here for the chicken and waffles meal.

S. C.

Jacksonville, FL

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9802 Baymeadows Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32256
(904) 425-9142

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3302 Hendricks Avenue
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Discover Ortega in Jacksonville 

And the Best Diner in the Ortega Area

Situated between the St. Johns and Ortega rivers, Ortega earns its reputation as one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Jacksonville. Towering oaks, waterfront views, ample public parks, breathtaking sunsets, there’s a whole lot to love about Ortega.

Here are a few more stops to add to your Jacksonville-Ortega itinerary:

  • Ortega River Marina
  • Baker Point Park
  • Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
  • Stockton Park
  • Riverside Arts Market
  • MOSH Museum of Science and History
  • Seminole Park
  • Old Ortega Historic District

Stop by our place on Roosevelt Blvd before or after all that exploration for diner classics like Biscuits & Sausage Gravy, Charleston Shrimp & Grits, Fish & Chips, Classic Burgers, Chicken Pot Pie, and the best darn buttermilk-marinated Fried Chicken you’ve ever had.

Jacksonville-Ortega Jaunts for the Whole Family 

And a Menu with Kids’ Favorites and Family Meals to go 

The kids will love the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens or a stroll along the St. Johns River. With so many lovely parks to choose from in Ortega, why not make it a Metro Diner picnic! Our Metro Diner Kids’ Menu offers mini versions of our Fried Chicken & Waffles, Belgian Waffles, Mac & Cheese and more. You can grab a Family Meal to go or order any of our breakfast, lunch or dinner favorites to go via pick-up or delivery. Simply order online, grab your grub, and head out for a picnic or an easy meal at home!

Planning an event or meeting? Metro Diner caters! We offer business catering, graduation catering, corporate event catering and even wedding catering! Chicken & Waffles at the office? Best lunch EVER!

About Metro Diner 

Serving the Best Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch and Dinner since 1992

Officially opened in 1992, our original Metro Diner location in Jacksonville, Florida, quickly became the go-to local restaurant for comforting classics and reimagined favorites.

Over the years, we’ve continued to share our southern hospitality, big, bold flavors and passion for integrity, familiarity, comfort and community by bringing in new partners across the country.

Today, Metro Diner has over 50 locations in 12 states. Our diners have earned a number of awards for our mouthwatering, home-style comfort food cooking including: Best Breakfast, Best Diner and Best Burger. We welcome you to visit us and try our award-winning food for yourself!

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