España Restaurant of Amelia Island
España Restaurant of Amelia Island

España Restaurant of Amelia Island

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://espanadowntown.com/
  • Phone: 9042617700
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Portuguese
  • Executive Chef: Roberto Pestana
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout
  • Catering: Various catering options are available to suit all budgets. Our Paella Party is very popular, which includes a cooking demonstration.
  • Private Party Facilities: Either of our two dining rooms are available for private groups.
  • Private Party Contact: Marina 9043217693

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Centre Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from España Restaurant of Amelia Island
Savor the traditional flavors of Spain and Portugal in the heart of downtown historic Fernandina Beach. Sip on homemade Sangria or enjoy a glass of wine from a list of hand picked selections (International and Californian). Choose from a menu of hot and cold tapas, fresh fish or meat entree including the national dish of Spain, Paella. Complete your Espana experience with some homemade desert. You can choose to dine in our cozy main dining room, bright enclosed patio dining room or lush garden dining area (weather permitting). Let us make your trip to Espana a memorable one. Family owned and operated since 2004.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
España Restaurant of Amelia Island reviews from OpenTable diners
152 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (102)neighborhood gem (101)special occasion (85)romantic (64)great for outdoor dining (56)notable wine list (40)good for groups (37)hot spot (16)kid-friendly (13)late-night find (9)great for lunch (5)great for brunch (4)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • An Excellent Place for dining
    Satisfied
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food was excellent as was the server. We easily made reservations ahead of time and we were seated almost promptly at the designated time. It was a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food (scallops) were excellent and the service staff were very attentive. I've had the paella on previous visit, but it is a filling meal ... passed on it this time. Recommend it very highly. Prices are moderate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Real Treat
    GatorPete
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food at Espana is outstanding and the service is better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stellar food and service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    From the lady who changed my reservation, as I was coming in from Atlanta late, to the young man in glasses filling the water glasses and setting up the cleared tables, to my waiter Scott, I had a wonderful meal from start to finish. I had been here two years ago with my husband; this time by myself. Had a red snapper dish with capers. Ceviche. White wine sangria. For dessert...tres leche cake. This sometimes is wrong...not this time. If my husband makes the cut next year in the amateur golf tournament in Ponte Vedra....we will return....this time together! The place was packed to the gills with diners enjoying themselves....a couple of families with young children, young couples, older couples, larger groups. Thank you Tripadvisor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tennisman
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Food was tasty and appealing. We were warmly welcomed and service was excellent. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bjmdVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The best restaurant in Northeast Florida. Service and Food were excellent,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Carocook
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had planned many times previously to visit this restaurant but this was our first time and we were not disappointed.From the service to the delicious selection of tapas both hot and cold and with the right amount of seasoning we were pleased
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A real find on Amelia Island
    LDeanVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Who would have thought that in the land of Southern seafood, posh hotels and condos that you would find Spanish cuisine. And not only find it, but find some of the best to be had in the US. It's a small place and the noise level can get a bit high but it is a must place to eat if you are in the area. The paella is not to be missed and the flan is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!
    Jlynng
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My husband and I always come to this restaurant when we are in Amelia Island. We always love to order a bottle of wine and trying a bunch of tapas. We enjoy every plate we try! Many of their sauces are so addicting, that we always ask for more bread to finish it. Which they totally get! Are two favorites are the Shrimp Mozambqui and the Mussels in white wine sauce with chorizo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent quality and service
    NewKids
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We arrived ahead of our reservation time and our table was ready. We were seated and our server let us know that he was ready when we were...there was no rush to order. The pace at Espana is as relaxed or as hurried as you want. The table was elegant and comfortable. Our tapas and wine came soon and they were exceptional. Amelia Island is serious shrimp country and the Gambas al Ajillo were world-class as were the Buquerones. Entrees ranged from Paella Marinera to the nights specials and everything was simply perfect. The setting is casual elegance, very sophisticated and very laid back. Sandals, shorts and t-shirts are as welcome as dressier outfits. It's all about the food and service here...and the shrimp. Don't miss those shrimp!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bjmdVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    It's not only the best restaurant on Amelia Island ,but the best in Northeast Florida! The seafood doesn't get any fresher of cooked more perfectly than Espana . Congratulations on 10 years and we hope you're here for another 10 at least.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GarlicVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Espana is a good restaurant choice for Amelia island. The menu is somewhat limited, but the quality of the food and preparation is very good. the place is more casual than the menu/pricing would suggest. it is conveniently located 1 block from the main street. The restaurant lacked much warmth or personality that you might expect from a place called Espana.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bernadette
    Gourmetlover
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great tapas place. Had scallops, calamari,pork, spinach and spicy shrimp. Great sangria too. In quaint old town Amelia. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Fantastic
    cynja
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food and service at Espana never disappoint. It's a great spot for a romantic date or for impressing out-of-town guests. Two of our party ordered paella -- one seafood, one chicken -- and both said it compared favorably to what they've enjoyed in Barcelona. The spicy snapper with local shrimp was also delicious. All of the seafood cooked to perfection! Can't wait for my next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful tapas
    YummyStuff
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We enjoyed the tapas menu for our romantic night out. The selection was great and the food was delicious. I would definitely go back if I were to be in the area again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional Culinary Experience
    Lorie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    What a great find! Our first trip to Amelia Island. I read many wonderful reviews about Espana but they did not do it justice. We were awed by the staff, the food and Roberto Chef and owner. Our server Joel was overly accommodating. The excellent dessert tray that Chef Roberto brought over to the table was delicious and such a special treat. Paella, bouillabaisse and the many tapas were some of our favorites! The sangaria was delicious. We have dined at many excellent locations like Elizabeth's, Huske, The Old Pink House and found that Espana ranks with the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Partymarty
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great! As always. We love sharing the tapas and the paella. Don't miss the garlic shrimp.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girl's night out
    girlsnightout
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had a great girl's night out. We were able to share several appetizers and dinners. Our waiter was excellent. He brought us extra plates to make it easy for everybody to try all of the dishes we ordered. He checked on us regularly, as did other wait staff. We were a little disappointed that an eggplant dish that they have as a special sometimes wasn't available, but we'll hopefully be able to order it next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best in Fernandina
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Espana consistently serves the best food in Fernandina. We look forward to our meals here every visit -- especially the portabello mushroom tapas. There is something on the menu for everyone, the service is great, and the atmosphere vibrant. On this visit the snapper entrée was exceptional, as was the fried calamari. Really an exceptional experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed and would not go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My husband and I were on vacation and received this restaurant as a suggestion from a few locals and also from reviews on OpenTable. We were first greeted by a woman that seemed annoyed that people were coming in to visit this restaurant. Then we were seated a few minutes late. We had to wait at least five minutes before we were offered a drink then to find out they only serve beer, wine, and sangria. Not a big deal really...just unexpected. Our server again seemed quite annoyed that he was serving our table. My husband had the paella which was just okay and I had the filet...again just okay. We were not offered a dessert menu- just the check. It was just not a great experience at all and bad service with unfriendly attitudes.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Budbarb
    Budbarb
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    As always, the tapas and paella were excellent. And although the noise level was high, we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. I would recommend Espana for any occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Can't stay away......
    Greg1
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    My wife and I went to Espana on Sunday night for some tapas and sangria. We returned on Weds and had the Portuguese Fishermans Stew with a nice Rioja wine . It was awesome. It requires 30 min prep time and worth the wait. We dine here at least twice a week when we visit the island. Their flavors are incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly surprised!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Saw this restaraunt on Trip advisor. Didnt know what to expect. But was pleasantly surprised. I have already recommended it to some of my friends.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A let down
    Honestdiner
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The tomato and mozzarella was good but not different than any other restaurant, the eggplant stack had more breading than eggplant and the seafood special was good but not exceptional in taste and flavor. The sangria was excellent as was the service. The garden would be a lovely place to eat on cooler evenings. After reading the reviews I was expecting more in taste.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and service, a bit loud
    Kelmer
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed our food, wine , and service! The seafood and tapas were first rate! Dont miss the mussles, a truly unique taste with a tomato broth and the polenta cakes were a surprising taste treat. Our server was very attentive and professional. The restaurant is in an old building in the historic area and the ceilings were low causing it to be an acoustical nightmare, too loud to be romantic or relaxing. There are no other attempts to curb the noise (tapestries, carpets, etc.) if it isn't too hot sit outside in the beautiful garden area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Home Town Favorite
    FinickyfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I love everything about this gem in the center of town. The service is always friendly and courteous and the food predictably excellent. One of my fondest dining out nights was when my son, daughter-in-law, grandson and I dined in the little court yard one perfect evening. It is also one of their top picks when they are visiting. It is also one of my favorite spots for dining out alone. I can read a book and feel like home but with much better food and ambiance. You will not be treated better anywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very nice second outing
    oneguyVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We went back to Espana for a second time on our week-long trip and enjoyed it again. We had specials -- a shrimp appetizer and grouper / shrimp / scallop entree and we liked them both. Scott, our server, was excellent. This time, we were in the front room, which was darkened because the shades were closed to protect against the sun. It was a nice, quiet adult-oriented ambience that we liked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas and more
    BillieJoVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    What great food; fun; and fantastic ambience - just great - service et al
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food
    Dinner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I was utterly impressed! The menu selection was fantastic and the food was amazing. I started off with the Ceviche and it was the best I have ever had in the United States! The Paella was very good as well. You can't go wrong with this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Larr
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We review Trip Advisor when traveling and see how resteraunts are rated. Sometimes people don't get it right but in this case Espana was excellent. Espana is not inexpensive but well worth it. The food was very good and so was the Sangara. This is not a place for children.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disorganized service. Good food.
    Outandabout
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Waiter was confused and food for different diners came out at very different times so we were sitting and watching each other eat. Similarly disorganized delivery of beverages and bread. Thankfully the manager of the restaurant recognized the situation and was very apologetic and generous!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Herme
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Very good local spot. Easy to get to. Great variety on wine. Sangria needed more fruit and variety.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome food!
    LoveFernandina
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We return to this restaurant time and time again. One of the best wihin 200 miles. Service is excellent! Food is always delicious!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable and fun.
    ss2ue
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    First visit, so we ate inside. Great server with many suggestions for lunch since we were not familiar with the menu. Very unique. Would enjoy going back. Nice outside dining area and would be good for people watching.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scotty
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Very good food! Well prepared and served nicely. Staff is always friendly and great. No complaints.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very nice food, ambience, & service
    oneguyVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We really liked the food, ambience, and service. We had the gambas mozambique and scallop entree, which were both tasty. Our server, Joel, was terrific. It was very peaceful until a family with 3 young kids sat next to us. Of course, the restaurant couldn't control this. A PLEA TO PARENTS WITH YOUNG KIDS: Please eat at restaurants catering to young kids. The kids, the other guests, the restaurant staff, and even you probably will be happier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    Howie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Expect great food and service. Very friendly place. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Two Nights in a Row!
    ncdiners
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Excellent food-the seafood dishes were all unique, delicious and fresh. The shrimp with garlic tapas smelled wonderful but my sister-in-law wouldn't share with us-she was enjoying it too much! Our dinner was so good, we went back the next night to try some different dishes. My daughter and I shared the Portugese fisherman stew (as good as all the reviews on Open Table and Trip Advisor state) and other family members tried the scallops in green sauce. Great Spanish wines too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Very pleased we decided to try Espana. All of the reviews were on target. Excellent grouper and red snapper prepared in a way other than the usual grilled,fried or broiled. Will try tapas next time. Accommodated our request for a last minute time change which we really appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dining Experience
    lvngd75
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    After many trips to Fernandina Beach, my wife and I finally made it to Espana. The staff and food did not disappoint. The food was fresh and service professional and timely. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.