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España Restaurant of Amelia Island
España Restaurant of Amelia Island

España Restaurant of Amelia Island Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://espanadowntown.com
  • Email: espanainamelia@bellsouth.net
  • Phone: (904) 261-7700
  • 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 (904) 321-7693

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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Wife had scallops and I had the meat Paella. Appreciated the traditional Spanish cuisine and ingredients. This was our 3rd time we've had dinner and never been disappointed.. Expect to return again."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "During our stay at Amelia Island, we ate at many restaurants but this is where we had our best meal. Setting and service were just marvelous. Shrimp mozambique!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The food was excellent! Restaurant was too noisy for me. Next time we would sit outside."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Always excellent; food, wine, service. No garlic, no problem as they will make without! Snapper was superb w/scallops and clam sauce....all freshly made to order. Best paella anywhere. Do not miss this smart downtown gem. Outside dining would be lovely at this time of year. What could be better? Enjoy...."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We've been coming to FB for several years, and this is our favorite restaurant, hands down. We always have "a tapa," (they don't sayTAPAS!) a salad, and seafood. The food is always excellent, the staff is attentive without hovering, and it is the restaurant for a quiet, low-key dinner with a consistently great food! This IS a place to go for well-prepared seafood in a pleasant atmosphere. it ISN'T a place to go with a party of 10, 4 of whom are under the age of 8. It isn't a place for huge fried seafood platters or pitchers of Miller Lite. (There are those places in FB, they do a good job, but Espana is not one of them.) Enjoy it!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "As usual, Espana was terrific, I have eaten there numerous times and never have been disappointed. I routinely travel an hour to have dinner there. The Fish Stew for two is wonderful. Combined with a Vinho Verde wine, it a great dinner. 5 Stars."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We were excited to visit Espana because the locals gave it high praise as well as the online reviews. The hostess, which happens to be the owner, is lovely. So pleasant to converse with. Our dining experience was just ok. From the moment we sat down our waiter was indifferent and visited our table infrequently. He would only answer direct questions and not offer additional commentary. He was somber and sullen. We waited several minutes for him to approach our table and at the end of the meal we waited so long for him to return we had to ask another waiter to get our bill. At that point we gave up on having desert. I would try Espana again and hope to have better service."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "First girls night out in a while wasn't wasted. Great food and service."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We have eaten at Espana many times and it never fails. Their tapas are delicious, as is the paella. One tapa apiece and paella for two was more than enough for the four of us. Also, they were very flexible about shifting our reservation at the last minute."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My wife and our kids (4 and 7yrs) were staying at a resort in Amelia Island and decided to go out to "experiment local restaurant". We had tapas as apetizers and shared a paella amongst us. We were very welcomed and nicely serviced. The food was spectacular !"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Great place for sharing small plates or your own dinner. The food is always fantastic - you can't go wrong!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "This is a real gem! We have traveled extensively and this restaurant stacks up to many and surpasses most... Great tapas selection! From polenta to shrimp to escargot to pork...they are all fabulous! Authentic charm and hospitality... fit for foodies from DC to St. Barts! Thanks for a wonderful evening!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Family owned restaurant with lots of attention paid to food and service. Great experience! Fran"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Vacation to Amelia Island for relaxation and seafood. Espana was not really on my radar but a coworker recommended them and very glad we took their advice. Service was very good waiters were knowledgeable on food items and good recommendations on wine and beer. Atmosphere was very nice we never felt rushed. Food was GREAT!!! I would highly recommend the Paella. When in Amelia Island Espana MUST be on your list !!!! We will return."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This is the best restaurant on Amelia Island , every time we go it just gets better and better. Roberto and his staff make you feel at special, and the fish just doesn't get any fresher and has never been overcooked . Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "While in Fernandina Beach for two weeks we dined at Espana twice. Having visited Spain and Portugal recently this restaurant was very remindful of the great food we had there - lots of olive oil and fish. I was in heaven. Service was impeccable. We have liked it so much that we plan on visiting the third time - the last night we are here."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "This was our first time at Espana and it did not disappoint. We found the chef to be accessible for questions and saw him even deliver some dishes. He was very engaged in ensuring everyone had a wonderful culinary experience."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This restaurant came highly regarded by friends who love Amelia Island. The place is adorable. (specifically the courtyard area with twinkle lights) However, the food was just average. )and pricey for tapas.) I had the shrimp (Mozambique style) though the sauce was amazing--the shrimp was very overcooked and rubbery. I then has the ceviche and it was 'cooked' perfectly-though bland. My friend had the eggplant special. (she said it was good...not great.) Service was okay--our female sever did her job just fine but with little enthusiasm for us being there."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We selected Espana on a recommendation from others that had been there the previous evening. We did not hesitate to make reservations and were definitely not disappointed."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Had an open table reservation 3 days in advance. We were set in an overflow area with no ambiance whatsoever and were the only people there at first. The hostess had an attitude when we requested to be seated in the main dining room. Our server was great, the food was excellent but the way we were treated on arrival is a roadblock to our returning. This was a special occasion for my wife and I (50th anniversary) and our initial experience was poor. We talked about leaving, but we felt that we would be in trouble without reservations since the town is popular."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "A beautiful and well run restaurant on a busy Saturday night. The energy ran through the room! My wife and I arrived with plans to sample a few of the tapas and havie a glass of wine. We were so delighted with the flavors that we went through all the tapas on the menu! And they were all really tasty! Next time we're going to have the paella, which looked terrific. After dinner, the hostess played Good Samaritan and tracked me down nearly a block away to return the sweater I accidentally left on a chair. It was a very good evening."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We had a group of 6 that expanded to 9 and Espana accommodated us graciously. One of the members of our party was celebrating a birthday and we told the waiter. Unruffled at all these changes, Espana staff was competent and approachable. The paella was outstanding (everyone had a version of it). The Chocolate dessert fabulous. We will return happily!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My husband and I are local and enjoy Espana for the great variety/options offered on the menu. The specials are always "special". The Chilean sea bass topped with scallops was delectable! Service is solid and appreciated!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "This was our second try. The Tapas were wonderful and they have a good variety. They have a good Malbec by the glass which is a wonderful surprise. The restaurant was very crowded and we waited 15 plus minutes despite having a reservation. The staff knows many of the customers so don't be surprised when you end up with the table by the kitchen and the group with the reservation 30 minutes after you gets the open table by the window. We have not been when the weather permits, but they have a lovely outdoor seating area that we will request when return over the summer. We will come again but it is definitely not our favorite spot on the island."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "In downtown and convenient. Very busy on Saturday night and our table was not ready upon arrival. But they made another table available quickly and honored our reservation. Menu was extensive and Spanish food was very good. We enjoyed the occasion and would go back."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We enjoy trying new ethnic dishes. My snapper with spinach, capers, garlic, etc was good. My husband's grouper in spicy brown sauce was very spicy.. Tres leeches cake was nicely topped with dulce de leche. Table garlic dip was excellent."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "we split a seafood paella for 1 (plenty of food). Excellent taste, flavors and mix of seafood. A must try is the shrimp ceviche. Unbelievable tastes!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Nothing special decor, but attentive service and really, really good food. We talked about the tastes during and after the meal. Reservation required. The Paella is truly special."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Superb food in a simple but welcoming setting. More flavor than 99% of restaurants, just phenomenal food, Roberto has reproduced Iberian food perfectly . We just picked a night in which a 14-person, very loud group was there but that was not the restaurant's fault. Espana deserves its #1 rating, must try."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "The food, appetizers, tapas and entrees were all wonderful and with the excellent service and wine list made the dinner complete."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Great food, ordered paella for 4, we could of served 8 and we had two big eaters."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "good food for sure but the noise level really bothered us. Very attentive wait staff. Nice level of selections on the menu. Except for the noise we really enjoyed this meal."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We were seated promptly when we arrived and received very good service. We ordered two small dishes and paella and enjoyed all of them very much. The ambience is above average - we ate inside because it was a bit cold, but under more moderate conditions, we would have probably dined outside. They have a nice back patio/garden area out back."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "This is one of the best restaurants on Amelia Island. Good Service and Excellent menu ."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "This was our third year to dine here. We always make it a point to eat here when coming to Amelia. Great food and great service. Number 1 rating in town. All of our friends from Rock Hall Maryland make it a point to eat here at least once when they stay in the area."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "The food had Espana is among the best you will find anywhere. There is so much flavor without the over abundance of salt. I had the spicy snapper which is served with delicious sauce and topped with four perfectly cooked shrimp, rice, and vegetables. The fish melts in your mouth and is served to perfection. The shrimp tastes so fresh, but almost sweet like crab. My husband had the pork bites in a brown sauce and the shrimp in a spicy brown sauce. Both were worth running back for more. Hands down this is the best restaurant in the area and I Can't Wait to GO Back!!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I have had dinner at Espana numerous times and it is always great!!!!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "This was the number one rated restaurant on Trip Advisor. We sat outside on a cool evening. it was lovely, and the heaters made it very comfortable. We had the paella for two and it was probably the best we have had, including several times in Spain. we highly recommend this place and the food."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Wonderful food, visually pleasing as well as to the palate. Book ahead!! Always busy because Espana is just that good! As you leave you will be looking forward to your next chance to dine here again."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We went to España for a late Valentine's Day dinner. The tapas were amazing as well as the seafood Paella. The Sangría was delicious. Actually Everything from the bread on the table to the Tres Leches cake. It was all wonderful. We cannot wait to take family back there soon!"
    Dined on 2/17/2014