España Restaurant of Amelia Island

4.7
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
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, "just caught" fish or meat entree including the national dish of Spain, Paella. Complete your España 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 which is generally open Thursday - Sunday and weather permitting :) Let us make your trip to España a memorable one.

Family owned and operated since 2004. The original on Amelia Island!
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CV
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice place for dinner, our waitress was the best. Good value for the money.

MM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is always excellent. Will dine again

CW
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the servers were friendly and attentive.

CO
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been there multiple times . Great owner , interaction with guests is a great thing . He is genuinely interested in maintaining a good friendly relationship with his guests. Highly recommended

HB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live this restaurant - food and service is always consistent and wonderful.

OT
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic—as always!

RR
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was excellent

C
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were greeted with champagne for our anniversary. Food was exceptional, as was the service.

FL
Charlotte
26 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious!! Ordered Lange Pinot noir, ceviche and paella for two. Everything was very good and waiter Jonathan was friendly and attentive. Great recommendation from local.

LG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was wonderful.
The only negative was the back room was very noisy. Try to get seated in the front room or the patio.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food. Tapas portions were surprisingly very ample. Entrees were delicious. Very noisy in the back room. Couldn't hold a conversation within our group of four without shouting. Having a couple guys swearing while they spoke didn't help the experience either.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband & daughter took me there because it was my 52nd birthday.

m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love coming for an evening at Espanas ! The food and service are always great!

OT
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Blue Cheese Tenderloin; my personal favorite!!! Husband enjoys the Madeira Tenderloin💕

MB
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely place to dine. The authentic Spanish food, the courteous service, and the comfortable dining area. I can't wait to return.

HP
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants with great menu variety. Tapas is our favorite. Ambience inside and when weather good also outside also excellent. Service very good but a little rushed .

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from service to food was outstanding.

BC
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful evening at Espana as always.

DD
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent service and food. Small and noisy. We would go there again.

RI
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great choice of tapas items. The Chorizo, and the Drunken Clams were great. Definitely worth a visit.

JW
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Espana delivered! It was my best friend's birthday, and I discussed with the host staff about having a bottle of wine and the entremes waiting on us, and not only was that there, but the table was set up beautifully for her! Jonathan was an attentive and fantastic server, and his S.A., Diana (I believe) was amazing! Neither my wine or water glass was ever less than half full, and as soon as a plate was empty, they were quick to remove it. The scallops were like butter, and my paella was delicious. I can't recommend Espana enough! Thanks for a wonderful celebration, and we will see you again soon!

CR
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were great. We will be going back again.

g
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Espana and we will certainly be going back! I called before we went to inquire about handicapped parking and the lady I spoke with was very helpful. She gave me directions on the best way to approach the restaurant because it is on a one-way street and where to find the best parking. Our waiter, Duarte, was fantastic, very helpful and friendly!!

OT
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Another very positive dinning experience at Espana. A busy night presented the wait staff with some challenge, but overall still one of our favorite restaurants!

LN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant on Amelia Island and is always our first stop when we flee the snow. The paella is outstanding and the tapas are great. My wife looks forward to the Champinones a la Espana all summer.

RM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Espana is one of my favorite restaurants on Amelia Island. We had the gambas Mozambique and the empanadas as our tapas. For our entrée we had the steak with Spanish blue cheese sauce. The steak was extremely tender and cooked to the perfect temperature.

B
Miami
41 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Paella Rustica was very good but a bit expensive at $44 for 2 people. Chicken, pork and chorizo are not expensive cuts of meat. Meat was tender and good flavor. It lacked the taste of saffron which I am familiar with in the paellas in Spain, particularly Barcelona.

JW
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great tapas! Especially loved the escargo. Service was excellent. A little loud when we first got there because there was a very large party in the same room as we. Once they left, it could not have been a better experience!

OT
Savannah
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great food.

GN
Omaha
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Another great experience. Wife had the Tenderloin with Blue Cheese and raved about it. I had the Seafood Paella and it was very good. The couple at the next table from Cleveland the husband had the Fisherman’s Stew for two and ate the whole thing. I have had it and it is the best thing on the menu in my opinion. This is a good to place for dinner in Fernandina

MH
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Without a doubt my top ten restaurants. The food is amazing. We ate there 2 nights in a row, why go elsewhere. Great staff, food, amazing! A treat for all especially for visitors!

RM
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had 2 tappas, an eggplant special and a grilled calamari dish, and we shared a seafood paella ! Food was great! Would definitely go again, recommend a reservation!

F
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites!!! Stop yearly either to or from Venice FL. Food is always exceptional, service is the best and it is an overall perfect experience. Can't wait to return. If you haven't been there, do it!!!

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible dishes!!!! We loved every plate!!!!

JG
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place and is a go to when we want a nice relaxing evening

L
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food in town. We requested a table for two in a quite area and that is what we got. Service was wonderful.

p
Savannah
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Amelia Island a lot and I have always wanted to go to Espana.
Finally was able to go for my birthday weekend and so glad that we did.....exceptional service, food, atmosphere.
This point on......If I go to Amelia Island---I'm going to Espana.

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great experience and great staff. Love this place!

LC
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was delicious from the Tapas (Escargot, Polenta and Ceviche) Wine and Sangria and the Seafood Paella and Chilean Sea Bass, ending wit the Flan Tre Lecce and Cappuccino!! Service was great and it all flowed...

Highly recommend this little FERNANDINA Gem!

SL
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

In general is a good restaurant. The chef forgot to check out the food coming out to our table and send a burn Valencia's paella (the second one was ok, missing some more rice). Our table was situated in the middle and wasn't comfortable having all the noise and waitresses bouncing around. I would recommend to request a table situated close to the walls or window. Our table service was great. 7 out 10 for this visit.