España Restaurant of Amelia Island

4.8
2401 reviews
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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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Mississippi
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience as usual. The tapas and main dishes were delicious and beautifully plated. Service was prompt and friendly.

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MT
Pinehurst
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a wonderful dining experience at Espana in April 2019. Duartes (sp?) was our server & he made our experience awesome. His wine suggestion was amazing. We asked him for appetizer recommendations & they were wonderful as well. He was very attentive throughout the evening, refilling our wine glasses, bringing fresh warm bread to dip in our leftover sauces, and being very kind and congenial. We will definitely be back while on our trip!

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Charlotte
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good and nice selection. We would go back. Large portions

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S
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall wonderful meal. Had shrimp, calamari, empanadas tapas and split a paella, and a half pitcher of sangria. Delicious and under $50 per person. Very content, would highly recommend. Justin was a fantastic server and everything was fresh even though we went at 9pm. If you order paella remember a good paella has a soccarat, crispy, bottom layer!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Anniversary dinner!!! Food was delicious, service was great, and nice ambience!

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AD
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very tasty - paella did not dissapoint and service was surprisingly fast on a Friday night!

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JG
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the service was top notch. I really liked the sangria (red).

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G
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Lots of food choices, and each dish came out perfect!

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BO
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thought are meal was excellent, service attentive without being overbearing. It was my girlfriends first time eating there and she did nothing but rave.

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LH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Duarte, our waiter, was fabulous and the tapas were perfection!

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M
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, Great service,Great Authentic food..Thank U ..Would recommended to any1

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M
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every spring we visit Amelia Island and always make a point of having a delicious dinner at Espana. Great food, great service and great ambiance.

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CC
New England
11 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special night with friends

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SM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about this restaurant from the minute we walked in the door. We were staying on Amelia Island and all the locals recommended it! We had a reservation for a table but after arriving 45 minutes early we were promptly seated at the four seat bar instead. What a treat! This puts you in the middle of both sides of the restaurant and getting to see what goes on behind the scenes. The entire staff was knowledgeable, friendly, eager to please, and fun to converse with. We also enjoyed speaking with the owners. They were gracious and very friendly. We ordered the garlic shrimp tapas( ask for extra bread to dip in the delicious sauce) we also had the mussels with chorizo as a special tapas that night. They were amazing! And leave room for a dessert, or maybe two. We had the tres Leche cake and the flan and we inhaled them, they were that good! The owner also makes a burnt cheesecake that was scrumptious as well! Definitely worth a stop if your in town.

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PG
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely one of the best Tapas restaurants we have ever experienced. Delicious food, terrific waitstaff. Wonderful selection. Very nice interior. Just a delightful and satisfying experience. We will definitely go back again. Make a Reservation.

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d
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Portuguese Fish Stew was out of this world! Service was friendly and attentive. Sangria was yummy too. Only negative was the noise level where we were seated in the front room. There were a few very loud patrons who made it difficult to have much of a conversation at our table. We will definitely be back but will know to request the back room or the patio next time. Truly an all time favorite meal!

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite restaurant on the island!

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We will come again and again! Wonderful food and service. Portion for small plates was very generous. Everything we ordered was perfect.

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CS
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

España is our favorite restaurant on the island! They never disappoint us.

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l
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our favorite restaurant. We take all of our house guests to Espana. I'd eat there every night if I could. All entrees are spectacular!

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B
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants on the island. Book reservation ahead.

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JM
New England
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner & impeccable service...the red sangria, garlic shrimp tapas and we each tried different grouper dishes were wonderful. Shared a flan for dessert: to die for.

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R
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I lived in Spain for the better part of two years. It would be hard to find Spanish Food as good as this in most places in Spain. The tapas are creative and wonderfully prepared. The entrées, including three different kinds of paella and a fabulous Portuguese fish stew, are absolutely stunning. Stir in a wonderful Spanish wine list, including hard to find Proirat, and attentive service and you have a recipe for a wonderful evening at a reasonable price. España is a little slice of Spain in Fernandina Beach.

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Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, friendly service, loud (would have been quieter in room to the right of the door or outside), and looking forward to going back again.

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SA
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, fresh food that was prepared well. Thoroughly enjoyed our evening there!

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N
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal and service. My husband and I enjoyed the paella Valencia. It's one of our favorite meals
and it certainly didn't disappoint. The sangria and salad were excellent. We would definitely return. Be sure to make a reservation as it was full when we went during the week.

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TM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would rate them higher but the limit is 5, so 5 it is. This was the most enjoyable part of my Amelia Island vacation. What a great find. The food was terrific and the service was warm and genuine. Absolutely do not hesitate to go there.

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J
Baltimore
40 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to take family, friends, or yourself for a fantastic meal. I happened to be there twice this week, and was not so happy with our server on my earlier visit, but Jonathon made up for that on Sunday night. He was OUTSTANDING! And as always, the food is great. This time we had grilled calamari-YUM, salads-YUM, Fisherman's Stew-WAY YUM, Rustica Paella-WAY YUM, Garlic chicken dish (can't remember the authentic name)-WAY WAY YUM. The chef personally greeted each table of guests and asked about their meals. Great wine list for all price points. The only thing I've ever head here that wasn't over the moon about is the sangria (but I'm kind of a sangria snob, make my own). If you haven't been GO! BUT YOU MUST MAKE RESERVATIONS!

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AT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our little piece of Spain in the States. A delightful experience!

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S
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing! Omar, our waiter was super professional and a great server. The food was absolutely delicious. I recommend this restaurant to anyone who has an extensive, developed palate. Can't wait to return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food , amazing atmosphere, if your on the island you better book a table early , can't miss experience

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CL
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Espana...see you again next year and every time we visit Fernandina Beach! xoxo

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Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a birthday in Fernandina Beach. Had a great meal and highly recommend.
The paella was amazing, great Sangria ( large pour) and fun service and very reasonably priced.
All the food being served looked great and I can’t wait to try out the rest of the menu.
Beautiful outside garden if your feeling romantic, weather permitting.

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Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, España exceeded our expectations! Great food and service made for a wonderful evening with friends.

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Spanish restaurant experience in the USA, so far. I would highly recommend the mussels and the fish/seafood stew. They got everything right, from the taste of the food, the delicious desert to the wine selection. All of this with a reasonable price. One thing is for sure, we we’ll be back!

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PC
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This our fourth time dinning over the past two years. Every time has been a home run! Food is great and the staff efficient and professional. Can't wait like to return to Amelia and Espanga next winter👍

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BO
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful service. Unbelievable wine selection at reasonable prices.

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KM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Will return. Gambas Mozambique superb.

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J
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place to enjoy great Spanish food. From meat and fish to their Paella for one or two!! Great tapas of many choices and the night we were there they served a white Sangria which was very tasty and great warm weather drink. The service was spot on!!

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a
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Espana is a dining delight on Amelia. The paella is superb and fish dishes are consistently excellent. The wine list offers a well-selected array of choices at fair prices. The atmosphere is pleasant and welcoming. We asked to be seated outside but several large groups we seated in that location. Dine Espana for pleasure or special occasions or just to spoil yourself with exceptional food and drink.

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