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About 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, "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!

22 S. 4th Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Spanish, Portuguese

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Sunday
First sitting: 5:00
Last sitting: 9:30

Cross Street:
Centre Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(904) 261-7700

Website:
http://espanadowntown.com/

Catering:
Various catering options are available to suit all budgets. Our Paella Party is very popular, which includes a cooking demonstration.

Executive Chef:
Roberto Pestana

Private Party Facilities:
Either of our two dining rooms are available for private groups.

Private Party Contact:
Marina: (904) 321-7693

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout

España Restaurant of Amelia Island Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.5

value

4.6

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

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Romantic (48)
Fit for Foodies (41)
Good for Birthdays (38)
Worth the Drive (35)
Cozy (32)
Casual (28)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Local Ingredients (23)
Great for Outdoor Dining (23)
Notable Wine List (21)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
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Tasting Menu (15)
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined 2 days ago

The service was impeccable we were served by Omar. The wait time is reasonable. The prices are very reasonable. We had the escargot, the duck confit empenada and the pressed and grilled calamari steak. OMG all super tasty highly recommended by Tracey and Ricky at Hoyt house

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent paella. Have been several times and the food is always good with good atmosphere

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined 3 days ago

Everything was very good. Tapas, main courses, service all very good. My favorite restaurant in Florida.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find
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·Dined 3 days ago

Everything was delicious from the sangria and ceviche to the tenderloin and spicy grouper. I would definitely recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Fun, Tapas, Special Occasion, Authentic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (San Antonio)·Dined 3 days ago

We shared three tapas which were nicely prepared and comparable to tapas we have had in Spain. The wine selection was also good

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

inly complaint a bit noisy otherwise a pleasure

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 (Columbus)·Dined 5 days ago

As always the food at España is excellent and the service friendly and attentive.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined 5 days ago

It's a hidden gem, we enjoyed the ambiance, food and wine. Will definitely come back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined 6 days ago

As always our visit to Espana was amazing. The food never disappoints. It’s a true gem and good for any occasion. Thank you for showing my cousin and her husband how wonderful your restaurant is and serving the most delicious food. We left feeling satisfied and happy.

Tags: Authentic, Tapas, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun
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 (Key West)·Dined 6 days ago

We visited Espana on Valentine's Day for dinner and made our reservations on Open Table prior to arriving from Pennsylvania. Even though we weren't locals, we still received a quiet window table in the corner, as requested. The service was very attentive by "G" and his fellow servers. The highlight of the dinner was the flan dessert, which was outstanding. We also ordered the sea bass special for the evening, which was very good. This is a very popular restaurant, so make your reservations early.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined 7 days ago

This was my second meal at España and I was disappointed. The sangria and bread and shrimp garlic were excellent But my seafood paella was botched. All the seafood was dried out and the rice burned down to the pot. Halfway through a waiter appeared and took my plate because they have forgotten adding the shrimp to the dish which they added then. Weird. My partners fish&shrimp main course was excellent, however as was the tiramisu and espresso. I should have complained about the paella but I didn’t. I will come back however.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Fabulous date night. Cozy, quiet atmosphere, superb service, and wonderful gluten free selections. My new favorite Fernandina Beach restaurant.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic, Fun, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Very attentive service. Table for 2 was squeezed
into corner. Food was good.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Astonishing food.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great service at table. Excellent recommendations by our waiter, and delicious meal. Everything was prepared and presented beautifully. The bread and butter was especially good. I also really loved the sangria, and am picky about sangria. Theirs exceeds expectations. Just sweet enough, but not too sweet. The Malbec was also terrific with our meal.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, People Watching
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 (Miami)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Always the best on Amelia Island. Grouper special was delicious. The short rib emanadas were outstanding. We eat here about 6 times per year and are never disappointed. Get the sangria it's fantastic.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We went for a pre-theatre meal. Service was quick and friendly. We had the garlic shrimp tapas and shared the chicken and seafood paella for two with a bottle of albarinho. More than enough food and the flavors were outstanding! The noise level was low enough that we were able to carry on a conversation without having to raise our voices. We plan to come back!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tapas, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fun, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

It is no wonder that Trip Advisor ranks Espana as the second restaurant on Amelia Island. We were impressed with both the food and the service. We would definitely eat at Espana again.

Tags: Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Absolutely wonderful experience on Thursday night. Food was amazing, rivaling DC mainstays like Jaleo. Compliments to all involved.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 31, 2018

We love the place! The food is excellent and consistent. The sangria is the best we've had anywhere, including in Spain and the chef really knows how to make sauces ...

There are really three different dining areas, plus a small bar. We have been seated in each. The outdoor area is our favorite on a nice evening. The back dining room is quieter than the front where the seating seems closer. Anyway, there are seating options. It is a comfortable, but not fancy restaurant with unique and well-prepared food. I'd recommend it to anyone.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Lovely restaurant. I had grouper was delicious prices
Fair portions were average. Nothing over the top. Would recommend it tho.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Food and server Omar very good. Our server had every table in the room in which we were seated. On this occasion we waited quite sometime for our dinner. I am sure the kitchen was backed up. It is one of our favorite places to dine. If you have never been, give it a try.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Awesome restaurant. One of my favorites anywhere. Omar was the perfect server, attentive and good with menu suggestions.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Tapas, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

What a delightful experience at Espana! We celebrated our anniversary here, being welcomed with champagne! The food and service were excellent. The Garlic Shrimp was particularly wonderful. Really enjoyed our dinner at Espana!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great meal. I had Steak Marsala and you could have cut the steak with a fork. Very attentive server without being annoying.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Just simply the best restaurant around. The freshest ingredients and seafood make for a compelling start. Service is prompt and professional...That’s why they’re the best....

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We’ll go back but .......during restaurant week ....the sea bass was truly wonderful and highly recommend it. However while the accompanying side was deliscious the duck was truly awful....tough really tough, cold, tasted days old and reheated several times. We’ll go back because the other dishes we’ve had were deliscious. The duck should have never made it to the menu.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Wives birthday

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Espana never fails. Another exquisite meal. Th sea bass was amazing and the duck was outstanding. Great job

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We have been eating at Espana from the first time we came to Fernandina Beach for our 2-month winter break six years ago. It is our go-to place to bring guests, to celebrate an occasion, or just to enjoy a great meal. The Pargo Ole (snapper in a creamy poblano sauce with shrimp on top) is so good I can’t not order it, but they do everything well—paella, tapas, delicious sangria, house salad with palm hearts, everything is cooked to perfection and served by attentive wait staff. This is an award-winning restaurant worthy of its superb reputation!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Tapas, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Outstanding menu! Our dinner during restaurant week was delicious and our service exceptional. Chef Roberto made sure my husband’s meal was gluten free. We will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Tapas, Authentic
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Anniversary dinner that was scheduled weeks in advance. Ambiance and table were nice. Service was excellent. A bit disappointed in the special duck entrée tonight. The shrimp dish was very good and empanadas were excellent.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Outstanding service and food selection. They handled our large party very well.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Espana never disappoints. The food was outstanding as usual and the service impecable. Must try the sangria, it's outstanding! Espana has become my goto place for dine out.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Our favorite place on Amelia island. The food is always fantastic and always up to the standards that they are famous for. The spicy snapper is loaded with flavor and a nice kick that can sneak up on you. No worries tho, they offer a good selections of big wines that balances it well. A varied menu offering something for everyone. Give Espana's a try and you will return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Service and food were excellent! Really enjoyed ourselves. Even the music was great. We had tapas and then my husband had the sheepshead fish and I enjoyed the fisherman’s stew. Absolutely wonderful!

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 16, 2018

The food specials were tasty and cooked to perfection.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Everything was very good with our dining experience. The only 2 things that could be improved on was the lighting was at a low level which made seeing the menu difficult. When I made the reservation I indicated it was a birthday celebration. It was not recognized by the staff. Food was excellent and the service very good.

Tags: Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Excellent food. Relaxed atmosphere. Jonathan was terrific

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Our server, Omar, was fantastic! The food was really good, however, the rice in our paella stuck to the bottom of the cast iron dish it was served in. The dish still tasted great, we just wish the rice wasnt stuck to the pan. Everything else was 10/10. Short rib empanadas were amazing!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Spicy, Tapas, Good for a Date
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