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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

4.6

value

4.6

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Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined 3 days ago

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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·Dined 3 days ago

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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·Dined 4 days ago

The food specials were tasty and cooked to perfection.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

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 6 days ago

Excellent food. Relaxed atmosphere. Jonathan was terrific

Tags: Local Ingredients
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·Dined on January 14, 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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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Anniversary

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 12, 2018

My wife and I shared three tapas (salad, shrimp and special beef empanadas) before our seafood and chicken paella for one. All I need to say is that 8 dinners in Barcelona and Lisbon two years ago were just about this good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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 (Western NC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Outstanding food and service. Best meal on the Island so far. We will return.

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Tapas, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We enjoyed shrimp in a spicy coconut sauce the most. Found the ceviche to be a little too acidic for us. Seafood paella was magnificent. It was busy, wish it had been warm enough to enjoy the charming patio!

Tags: Tapas, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 11, 2018

We had diner here while on vacation. The Tappas we had were delicious and so was the paella was also delicious. The atmosphere was nice and the service was very good too! We would highly recommend to foodies!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Enjoyed the visit. Food was very good, pricey, but good. Server not as attentive as busboys, they were great. I’d absolutely go again.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

Delicious! Calamari steak is to die for. OMG it was fabulous. I wanted another one as soon as I was finished eating it. Sea scallops were phenomenal, cooked to perfection with a delicious parsley and caper sauce. I will be going back soon to try more yumminess!
Reservations are recommended as this place is very popular and always does a good business.
My only negative issue was that once the dining room fills up it gets pretty loud and is hard to have a conversation, which isn't the restaurants fault, just the loud people who were there that night I think! :) I will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Again the food was delicious and the service acceptionally friendly. (Not the first time dining )

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Excelente ambiente y espectacular la atención recibida

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

We have eaten there numerous times, food is always a treat! Flavors are great, fresh and anyone can find something on the menu. We love it when it's just us or when it's a group and share a lot of tapas! Remember to make reservations - you do not want to walk up without them!

Tags: Tapas, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Good for a Date, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

This is an intimate Spanish restaurant serving tapas, paella and other Spanish and Portuguese style dishes. The seafood paella for two was our choice and it was delicious. Also tried the garlic shrimp as an appetizer with a very tasty sauce. The service here was also excellent. Will put this on our list of restaurants to try again.

Tags: Fun, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The ambience was fantastic for. Quiet date night. Our waiter, Jonathan, was polite, friendly, and efficient. The Paella rustics was superb as was our shrimp appetizer. This was our second date night here and we’re going to have many more.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Excellent as usual !!!l always a great meal scallops were out of this world.

Tags: Authentic, Tapas
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 (Western NC)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Service was absolutely stellar and food was great. We had tapas.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Spicy, Tapas, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Superb! Memorable experience for cuisine and atmosphere.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Tapas
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Jonathan went above and beyond! The paella was superb. Can’t wait to go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 4, 2018

A very special treat at a very reasonable price. The shrimp curry tapas are the best, as were the sauces that came with the fried eggplant and escargots. Our family shared several different dishes and enjoyed them all. Excellent service too.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 4, 2018

We enjoyed the evening very much. Beautifully prepared fresh seafood. Attentive service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Romantic, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Eating at España was like taking a trip to Spain without paying for the airfare! From the delicious Sangria, the authentic tapas selections, the perfect paella rustica to the creamy flan for dessert......you will truly feel like you’ve dined in Spain. Service was absolutely perfect!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 2, 2018

The food and the service could not have been better.
We made a special trip to Amelia Island so we could have dinner here after a superb meal last year.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Delicious as always ! Love this place! A must go to when in Amelia/Fernadina. Impeccable service as well :) Enjoy!!

Tags: Tapas, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Visited the restaurant 3 times on our 11 day stay in Amelia Island. That good. Best Paella ever, including the times we visited Spain. Only problem: not one in Daytona Beach.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Espana is one of our absolute favorite restaurants on Amelia Island. We get salads and share tapas and that is usually enough food! It is the perfect date night setting and the food is always absolutely delicious. Love it every single time. Do your tastebuds a favor and go to Espana!!!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Never disappoints. We visit Amelia Island 2 or 3 times a year and dinner at España is always a must. Atmosphere, food and wait staff all deserve a high rating. Outside dining located in a charming garden. Interesting variety of tapas and sangria contribute to a fun dining experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Definitely put this restaurant on your list while visiting Amelia Island. We ordered 4 tapas dishes shared between two people. Each one was excellent! There is an extensive selection and it was hard to choose but I highly recommended the escargot. There is also an excellent selection of main courses. We will go back to try! We had the flan for dessert and it was wonderful. The sangria is also very good. Great service and great atmosphere. Would be great for outdoor dining but unfortunately for us, the weather was too cold. The restaurant accommodated those who wanted to brave the weather with blankets.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great dinner. Not too many options for kids but they were happy

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

My wife and I were enjoying our week of shrimp in Historic Fernandina Beach, and wanted to end it with a seafood paella featuring local caught shrimp. We were not disappointed, the food was excellent and the service was even better. Highly recommended!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Enjoyed dinner for 2
I would recommend the escargot for those who have never tried this before. My first time and thought it was delicious
Also when ordering appetizers remember they are generous portions best to share.
Thank you for tasty meal and great servoce

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Authentic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Always visit Espana when we are in town. Always a very positive experience with high quality food and top notch service. The paella is awesome and every fish dish we have had is delish.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Espana was a great experience. The service was attentive and genuine. The atmosphere was relaxed but sophisticated with pleasing decor and lighting. The food, including the seafood, was fresh and delicious. Highly recommended.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Tapas
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Just love this place. Excellent authentic paellas plus great appetizers as well.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

we celebrated our anniversary with friends and had a great time and a great meal. Will highly recommend to all our friends.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve dinner

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Lovely atmosphere, excellent service! We had several different tapas and enjoyed each one!
Magical patio area too!

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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