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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.6

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Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

We had an outstanding dinner on our way through Fernandina Beach to Boca Grande. It was our second visit, and each time the dinner was superb, the price reasonable, and the service impeccable.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 3 days ago

Espania is the best restaurant in Fernandina Beach. Good reasonably priced wines as well.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Tapas
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 5 days ago

Fantastic salad and tapas selections. Excellent service from Omar.

Tags: Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Authentic
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined 5 days ago

Delicious tapas and reasonably priced wine selection. We ordered plates to share, calamari, shrimp two different ways, with coconut and curry sauces , patatas bravas, escargot, oxtail, and pork tenderloin, all with delicious sauces and salads for four people and had more than we could finish. We will be back soon and this time will order one of the tantalizing snapper entrees.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful service and the food was delicious. We would definitely return.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food! Loud customers for a date night.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 6 days ago

Fabulous evening at Espana! We have been here so many times over the years and it continues to impress. Mussels special appetizer were especially yummy as well as all the fish dishes. Sat outside under the gazebo and had a quiet table with easy conversation.

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Tapas, Spicy
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·Dined 7 days ago

This was our first visit and boy was it an incredible experience! Our server was Omar. He helped guide us through the wine list the appetizers the meal, he answered every question we had with eye contact and a smile! Omar was as much the experience as the food! We ordered garlic shrimp and escargot for appetizers along with a nice bottle of Zinfandel. The entrees we ordered were the Snapper Pablo and the grouper special. The variety of sauces, seafoods and flavors exploding in our mouths was truly an amazing treat! I can't remember having a finer meal! We will definitely be back and recommend to all!! I wish I had taken pictures!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined 7 days ago

Broker Bob’s birthday!!

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·Dined on November 15, 2017

Incredible as always!!! We get to spoil ourselves on a rare occasion and we rarely choose anywhere other than Espana. The spicy snapper with shrimp is amazing! Thanks for a great evening one again!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Great Beer
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Outstanding food

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 13, 2017

What an amazing experience! From the wonderful tapas to the entrees, we loved it all! The exceptional service was incredible and food was absolutely delicious! The shrimp cheviche was perfect and ask for their advice on which entrees and appetizers to try together. The chorizo appetizer, scallop entree plus the paella were all wonderful! There is a very energetic atmosphere and it is a little dark for those of us that need glasses to read the menu but other was absolutely amazing!

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We never hesitate to make reservations here and always recommend Espanña to everyone!

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

This place is our must-go every visit. The absolute best food and beautiful outdoor dining space. I love all the food but cannot miss out on the paella and escargot. We get it every time. Marina and Roberto own a very special place.

Tags: Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was outstanding. Very cute place. Waiter was very friendly. Loved the portobello mushroom with Manchego cheese

Tags: Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Incredible restaurant with fantastic food. My go to place when I go to Amelia Island.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Authentic, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 5, 2017

As always- we had the perfect date night at our favorite restaurant!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Outstanding restaurant. Food and ambiance are great

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 31, 2017

We’ve been to this restaurant several times, always with the thought of getting fresh fish. But it’s the empanadas that keep us coming back. The fish was rather bland. If you like tapas, Chianti this is the place for you.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 31, 2017

It was our anniversary and we had a fantastic meal. The food and the service were wonderful. They should not change a thing!!!

Tags: Tapas, Romantic, Good for a Date, Casual, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Zacatecas)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Always an outstanding dining experience. Creative flavorful cuisine. Good wine and excellent service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, Special Occasion, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

If you're a fan of authentic Spanish food, this is your place. There is a nice assortment of hot and cold tapas options as well as large plates. We shared the special short rib empanadas- delicious and generous enough for two. Paella was closest to those in Spain that we've had in a long time. Dimly lit, casual but pretty place with attentive service. Try it!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Authentic
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had a group of women who dined at Espana last Saturday. Several of us ordered the filet with blue cheese. All but one had their meat cooked as ordered, but the one who ordered hers RARE came out overcooked (more like MEDIUM). The rest of us ate slowly so that the one woman would not be eating alone when her meal was served. The woman who was waiting kept insisting that we enjoy our dinners while they were still hot. Every one of us was completely finished our meals and eventually, the one who's beef was overcooked, cancelled her meal, which had YET to be served. Despite the fact that the rest of us enjoyed our meals, it ruined the experience for all of us! She was not charged for a meal that was not served, but no apology or other compensation was offered. I would hesitate to recommend Espana based on this experience.

Tags: Casual
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Centrally located in downtown Fernandina Beach. There was an extensive list of Saturday night dinner specials, might be best to write those down somewhere with their prices. 3 of the 4 items ordered were not on the menu. Best to place specials on social media.

Tags: Tapas, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

The staff was very helpful as always. I was having an important business meal with a client from Europe who has a second home in Spain. My guest was pleased with the service (of course) and said the Snapper dish was one of the best meals he had had in a very long time.

Thank you Espana for a wonderful night and a very happy client!

Tags: Tapas, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Just a great place with wonderful food. I recommend it highly

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Romantic
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 23, 2017

As frequent visitors to Amelia Island, we chose Espana to celebrate our anniversary dinner. My husband and I both chose fish entrees for our meal. We started with Jardinere Salad which was delicious and fresh. My husband enjoyed his snapper special and he is very picky when it comes to discerning fresh seafood. My grouper dish was exceptionally fresh and delicious with yellow rice and grilled veggies on the side. Their wines by the glass were enjoyable, with a good selection of varietals. The host gave us a split of Champagne on our way out to continue our anniversary celebration. This was a really nice touch and we will definitely be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Good location downtown. Great food and service! Parlla was fantastic!

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The service was excellent and the food exquisite. The courses were paced well, and we felt very relaxed and enjoyed every minute of our meal!

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

This wonderfully authentic Spanish restaurant faithfully recreated the many wonderful tapas meals we ate on vacation in Spain this summer! Gambas Mozambique and mussels were both delicious but the standout dish was the calamari a la plancha; melt-in-the-mouth tender and perfectly seasoned. The grouper special entree was perfectly cooked, just on the right side of undercooked! Estrella beer and Cava added another genuine Spanish element to a great evening with lots of atmosphere. So happy we stumbled upon España while on vacation!

Tags: Tapas, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Spectacular service and fabulous meal at España Great wine and desert to top off the evening

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Great, unique food

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

5 Star all the way - exceptionally good tapas, wonderful entrees and two exceptional desserts (flan and flour-less chocolate cake) - three visits in three days - kept us coming back.

Tags: Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Great food and awesome service! Everything we tried was delicious! Server was helpful in navigating the menu!

Tags: Tapas, Authentic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Never disappointed when we come here which is every few months when we come to Amelia Island. It is always on our restaurant list!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We love this place! (And so, apparently does everybody else in Nassau County!)

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Spicy, Business Meals, Healthy, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We absolutely love Espana! The service, food, and wine selection is always incredible! This is our go to place for any kind of celebration. Everything on the menu is great- you truly can't go wrong.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 14, 2017

My wife Isabel and I celebrated our 21st anniversary at Espana and had an incredible dining experience. Chef Roberto's culinary creations were nothing short of outstanding and the service was top notch. If you're looking for authentic Spanish cuisine with fresh local seafood and a carefully crafted wine list all at an affordable price than I highly recommend to visit Espana on your next visit to beautiful Fernandina beach.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Arrived early to our reservation & table was ready. Server was a bit shy but service was on point. Wine & food was incredible. Could not imagine it any better!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Never disappoints! We love the Fisherman’s Stew for two. Spicy and delicious! Also, do not forgo the empanadas, especially if they have the goat cheese and brisket ones.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Spicy, Casual, Authentic, Special Occasion, Tapas, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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