España Restaurant of Amelia Island

4.7
1939 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
Top Tags:
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Portuguese
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Sunday
First sitting: 5:00
Last sitting: 9:30
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Phone number
(904) 261-7700
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Roberto Pestana
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Private party facilities
Either of our two dining rooms are available for private groups.
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Private party contact
Marina: (904) 321-7693
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Catering
Various catering options are available to suit all budgets. Our Paella Party is very popular, which includes a cooking demonstration.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Centre Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

We enjoyed the meal but my wife ordered the Sea Bass special and it had an unusually strong fishy taste. We were disappointed given this restaurant’s ranking. We would return but it is no longer in our own personal Amelia Top Five.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Vacation dinner for 4, including two teenagers with somewhat finicky tastes. But we decided to give España a try based on the stellar reviews. We tried 6 tapas dishes, and all were fantastic. Favorites were the tenderloin and the empanada special. It was our daughters’ favorite meal for the week we spent on Amelia Island.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

This was my fourth time visit Espana when traveling to Amelia Island. Each experience has been amazing and this one was no exception. The food is fresh and delicious--so many unique flavors and combinations. We highly recommend Espana--you will not be disappointed!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We have dined at Espana many times. It is a distance from our
home, but it is well worth the scenic drive. On each visit, we are
happy to see the delicious standards are available and new and inventive dishes
being offered.
The waiters are attentive and offer great suggestions. We
always leave quite pleased.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

This was our second visit while on vacation on Amelia Island over the past two years. It is consistently great!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Father's Day dinner for my husband & son. Omar provided great service, made excellent recommendations & just knew his stuff! We ordered 2 different Paellas, Pollo con Limon y Ajo, Tenderloin Madeira & Tenderloin Bleu Cheese. All was prepared well & as ordered, served got & was very tasty. A shared Tiramisu was also very good. Go. You won't be disappointed.

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1.0Dined 6 days ago

Espana continues to be one of our top spots for dinner.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Espana is becoming our favorite restaurant. The never disappoint and the food and service is excellent.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Love everything about Espana. The Sea Bass special was my best meal of the week!

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Food was excellent. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed all their appetizers and entrees. Unfortunately, our server's attitude and actions detracted from the otherwise wonderful experience. He was short, not friendly and seemed to act as if our group was a bother to him. Maybe he was having a bad night, but it definitely left a less than great impression on our evening as a whole, and that was disappointing.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Excellent food, service and ambiance. This is my second visit and I will return.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

We love España! The Sangria is delicious, and we love ordering tapas and sharing. Everything is prepared perfectly and the service is always excellent.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

When visiting Amelia Island we always make a reservation to assure that we will be able to dine there. You will never be disappointed always perfect.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Fantastic meal. A must try on the island. Eggplant tapas on special were the best eggplant I've ever had. The steak with blue cheese sauce is amazing. Our waiter, Omar, was kind, attentive, and provided great recommendations. All around a wonderful meal.

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Everything was good just would love an updated dining room, patio looked nice.

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Great spot. The steaks were cooked perfectly & Omar was awesome!

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Made this reservation for my parents, for their 35th wedding anniversary when they were visiting Amelia Island. They loved the food and the restaurant gave them prosecco (on the house) prior to their meal, in celebration of their anniversary. They raved about the food and restaurant as a whole - thank you, Espana!

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Would have given 5 stars if we had the option of garden view. We were seated facing street, with curtain pulled due to sun. Reservation was at 530 so I would have thought they still had garden view available. Wait staff was superb!!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

First time will be back!!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We had the seafood paella and it was outstanding and perfectly cooked. The service was also outstanding.

The restaurant was busy but not slammed on a Saturday night in June, we did have a reservation and were seated immediately. Unfortunately, the noise level was quite loud making any quiet, intimate conversations not possible. The patio and gardens are gorgeous.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Excellent dining experience. Food, service, price. So good we returned two days later. We can see why Espana is so highly rated on TripAdvisor.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Best restaurant in Fernandina Beach!

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

My husband and I were visiting Amelia Island. We love tapas and saw España was highly recommended. It did not disappoint! Dinner was delicious, we allowed Omar to recommend dishes (specials like spicy beef empeniatas and seafood paella) that were fabulous! The sangria was wonderful and not too sweet. Overall we would absolutely return to España and recommend it to anyone going to Amelia Island.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Amazing....As Usual! Everytime we come to vacation on Amelia Island we eat at Espana and they did not and have not disappointed. Top notch fresh and tasty food, great service and some amazing sangria keep us coming back again and again and again.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Amazing paella and sangria! We will definitely return during our next visit to Amelia Island!

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Espana has Delicious food and good service at a reasonable price.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

One of our local favorites, food is delicious and the service is fantastic!
We’ll be back.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

I love visiting Espana when visiting Fernandina because the food is delicious! My husband and I enjoy the seafood paella. I think their homeade sangria is a wonderful treat too!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

We have been to this restaurant a few times and love the food and wine selection. We have tried several of the tapas and have enjoyed all of them. The Paella is as great as the Paella we have had in Spain. Great place to take family and friends for a very nice dinner.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Awesome as always! Requested an earlier seating and they accommodated us. While eating a bad storm developed and we were told to take our time and not leave until it had calmed down. My husband’s favorite spot to dine. Thanks Espana! The food was excellent and service impeccable!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

No matter what you order, the food is always cooked to perfection and the quality is consistent. From the small plates to the main dishes you will find something that you will enjoy. They also have chef specials, the bone in veal chop was GREAT! The servers are knowledgeable and attentive. This is our fav restaurant on AI.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

We were looking for somewhere unique, local and authentic so we asked a lady working at Heron what fit the bill for that description in the Amelia Island area. Instantly she recommended Espana. She warned us to go early because it gets full quickly because it's such a popular place. Espana is a beautiful retreat tucked away off of Main Street of downtown Fernandina Beach. It was cozy with hints of Spanish and Mediterranean decor. The menu was an authentic Spanish tapas offering. I really had a hard time deciding which items to select as they all looked amazing. The garlic shrimp was outstanding and they light sauce. The marinated olives were spot-on, and the stuffed peppers with salmon were heavenly on a piece of buttery crisp bread. The Pattaya for one turned out to be enough for three and was full of the freshest seafood and flavors of saffron. Watch out for the incredible bread-and-butter they bring out at the beginning. It's some of the best I've ever had and it would have been easy to fill up on. The sangria looks amazing. You won't be disappointed if you go to Espana!

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Need reservations.
Shrimp Tapas are awesome.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

We love Espana. We eat there every visit to Amelia! My grandchildren love to eat there too! Great food!

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4.0Dined on May 29, 2018

First visit to this area of Florida. The service was spot on and waitstaff were attentive and knowledgible of the menu. A bit noisy for being able to talk with your partner. Used Yelp to help us choose and it was not a disappointment. We had reservations and this is highly recommended. Food was fresh and well presented.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

OUTSTANDING!!!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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2.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Not good, my fish wasn’t good at all I sent it back , yes they took it off the bill so I left hungry , they left items off the dish and when I question it the waiter said that’s not what I ordered the gentleman next to me ordered the same and his dish was quite different . And he turned and said he heard the waiter say that to me and he even spoke up saying we ordered the same. Won’t be back there .

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

great food - great service by Jonathan. The owners are very hands on and do a great job. the place was very busy both Sat and Sun nights of memorial day weekend. we took a late 9pm
res on Sat based on recommendations from our B&B lodging host that weekend - i left my credit card so we returned the 2nd only to see it was even more busy than Sat. great experience and well worth a wait or going late for a table.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Great food! A special place for those wanting something beyond the ordinary dining experience! The specials were fantastic! If you crave fresh seafood and Spanish cuisine you will not be disappointed.

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Late Anniversary dinner. Seems like they have made changes to the some of the recipes. Our Gambas Mozambique had been sitting out & had formed a skin on the sauce. The Plancha was missing the capers but was otherwise delicious. The Caracoles were outstanding as usual. Overall enjoyed our meal & will be back.

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