Cucina South

4.6
812 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Every once in a while you meet a group of people that you want to spend a little more time with. Welcome to Cucina South! Years of experience culminated with a passion for food and a love for people.

Enjoy a taste of our widening variety of red and white wines- ranging from a crisp & floral Sauvignon Blanc to pair with our locally caught Basil Salmon dish, or even a bottle of Alauda Toscana to accompany our infamous Osso Buco
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JG
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent good, wine list very limited but acceptable, portions contained too much pasta.

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F
Western NC
35 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve gone to Cucina South many times but the last few times have been exceptionally good experiences. The staff seems more upbeat, the food is amazing and the energy is fun.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was to die for and the table service was excellent. Both the waitress and the manager were very attentive and their service was top notch. I would highly recommend this restaurant if you are a fan of Italian. The portions are generous, so be prepared to take some home with you. :)

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service and best wine on the island

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K
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were visiting Amelia Island on vacation this April. My kids were craving Italian food so we found this restaurant on Google. It was the best meal we had by far on the island. I would definitely recommend this and if we return to Amelia Island we’ll definitely be back!

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AO
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Generally very good experience. Kitchen was rather slow. Staff was very attentive. Only real negative was lack of bread/rolls to nibble on while waiting for entree.

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice setting and good service but the pizza we got Walt half baked and doughy. Another dish with the fish was dry but the deserts were very good.

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CG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We have eaten several times at Cucina South and have always had a great experience. Food, service and ambiance are wonderful. It continues to be the best restaurant we eat at when we visit the Island.

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M
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The redfish special was amazing and the apple crumb cake dessert was one of the few desserts worth the calories!!

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JB
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second time here. The only negative was the downpour that arrived as I was parking! The entrees, a Meat Pizza, Spaghetti and Meatballs and two orders of Shrimp Fra Diavolo were excellent. IIRC, previously we'd had a Beeliner Snapper Special and Shrimp and Grits (polenta) which were also outstanding in all ways... But, it seems that the portion sizes have increased. All three of the pasta portions were very large... To the point that with salads, two could very easily split one. On that note, we had the Italian Leaf Salad and Caesar Salad, both of which were very fresh and well plated. Dessert of Tiramasu and Lemon Mascarapone Cake with coffee (rich and hearty) was a very nice finish to our evening. Notes on the enteres, the meatballs were HUGE, almost baseball sized, but the diner said they were excellent. The Shrimp Fra Diavolo was well spiced, maybe a bit much if you're not tolerant of a bit of heat. Consider the offered smaller portions with a salad and dessert...

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

An amazing meal, incredible server and delightful atmosphere. The food was delicious and the youngest in the group felt so special, thanks to a caring waitress. Make sure you save room for some mousse and an espresso. Our only disappointment-it was our last evening on Amelia Island and we’ll have to wait a year to return. Thank you for such a wonderful memory.

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

A wonderful evening at one of our favorite restaurants on Amelia Island. Always a great meal, quality and quantity. Service was excellent as Jackie continues to do a very good job taking care of all of our needs and answers the questions about the meal perfectly. Tanner, the manager, always greets you and checks on your meals and wants and needs, and makes you feel as if you're their best and only customer. A real fine tuned machine!

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

Can’t wait to go back. Service was a 10. Food was a 10+. Wow!! So glad we found this place!

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JC
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love this restaurant. Every time I go the food is fantastic. They offer a great menu, intriguing specials and a gluten free menu for those in need like me. The maitre’d/manager is always accommodating and gracious upon arrival. The service is always professional and prompt. Highly recommended!

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BM
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Charming restaurant with excellent food and very good service. Everyone in our party of four enjoyed everything we had including salads. Would definitely return on our next trip to Amelia Island and would recommend to friends.

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TD
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything from the bread to the lighting was incredible!

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

Service was very good, food excellent! We will go back!

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HD
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dine at Cucina South quite often. Food is always wonderful and staff is extremely attentive and friendly. Love eating at the bar with Allie or having Katie as our server in the dining room.

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

I have never been to Cucina South before but I will definitely be back! Our first experience there was simply spectacular, our server Anna Michelle was friendly and very helpful, the atmosphere was great, and the food was to die for! The Chicken Piccata was very tasty as well as the Linguine and Clams.

I hope more people can experience the wonders of Cucina South. It is indubitably a hidden gem on the southern end of the island.

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NF
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We were completely happy to try Cucina South for the first time. Our host greeted us with Prosecco, and led us to our wobbly little table. It was chilly in the restaurant, making us want to leave, but we were glad we stayed, as the food was divine. My husband had the veal chop and I had the scallops. They were excellent! We will return, perhaps to try the outdoor dining.

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P
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kind, great service, great food . Very enjoyable atmosphere!

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JS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This little bistro guarantees to please. It is cute and as welcoming as the employees. The menu is extensive and varied. We chose the osso bucco because we love it and can't find it in even many italian restaurants. The veal was very, very tender on the bone with creamy polenta. We first had an olive tepenade gratis. They have a good wine selection. The waitress was the best as she was very efficient and quite friendly.

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SD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All round excellent! Looking forward to going back in the future

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DA
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

appetizer, salad and wine great. The Cobia entree was a little dry and sinewy but the accompanying vegetables and sauce helped.

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GH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We had a party of four and two of us ordered the grouper special. Both of those orders were tough and raw. The staff did ask if we'd like to have it sent back but be declined. We are not comfortable asking a chief to do rework. Although it was mentioned that a credit would be given, none was. We won't be back.

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FG
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are residents of AI . This is one of the finest restaurants in town.Superb service. Classy ambiance. Wonderful food

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JD
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and great food. My husband and I went for a spare of the moment date night and it was perfect. The shrimp and grits was delicious, we will go again. The staff and manager were always very friendly and welcoming. The price is reasonable for a nice restaurant.

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MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Cucina South! Always GREAT food, service and value! This is our favorite “go to” restaurant on the Island!

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F
Jacksonville
24 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Waitress may have been new. She was not attentive. Food was excellent.

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OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, we had a fabulous experience! Service was impeccable and food delicious!

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MR
Grand Rapids
10 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Two of our party had cold food. It was taken back to heat. Was just so so’

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BB
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While on vacation our family took us there for dinner. We loved it so much we went back for our 25th anniversary dinner. The food is exceptional. Thank you!

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JS
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great salmon! Great place!

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DF
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. Great selection of menu option with a creative flare. Very enjoyable!!

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HJ
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I felt a little bit rushed. Service was very good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great.

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JK
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We made a mistake and ended up in the bar. Very friendly bartender. Helped with choices of meals, including the degree of spiciness of Fra Diavolo.

Maitre De knew we preferred restaurant seating but did not have any available. He comped us with dessert, a very pleasant end to our experience.

We found their Italian food to be excellent and would recommend to anyone. I will go there again when I am in the area.

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GD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Has been nice for years and is better. More extensive menu. Nice service by pleasant people and delicious food.

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a
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cucina South is a delightful Italian dining experience. The atmosphere is casual with nice menu selections and moderate price. It's definitely worth returning to enjoy a pleasant evening.

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JM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food with great ambiance. The staff is very friendly and the service is spot on. So good, we went two nights in a row. Didn't dissappoint!

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