Cucina South

4.7
1208 Reviews
$31 to $50
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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1208 people are saying
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DonZ
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

After reading wonderful reviews I was pretty disappointed. My wife had the scallops and they were great. I had the chicken parmigiana which was very subpar. Made from chicken cutlets says it all. Sangria was returned as it tasted way to sweet. I cannot recommend.

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Alive
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Day after anniversary, last minute. Fantastic results!

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a romantic dinner! Food, service and wine were all excellent.

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RichG
Miami
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and superior service. COVID precautions taken. All staff masked.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Almond cake dessert outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service! The snapper special was wonderful. Don’t forget to order the limoncello cake!!

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vipBillS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and attention. The food was fantastic.

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vipTilewife
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great Italian food!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Very good food. Fresh ingredients. Good menu. Saltiboca, angel hair, Cesar salad, tasty dessert. Inside decoration and ambiance could use some work but exterior seating and patio was nice. Food took way too long but manager apologized, free dessert and took 50% off the bill and gave gift card. If I lived in the area - would be my go to Italian restaurant hands down.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, wine, and service. Those arancinis were EVERYTHING! Can’t wait to go back.

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RmUu
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian, excellent wine selection, great service

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LindaL
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. We brought our company, who were visiting from New York, and they thought the service, food, etc. was outstanding.
Thank you!!

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viphksteen
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good food! Everyone enjoyed it. We didn’t realize the veal was fried and would have chosen something else as we don’t eat fried food. That really was my only complaint. Other than that, cute house environment. Very good, flavorful food. Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the string lights overhead to the flowers on the table to the beautiful sunset, our dinner on the patio of Cucina South was picturesque and romantic. The service was friendly and warm, and the food was delicious. The Shrimp Fra Diavola was spicy with plenty of fresh shrimp and hot Italian sausage tossed in a picante tomato sauce, and the Fettuccine Alfredo was rich and velvety. Plenty of complimentary fresh baked bread with garlic herb oil. We had a delicious Antinori white blend and a couple glasses of the rotating house sangrias. We can’t wait to return here the next time we drive up!

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JulieL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go to restaurant. Service and food is five ⭐️

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vipVirginia
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

It was very dark inside. Could not see my food. It was not a great atmosphere for a pricey meal. So so food. Probably will not go back....

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

We had an early reservation but they were already out of multiple items.
The portions were small. My meal was overcooked.

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TonyS
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great staff, awesome food. This place was great!!

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OttoB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Vert tasty food when finally delivers. However, despite early seating 5:30, our party of only three waiting over one hour to have our meal prepared from time of order. Ordered one of the specials & two pasta dishes, so don't understand the extended wait. No explanation offered or even the long wait recognized by our waitress.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely perfect! We had a group with very diverse tastes, and a few picky eaters. Everyone loved their food! From appetizers to entrees, it was amazing!

The staff is warm and friendly, you can tell they care about their customers and are knowledgeable about the food and wine. Our server, Liz, was attentive without being intrusive. I would request her again!

The food...incredible! The best sea bass I have ever had, it was perfectly prepared, and the gnocchi and spinach was the best combo. Everyone loved the appetizers and desserts too!

We will be back soon! This restaurant is definitely a favorite!

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vipBeach
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service felt rushed. Food was not quite average. Not a great dinner but also not very expensive

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful dinner at Cucina South. Service was lovely and the food was perfection. The wine list was unique- make sure to ask about the “reserve wine list” off the menu. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Sat on the deck. Not lot of effort spent making deck look inviting. Lots of debris falling throughout dinner from the trees.
Food was okay. Price on entrees was high compared to other places on Island. Espana better and cheaper.

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SueH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

6 people, 5 different selections, all perfect sizes and delicious. Wonderful meal!

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DonF
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent service. Delicious meals Jordan was great. Very enjoyable evening.

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vipJEjemon
Jacksonville
10 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Cucina! It feels like home! Great food, great service, comfortable! Best on the Island!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful place with delicious food. Highly recommend it!

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AmyN
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner at Cucina South! Fantastic ambience, food, wine list, and service! Special shout out to our server, Elizabeth, who blew us away with her cheerful professionalism and attentiveness. Thank you for such a memorable dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great Italian place with a lot options outside of typical Italian - great flatbreads, giant meatballs, fish dishes and risotto. All Italian wines that are reasonably priced. Highly recommend.

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vipSarahG
Kansas City
15 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dinner at Cucina South was a pleasant meal. Nice to not have to drive into Fernandina.
Appreciated that they tables are socially distanced. Prompt and attentive service. Started with the red pepper appetizer which was very good. THe olive oil served with the bread was delicious, but the bread felt slightly stale. The chicken parm was very average as well as the Osso Bucco. The halibut special was very good as well as the angel hair freshness. We had the almond cake and limoncello cake for dessert and both were terrific. Overall a really relaxing enjoyable meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Same great meal with great service. One of my favorite restaurants on the island.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful. Steven was very knowledgeable and attentive. Highly recommend.

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LindseyU
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Normally this is a favorite place and we were taking 4 people who hadn’t tried it. We were embarrassed to have recommended it. 5 of us had one glass of house wine and no appetizers. We had to ask for bread twice and wait for it. One person did not get his salad and we had to ask for it. When it arrived, it didn’t have anchovies and he had to wait for them to bring them. One person asked for another glass of wine which never came. One of the meals was described as being served with ciabatta, but was not, and after we asked several times, we were told they were out of it. We should have been informed when we ordered. From the time we arrived, it took 90 minutes to get our entrees. We have been here many times and we noticed that the portions were much smaller than normal, actually the special was a very small portion. By the way, we never did get more bread of any kind. In 90 minutes, I could have walked two blocks to the grocery and bought my own!

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DennisD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here and want be our last. The food was outstanding and Roza was a excellant Waitress.

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JonathanS
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant with the best food! The service was amazing and we will definitely be back.

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vipJaime
London
17 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful dinner at Cucina South — the food and service were outstanding. We had a fresh halibut special that was perfectly prepared and our starter salads were very flavorful. Our server (who was excellent btw) recommended a wonderful Italian wine to have with our seafood which we really enjoyed. We will definitely be back!

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vipTXKatDiner
Atlanta
59 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful dinner at Cucina South! Loved every dish we ate. We will be back soon. I wish they sold a cookbook — I could really use their fettuccine recipe!

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ScottW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious authentic Italian food! Great choice of wines good service. If you are on Amelia and you do not go here you are making a mistake!!

Will go back when we visit again!

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HeidiB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious, hot when delivered to the table. Elizabeth did an excellent job taking take of us. Outside seating was very enjoyable with the ambiance of the fire pit.

FAQs

Cucina South offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (904) 432-7920.

Cucina South is rated 4.7 stars by 1208 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.