Cucina South

4.7
1077 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 1077 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.8
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local place I frequent, food is always top notch and servers are very attentive and friendly. Would definitely recommend the Braised Beef Short Rib as well as the Roasted Stuffed Red Pepper Al Forno.

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CherylG
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quant lovely dining experience. Sat outside on a beautiful night. Service was very attentive but no way over intrusive.

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Ches
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve enjoyed every meal at Cucina South. When we sit inside we enjoy the quiet and coziness. Dining outdoors is a pleasant experience too. We love sitting under the lights. The food and service make this a favorite restaurant of ours. Always accommodating to my special needs

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vipBJAmelia
Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The restaurant is set up for distancing dining and is very pleasant, good lighting, soft music. Our waitperson, Rosa, was exceptional, very knowledgeable and helpful. This newish menu has a great variety and both the fresh tomato sauce with angel hair and shrimp scampi were delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another lovely evening at this restaurant! I dream about those meatballs.

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vip2dine4
Cleveland
16 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a very cute restaurant that has a fabulous outdoor dining option that they have put a lot of thought into. The food was fabulous and surpassed expectations. Three of us had the seafood options that were all superb. The fourth had the veal that was also great. Nice Italian wine selection. Very attentive staff, and server Elizabeth was excellent. This was our first time at this restaurant and we look forward to returning when we are in Amelia Island again.

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KStairs
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were amazing. We can’t wait to go back!

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SatisfiedCustomer
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time eating out on the patio since it was spruced up. The lighting and fire pit really add to the ambiance even though you do hear some road noise.

Our food and wine were great and our service was excellent. Highly recommend!

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mikem
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is the best on the Island. Service is great and food is fantastic. Great evening and there are none better.

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DonL
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

My wife and I went there for the first time on my birthday based on lots of good reviews. We ate inside and the first thing we noticed was a distinct musty smell in the whole dining room. Second thing was the air was humid. Not sure the AC was working properly. Service was prompt and attentive until we finished our meal. At that point our server seemed to disappear. She made the rounds to her other customers and ignored us. To quote some effort to flag her down and get the Bill. The food was average. I had the beef short ribs. The sauce was flavorful and the veggies were well cooked. It was quite salty - too much so for my taste. My wife had the veal saltimbocca. It was okay. Not bad but not memorable. Overall just an average experience.

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MelissaS
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Heard so many great things about this restaurant was disappointed food was subpar especially for the amount

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HunterD
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food is delicious! Both bathrooms were out of order which was a bummer.

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CarolynW
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the most enjoyable dining experiences! Great service, delicious food, and a fabulous outdoor seating arrangement. Our family will return and recommend Cucina South to our friends.

Cucina South
Responded on November 7, 2020

We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed your experience with us. We appreciate your support & hope to see you again very soon! Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience4

My husband and I both became ill after consuming Shrimp.

Cucina South
Responded on October 31, 2020

Good afternoon, we're so sorry to hear about your experience. We pride ourselves in ensuring all products we sell are not only up to a quality standard but most importantly cooked & prepared safely for service on a daily basis. Please reach out to us at your convenience at (904)-432-7920 & we'd be absolutely pleased to schedule a follow up reservation with you folks for a night of dining on us. Thank you for your time- Tanner Blake, General Manager

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CThompson
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, mostly authentic Italian food in a lovely atmosphere!

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vipJamesP
Jacksonville
35 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Returning to this restaurant after some absence and we enjoyed our meal very much. Good, varied menu. Good line selection. Excellent service snd food quality. Highly recommend.

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vipcharlesD
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service, quiet and great food and wine

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vipCarlos1636
Jacksonville
14 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delizioso!
Dinner began with 2 slices of complimentary seasoned bread on a saucer. The bread was fresh and wonderfully aromatic. The house Chardonnay was tasty and not dry as others have been.

Our entree was the evening special of Veal Piccata. It was a generous portion that featured lemon and capers and an incredible sauce that went well with the seasoned bread. The veal was tender. And all of ti was on a bed of spaghetti.

Dessert was a sea-salt caramel cheesecake that was fresh, not hard from refrigeration. The cappucino's were hot and creamy with a good fragrance.

Cucina South
Responded on November 7, 2020

Thank you for your kind words Carlos! We hope to see you very soon to enjoy more.

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JohnC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were great

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Bigfoot
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience all around

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vipPchee72
Jacksonville
13 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. Everyone was so kind! Thank you Tanner and Eve. Everything was perfect. Compliments to the chef. The food was divine!

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JudyB
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious and large portions. The wait staff are friendly and eager to meet any special requests. We dined outside on the porch and it was lovely. The restaurant is following Covid precautions and spacing.
Thank you for a pleasant dining experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner
Excellent food and service

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viplocaldiner
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the changes to the outdoor patio. Also, the menu changes we tried were delicious. Another fun night at Cucina South.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food good service and met my requests

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Sparkmanml
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t say enough wonderful things about this adorable little restaurant! Excellent atmosphere, service, and food! Will definitely be back!

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daniellec
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! Since my mom moved to Florida we have been doing our best to find a nice spot to eat when we come to visit and Cucina felt like home! The wine selection is incredible, the food delicious and the prices are unmatched for the quality of our meal. We will definitely be coming back!

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Wonderful
Jacksonville
18 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner here on 10/2, and Cucina is still operating at 50% capacity. All servers and the GM, Tanner, were wearing masks. We did eat outside on the front porch which was nice. Our food, as usual was excellent, service was perfect and looking forward to going back soon. Definitely a hidden gem among all the restaurants on Amelia Island.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is always solid and the manager Tanner always makes us feel welcome. In my opinion it is the best Italian option in town. I strongly recommend Cucina South.

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vipDivinedining
New England
15 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I went to Cucina South for our anniversary...Our friends who had been there before and recommended it to us...We were very pleased and had a lovely evening...Our server Eve was excellent..thank you for a lovely evening Lynn & rick Molinari

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LisaT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not our first time here - definitely not our last! Great food - Great service!

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vipLeslieM
Miami
104 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This seems like a bit of a hidden gem where the locals go. The food is very good, the staff are very welcoming. They make you feel at home.

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vipboca234
Miami
93 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved our evening at Cucina South last night! Short distance from our Omni resort but well worth the drive!!The reviews were spot on! Wonderful caring service and great menu! Husband ordered the salmon with risotto and I ordered the clams and linguini. Our sides of flatbread and Caesar did not disappoint. We ended up taking our tiramisu to go! We will definitely be back!

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vipLexuskbe1joe
Atlanta
65 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great atmosphere and they do a superb job if keeping one safe with the pandemic. The service, the food and wine were first rate. I look forward in coming back up from Ponte Vedra to do where again.

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JoanneP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We are new to the area and trying local establishments. Found Cucina South to be a quaint place and intimate. The service was great and everyone very friendly. The portions are huge, so definitely think about sharing. The quality of food was excellent and a good selection of wine. Definitely a place we will be returning to.

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JudyO
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the angus meat balls and shrimp scampi. I asked for a low carb dish and was treated to lots of yummy veggies instead of pasta with my shrimp. Delicious. The atmosphere was lovely and service was superb. I will definitely go back when in Fernandina.

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Whites
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful dinner with an attentive wait staff. The Osso Bucco is divine. Falls off the bone and the polenta and glaze was perfect. The Shrimp Diablo is another favorite of ours. Nice portions so we always enjoy the leftovers. Love the Chianti too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were seated near a table that was very loud where we couldn’t carry on a conversation between us. We requested a table change and they changed us immediately to another location in the restaurant which was perfect. Many thanks to the very kind staff.
Food was excellent as well as the service!

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Juls
Baltimore
49 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been here multiple times and they have yet to disappoint. Our party got osso buco, flatbread of the night, chicken parm, salmon risotto. ALL were wonderful, large portions. Server (Ava) was wonderful, attentive, not overbearing. My only disappointment is that they've cut WAY down on the size of their wine list, so maybe 5 each red/white to choose from. Can't wait to go again.

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 1077 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.