Cucina South

4.7
1175 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 1175 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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AmyN
Western NC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
14 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
2 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
2 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
16 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
58 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.

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JoJo
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Italian dishes were delicious and lovely

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Addison was a fantastic server and very helpful with the food and wine choices. Would highly recommend for a great dinner.

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carolf
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loves our dinner!! Excellent recommendations from everyone and try the meatballs!!

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vipFriendlyfoodie
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I love Cucina South and this meal was fabulous, as always! Our waitress was so efficient and knew the menu and wine selections so well. It was such a pleasure to go out to dinner at an establishment with such nice ambiance and enjoy a delicious meal.

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vipFeathercl
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience1

First floor dining, right next to front door. Dim lighting, seemed quite outdated- and not quaint. Decent service, wine overpriced. Needs major renovation and updating like so many other good local restaurants have already done.

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Carol924
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steve was a great waiter and Tanner very nice and accommodating!

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RJSJR
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding evening. We had shrimp fra diavlo, spaghetti and meatballs, freshness pasta and pasta marina with shrimp and all were amazing! Portions are very large and service wonderful. We are upstairs and had a nice quiet atmosphere. Highly recommend!

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JEjemon
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cucina south is our favorite restaurant! Always consistently perfect cuisine, service and ambiance. We introduced our friends to cucina at this trip and they loved it!

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vipJohn
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wife’s birthday celebration with friend

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EDWARDP
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service, the only disappointment was for young girls in the same dining area being very noisy… Of course the restaurant can’t do much about that… Will definitely want to revisit again when going to Amelia Island

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KLOCK
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a marvelous meal & great service at Cucina South. I highly recommend it. We were a large group and may have been too loud for other tables around us but we enjoyed our night out entertaining clients and their wives.

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VeronicaM
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best meal we had in Amelia Island. We would highly recommend this place!

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NicholasV
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a gem of a restaurant. The food, the atmosphere, the staff all fantastic. This is my second visit to Cucina both times have been nothing short of fantastic. Recently the restaurant underwent a change in the head chef. Normally when such a change happens the quality of the food tends to dip. This however was not the case. The food quality and the service we received was top notch and met and exceeded my expectations based on my previous visit. If your looking for a destination for a quality high class meal at great prices, there’s no better place then Cucina South.

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vipCMMTH
Indiana
111 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A very pleasant dining experience on the back porch—lovely evening. safe environment, good food, personable service. We have been to AI many times but this was our first visit to Cucina. We have been to its sister, Bar Zin, many times and wish the owner well as he endeavors to re-open Bar Zin in a new format. Tough year for the restaurant business, no doubt, but we hope better days are just beginning!

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PatC
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was very average (chicken in the chicken parmigiana was tough). Chef salad was uninspiring. Prices for food and wine were rather high.

We did enjoy our outside table in a nice setting and our server was very nice and efficient without being overbearing. She was the highlight of the evening.

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vipRene550
Minneapolis
68 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I ate outside on the back patio. Very quaint! Out waitress, Jordyn (sp?) was wonderful! Very helpful and attentive. We each had a Caesar salad, and a glass of Super Tuscan wine. I had the salmon, which was very good and light. My husband had the shrimp arrabiata and he was warned that it was spicy, she wasn’t kidding, but it was delicious! We will be back to try the spaghetti and meatballs.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dinner ever! Thank you so much!!

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Granted
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice dinner for 2. Staff was attentive and food was excellent. Enjoyed the Fra Diavlo

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The Osso Bucco was good but they only had one left. The shrimp Di fra vilo was VERY spicy. Service for a large table of 11 was below average. I would keep looking but on an island you don’t really have to try that hard as a restaurant which is sad.

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vippjkj
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun evening! It’s been awhile since our last visit and we were reminded that Cucina South needs to be in our regular dining rotation. COVID protocol in place. I love their Mushroom Risotto and was disappointed it wasn’t on the menu. No worries, Chef can make that. Two of us chose the beef short ribs with veggies and Chef graciously subbed the risotto for potato in mine. . Don’t hesitate to ask for your favorites, Chef will accommodate, if possible. Other dishes at our table were Spaghetti and meatballs and Scallops both beautiful and tasty. We’ll return soon. Cucina South does not disappoint.

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vipEileen
Nashville
26 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. This was the first dine-in since the pandemic (although we did do take out a number of times) and it did not disappoint. Along with great food and great service, everyone was very safety conscious.

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MikeM
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a great experience all around!! Thank you great time and food.

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vipExit109
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wine. Always a good time.

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vipajames
Jacksonville
16 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cucina South is an intimate setting with great food and service. An Italian-accented list of entrees and a very nice wine list afford a pleasant dining experience. One of our favorite informal dining pleasures

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I was there with my daughter and grandchildren. We found it to be quaint and comfortable with very good food. Service was good and there are no complaints. I would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All well!!

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 1175 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.