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Cucina South, Fernandina Beach, FL

Cucina South

4.6
4.6
1597 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 Italian food and a love for people and our community. Try our signature Italian dishes and check out our exclusively curated Italian Wine List & Vast Craft Beer Selection.

Please specify on OpenTable when making a reservation if you'd like outside seating under 'Special Guest Requests' or call us at (904)-432-7920 to ensure your outdoor seating.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Bistro

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue, Thu–Sun 5:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (904) 432-7920

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    William Badore

  • Private party facilities

    We can comfortably seat large parties of 5 to 46 guests. Parties of 5 or more are sat in our upstairs dining room which has stair access only. If anyone in your party has a challenge with getting up and down stairs please call 904.432.7920. Please leave a cell phone number when making your reservation as we do confirm all parties of 5 or more, via phone, the day of the reservations. Cucina South would be pleased to accommodate your friends, family, and loved ones to a personal dining experience unlike no other on Amelia Island, contact our Event Coordinator, Karly seyda for more information. karlyseyda@yahoo.com, 904-861-4577. We hope our guests understand that reserved tables may be void if parties do not arrive within 15 minutes of reservation time without notification.

  • Private party contact

    Karly Seyda : (904) 861-4577

  • Neighborhood

    Fernandina Beach

  • Cross street

    Manucy

  • Parking details

    Additional Parking behind the Plantation Shops

  • Public transit

    We're located on the North end of Palmetto Walk, past Harris Teeter and the closest on the left!

  • Entertainment

    None

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,597 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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    Best Food

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    Best Service

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    Best Ambiance

  • Amelia Island

    Best Value

  • Amelia Island

    Fit for Foodies

  • Amelia Island

    Romantic

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  1. l

    lucdesigns

    Jacksonville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Cucina South! I always get the Cioppino - there is just nothing else like it. Fresh seafood in a briny broth, simple and delicious. Service is always great.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  3. S

    Steve

    E. Tennessee

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Both our seafood dinners and wines were excellent! We ate on the front porch, the only outside, shaded area, and only two tables available there. Katie was knowledgable, helpful, likeable and attentive. It had been years since we last ate here, but we will go back.
  4. L

    Lisa666

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great wait staff. Food was delicious.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    It was our first visit … upon entering instead of smelling the mouth-watering aromas of Italian cuisine we had anticipated, we could only smell a sewer-like smell. The interior of the building looked run-down, shabby, & unclean. We requested to eat outside on the porch which was lovely. The entrees we ordered were not what we expected. The seasoning was overpowering & the presentation was not optimal. We ate very little of the entrees as the heat of the spices was overpowering. The service was EXCELLENT! Wait staff was attentive & courteous. Wine list extensive & flavorful. The salad prior to the meal & desert afterward were both outstanding. They did adjust our tab due to being unable to eat the entrees that were extremely hot & spicy which was gracious. I will give them a second chance & select a different entree.
  6. D

    David

    Jacksonville

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seated at reservation time service was prompt experience satisfactory
  7. BT

    BenjaminT

    Houston

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Quaint location. Very good food. Nice spot for date night or small group
  8. JN

    JohnN

    Atlanta

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time there. Everything was terrific, food and service. We will be back.
  9. t

    tlop

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brought family here for anniversary dinner and Father’s Day. Everything was perfect for us and even our 18 month old was treated like royalty. Food was exceptional especially the scallops and limoncello cake! We will be back next time we are at Amelia!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great food
  11. JP

    JamesP

    Jacksonville

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great experience at Cucina South. Great food, drink and service.
  12. d

    debi

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This was our forth time at Cocina. The food was great. The service was amazing.
  13. r

    recon10

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Overall ford was average at best and lacked subtly
  14. FR

    FeedRacer

    Indiana

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food, beautiful setting!
  15. b

    brucel

    Atlanta

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best eating establishments on the Island of Amelia
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, service, and atmosphere were amazing at Cucina South! You won’t be disappointed dining here.
  17. MN

    MrNYC

    Jacksonville

    130 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    130 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Chicken park was oddly made of what seemed to be large cut up pieces rather than a filet. Chicken Carbonara was quite good.
  18. G

    Gina

    Charlotte

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time dining here, we came to celebrate our anniversary. Everything about our dinner made our anniversary very special. Our waitress Eve was wonderful, the food and wine was excellent!! We will definitely be back!
  19. TD

    TomD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic seafood cioppino and Caesar salad. Friendly, attentive and professional staff. Great charming ambience. Highly recommend for authentic Italian food, especially seafood.
  20. RF

    RobynF

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious with outstanding service! Our waitress Kathy was great!
  21. k

    kathyp

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We had an amazing meal at Cucina. Our server Kathy was so knowledgeable about every dish and so pleasant. The service was amazing. The food was excellent. We shared a small portion of the vodka sauce with sausage and we could not finish it. We wanted to because it was amazing but we had two entrees coming. My husband had the scallops and they were perfectly seared and delicious. I had the osso boco which was fall off the bone delicious which was accompanied with creamy polenta. Best polenta I ever had. I wish I lived here it would be a weekly visit for us, Thank you again Kathy for making our experience so memorable
  22. C

    Cathyc

    Naples

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful first time visit. The service was very friendly and attentive. I had the fish special which was delicious. Loved the relaxed country ambiance. We will return.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good, authentic food. Kinda pricy but the food was worth it.
  24. FC

    FrankC

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional
  25. JA

    JenniferA

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The team did a great job. Food was exceptional, loved our server, and the wine. Nice job on the birthday recognition too!
  26. r

    robina

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great meal and wonderful service.
  27. C

    Cinnamongirl

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cucina South was sheer perfection! We requested outdoor seating and enjoyed our meal on their lovely front porch. Service was flawless. Reece was always there when we needed anything, but without once interrupting our conversation. The food. Just wow. We’ve been to Italy many times and their penne took me right back there.
  28. MD

    MichaelD

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meal was absolutely delicious! Can’t say enough good things! And the staff was so friendly and even accommodated a last minute addition to our party.
  29. NP

    NelsonP

    Jacksonville

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another superb dinner! Service was outstanding!
  30. MM

    MarkM

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! Amazing marinara sauce. Very attentive service as well. A true gem!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Excellent Italian. Service a bit slow, but I think they were short staffed so I can’t knock them there. We enjoyed a family meal. The food was outstanding.
  32. DF

    DeltaFoodie

    New Orleans

    55 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience1
    Katie was great, service was great. Ambiance lacking…dark, tired decor. We can’t understand the great reviews on the food. Pasta was overdone and sticking together. Far too much marinara on one dish. The only place on the island that the shrimp was not fresh…also very salty and not sweet as we have experienced everywhere here. Caprese salad had sliced mozzarella not Buffalo mozzarella. Very disappointing. The restaurant does not deserve the higher ratings in our opinion
  33. B

    Bookie552

    Little Rock

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Friendly but not intrusive
  34. KS

    KStairs

    Jacksonville

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant. The fresh catch is always great! Food and service is consistently excellent. Definitely make a reservation.
  35. E

    Eliot

    Philadelphia

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent Osso Buco and pasta dishes. Friendly, knowledgeable service.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic freshly prepared delicious Italian dinner . My husband and I both had specials , He Mahi Mahi and I Veal Parmesan , Both delicious . From the bread and oil when seated , Creamy polenta then ending with the Chef's homemade almond cake . The entire staff that all worked together were very friendly and pleasant . An incredible dining experience . Thank you , Robert and Marybeth
  37. ST

    StephanieT

    Indiana

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner experience with outstanding service! The food was exceptional and the ambiance warm and inviting. Highly recommend!
  38. KC

    KCFore

    Houston

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very attentive service with a great selection of starters and mains. First time we tried this restaurant but will go back.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I chose this location for a date after a recommendation from a colleague who dines here semi-regularly. We started with salads, a Caesar and Butter Lettuce. Both were portioned well and fresh. I had the Osso Buca, while my date had the Linguine and Clams. All of our food was delicious. An excellent dining experience, from the food to the service. Next time we’ll have to save time for dessert!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Cathy was attentive and friendly. The ambiance was very nice. I had the Osso buco and my wife had seared scallops, we both absolutely loved our meals. Cucina is definitely going to be a date night favorite. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

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

Cucina South is rated 4.6 stars by 1597 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today
Google Map for Cucina South

4828 First Coast Highway #1 Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Manucy

  • Neighborhood

    Fernandina Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue, Thu–Sun 5:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Bistro

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Additional Parking behind the Plantation Shops

  • Public transit

    We're located on the North end of Palmetto Walk, past Harris Teeter and the closest on the left!

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    William Badore

  • Entertainment

    None

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (904) 432-7920

  • Private party facilities

    We can comfortably seat large parties of 5 to 46 guests. Parties of 5 or more are sat in our upstairs dining room which has stair access only. If anyone in your party has a challenge with getting up and down stairs please call 904.432.7920. Please leave a cell phone number when making your reservation as we do confirm all parties of 5 or more, via phone, the day of the reservations. Cucina South would be pleased to accommodate your friends, family, and loved ones to a personal dining experience unlike no other on Amelia Island, contact our Event Coordinator, Karly seyda for more information. karlyseyda@yahoo.com, 904-861-4577. We hope our guests understand that reserved tables may be void if parties do not arrive within 15 minutes of reservation time without notification.

  • Private party contact

    Karly Seyda : (904) 861-4577

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