Cucina South

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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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PS
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were exceptional. They have gluten free options. They even allow you to bring your own bottle of wine. Adorable restaurant. Highly recommend.

DM
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meals and the changing wine specials never fail. Friendly and knowledgable wait staff.

OT
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Vacation with my husband, my daughter and her boyfriend

MG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and atmosphere. Delicious Caesar salad. Best osso buco I have ever had. Unbelievably tender. I ate the whole thing without ever touching my knife. A Sicilian wine complemented the meal nicely.

RT
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Italian dishes; superb flavors. Friendly and attentive staff; definitely will revisit. Nice selection of wines too.

M
Nashville
15 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our visit. Cucina South was small, intimate and enjoyable. The food was delicious. Our server was very helpful with suggestions and customizing dishes to accommodate our preferences.

ON
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

something must be changed at cucina south. Our server was nice but not very experienced. her backup gentleman went for bread and never came back. We orderd a large Caesar to share, it was so small that we ordered another one. The margarita pizza was soggy and just so so. Hope this does not keep up, we always liked visiting this restaurant.

PE
Jacksonville
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fantastic. I had the Mahi special and my wife had the mussels. Both were off the chart. Keep up the good work!! We’ll be back soon.

KF
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

I have enjoyed Cucina South in the past but something has gone seriously wrong. We went for a pasta night and had dishes where it seemed that canned Hunt's tomatoes had simply been poured over the spagetti. Our out-of-town guest ordered steak over greens. She said that it was tough and was swimming in balsamic vinegar. I was forlorn.

KK
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We sat at the bar. Bartender was very attentive. Food was delicious (we both had the linguine with clam sauce). Polpetta was also very good. Great food for a very good price. Next time we will try the Cioppino - lady next to us ordered that dish and it smelled and looked amazing!

RH
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food prep and presentation was perfect! Cudos to chef. GM and staff was very interactive and made the evening a complete joy

AT
Pittsburgh
16 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Many great original menu options. Service very attentive. Cucina South is a very high quality eatery in on Amelia island. You need to check it out. Spaghetti & meatballs is an understatement.

WH
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Not my favorite- but good

F
Western NC
39 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cucina South is always 5 star. If in Amelia don’t miss it.

O
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very impressed and are looking forward to visiting again very soon.
C&O Santiago

RC
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious dinner with friendly service. The olive tapenade that was on our table when we were seated was a plus.

RC
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Staff was very gracious and welcoming. Served a delicious bruschetta and olive tapenade to start. We attended during the weekly pasta night special and ordered the pasta. A caesar salad to start was generous size but heavily dressed. Pasta dishes were huge and good quality. Dessert of a chocolate mousse was a too sweet whipped chocolate base covered by a manufactured whipped topping. The dessert was basically inedible. Sommelier was very helpful in choosing a fairly priced Italian wine. Overall the experience was good but not special enough that we would want to return.

JS
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing food! can’t wait to be back in the area so we can eat here again. the mussels were incredible!

OT
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Been here several times. Food is excellent. The vegetarian dish was too tomatoey this time

T
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service as well. We will definitely be back.

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service and overall atmosphere was beyond spectacular! I thought the food was great, but I have had better pasta. I would definitely go again, but would order something else off the menu.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband ordered the spaghetti and meatballs and I ordered the Cioppino. Both dishes were presented beautifully and were delicious!

The staff was attentive and efficient!

Unfortunately as we are our dinner a foursome was seated next to us and they were very loud!

It was our first visit to the restaurant. We’ll be back!

CE
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere for family work or date night. We will be back!

MV
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Would have given 5 stars, but they put cheese on dishes without asking if desired. Food was very good overall.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service matched by excellent food.

BO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food, service. A favorite island spot!!!

SW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were excellent!

N
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was excellent

s
Jacksonville
92 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

OT
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little restaurant. Located in a “village” of houses with shops and restaurants and 3 miles from Amelia Island Plantation. The service and food were excellent. Between four of us we had salads, pizza, meatballs, pasta and seafood and all were cooked just right. Nice wine choices. We will definitely visit again when we return to Amelia Island.

OT
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff is very talented. The wine suggestions were on target. We have travelled the Tuscan area but learned something new and found a new wine. Excellent food.

D
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

It is a very nice place and the wine is very good. They decanted the red d Abruzzo we had and so it was very smooth. The caprese salad was good with a nice balsamic. (I would have used the very ripe tomatoes I saw down the street at the roadside produce and I would have used a nice dipping olive oil and some salt on the tomatoes to bring out the flavor. I also would have put many more leaves of fresh sweet basil). The veggie pizza was very good and I asked for the addition of a few spots of ricotta which made it better. The linguine with clams and red clam sauce came with a generous amount of littleneck clams. The linguini was over cooked but not too soft. The espresso was very good and served with a delicious almond biscotti with a hint of anise seed. The waiter and waitress were both excellent!!

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

Enjoyed! On vacay

OT
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I will start by saying Wow! I went here for my birthday and we showed up later then my reservation but they still treated me as if on time And knew exactly who I was! The table was set even with water and soon after I was greeted by a complementary glass of wine ! Mind you we showed up close to closing time and the staff treated us as if time didn’t matter. They gave us so much time to relax and look over the menu, we finally ordered and food promptly came out, the presentation was perfect as well as the food itself! We then finished and I ofcourse felt bad cause they were closing so no need for a birthday song, the whole time wonderful staff happy faces and we did our part on tipping very well. I recommend this place ten times over we will be back!

W
Jacksonville
14 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful dinner at Cucina South. We have family visiting from England and decided to bring them and our daughter and family here for a nice dinner. There were 11 of us, 5 children (ages 11-16) and 6 adults. We were seated upstairs in the back. It was very private and gave us a nice chance to visit. Our Server was fantastic and she took such good care of all of us. Our food of course was delicious! All 5 kids had Spaghetti and Meatballs and it was a thumbs up from all of them. All the adults enjoyed our dinners, with no leftovers to be taken home. The Chef did an outstanding job with all our meals, everything was perfect! Thank you Cucina South and can't wait until we return again.

FC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and excellent service.
Definitely would return on our next visit to Amelia Island!!

S
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second visit to Cocina South and it was as good as the first. Excellent meal and great service. Highly recommend.

P
Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was Divine from the service to the food!
Oh the food!!!

MA
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Ordered Red Snapper “special”. Over cooked and hard. Sent back. They did not charge me. I suggested maybe the chef should eat it. Pretty much messed up the dinner for me.

NY
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food. Wait service was friendly and nice. Portions are VERY large. We should have shared the Shrimp Scampi delicious and a bit rich or the Shrimp Fra Diavolo a bit spicy but also very good. My daughter had the half portion of spaghetti with a ginormous meatball - perfect portion and delicious!