Cucina South

4.7
1141 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 1141 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.6
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4.6
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NelsonP
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience! Food was absolutely delicious! The server was very nice. This establishment is doing an excellent job following Covid19 protocols to keep everyone safe. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly. The food was delicious. Staff very attentive. Would go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always a good night at culinary south. It is one of our regular spots and we always enjoy our dinner there. Good food, good service and a nice environment.

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MelanieS
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our meal. Our server was very attentive and knowledgable. I had a custom salad as my entree and added pan seared shrimp. The shrimp was cooked perfectly and my salad had romaine, gorgonozala cheese and walnuts added. One of my sons chose the flatbread, generous portion and it was topped with pepperoni and sausage. He enjoyed it very much. My other son enjoyed angel hair pasta with marinara sauce and shrimp. We all enjoyed a slice of lemoncello cake with raspberry sauce for dessert. So yummy! Also nice wine selection!

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vipLWhite
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looking for a place to eat outdoors. The restaurant has a nice patio complete with twinkle lights. We were very comfortable. The food was delicious and the service very good!

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mikej
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Well run organization! So enjoyable

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KarenW
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the service and atmosphere.
Nice outdoor seating.

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lucdesigns
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Cucina South! This trip was for a friend's b-day. Tues. night was quiet, after 7:30pm we were the only table upstairs. The staff allowed us time to catch up with friends from out of town without feeling pressured to leave. Cucina is definitely our go to place to eat out.

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HeinzR
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent. Jenny was helpful and attentive even as she got more customers.

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vipGreg
Louisville
24 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Nice Italian meal for Valentines Day. Delightful server and the Manager was very accommodating with our wine pairing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With friends visiting, we were able to showcase the culinary strengths of Amelia Island with a wonderful Valentine’s dinner at Cucina South.

We visit the island annually and always look forward to fine dining experience at Cucina South.

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GaryG
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First of all our server, Elizabeth was outstanding as were the rest of the staff. My wife and I both had the lamb special entree with asparagus and polenta. The lamb was cooked exactly to our taste and was juicy and tender. The polenta and asparagus were also cooked just the way we like it. I was impressed that even with Covid precautions the restaurant was still able to provide a safe yet pleasing environment. Well done to all and thank you for a great evening.

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Jimbo
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, nice atmosphere, superb service!

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JeffL
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Out of the way place, that was great atmosphere and was actually surprised at value, atmosphere, and service, and food quality . I booked this place on open table in desperation on Valentines weekend, and What a great surprise I couldn’t have picked a better place! Wonderful restaurant with cozy atmosphere, and although it was a limited menu, it still had enough choices with something for everyone.
I will return again when in the area. Only suggestion is to widen the wine menu.

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Gingerm
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent! This may be our new go-to place!

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vipLandscaping2Table
St. Louis
37 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent food and a setting in the courtyard that was outside and lovely. Loved the wine conversation with the manager and the little extras.

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vipThomasD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat on porch. Wonderful waitress, Rosa, and terrific food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
55 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another incredible meal here. Food was delicious and service was attentive but not intrusive. Excited to return and sit on the patio on a warmer evening!

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JayM
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, excellent food. Highly recommend.

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EJK1
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Small, quiet and informal. If you are looking for a laid back, simple, Italian dinner, this place will work nicely!

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CoolBreeze77
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely, intimate dining experience mid-island. Hardworking and friendly staff make great recommendations on wine, food, dessert. Always a favorite!

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MichelleG
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Disappointed to find out they didn’t have liquor when we got there, but the food was great.

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Teresa
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

First time dining at Cucina South. We were welcomed and seated promptly. The dining room was dark and sparsely furnished looked more like an outdated diner than an upscale restaurant. We ordered the Caesar Salad to start, it was fresh and just enough dressing. The bread served with dinner was soft, soggy and over buttered. My husband ordered the Chicken Parmigiana which he thoroughly enjoyed. I ordered the Shrimp Scampi which looked and smelled delicious, however the pasta was so over cooked it ruined what might have been a great meal. The manager/host did remove the meal from our bill and I do appreciate that but we will not be returning any time soon. It’s a real shame that you can’t find an decent Italian Restaurant on Amelia Island.

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vipRobertP
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time we’ve eaten at Cucina South great food & wine! We had their special of the night, crab & artichoke ravioli. Delicious! We were lucky to be seated outdoors near their fire pit. They follow COVID protocols & made us feel comfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Back on my dining radar screen!

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LenoreO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food was fair....not much of a Italian flair.... bread they served was nothing Italian

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vipFranP
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, wonderful service, friendly and professional servers, and a fabulous sommelier to help you choose a wine. And the restaurant has a delightful COVID-safe outdoor dining area with a firepit. What more can you ask?!?

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AnneM
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing. Definitely a repeat meal. Our server Jordan did an amazing job keeping all of us feed and not thirsty.

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vipDelicious
Jacksonville
287 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Restaurant Week food was very good.
Server was very attentive and courteous.

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vipSatisfiedCustomer
Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside on the patio by the fire pit and it was a perfect night. There was noise from the road, but it didn’t bother us as we chose to sit outside. It was restaurant week and we selected from the special menu and everything was delicious.

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rebeccav
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service is wonderful - ambiance outside is adorable

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DaveK
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful experience. All was above and beyond. Can use an upgrade on the bread. Crustier.

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viplocaldiner
Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful evening sitting outside on the lighted patio. Food, service, and ambience all made for a very enjoyable time.

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lucdesigns
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is always excellent. Staff is friendly and accommodating. Wine selection is great. Love the Cioppino!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you very much for adjusting our reservation times. The flatbread and entrees were fantastic! Will be back again.

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Jordy
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cucina South is always so impressive. The butter lettuce salad and stuffed red peppers with goat cheese were incredible. Kayla really helped me out with adjustments with my salad to make sure it’s vegetarian!! You can tell the staff & manager care about their customers and I highly recommend trying this quaint Italian bistro out!!! It’s a necessity while visiting the island, also the limoncello cake is to DIE for!

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MaryH
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal. Food was delicious and service was great. Definitely recommend.

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JuneW
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great meal and safe dining with adequate spacing from other guests.

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 1141 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.