Cucina South

4.6
827 reviews
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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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Atlanta
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great experience!

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful experience for my wife and I to celebrate our anniversary. Tanner and the entire staff were perfect. .

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Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my cousin here on a Saturday night celebrating her 80th birthday! It was delightful, excellent server in Jackie and dining room manager checked on us perfectly. Food was delicious! Roasted beet salad was wonderful! Jackie sang Happy Birthday to her in Polish with dessert. Very fun !! - it was just a special touch to a perfect evening. We were not rushed and had a leisurely time.
They aimed to please and made it very special! Very hard to decide which dish to try. Go!

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DH
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Noise level was high. We switched to a table on the porch.

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Naples
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Looked like a colonial inn in New England. Food was excellent. But service was not in keeping with the food and ambience. Our server was gruff She seemed annoyed at serving us and disappeared anytime we wanted something The young manager tried to overcome the problem. If they fire the server we would be back The next table had same problems

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PC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress Jordon was very polite and helpful with dinner choices. Her service & everyone else serving us were top notch. The food was delicious and they are really big portions. Well worth the trip. 5+ Stars in my book. Great job to the entire staff at Cucina South.

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b
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the gluten free options

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CL
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As always, the food was great, the service was great, the company was great. The noise level, however, made it so we couldnt hear one another. Better sound absorbing system would be a HUGE plus!

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Food was terrible, we had pizza and the linguini with clams. Pizza sauce was flavorless yet too sweet, I think the cheese was imitation. Clams were so sandy on the linguini dish it was inedible. Never going back.

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Columbus
177 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

As we anticipated it was a wonderful evening. We were graciously greeted and service was the best,

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Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Our food was outstanding as always. We dined outside and enjoyed a pleasant evening. Our waitress was almost out of it.
She brought the wrong drinks twice, we had no tableware at first and then only 2 of us until after our food arrived. She was solicitous.but barely competent, if that.

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A
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service is always amazing at Cucina South

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M
Jacksonville
13 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Server was excellent. Appetizer beet salad and Caesar salad were both tasty. Special market fish entree was just so-so. The best part of the entree was the ravioli and vegetables. The snapper was overdone and bland. Osso Bucco never disappoints and was tender and delicious. Apple crumble cake dessert was just okay. Wish I had ordered the tiramisu instead. Management comped my husband’s glass of wine as the sangria cocktail he had originally tried was not good at all. Very customer oriented restaurant who go out of their way to make your dining experience a pleasure.

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GD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice restaurant with excellent service, pleasant ambience, and expanded menu with lots of choice of delicious meals.

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SB
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Mussels were fantastic. 8 of us. All had great meals.

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JG
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent good, wine list very limited but acceptable, portions contained too much pasta.

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F
Western NC
35 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve gone to Cucina South many times but the last few times have been exceptionally good experiences. The staff seems more upbeat, the food is amazing and the energy is fun.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was to die for and the table service was excellent. Both the waitress and the manager were very attentive and their service was top notch. I would highly recommend this restaurant if you are a fan of Italian. The portions are generous, so be prepared to take some home with you. :)

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CB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service and best wine on the island

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K
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were visiting Amelia Island on vacation this April. My kids were craving Italian food so we found this restaurant on Google. It was the best meal we had by far on the island. I would definitely recommend this and if we return to Amelia Island we’ll definitely be back!

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AO
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Generally very good experience. Kitchen was rather slow. Staff was very attentive. Only real negative was lack of bread/rolls to nibble on while waiting for entree.

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice setting and good service but the pizza we got Walt half baked and doughy. Another dish with the fish was dry but the deserts were very good.

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CG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We have eaten several times at Cucina South and have always had a great experience. Food, service and ambiance are wonderful. It continues to be the best restaurant we eat at when we visit the Island.

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M
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The redfish special was amazing and the apple crumb cake dessert was one of the few desserts worth the calories!!

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JB
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second time here. The only negative was the downpour that arrived as I was parking! The entrees, a Meat Pizza, Spaghetti and Meatballs and two orders of Shrimp Fra Diavolo were excellent. IIRC, previously we'd had a Beeliner Snapper Special and Shrimp and Grits (polenta) which were also outstanding in all ways... But, it seems that the portion sizes have increased. All three of the pasta portions were very large... To the point that with salads, two could very easily split one. On that note, we had the Italian Leaf Salad and Caesar Salad, both of which were very fresh and well plated. Dessert of Tiramasu and Lemon Mascarapone Cake with coffee (rich and hearty) was a very nice finish to our evening. Notes on the enteres, the meatballs were HUGE, almost baseball sized, but the diner said they were excellent. The Shrimp Fra Diavolo was well spiced, maybe a bit much if you're not tolerant of a bit of heat. Consider the offered smaller portions with a salad and dessert...

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C
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

An amazing meal, incredible server and delightful atmosphere. The food was delicious and the youngest in the group felt so special, thanks to a caring waitress. Make sure you save room for some mousse and an espresso. Our only disappointment-it was our last evening on Amelia Island and we’ll have to wait a year to return. Thank you for such a wonderful memory.

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BS
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful evening at one of our favorite restaurants on Amelia Island. Always a great meal, quality and quantity. Service was excellent as Jackie continues to do a very good job taking care of all of our needs and answers the questions about the meal perfectly. Tanner, the manager, always greets you and checks on your meals and wants and needs, and makes you feel as if you're their best and only customer. A real fine tuned machine!

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m
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t wait to go back. Service was a 10. Food was a 10+. Wow!! So glad we found this place!

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JC
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love this restaurant. Every time I go the food is fantastic. They offer a great menu, intriguing specials and a gluten free menu for those in need like me. The maitre’d/manager is always accommodating and gracious upon arrival. The service is always professional and prompt. Highly recommended!

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BM
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Charming restaurant with excellent food and very good service. Everyone in our party of four enjoyed everything we had including salads. Would definitely return on our next trip to Amelia Island and would recommend to friends.

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TD
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything from the bread to the lighting was incredible!

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SC
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was very good, food excellent! We will go back!

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HD
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dine at Cucina South quite often. Food is always wonderful and staff is extremely attentive and friendly. Love eating at the bar with Allie or having Katie as our server in the dining room.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never been to Cucina South before but I will definitely be back! Our first experience there was simply spectacular, our server Anna Michelle was friendly and very helpful, the atmosphere was great, and the food was to die for! The Chicken Piccata was very tasty as well as the Linguine and Clams.

I hope more people can experience the wonders of Cucina South. It is indubitably a hidden gem on the southern end of the island.

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NF
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We were completely happy to try Cucina South for the first time. Our host greeted us with Prosecco, and led us to our wobbly little table. It was chilly in the restaurant, making us want to leave, but we were glad we stayed, as the food was divine. My husband had the veal chop and I had the scallops. They were excellent! We will return, perhaps to try the outdoor dining.

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P
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kind, great service, great food . Very enjoyable atmosphere!

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JS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This little bistro guarantees to please. It is cute and as welcoming as the employees. The menu is extensive and varied. We chose the osso bucco because we love it and can't find it in even many italian restaurants. The veal was very, very tender on the bone with creamy polenta. We first had an olive tepenade gratis. They have a good wine selection. The waitress was the best as she was very efficient and quite friendly.

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SD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All round excellent! Looking forward to going back in the future

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DA
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

appetizer, salad and wine great. The Cobia entree was a little dry and sinewy but the accompanying vegetables and sauce helped.

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GH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We had a party of four and two of us ordered the grouper special. Both of those orders were tough and raw. The staff did ask if we'd like to have it sent back but be declined. We are not comfortable asking a chief to do rework. Although it was mentioned that a credit would be given, none was. We won't be back.

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