About España Restaurant of Amelia Island
Savor the traditional flavors of Spain and Portugal in the heart of downtown historic Fernandina Beach. Sip on homemade sangria or enjoy a glass of wine from a list of hand picked selections (International and Californian). Choose from a menu of hot and cold tapas, "just caught" fish or meat entree including the national dish of Spain, Paella. Complete your España experience with some homemade desert. You can choose to dine in our cozy main dining room, bright enclosed patio dining room or lush garden dining which is generally open Thursday - Sunday and weather permitting :) Let us make your trip to España a memorable one.
Family owned and operated since 2004. The original on Amelia Island!
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Sunday
First sitting: 5:00
Last sitting: 9:30
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Various catering options are available to suit all budgets. Our Paella Party is very popular, which includes a cooking demonstration.
Private Party Facilities:
Either of our two dining rooms are available for private groups.
Private Party Contact:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout
España Restaurant of Amelia Island Ratings and Reviews
empanadas were the best . had the grou ...
empanadas were the best . had the grouper with tomatoes and capers it was perfectly cooked just not a lot of flavor ,the Paella Florentine was awesome one of the best the escargot was different they were in a Spanish style red sauce over all a great meal staff gave an educated suggestion on what to or not to order would go back and bring friends
Service was excellent! My guest had a st ...
Service was excellent! My guest had a steak with blue cheese that she thought was the best She ever had. I had the seafood paella. It was tasty but the size & amount of the shrimp & scallops was on the small size in comparison to the online photo. My other guest has dietary requirements & the dish he wanted was unavailable so he had a beer and kept us company. They comped his beer without even notifying us, which we thought was very classy. The flan was amazing. Like the best flan I've ever put into my mouth amazing. If you like flan, definitely save room for it. Romantic setting, low lights and pretty decor. I would definitely recommend it and come back next time I am in town. I did see the special go by and it looked amazing. I wish I had gotten that because the shrimp were huge on that dish. Also a lovely outside dining patio is available. Hope this was helpful. Enjoy!
Great food. We had a few tapas and for o ...
Great food. We had a few tapas and for our entrees had a seafood paella and a snapper dish. Everything was excellent! Service was good-very attentive but not hovering. We are from Texas otherwise we would be regulars for sure
The food and service are consistently ve ...
The food and service are consistently very good with enough variety (except salads - which are limited) on the menu to satisfy most everyone in your party. Tapas are creatively prepared and bread is tasty and served warm) Servers are knowledgeable about the wine list and will usually offer a taste test if you are unsure about your selection. Call if you need to inquire about gluten free items. Noise level can depend on who is dining near your table. Some people are just more respectful than others, but overall the noise level is usually moderate. Make reservations in advance as this dining spot is a favorite of the locals and for good reason.
Had a fantastic experience. We came from ...
Had a fantastic experience. We came from New Orleans for a conference and had never been to España or Amelia Island for that matter. Phenomenal food, value and service. Mandy recommended a perfect Portuguese bottle of wine I hadn't tried before after I told her the flavor profile we were looking for. Scott was very attentive and Robbie, the busser was very helpful as well. Ordered a few great tapas and a dessert. Highly recommended!
I'd give this restaurant a 3.5 rather th ...
I'd give this restaurant a 3.5 rather than 3, if that were an option. Our waitress was very attentive and the service in general was very good. I'd also give the quality of the food a 3.5--the grilled calamari was wonderful, the stuffed peppers quite good, the shrimp Mozambique okay, the pork tenderloin and salad nothing special. Based on previous reviews, we were expecting the food to be a bit more interesting and tastier overall, and we've definitely been to better tapas places, but I'd still recommend Espana.
We had been to España twice before, and ...
We had been to España twice before, and loved it. I was excited to be able to get reservations for my wife's birthday. They have an authentic Spanish menu and a pleasant ambiance. My wife's fish was well cooked, but our waiter was unable to meet her request for a small piece, instead of the huge piece he served. I ordered the Paella Marinera, as I had enjoyed it on an earlier trip. This time it was badly overcooked, with the rice burned to the paella pan and the muscles and clams dry and tough. There were four scallops the size of a fingernail and a couple of pieces of unidentifiable fatty fish. It was an unpleasant sight and a worse dining experience. I did not want to make any kind of scene on my wife's birthday. Our experienced waiter, who certainly knew what the paella should look like, did not have the gall to bring it to the table himself. España has accordingly left a bad taste in my mouth.
We made the drive up for the Saturday ev ...
We made the drive up for the Saturday evening for a musical event and an overnight stay. We've been to Espana a few times and this did not disappoint. Omar our server was wonderful, and I asked and he guided our choices through our dining experience, matching tapas and specials to our tastes, pacing us to exit by showtime and making it an all around wonderful experience. The fish special, the eggplant tapa special, gambas, paella and the finish with the caramel flan were all wonderful. Go - you won't be disappointed!
We have eaten at Espana every year for m ...
We have eaten at Espana every year for many years. We attend a conference on Amelia Island. This was the first time we arrived and found the restaurant with open tables. The owners are almost always there but not present the night we were there. The food didn't compare to years in the past. The Dishes didn't taste fresh. The shrimp had no flavor and the white fish in the Paella was soaked in water. Very disappointed this time.
Visited Espana on the last night of our ...
Visited Espana on the last night of our vacation. Omar the waiter and his associates were very nice and accommodating. The flavors of the food were wonderful. Would recommend the myriad of savory flavors in the paella. This neighborhood gem it a must try on your Amelia island visit.
The restaurant was full, and they may ha ...
The restaurant was full, and they may have been a bit short handed, resulting in a few moments when we felt ignored.
The food was good, but not excellent, which is what we usually experience at Espana. I don't want this to seem like a bad review, because the meal was good. It is just that between the service delays and slightly disappointing food, it was not up to our general expectations for this restaurant.
Great variety of menu choices; wanted to ...
Great variety of menu choices; wanted to try all if them! We started with one of the appetizer specials, empinadas. The braised beef with goat cheese filling was divine and substantial. We also had the papa bravo or "angry potatoes" which were excellent and perfect pairing with the empinadas. My husband ordered the tenderloin steak with Madeira sauce. It was heavenly! My seafood paella was very good; but the seafood ratio to the rice was a disappointment. Too much rice... I was left wishing I had ordered one of the red snapper dishes. The menu choices were all so tempting! We would definitely return!!
What a lovely restaurant with generously ...
What a lovely restaurant with generously portioned traditional tapas! You can tell a great deal of care goes into the preparation of the dishes. The service is very friendly and efficient. Enjoyed the lovely courtyard for our evening experience. Don't miss the homemade sangria , and the delectable flan!
Excellent food and enjoyable atmosphere. ...
Excellent food and enjoyable atmosphere. We have really enjoyed it both times we have eaten there. We got the paella for two and the portion was huge! We both are way too much and there was still a good sized portion left over. The flan was also very good.
We had a delightful dining experience. ...
We had a delightful dining experience. Our server gave great advice on entrees. We started with ceviche which was delicious, then ensalada andalusia. Main courses included Grouper a la Lisbon and paella valencia - all very tasty and generous portions. I wish we could have eaten more!
The calamari appetizer was innovative an ...
The calamari appetizer was innovative and delicious. Shockingly good. The spicy grouper was also quite good. The shrimp Mozambique weren't good but everything else was very very good.
It's beer and wine only. No cocktails.
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