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!
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
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:
Marina: (904) 321-7693
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
Restaurant was highly recommended, so we had high expectations. Charming hostess. Seated promptly (we had reservations). Average server, better suited for a sports bar. Greeted us: I'm ----. I'll be helping you guys out tonight". Noisy. Generous portions of average food. Paella dry. Red snapper over cooked and cold/lukewarm. The red snapper dish had one jumbo shrimp and one scallop. The shrimp was over cooked. The scallop was excellent. Patrons seemed to love the Sangria.
Note: when we told the server the food was cold, he didn't offer to warm it, he just said he would tell the kitchen and that was that!
The shrimp mozambique knocked my socks if, I wish I had ordered two plates. I went with a friend and two 10 year olds and everything went well. Friendly, fast service. Good wine selections. The plates were uniformly delicious and my saliva glands are kicking in as I recall the shrimp.
This restaurant is just absolutely awesome. Incredible food, incredible service, incredible price. The coconut shrimp tapas is to die for. I immediately looked on the internet for the recipe, I was craving it by the time I got home. When we got the bill, it was much smaller than I had expected for the quality of meal.
This restaurant was our first stop to welcome ourselves back for our third annual trip to Amelia Island. We stay for a month and expect to visit a couple times more during our stay .... There are a lot of good restaurants on the island but this one is our favorite. We had a pitcher of sangria and shared tapas. The seared calamari and spicy potatoes were especially memorable. In the past, we have shared a seafood stew. The prices are fair, the food is consistently excellent, the service is professional with experienced, efficient staff and the ambiance is dress casual. Our only issue was that we wished that we had lingered longer. The waiter told us to take our time but we were in an out in an hour because we were served so fast and our dishes were whisked away as soon as we finished (one time, a little too soon) . The next time we'll slow it down ourselves to enjoy the experience a bit longer. This might also be helped by asking to sit on the patio where there were heaters to take the chill out of the cool evening. In any case, we surely will be back soon!
As visitors to Amelia Island we had not been back to this restaurant for some time. We recall enjoying it very much on our first visit and knew it was time for a revisit. We were seated in the back in front of large windows overlooking the garden which was a beautiful place to sit. It was a little cool to sit outside but we noticed there were tables there and it would be a nice place to dine on a warmer evening. We decided to make a meal of the tapas--smaller appetizer-sized servings---and it was a good choice. We selected Lobster Ravioli, grilled portobello mushroom, and pork tips in brown sauce. Our server was helpful. We told him we were light eaters and thinking about the tapas for our meal. He suggested we start with three, which was just right for us. It left us room for the tiramisu which was a delicious, light and airy confection. Everything was excellent and we will return again. The menu is extensive and varied, so there will be something to please everyone in your party!
Espana is our go to place when we visit Amelia Island. The staff is friendly & professional and the food is just wonderful. All together it makes for a wonderful evening. Spanish cuisine is not usually available for me so the varied selections of freshly prepared meats,fish,and poultry combined with tasty sauces will keep me coming back as long as they are open.
We bought bottle of wine at the bar and paid for it at the bar. Our waiter brings the bill and we actually looked before paying. We discover that the waiter charged us for the wine - over $100. When brought to his attention that the circumstances made it seem like a scam, he was smug and failed to provide a believable justification for the "mistake." Adding insult to injury, no bona fide apology was offered - we didn't want desert but offering it would have been the touch of class most other restaurants would have done. The bill was otherwise large enough that we would not have discovered the misbilling without flyspecking the bill. Outrageous!
We want to Espana during restaurant week in Fernandina Beach. We checked Trip advisor and it received rave reviews. The reviews were right on. It's a quaint little place tucked in on 4th st. It was very clean and their offerings were outstanding. My wife was daring and went for the Oxtail. I had a Piaia. Both were outstanding. The Sangria is fantastic. The service was excellent.
We visit Espana each time we come to AI. Our service was a bit off for a slow evening. Our server was friendly and informed. It took a bit of time to get the excellent bottle of wine he recommended. After that, we waited. Dinner was served promptly and as ordered after the wait.
Espana is arguably the best restaurant in north Florida. I find occasions to travel from Gainesville and stay overnight just to eat there. Having eaten the dish in Valencia, I can attest that the paella at Espana is authentic (the substitution of chicken for rabbit aside).
Highly recommend making reservations. Our service from the time we walked in the door to the exiting the service was A+. The food was delicious, seasoned perfectly and an extensive wine list to choose from. We definitely will be returning.
Very nice evening. Started with Tapas - best escargot I ever tried, Charcuterie was great.
We split the special which was a sea scallop, and giant shrimp, and an ample piece of American Red Snapper. I can't wait to return.
Mandy was experienced and we appreciated her input on our wine pairings.
We always look forward to the specials at España! We have never been disappointed!
The wine selection and sangria are both fabulous and our favorite appetizer/tapa is the calamari steak- it's unbelievably good!
Our favorite restaurant on Amelia Island by far!!!
You will not go wrong with a meal here. We had a party of five guys; 3 omnivores, carnivore and a vegetarian. No one left hungry. A wonderful variety of tapas that we indulged in and washed them down with a great sangria. All the elements in the seafood paella were cooked perfectly; not always an easy chore. Certainly a go to place when I return to Amelia Island.
This was my first visit to Espana and I must say that I was very impressed. We ordered the seafood paella and it was Perfect. also had the escargot appetizer and a fried goat cheese salad. all of the items were great. The sangria was also very good. The also offer a white Sangria which for some reason is not on the menu but should be. We had a sample of the white Sangria and it was also delicious. The service was also very good. I can't remember her name but everything was very good and prompt. Her name may have been Mandy???
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