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
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.
España was a lively full of people place ...
España was a lively full of people place. The service was good - not too rushed, not too slow. The wine list had a good selection of Spanish wines, as well as wines from other countries. We shared a starter of Gambas Ajillo, which were cooked perfectly, although they could have had a bit more garlic. For our main courses we both had the grouper Lisboeta, which had very nice grouper with a sauce of tomato, olives and capers. It was very delicious.
We were visiting Amelia Island for a cou ...
We were visiting Amelia Island for a couple days. Some locals recommended Espana as well as online research I did. The seafood paella was delicious. Our first experience with Spanish food. I ordered the white sangria since I can't drink red wine It was good but expected a little better being a Spanish restaurant. Could be presented better with the fruit. Would definitely recommend the restaurant.
Very nice atmosphere. Authentic Spanish ...
Very nice atmosphere. Authentic Spanish dishes. We had the Paellas (One all meat and One Seafood) that were served in traditional Paella pans. Both were very good. Next time we want to try a variety of the delicious sounding tapas. The have an extensive wine list and the Sangria was excellent.
My wife and I have been to Espana many t ...
My wife and I have been to Espana many times (twice this year) and always satisfied with the experience. The tapas are exceptional with the highlight for us being the Calamari a la Plancha - cuttlefish steak with a delicious sort of balsamic glaze cut into long slices. We have not come across this appetizer anywhere else. Te Shrimp Mozambique is yummy with a light spicy finish and lots of leftover sauce for dipping the warm local bread rolls. Our service has been attentive, friendly and offering good suggestions.
If you are in Fernandina, this is a spot not to miss if you really are looking for exceptionally prepared seafood with an European flare.
I prefer healthy meals and we felt like ...
I prefer healthy meals and we felt like everything was covered in butter. The food was okay and there were some unusual dishes but nothing "to write home about".
Unfortunately, the table next to us was ridiculously noisy for just 4 people. I am sure they ruined the meal for most of their neighbors.
There is never a question about excellen ...
There is never a question about excellence when it comes to the food at Espana. Every dish is superb. The calamari steak is amazing as are all shrimp and scallop dishes. Definitely a "go to" place. But, make reservations.
My wife and I had heard some very good t ...
My wife and I had heard some very good things about Espana so we decided to make the drive up into Historic Fernandina from Jacksonville for a date night. Talk about making a great decision. Espana is a foodies paradise. We were blown away. We started with the Mussels, an appetizer special. They were so incredibly fantastic. So good I got extra bread to sop up the sauce, I was half tempted to drink it it was that good. We then shared the Gambas Costa Brava (Spicy Shrimp), Picadinho (Pork Tenderloin), Gambas Mozambique (Shrimp Mozambique style), which were all also unbelievably good. With our meal we both had two glasses of wine (nice selection too). After fully satisfying our hunger, our next little surprise came when the bill arrived. We were amazed that we were able to enjoy such an incredible meal with drinks for much less than we expected. Highly recommend it.
we were looking toward the meal we heard ...
we were looking toward the meal we heard great things comparing to the Columbia ,somewaht disappointed . the steak was ordered med rare and came out med well. they fixed that . my rice was still a little crunchy. The staff was awesome and the sangria was great . we will try it again may had been a off night .
The tapas is so good and varied that we ...
The tapas is so good and varied that we skipped the entrées completely. I enjoyed the escargot the most, while my wife enjoyed the muscles. The wine list was good, with plenty of Spanish selections to accompany the Spanish inspired dishes.
Most in my party enjoyed the food but my ...
Most in my party enjoyed the food but my grouper was over-cooked and very dry. I asked my wife to have a taste and she suggested I should send it back which I did. Also, there was a table near us and they were having a good time but their conversations were so loud we were unable to converse with one another. Our server had to be asked for everything: water, bread even ground pepper for my salad. I feel certain we must have just had a bad evening and their food/service that particular night was not typical.
Most of the food we ordered was okay. Ou ...
Most of the food we ordered was okay. Our favorite was the gambas Mozambique. They were delicious. Like most tapas restaurants in the US it was pretty pricey for what you get. It was a fairly small and cozy restaurant with a beautiful patio area.
Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Jonath ...
Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Jonathan, our waiter, decribed the featured items well and he was patient with us as we took our time to look over the menu. We had an assortment of olives and salads two salads to start. My wife had the tenderloin with a Spanish blue cheese cream sauce and I had the spicy grouper (they are listed by names in Portuguese, I'm refering to the English names that are also listed). Both were to die for. My grouper also came with a fried scallop! Both dishes has a wonderful vegetable medley that were sliced julienning style which is my favorite. They had nice spice to them. Definitely not boring. Also a Spanish rice was served with Both dishes. We finished off our meal with a cafe and desert. Easily one of the best meals I ever had.
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