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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout
España Restaurant of Amelia Island Ratings and Reviews
Our server was very attentive and my wat ...
Our server was very attentive and my water glass was never less than half full. After finishing our meal, I ordered an Americano and while my girlfriends and I were talking he came up and gave us all a tad bit more wine, no charge. I will definitely be back. The tapas were all excellent!
We had a short stay on Amelia Island and ...
We had a short stay on Amelia Island and we read about Espana. It was an amazing experience, the paella was fantastic and Omar our server was amazing pleasant and knowledgeable. It was a great meal, wonderful atmosphere. I recommend it to all.
After reading reviews of Espana, I expec ...
After reading reviews of Espana, I expected more from the restaurant. Food was ok but nothing special for a Spanish/Portugese restaurant. If you like balsamic glaze on virtually everything, you'll go nuts over Espana (much too much balsamic) . The bar had a poor choice of Spanish or Portugese wines. Most of the reds were from Chile or California. I don't remember any tempranillos. No Portugese wines at all. So, given that the prices tended to be high, I had expected better food, wine, and ambience.
We have, once again, decided Espana is o ...
We have, once again, decided Espana is our "go to" place. The food is delicious, the garden view is beautiful in the early evening sun (if you are on the porch side), and the service is great. From escargot to calamari steak, from scallops to pork tenderloin, from shrimp curry to red snapper, each dish is a tasty adventure. And then, there is the wine!
I went for dinner at this restaurant wit ...
I went for dinner at this restaurant with my husband when we were on our relaxing trip to Amelia Island. Our hotel front desk lady suggest us this restaurant. I made reservations . Server was very nice and helpful. I was interested in small plate of scallops that was not in the menu and my server said yes he can ask the cook to make scallops in spicy sauce. We also ordered tapas shrimps , lime chicken , small salad and 1/2 pitcher sangria. Everything tasted good.
My husband and I went to dinner to Espan ...
My husband and I went to dinner to Espana for our 15th anniversary. We ordered the Gambas Mozambique and Papas bravas for appetizer. The Mozambique was excellent! If you like spicy I highly recommend this dish. For dinner we ordered the spicy snapper and the chicken dish. The snapper was not spicy, but still good. The chicken was cooked in a very flavorful sauce. We also got champagne on the house for our anniversary, which was very nice. And we ordered sangria, which was good.
I've been waiting more than two years to ...
I've been waiting more than two years to return to this restaurant because a friend and I had a fantastic and memorable meal here: paella and sangría. I was alone this time, and although the service and the table were appropriate, I was disappointed in both the food and the beverage. The paella was served in the paella pan and placed directly in front of me. The pan was so hot that the paella continued cooking and was too hot to eat. I moved the food from the pan to the serving plate underneath the pan, doing my best not to burn myself, and I was better able to enjoy it after that. It was good, but not exceptional. Clearly I had set my expectations too high. I had a large glass of sangría, but enjoyed not even a momentary buzz, like the one I remember enjoying during my first visit. I ordered flan for dessert, and it was so heavy (somewhat silky much too heavy on the tongue--too much cream, perhaps?) that I didn't eat it, and the waiter did not charge me for it. I won't be dreaming about this place again, although I would love to find a place in North Central Florida that can dish up paella and sangría the way the're supposed to be served.
The seafood was very well prepared but t ...
The seafood was very well prepared but the flavors didn't blow me away (scallops with green sauce, seafood paella). On the contrary, the pork was slightly overdone/dry but the mushroom sauce was amazing. Beef tenderloin with Spanish blue cheese sauce was the highlight of the meal as it was expertly prepared and very flavorful. The julienned veggies that accompanied the entrees were tender crisp and well seasoned. I was very disappoints in the bread. It was very conventional and nothing to speak of. Felt more of a filler than a pleasure to eat. Sangria was fresh and fruity and a nice addition to our meal. Service was slightly better than adequate but didn't feel as full service as what the menu prices and ambiance dictate it should be. Not a bad experience but not a WOW experience either. The outdoor patio was lovely and picturesque. The interior design was unimaginative. All said and done, I would return to try more of the menu offerings.
Good special occasion selection - my boy ...
Good special occasion selection - my boyfriend had never had Spanish food or paella, so this was fun to introduce him to it. The table service was great. The sangria was great. The tapas were all quite good - we had the charcuterie plate the mozzerella and the calamari steak. The mozzerella wasn't particularly special in any way. The tomatoes were okay but they were grocery store tomatoes. The calamari steak was interesting and he liked it but I remembered it being more tender my last time here. The paella was okay - frankly I was quite disappointed in the crust - or lack thereof. The boyfriend said the bottom was quite scorched and quite bitter and frankly he was pretty suprised. So was I. The rice was fine and the seafood was good. The tres leches cake was good - solid. Not the best I've ever had but fine. We had to wait a good five minutes at the hostess stand because the hostess was chatting with folks in the bar. I'm not normally touchy about that stuff but the bartender saw us standing there and didn't redirect her. It was pretty full given it was a Saturday night and no big deal, but for a $150 dinner I'd love to not feel like I'm imposing on your time.
This is an excellent restaurant. Their t ...
This is an excellent restaurant. Their tapas are unique and delicious. The service is friendly and fast, but you never feel rushed. Be sure to make reservations because this restaurant is a favorite among locals as well as tourists.
We were vacationing on Amelia Island and ...
We were vacationing on Amelia Island and a local resident told us about Espana. The food was fantastic. The service was excellent. We actually went back again for a second time during our stay. We HIGHLY recommend it!!!
As usual, food was superb. Roberto and M ...
As usual, food was superb. Roberto and Marina were wonderful hosts. My favorite restaurant in North East Florida. Well worth the hour ride to and fro to eat there. Tappas and Paella are great. The fisherman's stew is spicy and marvelous.
Espana was recommended to us by a new fr ...
Espana was recommended to us by a new friend on the golf course. We found the staff (Omar) polite and convivial, and the atmosphere relaxed. Then the food came, and the fireworks began. Fantastic calamari and paella! my steak was perfect, and my picky eater son even enjoyed the chicken picatta.
Thanks for a wonderful evening with friends. Top notch.
As always it was excellent, after many y ...
As always it was excellent, after many years and many meals it is still my all-time favorite.
The consistency of the food quality is unmatched and when you pair this with the superior service, you have a winner.
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