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“Ask waiter for recommendations” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Espana Restaurant & Tapas

Espana Restaurant & Tapas
22 S 4th St, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, FL 32034-4272
+1 904-261-7700
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Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: Portuguese, Spanish
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Centre Street
Description: The traditional flavors of Spain and Portugal are highlighted in all our dishes here in the heart of 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 entrees including the national dish of Spain, Paella. You can choose to dine in our cozy main dining room, bright enclosed patio dining room or lush garden dining area (weather permitting). Chef Roberto is a second generation restaurateur, with over 25 years experience. He endeavors to make your evening a memorable one by bringing both his own family recipes, and inspiration from trips to Spain and Portugal for you to savor and enjoy. Family owned and operated since 2004. The Original on Amelia Island!
Nashvillle
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“Ask waiter for recommendations”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2009

What a quaint little restaurant! It seems that the waiters have all been working there for years. So, we decided to allow our waiter to order for us and we were not disappointed. He chose a wonderful Spanish wine and a very nice seafood paella.

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Michigan
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94 reviews 94 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“An enjoyable experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2009

We dined here on New Years eve. Overall the experience was positive. The food was good, the atmosphere enjoyable and the wait staff acceptable. However, It is not the best restaurant in the area as some would tout.

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New York City, New York
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Really good food and tasty!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2008

We were with 2 vegetarians- had the Vege Paella- great! Really tasty.

Also had the tapas- Drunken clams, very good, Coconut shrimp- amazing, Chorzio- good and mozz and tomato- ok

Sangria was good as was the fruit salad.

2 adults and 2 kids - $80.00

We probably ordered 1 dish too many.
Service was good and the atomosphere was fun.

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Hernando, Florida
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“Terrific Tapas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2008

My hubby and I had dinner at Espana last Thursday, a birthday treat for him. We came without reservations, since it's the slow season in Fernandina Beach and were seated immediately.

We began with 3 kinds of tapas: drunken clams, shrimp ceviche, shrimp in garlic sauce, along with a salad of chopped apples, raisins, and romaine lettuce (sorry, forgot the name of the menu item). We followed this up by splitting a seafood paella which was full of shrimp, mussels, clams, and lobster. Everything was delicious and the place has a relaxed, laid-back ambience.

I recommend Espana as an excellent place for seafood served in a non-beachtown way (you know - fried grouper, coconut shrimp, etc.). Nice place, nice service.

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Canton, OH
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“A favorite in Amelia Island”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2008

We've been vacationing at Amelia Island for more than 20 years. Espana, upon opening, quickly became one of our favorite places to eat. With young kids, we usually have to avoid any restaurants that seem too "nice"--but we make sure to make early reservations at Espana, and they are always very welcoming to us and our children (who fortunately love their food!). We love the tapas and the atmosphere, and the staff has always been exceptionally nice.

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