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Mar 23, 2010 04:46 PM

Amelia Island

We are headed to Amelia Island. I got some good recommendations by searching the archives on this board, but if there is anything new (last couple of years) that is really good, please let me know. (I am not so concerned what it is, so long as whatever they do, they do really well).

I would like one really excellent dinner. For these purposes, the price is not so important -- just the best meal on the island. I thought maybe Salt at the Ritz Carlton. Is that any good? Other suggestions?


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  1. Best meal on the island is at Espana. The new restaurant Merge is very good. Le Clos is solid. If you go to Salt, please post your review. I have been seriously underwhelmed.

    Le Clos
    20 S 2nd St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

    Espana Restaurant
    22 S 4th St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

    1. One of our favorites is Horzisons Continental Cuisine, in Palmetto Walk. Only open for dinner Wednesday - Saturday (also open for lunch), but consistently good. For casual fare, try Ciao Bistro for Italian (on the other side of the bridge), and Arte Pizza or Joe's 29 South Eats - both in downtown Fernandina Beach. I have found Espana to be uneven, and the menu rather limited. Have been going to Amelia for 30 years, and fine dining is truly limited. Despite staying at the Plantation, the restaurants are underwhelming, IMHO.

      Arte Pizza
      109 N 3rd St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

      29 South Eats
      29 South 3rd Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

      Ciao Bistro
      474305 E State Road 200, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

      1. I'll be traveling to Amelia Island later this month, and this looks to be the most recent post about the area. Is Espana still good? Any other recommendations?

        3 Replies
        1. re: mountaincachers

          Espana is still solid. Best restaurant on the island is LuLu's at the Thompson House. Merge is very good as well and you can't beat Cafe Karibo for a nice lunch. Some folks like Kelly's on 3rd St. Arte Pizza, also on 3rd, has some of the best pizza outside of Italy. Generally speaking, if you can see the water from the restaurant you will be disappointed in the food (with the exception of the Ritz .)

          1. re: marelyisdead

            Thanks for the information. We had very good and casual lunch at Cafe Karibo. We loved Lulu's. The appetizers all looked so good that we ordered 4 and had them brought out one at a time. The food was delicious and reasonably priced. We planned to go to Espana, but had a dinner meeting come up, so didn't make it there. Maybe next time.
            By chance, we happened to find the Amelia Liquor store on Sadler. Maybe we have low expectations thanks to our terrible state owned store at home, but they had a great selection of some hard to find bourbon and scotch as well as some nice wines.

          2. re: mountaincachers

            Le Clos,Merge are great. 29 South is a shadow of what it once was. Verandah is a ripoff, Salt is way way way overpriced, but decent food.