Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: A Flavorful Journey

September 6, 2023
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What better way to honor Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15) than by savoring the delightful flavors of Amelia Island's Hispanic restaurants. Come along with us on a culinary adventure that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving for more. 

Espana Restaurant & Tapas

Specializing in traditional flavors from Spain and Portugal, ESPANA features just-caught local seafood, an array of hot and cold tapas, traditional paella, and pitchers of yummy sangria. Dine inside in the cozy main dining room or outside on the lush patio overlooking the garden. What people are saying: "Mouth-watering, culinary perfection! Spanish cuisine at its finest in a casual, cozy atmosphere. Everything from the tapas, to the dessert was delicious and simply disappeared off the plates!" 22 S 4th Street

Mezcal Spirit of Oaxaca

For those seeking a fine dining experience with the bold and smoky flavors of Mexico, Mezcal is a must-visit. Located in downtown Fernandina, Mezcal is as beautiful inside as the food that comes out of the kitchen is delicious. You'll find an array of dishes that celebrate the diverse flavors of Mexico. What people are saying: "By far the best real Mexican food with a twist. Fantastic atmosphere and great service. This dedicated family enjoys what they cook and it shows in the quality of their food. Will continue to eat here on a regular basis!" 302 Centre Street

Pepper’s Cocina Mexicana & Tequila Bar

Spice up your day at Pepper’s Cocina Mexicana & Tequila Bar. Their extensive tequila selection and menu filled with Mexican classics will transport you south of the border. Be sure to try their signature margaritas while indulging in dishes like Chorizo & mozzarella cheese stuffed poblano pepper. Dine inside or on the patio overlooking Centre Street. What people are saying: "Best Mexican food I've ever had! Quesa Birria Tacos are too die for." 530 Centre Street​


COQUINA is an ocean front outdoor restaurant located at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. The menu is inspired by the island's Spanish roots when Spain was one of the eight flags that flew over Amelia Island. Try the Crispy Mahi sandwich served with Tomatada and topped with Coquina Aioli. It’s muy delicioso! What people are saying: "Unbelievable dinner and ocean view. We will be coming here way more often for sure! Coquina is amazing!" 4750 Amelia Island Parkway

Cantina Louie

Cantina Louie offers a vibrant atmosphere and a menu packed with all your Mexican favorites. Grab an icy margarita and move outside to the huge deck overlooking the marsh and just chill. Their full bar features daily drink specials as well as Mexican beers, wine and specialty tequilas. Every visit to Cantina Louie is a fiesta! What people are saying: "Superb food! The Carne Asada was great! The ambiance of the restaurant both inside and outside are amazing! ​" 960062 Gateway Blvd

La Surena Restaurant & Store

For a taste of old Mexico and Central America, head downtown to La Surena, a restaurant and grocery store combo offering authentic Hispanic products and foods. What people are saying: "Chic decor and scenic views? No. Nor classic cocktails, or any cocktails at all. Just really, really great Mexican food - authentic, simple and good. Like having lunch at your mother's house if your mother was an unbelievably good Mexican cook!" 22 S 8th Street

Surcheros Fresh Mex

Surcheros is all about crafting your own Tex/Mex-inspired creations. Choose your protein, toppings, and sauces to create a personalized meal that suits your taste buds. It's the perfect spot for those who like their Mexican food just the way they like it - and fast! What people are saying: "Really yummy! They have great specials and it’s easy to eat healthy there. Pricing is good too!" 1484 Sadler Road

Don Patron Mexican Grill

Don Patron brings to your table a wide variety of delectable dishes. From sizzling fajitas to cheesy nachos, this spot offers a range of traditional Mexican fare that will leave you wanting more. What people are saying: "Food was VERY good and service even better. Staff is wonderful there. Margarita was on point! Will definitely be back on a regular basis." 1519 Sadler Road

Hola Cuban Café

Take a break from Mexico and journey to Cuba at local favorite, Hola Cuban Café. Dine on classic Cuban sandwiches, empanadas, authentic desserts and more. Don't forget to try their sweet and strong Cuban coffee to complete your meal. Serving breakfast or lunch inside, on the front porch, or on the outdoor patio. What peopole are saying: "Delicious food (Cuban Sandwich, Cuban Grilled Cheese and yuca fries) and lovely courtyard for seating. Fabulous lunch spot."  31 S 5th Street

Tortuga Jack’s

Tortuga Jack’s is the best place to get your day started. This Baja Mexican-inspired restaurant serves up delicious breakfast dishes like the Buenos Dios Burrito - a flour tortilla stuffed with eggs, jalapenos, onion, peppers, cheese and your choice of chicken, chorizo or ground beef. All with an ocean view! What people are saying: "Excellent food, excellent service and amazing atmosphere. Best breakfast we’ve had on the island." 1998 S Fletcher Avenue

1928 Cuban Bistro

If you love authentic Cuban cuisine, discover the flavors of old Havana at 1928 Cuban Bistro. This restaurant takes you on a culinary journey through Cuba with amazing Rellenas, and Cuban-style roast pork just to name a few. You feel like you've been transported to the heart of Havana. What people are saying: "Hands down one of the best Cuban restaurants that I have ever eaten at! Great authentic food with quality ingredients and a welcoming environment." ​122 S 8th Street

Noelle's Crunchy Tacos - Food Truck

Last, but certainly not least is Noelle's Crunchy Tacos, where you can find some of the crispiest and most delicious tacos in town made with the freshest ingredients. Their New Mexican Spanish cuisine menu is simple and most importantly - delicious.  What people are saying: "We got the chicken tacos, and they were AMAZING. Best tacos we’ve ever had — not just around here, but historically. Like, best tacos anywhere ever." Parked off of Lynndale Road.

Amelia Island's Hispanic restaurants offer a diverse range of flavors that reflect the vibrant cultures they represent. During Hispanic Heritage Month, there's no better time to explore these culinary gems and pay tribute to the rich heritage that has contributed to the cultural tapestry of our island. Viva la Comida!

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