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Many people travel to Savannah to tour its historic squares and homes, go on a ghost tour, or enjoy the nightlife (this is a popular spot for bachelorette parties), but Savannah is also home to many great restaurants. In fact, one of the best things to do in Savannah is to eat. Peaches, shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, pecan pie, fried chicken…the choices are endless. In this guide, we cover 20 of the best restaurants in Savannah.

About the Restaurants on This List

I wrote this post after our second visit to Savannah. Tim, Kara and I ate way too much to gather the necessary information for this post…all in the name of research, of course. 😊

Most of these restaurants we have been to, a few we have not. We have friends and family that make regular visits to Savannah, so you will see several of their recommendations here too. Plus, we are regular visitors to Savannah, as Kara goes to college here.

If you have been to Savannah, we would also love to hear your favorite restaurants, and I am sure our readers will too. You can leave your recommendations in the comment section at the end of this post. Thanks!

I list 20 restaurants in Savannah, which sounds like a lot, and it is. At the end of the list, I narrow it down to our eight favorite restaurants in Savannah.

Have fun picking out your favorites!

Foods to Try in Savannah

Before we jump into where to eat in Savannah, here is a quick list of what to eat in Savannah.

Fried green tomatoes. These lightly breaded slices of green tomatoes are fried and served with aioli or a Cajun cream sauce. And here’s an interesting fact: the recipe for fried green tomatoes was brought over to the US by Jewish immigrants in the 19th century. Fried green tomatoes weren’t associated as a southern food until the movie Fried Green Tomatoes made them famous.

Fried Green Tomatoes

Caprese salad with fried green tomatoes at the Ordinary Pub.

Fried chicken. You can find perfectly fried chicken on many menus throughout Savannah. At the Olde Pink House, order the fried chicken salad. And at The Pirates’ House, you can get fried chicken covered with a honey pecan sauce that is delicious.

Collard greens. Collard greens are a leafy green vegetable that is typically served alongside other southern staples, such as fried chicken. These greens are cooked with pork chops or bacon, to give them a little more flavor.

Biscuits and gravy. Buttermilk biscuits with a side of sausage gravy. You can find this as a side dish on many breakfast menus.

Shrimp and grits. This traditional Lowcountry dish is a must-try while in Savannah. Grilled shrimp are served over a bed of grits, which are cooked in a buttery, cheesey sauce. Not sure what grits are? Grits are ground corn and don’t have much of a flavor. The grits take on the flavor of what they are cooked with and can be quite bland if you eat them plain. Want to try good shrimp and grits? Give it a try at b. Matthews Eatery, mentioned later in this guide.

Peaches. Georgia is famous for its peaches and in Savannah, they can be found in pie or served with ice cream and cake.

Chatham Artillery Punch. This champagne punch is named after Georgia’s oldest military unit, the Chatham Artillery. Rum, brandy, bourbon, and champagne are all mixed together to form the perfect drink and great to have on hot day.

Pralines. This sweet treat is a mix of pecans and sugar cane. They can be found at the candy shops throughout Savannah, particularly along the small shops on River Street.

Best Restaurants in Savannah

Below we list 20 great restaurants in Savannah. For many of them, a reservation is recommended or required. I provide the link to their websites, so you can check hours, pricing, take a look at the menu, and make a reservation. For the location of these restaurants, they are all labeled on the map near the end of this guide.

Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room

Price: $$ – $$$, cash or check only (no credit cards)
Location: 107 West Jones Street
Website: mrswilkes.com
Reservation: Reservations not accepted

Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room is more than just a place to have a good meal, it’s also an essential Savannah experience.

At 11 am, the doors open and those who waited in line find a seat at one of the 10-person tables. Food is served family style. Plates of fried chicken, okra, cornbread, black eyed peas, and biscuits are all shared by those at the table.

The restaurant does not accept reservations. You wait in line outside (waits can be 10 minutes to 30 minutes or longer, depending on the day and time) and you will be invited in when a table opens up.

Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11 am to 2 pm. They do close periodically during the year so check their hours before you go.

This restaurant is still very high on our to-do list. It’s been closed on both of our visits to Savannah but we are hoping to get here soon!

Mrs Wilkes Dining Room

Mrs Wilkes Dining Room | Best Restaurants in Savannah

The Olde Pink House

Price: $$$$
Location: 23 Abercorn Street, Reynold’s Square
Website: theoldepinkhouserestaurant.com
Reservation: Highly recommended (at least 2 weeks in advance but even then it can be hard to get a reservation)

Like Mrs. Wilke’s Dining Room, a visit to Savannah wouldn’t be complete without a meal at the Olde Pink House.

Olde Pink House

The Olde Pink House | Best Restaurants in Savannah

There are two parts to the Olde Pink House: the restaurant and Planter’s Tavern.

The restaurant occupies the first and second floors of the house. In stately rooms with antique furniture, patrons dine on delicious southern-style fare. The BLT salad, served with fried green tomatoes, is one of their most popular dishes.

We ate the fried green tomato appetizer (the best we ever had), the mac and cheese jalapeno poppers (yum!), and the fried chicken salad, and the specials of the day. Everything was fantastic and this was one of our favorite meals in Savannah.

Olde Pink House Dining Room | Best Restaurants in Savannah

Olde Pink House dining room | Best Restaurants in Savannah

 

Fried Green Tomatoes Pink House | Best Restaurants in Savannah

Fried green tomatoes

In the basement is Planter’s Tavern. This dimly lit, cozy cellar is a place we’d like to visit on a return visit to Savannah.

For something special, make a reservation for the Vault (2 people can dine in the historic vault) or the JP room (the second room in Planter’s Tavern that can hold up to four people). The main room of Planter’s Tavern is first come, first served, but if you want to dine in one of the two rooms, make your reservation at least 2 weeks in advance.

Planters Tavern Savannah | Best Restaurants in Savannah

Planter’s Tavern | Best Restaurants in Savannah

 

Vault Olde Pink House

The Vault

 

JP Room Olde Pink House

JP Room

Olde Pink House history: Like many mansions in Savannah, the Olde Pink House has a long history. It was built in 1771 by James Habersham JR. In 1811, the building became the Planter’s Bank, the first bank of Georgia, and vaults were built in the basement of the house (which you can dine in now). During the Civil War, General York set up his headquarters in this house. In 1992, the house was renovated and is now a restaurant and tavern.

The Collins Quarter

Price: $$ – $$$
Location: 151 Bull Street
Website: thecollinsquarter.com
Reservation: Highly recommended

The Collins Quarter is one of our favorite restaurants in Savannah.

This restaurant is styled after Melbourne, Australia’s Collins Street. On the menu is innovative cuisine and some of the best food we ate in Savannah. Plus, the cocktails are some of the best that we had in town. This restaurant serves brunch and dinner.

Collins Quarter Savannah | Best Restaurants in Savannah

We had dinner here and recommend the Devils on Horseback appetizer, (dates, bacon, and goat cheese), the specials, and for drinks, our favorites are the Gins ‘N Roses and the Purroni.

The brunch gets rave reviews, particularly the French Toast. We’ll have to give this a try on our next visit to Savannah.

PRO TRAVEL TIP: Request a table on the first level of the restaurant for a better atmosphere.

The Ordinary Pub

Price: $$ – $$$
Location: 217 ½ W Broughton Street
Website: theordinarypub.com
Reservation: Recommended

This American pub is located in the basement of one of the buildings along Broughton Street. Serving tradition southern fare with a twist, you can dine on Gumbo & Grits, Low Country Mac & Cheese, or Creole Meatloaf. Or, just get an Ordinary Burger. The cocktails are our favorite things on the menu…we recommend the bacon Old Fashioned and the Appropriate Sazerac.

Ordinary Pub | Best Restaurants in Savannah

Ordinary Pub | Best Restaurants in Savannah

The Grey

Price: $$$$
Location: 109 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Website: thegreyrestaurant.com
Reservation: Yes! 2 to 3 months in advance

What started out as a Greyhound Bus Terminal has become one of Savannah’s most celebrated and popular restaurants. This spot is #1 on our list but we have yet to dine (it’s tough to get a reservation).

With 3 and 6 course tasting menus, unique cocktails, and an even more unique setting, this is a restaurant to put on your list, as long as you are making your plans far in advance.

The Paris Market

Price: $ – $$
Location: 36 W Broughton Street
Website: theparismarket.com
Reservation: Not necessary

This market is part boutique shop and part French café. In the market, shop for unique gifts and home décor. At the market, choose a sweet treat from the pastry case (macarons, tarts, and pastries), have a glass of wine, or a specialty coffee. This is an essential place to stop into as you stroll along Broughton Street and go shopping in Savannah.

Paris Market Savannah | Best Restaurants in Savannah

The Paris Market | Best Restaurants in Savannah

Savannah Tequila Company

Price: $$ – $$$
Location: 500 W River Street, Plant Riverside area
Website: plantriverside.com
Reservation: Not necessary

Located in the Plant Riverside district along the waterfront, this restaurant serves Mexican food and great cocktails. The food and service is very good. We love the tacos, the street corn, and the guacamole and chips. We are also fans of the smoked rum old fashioned.

Just be aware that since this restaurant is located in the Plant Riverside area, prices are more expensive than other restaurants on this list, so don’t expect cheap plates of Mexican food here.

Where to Eat in Savannah | Best Restaurants in Savannah

The Tequila Company | Best Restaurants in Savannah

Alligator Soul

Price: $$$$
Location: 114 Barnard Street, Telfair Square
Website: alligatorsoul.com
Reservations: Highly recommended (at least 2 weeks in advance)

This is one of the few fine dining restaurants on our list of best restaurants in Savannah. Dine below ground in an underground Colonial cellar. Alligator Soul serves French-Creole cuisine in an unpretentious setting.

On the menu is a wedge salad with candied alligator, shrimp and grits, beef and bison. If you are feeling adventurous, ostrich, kangaroo, elk, and antelope sometimes makes it on the menu.

b. Matthew’s Eatery

Price: $$ – $$$
Location: 325 E Bay Street
Website: bmatthewseatery.com
Reservation: Recommended

b. Matthew’s eatery serves southern-style cuisine. The food is very good (I loved the shrimp and grits and the low country bowl is very good) and the cocktails have a creative, southern twist.

Shrimp and Grits | Best Restaurants in Savannah

Shrimp and Grits at b. Matthew’s Eatery | Best Restaurants in Savannah

Cotton & Rye

Price: $$ – $$$
Location: 1801 Habersham Street
Website: cottonandrye.com
Reservation: Highly recommended (at least 2 weeks in advance)

Cotton & Rye serves traditional southern-style cuisine in an upscale setting. The fried chicken thighs and shrimp and grits get rave reviews, as do the cocktails. We haven’t eaten here yet (it’s tough to get a reservation) but you’ll see us here on our next visit to Savannah.

PRO TRAVEL TIP: Restaurants in Savannah may not be open 7 days a week. Before you go, get the hours of your favorite restaurants…the links are provided throughout this guide.

Repeal 33

Price: $$ – $$$
Location: 125 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Website: repeal33savannah.com
Reservations: Recommended

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Savannah. It’s a lesser-known spot and hidden gem in town.

This prohibition-style bar and restaurant serves some of the best cocktails and food that we had in Savannah. We love the atmosphere and décor of this place.

Start off with the potato gnocchi, crispy brussel sprouts, and tarte flambee. For a main entrée, dine on the seared jumbo scallops. We had the grouper, which was the catch of the day, and it was phenomenal. And for a unique drink, go for the Bon Appetit, with bone marrow infused Elijah Craig bourbon.

You’ll definitely see us here again on a return visit to Savannah.

Repeal 33 Savannah | Best Restaurants in Savannah

Repeal 33 | Best Restaurants in Savannah

 

Repeal 33 Scallops

Scallops at Repeal 33 | Best Restaurants in Savannah

Fox & Fig Café

Price: $$ – $$$
Location: 321 Habersham Street
Website: foxandfigcafe.com
Reservation: Reservations not accepted

Fox & Fig Café is the premier vegan restaurant in Savannah. They serve brunch style foods all day. If you are just passing through, grab a cup of coffee at the Espresso Bar or pick out a pastry from their pastry case.

The Pirates’ House

Price: $$ – $$$
Location: 20 E Broad Street
Website: thepirateshouse.com
Reservation: Recommended but not necessary if you don’t mind a short wait for dinner

We ate here since it shows up on a lot of Savannah to-do lists and best restaurants in Savannah lists. And we weren’t fans of this one. But, I couldn’t leave it off the list since I wanted to share our experience.

The best thing about The Pirates’ House is the building. Located within the restaurant is the Herb House, the oldest building in Georgia.

Herb House Savannah

This restaurant is touristy and lacks any real charm. While we were here, a trolley tour offloaded a huge group of people to have dinner at the restaurant.

The food is decent and the service is good, so you will still get a good meal here, but with so many other restaurants to choose from in Savannah, I’d put The Pirates’ House at the bottom of the list.

Fried Chicken

Fried chicken with a honey pecan sauce at The Pirates’ House | Best Restaurants in Savannah

The Gryphon Tea Room

Price: $$ – $$$
Location: 337 Bull Street
Website: scadgryphon.com
Reservation: Recommended

The Gryphon Tea Room is the premier dining destination of SCAD, the Savannah College of Art and Design. This restaurant is located across the street from SCADStory and Madison Square. We had lunch here but we should have had afternoon tea (the little cakes and biscuits looked amazing!). This is a great restaurant to put on your list if you are touring SCAD or will be in the area as you stroll through Savannah.

Gryphon Tea Room | Best Restaurants in Savannah

Gryphon Tea Room | Best Restaurants in Savannah

PRO TRAVEL TIP: If a restaurant accepts reservations, we recommend making your reservation at least a week in advance (2 to 3 weeks is even better). At some places, the restaurants can be reserved several weeks in advance, particularly during peak travel season.

Joe’s At the Jepson

Price: $$ – $$$
Location: The Jepson Center for the Arts
Website: joesatthejepson.com
Reservation: Not required but recommended

This café is located in the Jepson Center for the Arts. It’s a great spot to have lunch while touring the museum and other nearby sights in Savannah. A museum café is not a place one might think you’d get a great meal, but Joe’s at the Jepson is the #1 restaurant in Savannah at the time that I am writing this. Soups and sandwiches are what are on the menu.

Joe at the Jepsons | Best Restaurants in Savannah

Joe’s at the Jepson | Best Restaurants in Savannah

Goose Feathers an Express Café & Bakery

Price: $
Location: 39 Barnard Street
Website: goosefeatherscafe.com
Reservation: Not necessary

Goose Feathers serves breakfast and lunch. The food is delicious, the service is fast, and the prices are reasonable. Take your pick from traditional breakfast and brunch foods as well as homemade quiche, bread pudding, and specialty salads. Dine in the restaurant or get your food to-go.

We had breakfast here our first morning in Savannah and recommend the organic yogurt with honey and fruit.

Baobab Lounge

Price: $$$
Location: Plant Riverside
Website: plantriverside.com
Reservation: Not necessary

The Baobab Lounge is another hidden gem in Savannah. This is one of our favorite spots for drinks and small plates of food.

Tucked away in the Riverside Plant, this small restaurant/bar is decorated with African art and décor. The appetizers are very unique (biltong, spiced peanut chicken skewers, and Harissa steak flatbread) as are the cocktails.

Since this is located in the Plant Riverside district, it can be pricey, but it’s one of the most unique spots to have a drink in Savannah and we can usually easily get a table (we frequently have a drink or a snack here).

Baobab Lounge

Baobab Lounge | Best Restaurants in Savannah

Lulu’s Chocolate Bar

Price: $$
Location: 42 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Website: luluschocolatebar.com
Reservation: Not necessary

If you need to satisfy your sweet tooth, this is the place to go (although you won’t go wrong at Leopold’s either). Chocolate tarts, cakes, pies, specialty cocktails…everything we had was wonderful.

Lulus Chocolate

Lulu’s Chocolate Bar | Best Restaurants in Savannah

Leopold’s Ice Cream

Price: $
Location: 212 E Broughton Street
Website: leopoldsicecream.com
Reservation: Not necessary

A visit to Leopold’s Ice Cream shop is a must-do in Savannah. They have been making their ice cream from scratch since 1919 and it is delicious! The ice cream sandwiches are very good and we are fans of the rum raisin and the Savannah Socialite flavors.

Leopolds

Leopold’s ice cream | Best Restaurants in Savannah

A Rooftop Bar

Price: $$ – $$$
Location: Throughout Savannah
Reservation: Not necessary

For drinks and a light meal with a view, you have a lot of great options in Savannah.

Our favorite is Myrtle and Rose, which is in the Plant Riverside district. The drinks and small plates combined with the beautiful décor makes this our go-to rooftop bar while in Savannah.

Myrtle and Rose Menu

Myrtle and Rose

Myrtle and Rose

Nearby, the Electric Moon Skytop Lounge also serves great food and drinks. There’s even a sliding board (great for adults once they had a drink or two) and a kids play area. This is one of the few rooftop bars that will allow those under 21 to enter. The small tacos are one of the best things we ate in Savannah.

Other rooftop bars include Bar Julian, The Lost Square, Rocks on the Roof, and the Peregrin at Perry Lane.

Bar Julian View

The view from Bar Julian

Our Recommendations

Even with the long list of restaurants in Savannah, 20 is a lot to choose from. Below are our 8 favorites and why we chose them.

The Olde Pink House. This historic house serves some of the best food that we had in Savannah. Make it even more memorable by making a reservation for the JP Room or the Vault in Planter’s Tavern.

The Collins Quarter. The Collins Quarter is one of our favorite restaurants in Savannah. The food and drinks are some of the best and if you are late trying to get a reservation, this restaurant does not fill up far in advance like some other places in Savannah.

A rooftop bar. Drinks and small plates with a view is an essential experience to have in Savannah. Our favorites are Myrtle and Rose and Electric Moon Skytop Lounge.

The Grey. This restaurant is not only one of the best restaurants in Savannah, it’s also well known throughout Georgia.

Repeal 33. Repeal 33 is our new favorite restaurant in Savannah. This hidden gem doesn’t come up on many lists, but the food and the setting are fantastic.

The Baobab Lounge. This is another hidden gem in Savannah. Go here for a pre-dinner drink and a snack.

Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room. Make some new friends as you dine family-style in this Savannah restaurant.

Leopold’s Ice Cream. There’s always room for ice cream and this is the spot in Savannah to get it.

Best Restaurants in Savannah: On a Map

How to Use This Map: Click the icons on the map to get more information about each restaurant. Click the star next to the title of the map to add this map to your Google Maps account. To view it on your phone or computer, open Google Maps, click the menu button, go to “Your Places,” click Maps, and you will see this map on your list.


If you have any questions about the best restaurants in Savannah, or if you want to share your favorites, let us know in the comment section below.

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