If you could associate an image with the word “charming,” it would be Savannah, Georgia. A true southern belle of a town, Savannah is a famous tourist attraction for families, romantic getaways, and history buffs alike.
Savannah’s picturesque coastal, historical, and urban surroundings are breathtaking to behold.
The city’s historic districts preserve their antebellum charm, with horse-drawn carriages strolling down cobblestone streets, colorful plantation-style homes, and 18th-century buildings.
Savannah’s charm extends to its outstanding restaurant scene with an eclectic selection of wonderful bistros, family-friendly grills, and hip restaurant-bar concepts.
Best Restaurants in Savannah
- Mrs. Wilke’s Dining Room
- The Olde Pink House
- Leopold’s Ice Cream
- Cotton & Rye
- The Grey
- Crystal Beer Parlor
- The Vault Kitchen & Market
- Husk Savannah
- Fox & Fig Cafe
- Elizabeth On Thirty Seventh
- Alligator Soul Restaurant
- Vinnie Van GoGo’s
- Vic’s On the River
- Clary’s Cafe
- Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant
- Wiley’s Championship BBQ
- Flock to the Wok
- 700 Drayton Restaurant
- Chive Sea Bar and Lounge
- Treylor Park
- The Ordinary Pub
During my most recent trip, I scoped out the best restaurants in Savannah to enjoy excellent meals in friendly and creative atmospheres.
Wilke’s Dining Room
107 W Jones St, Savannah, GA 31401
In true Southern fashion, I’m starting out with a Southern comfort restaurant inside a beautifully preserved 1870’s boarding home in downtown Savannah’s South Historic District.
In 1943, owner Sema Wilkes converted the downstairs into a family-style dining room that we now know as Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room. Mrs. Wilke’s Dining Room is one of Savannah’s most popular restaurants and tourist attractions.
Customers line up to get a seat at one of Mrs. Wilke’s giant dining room tables, where couples, families, and singles must share a table to enjoy some of the best Southern food they’ll ever taste served family-style in big glass bowls.
Fried chicken, meatloaf, black-eyed peas, macaroni and cheese, candied yams, collard greens, pickled beets, and so much more are on the pre-fixed dining room menu.
The Olde Pink House
23 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401
Located between Johnson Square and Reynolds Square in Savannah’s North Historic District, The Olde Pink House is an antebellum home, built in the 1700s and played a key role in America’s independence from England.
Today, guests can enjoy a fine-dining Southern meal while learning about The Olde Pink House’s history, replete with a harrowing ghost story.
The Olde Pink House’s menu consists of new and refined twists on Southern comfort food favorites like cornbread fried oysters and Cheerwine barbeque pulled pork sliders with butter pickles.
Entrees range from fine cuts of steak, seafood, and pork, to some of the best fried chicken I’ve ever tasted.
Leopold’s Ice Cream
212 E Broughton St, Savannah, GA 31401
Leopold’s Ice Cream is Savannah’s-and perhaps the U.S.’s- oldest ice cream shop, opening its doors in Savannah’s North Historic District in 1919.
The house-made ice cream still uses the same century-old recipe that the original owner Peter Leopold passed down to his son, famed Savannah native and Hollywood producer Stratton Leopold, who’s the current owner.
Along with mouthwatering ice cream, Leopold’s also sells fresh-baked bread, pastries, sandwiches, soups, and salads. Still, you must sample one of Leopold’s many ice cream creations.
I loved the classic Banana Split with vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate ice cream, strawberry and pineapple toppings, chocolate syrup, pecans, whipped cream, and a cherry on top!
Cotton & Rye
1801 Habersham St, Savannah, GA 31401
Located in the heart of Thomas Square, Cotton and Rye is a beautiful cocktail bar and high-end new American restaurant owned by Savannah-native Zach Shultz with married couple Caleb Ayers and Peanut Ayers as Executive Chef and Pastry Chef, respectively.
Cotton & Rye’s unique and creative dishes use the freshest ingredients and make all bread, sausage, and pate from scratch.
Since they make and cure their sausage in-house, I highly recommend trying their charcuterie board, with a rotating selection of house-made meats.
For the main dish, their Pork Osso Buco braised pork shank with cheese grits, parmesan, kale, and stewed tomatoes is superb.
109 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah, GA 31401
Named for the 1938 art deco-style Greyhound Bus Terminal in which it’s located, The Grey is a trendy, upscale new American restaurant in downtown Savannah. Chef Trevor Elliot sources produce, meat, and seafood from local farms and vendors to create complex contemporary takes on soul food.
Dinner, cocktails, and weekend brunch are all excellent at The Grey, crafting dishes and cocktails from the state and region’s seasonal bounty.
I loved the English pea falafel with tomato, baba ghanoush, and summer squash to start. I continued with the Mediterranean them on my entrée of grilled quail with tahini, scuppernong, and basil.
Crystal Beer Parlor
301 W Jones St, Savannah, GA 31401
Located in an old brick building in Savannah’s Historic District South, Crystal Beer Parlor is a Savannah institution and one of the first establishments to serve beer when Prohibition ended in the 30s.
The Parlor used to be a family-owned grocery store when William Blocko and Connie Manning bought it and converted it to a burger and beer joint in 1933. It’s still a Savannah favorite for brews, burgers, and whiskey today.
The extensive menu at Crystal Beer Parlor features southern twists on classic bar fare along with a vast list of sandwiches, burgers, soups, salads, and even a kid’s menu.
I loved the Pimento Pig sandwich with smoked pulled pork, pimento cheese, tomato, and chopped pickles on sourdough bread that’s buttered and grilled. They also make some of the best battered and fried onion rings you’ll ever taste.
The Vault Kitchen & Market
2112 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401
The Vault Kitchen & Market is a newly established American bar and grill that opened inside a renovated yet preserved old bank building in The Starland District, a quick walk from the famous Forsyth Park.
The industrial-chic design of the restaurant’s interior stays true to the building’s history and makes for a trendy, old-school atmosphere to enjoy cocktails and a meal.
The Vault has a main dinner menu, along with a taco and sushi menu that fuse Mexican and Asian flavors creatively and innovatively.
For instance, the tacos feature Spicy Korean BBQ and FICO Fish and Kimchi fillings. They also have a wonderful selection of specialty rolls, sashimi, and nigiri.
12 W Oglethorpe Ave, Savannah, GA 31401
Located in Savannah’s Historic District North, Husk Savannah is Executive Chef and Savanna native Chris Hathcock’s vision of ingredient-driven southern food.
Located inside a historic antebellum home with a beautifully designed modern dining room and bar, Husk offers a constantly changing menu inspired by Georgia’s home-grown and caught bounty.
Chef Hathcock uses southern ingredients to create innovative dishes that fuse the deep south with other world cuisines.
I loved the chicken liver pate with persimmon, blinis, corn crackers, and mustard. I recommend the beef, sunflower risotto, and sunchokes for the main course.
Fox & Fig Cafe
321 Habersham St, Savannah, GA 31401
If you’re a veggie-lover looking for a break from meat-heavy southern cuisine, Fox & Fig Café is Savannah’s first vegan café, serving artisanal coffee, craft beer, natural wine, and a brunch-inspired, fully plant-based menu.
Located in Downtown Savannah, Fox & Fig has one of the best espresso bars in town, serving freshly baked vegan pastries like cinnamon rolls and brownies for morning coffees to go or to savor in their lovely outdoor patio.
The menu at Fox & Fig is an all-day brunch menu with healthy, plant-based versions of classic dishes like French toast and nachos.
I loved their Proper Breakfast plate, with fingerling potato, summer squash, bell pepper, microgreens, grilled asparagus, and scallion smothered in cashew hollandaise and dusted with smoked paprika.
Elizabeth On Thirty Seventh
105 E 37th St, Savannah, GA 31401
Located inside a stunning Victorian mansion with perfectly manicured grounds in Thomas Square, Elizabeth on Thirty-Seventh is one of Savannah’s most romantic fine-dining restaurants, serving sophisticated southern coastal cuisine since 1981.
Owners and brothers Greg and Gary Butch create a superb wine program while Executive Chefs Kelly Yambor and Jeremy Diehl serve modern takes on classic Southern dishes.
Elizabeth offers a chef-tasting menu with wine pairings along with a small yet excellent a la carte menu. I loved the spicy Savannah red rice with Georgia shrimp, Half Moon River clams, sausage, grouper, and okra.
Alligator Soul Restaurant
114 Barnard St, Savannah, GA 31401
Alligator Soul Restaurant is a fine-dining Southern soul food restaurant and cocktail bar in downtown Savannah, offering a farm and boat-to-table seasonal menu from award-winning chefs Hilary and Maureen Craig.
The innovative menu and romantic, contemporary atmosphere have won Alligator Soul Restaurant’s Best of Savannah award.
True to its name, you can find many variations of alligator dishes like alligator tempura, alligator chorizo mac and cheese, and alligator wedge salad.
In addition to alligator, the menu also features fresh selections of local catches, wild game, and red meat.
I loved their incredibly rich gumbo with Georgia shrimp, littleneck clams, mussels, crawfish, andouille sausage, okra, cajun rue, and gold rice.
Vinnie Van GoGo’s
317 W Bryan St, Savannah, GA 31401
Vinnie Van GoGo’s is a family-friendly, casual Yamacraw Village neighborhood pizzeria specializing in New York-style pies.
They make their dough every night for the freshest, bubbliest thin-crust pizza in town, and they deliver pizzas on bicycle, which is a small-town and environmentally friendly tidbit I am happy to support.
Pizzas have a crunchy underside and a Neapolitan-style bubbly char at Vinnie’s. You can choose between a red, pesto, or white pie with the toppings of your choice. They also sell giant New York-size pizza slices for a quick lunch on the go.
Vic’s On the River
26 E Bay St, Savannah, GA 31401
As the name implies, Vic’s On the River is located in a beautiful building right off the picturesque Savannah River in Historic District North with a wonderful oak tree-covered outdoor patio. Vic’s is a restaurant and bar on the riverside and a coffee house, cocktail and espresso bar, streetside.
Their upscale dinner menu features classic Southern dishes with refined, modern ingredients and flavor profiles. I loved their take on fried green tomatoes, which they served with goat cheese, tomato chutney, and balsamic glaze.
Their southern BBQ meatloaf with tempura onion rings, haricots verts, and mashed potatoes was perfectly comforting and decadent.
404 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401
Located a block from Calhoun Square in Savannah’s Historic District South, Clary’s Café is a breakfast and lunch diner, serving hearty, no-frills American breakfasts, sandwiches, barbeque, and desserts in a cozy and always packed dive-like dining hall. They serve all the American diner favorites, and their outdoor patio is dog-friendly
In true diner fashion, breakfast is served all day, but I had to try their Reuben sandwich with thinly sliced corned beef, swiss cheese, thousand island dressing, and sauerkraut grilled on caraway rye bread with crinkle-cut fries and a pickle. It was so authentic that I thought I’d been transported to the Northeast.
Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant
402 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah, GA 31401
Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant has been serving affordable and authentic Cuban, Spanish, and Caribbean dishes to downtown Savannah for over 20 years.
The festive, vibrant Latin atmosphere is a great place to enjoy a tropical cocktail while enjoying live jazz music with family and friends.
They make all the Cuban favorites, from Cuban sandwiches to empanadas to Cuban pork tamales. They make a mean mojito, plus they have multiple different frozen daiquiri flavors that can be virgin for the kids. I recommend the Cuban Sampler with plantain chips and mojo sauce, beef empanadas, croquetas, and stuffed potatoes.
Wiley’s Championship BBQ
4700 Highway 80 East, Savannah, GA 31410
Located in the Whitemarsh Island area, Wiley’s Championship BBQ is an award-winning barbeque joint from Barbecue champion Wiley McCrary who owned and operated a successful Atlanta barbeque business for decades before moving to Savannah.
Chef Wiley created a catering business that soon became a popular brick-and-mortar restaurant serving Savannah and Georgia’s best barbeque.
Whether you want ribs, pulled pork, or succulent brisket, Wiley’s makes the best of every meat, smoked to perfection and smothered in their signature sauce.
I recommend a sampler plate with brisket, pork, and St. Louis-style ribs with dutch crust sweet potato casserole and Wiley’s award-winning beans.
Flock to the Wok
37 Whitaker St, Savannah, GA 31401
True to its silly play-on-words name, this trendy and delicious Pan Asian restaurant and bar in downtown Savannah attracts a large crowd on a nightly basis.
With a wide selection of Asian favorites like dumplings, fried rice, and numerous stir-fries, Flock to the Wok has won plenty of accolades from Savannah’s press, including a vote for Savannah’s best restaurant.
Whether you’re looking for noodles, dumplings, rice, seafood, or spring rolls, Flock to the Wok has an authentic variation from different Asian countries.
They have Japanese Gyoza, and Chinese Shumai steamed dumplings. My favorite dish was the whole crispy flounder with sweet and sour sauce.
700 Drayton Restaurant
700 Drayton St, Savannah, GA 31401
Located in a stunning historic building in front of the beautiful Forsyth Park, 700 Drayton Restaurant is Savannah’s premier fine-dining Southern restaurant and wine bar.
The classy, elegant, and historic dining space features multiple rooms with crystal chandeliers, preserved wood floors and walls, and giant bay windows with spectacular views of Forsyth Park.
They serve breakfast, dinner, and weekend brunch at 700 Drayton, using locally sourced, fresh ingredients to create scratch-made multi-course meals.
Their house bread with sorghum butter and pecan muhammara dip were divine. I recommend the confit duck leg with Tomme waffle, fermented maple-mustard, and grilled stone fruit for the main entrée.
Chive Sea Bar and Lounge
4 W Broughton St, Savannah, GA 31401
Chive Sea Bar and Lounge is fine-dining seafood and steak house in downtown Savannah next to Johnson Square with a 1920s vibe, featuring vintage décor, cocktails, and the finest seafood and cuts of steak in town.
Chive is a great place to celebrate a special occasion with an award-winning meal in a bustling period-piece setting.
Chive’s craft cocktails are incredibly delicious, featuring house-made infusions and top-shelf spirits. While their menu features prime steaks, seafood is Chive’s forte. My favorite dish is the pan-seared Chilean sea bass over orzo pasta with red curry sauce.
115 E Bay St, Savannah, GA 31401
Located a block from the Savannah River in Historic District North, Treylor Park is a hip cocktail and beer bar serving locally sourced, high-quality food in a fun and creative space.
They offer unique fusion cuisine that combines flavors from around the world into innovative contemporary comfort food.
Along with a great cocktail selection, Treylor Park has 20 beers on tap from local and national breweries along with imported bottles.
The menu at Treylor Park has a variety of classic comfort foods like grilled cheese, patty melts, chicken biscuits, and fish and chips.
My favorite was their Treylor Park Pot Pie with peas, carrots, corn, celery, onions, potatoes, cheddar cheese, chicken, and creamy herb sauce wrapped in a flour tortilla then deep-fried to a perfect crisp and topped with fresh pico de gallo.
The Ordinary Pub
217 1/2 W Broughton St, Savannah, GA 31401
Located in the old Sears and Roebuck building in downtown Savannah’s Historic District North, The Ordinary Pub is a veritable southern speakeasy that you have to actively search for if going for the first time.
The Ordinary Pub is anything but ordinary, located in an old basement with exposed brick walls, Edison light bulbs, and antique stained glass.
It is one of Savannah’s most treasured gastropubs, serving classic bar food with a refined, new American upgrade.
Whether you want a chill happy hour, upscale dinner, or boozy brunch, The Ordinary Pub is the best place to experience a unique taste of Savannah.
They have the most outrageous burgers and thick-cut steak fries I’ve ever had. Try the ordinary burger with woven bacon, house cheese sauce, tomato jam, and fresh arugula with a side of fries. That said, their entrée menu features some of the most decadent and delicious dishes you’ll see.
Savannah restaurants offer the very best of both traditional and innovative cuisine in historical and charming atmospheres that represent the spirit of this Southern gem of a city.
Whether you want fine dining in an 18th century antebellum home or contemporary bar food in a hidden speakeasy, you’ll find the best restaurants in Savannah on my diverse list of bistros, pubs, BBQ joints, pizzerias, and more.
If you’re looking for other things to do in Savannah, check out our ranking of the best brunch spots, right here!
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