Restaurants


Part of the fun of visiting Savannah is discovering new restaurants, or visiting old favorites. There are well over 100 restaurants in the Savannah area. We’re happy to recommend those that we’ve eaten in and enjoyed.

Also, there is a link below to a discount site for Savannah deals that’s worth considering.


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Savannahmenu.com
** A Membership Site for Restaurants, Shopping, and Tour Discounts **

There are different membership levels – (Primary, Preferred, Premier, Platinum). Perhaps of more interest to our guests, there is also a category called “Visitor E-Pass” that is loaded to your smartphone and is intended for short visits.
** NOTE: the intention behind the E-Pass is that it be purchased and used immediately. There is a link on the purchase page to change the dates before completing your purchase ***

The participating restaurants are subject to change, but when we added this link in April 2014 many of the restaurants below were participating – along with many others. (Disclaimer: we aren’t making anything on these transactions, and leave it to our guests to investigate the details before joining)



River Street

When we first started coming to Savannah after our son enrolled at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) we typically went to River Street for dinner. It is a great part of Savannah, with active shipping and pleasure boat traffic on the Savannah River, shops, quite a few bars, and also a substantial number of restaurants.

While we enjoyed the environment, we had to admit after a year or so of occasional visits that there were a lot of “average” restaurants. One that stands out above the rest:

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Olympia Cafe (Greek)
5 East River Street (at Bull)
(912) 233-3131

 


Very Near River Street
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Vics on the River (New Southern)
26 East Bay Street (Bay and Drayton)
(912) 721-1000

 

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B Mathews Eatery
(Southern influenced Bar Food)
325 East Bay Street (Bay and Habersham)
(912) 233-1319

 


A word about four “Famous” Savannah Restaurants

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The Lady and Sons – Paula Dean – (Southern)
102 West Congress Street (Congress and Whitaker)
(912) 233-2600
*** Lunch, Dinner (Mon-Sat) Sunday: Brunch Only

 

Notes: Reservations taken only for groups of 8 or more normally. Telephone reservations taken for smaller groups on special holidays – book well in advance.

The typical procedure is to put your name on a list with the Hostess at the side entrance. Seating is on a first-come-first served basis. On weekends and at busy times of year the wait time can be long. If you decide not to wait there are other restaurants nearby.

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Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room – (Home Southern Style)
107 West Jones Street (Jones and Whitaker)
(912) 232- 5997
*** Lunch Only (Mon-Fri – 11am – 2pm)

 

Notes: Since 1943. Originally made nationally famous by Willard Scott on the Today Show, this Savannah landmark has hosted many celebrities, and President Barak Obama had lunch here on a visit to Savannah in 2010.

This is a very small neighborhood restaurant with “family style” seating. No reservations. No Credit Cards. A line forms out front for seating – sometimes as early as 10am, and during nice weather and a busy time of year the line can run around the block. Potentially long wait times – never quick walk-in access. If you decide not to wait there are few other restaurants nearby.

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Clary’s – (Coffee Shop Food)
404 Abercorn Street (Abercorn and E. Jones)
(912) 233-0402
*** Breakfast, Lunch (Daily 8am-4pm)

Notes: Made famous in “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” – known in Savannah as “The Book”. The book was later made into a movie directed by Clint Eastwood – shot around Savannah, with scenes filmed at Clary’s, where an important character eats every day. We don’t think people eat here for the memorable food.

The Olde Pink House

The Olde Pink House – (Southern Style)
23 Abercorn Street (Reynolds Square at E. Bryan)
(912) 232-4286
*** Lunch, Dinner (Tues-Sat – 11:30am – 10:30pm) Dinner Only (Sun-Mon – 5:00pm – 10:30pm)

Notes: A Savannah landmark, located in a Georgian mansion built in 1789 for James Habersham Jr., one of Savannah’s most important early cotton factors and founding-family members.

Long a “destination” for visitors to Savannah, this very popular restaurant prefers reservations (and does a good job trying to seat you at your reserved time) but will accommodate walk-in diners if they are willing to wait – 1 hr plus at busy times – longer in hopelessly busy season (spring and fall). The older version of this restaurant required “coat and tie” for men, but in recent years the dress code has relaxed considerably to attract casual diners. While this has undoubtedly been good for business, it can still be a bit disconcerting to see guys in backward baseball caps in such a classic and fancy place.


Other Restaurants we have enjoyed

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Local 1110 (American)
1110 Bull Street (between E Park and E Duffy)
*** Dinner
(912) 790-9000

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Ruan Thai Cuisine (Asian/Thai)
17 West Broughton Street (between Bull and Whitaker)
*** Lunch, Dinner
(912) 231-6667

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Sushi Zen (Japanese)
30 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd (at W. St Julian)
*** Lunch, Dinner
(912) 233-1188


Fire Street Food

Fire Street Food  (Asian/Street comfort food)
13 E Perry Street (Between Bull and Drayton)
*** Lunch, Dinner
(912) 234-7776

The Public

The Public Kitchen & Bar  (New American Bar, Burgers)
1 West Liberty Street (at Bull)
*** Lunch, Dinner
(912) 200-4045

The Grey (Upscale Southern)
109 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd (at W. Broughton – in the former Greyhound Bus Terminal)
*** Lunch, Dinner
912) 662-5999

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Crystal Beer Parlor  (American Bar Food with a Southern Slant)
301 West Jones Street (at Jefferson)
*** Lunch, Dinner
(912) 349-1000

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J. Christopher’s  (American)
122 E Liberty (between Abercorn and Drayton)
*** Breakfast, Lunch
(912) 236-7494

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Zunzi’s 1 (A combination of Swiss, Italian, South African and Dutch)
108 East York Street (at Drayton)
*** Lunch (basically Take-Out, with outdoor tables)
(912) 443-9555

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Zunzi’s 2 (A second location for this popular foodie
destination)
9 Drayton Street (at East Bay Lane)
*** Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Music – Open Late (2am)
(912) 443-5622

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Cafe Florie (Sandwich Shop, Soul)
1715 Barnard Street (at 33rd St.)
*** Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
(912) 236-3354

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Wall’s Bar-B-Que (Barbeque)
515 E York Lane (at Houston)
*** Lunch, Dinner
(912) 232-9754

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Firefly Cafe (American Comfort Food)
321 Habersham Street (at Troup Square) (50 yds west of us)
*** Lunch, Dinner, Sunday Brunch
(912) 234-1971

Liberty Street Grill

Libety Street Grill (American/Good Bar Food)
529 E. Liberty St (25 yds NE of us)
*** Lunch, Dinner
(912) 235-2907

TaCa

Ta Ca Sushi & Japanese Fusion (Asian Fusion)
513 E. Oglethorpe Ave (at Price)
*** Lunch, Dinner
(912) 232-8222

Forsyth Park Cafe

Forsyth Park Cafe (Breakfast, Sandwiches, Snacks)
621 Drayton Street (at E Hall)
*** Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, Coffee
(912) 233-7848

 


“There’s Always Pizza….”

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Mellow Mushroom (Pizza – also Sandwiches, Salads, Beer)
11 West Liberty Street (at Bull)
*** Lunch, Dinner
(912) 495-0705