- Alise Talley
10 Restaurants You Need to Checkout in Savannah, GA
Updated: Feb 18, 2022
Other than being one of the oldest cities in the United States, Savannah has put itself on the map by combining the rich flavor of Southern cooking with the exotic taste of seafood.
No visit to Savannah is complete without visiting some of the city's best restaurants and eateries.
1. Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room
Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room was already a Savannah classic, but it’s legacy was cemented after President Obama dined here a few years ago. And you can’t blame him. With the restaurant offering the best of Southern cooking, just reading the menu options will have your mouth watering.
Don’t let its prestige fool you. Mrs. Wilkes’ has held onto its family-style seating and casual charm. Here, you and the family can chow down on fried chicken, buttered beans, collard greens, and other delicious Southern classics.
Be prepared for a bit of a wait, though. Seating typically goes fast, but when you leave feeling full, it’ll be worth it.
2. Olde Pink House
If you’re looking for a place that combines Savannah's history with a great dining experience, Olde Pink House is the place to go. Built-in the 1800s, this mansion is rumored to be the home of several ghosts. See if you can spot one while enjoying upscale Southern cuisine.
While you're there, consider trying their BLT salad, a twist on the BLT sandwich, which was featured on the Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate”.
3. 45 Bistro
Found in the Marshall House Hotel on Broughton Street, 45 Bistro is known for its show-stopping dish presentation and flavorful foods. At the Bistro, you can expect quality service and an elegant dining experience to leave you wanting to come back the next time you’re in town.
4. The Grey
Typically, dining in at a bus station is probably not the most ideal, but The Grey isn't your average bus station. The restaurant is not only renowned for it's unique and delicious culinary, it's also renowned for it's one-of-a-kind atmosphere.
The restaurant is a restored 1938 art deco Greyhound Bus Terminal. The owners, John O. Morisano and Mashama Bailey, painstakingly restored to its original beauty.
"The Grey offers a food, wine and service experience that is simultaneously familiar and elevated. Bringing her personal take on Port City Southern food to a city of her youth allows Mashama to tap into all of her experiences to create dishes that are deep, layered, and soulful in their flavors."
If you're only visiting Savannah, you won't want to miss this iconic spot with it's delicious food.
5. Driftaway Cafe
Nothing brings together the delight of the seafood and scenery of Savannah like the Driftaway Cafe. If you’re in the city during nice weather, you can dine outside next to a stream and a beautiful, green backdrop.
As for the food, you can enjoy some of their unique dishes, like the spicy tuna tacos and scallions with a cucumber wasabi cream sauce.
6. Circa 1875 Gastropub
Part French restaurant, part pub, Circa has all you need for a night out on the town. This Whitaker Street gastropub offers exotic French cuisine, including classics like escargot, mussels, and pâté.
In the adjoining bar, you’ll see the remains from its founding as an Irish pub in the decor and atmosphere. If you want a more intimate setting, the downstairs wine cellar is perfect for a romantic dinner with your loved one.
7. Crystal Beer Parlor
Known as being the second oldest restaurant in Savannah, the Crystal Beer Parlor has its fair share of history (like most places in the city).
Since its founding in 1933, the Parlor has been a popular attraction. This may have had something to do with the fact that they were the first restaurant in the country to offer alcohol after the Prohibition was overturned.
But, many would like to say it was their food that grew their popularity. Their signature item, the Classic Crystal Burger, is sure to leave your mouth watering and your stomach full.
If you're on the go or want to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air, Zunzi's is a great spot. It's affordable, fast, delicious, and there are many unique items to choose from their menu.
"Zunzi’s is a mixture of international cuisine that comes from Johnny and Gabriella’s very different cultural backgrounds. A combination of Swiss, Italian, South African and Dutch, Zunzi’s brings together flavors that are unique and delicious as well as always being fresh."
You can't go wrong with their well-known sandwich, The Conquistador. Just beware, you'll want to grab some extra napkins for that one.
9. Noble Fare
Of course, Savannah has no shortage of seafood restaurants. Another notable mention is Noble Fare. There, you can enjoy the masterful dishes of chef Patrick McNamara.
The menu changes frequently, so every time you visit, you’ll get a unique experience. Past memorable dishes are scallops with a bacon corn risotto, avocado tuna tartare, and raspberry chocolate cake topped with custard.
10. Sandfly Bar-B-Q
Finally, a local favorite is the Sandfly Bar-B-Q, located in the historic Sandfly neighborhood. If you want a more casual setting with a menu for meat-eaters, Sandfly is where to go. Get your fingers dirty with ribs and smoked sausage served with the restaurant’s homemade sauce.
If the sun is shining and it’s not too hot, get take out and enjoy the Southern atmosphere in the beautiful Wormsloe Park down the street.