Savannah Restaurants

Southern cuisine is rich in tradition, but the dining scene in Savannah is more than just fried chicken and barbecue. Many of the city's restaurants have been exploring locally sourced ingredients as a way to tweak their usual homespun offerings, a change that is now attracting chefs and foodies alike.Although the farm-to-table
Southern cuisine is rich in tradition, but the dining scene in Savannah is more than just fried chicken and barbecue. Many of the city's restaurants have been exploring locally sourced ingredients as a way to tweak their usual homespun offerings, a change that is now at
Southern cuisine is rich in tradition, but the dining scene in Savannah is more than just fried chicken and barbecue. Ma

Southern cuisine is rich in tradition, but the dining scene in Savannah is more than just fried chicken and barbecue. Many of the city's restaurants have been exploring locally sourced ingredients as a way to tweak their usual homespun offerings, a change that is now attracting chefs and foodies alike.

Although the farm-to-table trend was first spotted at upscale spots like Elizabeth on 37th and Local 11ten, more neighborhood restaurants are now getting in on the action. Places like the Green Truck Pub utilize locally raised, grass-fed beef for their burgers, and after-dinner options now even include locally roasted coffee.

The arrival of some new kids on the block doesn't mean the old standbys have ridden off into the sunset just yet. For traditional, exquisitely prepared menus, be sure to visit the Olde Pink House, which has been pleasing local palates for decades. Or follow the crowds to the ever-popular Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room (which even President Obama once visited), where you’ll find all the fried chicken, collard greens, and mac ’n' cheese you can handle.

That's just a few ideas to get you started. While exploring Savannah, you're sure to find any number of other exciting options as well, whether you're craving noodle bowls or a simple sandwich.

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  • 1. Green Truck Neighborhood Pub

    $ | Thomas Square | Burger

    Serving one of the best burgers in the state, this casual haunt draws diners from far and wide for its grass-fed beef; vegetarians find satisfaction...Read More

  • 2. Huc-A-Poos Bites and Booze

    $$ | American

    Drink and eat like the locals do at this charming, laid-back spot. With walls covered in vintage signs, records, and various trash and treasure...Read More

  • 3. Little Duck Diner

    $$ | Historic District | American

    This enchanting family-friendly diner perched on the corner of bustling Ellis Square offers an array of comfy bites all day long. With a full...Read More

  • 4. Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room

    $$$$ | Historic District | American

    Folks line up to enjoy Mrs. Wilkes's fine Southern fare, which has been served family-style at big tables for decades. Her granddaughter and...Read More

  • 5. B&D Burgers

    $ | Historic District | Burger

    Locally owned and operated B&D Burgers is a great bet for a quick, low-key bite to eat with offerings like—tempura-style chicken fingers...Read More

  • 6. Betty Bombers

    $$ | American

    Located inside the American Legion Post 135 on Forsyth Park, this throwback mess hall is a hit with the locals. World War II–theme decor lines...Read More

  • 7. Bubba Gumbo's

    $$ | Seafood

    Watch boats pass and the sun set over Lazaretto Creek while enjoying fried oysters, steamed shrimp, hush puppies, and Lowcountry boil. A laid...Read More

  • 8. Crystal Beer Parlor

    $$ | Historic District | American

    This former speakeasy has been serving hungry locals since 1933, and the back dining rooms are covered in historic newspaper clippings and local...Read More

  • 9. Desposito's

    $ | Whitemarsh Island | Seafood

    This place is about as low key as it gets, as evidenced by the neon beer signs on the walls and the day-old newspapers doubling as tablecloths...Read More

  • 10. Fire Street Food

    $ | Historic District | Asian

    Restauranteurs Ele and Sean Tran brought Asian-style street food to Savannah with their menu that boasts everything from sushi rolls to noodle...Read More

  • 11. Huey's Southern Café

    $$ | American

    As Southern food goes, Huey's is decidedly more New Orleans than Coastal Georgia, but it's not too far from home, as you'll discover with one...Read More

  • 12. North Beach Bar and Grill

    $$ | Seafood

    Between the historic Tybee Island Lighthouse and North Beach lies one of the island's most colorful, Caribbean-inspired eateries. The menus...Read More

  • 13. Pirates' House

    $$$ | Historic District | American

    A Savannah landmark, this 1753 house is steeped in history, including scary tales of trap doors and secret passages leading down to the waterfront...Read More

  • 14. The Crab Shack

    $$ | Seafood

    Where the elite eat in their bare feet" is the motto of this laid-back eatery tucked away on a side street just over the bridge to Tybee Island...Read More

  • 15. Vinnie Van Go-Go's

    $ | City Market | Pizza

    With a secret dough recipe and a homemade sauce, Vinnie's is critically acclaimed by pizza and calzone enthusiasts from around the Southeast...Read More

  • 16. Blue Turtle Bistro

    $$ | Southside | American

    Brought to you by the owners of those other great Savannah eateries B. Matthew's and Blowin' Smoke BBQ, Blue Turtle Bistro is a step in the...Read More

  • 17. Johnny Harris

    $$ | Eastside | American

    It opened in 1924 as a small roadside stand across from Grayson Stadium, and since then Johnny Harris has grown into one of the city's most...Read More

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