10 Best Restaurants in the Historic District: Fancy, Flavorful and Flawless

Savannah’s Historic District is teeming with restaurants, most of which enjoy very good reputations. Many of the best are high-end eateries where the service and ambiance are only matched by the outstanding cuisine. One of the best is the Olde Pink House, a Downtown Savannah staple that’s housed in a restored 18th-century mansion. The restaurant's Southern-inspired cuisine is superb and the historic setting is lovely.

Other great high-end choices in the Historic District include a.lure, Noble Fare, 45 Bistro and Circa 1875 Gastropub, a French restaurant with great food, a cozy atmosphere and a stellar wine menu.

If you’ve come to Savannah hoping to have some authentic Southern home cooking, then be sure to grab a spot in line at Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room, a family-style eatery that specializes in fried chicken, beef stew and all the trimmings. Mrs. Wilkes is only open for lunch Monday-Friday, so plan accordingly.

For those who want to take their lunch to go, there’s no better place in the Historic District than Zunzi’s, an eclectic take-out joint with incredible sandwiches. You’ll probably be tempted to try the restaurant’s Conquistador sandwich–a baked chicken breast on French bread with Zunzi’s special sauce–which was named the third best sandwich in America by the Travel Channel’s Adam Richman, but don’t pass up the other sandwiches and entrees. There are a plethora of other great casual choices in the Historic District, including the Crystal Beer Parlor, Fire Street Food and Middle Eastern Cuisine.

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This small eatery, located across from the Chatham County Courthouse on Montgomery Street, is a hidden gem. Owner and chef Ali goes out of his way to make diners feel at home. But it's his food that really shines, from the garlicy and delicious...  Read More

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This longtime Savannah favorite first opened its doors in 1933 and holds the distinction of being the city's second oldest restaurant. The original Crystal Beer Parlor was one of Savannah's most popular restaurants and was the first American...  Read More

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From the masterminds who brought Savannah The King & I, Tangerine Fusion and Sushi Bar and Ele Fine Fusion comes Fire Street Food, a Historic District eatery that prides itself on being fresh, fast and affordable. The restaurant's influences...  Read More

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This popular takeout restaurant boasts an eclectic menu thanks to the Swiss, Italian, South African and Dutch heritage of proprietors Johnny and Gabriella DeBeer. The couple has created a delicious and reasonably priced menu that blends flavors...  Read More

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You don't have to compromise atmosphere just because you're craving shrimp and grits. A.lure, an eatery near City Market in the Historic District, offers the best of both worlds: outstanding cuisine that puts an interesting spin on Low Country...  Read More

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Fresh, flavorful, innovative and beautifully presented – seafood simply doesn't get any better than Noble Fare's near-perfect plates. Amidst an intimate, chandelier-lit setting, diners delight in selections from an ever-changing menu that...  Read More

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With a prime location on Broughton Street, 45 Bistro seems like an obvious choice for fine dining in Savannah. But the elegant restaurant that inhabits the space on the ground level of the Marshall House Hotel often takes a back seat to old...  Read More

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For the best French cuisine in Savannah, head to this cozy Parisian bistro and adjoining gastropub on Whitaker Street. The gastropub is located on the site of a former Irish pub and has retained much of the original atmosphere, including tiled...  Read More

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Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room


When President Obama visited Savannah during his first term, he ate at only one restaurant: Mrs. Wilkes' Dining House. It's no wonder that the Commander in Chief chose this Jones Street staple, which has been serving family-style meals for...  Read More

Olde Pink House


Legend has it that several ghosts haunt the 18th-century Georgian mansion that is home to the Olde Pink House. While it may be tempting to be on the lookout for those rumored spirits, diners will undoubtedly be distracted by the excellent food...  Read More


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