Best Savannah Restaurants: Battered and Fried, Seasoned and Seared

Savannah may be known the world over for its rich history and Southern charm, but the city is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the East Coast’s premier dining destinations.

If you’ve come down South hoping to indulge in traditional Southern favorites like fried chicken and made-from-scratch biscuits, you’re in for a treat. Many restaurants in the city offer up Southern goodness, and the best of the pack is Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room.

But Southern food isn’t always about fried, buttered and smothered, and many restaurateurs have found innovative ways to pay homage to their Southern roots. Acclaimed eatery Elizabeth on 37th does it best, offering outstanding cuisine with an elegant Southern twist. Following closely behind is the Olde Pink House, which also seamlessly incorporates Southern flair into each of its dishes.

For those with more eclectic palates, you can never go wrong at upscale eateries 45 Bistro, Noble Fare and Circa 1875 Gastropub. Driftaway Café, located in the burgeoning Sandfly neighborhood, and Toucan Café in Midtown Savannah are two local favorites that will delight even the most discerning foodies.

You can’t leave Savannah without trying some authentic local barbecue. There are lots of good choices, including Wiley’s Championship BBQ and Angel’s BBQ, but it’s worth the drive to Sandfly to try the Brunswick stew at Sandfly Bar-B-Q.

And no trip to Savannah is complete without a meal at the Crystal Beer Parlor, the city’s second oldest restaurant. You’ll leave with a belly full of good food and a new appreciation for the city’s history.



Located in Sandfly, a historic neighborhood near Isle of Hope that has become a hotspot for restaurants and boutiques, this barbeque joint is a favorite among locals. The casual, cozy eatery features walls lined with license plates from all 50...  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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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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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



Located in the trendy Sandfly neighborhood near Isle of Hope, Driftaway Cafe serves up seafood in a cozy atmosphere that features a surprisingly lush landscape with a quaint stream. The restaurant boasts a great selection of appetizers,...  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

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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Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room


When President Obama visited Savannah a couple of years ago, 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



This romantic, award-winning restaurant is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Housed in a restored early 20th-century mansion in Savannah's Thomas Square Streetcar neighborhood, Elizabeth on 37th features a Southern-influenced menu that...  Read More


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