10 Best Places for Outdoor Dining: Enjoy Savannah's Best Views

Savannah’s mild year-round climate makes it the ideal place to dine outdoors. Several restaurants enjoy prime locations directly on the water, including Bonna Bella Yacht Club Marina, a hidden gem tucked away in a residential neighborhood that offers tasty American- and Caribbean-influenced cuisine and panoramic views of the Country Club Creek, marsh and several neighboring islands.

It’s no surprise that several restaurants on nearby Tybee Island offer outdoor dining. Favorites include the Crab Shack–which may win the prize for the largest outdoor dining space in the area–seafood restaurant A-J’s Dockside and the North Beach Bar and Grill, which is just a stone’s throw from the ocean.

For those who prefer to stay in Savannah’s Historic District, there are several great choices, including Vinnie Van Go-Go’s, Vic’s on the River, B&D Burgers on Congress Street, Churchill’s Pub & Restaurant, Wild Wing Cafe, and Rocks on the Roof, a rooftop bar and eatery on top of River Street’s Bohemian Hotel.

The Local 11 Ten, near Forsyth Park, offers several small plate selections at Perch, its rooftop bar and lounge. Blowin’ Smoke Southern Cantina, and Leoci’s Trattoria, which are both just outside the downtown area, offer spacious patios for those who want to dine outdoors.

Sandfly, a popular neighborhood near Isle of Hope, also has several options for diners craving a little fresh air. Driftaway Café, an outstanding seafood restaurant, Italian eatery Fiore and Sandfly Bar-B-Q all have designated areas for outdoor dining.



This hip indoor/outdoor eatery, located at Habersham and 33rd streets, lives up to its name, offering cantina-style food with a Southern twist. The restaurant's menu features sliders, tacos, soups, salads, sides and appetizers, along with a nice...  Read More



This popular, locally owned burger joint, with additional locations on Broughton Street in the Historic District and Abercorn Street on the Southside, boasts an incredible outdoor patio with ample seating and a gigantic projection screen that...  Read More



This beloved open-air restaurant and bar, with a prime location on Tybee's North Beach, serves up a variety of creatively prepared, Caribbean-influenced dishes. Favorites include fish tacos, jerk chicken, sweet potato fries, crab cakes and conch...  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

Historic District


Long considered one of Savannah's best pizza restaurants, Vinnie Van Go Go's in City Market is a popular destination among both locals and tourists alike. The restaurant's thin and hearty crust Neopolitan-style pizzas can be ordered whole or by...  Read More



This popular Tybee seafood restaurant overlooking the island's Back River is a favorite among locals, who sometimes come by boat, dock and dine. A-J's offers both indoor and outdoor seating and features a good selection of seafood dishes,...  Read More



Located on the rooftop of the Bohemian Hotel, Rocks on the Roof features gorgeous views of the waterfront and the Savannah skyline. But lovely outdoor vistas aren't the only reason to visit Rocks. The bar, which has a tapas-style menu, draws a...  Read More



This Tybee seafood restaurant is one of the best places in town to enjoy mouthwatering platters of seafood while taking in scenic views of the area's waterways. A casual restaurant with ample indoor and outdoor seating, the Crab Shack is a...  Read More


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