10 Best Southern Restaurants: From Down-Home Basics to Nouvelle Coastal Cuisine

Any thoughts of dieting have to be cast aside when you visit Savannah, because true Southern food involves indulging in the likes of crispy fried green tomatoes, ham-hocked collard greens, deliciously smothered pork chops, fried chicken and other decadent delights. As you would expect, Savannah offers a vast selection of good Southern restaurants, from casual mom-and-pop choices with great food - as well as prices - to fine dining eateries specializing in nouvelle Low Country cuisine. If you hunger for down-home cooking in a family-style atmosphere, check out Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room, a Savannah favorite known for its fried chicken, meatloaf and delicious sides. Restaurants such as Sisters and Masada Café at the United House of Prayer for All People are popular for their basic Southern home cooking. Sweet Potatoes is where you'll find classic dishes with a definite a 21st-century twist to traditional Southern favorites. For a special occasion - and a different kind of Southern cooking experience - make a reservation at Elizabeth on 37th, an upscale eatery which delights guests with its  innovative spin on Southern classics. The Olde Pink HouseVic’s on the River and a.lure are also excellent bets for tasty comfort food. Then, of course there’s The Lady & Sons, the restaurant made famous by celebrity chef Paula Deen. Paula's restaurant, which includes a Southern-style buffet, always draws a hungry crowd.



America's well known celebrity chef Paula Deen's Savannah restaurant draws locals and visitors alike who are in search of good Southern cuisine. Popular dishes offer an array of classics such as fried chicken, Savannah crab cakes, fried green...  Read More

Holland House
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This unassuming Midtown restaurant has been serving soul food to residents and visitors to Savannah Southern for some 40 years. A daily buffet typically offers a rotation selection of meats such as crispy fried chicken, beef stew, chicken and...  Read More

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If you're in the mood for a typical Southern meal, be sure to stop at Sisters, a family-owned restaurant specializing in traditional local cuisine. You won't find anything fancy, but you will find standard choices such as fried chicken,...  Read More



Nestled in a restored cotton warehouse which once served as a hub for General Sherman's army during the Civil War, Vic's on the River offers a pleasing selection of Southern favorites. Topping the list you'll find pecan-crusted local flounder,...  Read More



Taking in a potluck meal at a church may not spring immediately to mind if you're in search of good Southern cooking, but Masada Café at the United House of Prayer is an exception. The restaurant is run by the church and features a...  Read More

Historic District


Conveniently located in Savannah's Historic District, a.Lure features a classy, upscale ambiance, combing historic and modern touches, serving classic Southern cuisine - with a playful twist. The farm-to-fork blend of Low-Country fresh seafood...  Read More



This Midtown eatery touts itself as serving "endearing food," specializing in good, old-fashioned comfort food. An array of sandwiches, salads and entrees offer plenty of choices from fried freshwater catfish to pot roast, fried shrimp dinner...  Read More

Olde Pink House


One of Savannah's most popular restaurants serves nouvelle Southern cuisine in a sophisticated 18th-century Georgian mansion, located adjacent to the historic Planter's Inn. You'll find typical dishes such as shrimp and grits, fried green...  Read More



For an elegant, Southern-inspired menu served in a 1900s mansion brimming with rich antiques, Old World trappings and marble fireplaces, be sure to visit Elizabeth on 37th, one of Savannah's noted fine dining establishments. Open since 1981 the...  Read More

Historic District
Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room


For the "real deal," Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room is "must" if you're in the mood for real Southern food. The popular lunch spot, located in a cozy house on a brick-lined street in the Historic District, has been drawing a crowd of tourists and...  Read More


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