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8 Hottest New Restaurants to Check Out in Savannah

From water-side oysters to guest-chef menus.

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More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? What are the new restaurants? What’s everyone talking about? While the Eater 18 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the “it” places of the moment. Enter the Eater Heatmap, which will change continually to highlight the spots crowds are flocking to at the moment or generating a big buzz. Folks are asking, “Have you been yet?” Try one of these newbies today.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Common Thread

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122 E 37th St
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 944-7482
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Located in a historic 1897 house, Common Thread is the sister restaurant to the popular Farm Bluffton. Executive Chef Brandon Carter takes Lowcountry fare and places it in fancy clothes. Recent favorites include gumbo z’herbs and shawarma chicken. Common Thread introduced a new guest chef series every other Monday including chefs from around the city, state, and country. Mondays just became the best day of the week.

2. Hop Atomica

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535 E 39th St
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 335-2715
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This brewery and now distillery gastropub is located in the up-and-coming Baldwin Park neighborhood. Along with rotating beers and hard seltzers, Hop Atomica has recently started distilling their own liquor for specialty cocktails. With new executive chef Brain Fiasconaro, Hop Atomica has leveled up its menu options adding seasonal menu items like squash tacos and sweet potato pizza to keep locals coming for more than just drinks

3. Sea Wolf

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106 S Campbell Ave
Tybee Island, GA 31328

Everything is better by the beach, especially restaurants with champagne and oyster specials. Partner restaurant to the Lone Wolf Lounge, the Sea Wolf provides the same eclectic neighborhood bar feel to the island. With wood paneling, neon lights, and vintage artwork, Sea Wolf brings a new vibe to Tybee Island. Vegan options along with gourmet hot dogs and oyster platters are a contrast on the menu as well as changing specials and pop up dinners.

4. Big Bon Bodega

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2011 Bull St
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 349-4847
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Sitting on the corner of Bull and 37th Street, Big Bon Bodega transforms from a bagel shop during the day to a pizza shop in the evening. Chef Jay Langfelder, from New York, provides wood-fired pizza options including grandma style which includes rectangular pan pizza by the slice or the traditional Old New York style. Hopefully bagel and pizza cravings only occur Wednesday through Sunday as this corner restaurant is closed on Monday and Tuesday.

5. Finches Sandwiches & Sundries

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2600 Mechanics Ave
Thunderbolt, GA 31404
(912) 509-8053
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Finches Sandwiches and Sundries has transformed into a stylish neighborhood eatery with a menu consisting of fancy sandwiches and is now known as the essential Thunderbolt restaurant. Serving outside seating or to-go options only, the shop offers bottles of wine or beer to share with others or alone while sitting on the patio and enjoying the always changing sandwiches made to order.

6. Troupial

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2605 Whitaker St
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 441-0506
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Newish to the Starland District restaurant scene but not to the food and beverage world, Troupial transformed from pop-ups to a brick and mortar in Savannah. With a Venuezeulan background, owner Majo Laprea Rodríguez, focuses on bringing soulful street food to the city of Savannah. With an arepa bar, specialty coffee drinks, and fresh-baked bread, this small local favorite is always busy in the morning. 

7. Rhett

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412 Williamson St
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 544-4575
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Rhett is housed on the ground floor in the upscale Alida Hotel. Not staying at the Alida? No problem. The Rhett is open to all from breakfast through dinner focusing on classic American fare. Rhett has introduced a new “Young Guns” program allowing for one of their cooks the opportunity to create an appetizer and a main dish that will be featured on the specials menu for the entire week providing creative options to the menu.

8. Compass Pool Bar

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400 W River St
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 373-9100
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Newly opened on the rooftop of the Atlantic Building in the Plant Riverside Hotel Complex, Compass Pool Bar is only available to hotel guests to reserve a space overlooking the Talmadge Bridge and the Savannah River. With a menu focused on light fare like the ahi Greek salad and shrimp lettuce wraps, Compass Pool Bar gives a lighter option within the Plant Riverside District. Let’s be honest, cocktails just taste better sitting by the pool on a rooftop.

1. Common Thread

122 E 37th St, Savannah, GA 31401

Located in a historic 1897 house, Common Thread is the sister restaurant to the popular Farm Bluffton. Executive Chef Brandon Carter takes Lowcountry fare and places it in fancy clothes. Recent favorites include gumbo z’herbs and shawarma chicken. Common Thread introduced a new guest chef series every other Monday including chefs from around the city, state, and country. Mondays just became the best day of the week.

122 E 37th St
Savannah, GA 31401

2. Hop Atomica

535 E 39th St, Savannah, GA 31401

This brewery and now distillery gastropub is located in the up-and-coming Baldwin Park neighborhood. Along with rotating beers and hard seltzers, Hop Atomica has recently started distilling their own liquor for specialty cocktails. With new executive chef Brain Fiasconaro, Hop Atomica has leveled up its menu options adding seasonal menu items like squash tacos and sweet potato pizza to keep locals coming for more than just drinks

535 E 39th St
Savannah, GA 31401

3. Sea Wolf

106 S Campbell Ave, Tybee Island, GA 31328

Everything is better by the beach, especially restaurants with champagne and oyster specials. Partner restaurant to the Lone Wolf Lounge, the Sea Wolf provides the same eclectic neighborhood bar feel to the island. With wood paneling, neon lights, and vintage artwork, Sea Wolf brings a new vibe to Tybee Island. Vegan options along with gourmet hot dogs and oyster platters are a contrast on the menu as well as changing specials and pop up dinners.

106 S Campbell Ave
Tybee Island, GA 31328

4. Big Bon Bodega

2011 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401

Sitting on the corner of Bull and 37th Street, Big Bon Bodega transforms from a bagel shop during the day to a pizza shop in the evening. Chef Jay Langfelder, from New York, provides wood-fired pizza options including grandma style which includes rectangular pan pizza by the slice or the traditional Old New York style. Hopefully bagel and pizza cravings only occur Wednesday through Sunday as this corner restaurant is closed on Monday and Tuesday.

2011 Bull St
Savannah, GA 31401

5. Finches Sandwiches & Sundries

2600 Mechanics Ave, Thunderbolt, GA 31404

Finches Sandwiches and Sundries has transformed into a stylish neighborhood eatery with a menu consisting of fancy sandwiches and is now known as the essential Thunderbolt restaurant. Serving outside seating or to-go options only, the shop offers bottles of wine or beer to share with others or alone while sitting on the patio and enjoying the always changing sandwiches made to order.

2600 Mechanics Ave
Thunderbolt, GA 31404

6. Troupial

2605 Whitaker St, Savannah, GA 31401

Newish to the Starland District restaurant scene but not to the food and beverage world, Troupial transformed from pop-ups to a brick and mortar in Savannah. With a Venuezeulan background, owner Majo Laprea Rodríguez, focuses on bringing soulful street food to the city of Savannah. With an arepa bar, specialty coffee drinks, and fresh-baked bread, this small local favorite is always busy in the morning. 

2605 Whitaker St
Savannah, GA 31401

7. Rhett

412 Williamson St, Savannah, GA 31401

Rhett is housed on the ground floor in the upscale Alida Hotel. Not staying at the Alida? No problem. The Rhett is open to all from breakfast through dinner focusing on classic American fare. Rhett has introduced a new “Young Guns” program allowing for one of their cooks the opportunity to create an appetizer and a main dish that will be featured on the specials menu for the entire week providing creative options to the menu.

412 Williamson St
Savannah, GA 31401

8. Compass Pool Bar

400 W River St, Savannah, GA 31401

Newly opened on the rooftop of the Atlantic Building in the Plant Riverside Hotel Complex, Compass Pool Bar is only available to hotel guests to reserve a space overlooking the Talmadge Bridge and the Savannah River. With a menu focused on light fare like the ahi Greek salad and shrimp lettuce wraps, Compass Pool Bar gives a lighter option within the Plant Riverside District. Let’s be honest, cocktails just taste better sitting by the pool on a rooftop.

400 W River St
Savannah, GA 31401

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