Open containers, Spanish moss, water views, and haunted houses all make Savannah a desirable destination to both live and vacation in. If in town for the night or just out for the night, Savannah has a growing list of essential places to visit.Read More
18 Essential Savannah Restaurants to Visit
From Lowcountry fare to Neapolitan pizzas
Pizzeria Vittoria Napoletana
Located within the Starland Yard food truck park, the only brick-and-mortar restaurant, Pizzeria Vittoria, is a destination within a destination. Chef Kyle Jacovina tosses Neapolitan-style pies with an emphasis on organic, locally and regionally sourced ingredients. Looking for more than just pizza? Italian favorites like meatball parmesan and muffaletta grinders served on hearth-baked bread or pasta specials add to the overall draw of Pizzeria Vittoria. Although it is a slow food concept, it will be devoured quickly.
Big Bon Bodega
Sitting on the corner of Bull and 37th Street, Big Bon Bodega feels like a locals’ corner shop with a city vibe. Big Bon Bodega’s Bagels are hand-rolled, boiled, and wood-fired. Daily specials and regular bagel options like the 912 containing bacon, fried egg, cheddar, and herb butter belong with a morning coffee to stay or to go. Rotating quotes and captions positioned on a sidewalk sign grace the front of the restaurant providing a photo-worthy opportunity.
Bull Street Taco
Located in the thriving Starland District, Bull Street Taco is truly a neighborhood joint. Bull Street Taco believes the base makes the taco and the restaurant starts it off with made-from-scratch organic corn and flour tortillas. Menu items like the carnitas, birra, or some more unusual tacos like red chili tempura cauliflower provide ample choice. Taco boxes are available for those extra hangry or for the next party; its margaritas to go might just be the best invention yet.
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 adds a global influence like the main entree half chicken with strawberry harissa plus yogurt, ancient grain tabbouleh, and preserved lemon. Common Thread is a small space with a big idea and popular for both the local community and out-of-towners.
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Crystal Beer Parlor
Famous for being one of the first bars to serve alcohol following prohibition, the Crystal Beer Parlor continues its love of alcohol with over 80 beers, 26 of them on tap mostly from local breweries. Big burgers — there is no shame in using a fork and knife to tackle one of these — come on big plates loaded with multiple toppings and a side of large, crispy onion rings.
Reservations required. With James Beard Award-winning and newly named Outstanding Chef Mashama Bailey at the helm, the Grey continues to be in high demand by both locals and visitors alike. The Grey offers dining options that change often based on the seasonality of the Savannah region; dishes are aptly categorized under Dirt, Water, Pasture, and Pantry. If unable to obtain a reservation, the Diner Bar offers small plates to be enjoyed in the renovated retro Grey Hound Bus terminal. Side note, the Grey Market, a secondary concept of the Grey, sits around the corner ready to serve double burgers and drinks during the lunch hour if day drinking is on the menu.
Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room
Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room is basically a Savannah institution. Open since 1946, this Southern family-style restaurant embraces the idea that no one will leave hungry. Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room provides platefuls of Southern staples including butter beans, sweet potato souffle, macaroni and cheese, and, of course, fried chicken. Mrs. Wilkes is cash only and does not take reservations or take out.
The Lost Square
Drinks are always better with a view. The Lost Square is a rooftop bar housed in the upscale Alida Hotel. Not staying at the Alida? No problem. The rooftop is open to everyone. With views of both the river and the city of Savannah, the Lost Square provides light bites and champagne along with quirky craft cocktail names like Get in Loser and Your Mom’s Chest Hair.
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Vinnie Van GoGo's
Is a trip to Savannah even complete without a late-night pizza after walking around the city with a cocktail in hand? Picture a dive bar with pizzas flying in the air and employees
yelling out orders and plastic draft cups waiting to be filled. The line may be long but the large slice will be well worth the wait. The perfect way to soak up all that alcohol enjoyed by the historic district’s open container law is a slice from Vinnie.
Cotton & Rye
Taking a modern twist on both the decor and Southern food, Cotton & Rye rotates menu items and nightly specials for starters, main courses, and even desserts. Focusing on traditional favorites like fried chicken thighs but also throwing in unique options such as red beans and risotto with chow chow. Desserts are just as popular — in fact, ordering dessert before dinner is encouraged.
This brewery and neighborhood gastropub is located in Baldwin Park neighborhood. Along with rotating beers, hard seltzers, and now liquors, the wood-fired fare of pizza and tacos encourage additional rounds. With an outdoor walk-up bar and open-patio seating, Hop Atomica is designed to welcome the local neighbors to come in and share a beer.
Known as one of the most haunted buildings in Savannah, this restaurant and bar has two types of spirits. Known for its bourbon-focused bar menu, Husk also has an extensive wine list and local rotating menu focused on Southern food like heritage pork paired with seasonal ingredients: think confit leeks, dragon tongue beans, and black garlic. Great food, great service, and ghosts — a true Savannah combo.
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Flock to the Wok
Flock to the Wok is a family-style Chinese restaurant with a modern twist. From veteran-owned Savannah restaurant group Ele and the Chef, Flock to the Wok is located in the historic district and boasts a trendy interior and a range of handmade dumplings and noodle dishes for either dine-in or carry-out.
The Collins Quarter
Cafe or bar? How about both. This Bull Street eatery opened its doors in 2014 with a focus on coffee and food pairings. With exposed brick and posh leather banquets, Collins Quarter moves from brunch to dinner as every Southern restaurant should. The brunch menu focuses on favorites like the smashed peas and “Swine Time” Benedict, while dinner changes over to larger portions including North Carolina rainbow trout and braised short ribs. The punny cocktail names might require a second round to try out a few like the “Gin and Roses” or “Sage by the Bell.”
The Olde Pink House
Under the storied Olde Pink House lies a dark, candle-lit tavern. Experience old Savannah by sitting at the Planter’s Tavern bar, listening to the live music hidden under the house. Often a tourist hub, locals will still come to the tavern wishing to seek out Southern favorites like the fried flounder, which continues to remain on the menu year after year.
Auspicious Baking Company
Sitting outside the tourist area of Savannah, Auspicious Baking Company has become a favorite among the locals. Only open Thursday through Sunday, lines form for bread, pastries, and confections with some vegan options available. Supplies go fast, so being early and pre-ordering are key.
Finches Sandwiches & Sundries
Finches Sandwiches and Sundries, formerly a garage, now transformed into a stylish neighborhood eatery is a happy little sandwich shop. Serving outside seating or to-go options with large rotating seasonal sandwiches, this bustling space is full of locals who come for the food, the picturesque atmosphere, and the company.
Known for wagyu hot dogs with rotating toppings, oysters on the half shell, and always-available vegan options, Sea Wolf brings an eclectic non-pretentious restaurant/bar feeling to Tybee Island. Wood paneling, neon pink lights, seafaring artwork, and a throwback ‘80s movie playing in the background makes an impression on every visitor, only second to the caliber of food and drinks on the island.
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