Best Restaurants in Savannah, GA
Looking for a getaway with southern charm, a homey feel, and amazing food? It doesn’t matter what direction you’re coming from—hop on I-95, and look no further than Savannah, GA. From green garden squares, museums, and open container laws, this idyllic southern town has everything you’d want out of a vacation. With its laid-back atmosphere and endless activities within the city, it begs the dreaded existential question from couples everywhere: where to eat?
While we can’t help with the communication breakdown you and your S.O. have over food, at New North, we can make the process of elimination a little easier with our hand-selected list. We've gathered a list of six restaurants worth looking into while you’re enjoying your time in this quaint Georgia town. From dives situated in an architecturally inspiring neighborhood—to a historic colonial house—these are the places you should visit for a meal (and locations we have our eyes on).
Sly’s Sliders and Fries
This tiny place is easy to miss if you’re from out of town. But make no mistake, these small sliders on the menu pack a lot of flavor. You’ll find Sly’s Sliders and Fries a little outside of the Historic downtown area. It’s a hole-in-the-wall joint, tucked away from River Street and the typical tourist areas of Savannah (we’re not complaining). Inside you’ll find a welcoming restaurant serving delicious sliders, slider dogs, and hand cut fries—without breaking the bank. There’s an eccentric name for every slider and slider dog on the menu, and crispy, golden fries to boot. It doesn’t stop there; you can customize your fry order, too. As they say: “Give them that little extra oomph!” Sly’s is what a hole-in-the-wall should be: good food, funky menu, and a friendly staff, all inside a tiny dining room.
What to Get:
- The Boardwalk
- The Jerk Store
- Fries with Garlic Sauce
Savannah Seafood Shack
Southern charm. Seafood. Savannah. If that’s not an impressive alliteration that goes well, we don’t know what is. This seafood joint is known for low-country boil, perfectly named after the beautiful city. You can find the Savannah Seafood Shack nestled close to the bustling downtown historic area. Once you walk inside, the smell of Old Bay hits your nostrils, and you know you’re in for a treat. There is a catch (no pun intended), though. You might be a little confused when you first walk into this spot (no, not because you’re high on Old Bay). The first thing you’ll see is a rolled ice cream station (Below Zero), and it’s what you see on the outside, too. But if you walk around to the second counter, that’s where you’ll be able to place your seafood order and find a seat. Once your seafood arrives, you’ll want to roll up your sleeves for this meal, it’ll be messy. And make sure you have a hefty stack of napkins handy, too. You’ll find low-cost, high-quality seafood in a casual setting that’ll hit the spot after a day of exploring the city. The seafood offerings are a perfect meal for lunch or dinner, packing a lot of flavor (and fun) for a small price.
What to Get:
- Low country boil
- The Love Shack
- Fried calamari cone
Narobia's Grits and Gravy
If there’s one lesson in life that applies to almost everything, it’s: to not judge a book by its cover. That same lesson applies to Narobia’s Grits and Gravy. It might not look like much on the outside, but once you’re inside the no-frills establishment, you’re greeted with the most authentic southern eats in all of Savannah. Here you’ll find the typical deep-south fare like buttermilk biscuits, fried chicken, and, of course, shrimp and grits. Once you place your order at the front, you’ll have to seat yourself. Keep in mind this is a small place. There’s limited seating on the inside, so it might be a good idea to visit during the non-peak hours. Once you’re here, a homey, butter-loving atmosphere will surround you, and you’ll probably reminisce of home-cooked food your Grandma used to make. It’s no surprise why Narobia’s Grits and Gravy is loved by locals and visitors alike.
What to Get:
- Biscuits and gravy
- Chicken Biscuit
So we’ve shown you our top-three picks for good food without having to spend a fortune. Ready to “treat yo’ self” to a fanciful meal and a drink or two? These are our top-three restaurants we selected and have our eyes on in Savannah, GA.
Huey’s on the River
No, you won’t find Donald Duck’s nephew here, but what you will find is a cafe conveniently located on River Street to satisfy your hunger. Depending on where you’re seated, you might get a magnificent view of the river during your meal, too. Huey’s on the River boasts more of a New Orleans-style (as opposed to Southern) fare, and is one of the top results when you’re looking for breakfast (or brunch) in Savannah. Yelpers and Trip Advisor reviewers alike both agree Huey’s is a fantastic place with amazing views. Reservations aren’t taken here, so be sure to plan accordingly to be seated in a timely manner.
“Huey's is known for their shrimp and grits, which totally lives up to the hype, and other classic creole dishes. Their fresh scallops are some of the best I've had. Every dish is served with made-from-scratch cornbread that is phenomenal. The service is excellent and be sure to check in on yelp to receive a free beignet (deep fried sweet dough with powdered sugar on top). Ask for the praline pecan sauce to eat with the beignet - incredible.” — Aaron N., Yelp
What to Get:
- Shrimp and grits
- Fried green tomatoes
The Olde Pink House
You read it right—a restaurant that is literally what the name is—The Olde Pink House. And yes, it’s pink. You can find this colorful mansion in the heart of historic Savannah and at the top of your search results when you look up ‘Best dinner in Savannah.' It’s the perfect location for a romantic date night. Not only can you eat here, but you can stay in one of their rooms as well. Reviewers all around the internet rave about this elegant dining experience, the food, and the knowledgeable staff. Keep in mind; reservations are a must to dine here, and there’s a dress code.
“I did my research on Savannah dining, and when a friend of a friend confirmed by telling me it was one of her favorite spots, I was stoked. This place is the exact image you think of with Southern living. Regal columns and a refined interior. We were seated in a parlor-type room and greeted by one of the most personable, nicest waitresses I've ever had. BLT salad, which our waitress recommended, was seriously delicious, and I wasn't even that excited to try it. After learning the fried chicken was the chef’s family recipe, I went for it, and have absolutely no regrets. The dish was delicious beyond belief, and the pecan pie I had for dessert was great, albeit nothing out of this world spectacular. If you are visiting Savannah, I would highly recommend this spot!” — Taylor W., Yelp
What to Get:
- Braised Pork Shank
- Mac and cheese jalapeño poppers
- Praline basket for dessert
If the name alone doesn’t sound alluring, we don’t know what else would hook you into this intimate, Colonial-era restaurant. The restaurant is underground and was once a grain warehouse, so it adds a speakeasy feel to it. There’s history inside and out of Alligator Soul. Whether a Savannah local gave you the suggestion to dine here, or you're reading reviews online, there are two things people collectively agree on: Alligator Soul has a great setting and terrific food. Several reviewers online are quick to say the meal they had at Alligator Soul is the best meal they’ve had in their entire life! While reservations aren’t required, we strongly suggest you make them beforehand.
“Everything from the service to the food was exceptional. Our waiter, Rashard, was attentive at all the right times and made us feel extremely welcomed - as if we were guests in his home. By far the best service around. In regards to the food, everything on the table was delicious starting with the bread. I'm not sure how they bake it, but it literally melted in your mouth with the accompanied honey butter. The carving board (with added alligator fritters), scallops, and exotic meat of the night (wild boar with tagliatelle) were worthy of "last meal on earth" status. The dessert (butternut squash cheesecake) seemed a bit lacking, but perhaps only in comparison to the rest of the meal, which was so exceptional. We will - and already have - recommend Alligator Soul to anyone traveling to the Savannah area.” — Jeremy B., Yelp
What to Get:
- Carving board
- The ‘Little Hilbo’
- Banana beignets
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