It’s easy to fall in love exploring the southern United States. The warm welcome, endless sunshine, and downhome comfort food made me feel right at home from the moment I arrived.
With a rich history and otherworldly beauty, this coastal city with its cobblestoned streets is like nowhere else — and, ohhh, that food!
Savannahians can be found cooking up a masterpiece seven days a week. The already amazing world of Southern food is on another level here.
Drooling yet? Let’s dig into this Savannah foodie guide.
You absolutely need reservations for a few of these places. If you are traveling solo, they might be able to get you a spot at the bar — especially if you arrive during off-peak dining times.
My best advice is to plan ahead and make reservations well in advance (some of these places book up at least 6 weeks out).
For Brunch & Lunch
This family-owned restaurant has been everybody’s favorite breakfast spot since 1943. Pull up a chair at one of the communal tables in this busy Southern-fried diner.
This Parisian-inspired spot off River Street has $12 bottomless mimosas at brunch and a good selection of lunchtime sandwiches.
This popular brunch spot offers to-gosas (AKA mimosa to go) or you can stick around for dinner. The pork belly donut sliders here are famous.
Another top pick for southern classics like fried green tomatoes, biscuits and gravy, or shrimp and grits.
Get to Bay Street for a prime view of the water, a biscuit the size of your head, and bacon hanging on a clothesline. Need I say more?
On Bull Street, you’ll find this fab breakfast and/or coffee pitstop with an Australian influence.
When it comes to amazing restaurants in Savannah, you’ll be lost in a sea of options. To help you narrow it down, here are a few of my must-try eateries.
Come for the oysters and stay for the craft cocktails in this refined New American concept restaurant.
This bank-turned-gastropub has elevated classics like shrimp and grits, cornbread, and hanger steak. Be sure to sample the gin craft cocktails.
Explore the menu of ultra-fresh seafood in this stylish spot in the Drayton Hotel.
This place is serving up an eclectic menu of bison burgers, Scottish salmon, and some of the best Shrimp and Grits in town (which is saying a lot!).
Who says it’s all about southern grub here? The Cuban dishes and live jazz music here make it a must-visit.
Another top spot for live music, this speakeasy-style is perfect for dinner and drinks. And, it’s worth noting, this is one of the only places I’ve ever come across that’s famous for its Brussels sprouts. They’re actually that good!
The Naples-style pies here are the real deal. Try a margarita pizza, one of the many specialty options, or go for a meatball sub.
Another stately mansion turned foodie hotspot, the polished and innovative menu revolves around local ingredients expertly prepared.
This tranquil taqueria is serving up made-from-scratch Mexican eats on a sun-soaked patio. What else could you ask for?
Everybody’s favorite late-night hotspot, this place is spinning vinyl records and serving up a global menu.
Whether you are looking for brunch or a schnitzel dinner, this adorable spot is doing everything right. While it’s on the pricier side, it’s well worth it.
One more pricey but iconic pick, this Colonial mansion with live music is the place to be for dinner. Go for a romantic candlelit meal of flounder and filet mignon.
This 19th-century warehouse has been converted into one of the hottest tickets in town. Come for a dinner of She Crab soup and pecan-crusted flounder then go to the bar to listen to the piano player and admire the view.
This swinging basement bar offers up a dizzying array of cocktail options on this vintage newspaper-inspired menu.
This sophisticated speakeasy has a swanky vibe and an extensive bourbon list.
While speakeasies are the hottest ticket in Savannah, this funky spot is embracing arcade games and a dive-bar vibe. Grab a craft cocktail and munch on free popcorn.
You need a key to get into this dark and cozy hotspot.
I’ve heard you may be able to get a key (or a password) from your hotel’s concierge…but you’ll have to inquire within to find out. 😉 Spinning vintage music and offering up burlesque shows, this is the place to go for absinthe.
This awesome martini bar is serving up more than just a lemon twist in your drink. Try everything from bananas fosters to birthday cake martinis on this better-than-it-sounds menu.
You’ll have an unforgettable view of the city from the rooftop bar at this top-notch cocktail spot.
The Paris Market & Brocante
For Sweet Treats
For the perfect airplane snack, grab these cookies. I am in love with their lime coolers and that was just one of the countless tasty recipes.
Stop by the spot that Architectural Digest called The Most Beautiful Coffee Shop in Georgia.
This is a lovely little sidewalk café to refuel. I stopped in to cool down with an iced coffee and browsed the eclectic array of antiques and adorable souvenirs.
This famous ice cream shop on Broughton Street is said to be the best around. Rumor has it that people wait 30 minutes or even up to an hour for a taste of the cold stuff.
When I saw the line running around the block, I skipped it but add it to your list if you are a truly devoted ice cream lover.