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20+ Lip-Smacking Good Local Restaurant Guide to Savannah

20+ Lip-Smacking Good Local Restaurant Guide to Savannah

Are you planning to take a road trip to Savannah? If so, you’re in for an amazing time! As with any new city, you’ll want to get the lay of the land– and eat your way through some delicious local restaurants. Let us be your guide as we share our favorite spots, plus all the information you need on where they are located and what makes them unique. Read on for more details about this 20+ local restaurant guide to Savannah, Georgia.

Pro Tip: Reservations are strongly suggested at most.


1. The Lady and Sons

If you find yourself in Savannah, it’s practically patriotic to visit Paula Deen’s iconic restaurant, The Lady & Sons. It’s been a beloved family dining spot for over two decades, and their lunch buffet is a particular crowd-pleaser.

But the experience has evolved since its early days of fixed lunch hours. Now, you have the freedom to dine at your leisure and select from the menu or do family-style for a set price per person.

Photo from Lady and Sons IG page.

What’s on the menu, you ask? Don’t miss out on the divine Fried Chicken, which feels like a heavenly indulgence with each crispy bite. The baked Mac & Cheese, collards, and candied yams are other must-trys that will leave you with a lip-smacking grin. And for dessert, the unlimited refills of all foods sweet are a sweet deal.

Whatever your reason for coming, shopping, or notoriety, one thing’s for sure: a good time is to be had at The Lady & Sons. Hours of restaurant and retail are 11 AM to 9 PM daily.

Address: 102 West Congress Street Phone: (912) 233-2600

Photos from Lady & Sons website.

2. Mirabelle

Have you ever tried an authentic Belgian liege waffle? If not, Mirabelle Savannah is the place for you! Their liège waffles are not only authentic, but they are also absolutely delicious. You won’t want to miss out on the chance to try one of their unique waffle flavors, like the s’mores, lemon zinger, or peach cobbler.

But waffles aren’t the only thing on the menu – they also offer tasty sandwiches and specialty drinks. Speaking of drinks, if you’re feeling adventurous, try the Unicorn’s Mane with espresso, steamed milk, cardamom syrup, and rose water. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed.

And let’s not forget about their croque monsieur with maple smoked ham, melted swiss, and black pepper béchamel – it’s definitely worth a try.

Overall, Mirabelle Savannah is a charming café that delivers delicious food and drinks that will make your taste buds sing.

Address: 313 Abercorn Street Phone: (912) 231-3936

Photo from Mirabelle’s IG page.

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3. Alligator Soul

The buzz around Alligator Soul in Savannah, GA had me intrigued and my taste buds watering. And let me tell you, my experience did not disappoint! Securing a reservation last minute was like hitting the jackpot, and from the first bite of the Boursin Salad with Candied Alligator, I was in culinary heaven. Seriously, it was so good, it would have ranked a 15/10. Maybe even a 20!


Locally-sourced greens are given a gourmet upgrade with the addition of the candied alligator bites and house-made Boursin dressing, while grit croutons add a touch of Southern charm. And if that wasn’t enough, the Shrimp and Grits were the perfect comfort food, while the Alligator Tempura with sweet chili and pickled ginger was a unique and flavorful option.

Alligator Soul truly exceeded my expectations and I can’t wait to go back and indulge in their mouth-watering dishes once again. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday beginning at 5 PM.

Address: 114 Barnard Street Phone: (912) 232-7899


4. Clary’s Cafe

Indulge in a scrumptious breakfast or lunch spread at the world-renowned Clary’s Cafe. As seen in the Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil novel, Clary’s serves up delectable omelets and Eggs Benedicts that will have your taste buds dancing with joy. What’s more, you can enjoy breakfast all day long!

My personal favorites include the savory Crab Cakes Benedict and the hearty omelette platter. You’ll be delighted by the flavor-packed sausage, flaky biscuit, and perfectly seasoned home fries.


As you dine, take in the movie memorabilia decorating the indoor dining area or opt for sidewalk seating and savor the local scenery. And don’t forget about dessert! Treat yourself to a slice of pie, cake, sticky bun, or any other sweet treat on offer.

Clary’s Cafe is even pet-friendly for our furry friends and offers a military discount. For those looking for a midday meal, Clary’s also boasts a variety of sandwiches, salads, and homemade soups.

Address: 404 Abercorn Street Phone: (912) 233-0402

Photo from Clary’s website.

5. Goose Feathers Cafe & Bakery

Step inside the charming European-style eatery, Goose Feathers Cafe, where you’ll enjoy quick counter-service ordering and flawless service. The breakfast and lunch menu boasts a variety of delicious dishes to choose from, including the mouth-watering quiche and creamy soup, and the indulgent warm bread pudding.

Taste of the South Magazine listed their bread pudding as the South’s best.

Fun Fact: Goose Feathers was inducted in the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame in 2015.

Address: 39 Barnard Street Phone: (912) 233-4683


6. Mrs. Wilkies Dining Room

Want to experience a slice of southern hospitality? Look no further than Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, a beloved lunch spot since 1943. Sharing communal tables with strangers (and new friends!) is part of the charm, as you savor homestyle comfort food including Southern classics like fried chicken, beef stew, and meatloaf.

Don’t miss out on the array of delicious sides, from collard greens to candied yams. Just make sure to bring cash and arrive on a weekday – Mrs. Wilkes is closed on weekends.

At 11am, the doors open and the lunch crowd eagerly lines up to dig in. And be sure to take home their cookbook, featuring a fruit and nut chicken salad recipe that’s simply divine.

Address: 107 W Jones St Phone: (912) 232-5997

Photo from Mrs. Wilkes website.

7. Treylor Park Hitch

Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with a scrumptious meal that will have you begging for more. Hitch is the place to be, where even in the midst of COVID, my daughter and I were blown away by the fantastic flavors.

I proudly approve of the diverse menu. The Cheese Steak (ribeye) Egg Rolls were a standout dish, with the deep-fried wrapper making them even more irresistible and easy to dunk in the melted beer cheese sauce.

And don’t even get me started on the Treylor Park Hitch Nachos Grande, a heavenly mix of waffle fries, chicken, bacon, cheddar, and balsamic drizzle.


This spot takes the trailer park aesthetic and makes it stylish, complete with deer antlers and a cozy beer garden for outdoor seating. Trust me, you’ll want to try the Chicken Pancake Tacos with strawberry salsa, a flavor explosion that will leave you blown away. I could eat that salsa on everything!

Come see for yourself why Treylor Park is a highlight of Savannah’s food scene.

Address: 115 E Bay Street Phone: 912-495-5557   


8. Huey’s on the River

Looking for a cozy spot to enjoy delicious Southern cuisine while taking in breathtaking views of Savannah’s River Street? Look no further than Huey’s on the River! This local hotspot offers more than just brunch and lunch options. You can stop by for a quick snack and take pleasure in one of their many thirst-quenching sweet teas or a glass of wine.

My hubby and I indulged in their Spinach & Artichoke Dip, which was absolutely delectable, served with crispy French bread pieces. Meanwhile, he couldn’t resist the Shrimp Creole, which was both rich and decadent.


And we can’t forget about Huey’s infamous cornbread – it’s truly heavenly, and our southern self can vouch for it! As a lovely finishing touch, each table is adorned with beautiful fresh flowers – a simple yet charming way to make every diner feel special.

And last but certainly not least, Huey’s beignets are the talk of the town. Served warm with heaps of powdered sugar, these fluffy pastries are nothing short of amazing. So come on down to Huey’s on the River and experience the best savories and sweets Savannah has to offer!

Address: 115 East River Street Phone: (912) 234-7385


9. Gryphon Tea Room

Amidst the serene surroundings of the Madison Square, Gryphon Tea Room nestled in the elegant 1926 Scottish Rite building is a culinary landmark in Savannah. This tea room is SCAD’s pride and an epitome of Savannah’s warm hospitality and delectable food. Gryphon Tea Room offers an extensive lunch menu, ranging from salads to quiches.

The brunch menu features mouth-watering options like Poached Eggs Blackstone, Challah bread crème brûlée French toast, and Avocado Toast. And for those with a sweet tooth, Gryphon Tea Room’s desserts like the tempting Chocolate Opera Cake or Coconut Cake are a must-try.

Come and experience the perfect blend of tea, pastries, finger sandwiches, and sumptuous meals at Gryphon Tea Room – the perfect dining destination for any food lover.

Address: 337 Bull Street Phone: (912) 525-5880


10. The Public Kitchen & Bar

Ready to indulge in some farm-to-table goodness? Head to The Public Kitchen & Bar, tucked away on Bull Street in Savannah. With a focus on locally sourced ingredients, this chic spot (Midcentury modern) serves up tempting brunch, lunch, and dinner options alongside a creative cocktail list.

Don’t miss their Spanish-inspired take on shrimp and grits, divinely decadent. Whether you’re looking for a stylish night out or a laid-back meal with friends, The Public Kitchen & Bar delivers. Plus, the midcentury-modern decor provides the perfect backdrop for snapping some Insta-worthy shots.

Address: 1 W Liberty Street Phone: (912) 200-4045

Photo from restaurant’s IG page.

11. Leopold’s

Get ready to indulge in some of the creamiest and most decadent ice cream flavors at Leopold’s, a beloved Savannah classic. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter himself raved about their butter pecan ice cream.

The parlor is known for its authentic marble soda fountain and other delicious treats like sandwiches and baked goods. One spoonful of their popular Girl Scout cookie flavor or Tutti Fruitti will transport you to dessert heaven.

And with their award-winning homemade super premium ice cream, you can’t go wrong with a classic milkshake or double scoop.


Fun Fact: Leopold’s has been a Savannah staple since 1919, founded by three brothers from Greece. Don’t miss out on their hand-dipped cones with flavors like peppermint, rum bisque, and peanut butter chippy. It’s the perfect stop for satisfying your sweet tooth with a touch of nostalgia.

Address: 212 E Broughton St Phone: (912) 234-4442


12. The Little Crown by Pie Society

Craving a savory delight that’ll make your taste buds sing? Look no further than The Little Crown by Pie Society, a quaint little spot I discovered on my food tour of Savannah. Trust me, their baked-from-scratch meat pies are worth the trip alone!

Each one is packed with just the right spices and flavors, nestling cozily in a buttery, flaky crust that’s a true work of art. And the options? Pure heaven. From chicken curry to pork & apple to steak & kidney (and more!), you’ll find your perfect pie match.


But that’s not all! The Little Crown’s menu boasts an array of tasty treats and sips to tickle your fancy. Bite into a tart, savor a slice of quiche, or try a hot pasty. And don’t forget the craft cocktails – have you tried the Message in a Bottle?

But let’s talk ambiance. The cozy dining nooks here are straight out of a storybook. You’ll feel like you’ve been whisked away to the heart of Britain, all while enjoying a cold, local draft beer or cider. And if you can’t make it to Savannah proper, never fear – The Little Crown has a second location in Pooler, Georgia.

Address: 19 Jefferson Street Phone: (912) 238-1144 

Photo from restaurant FB page.

13. B. Matthews

Looking for a Southern-style brunch spot that always delivers? Check out B. Matthew’s! You can enjoy brunch any day of the week here, and the menu is packed with delicious dishes that are sure to satisfy.

From the crispy Brussels sprouts to the apple pecan chicken salad sandwiches, there’s a Southern dish that is sure to please. If you’re looking for something a little different, dive into the vegan summer risotto. Made with arborio rice, golden beets, oyster mushrooms, poblano peppers, and more, this light dish will delight your taste buds.

With such an amazing selection and wonderful atmosphere, it’s no surprise why B. Matthew’s is a five-star destination.

Address: 325 East Bay Street Phone: (912) 233-1319

Photo from B. Matthew’s website.

14. Vic’s on the River

Welcome to Vic’s on the River, a culinary destination situated on the magnificent Savannah River. This enchanting venue boasts a rich history as it was built within a 19th-century cotton warehouse, exuding the essence of the charming South.

Prepare your taste buds for a gastronomical adventure as Vic’s menu offers a blend of hearty Southern cuisine and fresh seafood sourced from local waters.

Start your meal off right with our delectable appetizers, such as the savory Crawfish Beignets and succulent beef carpaccio (one of my all-time favorite dishes. For lunch, indulge in beloved dishes, including the classic wedge salad and French Onion Soup.

If you’re joining them at dinnertime, must-try items include the crispy Pecan Fried fFounder, tender Braised Beef Short Rib, or a juicy grilled filet mignon, cooked to temp. Experience the magic of Vic’s by making online reservations for up to 4 guests. Happy hour is from 4-5 PM every Monday through Friday.

Address: 26 E Bay Street Phone: (912) 721-1000 

Photo from Vic’s on the River IG page.

15. The Olde Pink House

Looking for a bit of Southern charm and refinement? Then you absolutely have to visit The Olde Pink House, a special low-country restaurant, which will transport you right back in time to the kind of elegance and romance that we all dream about.

It’s been a favorite for years among our family, starting when our girls were just wee ones – so you can trust us when we say it’s the real deal!

The setting is a stunning 18th-century mansion on Reynolds Square, with a menu that’s just as classic and satisfying as the architecture. You can choose between lunch and dinner, both of which are served in the main house.

Photo from the Olde Pink House IG page.

And if you’re looking for something particularly cozy and atmospheric, check out the speakeasy-style cellar bar (Arches) in the basement, where you’ll find talented musicians playing jazz or piano by the fire.

When it comes to dinner, you’ve got an array of seriously tempting options, from the juicy Bourbon Molasses Grilled Pork Tenderloin and Sautéed Shrimp & Scallops, to the succulent Pecan-Crusted Chicken Breast with a blackberry bourbon glaze. Tillamook Cheddar Grits make a perfect side item.

Of course, you’ll want to save room for dessert, the real star of the show here. Book a reservation!

Address: 23 Abercorn Street Phone: (912) 232-4286

Picture from restaurant IG page.

16. Cotton & Rye

If you’re looking for a spot that’s the perfect blend of modern chic and classic Americana, check out Cotton & Rye in Savannah. This converted mid-century bank is now a bustling gastropub, serving up inventive dishes that will tantalize your taste buds.

When it comes to appetizers, the charcuterie board steals the show – changing up every time you visit. If you’re in the mood for something more substantial, there are plenty of options to choose from. Grilled Trout (garlic lemon), Hangar Steak (grilled asparagus & horseradish créme), award-winning Crispy Chicken Wings, and the yummy FGT (fried green tomato) Cheeseburger.

To complement your meal, try the buttermilk rye cornbread, aged cheddar cheese grits, savannah red rice with Calabrian chili for sides – all stars in their own right.

But wait… The candy bar is a real showstopper, with actual gold leaf as a topping. And if that’s not your style, then the strawberries & cream is sure to hit the spot. Cotton & Rye is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Address: 1801 Habersham Street Phone: (912) 777-6286

Photos from Cotton & Rye’s website.

17. Zunzi’s

Craving a taste of South African cuisine? Look no further than Zunzi’s, a must-stop on the Savannah Taste Experience food tour.

Trust me, you won’t want to miss out on the Conquistador sandwich, complete with zesty baked chicken breast, lettuce, tomatoes, provolone, parmesan, and the all-important Zunzi sauce. This sandwich is so good, it even made an appearance on a TV segment.

But why stop at just a sandwich? Treat yourself to Zapp’s kettle-style potato chips and a Yoo-Hoo chocolate drink to round out your meal. With each bite, you’ll be saying “Blank (insert your choice word here) yeah!” just like they promise. There are also bowls, wraps, and salads.

Address: 236 Drayton Street Phone: (912) 443-9555


18. The Grey

Are you on the hunt for a restaurant that will leave your taste buds seriously impressed? The Grey in Savannah has taken the culinary world by storm since opening its doors back in 2014, thanks to the talented co-owner and chef, Mashama Bailey – who just so happens to be a James Beard Outstanding Chef award winner.

Aside from the top-notch cuisine, The Grey offers an experience like no other. Set within a beautifully restored art-deco Greyhound Bus Terminal from 1938, this high-end restaurant is both gorgeous and historically significant. Whether you choose to dine in the vibrant diner bar or the sophisticated dining room, you’ll feel transported to a different era altogether.

Now, let’s talk food. There’s no doubt that The Grey’s brunch is a must-try, featuring mouth-watering dishes such as crab beignets, biscuits and red eye gravy (country ham), and fried chicken with hoe cakes (not to mention the cane syrup – can you say delicious?)

And while the menu changes seasonally, one thing remains constant: the incredible attention to detail in every dish. From starters like the pork pate and raw bar, to dinner options ranging from grouper to lamb to quail – you simply cannot go wrong. 

Address: 109 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd Phone: (912) 662-5999

Photo from The Grey’s IG page.

19. B&D Burgers

Don’t forget to check out B&D Burgers for a unique and flavorful experience. Their gator sliders may catch your attention or opt for a classic beef or peach bourbon BBQ slider, paired perfectly with a craft beer.


And for those with dietary restrictions, no worries, gluten-free and vegetarian options are also available. Plus, with twenty years in business, B&D Burgers knows how to impress. Dine on the sensational patio at B&D and enjoy the beautiful Savannah setting.

There are four locations to enjoy B&D Burgers: Pooler Parkway, Southside, Congress Street, and Broughton Street.

Address: 209 West Congress Street Phone: (912) 238-8315


20. The Pirate’s House

Take a step back in time and visit Savannah’s award-winning historic Pirate’s House. This iconic spot dates back to 1753 and was originally an inn for visiting sailors. Today, it’s a must-visit destination for foodies everywhere.

You won’t want to miss the award-winning Honey Pecan Fried Chicken, served with delicious Sautéed Vegetables & Mashed Sweet Potatoes that will make your taste buds sing. Two other dishes that are off the hook are the Crab Melt sandwich and savory Savannah Crab Dip, an addictive appetizer.

After your meal, don’t forget to check out the Pirate House gift shop, which boasts an impressive display of over 7,000 souvenirs. Take home a piece of Savannah with you, including the popular cookbook that would make a great addition to your library.

Don’t pass up the opportunity to experience the history and flavors of Savannah’s Pirates Hous, open at 11 AM daily. Kid’s will love this stop!

Address: 20 E Broad Street Phone: (912) 233-5757

Photo from the Pirate’s House website.

Bonuses: Savannah Sweet Tooth Satisfiers

Satisfy your sweet tooth in Savannah with a plethora of options to choose from! Discover the delicious delights at Byrd Cookie Company, with their mouth-watering morsels that are sure to please any palate. Treat yourself to a Georgia peach or try the best-selling key lime flavor.


Better Than Sex Dessert Restaurant is an overload for your senses, with a seductive menu, flirtatious waitstaff, and sinfully good sweets. Caress My Carrot and Double Stuffed are my favorite dessert options, but the rimmed wines are super popular, too. There are as many yummy coffee choices and virgin drinks as alcoholic libations. 

For those who love traditional Southern treats, River City Sweets serves up incredible pralines and bear claws. You’ll smell the pralines cooking (and wafting down the street) long before you reach the shop’s door.


And last but not least, take a whimsical journey to Chocolat by Adam Turoni for gourmet chocolates that are truly heavenly. No matter what your taste buds desire, Savannah has all the sweets to satisfy your craving.


Restaurants for my next Savannah visit include The Collins Quarter, Husk, and The Rhett. Any others I shouldn’t miss?

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