The Coast / Savannah

Mrs Wilkes' Dining Room

107 W Jones St
Savannah, GA 31401

912-232-5997


Most Southern towns used to boast a boardinghouse where you could find a simple, quiet room and a communal dining room that offered at least two hearty meals a day. Boardinghouse food was de rigueur daily fare for locals, among them young, working class laborers, schoolteachers, bankers, washerwomen and middle-class merchants alike.  In 1943, a young Sema Wilkes took over a boardinghouse in historic downtown Savannah. Her goal was modest: to make a living by offering comfortable lodging and homestyle Southern cooking served family style in the downstairs dining room. Mrs. Wilkes picked up where the previous proprietor left off, cultivating relationships with nearby farmers who dug sweet potatoes for her in the fall and shelled whippoorwhill peas in the summer.

A line gathers each morning at 107 West Jones Street. At 11 o'clock, the doors of 107 open and the lunch crowd finds seats at one of the large tables-for-ten shared by strangers. Tabletops are crowded with platters of fried chicken and cornbread dressing, sweet potato souffle, black-eyed peas, okra gumbo, corn muffins and biscuits. The menu changes daily so regulars can have something different every day. Stop by and enjoy the special pleasure of a meal shared with neighbors and strangers.

Mrs. Wilkes is where President Obama eats when he visits Savannah!

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday: 11:00AM - 2:00PM
    Tuesday: 11:00AM - 2:00PM
    Wednesday: 11:00AM - 2:00PM
    Thursday: 11:00AM - 2:00PM
    Friday: 11:00AM - 2:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Adult $18.00

    Children 12 and Under $9.00

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking