Coastal Kitchen

Eat Like a Local on Georgia's Coast

Georgia has a beautiful landscape of mountains, farmland and coastline, each offering their own culinary history. U.S. Highway 17 extends about 100 miles from Port Wentworth in the north to Cumberland Island in the south along Georgia’s coastline. This stretch of highway offers a unique ecosystem of waterways, swamps, marshes, islands, beaches and inlets. It also offers access to miles of fishing, shrimping, crabbing as well as clam and oyster harvesting, resulting in an abundance of seafood-inspired culinary creations.

Skipper’s Fish Camp, Darien

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Located right on the banks of the Darien River, this casual dining restaurant offers spectacular sunsets and platters of sweet Georgia shrimp. With their local shrimp fleet docking right at their backdoor, you’ll be able to enjoy mountains of locally caught Georgia shrimp cooked to order, like those found in their popular Captain’s Platter.

The Grey, Savannah

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Located in the heart of Savannah’s historic district, this James Beard Award-nominated restaurant offers a global spin to Southern favorites. Give the fried mullet, Fisherman’s Stew and fresh Harris Neck oysters on the half shell a try. You won’t be disappointed.

Coastal Kitchen Seafood and Raw Bar, St. Simons Island

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Traditional Georgia coastal cuisine, also known as Low Country Cuisine, is what Coastal Kitchen Seafood and Raw Bar is famous for. Dishes like redfish, shrimp and grits, and gumbo - all made with local Georgia fish and seafood - are the reasons people keep coming back.

Georgia Sea Grill, St. Simons Island

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With a lovely location right in the heart of St. Simons Village & Pier area, this seafood restaurant is offers dishes created with locally caught seafood right off their coastline. Enjoy a feast consisting of innovative treats like Crab Stuffed Hushpuppies, Shrimp Berardi, and Corn Battered Fried Georgia Shrimp.

Tybee Island Fish Camp, Tybee Island

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Situated on the water’s edge, under a canopy of cedar and oak trees, this restaurant offers award-winning cocktails with their locally seafood inspired menu. Whether you like your oysters served raw with a Watermelon Mignonette or baked with bacon, collard green and Andouille sausage stuffing you’ll leave satisfied.

The Farmer & The Larder, Brunswick

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A coastal menu with international flair is what makes this restaurant a hidden gem. Chef Matthew Raiford has a close relationship with the Brunswick food community, resulting in access to lots of seasonal produce, baked goods and fresh seafood. For a taste of Low Country cuisine, give their Georgia Shrimp Po Boy a try.

Sunbury Crab Company, Sunbury

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This family-friendly restaurant’s beautiful coastal view is rivaled only by their seafood themed menu. Sunbury Crab Company offerings include Spicy Garlic or Buffalo Shrimp Baskets, featuring wild-caught Georgia shrimp, fresh or fried local oysters, and steamed blue crab.

Jennifer Hill Booker is Explore Georgia’s Official Culinary Explorer. Find more dining recommendations from Jennifer on the Explore Georgia blog.

Published: January 2017