Oysters at The Grey in Savannah. Photo by @findingmeggan
10 Great Places to Eat in Savannah
One of the country's best food cities, Savannah has a seemingly endless array of options for travelers seeking delicious experiences. From indulgent, leisurely brunch and coffee, to lunch prepared with local ingredients, and dinner featuring the fresh catch, you'll think your last meal was the best one ever, only to have it surpassed by the next.
Start exploring Savannah's incredible dining options with the list below.
Make reservations for The Grey, the most praised restaurant in the city that is set in a former Greyhound bus station. Chef Mashama Bailey was awarded a 2019 James Beard Award as best chef of the Southeast. You'll be delighted by the menu, which brings together regional ingredients with traditional dishes, such as fish purloo, foie and grits, and smoked collards.
The Olde Pink House
One of the city’s most popular restaurants, The Olde Pink House is a 18th century mansion that has long welcomed guests for Southern fare with outdoor dining and live entertainment every night. For appetizers, sample Southern favorites like fried green tomatoes, pulled pork sliders with "Cheerwine" barbecue sauce, and fried quail with Southern succotash and spiced peanuts. Entrees range from chicken pot pie to fried shrimp, duck and ribeye steak. Pair your meal with special house cocktails, Georgia beers or wines from around the world.
The Collins Quarter
For Aussie-style coffee and photogenic brunch dishes, visit The Collins Quarter, a cafe with an emphasis on farm-to-table ingredients and specialty coffee. Don’t miss their champagne breakfast and brunch, and return for dinner to enjoy signature cocktails paired with dishes like hot chicken and Wagyu New York strip steak.
Gryphon Tea Room
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Operated by the Savannah College of Art and Design, the Gryphon Tea Room has authentic tea service in a cozy 1920s building. The elegant interior features white-clothed tables, carved mahogany bookcases and original stained-glass panels conveying warmth and grace. The café serves signature favorites and fresh, seasonal offerings.
Leopold's Ice Cream
Indulge your sweet tooth at Leopold's Ice Cream, a classic soda fountain dating back to 1919, with more than 20 flavors. You'll love the retro ice cream parlor, complete with friendly soda jerks. You'll also experience a little piece of Hollywood in Savannah as you peruse Stratton Leopold's collection of film posters and props from films he has worked on over his 45 plus years in the movie industry. All of Leopold's super-premium ice cream is hand crafted in historic downtown Savannah using the original, secret recipes and techniques handed down to Stratton by his father.
SoHo South Cafe
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SoHo South Cafe is known for weekday lunch and Sunday brunch since its opening in 1997, set in a 1945 service station. Favorites include the Classic SoHo Combo -- an indulgent grilled cheese sandwich with pimento aioli served with a cup of tomato basil bisque -- and the chicken and waffles drizzled with rosemary infused syrup. Vegetarian and gluten-free items are available, too.
Local 11 Ten
Situated a block south of Savannah's Forsyth Park, Local 11 Ten is housed in a 1950s bank, offering Southern flavors and fresh seafood. The seasonal menu features items prepared with local ingredients, such as spicy mussels, smoked bison brisket and seafood pot pie. Or, your table could choose the four course chef's tasting paired with wine.
Belford's Savannah Seafood & Steaks
Belford's Savannah Seafood & Steaks serves what the name implies with top-notch service in the heart of the City Market. Dinner specialties may include peach bourbon BBQ oysters, Belford's award-winning jumbo lump crab cakes and USDA Prime steaks. The drinks menu includes regional craft ciders and beers, as well as wines selected to pair perfectly with your meal.
You'll find a romantic and elegant dining experience at Alligator Soul, which offers regional dishes like shrimp and grits. The menu also features grass-fed beef, pheasant, lamb and exotic meats, which might include elk, kangaroo or ostrich. Vegetarians and vegans are welcome, too! The chef will prepare unique entrees with market-fresh ingredients. Located on historic Telfair Square, the restaurant's underground setting was once a grain warehouse (ca. 1885).