As an important US city which attracts many tourists to its historic attractions, Savannah, Georgia supports a good number of high-end restaurants offering gourmet dining. The ready availability of fresh fish and seafood from the nearby ports coupled with the traditional warm Southern hospitality make Savannah a wonderful place to dine, both as a resident and as a visitor.
Southside is a good area to find international restaurants or head into the Historic District to find gourmet dining situated in charming historic properties.
We highlight six top restaurants in Savannah, but recommend you make reservations well ahead of time to avoid disappointment.
Restaurant #1: Elizabeth on 37th
The charm of Savannah’s gracious lifestyle is captured in the dining room of Elizabeth on 37th. This gourmet restaurant was opened by Chef Elizabeth Terry and her husband Michael in 1981 and they remain partners in the business.
The 1900s southern mansion creates the perfect ambience for leisurely gourmet dining from the kitchens of executive chef Kelly Yambor. Open from 6pm to 8.30pm daily, this charming historic residence serves award-winning Southern Coastal specialties to discerning diners.
Restaurant #2: Olde Pink House
Closely resembling a home on the National Register of Historic Places, the Olde Pink House in Reynolds Square on Abercorn Street serves lunch and dinner daily (dinner only on Sundays and Mondays). Entrees include crispy half duck with black vinegar BBQ glaze and vegetable crepes or crispy fried lobster tails with sweet chili Dijon and bacon buttermilk whipped potatoes.
Restaurant #3: 45 Bistro
For romantic Savannah dining, the 45 Bistro is a delightful gem for those looking for unusual dishes that are beautifully prepared and bursting with flavor. Located in Marshall House on E. Broughton Street, this top restaurant in Savannah is a real treat for gastronomes featuring dishes such as wood fired Margherita pizza, watercress salad, brick oven roasted chicken and Georgia pecan dacquoise.
Restaurant #4: Circa 1875 Gastropub
Serving European and French cuisine every evening from Monday through Saturday, the Circa 1875 Gastropub is located in historic premises on Whitaker Street. With a bar interior inherited from its former Irish pub background (think tiled floors and wood partitions) the Parisian-style bistro is located downstairs in the brick-lined wine cellar. Where better to dine intimately on escargot, moules mariniere, foie gras and seasonal entrees accompanied by great French wines?
Restaurant #5: Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room
Famous for hosting President Obama during his visit to Savannah, this Jones Street restaurant serves traditional family-style meals just like Mama used to make. Platters of fried chicken, butter beans, candied yams and mac and cheese are served on shared tables that seat up to 10 diners. Great southern food, but be prepared to be sociable with your fellow diners.
Restaurant #6: Noble Fare
Boasting a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, Noble Fare is ranked one of the top restaurants in Savannah’s Jefferson Street, where historic charm meets modern taste. This family-owned restaurant is run by Jenny and Patrick McNamara who create and serve locally inspired cuisine with a new twist. From the menu, try Sapelo Island clam soup, pan-roasted diver scallops with truffle corn and funky fungi, or trust the chef and sample the all-inclusive tasting menu and wine pairings for a meal to savor.
Dining out at such top establishments is the perfect complement to your luxury vacation accommodation in a restored historic property in Savannah, Georgia. Bon appetit!
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