Since I’m often asked the best restaurants in Savannah, I thought I’d break down the different options and list my personal favorites to help you decide where to go!

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If you’re new around here, first of all…welcome! My name is Erin, and I authored the Savannah First-Timer’s Guide. I live in Savannah’s artsy Starland District (also known as Thomas Square), and I enjoy introducing visitors to the city.


Famous Savannah Restaurants

As is the case in many cities, the most well-known restaurants aren’t always the best.

Sometimes they’re simply the ones that have been around the longest. In other instances, they’re restaurants that make the news frequently…and not always for the best reasons.

These are a few of the most well-known restaurants in Savannah:

  • The Olde Pink House
  • The Pirates’ House
  • Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room
  • The Lady & Sons
  • The Grey
  • Husk
  • Back in the Day Bakery

Related Reading: Which Famous Savannah Restaurants are Worth the Hype?


Restaurants that NEED Reservations in Savannah

There are a few restaurants in Savannah that are so popular they’re consistently booked for weeks — sometimes months — in advance.

If you plan to visit any of the following, I highly suggest making reservations asap!

  • The Olde Pink House
  • The Grey
  • Common Thread
  • Husk
  • Alligator Soul

Trust me, the earlier you reserve, the better! For example, the Olde Pink House is sometimes booked solid for two to three months in advance during peak tourism season.

Insider Tip: You can often find seats at Planters Tavern, located in the basement of The Olde Pink House, on a walk-in basis. They serve the same food as the restaurant. At The Grey, you can often grab a seat at the front bar on a walk-in basis even when the restaurant is booked!


No Reservation Restaurants

During the many years I’ve spent passing advice off to tourists, I’ve learned there are two distinct types of travelers: those who plan their daily activities around restaurant reservations to ensure dining at a “must-eat” spot and those who prefer to go with the flow and not be held to eating at a certain time.

The restaurants below include ten top spots that operate on a first come, first served basis — no reservations necessary:

  • Crystal Beer Parlor
  • Double Wide Diner
  • Green Truck Pub
  • Huey’s
  • Little Duck Diner
  • Starland Yard
  • The Ordinary Pub
  • The Vault
  • Treylor Park
  • Vinnie Van Go Go’s

Best Restaurants in Savannah Georgia

This was tough, but I’ve compiled a list of the best places to eat in Savannah. These restaurants are consistently incredible! I’ve tried to include options in a variety of price ranges — not just the fanciest spots.

Here are my current top ten all around winners, in alphabetical order:

  • Alligator Soul
  • Common Thread
  • Erica Davis Lowcountry
  • Fleeting
  • Flying Monk
  • Geneva’s Famous Chicken and Cornbread
  • Green Truck Pub
  • Husk
  • Joe’s at the Jepson
  • The Collins Quarter

I should probably note that my favorites change frequently, so I’ll update this list on a regular basis!

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Breakfast Restaurants in Savannah

Whether you’re looking for a hearty Southern-style breakfast or you prefer to load up on pastries from a bakery, there are plenty of yummy breakfast places in Savannah.

Here are ten of the most popular options, in alphabetical order:

  • Auspicious Bakery
  • B Matthews Eatery
  • Big Bon Bodega
  • Clary’s Cafe
  • Fork & Dagger
  • Huey’s on the River
  • Husk
  • Narobia’s Grits & Gravy
  • The Collins Quarter
  • The Grey Market

My personal favorite is probably The Collins Quarter for their delicious Avocado Smash, but I’ll forever be a fan of Clary’s for their hearty meals and friendly, down-home atmosphere.

Grey plate from The Colllins Quarter with two slices of bread topped with eggs, avocado, fresh tomatoes, and other colorful veggies

Historic District Breakfast

Since the majority of people who visit Savannah stay downtown, I’ve written an entire post about the best places to go for breakfast in the Historic District. Each one is within easy walking distance of downtown hotels.

Here are my top five, in alphabetical order:

  • B Matthews Eatery
  • Clary’s Cafe
  • Double Wide Diner
  • Huey’s on the River
  • The Collins Quarter

The post includes lots of food photos and has some additional yummy breakfast spots, like Little Duck Diner. I appreciate that their bacon is always perfectly crispy, and the French toast is sliced thick so it don’t arrive soggy.

Related Reading: A Local’s Guide to the Best Breakfast in Savannah

Starland District Breakfast

Since I live in Starland, and since breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, I thought it might be fun to also include a few favorite breakfast spots near me. A couple of these are hidden gems you might not hear about otherwise.

  • 2 Chefs Gullah Geechee Soul Food
  • Back in the Day Bakery
  • Narobia’s Grits & Gravy
  • Starland Cafe
  • Troupial Savannah

2 Chefs is probably my current favorite. I used to love Back in the Day Bakery, but their hours have gotten so weird that it seems like they’re closed more often than they’re open.


Best Fried Chicken in Savannah

Fried chicken is a staple in the South, and Savannah has some solid options if you happen to get a craving for it during your visit.

Here are my top five picks, in alphabetical order:

  • Geneva’s Famous Chicken and Cornbread
  • Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room
  • Savannah Fried Chicken
  • Sisters of the New South
  • The Grey

I say this all the time, but I realize the term “best” is highly subjective. That’s true whether you’re referring to the best restaurants, tours, places to stay — or really anything, for that matter.

However, I can tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt that my personal favorite spot for the best fried chicken in Savannah is Geneva’s. In fact, I love it so much that I hate to even list it here! I wish I could keep it all to myself.


Savannah’s Top Seafood Spots

Since Savannah sits along the beautiful Georgia Coast, we’re lucky to have our choice of fresh seafood year round. Let me tell you, there’s something pretty special about plate full of fresh-caught wild Georgia shrimp!

Here are my top five picks, once again in alphabetical order:

  • a.Lure
  • Chive Seabar and Lounge
  • Driftaway Cafe
  • Erica Davis Lowcountry
  • The Wyld Dock

Chive is a classic, so you can’t go wrong with them. The Wyld is great because it has waterfront views and a coastal breeze, which makes it feel like you’re dining at the beach. However, Erica Davis Lowcountry is consistently my go-to!

I should also probably include a special shoutout to Crystal Beer Parlor in this section for serving up some of the best shrimp and grits in Savannah.

Related Reading: A Local’s Guide to the Best Seafood in Savannah


The Best Burger in Savannah

Few restaurants in Savannah seem to create burgers worth writing home about, so that makes this an easy category to complete.

Here are my top five, in alphabetical order:

  • Betty Bombers
  • Crystal Beer Parlor
  • Green Truck Pub
  • Over Yonder
  • Sly’s Sliders and Fries

The best of the best are Over Yonder, Green Truck Pub, and Crystal Beer Parlor. I get a burger nearly every time I go to Crystal Beer Parlor! At Green Truck I don’t believe I’ve ever tried anything other than a burger.

You can’t go wrong with any of these restaurants — although some people might tell you to steer clear of the ketchup at Green Truck Pub. It has a sweetness to it, so it’s a bit of an acquired taste!


The Best BBQ in Savannah

Thanks to my South Carolina roots, I’ll happily chow down on a good mustard-based pulled pork sandwich any day of the week, but I appreciate a wide variety of BBQ styles.

More than a decade of living in the Texas Hill Country taught me that few foods on the planet can beat the taste of a brisket so tender it practically melts in your mouth. (Shoutout to Cooper’s Old Time BBQ…one of the few things I truly miss about Texas.)

Here are my top picks for the best BBQ in Savannah, in alphabetical order:

  • Erica Davis Lowcountry
  • Munchie’s BBQ
  • Randy’s BBQ
  • Sandfly BBQ
  • Trick’s BBQ

As picky as I am about some good ol’ Texas brisket, I admit I absolutely love the brisket plate at Erica Davis Lowcountry. Their pulled pork is also pretty spectacular.

Sandfly BBQ used to have an adorable location in an old streamliner in the Victorian District, but it closed down during the pandemic. Their original restaurant near Wormsloe Historic Site is worth stopping in if you’re planning a trip to see the famous oak-lined drive.

Blonde girl wearing a jean jacket sitting in front of a brisket plate at Sandfly BBQ in Savannah

Savannah Travel Guide

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