Savannah is known for so many great things, and food definitely sits toward the top of the list. From southern cooking to fresh local seafood at the beach to fine dining on a night out, you’ll find that there’s lots to love when eating in Savannah. While there are far too many wonderful choices to name them all, here are some of our top picks to suit any taste.
A Taste for History
The Pirates’ House is located one block from River Street in Downtown Savannah. It was originally an inn where visiting sailors and pirates would drink and tell their stories of the seas. The restaurant has carefully preserved the atmosphere while still serving up an excellent and diverse menu. Staff members in pirate garb even lead brief tours through the restaurant and will regale you with the history and the legends while you wait for your food.
A Taste for the Supernatural
Widely regarded as the most haunted place in Savannah (a city with quite a haunted reputation already) is the Moon River Brewing Company. When you go to Moon River, you are guaranteed to enjoy a restaurant and brewery with great food at good prices and a large selection of craft beers brewed right in the building. There is a chance, however, that you will get more than that. The staff and patrons will tell you about their brushes with the supernatural. From bottles flying off shelves to being pushed when you are alone in a room, unexplained events happen regularly in this building which was previously a City Hotel and a hospital during Savannah’s numerous yellow fever outbreaks. The Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures and Syfy’s Ghost Hunters have both visited the location.
A Taste for a Southern Cooking
Mrs Wilkes Dining Room is not only some of the best Southern cooking in town, it is a truly unique dining experience. Every morning a line gathers outside (no reservations are taken) and when the doors open at 11am, people filter in to find a spot at one of the large tables for ten. Platters of friend chicken, black eyed peas, okra gumbo and other southern favorites are passed around family style between friends old and new. The concept is rare in dining today, but traditional boardinghouse style communal dining for working class laborers and merchants was common in the South and this gem has continued to be popular because of the excellence of their fare.
A Taste for Seafood
A short drive to Sandfly will bring you to what many locals will tell you is one of the best spots in Savannah for “casual, coastal cuisine.” The Driftaway Cafe restaurant has both indoor dining and outdoor dining on the front deck and back porch. The restaurant has a fun, coastal atmosphere with painted murals and plenty of fish and nautical decor on the walls but you can tell the chefs are serious about their food. The appetizer menu is anything but standard fare with spicy Firecracker Shrimp and their signature Tuna Tartare but save room for the Spicy Tuna Tacos or the Pistachio Encrusted Salmon. Driftaway Cafe even offers some amazing seafood on their Sunday Brunch menu with the Crab Cake Benedict or Eggs Sandfly. No matter when you come, you will find both land and sea options that are anything but ordinary.
A Taste for a View
Another restaurant with excellent seafood and probably one of the best views in Savannah is AJ’s Dockside on Tybee Island. Located on the Back River of Tybee, AJ’s boasts a spectacular sunset over the water. Sit on the outdoor deck and enjoy watching kayaks, boats and wildlife cruise by while you dine. You can even arrive by boat and dock there or rent kayaks or paddleboards to burn off the calories.
A Taste for Outdoor Dining
The Crab Shack on Tybee Island is definitely one of the best places for outdoor dining. Situated on Chimney Creek, the Crab Shack is off the beaten path but well worth the trip. While you wait for a table you can feed the alligators in the gator lagoon or visit the birds in the gift shop. The large back deck is the place to dine with large trees coming up through the deck to create a wonderful rustic and shady atmosphere. The Low Country Boil is their specialty but you can also get crab legs, steamed shrimp and even great barbecue! The Shack Crab Stew is a great way to start off any meal, or you can grab a quart to go. With great food, beautiful views and a fun, funky atmosphere, this is definitely a must see on Tybee.