Savannah, Georgia remains high on many travelers’ bucket list. The one time capital of Georgia is full of gorgeous buildings. The charming town has found a way to add modern touches while preserving the city’s rich history.
The dining scene of Savannah has evolved to include upscale restaurants, featuring well trained chefs. Here’s where to find the best dining in Savannah.
1. Kitchen 320 is located in the B Historic Savannah hotel. Besides outstanding dishes, Kitchen 320 is where to go if you desire a well made cocktail. The bar, features fresh herbs and house made syrups. A Shrimp Salad and Vidalia Onion Tart are made with items sourced locally. My favorite dish I had was the Crab Cake – lump crab that sits atop a creamy grit cake. A Skirt Steak pays homage to southern roots with lovely okra draped across the plate.
2. The Collins Quarter – Hopefully your stay in Savannah includes Brunch. And you must head to The Collins Quarter for their fun and festive brunch. On Sundays, when the clock strived 12:30 they go a bit wild with bells ringing signaling time for booze. But you’ll still want to have their signature coffee drink, the Lavender Mocha (best coffee of my life!), before the Bloody Marys begin flowing. We loved the Swine Time Beni, pictured below, (Brioche French Toast topped with pulled pork) and the Short Rib hash.
3. Nine Drayton – If romance is on your agenda, look to Nine Drayton. For cocktails, try their version of a LIT, the Southern tea—sweet but not overly sugary. If you like Manhattans, then order the Savannhattan. Skip appetizers in favor of salads like the Roasted Beet with leek vinaigrette. Skip seafood in favor a duck breast served with cherry sauce or lamb chops.
4. a.Lure is a modern establishment featuring an exposed brick and white tablecloth atmosphere for upscale dining. It is my go to choice for impeccable service and a romantic evening. The haute cuisine shines through with fresh ingredients in every course. Start with the Rabbit Ravioli with bacon and butternut squash or the Lamb carpaccio with blue cheese ice cream. For entrees, the Scallops with a carrot risotto or the Pork Shank are highlights.
5. Treylor Park – Any child of the eighties or anyone who enjoys kitschy decor will love Treylor Park. Though it is located on River Street, it is a world away from the overpriced, touristy spots littered across River Street. Unique items include the PB&J Wings, Shrimp and Grits Tacos and the Venison Sloppy Joe. Note that they restaurant doesn’t take reservations, so you’ll have to take your chances, but go for an early lunch and you’ll be fine.
6. B. Matthews – This is a trendy spot that features live music on the weekends. Start with one of its creative cocktails. Try the B. Matthew’s margarita. The signature drink is slightly spicy with habanero-infused tequila and refreshing with fresh plum puree. Start with the Okra succotash spring rolls or the Butternut Squash & Shiitake Risotto. The restaurant also does a super weekend brunch.
7. Lulu’s Chocolate Bar– If you love sweets, then a visit to Lulu’s Chocolate Bar is in order. Get the chocolate chip cookie cheesecake. But that’s not all the dessert bar has to offer. And it’s open late nights until 1 a.m. to provide that late-night sugar fix. Insider tip: They have dessert cocktail too which are discounted nightly until 7 pm.
Avoid these awful and overhyped restaurants in Savannah:
Local 11 Ten – We were so looking forward to this spot for a romantic evening. The menu looked amazing and they have a rooftop bar. However, our extremely condescending server ruined what would have otherwise been a fabulous evening. Don’t waste your money here.
Vinnie Van GoGos- Extremely Rude staff. It was packed and just setting my bag down on a bar stool for a minute prompted staff to be quite annoyed with me and let me know. Never felt so unwelcome at a restaurant before. I would never go back here.