12 Amazing Restaurants in Downtown Savannah, GA
Savannah has developed a wonderful reputation for good food. If you’re visiting Savannah for a weekend there are so many restaurants to choose from it can become overwhelming.
Here are 12 of my favourite restaurants in downtown Savannah, GA. Ranging from places that make steak tartare to humble pie shops. So pack your stretchy pants (or grab a pair from a boutique in the city) and bon appétit.
The Collins Quarter
American and International | $$ | Casual
The Collins Quarter is a hugely-popular brunch spot. We ended up arriving at 9am and this was perfect because about 20-minutes later there was a massive line.
The food was delicious! I asked my waiter to pick his favourite and I’m so happy he recommended the short rib hash. It wasn’t too fatty and the ribs melted in my mouth. The presentation at Collins Quarter is so pretty, you could fill up an entire Instagram feed with pictures of the food here.
Address: 151 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401
Hours: 6:30am-3pm (everyday) and 5:30pm-10pm (Wednesday - Sunday)
Reservations: While they do not take brunch reservations, you can reserve for later seatings. Make a Reservation
Chive Sea bar and Lounge
Seafood | $$$ | Smart Casual
This place was recommended by a local and they clearly had good taste. The interior is sophisticated and modern with a well-stocked bar; the cocktails were made by a talented bartender. Since it’s a sea food bar I had to order oysters. I got an array of oysters from the East Coast (the best ones) and they were fresh and served on a pretty wooden platter with all the required sauces. I also had the shrimp, which was juicy and not overcooked.
This is a great spot for couples and adults who want to enjoy some downtime and chit chat over drinks. And if you’re not into seafood, they also have chicken and veggie options.
Address: 4 W Broughton Street, Savannah, GA 31401
Hours: 11am – 3pm (Monday-Friday) 12pm-3pm (Saturday); 5pm–10pm (Monday-Thursday) 5pm–11pm (Friday-Saturday) | Closed on Sunday
Reservations: Chive doesn’t take reservations, it’s a first come, first served basis
Fox and Fig Café
Vegan | $$ | Casual
I’m going to start by saying I never go in search of vegan or vegetarian restaurants, but again, this one was recommended to me by a local and it was easily a standout. Everything has so much flavour and as a non-vegan I was really surprised by this.
I especially loved the burger and I treated myself to my favourite dessert - milk and cookies. I left feeling full, satisfied and healthy… hmmm, maybe these vegans are onto something.
Address: 321 Habersham St, Savannah, GA 31401
Hours: 8am-9pm (every day)
Reservations: Walk in only, so try not to arrive during peak brunch hour or you’ll have to do a bit of waiting.
Goose Feather’s Café
Breakfast Brunch | $ | Casual
This is a great no-fuss breakfast and lunch place. They offer an array of fresh-baked bagels and pastries or you can go for waffles, egg dishes or oatmeal. I opted to build a breakfast sandwich with sausage and eggs.
If you’re in the mood for adventure, try the JP Deluxe. It’s a jalapeno, cheddar cornbread waffle topped with bacon, sausage, gravy, scrambled eggs, cheese and tabasco syrup. Don’t forget the Tums!
The lines can be long, but they move quickly so don’t let that turn you off. It’s a good place to come early for a quick breakfast before a tour at Bonaventure Cemetery.
Address: 39 Barnard St, Savannah, GA 31401
Hours: 7am-3pm (Monday-Friday) 8am-3pm (Saturday-Sunday)
Reservations: No reservations here, you place your order then grab a seat
Pie | $ | Casual
I love myself a good pie so I had to check out the Pie Society. This place does it all! They have savoury pies like the classic steak and ale plus they offer sausage rolls and dessert pies too.
I waited an extra 10 minutes to get my pie fresh out of the oven. The crust was nice and flaky and the fillings were hearty. The inside of the pie shop is quite small with stool seating around the window so if it’s a nice day you may want to take your pie to go and enjoy a nice picnic.
Address: 19 Jefferson St, Savannah, GA 31401
Hours: 8am-6pm (Monday-Thursday) 8am-9pm (Friday-Saturday) 8am-5pm (Sunday)
Reservations: No reservations, it’s a grab and go with limited window seating
Southern with European influence | $$$ | Smart Casual
You can’t visit Savannah and not enjoy a meal at The Grey. It’s easily the best restaurant in the city. It’s received so many accolades and was featured in Chef’s Table so it’s a challenging place to get a reservation. In fact it took me two nights and a lot of waiting to eventually get a spot in the main dining area but at the bar.
But the wait was worth it! The portions are small so you can try many different dishes (my favourite way to eat). The space itself feels like something out of New York, it was a converted “Grey”hound bus station so it’s got an old meets new aesthetic.
Address: 109 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah, GA 31401
Hours (Dining Room): 5.30pm-10pm (Tuesday-Thursday) 5.30pm-11pm (Friday-Saturday) 5.30pm-9pm (Sunday)
Reservations: Make a reservation at least 30 days prior online. They may accept walk-ins if you arrive very early. Put your name down and kill some time at the bar.
Wait, there’s more…
While I didn’t eat at all of these below spots, they were recommended to me by locals and they’re got great reviews online. I’ve included a mixture of restaurants, bars, cafés and dessert places.
The Olde Pink House
Southern | $$$ | Smart
Great place if you really want to feel Southern charm. This restaurant is an institution in the city, and recently burned down so you’ll be able to enjoy the new space and great food if you visit.
Leopold’s Ice Cream
Dessert | $ | Casual
I would be shunned if I didn’t put Leopold’s on this list. If you like ice cream then you have to visit. You will wait in an absurdly long line but friends tell me it was worthy of their precious time. I did not try it because I have no patience and I actually don’t enjoy ice cream (I have sensitive teeth).
Italian | $$ | Smart Casual
Inside the Brice Kimpton Hotel is the Paccia Italian restaurant. It’s a great place to eat but if you’re just looking for a good cocktail, pop over to the bar and enjoy some friendly banter with the bartenders.
Top deck Savannah
Bar and Grill | $$ | Casual
Though they serve food, this is a great place to come and enjoy a cocktail on the rooftop bar. You’ll get a lovely sunset view while you sip on a drink and nibble some appetizers.
Elevated pub fare | $$ | Smart Casual
The bartender at my hotel recommended The Fitzroy and the food was delish. We sat on the upstairs outdoor patio which was nice at night time. I ordered the short rib and it was so big I felt like a caveman. Though I could only finish a quarter of it, it was really tasty and fell off the bone.
The Coffee Fox
Café | $ | Casual
There will be a time when you need a coffee and this is the perfect place to grab one. It’s got a student vibe so you feel energized even before the caffeine hits you.