Your Guide to Savannah’s Culinary Scene
Savannah, GA is known for its southern charm, decorative history, and delicious food and drink. Don’t miss out on these local spots to dine, drink and snack!
Lunch or Dinner
Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room
Rarely absent from any seasoned Savannah visitor’s list of recommendations, Mrs. Wilke’s Dining Room provides a classic southern meal that will leave you full and ready for an afternoon nap! Platters of fried chicken, beans, rice, mac and cheese, and collard greens are served at shared 10-person tables where diners from all over the world interact with one another over a delicious meal.
A destination in itself, Cohen’s Retreat was opened in the 1930s as a gentleman’s retreat. Ccurrent owners have transformed the property into a haven for artists, creatives and musicians to develop their work. Visit for lunch or dinner for southern classics like Fried Green Tomatos, She Crab Soup and Fried Catfish.
The Collins Quarter
Located in the heart of Savannah, this casual café features colorful farm-to-table ingredients paired with fine wines, craft beers and specialty coffees. Inspired by Melbourne, Australia’s historic Collins street, this restaurant serves brunch and dinner.
Huey’s on the River
Huey’s serves brunch every day (can we can an Amen?!). This popular spot is located right on River Street overlooking the activity of the most popular area of town. This New Orleans style eatery features beignets--sweet donut-like pastries that are coated in powdered sugar.
B. Matthews Eatery
With a brunch menu that’s served morning and afternoon, you can’t go wrong. The quaint corner restaurant features southern favorites like biscuits & gravy and shrimp & grits as well as your classics like omelets and French toast. If you’re really feeling daring, try the walnut and bourbon chutney waffle.
Relax in Driftaway Café’s casual setting and enjoy the freshest seafood straight from the Atlantic. Located off the beaten path, Driftaway’s extensive menu features something for everyone. Try the Crab Cake Benedict or the Southern Fried Chicken Biscuit. Hankering lunch instead? Choose from a wide variety of tacos, wraps, salads and pastas.
Alley Cat Lounge
Escape to Alley Cat Lounge, a basement venue accessible via an alley entrance (so in these days). This local establishment prides themselves on serving people and experiences – not food and cocktails (though they’re very good at both). Choose from an extensive list of cocktails then sit back and enjoy the experience.
Open up your Instagram app and get snapping – this bar is going to make your social media friends envious. With architectural bones that date back to the late 1800s, Artillery has an old-timey feel with modern design elements that evoke the feeling of late 19th century romanticism.
Crystal Beer Parlor
Opened in 1933, Crystal Beer Parlor is Savannah’s oldest restaurant and houses many memories of locals, visitors and even famous people. Known for their delicious burgers and selection of over 80 beers, you can find this restaurant off the beaten path.
Savannah Rae’s Gourmet Popcorn
Oreo Cheesecake popcorn, Doritos® Cool Ranch® popcorn, Caramel Sea Salt popcorn – is your mouth watering yet? You could go back to Savannah Rae’s 150 times and try a new flavor each time you visit. Be sure to bring some back for your friends!
This authentic Parisian café features French delicacies like pastries and macarons, baguettes and lattes. Traveling with your pet? Sit out on their pet-friendly patio. A great place for a midday snack, Café M is located near East River Street.
Savannah Candy Kitchen
Now a franchised operation, Savannah Candy Kitchen can be found as far north as Maryland and east as Nashville, visit the original location on River Street. From Pralines to taffy, fudge and baked goods, Savannah Candy Kitchen is a sweet tooth’s heaven.