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10 Must-Visit Savannah Restaurants

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A road trip to Savannah makes for an easy, quick weekend getaway from Charleston. The lush parks, historic museums, and open container laws have all the makings of a great vacation, but where should visitors dine? There's more to Savannah than Wet Willie's and River Street — here's a list of 10 establishments worth looking into while exploring the historic city. From life-restoring breakfast sandwiches to updated interpretations of seasonal Southern fare, these are the restaurants worth a visit.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. B’s Cracklin’ BBQ

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12409 White Bluff Rd
Savannah, GA 31419
(912) 330-6921
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Bryan and Nikki Furman reopened B’s Cracklin’ BBQ in a new location after a a faulty Coca-Cola machine caught fire and destroyed the Savannah building the eatery had operated out of since it opened in fall 2014. Now, locals know to visit B's for whole hog, heritage breed barbecue, chicken, ribs, brisket, and house-made sides with local ingredients.

2. Back In The Day Bakery

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2403 Bull St
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 495-9292
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For lunch, baked goods, or coffee drinks, Back in the Day Bakery makes for a cozy stop on Bull Street. Visit for buttery biscuits filled with cheese and eggs and bacon, along with many, many other sweet and savory glories.

3. Atlantic

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102 E Victory Dr
Savannah, GA 31405

Once open, hip eatery Atlantic quickly rose to the top of Savannah's list of favorite spots for expertly concocted cocktails and interesting plates with international influences. The menu ranges from mushroom pate to sautéed shrimp with lemon butter and crispy prosciutto. It's comfort food from every corner of the globe.

4. Elizabeth On 37th

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105 E 37th St
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 236-5547
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Known as Savannah’s fine dining grand dame, Elizabeth on 37th opened in 1981 with recipes pulled from handwritten cookbooks found at the Georgia Historical Society. The dining room is formal, the food is dependable, and the seasonal specials keep it interesting.

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5. The Grey

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109 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Savannah, GA 31401

Chef Mashama Bailey moved back to town after years cooking in New York to open the bus-depot-turned-restaurant stunner The Grey. Look for Southern staples such as country captain (a curried chicken and rice dish) with a sourdough trencher and plenty of twists like foie gras and grits with applesauce. The cocktails are equally as luscious.

6. Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room

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107 W Jones St
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 232-5997
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Open since 1943, Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room provides Southern staples for visitors looking to experience classic cooking in a home atmosphere. Almost a rite of passage, if you're visiting Savannah, you'll probably find yourself queuing up for lunch at Mrs. Wilkes. The plates, served family style, are heaped with candied yams, butter beans, cornbread, snap peas, macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, and more — it's basically Thanksgiving every day, minus the turkey. Bring cash and be prepared to sit with strangers at the communal tables.

7. Narobia's Grits & Gravy

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2019 Habersham St
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 231-0563

Soul food favorite Narobia’s Grits & Gravy serves up crab stew, fried fish, and some of the best Southern breakfast and lunch plates in town. The line gets long on Saturdays, so go early.

8. Cotton & Rye

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1801 Habersham St
Savannah, GA 31401

The team at all-American eatery Cotton & Rye draws from their experiences in New England, the South, the Southwest and South Florida. Menu items can range from pork shanks with roasted root vegetables to stuffed Carolina trout with popcorn rice and crab. Chefs Zach Shultz and Brandon Whitestone also keep a focus on seasonal sides, like braised kale and broccolini.

9. The Collins Quarter

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151 Bull St
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 777-4147
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A coffee house with innovative cuisine, The Collins Quarter opened in 2014 with the goal of bringing a bit of Melbourne, Australia to the South. Popular for brunch, this Bull Street eatery is known for its brekkie of chorizo sausage, Savannah River Farms bacon, eggs,mushrooms, baked beans, and grilled tomato served with artisan toast. They also serve all-American dishes like short rib hash and fancy avocado toast with a poached egg.

10. Zunzi's

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108 E York St
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 443-9555
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Find a menu inspired by South African cuisine at Zunzi’s. Many times, there’s a line at the take-out counter, but the wait for boerewors on a roll or curry chicken salad is worth it.

1. B’s Cracklin’ BBQ

12409 White Bluff Rd, Savannah, GA 31419

Bryan and Nikki Furman reopened B’s Cracklin’ BBQ in a new location after a a faulty Coca-Cola machine caught fire and destroyed the Savannah building the eatery had operated out of since it opened in fall 2014. Now, locals know to visit B's for whole hog, heritage breed barbecue, chicken, ribs, brisket, and house-made sides with local ingredients.

12409 White Bluff Rd
Savannah, GA 31419

2. Back In The Day Bakery

2403 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401

For lunch, baked goods, or coffee drinks, Back in the Day Bakery makes for a cozy stop on Bull Street. Visit for buttery biscuits filled with cheese and eggs and bacon, along with many, many other sweet and savory glories.

2403 Bull St
Savannah, GA 31401

3. Atlantic

102 E Victory Dr, Savannah, GA 31405

Once open, hip eatery Atlantic quickly rose to the top of Savannah's list of favorite spots for expertly concocted cocktails and interesting plates with international influences. The menu ranges from mushroom pate to sautéed shrimp with lemon butter and crispy prosciutto. It's comfort food from every corner of the globe.

102 E Victory Dr
Savannah, GA 31405

4. Elizabeth On 37th

105 E 37th St, Savannah, GA 31401
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Known as Savannah’s fine dining grand dame, Elizabeth on 37th opened in 1981 with recipes pulled from handwritten cookbooks found at the Georgia Historical Society. The dining room is formal, the food is dependable, and the seasonal specials keep it interesting.

105 E 37th St
Savannah, GA 31401

5. The Grey

109 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah, GA 31401

Chef Mashama Bailey moved back to town after years cooking in New York to open the bus-depot-turned-restaurant stunner The Grey. Look for Southern staples such as country captain (a curried chicken and rice dish) with a sourdough trencher and plenty of twists like foie gras and grits with applesauce. The cocktails are equally as luscious.

109 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Savannah, GA 31401

6. Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room

107 W Jones St, Savannah, GA 31401

Open since 1943, Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room provides Southern staples for visitors looking to experience classic cooking in a home atmosphere. Almost a rite of passage, if you're visiting Savannah, you'll probably find yourself queuing up for lunch at Mrs. Wilkes. The plates, served family style, are heaped with candied yams, butter beans, cornbread, snap peas, macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, and more — it's basically Thanksgiving every day, minus the turkey. Bring cash and be prepared to sit with strangers at the communal tables.

107 W Jones St
Savannah, GA 31401

7. Narobia's Grits & Gravy

2019 Habersham St, Savannah, GA 31401

Soul food favorite Narobia’s Grits & Gravy serves up crab stew, fried fish, and some of the best Southern breakfast and lunch plates in town. The line gets long on Saturdays, so go early.

2019 Habersham St
Savannah, GA 31401

8. Cotton & Rye

1801 Habersham St, Savannah, GA 31401

The team at all-American eatery Cotton & Rye draws from their experiences in New England, the South, the Southwest and South Florida. Menu items can range from pork shanks with roasted root vegetables to stuffed Carolina trout with popcorn rice and crab. Chefs Zach Shultz and Brandon Whitestone also keep a focus on seasonal sides, like braised kale and broccolini.

1801 Habersham St
Savannah, GA 31401

9. The Collins Quarter

151 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401

A coffee house with innovative cuisine, The Collins Quarter opened in 2014 with the goal of bringing a bit of Melbourne, Australia to the South. Popular for brunch, this Bull Street eatery is known for its brekkie of chorizo sausage, Savannah River Farms bacon, eggs,mushrooms, baked beans, and grilled tomato served with artisan toast. They also serve all-American dishes like short rib hash and fancy avocado toast with a poached egg.

151 Bull St
Savannah, GA 31401

10. Zunzi's

108 E York St, Savannah, GA 31401

Find a menu inspired by South African cuisine at Zunzi’s. Many times, there’s a line at the take-out counter, but the wait for boerewors on a roll or curry chicken salad is worth it.

108 E York St
Savannah, GA 31401

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