• Tara Scott-Johnson

Dining in Savannah

What is Savannah known for? The historic squares, majestic live oak trees, and 1800's Victorian-era homes. No silly...it's the food! We've tried them all so you don't have to. Here are our favorite restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner in and around Historic Savannah, GA...not in any particular order.

The Olde Pink House - Fine Dining -

23 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31401

The Olde Pink House, formerly the Habersham House, is a National Landmark on Reynolds Square. Built in 1771, the mansion has been a private residence, a military headquarters, and a bank. Still in operation today, the massive cast-iron vault with dungeon-like doors is used as a wine cellar. The appetizer and entrée menu is expansive with ala-carte side dishes. Enjoy some of the finest food in Savannah and take in the history of The Olde Pink House. From seafood, steak, chicken, and pork, this restaurant is sure to please even the most critical of palettes. Order the Pan-Seared Salmon - you can thank me later.

Bella Napoli Bistro & Pizzeria - Italian -

18 E State Street, Savannah, GA 31401

Located near Wright Square on State Street you will find this small, unassuming bistro. If you blink - you may miss it - but do yourself a favor and search out this authentic Italian cuisine. Chef Gary, the owner of Bella Napoli Bistro & Pizzeria, made the journey from Naples, Italy to America. Using his family recipes, he has developed a culinary experience that is both beautiful and inviting to new customers and to regulars alike. Here you will find a real family - where values like friendship and affection, are authentic; just like his food. Try the Gnochetti Sorrentina or the Manicotti - both were superb!

Treasure Island - "Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest –Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!”

The Pirates' House - Seafood & Steak -

20 E Broad Street, Savannah, GA 31401

Originally built as an Inn for visiting sailors, The Pirates' House is ripe with tales of seamen, pirates and secret tunnels leading back to the Savannah River. In fact, the beloved book, Treasure Island, mentions The Pirates' House in Savannah and a pirate by the name of Captain John Flint. Captain Flint amassed considerable loot and subsequently buried it on a deserted island. It is said, he died in Savannah from drinking too much rum. His treasure map was given to Billy Bones who helps set the adventure in motion for the main characters. It is said that Stevenson was inspired to write the tale while visiting the Inn and early edition pages can be found in the Treasure Room today. More than just a museum and gift shop, The Pirates' House is a delicious restaurant; the award-winning Honey-Pecan Fried Chicken is as good as it sounds. Drop in daily between 11 am - 3 pm for their Southern Lunch Buffet with all the true southern staples you'd expect.

Madame Butterfly - Korean Steakhouse -

110 W Congress Street, Savannah, GA 31401

Madame Butterfly is a new concept restaurant near Ellis Square. While the décor and atmosphere brought us in, the food keeps us coming back. Madame Butterfly is a Korean steakhouse and Japanese hot-pot dining experience. The historic building housing the steakhouse has been renovated and has three levels for your enjoyment. The main level is where you'll find the Japanese hot-pot dining room, the second level is where Korean barbeque dishes are prepared by the chef at your table, and the basement level is reserved for private parties and Karaoke night. Be sure to request the level you will be dining in when making your reservation. My personal favorite, you ask? That would be the slightly sweet Bulgogi - hand's down!

Café at City Market - American Cuisine -

224 W. St. Julian Street, Savannah, GA 31401

Savannah City Market is home to numerous restaurants, bars, shops, art galleries, and the only Prohibition Museum in America - all within a two block radius inside Savanah's Historic District - nestled between Ellis and Franklin Square. The Cafe at City Market is a casual dining restaurant smack dab in the center of City Market serving sandwiches, salads, pasta and pizza. Ask for a seat on the porch and people watch to your heart's content - it's Savannah after all - the locals can be quite entertaining. The Blackened Chicken Alfredo is one of the best chicken alfredo's we've ever tasted, the Chicken Feathers - a fancy name for grilled chicken fingers - smothered in curry are exceptional, and their famous Georgia Peach Sangria is available to-go, so don't forget to ask for a "traveler" on the way out.

Collins Quarters at Forsyth - Brunch -

621 Drayton St, Savannah, GA 31401

The largest of Savannah's Historic Squares is Forsyth Park - a 30-acre park lined with majestic live oak trees dripping in Spanish moss. Forsyth Park is home to Savannah's most famous fountain - the Fountain at Forsyth Park was installed in 1858 and modeled after the fountains at the Place de la Concorde in Paris. Just a stone's throw from the fountain is one of our favorite brunch spots - Collins Quarters at Forsyth is the second location for Collins Quarters - an Australian-inspired café. While their first location is located on Bull Street and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, their second location is open for breakfast and lunch only. Their decadent brunch dishes include the CQ Avocado Toast with poached egg and the to-die-for Raspberry French Toast with raspberry compote, white chocolate chips, berries, and passionfruit curd. Don't forget to order the Spiced Lavender Mocha - mmm so good!

Two Cracked Eggs - Breakfast -

301 W River St, Savannah, GA 31401

With two downtown locations on Bay Street and River Street, Two Cracked Eggs has become a Savannah breakfast staple for residents and tourists alike. Open from 7 am to 3 pm, breakfast is served! Their Chicken & Waffle breakfast is as famous as their authentic Cuban coffee. This yummy eatery has earned the travelers title: "One of the must eat at places in the Downtown Savannah River Street area".

Want more dining recommendations- read: Dining on Tybee Island

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