The Best Food in Savannah: A Southern Foodie Guide

Aside from its stunning scenery and rich history, the ‘Hostess City of the South’ has always been a popular destination for savouring Southern food. Voted the 4th top food destination in the US by TripAdvisor, Savannah boasts a culinary scene to rival some of the world’s best, with its restaurants, bars and cafes seamlessly blending old classics with new innovative creations. Sample Southern staples with a touch of gourmet, stumble across all kinds of international cuisine and experience happy hour in the cocktail capital of the South, we’re sure all you foodies out there will return home satisfied. So without further ado, here are some of the best food spots and restaurants in Savannah for you to dig your teeth into. Bon Appetit!

The Olde Pink House

When searching for the best restaurants in Savannah, this late 18th-century mansion serving classic Southern cuisine is always at the top of the list, and the whole building is pink! Famous for its beautiful Southern decor, well-preserved architecture and delectable dishes, The Olde Pink House is the ideal Savannah restaurant for an authentic Southern dining experience. You’ll love tasting some of their signature plates such as oysters with a watermelon relish and crispy fried lobster, and sampling their iconic Bloody Mary is an absolute must. Enjoy delicious food with a gourmet twist in an authentic, charming atmosphere, we promise you won’t be disappointed. After all, this place is pretty much a rite of passage when visiting Savannah.

The Collins Quarter

Where Melbourne’s edginess meets Southern soul, creating a chic atmospheric eatery with outstanding food and coffee. This place has been put on the map as THE best brunch spot in Savannah. Brunching culture has boomed all over Europe and the US in recent years, so if that’s your thing – look no further. Whilst The Collins Quarter serves food from breakfast until dinner, tourists and locals alike flock to this popular Savannah restaurant for its epic brunch menu. The brunch shift is the most popular time of day, lasting until 15:00 and you can fill your bellies with standard yet innovative brunch foods such as shakshuka and French toast. Australians love a good coffee, so make sure you stop by their takeaway coffee and pastry window in the morning to try some of their delicious signature Espressos as you stroll through Forsyth Park.

Mrs Wilkes Dining Room

Possibly one of the most talked about restaurants in Savannah, Mrs Wilkes Dining Room has filled its tables every day since 1946. A classic building situated on one of the most historic streets in Savannah, this is the place to experience true Southern charm and hospitality. Not only is it Barack Obama’s go-to Savannah restaurant, but it’s also a winner of some prestigious food awards including the James Beard Award. Serving home-cooked Southern classics such as sweet potato souffle, black-eyed peas and gumbo, you can’t visit this city without stopping for lunch at this iconic spot. Join the lunch queue from 11:00 onwards and enjoy tasty comfort food amongst strangers at one of the 10 communal tables, it truly is Southern hospitality and its finest.

Starland Yard

If sampling different kinds of street food is more your vibe, you have to get yourself down to Starland Yard. Located in the artsy Starland District, it’s more of an outdoor food court than a restaurant, but that’s what makes it so special. This vibrant outdoor space includes a bar, a variety of food trucks and a Savannah favourite, Pizzeria Vittoria. Popular amongst locals and tourists who are in the know, this ever-evolving food court is a great place to sample a colourful variety of street food, try Savannah’s staple cocktail, the Chatham Artillery Punch, and even enjoy some live music or art events. Remember to keep an eye on their Instagram to stay on top of events and which food trucks will be in the yard during your visit.


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Leopold’s Ice Cream Parlour

It’s impossible to compile a Savannah foodie guide without including Leopold’s Ice Cream Parlour. Named one of the best ice cream shops in the world, you’ll find a queue spilling out of the storefront come rain or shine. But don’t let that put you off because this famous retro ice cream parlour is undoubtedly worth it. They offer devilishly good homemade ice cream that comes in a variety of flavours, from rum bisque and butter pecan to pistachio and lemon custard, there’s a flavour for every palate. So if you’re an ice cream fanatic heading to Savannah, make sure you put Leopold’s at the top of your list.

If you’re a certified foodie looking for your next delectable destination, book a tasty getaway to Savannah and dive into Southern cuisine in a spectacular historic destination.

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