Written by Abstract Samm

Looking to spice up your visit to Savannah, or to just shake up your normal Saturday night routine? We’ve got you covered with some of our hand-picked recommendation for this historic destination! So sit back, strap in, and enjoy the ride!

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RESTAURANTS YOU NEED TO VISIT
BEST DIVE BARS IN TOWN

Savannah Restaurants You Have to Visit

Savannah, Georgia has the kind of old town feel that stays with you forever. Southern hospitality and food that is out of this world! The moss laden live oaks and beautiful squares set the perfect mood for a city that is rich in coastal seafood, southern cuisine, and authentic foods that are full of soul. Here are our top picks for amazing restaurants in Savannah that will satisfy your hunger.

If you are looking for a delicious place to eat in Savannah, then you will need to check out these top picks for our favorite food spots! From home-style cooking to savory seafood, Savannah has the kind of charm that makes you want to try everything the city has to offer. We hope you brought your appetite!

The Collins Quarter

The Collins Quarter brings a touch of Australian cuisine to the table, with incredible foods and signature expressos. They introduced their unique, down under, café style to Savannah in 2014 and have since been a local favorite! From food and wine pairings to some of the best craft beers Georgia has to offer. Their casual café environment will have you relaxing with the family, while enjoying coffee, delicious burgers and sandwiches, and some of the best brunch combinations in the city! One of our personal favorites to try is the Bananas Foster French Toast! It’s literally mouthwatering. Make a reservation or walk-in, either way, you won’t be disappointed. Check them out on Instagram!

The Grey Diner

With a penchant for regional produce, seafood and meats, guests will find a melting pot of surprising and comforting tastes in all of Mashama’s cooking with something new revealed in each and every visit. A focus on European wines, Atlantic Trade liquors, and warm, old-world hospitality are the additional elements necessary to provide a complete experience for guests. The Grey continues the building’s long tradition of transporting people to a destination, but that destination is now one of elevated hospitality and intrinsic satisfaction.

The Vault

The Vault Kitchen and Market is a renovated, local banking institution turned industrially chic eatery. With a robust and diverse menu including sushi, traditional souther dishes, and tacos, the Vault has an impressive prescence and all the right vibes.

The bank was once a staple in the community, serving Savannahians for over 50 years. After the bank closed in 2013, they sought the space because of its history in the community. Residents of the community looked to the bank as a familiar landmark and that is exactly the type of familiarity we are hoping to maintain. The Vault pays tribute to the iconic and intrinsic value of this space by providing members of The Starland District with an everyday, every occasion, rich and fresh dining experience. The Vault is a first come, first serve dining experience. Deposit some memories with us!

700 Drayton Restaurant

If you are searching for a restaurant that is unique as well as satisfying, then look no further! 700 Drayton Restaurant offers a variety of globally inspired dishes, along with a restaurant environment that sets the perfect tone for fine dining. Located inside a mansion that is now a hotel, in the historic district of Savannah. The restaurant boasts, “you might say we’re a restaurant that also offers a hotel” You will not want to miss out on this awesome experience! Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well brunch.

700 Drayton is known for its artful dishes and atmosphere, but also for its interesting spaces. They provide inspiring private rooms for you to host a dinner, a birthday lunch or a get together with friends. Switch up your scenery and you’ll set the mood for extraordinary.

Leopold’s Ice Cream

Savannah is known for its great food and small-town shops, and Leopold’s Ice Cream is one of the oldest and best ice cream shops around! They have been making award-winning premium ice cream since 1919. Located in the historic district, the large ice cream cone sign and neon lights draw you into a quaint friendly environment. You can choose from regular flavors and seasonal flavors of ice cream as well as a full menu of fountain favorites, potato salad, and sandwiches with house-roasted meats! Some of our favorite ice cream flavors from Leopold’s are butter pecan, lemon custard, rum raisin and one of my favorites, pistachio with freshly roasted pistachios! See their Instagram for delicious pics.

Cotton & Rye

I love good southern cooking, and Cotton & Rye is a great spot for dining in or having a whiskey at the bar. They have house-baked breads, sausages and freshly ground meat for burgers! They offer a rich menu with starters like shrimp grits and beef tartare. Whether you’re looking for something savory, like their award-winning crispy chicken wings or a great dessert item, you will not be disappointed in this restaurant’s creative cuisine and flavorful offerings. Definitely one of Savannah’s best! See them on Twitter.

Bella Napoli Italian Bistro

Savannah may be known for its home-style cooking and coastal seafood but one little spot you will not want to miss is Bella Napoli Italian Bistro. This place has a great vibe with traditional Italian recipes that bring a little piece of Italy right to your table! Unforgettable pastas, amazing smelling calzones, and freshly made salads. You must try their famous Parma Bowl (seen below in action)! A special recipe with fresh cooked pasta, the world’s best parmesan cheese, and delectable table toppings. With outdoor and indoor seating Bella’s is a perfect way to spend an afternoon in Savannah. Visit their Facebook page.

River House Seafood

You’ve heard plenty of talk about Savannah’s coastal seafood, but River House Seafood, located in an 1820’s King Cotton Warehouse, walks the walk and more! They are known for their outstanding seafood, appetizers, and entrees. From fried green tomatoes to crispy calamari. River House goes above and beyond to bring you the finest coastal seafood that Savannah has to offer. Their shrimp and crawfish etouffee is one of the best tasting dishes I’ve ever had! Watch the merchant ships float by while enjoying a great seafood meal with the family. Catch them on Twitter.

Vinnie Van GoGo

Everyone loves pizza! Vinnia Van Go Go is a small New York style pizza joint in Savannah that makes their dough fresh and delivers to the downtown area on bikes for free! If you have never tried New York style pizza you are missing out and Vinnie’s makes theirs with a tasty sauce and huge slices that are perfect for folding in half! You can dine in or have your pizza delivered. It’s easy to see why this is one of our favorite places and top picks. Find them on Facebook.

Dub’s Pub River Street

Savannah is full of amazing little places that stay in your heart. Dub’s Pub caters to a community of folks who know that good food and drinks can bring people together. They are the only sports bar on river street and have an eclectic offering of cocktails and two dozen TV’s to watch your favorite game on! They offer a wide arrange of craft beers and have a chalkboard with handwritten daily chef picks! With exciting dishes like pork belly poutine and their traditional wings, you will want to grab a drink, watch a game and dine in on some awesome eats! Follow them on Twitter.

BEST DIVE BARS IN SAVANNAH

Their down-to-earth atmosphere, comfortable appeal, and historic charm make Dive Bars in Savannah particularly unique. From the cheap drinks to the colorful locals, visiting these bars is a definite must on any outing! Experience the nightlife like non other here on our list of dive bars that you must visit when in Savannah! Don’t say we didn’t warn you. You make leave with new best friends and unforgettable memories 😊

The Rail Pub

Spirits & Spirits! The Rail Pub is a gem among dive bars here in Savannah, GA. Home of the $5 40oz this place has so much to offer with live music several times a week in their outdoor beer garden and karaoke upstairs! Hungry?! Snag a fancy $1 hotdog served on slice of white bread, or enjoy free fried chicken Fridays when the bar serves up some Popeye’s spicy chicken during the Friday happy hour! 

Visit them on Facebook to see more!

Pinkie Masters

Savannah’s authentically delightful and dingy dive bar Pinkies. Stop by Pinkies to catch a hot take on local politics or sip an old-fashioned amongst aging photos of former patrons. With its no frills attitude and retro décor you’ll feel right at home in this semi-historical hole in the wall. It’s said Jimmy Carter once jumped up on the bar to announce his run for presidency here, ask another customer about it, they were probably there.

 Visit them on Facebook!

O’connells Irish Pub

This place is without a doubt the most authentic Irish Pub in the city.  Enjoy a Guiness or Magners Irish Cider on tap, and an extensive whiskey selection. Have a nice conversation with one of the very friendly barkeeps, shoot some darts, or enjoy the quiet lounge area of the pub. This no frills local dive is sure to lead some great conversation.

The Wormhole

A Savannah classic, this dark cavernous dive always has a colorful crowd of mainly local patrons. They have weekly events ranging from naked trivia to traveling and local standup comedians, and concerts ranging from folk music to death metal. They have a fantastic menu of bar food served all night, I recommend the “alien blood” wings! Vintage arcade machines and pool tables dot the bar making sure you won’t get bored in between shows!

Visit them on Facebook to learn more!

Bayou Cafe

Located in an awesome old brick building on  historic River Street, Bayou dive has great food and cheap drinks, this place is definitely one of a kind, the only true dive bar on River Street they have some seriously good cajun food, and  mouthy bartender with a heavy pour. What more could you ask for?                                                                                                    

Find them on Facebook!

CLOSING THOUGHTS

We absolutely love Savannah, Georgia. The variety of food, drinks, and atmosphere that Savanna provides is a breath of fresh air. With historical architecture and endless small shops and parlors, there is so much to see and try. These restaurants aren’t just great picks for a place to eat, they are a piece of Savannah’s charm that continues to keep people coming back for more.