Written by Abstract Samm
With our close proximity to the coast, Savannah is the perfect location for finding a bite to eat in the realm of seafood. Crab, shrimp, lobster, you name it and we’ve got at least one restaurant that is sure to satisfy your wants. Here at The Savannah Insider, you can bet we’ve got your new favorite spot so keep reading to learn about some seafood restaurants in Savannah, Georgia.
There’s something about a water based view that adds something special to a seafood restaurant and Dockside Seafood has just the ambiance to put that extra spice in with every plate. Like many businesses here in Savannah, Dockside is housed in a building that has been around since the 1700’s and has been restored to create an aesthetic that is both historic and modern. Come out for a plate from 11 am – 9 pm (10 pm on Friday and Saturday) and see why eating dockside at Dockside Seafood is a tried and true activity for Savannah natives and tourists alike.
Congress Street is one of those roads you will see the name of quite often when exploring Savannah and Sorry Charlie’s Oyster Bar exists not far from many other great destinations. Overlooking Ellis Square, Sorry Charlie’s is the kind of restaurant you head to when you want oysters and a massive variety of them, among countless menu selections. Open from 11 am to 12 am every day, Sorry Charlie’s makes for awesome lunch or dinner on any day of the week. Bonus points if you visit during happy hour, Monday – Thursday from 4 pm – 6 pm. You can’t beat 1$ oysters and 3$ Savannah Beer. There’s no wonder why nobody wants to apologize for recommending that you have a meal at Sorry Charlie’s.
Featured on the Travel Channel and Food Network, Savannah Seafood Shack boasts the best low country boil in the area. What is usually known to be a pretty messy and social meal, low country boil is usually made in a massive pot and then thrown across a table. Folks have been serving up this dish for as long as any of us in Savannah now can remember. Savannah Seafood Shack takes a different approach to the classic concept at their Broughton St location. Instead of huge portions for large parties, you’re able to order an easy to carry bag of low country boil, with an option to have your shrimp shelled before you dig in. Like most restaurants in downtown Savannah, the Seafood Shack is open from 11 am – 9 pm (10 pm on the weekends) and the employees are always happy to greet you. Affordable, easy to eat and full of southern charm, Savannah Seafood Shack encompasses what we love the most about Georgia, the food.
River Street’s newest additions to the west end have been making waves since the completion of the area only a couple of years ago and District Seafood is worth a walk down that way. When you take a seat at the outdoor (but covered) bar, you’re at a location that shows off the big bridge that connects Savannah to South Carolina. From 11 am – 9 pm most days (12 am close on Friday and Saturday) you can head over to District Seafood on the west end and enjoy oysters by the dozen and hushpuppies, among other classic southern seafood based plates. Ask about their shrimp rolls and Old Bay fries when you’re just wanting a small nibble to give you enough energy to explore the rest of what River Street’s west end has to offer. You may even benefit from taking a look at some of our past articles here at The Savannah Insider, we did a whole list of reasons for why you would want to visit the west side of our iconic River Street.
Locals will remember hearing the radio commercials for Driftaway Cafe on Skidaway Rd, seems like that was the only one you’d heard during any break from the music for the past 15 years. Driftaway Cafe is a popular destination for locals and visitors who want more of a casual experience than an upscale seafood restaurant, but with the same quality of culinary delight. Head down to Skidaway Rd from 11 am – 10 pm every day except Sunday (when the hours are 10 am – 9 pm) and drift away into an oasis of southern, nautical themed aesthetics, you can even sign up to receive their emails before your visit for a 7$ off coupon for your meal. Dozens of gourmet meals line the menu, waiting for you to pick from shrimp tacos, calamari and more. Brunch lovers will want to take some time out of their Saturday or Sunday to check out that menu.
Only a two minute walk from The Olde Pink House on Broughton St, the Common Restaurant is a trendy little spot with outdoor and indoor seating. This unique menu with have you wanting to try everything at least once. Boards with pimento cheese and pork belly, seafood pesto macaroni and cheese and even something called a “Pineapple Situation” are scattered around this large menu. Surf, turf and some vegetarian selections are all a great option. Champagne & Oysters are one of a variety of cold bar choices, for the half shell lovers out there. You’ll want to make a quick trip to their website before the visit, their hours vary depending on the brunch situation. There’s nothing too terribly common about the Common Restaurant and one visit will show that off.
While River Street is a widely sought after way to experience waterfronts here in Savannah, there are areas like The Wyld on Livingston Ave that provide spectacular, different views. A little off the beaten path, this restaurant is a hidden gem that is one of the best not-so-well kept secrets. Laid back, simple but packed with flavor, you can truly let your hair down at this waterside seafood restaurant. Taste salt in the air and maybe even pull up on your boat. There’s no shortage of a good time to be had, you’ll notice that everyone seems to know about this “hidden” treat of a restaurant. Winter hours may vary from summer but The Wyld is currently open from Tuesday – Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm. Have yourself a wicked time at The Wyld without having to get too dramatic about it.
One of Savannah’s longest running restaurants, The Pirate’s House is all of the things that you would want to get out of a visit to the historic downtown area. Housed in an ancient building that is rumored to be haunted (just ask your server for their version of the story) and stocked with a menu that is legendary, The Pirate’s House is a spot that you just have to visit when you’re in the area. Don’t believe us? Check back to past articles and note that we regularly mention The Pirate’s House on Broad St in at least two other pieces. You will know you’ve arrived when you see the teal window shutters, come in any day except monday from 11 am – 9 pm. Fried Green Tomatoes, Savannah Crab Dip and Shrimp & Grits are just a small handful of menu choices that you will want to take advantage of. When you’re here in Savannah during Christmas, don’t hesitate to check in on their holiday dinner when they change the restaurant to resemble a buffet.
Not quite inside of the downtown area but still close, Bonefish Grill is a small drive down Abercorn when you need to take a break from the historic district and is well worth the extra fifteen minutes spent inside of the car. Upscale, aesthetically pleasing and relaxing from the moment you step across the threshold, Bonefish Grill is a full on experience. From 11 am – 10 pm (11 pm on Friday and Saturday) Bonefish Grill will accommodate all of your needs. This contemporary menu selection includes gluten free options and even some hidden vegetarian alterations. Just ask your server and you may be able to change something on the menu that wasn’t mentioned before. Whether you’re ordering alone, for the family or trying to satiate a picky child, Bonefish has plenty of seafood dishes to suit the needs of anyone in your party. Pair that variety with an unbeatable ambiance and Bonefish Grill makes for a filling, memorable and relaxing time.
Look no further than Victory Dr for some locally sourced, southern cuisine ranging from seafood to barbecue and all the best comfort foods in between. For over twenty years, Erica Davis Lowcountry has remained a major part of Savannah and surrounding areas. Catering, dine in and take out, there’s no way to go wrong with their low country boils, oyster roasts and more. Combine the best of both worlds with an order of barbecue shrimp, trust us. Open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am – 9 pm are your golden hours to come on down and have the meal that is sure to be mentioned by your party for many years to come.
Drawing heavy inspiration from the 1920’s lavish styles, Chive Sea Bar & Lounge awaits your party on Broughton St, boasting an intimate experience for all guests. Vintage cocktails make for a high class time but the seafood choices are what will make you want to come back. Asian infused and inspired dishes line the menu and from brunch to dinner, you cannot possibly go wrong with anything from the salmon to the sea bass and everything in between. Chive mussels too? No need to mention much else than that their hours vary from day to day so plan ahead for lunch or dinner at Chive Sea Bar & Lounge. Don’t look for another excuse to get all dolled up in some cocktail attire and take a bunch of cute selfies with your friends, Chive Sea Bar & Lounge is as hip as the food is enticing.
Savannah loves a good locally owned restaurant and The Shrimp Factory has been in the hands of locals since 1977. Take the excuse to walk away from the bustle of Plant Riverside with a trip to east River Street for a quiet, casual dining experience. Catch live music during some weekends and fill up on Low Country Crab Cakes (made with local native blue crab), Shrimp Po’ Boys and plenty of other southern seafood based delights. House specialty is a Pine Bark Stew, made by their specialty chef Tish. Built in 1823, the building that The Shrimp Factory has called home for so many years was actually once a cotton warehouse. Side note, the owners of this place are also responsible for some of the sweets available over at River Street Sweets so you may want to order a piece of pie before you go.
So what we’re saying here is this, you can get just about any kind of seafood you can think of in Savannah. Maybe even some that you wouldn’t have considered. There’s nothing stopping you from trying them all out though, we don’t judge at The Savannah Insider. Thanks again for reading with us on the cyclesavannah.com articles tab. Before you take off, take a second and read about the #PartyBike and our other various tours. Whether you’d get down on a mobile dance floor or want to learn something new, Savannah Sip N’ Cycle has a great selection for your visit to the Historic District.