Savannah ranks among the best cities in the American South for those looking to soothe their appetite. But what about the locals who walk the streets of Savannah every day? Where do they go for their favorite meals? We’ve researched and found some answers on great places Savannah locals love to eat.

    With this list, discover local restaurants that have served customers for decades, building a strong relationship with the community. Sitting down for a meal at these places will show you why Savannah is developing into one of the best foodie cities in the USA.


    The Pirates’ House

    Delicious seafood in one of Georgia’s most historic locations

    • Food
    • Families

    Savannah’s famous Pirates’ House has a history that’s older than the United States itself. The land plot originally supported a public agricultural garden and eventually became one of Savannah’s first buildings. Established in 1753, the rustic inn hosts pirates and sailors who traveled the open seas around Georgia. 

    Its signature dish is the Honey pecan fried chicken, though angry seas pasta, shrimp gumbo, and mango chili glazed salmon are delicious options. The friendly staff can fill you in on the building’s history. Stuff yourself with hearty dishes at the Southern Lunch Buffet or treat your friends to a private dinner party.

    Location: 20 E Broad St, Savannah, GA 31401, USA

    Open: Friday–Saturday from 11 am to 9.30 pm, Sunday–Thursday from 11 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 912-233-5757


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    Crystal Beer Parlor

    Enjoy traditional American fare in a century-old local gathering point

    • Food

    Established in 1933, Crystal Beer Parlor earns the title of Savannah’s oldest restaurant. The eatery opened its doors during the Great Depression, and has remained a simple place for locals of all backgrounds to hang out. You won’t find anything fancy about this shop, but the friendly hospitality keeps customers happy throughout their meal.

    Originally known as the Gerken Family Grocery Store, Crystal Beer Parlor sparked rumors of running an illegal speakeasy during Prohibition. The walls display famous pictures of Savannah’s history, while residents reminisce on cherished memories that happened inside the restaurant. Standout dishes include the Crystal crab stew, homemade Crystal chili, and classic Crystal burger. 

    Location: 301 W Jones St, Savannah, GA 31401, USA

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 11 am to 9 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +1 912-349-1000


    Leopold’s Ice Cream

    Homemade ice cream that has delighted locals since 1919

    • Food
    • Families

    Leopold’s Ice Cream is a Savannah icon within the Savannah Historic District. The award-winning establishment earned fame as one of the world’s top ice cream parlors and has delighted customers for a century. Its super premium menu features classic flavors such as caramel swirl, mint chocolate chip, and pistachio. 

    Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter even commented that Leopold’s makes his favorite butter pecan ice cream. The parlor makes other candies with its authentic marble soda fountain and whips up a variety of sandwiches.

    Location: 212 E Broughton St, Savannah, GA 31401, USA

    Open: Daily from noon to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 912-234-4442


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    Treylor Park

    Comfort Southern food and cocktails with a trailer park theme

    • Food

    Treylor Park takes the trailer park vibe and transforms it into a chic space to dine in downtown Savannah. The staff puts an eclectic spin on typical decorations like deer antlers, while an upscale bar whips up seasonal cocktails. There’s outdoor seating available in the beer garden.

    Treylor Park's chefs unleash their creativity with taco recipes that include chicken and pancake, bacon cheeseburger, and shrimp and grits. Besides its signature cocktails, quench your thirst with craft beer, spiked seltzer, or refreshing wines. Save room for dessert and satisfy your sweet tooth with the bourbon pecan pie or banana pudding crème brûlée.

    Location: 115 E Bay St, Savannah, GA 31401, USA

    Open: Monday–Friday from 11 am to 1 am, Saturday–Sunday from 10 am to 1 am

    Phone: +1 912-495-5557


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    Vic’s On The River

    Famous shrimp and grits in a Civil War-era building

    • Food

    Vic’s on the River rests on the banks of the Savannah River and is a fabulous spot for fine dining in Savannah. Located in a 19th-century cotton warehouse, the restaurant offers exceptional views of River Street. Southern charm resonates through the building – you can relax on the outdoor patio and admire the beautiful live oaks lining the street.

    The menu combines hearty Southern dishes with locally-sourced seafood. Locals rave about the shrimp and grits, but other popular items include pan-seared salmon, pecan-fried flounder, and braised beef short rib. For a tasty brew, head to the coffee bar for hot, cold, and boozy beverages.

    Location: 26 E Bay St, Savannah, GA 31401, USA

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 912-721-1000


    Green Truck Neighborhood Pub

    Locally sourced burgers and veggie dishes in a casual setting

    • Food
    • Families

    Green Truck Neighborhood Pub fits the bill for Savannahians looking for something simple. All the ingredients are handmade using only local sources – the burger menu features grass-fed beef, Humane-certified chicken breast, and veggie patties. There's even a Little Truckers Menu for your little ones to enjoy.

    Salads are topped with house-made dressings like honey mustard, balsamic vinaigrette, and blue cheese. After scarfing down your all-natural entrée, try the homemade pecan pie or goat cheese brownie for dessert. You can purchase restaurant merchandise designed by local artists.

    Location: 2430 Habersham St, Savannah, GA 31401, USA

    Open: Wednesday–Thursday from 4.30 pm to 9 pm, Friday–Saturday from 11.30 am to 2.30 pm and from 4.30 pm to 9 pm, Sunday from 11.30 am to 2.30 pm and from 4.30 pm to 8pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

    Phone: +1 912-234-5885


    Forsyth Farmers’ Market

    Shop for organic produce from local vendors

    • Shoppers
    • Food

    The Forsyth Farmers’ Market is a real treat if you find yourself in Savannah on a Saturday morning. Adjacent to the iconic city park, the Saturday market has supported local producers for years. Roughly 30 vendors meet at the intersection of Bull Street and Park Avenue to provide Savannahians with fresh produce, pastured meats, bakery items, and ready-to-eat meals. 

    It’s a fantastic spot to find organic products, as all vendors come from a 200-mile radius around Savannah. The market supports the local economy, with several partners educating the public on proper nutrition. For those who can’t visit the Forsyth Farmers’ Market, Farm Truck 912 rides around Savannah on weekdays to sell seasonal fruits and vegetables to local neighbourhoods.

    Location: 13 E Park Ave, Savannah, GA 31401

    Open: Saturday from 9am to 1pm


    Savannah State Farmers Market

    Year-round market selling locally grown fruits and vegetables

    • Food
    • Budget

    The Savannah State Farmers Market is on Savannah’s Westside near Garden City, but it’s worth the 10-minute drive from the historic district. Here, you can pick up all sorts of seasonal fruits and vegetables at reasonable prices. You’ll also find flowers, nursery plants, pumpkins, and even Christmas trees for the vacations.

    Stop by the onsite BBQ joint for filling, lip-smacking meals, or grab a fresh batch of boiled peanuts from the produce shop. Some of the specialties readily available include sugar plums, seedless watermelon, tomatoes, pork rinds, Vidalia onions, and juicy Georgia peaches.

    Location: 701 US-80, Savannah, GA 31408, USA

    Open: Monday–Friday from 6 am to 6 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +1 912-966-7800



    Home to the “Best Sandwich in the South”

    • Food

    Zunzi’s combines South African, Swiss, Italian, and Dutch heritage to create one of Savannah’s most diverse menus. Word has spread around the country of their Gatsby sandwiches. The Conquistador is widely known as one of America's best sandwiches after it was featured on a TV travel special. The recipe includes a baked chicken breast, romaine lettuce, provolone, tomatoes, and Zunzi’s sauce and dressing, all served on French bread.

    Although the Conquistador lifted the takeout to fame, don’t sleep on other internationally-influenced recipes like the Rising Sun and Bird Island. You can turn any Gatsby sandwich into a bowl, salad, or wrap. Don’t forget to check out the tempting list of sauces while you’re at it.

    Location: 108 E York St, Savannah, GA 31401, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 11 am to 9 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +1 912-443-9555


    Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room

    Wholesome Southern lunches served at communal tables

    • Food

    Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room has been the Savannahnians' go-to lunch spot since 1943. The downtown restaurant is just a few blocks from the famous Forsyth Park, bringing families and strangers together with its communal tables Hardworking laborers used to line up for homestyle Southern cooking, and the tradition remains strong today.

    The dedicated staff is always shaking up the menu, though you can expect Southern staples such as fried chicken, beef stew, okra gumbo, collard greens, black-eyed peas, and biscuits. Hungry crowds often come as early as 11 am, so time your visit accordingly. Set aside extra cash for your meal since Mrs. Wilkes doesn’t accept credit cards.

    Location: 107 W Jones St, Savannah, GA 31401, USA

    Open: Monday–Friday from 11 am to 2 pm (closed on weekends)

    Phone: +1 912-232-5997

    Daniel Grenier | Contributing Writer

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