Savannah, Georgia restaurant and tourist recommendations needed

I just got this question from Peggy about Savannah, GA. I don’t suppose we’ll get as many responses as the Europe question, but I hope some of us can help:

Hi James,

I enjoy the blog! I was wondering if you’d post an inquiry to your readers about dinner dining suggestions and tourist activities in Savannah, GA. I’ll be traveling there on business in February and will be dining with colleagues one night and I’m in charge of choosing a restaurant. I should also have a few hours on a couple of different days to do some tourist stuff so I’m looking for suggestions. I’ll be staying near the riverfront and will have a rental car.

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  1. Jeni says:

    River Street has tons of great places to eat and Paula Dean has a restaurant in Savannah that’s VERY popular (I think it’s called Lady and Sons). They also have neat stuff like ghost tours, carriage rides, and a pretty lighthouse!

  2. Mal says:

    Paula Deen’s restaurant, “The Lady and Sons” would be my recommendation for an authentic Southern dinner.

  3. Dan says:

    I am also going to visit Savannah GA for the first time in late Feb early Mar. If you have not read the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt, I rec you do so.

    I am for sure going to visit the Bonaventure Cemetery.

  4. Marty Culverhouse says:

    Hogs Head Saloon on the Riverfront is a nice place for lunch and for a more upscale dinner I would recomment the Pink House Restaurant. For that one you will need reservations though.

    Take the Savannah Trolly Tour. It has about 16 stops and you can get off and look around and just pick up another trolly whenever. They show up at each stop about every 15 minutes or so.

    Also, for a fun evening activity I would recommend a ghost tour. They are kind of hokey but fun none the less.

    There is a tourist information center on the lower riverwalk with many brochures.

  5. Michael Vaughn says:

    Hey there I’m a local, born and bread Savannian without any ties to any restaurant. There are so many great places to eat and I just had to comment. Garabaldi’s which is in the city market area and a 10 minute walk to River Street is my fav!. Don’t look at the menu, just go ahead and order the Scored Flounder. They will accommodate large groups. Had a group or 25 there a couple months ago and we were served and treated very well.

  6. MM says:

    If you have a car, a ride out to Tybee Island is fun and Paula Deen’s brother has a restaurant on the marsh there, I think it is called, Uncle Bubba’s. Good food, fun staff, a fun place.

  7. Jan says:

    PaulaDean. If you want down home southern cooking, go to My Lady and Sons resturant. It’s worth the wait.

  8. Lo says:

    Don’t go to Paula Dean’s. That’s too tourist-y. Go to the Juliette Lowe Gordon House. Visit the new art museum. Go toward Skidaway Island and visit the Byrd Cookie Factory for free samples. (Closed on Saturday.) Make sure you hit the train museum.

  9. sodakuppi says:

    1) take a ride on the trolley for a day and get off at the stops you find interesting.

    2) See the place where they shot a scene in the movie ‘forrest gump’

    3) Walk on the road with the stores beside the river (marketplace)

    4) See the garden from the ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’

    5) Try the asian restaurant on the road next to SCAD (savannah college of art and design)

    6) There’s another place on the same road that serve tapas with music and dancing…can’t remember the name

    7) you can visit paula deen’s but you might want to make a reservation as early as you can. They are usually booked up.

  10. Annie says:

    Lady and Sons restaurant was worth the wait if you like southern cuisine. Tip: You have to get there early in the day to get a ticket for a dinner reservation.

  11. D says:

    Good luck w/your trip to Savannah. I was there 2 years ago and found that the city wasn’t very “budget tourist-friendly”. (I couldn’t afford the $30+ trolley ticket prices. I was saving my money for other things.)

    The only Southern hospitality that I experienced was at Paula Deen’s The Lady & Sons restaurant and Fort Pulaski. The fort is a ways out from Savannah, but a beautiful drive. The fort is small and picturesque. The National Park rangers were very informative.

  12. Lily says:

    Vacationing in SAVannah, ga first of March. Would appreciate any info on a nice and friendly hotel, inn or B& B that is fairly economical ($75.00 to $120.00 range. Would like to stay in the Historical District if possible. My price range may not make it possible. Any info would be greatly appreciated. What are some Must see places before you go home.

  13. Susan says:

    I don’t believe it’s open for dinner, but if you need to go out for lunch, I would skip Paula Dean’s and go to Mrs Wilkes. The food is served family style, with lots of choices and great atmosphere. Definitely not to be missed.

  14. Rachel says:

    If you really want to go someplace impressive for dinner, try the Mansion on Forsyth Park. Very impressive, very cool, price to match!

    Mulberry Inn is a great place to stay, you can walk to a lot of things, and they really do have southern hospitality there!

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  16. Peggy says:

    Thanks so much for the suggestions! I’m now looking forward to the trip a bit more!


  17. Aundria Premo says:

    I would recommend Mary’s Steakhouse. We are more down to earth folks, and we absolutely loved the veal and the hot rock cooked steak we ordered. We had a Valentine’s date night there, and it was a wonderful evening. Reservations are recommended!

  18. Robert Dawson says:

    Hi All,

    A few things as a native:

    “Hog’s Head Saloon” is actually The Boar’s Head Grill & Tavern.

    Lady and Son’s if you’re a Paula Dean fan, if not most certainly Mrs. Wilkes’ .

    They didn’t film A scene from Forrest Gump in Savannah, they filmed about 70% of the movie here, they also filmed the original Cape Fear, Gator, The Lincoln Conspiracy, The General’s Daughter, Friends, Now & Then, A League of Their Own, and many others…

    Fort Pulaski is not a small fort Fort Jackson is, we have both…

    The Bed & Breakfast Inn on Chatham Square.

    Carriage Tours. Old Town Trolley.

    Park in marked parking spaces, especially after dark. There are special night meter maids to ticket “odd” parking and wrecker’s make a living towing on the weekends…

    Keeping in mind the parking caution, come on y’all (you all, youse guys). We look forward to sharing our beautiful city with you.

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