If you’re visiting Savannah, a stroll down River Street is an absolute must. This busy cobblestone promenade extends along the Savannah River at the northern edge of the Historic District. It’s the perfect place to watch container ships pass, pick up a few postcards and souvenirs, and eat your fill at one of the many family-friendly restaurants available. Having trouble choosing? Don’t worry! We’ve got the rundown on the top spots to enjoy Savannah’s best seafood, pub fare, fine dining, and southern cuisine.
Dining at the River House, which is located in an 1820s King Cotton warehouse, is a classic Southern experience with an emphasis on fresh seafood. Start your meal off with a shareable shrimp boil, fried oysters, or crispy calamari. For your main course, try their signature dish: Savannah Paella, composed of yellow rice, chicken, local shrimp, clams, crabmeat, and grouper. Don’t forget to sample a glass of Chatham Artillery Punch – a Savannah staple since the 1700s!
Vacationing with the family? Spanky’s offers plenty of kid-friendly options including pizza, burgers, nachos, and sandwiches. They also proudly proclaim the title of “Home of the Original Chicken Finger,” with hand-battered tenders and plenty of sauce options, sure to please even the pickiest eater in your party.
If you’re interested in something a little bit more upscale, we recommend Chart House. Their menu includes a variety of creative dishes like peach-bourbon glazed scallops, kimchi calamari, or mac nut mahi with a warm peanut sauce and mango relish, in addition to an extensive wine list. And if you’re visiting Savannah for a special occasion, Chart House also offers private dining experiences to suit any event, from anniversaries and birthday parties to business functions and rehearsal dinners.
Huey’s Southern Café offers a menu inspired by New Orleans cuisine and Low Country classics in an upscale environment with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the river. Try some Louisiana favorites like shrimp creole and crawfish étouffée. Huey’s also offers a sizable brunch menu with sweet and savory options including crab cakes benedict, Cajun gumbo, and “N’awlins style” French toast. Be sure to save room for beignets coated in powdered sugar and served all day.
If you’re looking for fabulous river views, snag a seat on the balcony at Tubby’s and watch the river boats pass while you dine. Famous for their seafood and signature drinks, this laidback eatery offers happy hour specials, discount shots when container ships go by, and a southern-style breakfast each weekend. For a taste of everything, try the Low Country platter with steamed shrimp, crab legs, and sausage. Don’t forget to sample the pecan pie, baked fresh daily at Savannah’s Candy Kitchen!
Cap off your stay in Savannah with a memorable visit to the always exquisite Vic’s on the River. With elegant evening entertainment and attentive service, Vic’s is comprised of the best Savannah has to offer. Whether you’re craving seafood, steak, or just a selection of expertly crafted appetizers, you’ll enjoy a delicious meal in a refined setting, with views over the Savannah River. We recommend the braised beef short ribs, marinated in Cheerwine and served with baby carrots and sour cream and chive mashed potatoes. Their dessert menu includes decadent after-dinner drinks like Vic’s Night Tripper Coffee, made with coffee liqueur, Grand Marnier, and Bailey’s Irish cream. During the day, head downstairs to Vic’s street-level coffee bar for caffeinated drinks, cocktails, baked goods, and other treats.
Don’t forget to snap a few photos while you enjoy all River Street has to offer, and tag them with #stayinsavannah for a chance to be featured on our home page!