A Food-focused Weekend Guide to Savannah

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Curator’s statement

Discover the culinary treasures of Savannah without the need for a car during an indulgent food-focused weekend. As you stroll through the cobblestone streets and charming squares, taste your way through the city's rich culinary heritage. Enjoy classic Southern dishes and modern twists at local eateries, all while uncovering the fascinating history woven into each meal. From riverfront seafood with a side of maritime lore to brunches in centuries-old squares, this weekend adventure lets you savor both the flavors and the stories of Savannah's past.

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Savannah Taste Experience

First Squares Food Tour: This guided food tour takes you through the historic squares of Savannah so you can sample a variety of dishes and drinks at several local restaurants and eateries while also getting a chance to walk it off and learn some history of the different picturesque squares throughout the city between stops.

Bonnie Blue Tours

Lightly Sauced: this tour offers a unique and entertaining experience where you can explore Savannah's historic district while sipping on local cocktails. Along the way, share stories and trivia about Savannah's history and its connection to the art of mixology. As Bonnie says, "It's classier than a pub crawl and tipsier than a history tour!"

Bonaventure Don

Bonaventure Cemetery is one of Savannah's most famous and picturesque cemeteries, known for its scenic beauty and historic significance. There are a lot of tour companies to choose from when coming here, but I recommend Bonaventure Don for a unique and highly personal tour. Generations of Don's family are buried in this cemetery and he is an active member of the Bonaventure Historical Society, so he knows the place well. There are no ghost stories here, but that does not mean there is any shortage of interesting tales to tell. All of this comes at a unique 'name your own price' model for the tour.

Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters

This historic house museum offers guided tours of the preserved early 19th-century mansion and the adjacent slave quarters. It's a significant historical tour that provides insights into both the opulence and the harsh realities of the past in Savannah.

Places to eat & drink in Savannah

Vic's on the River Restaurant Savannah

Alligator Soul

Located in the heart of Savannah's historic district, Alligator Soul is an upscale restaurant known for its creative Southern cuisine, including some unique proteins - like Alligator!

The Grey

The Grey is a critically acclaimed restaurant housed in a restored Greyhound bus terminal. Helmed by Chef Mashama Bailey, it's famous for its modern Southern cuisine with a twist, emphasizing seasonal ingredients and regional flavors. Pro tip: Watch Chef Mashama Bailey's episode of Chef's Table beforehand for an insider look at how the restaurant came to be what it is today.

The Olde Pink House:

Set in an 18th-century mansion, The Olde Pink House is a historic restaurant that exudes Southern charm. Be sure to explore the hidden pub in the basement.

Vic's on the River

With a prime location overlooking the Savannah River, Vic's on the River offers both Southern and seafood-focused dishes. It's a popular spot for waterfront dining and enjoying picturesque views of the river and passing ships.

Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room

A Savannah institution, Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room is famous for its family-style Southern cooking. Guests gather at communal tables to enjoy a variety of Southern classics, from fried chicken to collard greens.

Cotton & Rye

A contemporary Southern restaurant, Cotton & Rye, offers a modern twist on Southern comfort food. The menu features locally sourced ingredients and an extensive whiskey selection, making it a popular choice for both food and drink.


Leopold's Ice Cream

Cap off any meal with a scoop of ice cream from the iconic Leopold's dating to 1919.

River Street Sweets

There are lots of candy stores throughout Savannah and this is just one example but you must stop in for some world famous pralines or my personal favorite, a Bear Claw (bonus points for the dark chocolate and sea salt variety).

Byrd's Famous Cookies

A cookie lover's heaven with walls of different cookie flavors lining the walls waiting for you to create your own customized mix or select from one of the preselected offerings.


Smiles Dueling Piano Bar

Exactly what it sounds like - a fun and rowdy bar with dueling pianos and plenty of audience participation.

Abe's on Lincoln

A bar with a local feel that is also interestingly dedicated to Abraham Lincoln. The walls and ceilings are covered with guests renditions of Abe drawn on napkins. Just looking around at the different versions could keep you entertained for hours and don't forget to add your own to the collection!

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Caitlyn Johnston guide, Historic Food Guide for Savannah, Georgia.

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