Located in the Historic District, this quaint contemporary French restaurant is known for its lovely ambiance, with a black, white and fuchsia decor. The owners also serve as the chefs, and they carefully plan their menu according to the season and local selections, as well as a wine menu to match. Seating is limited - it hold less than 40 - so call ahead to secure a table.
Vic's on the River
Vic’s on the River is a local favorite, not just because of its award-winning cuisine but also for its historic setting: the high ceilings and wide open spaces of what was once the Civil War-era antebellum cotton warehouse make for a unique dining experience. Grab a drink at the cocktail bar overlooking the river before enjoying a Southern specialty like the pulled-pork egg roll or the butternut risotto pork filet. Don’t forget to check out the map room, which is covered with maps painted by Union soldiers.
Olde Pink House
Hungry for some Southern seafood? The Olde Pink House is a pink-stuccoed home that was once the headquarters of a Union Army general. The interior decor has an old-timey feel, with wood floors and furniture and even an antique cellar room (this is where you’ll find the bar). Order up the blue crab-stuffed black grouper or crispy scored flounder, and savor your meal in the candlelit dining room.
This chic restaurant is adored for its low-key appeal. The decor takes on a hip industrial feel, like dining among a converted loft space. Chef Christopher Nason is a local favorite, focusing on local coastal cuisine. Try the barbecue wild halibut with sweet corn broth, and pair it with a drink from the lengthy wine list.
Bella's Italian Cafe
For more than two decades, Bella’s has attracted couples with its rustic, casual atmosphere. Choose from indoor and outdoor seating, then order up some authentic Italian food - chef Joanie Corneil studied culinary arts in Italy. Choose from delights like the carpaccio, pizza cooked in an oak-burning oven or some spaghetti and meatballs.
Jazz'D Tapas Bar
Over in the Historic District, you’ll find this trendy jazz club. Take a seat at the industrial-style bar, sip a martini and take in the jazz and blues sounds of local musicians. This place was made for a casual date and sharing plates. Order the tapas for two, a meal complete with two appetizers, four tapas and two desserts. Or try one of the many other Jazz'D offerings, like the coconut shrimp, sesame tuna or pork loin back ribs.
Pearl's Saltwater Grill
Seafood and steak are the specialties at this restaurant overlooking the Herb River. Pearl's Saltwater Grille is a treasured secret among the locals. The menu is designed by chef Troy Rochford. Seafood lovers might enjoy the grilled Caribbean jumbo shrimp or the parmesan-crusted grouper. Steak, chicken and pastas are also featured on the menu.
Head over to Yamacraw Village for this cozy cafe and gallery. Taste some locally roasted coffee, craft beer or wine and pair it with a baked good, or share a specialty cheese board served with cured meats, fruit and bread. The TexMex tacos are a must-try - flavorful options include the beef and chorizo, chipotle chicken and vegetarian tacos. Around you, the walls serve as an art exhibit for local printmakers. Before you leave, check out the expansive courtyard out back, where dogs are welcome to roam.
Elizabeth on 37th
As one of the most upscale romantic restaurants in Savannah, Elizabeth on 37th is located in a neoclassical-style villa covered in Spanish moss. Serving up modern Southern food, the seasonal menu can feature roast quail, grilled-eggplant soup and an array of some of the city’s best desserts. Pair your meal up with a glass of red or white from the restaurant’s extensive wine list.
Cajun is the name of the game over at Alligator Soul. The intimate dining room has a thick Old South charm. Stop by the bar for a cocktail while you wait for your table, then take your pick from the locally inspired menu. You could try the macaroni and cheese with shrimp or the chipotle-mayonnaise fried green tomatoes. For dessert, try the banana beignets with candied pecans.