We have have our list all together, the most romantic restaurants in Savannah, Georgia! After much eating, drinking, date nights and deep thoughts, we have the ultimate list for you. So, if you are looking for the prefect spot to propose to your loved one, a special dinner for Valentine’s Day, or just some place special to dine in Savannah, our list of the most romantic restaurants will be perfect for you!
Which city in the U.S. embodies hospitality, romance and history? Many might list Charleston, SC, or New Orleans, LA, and we would not disagree. But don’t sleep on Savannah, GA. From historic homes, formal flower gardens, amazing parks and romantic restaurants, Savannah is a winner.
Dubbed the “Hostess City of the South,” Savannah is Georgia’s oldest city. Remnants of its role in the slave trade, Civil War, Reconstruction and the Civil Rights movements are everywhere in statues, houses, buildings and museums. Yet, with all that history and strife, Savannah has remained a traditional city, and one with an easy-going, Southern charm and a friendly vibe.
Savannah exudes a timeless history coupled with charm and romance that is personified in many of its restaurants.
But what makes a restaurant romantic? Everyone’s opinion on what makes a restaurant romantic probably varies as much as their thoughts on, say, Charleston’s best restaurant or Hilton Head’s best bar. After all, there are a lot of competing factors. What’s the occasion? Is there a type of food you’re craving? Is it a tinder date or a five-year anniversary? Maybe you want egg rolls at the local Chinese or a slice of pizza while watching the sunset.
While we recognize that “romantic” is very subjective and varies with tastes, we are striving to select restaurants that have an appeal to diners who are willing to go that extra mile for a memorable, romantic, dining experience.
Our list of “best romantic restaurants” is aimed at couples willing to splurge on a place with a beautiful and intimate ambiance as well as excellent food and service…a place with all the niceties that make the dining experience extra special.
Our ideal romantic restaurant is never pretentious. It never makes you feel self-conscious or too hyper-aware of your surroundings. It should feel special, but not overstuffy. Think comfortable, but with a casual elegance .
Our list is in no particular order but does represent the crème de la crème of romantic restaurants in Savannah, Georgia.
Elizabeth’s on 37th
Fare: Coastal cuisine with a contemporary touch. Locally sourced seafood, produce.
House grown herbs.
Ambiance: Victorian mansion with historic Savannah colors and patterns. Fresh flowers, original paintings, beautiful rugs, marble fireplaces, antiques, ceramics.
Service: Friendly, knowledgeable. Attentive without being intrusive.
- Half Moon River Clams simmered in Truffle Oil – shallots, celery, cornbread madeleines
- Spicy Savannah Red Rice – Georgia Shrimp, Half Moon River Clams, sausage, grouper, okra
- Coastal Grouper Celeste – crisp sesame almond crust with peanut sauce and roasted potato
- Pecan Almond Tart – pecan pie with toasted almonds served with vanilla ice cream and bourbon caramel
Alcohol: Full Bar. Global wine list. If you like Riesling, there is an extensive selection.
A final thought: Their seven-course tasting menu is a delight. Call in advance as to availability. Fine dining, elegance, Old world charm. Romantic all the way.
Elizabeth’s on 37th
105 East 37th Street
The Olde Pink House
Lunch, Dinner, Entertainment
Fare: Sophisticated, but not fussy, Southern cuisine.
Ambiance: 18th century building adjacent to the historic Planter’s Inn. Tasteful and elegant decor. Quirky pink exterior. Fireplaces, antiques paintings, historic bar.
Service: Wait staff is professional, knowledgeable and attentive.
- Shrimp, Crab, Sausage Spring Roll – honey mustard drizzle
- Pan Seared Jumbo Lump Crab Cake – fried green tomatoes, remoulade sauce
- Fried Pork Chop – pan gravy, macaroni and cheese, collard greens
- Crispy Fried Lobster Tail – sweet chili dijon, bacon buttermilk mashed potatoes, butter beans
- Cornbread Fried Oysters
- Collard Greens with Ham
- Praline Basket Filled with Vanilla Ice Cream
Alcohol: Full bar. Wine cellar. Try “The Proper” – mulberry infused gin, lemon juice, prosecco.
A final thought: Delicious food, atmospheric setting. Local legend – ghosts inhabit the building – intriguing addition to the romantic appeal.
The Olde Pink House
23 Abercorn Street
Vic’s On the River
Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Fare: Creative twist on Southern classics.
Ambiance: Housed in a beautiful old cotton warehouse overlooking the Savannah River. Black wooden furniture, delicate chandeliers, stunning river views. Multiple rooms. Patio dining under century old oaks with Spanish moss.
Service: Gracious and attentive.
- Chargrilled Octopus – tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta, garlic, olive oil
- Southern BBQ Meatloaf – farm raised beef, tempura onion rings, haricot verts, mashed potatoes
- Pecan Fried Flounder – Savannah River Farm’s flounder, vegetable potato hash, citrus honey butter
- Sauteed Pork chop Au Poivre – Sour cream/chive mashed potatoes, broccolini, trumpet mushrooms
- Andouille sausage hash
Alcohol: Full Bar. How about a Scarlett & Rhett? Breckinridge Aged Bourbon, Dolin Vermouth, Rouge, Cherry Heering Liqueur.
A final thought: Beautiful views of the river from the 5th floor dining room. Charm abounds, Entertainment 7 nights.
Vic’s On the River
26 E. Bay St
912 721 1000
Dinner, Late night
Fare: Southern cuisine with an emphasis on farm to table. Seasonally inspired menu.
Ambiance: Housed in the basement of a 19th century grain warehouse in the heart of Savannah’s historic district. Intimate and stylish underground Colonial nook.
Service: Personable, attentive and unpretentious.
- Gumbo’s Back Baby – Wild Georgia shrimp, littleneck clams, Prince Edward Island mussels, Louisiana crawfish, Dark Cajun roux, Trinity Mire Poix (onions, carrots, celery) Carolina Gold rice
- Fire Grilled Lamb Chops – Butternut squash puree, garlic horseradish mashed potatoes, swiss chard, veal demi-glace
- Duck – Smoked duck breast, peach BBQ, Hoppin John, sauteed asparagus
- Vanilla Panna Cotta – vanilla panna cotta (cooked cream) blueberry coulis, strawberry reduction, buttercream, Grand Marnier, macerated blueberries and strawberries
Alcohol: Full bar. Try the private label Alligator Soul Pinot Noir. Extensive well thought out wine list. A variety of creative fresh cocktails.
A final thought: Classic, warm spot to put you in a romantic mood. Often features “exotic” meats such as elk, antelope, ostrich, game birds, kangaroo, red deer.
114 Barnard Street
Dinner, Late Night
Fare: Urbane new American cuisine with French influences.
Ambiance: Intimate setting that combines modern flair with historic charm. Chandelier lit. The decor casts the room in a warm and gracious atmosphere.
Service: Attentive, deferential and unhurried.
- Diver Scallops – Sweet pea puree, braised lentils, smoked bacon, spinach, edamame, balsamic
- Curried Pork Chops – Sweet potato hash, fig molasses, pineapple relish
- Duck, Duck, No Goose – Duck breast, foie gras, potato, apple reduction Surf & Turf Carpaccio – Ahi & angus, shallots, capers, olive oil, crostini
Alcohol: Full Bar. Compact selection of cocktails, wines, beers but hits all the right spots. Nice selection of Creature Comfort beers (Athens, GA)
A final thought: A quaint, yet hip, atmosphere. If you want to splurge, the tasting menu with wine pairings is a home run.
321 Jefferson Street
Fare: Italian with a strong influence of seafood, steak and chops.
Ambiance: Located in a former firehouse with a city townhouse feel. Elegant, beautiful ceilings, lighting, fresh flowers. Venetian palazzo interior.
Service: Refined, unobtrusive, knowledgeable.
- Shrimp Risotto Cake – sauteed shrimp, fried risotto cake,Tasso ham, cream
- Veal Chops Au Poivre – pepper seared, wild mushroom brandy sauce, mashed potatoes, haricot verts
- Veal Piccata – white wine, lemon, capers, angel hair, haricot verts
- Steak Diane – Tomato mushroom brandy, dijon, mashed potatoes, asparagus
- Red Snapper – pan seared, sauteed shrimp, lobster butter, parmesan risotto, asparagus
- Creme Brulee – Vanilla bean custard, caramelized sugar
Alcohol: Full Bar. Well arranged wine list (a little pricey), classic cocktails.
A final thought: Reservations are a must. Innovative, creative specials daily.
315 Congress Street
Fare: French bistro food.
Ambiance: Charming does not do this restaurant justice. Enter and you are in a French bistro in the late 19th early 20th century. Beautiful design of space, gorgeous decor. Mahogany bar. Tin pressed ceilings. I expected to see Hemingway and Fitzegerald.
Service: “Old School” — professional, attentive and not intrusive.
- Escargots – traditional garlic, butter, parsley
- Cassoulet Maison – Fresh sausage, white beans, onions, carrots, celery, confit duck leg, natural jus
- Truite de Riusseau Poele – Pan dressed Carolina brook trout, glazed carrots, lemon caper butter sauce
- Coquilles St.Jacques – Sea scallops, mushrooms, mornay sauce, gruyere cheese, bread crumbs, baked au gratin
- Circa Black Forest Cake – Black Forest cake layered with dark chocolate buttercream frosting and bing cherry sauce topped with ganache (chocolate/cream icing)
Alcohol: Full Bar. Sizable, thoughtful wine list. Try a French 75 – Bombay Dry gin, triple sec, fresh lemon juice, sparkling wine, lemon twist. Want a Single Malt Scotch? They have many, including a smoky Lagavulin.
A final thought: I always admire a restaurant that knows what it wants to be. Circa 1875 is a French bistro and a gem. They will romance you.
48 Whitaker Street
Fare: Ingredient driven, heirloom products, locally sourced Southern roots food.
Ambiance: Historic 19th century home. Modern decor with some rustic notes. Perfect mix of high end and down home. Famously haunted house.
Service: Professional, attentive though a bit pretentious.
Recommended Dishes: Menu can change daily based on what is available. The dishes that followed are what we sampled.
- Chicken Wings – Lemon pepper, honey, NC apple, B&B pickles, corn crackers
- Pecan Ravioli – Candy roasted squash, mushrooms
- Swordfish – Dutch Fork Pumpkin, turmeric, Ruby streaks (mustard greens)
- Coal Roasted Chicken – Peppers, Bradford Watermelon, butter beans, papalo (seasoning leaves)
Alcohol: Full Bar. Deep, deep boutique wine list. Emphasis on organic and family style producers. Classic cocktails and creative renditions. Many artisan Southern distilleries. Local craft beers.
A final thought: A singular experience – food, drink, ambiance…though sometimes a little too dramatic. We get what you’re trying to do, relax and let us, the patrons, relax and enjoy as well.
12 West Oglethorpe Avenue
Fare: Inventive, upscale American cuisine
Ambiance: Located in the 19th century Marshall Inn. Understated elegance in three rooms. Art work, Brick walls. An intimate jewel.
Service: Welcoming, attentive, well-trained, and well-versed in the menu.
- Fried Green Tomatoes – goat cheese stuffed, mustard greens, lump crab meat, bacon vinaigrette
- Grilled Caesar Salad – Grilled hearts of romaine, garlic croutons, shaved parmesan, Caesar dressing
- Braised Lamb Shank – Yukon Gold whipped potatoes, brussel sprouts, bordelaise sauce
- Local Black Grouper – Quinoa crusted parmesan, goat cheese, creamed spinach, sun dried tomatoes
- Duck Two Ways – Pan seared breast, confit thigh and leg, sauteed escarole, roasted baby beets
- Georgia Pecan Dacquoise – Toasted meringue, bourbon butter creme, ganache, Georgia pecans
Alcohol: Full Bar. Creative mixology with cocktails. Try a Hotel National – aged rum, apricot liqueur, juice from grilled pineapple, fresh lime, simple syrup. Serviceable wine list.
A final thought: If you’re on a date and Cupid arrives…they do a wonderful job with weddings. This is an overlooked treasure in Savannah.
123 East Broughton Street
April in Paris, Autumn in New York, Three Coins in a Fountain (Rome)…all these evoke romance, but for me, there is nothing like Savannah.