Over the last few years, Savannah has seen a reawakening in its dining scene, turning this classic tourist destination town into a foodie’s paradise. With an abundance of rooftop, patio, and outdoor bistro seating, you can enjoy a little people watching set against Spanish moss-covered trees or the cobblestones of River Street. Here are some of our favorite restaurants in Savannah with outside seating.
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Make time on your travel agenda to catch the sunset on the rooftop bar of El Coyote Oyster Bar, Savannah's newest rooftop hot spot. Located atop their sister restaurant known for killer tacos, El Coyote, the bar is lit with dreamy string lights and is the perfect place to perch and enjoy fresh seafood and cocktails.
Must Try: Shrimp Ceviche with Raw Oysters on the Half Shell and a glass of bubbly
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Known for the best view in Savannah, the Peregrin is located on top of the Perry Lane Hotel and makes for the perfect vacay selfie. Their fresh-from-the-tap frosé cocktail is so popular that the hotel boasts the largest order of Aperol in the entire country! Don't miss this local gem.
Must Try: Frozen specialty cocktails, like the Frose or Maritime Daiquiri
Located at the corner of Liberty and Bull Street, The Public Kitchen & Bar sets a casual, modern vibe in the heart of the Historic District. Keeping with their farm-to-table mission, their burgers are made from all-natural 100% grass-fed beef from right here in Georgia.
Must Try: Savannah Shrimp & Grits with a glass of Aveleda Vinho Verde
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Known as the brunch mecca of downtown, The Collins Quarter is always packed to the brim — and for good reason. This unique cafe is stayled after historic Collins Street in Melbourne, Australia and pairs specialty coffee with innovative cuisine. You can grab anything from a Short Black to their Spiced Lavender Mocha at their walk-up espresso bar window. Or, sit down for a decadent champagne brunch any day of the week. Don't make it for breakfast? They're open for dinner, and the menu is just as amazing!
Must Try: Avocado Smash with an Aussie Iced Coffee
If someone is telling you about Treylor Park, chances are they’re telling you to try their PB&J Chicken Wings - “crispy fried and tossed in a peanut/pecan butter & peach jelly sauce” - which doesn’t sound as appetizing as they actually are. Trust us. Enjoy a seasonal cocktail or crisp craft beer to compliment their unique dishes in their dog-friendly outdoor courtyard.
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Aptly named, this renovated bank has become a foodie destination of its own. This pan-Asian restaurant and market pays tribute to its space through design, enclosing what was once the drive through for tellers for a covered, outdoor patio. Their menu has a wide range of selections, including dumplings, tacos, and sushi rolls large enough to share.
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This laid-back neighborhood eatery is located at the corner of Victory Drive and Drayton Street in a renovated filling station. Their intimate space creates a warm and inviting atmosphere that will have you coming back to try some of their adventurous menu items, like Chicken Liver Mousse or the Duck Breast served with watercress, peaches, basmati and wild rice, and a turmeric vinaigrette. With tried-and-true staples like potato skins and a NY strip, they have something for everyone.
Known for serving New American fare with a focus on seafood, this waterside hangout (located about 20 minutes south of downtown) has become a popular spot. While many locals will arrive by boat, visitors are welcome to drive and park. Their outdoor space features a waterfront deck, covered bar, comfy hammocks, and a fire pit. Pass time playing bocce ball or sipping one of their specialty cocktails while you get a taste of Lowcountry life at its best. Be sure to catch the sunset here!
Must Try: Local Crudo and Scallop Corn Fritters with a Pink Lemonade Arnold Palmer
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With two floors each with a full-service bar and a rooftop deck with incredible views of City Market, The Grove is an ideal place to sit a spell and enjoy each other's company.
Must Try: Cajun Angels and Honey Drizzle Fries with a ‘Champagne Pop’ cocktail
Topdeck Bar and Grill
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Sip a cocktail and watch the massive cargo ships float down the river at this casual rooftop bar above the Cotton Sail Hotel.
Must Try: House Truffle Pretzel w/ Savannah’s local Southbound Scattered Sun Witbier.
Bull Street Taco — Off the beaten path, Bull Street Taco is a hidden gem located in Savannah’s Midtown. On any given weeknight you'll find locals and tourists alike sipping on house margaritas and snacking on their guacamole. Apart from light snacks, they specializing in tacos, tostados, and bowls so there's something for everyone! Try the Red Chile Tempura Cauliflower Tacos, paired with a Strawberry Mexican Mule.
The Deck on Tybee — If you're on Tybee Island, you won't want to miss its only beachfront bar and restaurant. The Deck is a must-do after a full day of soaking up the Savannah sun. They have indoor/outdoor seating and a stunning view of the water. Try the Aloha Tuna with a Coastal Empire Tybee Blonde.
Zunzi's Takeout & Catering — You can smell Zunzi’s long before you find them. This walk-up venue may (literally) look like a hole in the wall, but they have some of the best food in town. With a menu influenced by the rich South African, Swiss, Italian, and Dutch heritage of founders Johnny and Gabriella Debeer, their flavourful menu shouldn’t be missed - and once you try it, you’ll be craving more.
Cotton & Rye — Just minutes from downtown Savannah, Cotton & Rye has fused modern techniques and traditional arts, with breads, pickling and charcuterie all done on premise. Offering a unique blend of flavorful dishes that includes mussels, stuffed Carolina trout, and a bacon cheeseburger with caramelized onions and raw cheddar.
Blowin' Smoke Southern Cantina — Southern BBQ is nothing to joke about, and for the folks at Blowin’ Smoke, making their perfect pecan-smoked pork is a labor of love. Smothered in their homemade dry rub before spending up to 16 hours in the smoker, before being “hand pulled, hand sliced, or just fallin’ off the bone tender.” They serve a selection of sandwiches and tacos with a Southwestern influence and creative cocktails to wash it all down with.
Fox & Fix, Plant-Based Cafe — Savannah's first completely plant-based cafe, Fox & Fig is sure to satisfy even the biggest meat eaters around. Their menu spans from tempeh, tacos, and even "Impossible" burgers. They're a great choice for brunch or lunch! Try a vegan almond croissant with a "milky" shake!