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Savannah Al Fresco: The City's Best Restaurants with Outdoor Seating

1 Aug 2017
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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 spots around town to dine al fresco.

 

The Public Kitchen and Bar

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.

 

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. 

 

The Collins Quarter

Styled after historic Collins Street in Melbourne, Australia, this unique cafe pairs specialty coffee with innovative cuisine. Located just across the street from the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, you can grab anything from a Short Black to their Spiced Lavender Mocha at their walk-up Espresso Bar window. Since they open bright and early every day (6:30 a.m.!), you can enjoy a delicious, decadent champagne brunch any day of the week.

 

 

Treylor Park

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 pup friendly courtyard.

 

The Vault Kitchen and Market

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.

 

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.

 

Atlantic

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.

 

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.

The Wyld Dock Bar

Known for serving New American fare with a focus on seafood, this waterside hangout has become a popular local spot. 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.