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The 10 Best Restaurants In The Southside Of Savannah, Georgia

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Elaine Elliott
Updated: 9 February 2017
On the Southside of Savannah, Georgia, it’s all about the seafood. These restaurants, whether trendy or low-key, offer  the best casual dining and fresh Southern cuisine.

The Wyld Dock Bar

Located right at the foot of the Savannah marshlands, Wyld Dock Bar offers a dining experience like no other in Savannah. Feel like a true local by driving or boating up to the Wyld’s dock and soaking in the beautiful views and sounds of the estuary. Wyld’s atmosphere is equally as fun and fresh as the food. Come play bocce ball, listen to local bands, or dip your fishing rod into the water. Wyld’s seasonal menus offer options like fish tacos, peach salads, fruit brulée, and grilled shrimp. Have dinner with lively locals and watch the sunset as you eat the daily catch.

The Wyld, 2740 Livingston Ave. Savannah, GA, USA +1 912 692 1219

Tangerine Fusion and Sushi Bar

Tangerine was rated the best Southside restaurant by Connect Savannah in 2014. Not much has changed since then. The restaurant still creates beautifully decorated sushi platters full of vibrant colors and garnishes, as well as tasty Thai cuisine. A flavorful fusion between fruit, seafood, and spice can be thoroughly enjoyed during Tangerine’s fine dining experience. Fresh table flowers, linens, a colorful fish aquarium, and simple but elegant decorations make this one of Savannah’s best hidden gems.

Tangerine Fusion Sushi and Bar, 11215 Abercorn St. Savannah, GA, USA +1 912 920 5504

Pearl’s Saltwater Grille

Pearl’s Saltwater Grille offers the finest dining and seafood dishes in Savannah, while simultaneously avoiding the crowds of downtown. Pearl’s has panoramic views of the tidal inlet waters of the Herb river right from your dinner table. You can smell the aroma of the salty ocean air as you eat seafood entrées. Some menu favorites include the oysters Florentine, seafood nachos, fried green tomato salad, and filet mignon. Pearl’s is a must-see Savannah treasure full of inspiring views and cuisine.

Pearl’s, 7000 LaRoche Ave. Savannah, GA, USA +1 912-352-8221

Driftaway Café

Driftaway Café has been owned and operated by Robyn and Michele Quattlebaum since 2001 in the historic Sandfly community south of Midtown. Don’t be fooled by the rustic appearance out front. This restaurant is beautifully adorned with nautical murals, a granite countertop bar and draped curtains and tablecloths. It also has a lush backyard patio. The restaurant caters to seafood cravings with items including fresh fish and crustaceans served up in contemporary dishes. Driftaway Café is a great hangout spot to escape the hustle and bustle of Savannah. Here, you can enjoy occasional live music, and drink wine or craft beer while having a fantastic dinner.

Driftaway Café, 7400 Skidaway Rd. Savannah, GA, USA +1 912 303 0999

Sweet Potatoes

The Travel Channel’s Man Vs. Food rated Sweet Potatoes’ banana pudding as the “best on Earth” in 2013. But there’s more to this restaurant than just dessert. Simple yet zesty dishes like the Jamaican jerk chicken salad, peach-glazed BBQ chicken, Philly sandwiches, catfish, and seafood are all worthy selections. This Caribbean-inspired setting full of wicker chairs, colorful hand-painted murals, and flower decor will make you feel like you’re south of the Keys during each visit.

Sweet Potatoes, 6825 Waters Ave. Savannah, GA, USA +1 912 352 3434

B&D Burgers

B&D Burgers is the perfect spot to wind down at the full bar or watch a sports game on the big screen TVs on the large open patio. They have been a popular Southside burger establishment since 2001. B&D Burgers offers weekly events and Monday through Friday happy hour deals (half off all craft beer, well drinks, and house wine). They also serve comfort food varying from delicious burgers to alligator tail sliders topped with house-made Cajun sauces. You can also build your own burger from options like bison, elk, or veggie patties.

B&D Burgers Southside, 11108 Abercorn St. Savannah, GA, USA +1 912 927 8700

Toucan Café

Toucan Café is a Greek fusion restaurant with lunch and dinner specials. The owners Steve and Nancy Magulias have made a cozy, neighborly restaurant full of toucan knickknacks, tropical flora, and brightly colored walls. The vibrant coastal feel to this setting pair well with the Mediterranean and Caribbean flavors that are apparent in each dish. Try fresh clams, red snapper, crab, scallops, Jamaican jerk meats, Cajun specialties, Greek burgers, gyros and so much more at Toucan Café.

Toucan Café, 531 Stephenson Ave. Savannah, GA, USA +1 912 352 2233

Sandfly BBQ

This low-country barbecue establishment offers no-frills barbecue in an intimate neighborhood setting. Pick from sweet, zesty, or vinegar-based sauces to stack on top of daily prepared meats. The restaurant mixes inspirations from Cajun, Creole, and Southwestern flavors in each dish. Try the Brunswick stew, ribs, BBQ sandwiches, and fried okra to taste some truly Southern fare. Sandfly BBQ also serves locally owned Perc coffee and the best regional craft beers. This Mom-and-Pop restaurant stays true to cooking bona fide food for locals and visitors alike.

Sandfly BBQ, 8413 Ferguson Ave. Savannah, GA, USA +1 912 356 5463

Troy Mediterranean Cuisine

Escape to the Mediterranean at Troy where fresh dishes are thoughtfully and artistically prepared. Troy is proud to serve traditional Mediterranean options with seafood pairings. Creative appetizers and entrées like fried calamari with tzatziki sauce, shrimp scampi pasta, and marinara garlic wine sautéed mussels are a few favorites within the menu. Other classics include hummus, baba ganoush, and spanakopita. Their lunch and dinner menus offer hearty dishes at bargain prices.

Troy Mediterranean, 10510 Abercorn St. Savannah, GA, USA +1 912 921 5117

Fiddler’s Seafood

Fiddler’s Seafood is a fun-filled restaurant full of delectable seafood and hand-shucked oysters. It provides a rustic ambiance full of historic fishermen photographs, and views of its own lagoon and waterfall. Don’t forget to check out the live music that plays every Friday night, too. As for the food, Fiddler’s has large lunch and dinner menus full of fresh seafood, appetizers, pastas, desserts, and more. Come experience Southern seafood at reasonable prices.

Fiddler’s Seafood, 7201 Hodgson Memorial Dr. Savannah, GA, USA +1 912 351 2274