The Savannah Historic District is a place to stroll beneath the Spanish moss, admire the architecture of centuries past, and experience the peaceful rhythms of Southern living. And if you know where to look, it’s also an opportunity to indulge in some of Georgia’s most delectable dishes.

On your next visit, take the time to walk through this incredible area—and pop into one of these amazing Savannah Historic District restaurants.

1. Circa 1875

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Cocktails at Circa 1875 | Photo courtesy of Adam V.

Spend the day strolling through historic Savannah and the evening dining in 19th-century France as you snag a bar seat or a table at Circa 1875. This French bistro and gastropub is the perfect place for an unpretentious cocktail or a steaming bowl of moules marinière. The atmosphere, the friendly staff, and the cassoulet maison are some of the best you’ll find anywhere in town.

2. The Grey

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Catfish tagine at The Grey | Photo courtesy of Kashif K.

The first thing you’ll notice upon entering The Grey is its stunning art deco-inspired design. What once was a Greyhound bus terminal on the west end of town has since been transformed into a stylish kitchen and dining room showcasing Southern flavors with regional meats, seafood, and produce. Don’t miss out on the catfish tagine, an inventive blend of chickpeas, bell peppers, preserved lemon, and distinctly Moroccan spices.

3. Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room

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Included sides at Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room | Photo courtesy of Benita D.

The line forms early at Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room, a Savannah institution that feels more like a good friend’s home. The hours are lunch only, the tables are communal, and the menu changes each and every day. But you can always count on making new friends and enjoying a family-style feast of Southern favorites, from fried chicken and brisket to okra gumbo and sweet potato soufflé.

4. The Olde Pink House

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BLT salad and mac and cheese at The Olde Pink House | Photo courtesy of Maisha R.

Step back in time as you wander through the rooms of The Olde Pink House, a stately 18th-century mansion that sits on the edge of Reynolds Square. The charming ambiance and high-end Southern cuisine are unmatched in Savannah—and the BLT salad of fried green tomatoes, sweet bacon, and black pepper-thyme buttermilk dressing is worth coming back for again and again.

5. Zunzi’s

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The Conquistador at Zunzi’s | Photo courtesy of Sarah S.

Take a break from the excesses of Southern fare with lunch at Zunzi’s, a wonderfully eclectic outpost of South African, Dutch, Swiss, and Italian flavors. Do yourself a favor and order the Conquistador, a combination of tender baked chicken, lettuce, tomato, and a tangy special sauce on fresh French bread. It’s best enjoyed on the sunny patio with a cup of refreshing South African iced tea.

Featured image courtesy of Daniel Mayer

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Author: Maura O'Brien

Born and raised in Northern California and now based in Portland, Maura credits her mom with her sense of adventure. Maura has a special affinity for national parks, the Greek island of Folegandros, and a three-month trip across Europe with her sister that opened her eyes to the magic of travel.