4 of 50 Best Southern Restaurants – Right here in our own back yard!

We are constantly searching for great restaurants. In the South, we pride ourselves in two very important things: good hospitality and even better food. Here in the great state of Georgia, we take our southern obligations very seriously. That’s why 4 of OpenTable’s 50 best southern restaurants in America are located here in the Peach State – two of them being right in our backyard of Savannah.

by Kate McBryan

Abel Brown Southern Kitchen and Oyster Bar

When visiting Augusta, Abel Brown Southern Kitchen and Oyster Bar is definitely the sort of hidden gem you want to stumble upon. This elegantly casual dining spot serves up classic southern fare with a sophisticated flare.

 The restaurant’s claim to fame? Oysters, of course!

 Other fan favorite dishes include the Anson Mills Johnny Cake, the GA White Shrimp and Grits, and the Pecan Wood Smoked Ribeye.

Alligator Soul

Deep within Savannah’s underground in what was once a basement grain warehouse, Alligator Soul is an intimate and cozy dining destination you’ll want to try out on your next date night. Relaxation is the restaurant’s ultimate goal, with the soul food to match its mellow atmosphere.

 The restaurant’s fan favorites include the Alligator Fritter, the Little Hilbo, and the place’s very own “Exotic Specialty.”


Found in Flowery Branch, GA off the shores of Lake Lanier, Antebellum Restaurant gets to the root of down home southern cooking – literally. The restaurant prides itself on using farm-to-table ingredients to create delicious southern dishes. It’s located in a charmingly elegant home dating back to the 1890’s, so the atmosphere will totally make you feel like you’re eating Grandma’s home cooking.

 Some fan favorites dishes include the Local Butter Lettuce Salad, the Grilled Atlantic Salmon, and the Wild Shrimp and Grits.

The Olde Pink House

A well-known Savannah staple, The Olde Pink House takes classic southern cooking to a whole new level. The restaurant is located in a sophisticated colonial mansion deep within the Savannah Historic District, and it’s practically bursting with historic southern charm.

 Sounds swanky, right? It is. And it’s absolutely worth it.

 Fan favorite dishes include the Fried Green Tomatoes, Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Bourbon molasses, and, of course, the Chef’s Fried Chicken.