8 Restaurants in Savannah, GA on the River You’ll Want to Bookmark

Source: Yelp

If you’re looking for a restaurant with a view in Savannah, you’re probably going to start your search on River Street. Lined with tons of fun restaurants and bars, it’s a great place to pick up some good food and soak up dazzling views of the water while you do.

Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re new in town, trying to make the most out of your vacation, or you’ve lived in Savannah for years, we’ve put together a list of the best restaurants in Savannah on the river that is sure to have something you’ll like. Here’s a sneak peek at what we have in store:

We’ve done the legwork to gather up each restaurant’s address, a link to their website, and even a snippet from one of the reviews that cemented their position on our best of list. Plus, we’ve gone ahead and pointed out all of the restaurants on this list that accept GiftYa digital gift cards as of this writing.

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Now that we’re all on the same page, it’s time to get to the good stuff: our selection of the best restaurants in Savannah on the river!

Vic’s On the River

One of the Premier Date Night Restaurants in Savannah

26 E Bay St | River St | vicsontheriver.com

According to the wonders of Vic’s on the Water, it’s the restaurant where “Nothing is Overlooked But the Savannah River,” and patrons agree. With 4+ stars on Yelp after over 1900 reviews, it’s safe to say that the verdict is in, and Vic’s on the Water is an impressive addition to the city’s food scene.

The restaurant’s executive chef is known for elevating the traditional flavors of southern cuisine, creating new masterpieces every night for the special. If you’re looking for something a little more on the menu, try Chef Kerry’s She Crab Soup or the Award Winning Crawfish Beignets – both of them earn consistent rave reviews.

“Amazing service! Our waitress Maddie was amazing. Would recommend the short rib or salmon! Great experience. If you are entering from the lower level by the river, you must go to the Vic's coffee shop and take the elevator up. The Vic's on the river bar and grill is not the same and are only a couple doors down.” - Yelp Review 

Vic’s on the River doesn’t offer GiftYa digital gift cards just yet, but check back soon because we are always adding restaurants on the water and attractions in Savannah!

Dockside Seafood

An Exceptional Meal in an Exceptionally Historic Building

201 W River St | River Street | docksideseafoodsav.com

Feel like taking your dinner plans back in time? According to the folks at Dockside seafood, the building that houses their restaurant was built in 1792 by ship Chandler Captain William Taylor, making it the oldest existing ballast stone and masonry building in the state of Georgia. Patrons at the restaurants are “seated among the original support posts, beams, joists, and stone walls,” providing a truly unique dining experience in Savannah’s Historic District.

If the history isn’t enough to draw you in, the tasty food and casual vibe certainly will be. Locals can’t get enough of the coconut shrimp and crab stuffed mushrooms.

“Perfect place to have a few drinks! There is parking across the street, pay by the hour. 
Earl, Justin & Abbie made us feel right at home. Hours passed we didn't even realize it, we were playing trivia and chatting so much!” - Yelp Review

You can’t get a digital GiftYa gift card to Dockside Seafood at the moment but be sure to check back soon as new restaurants on the water and locations in Savannah are added all the time!

The Warehouse Bar and Grille

Savannah’s Self-Proclaimed Coldest, Cheapest Beer in Town 

18 E River St | River Street | warehousebaradngrille.com

Looking for a nice place to relax on the water in Savannah, enjoy a cold beer, and maybe even catch some live music? Then look no further than The Warehouse Bar and Grill, lovingly shortened to just The Warehouse by regulars. Known for serving up cold, cheap beer and welcoming live entertainment every night of the week, this spot may be divey, but it’s a local favorite and definitely worth a visit if you’re over 21.

“They card everybody so don't go without your ID - even if you are in your 50's! LOL. We just stopped in for a house whiskey and diet and enjoyed the atmosphere. Good service. Would go back.” - Yelp Review 

Unfortunately The Warehouse Bar and Grill isn’t one of the restaurants on the water in Savannah participating with GiftYa just yet, but check back soon cause they might be any day now.

The Cotton Exchange Tavern

Exchange Your Usual Dinner Fare for Traditional Southern Flavors… with a Twist

201 E River St | River Street | exchangetavernsavannah.com

There are plenty of restaurants to choose from on Savannah’s historic River Street, but we’d be remiss if we left The Exchange off the list. This restaurant isn’t just known for excellent food, it’s known for excellent food that shakes up your expectations. Not sold yet? Just ask any of the locals who’ve left rave reviews for the restaurant’s zesty Cajun Tortellini.

If you’re not looking to get too adventurous with your dinner, don’t worry – The Exchange has plenty of traditional fare and southern staples as well. Whether you’re a fan of crab chowder, crab eggs benedict, fried shrimp, or fried green tomatoes, you’re sure to leave The Exchange satisfied.

“Loved the vibe, loved the food, loved our waitress! Our food was great tasting and FRESH. It was hard to pick a favorite, but the grouper fish and chips with hush puppies was probably my favorite. The batter was crispy, had great flavor… Would love to go back.” - Yelp Review 

There aren’t GiftYa digital gift cards available for The Exchange as of the date of this writing, but there might be now! Be sure to check GiftYa itself for all the gift cards available for restaurants on the water  in Savannah.

Wet Willie’s

Wet Your Whistle with One of Willey’s Delicious Frozen Drinks for Adults

101 E River St | River Street | wetwillies.com

Who says slushies are just for kids? On a hot day in Savannah, it helps to have a tasty way too cool off, and that’s where Wet Willie’s comes in. Choose from dozens of their frozen cocktail creations – from classic flavor combos like Pina Coladas and Sex on the Beach to Willey’s own creations like the Bob Marley and ever-popular Attitude Adjustment – our craft your own flavor combination from scratch!

Willey’s also serves up munchies like sliders, mozzarella bites, and other bar food staples, but the slushies are for sure why people keep coming back to Wet Willie’s.

“First off, I LOVE that in historic downtown Savannah you're allowed to open carry your drinks. It made going to Savannah for the day worth it. Unexpected, but in the best way possible. They had strong drinks for a reasonable price. It might be a little pricey if you're not coming from a big city, but I thought it was worth it. Tons of flavors to choose from! My boyfriend and I loved out bartender - she was so knowledgeable and gave us lots of samples to try!” - Yelp Review 

Wet Willey’s isn’t accepting GiftYa digital gift cards just yet, but check here for all the other GiftYa available for restaurants on the water in Savannah

Spanky’s Pizza Galley and Saloon

Family Owned and Operated Since 1976, Spanky’s Claims to Be the Home of the Original Chicken Finger

317 E River St | River Street | spankysriverstreet.com

It’s hard to think of a food item more quintessential to American cuisine than the chicken finger, and Spanky’s claim to fame is being the place where all the finger lickin’ began. They’ve been serving Savannah since 1976, so they know a thing or two about how to make chicken fingers that’ll keep the locals (and visitors) coming back for more.

If the chicken isn’t tickling your fancy, Spanky’s serves up a variety of other tasty creations, like fried mushrooms and fried shrimp, that you’re sure to enjoy.

“Skipped lunch and just wanted something  to tide me over til dinner. Even the locals love Spanky's so I wanted to give it a try!  Decided on the chicken fingers! They were so good!! 5 fingers and 3 dipping sauces, ranch, honey horseradish, and honey mustard. Perfectly cooked and hot!  Completely satisfied!” - Yelp Review 

Grab a GiftYa digital gift card to Spanky’s Pizza Galley and Saloon by following the link right HERE and enjoy some of the best restaurants on the water in Savannah you can find!

Dub’s Pub

Catch The Game at the Only Sports Bar on River Street

225 W River St | River Street | dubspubriverstreet.com

Over two dozen tvs? Yes please. Dub’s Pub, a Public House, is the only sports bar on Savannah’s historic River Street. With elevated pub fare and plenty of inventive libations, you can’t go wrong when you plan your night out at Dub’s.

Locals love the pulled pork sandwich – it’s a classic, and you can’t go wrong! Dub’s fish and chips, chorizo, and bacon burgers also fall high on the public’s list.

“We were looking for a light dinner so we found Dubs. The tacos are fantastic especially the fish taco and the portebello mushroom and red pepper in aoli sauce. I would eat the mushroom tacos every night if I lived here. Oh and beer is great too.” - Yelp Review 

Treat yourself or a loved one to Dub’s Pub in Savannah and enjoy one of the best restaurants on the water  by grabbing a GiftYa digital gift by following the link!

Joe’s Crab Shack

They’ll Take You to the Coast, Even If You’re Miles Away… But in Savannah, This National Chain’s Location is Right on the Water

504 E River St | River Street | joescrabshack.com

If none of these local favorites have piqued your interest, you can always keep it simple and stop in for dinner at an old favorite like Joe’s Crab Shack. The Savannah location is positioned right on the water, so if you snag a seat out on the patio, you can enjoy beautiful views while you enjoy your favorite seafood fare.

Haven’t been to Joe’s before? Their coconut shrimp is a fan favorite, but you can’t go wrong with the crab legs either – there’s a reason they call it Joe’s Crab Shack, after all!

“Good food, good place. The patio overlooks the river and makes for a good time while eating there.
The food was good, and the drinks were nice. The margarita order comes with take-home cocktail
Shakers, which are pretty nice.” - Yelp Review

You’re in luck! Joe’s Crab Shack is one of the countless national vendors currently in GiftYa’s Catalog. Just click the link to get started sending a convenient digital gift card to yourself or someone you care about.

That’s a wrap on the best restaurants on the Savannah River.

There you have it! Whether you’re looking for dinner with a view or just trying to escape the summer heat by sticking close to the water, you now have plenty of restaurants on the Savannah River to choose from.

Don’t forget to stop back again sometime – we’re always adding new restaurants and things to do in Savannah to our catalog, and we’re always working on new best-of lists for the GiftYa blog. Hope to see you soon!

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