- 1 / 7
The Collins QuarterLocated in the heart of the city on the corner of Bull and Oglethorpe, The Collins Quarter has exposed brick on the inside and a modern bar lining the side wall. The restaurant is beloved for its all-day brunch, which offers eggs Benedicts and Bloody Marys until 3pm. The kitchen mixes the owners' Australian background with Southern flare. Brunch features the requisite avocado toast, plus more inventive dishes like short rib hash.
- 2 / 7
What were your first impressions when you arrived? Cafe M is in a plum location on the Savannah River, but you could almost imagine it's the Seine. The interior is a symphony of whites, greens, and creams, golden fleur-de-lis motifs, and wicker-backed chairs, creating the kind of confident, casual elegance that the French do best.
What’s the crowd like? There are a lot of hotels along this stretch of the river, and their guests end up here. Out-of-towners mix with local moms and office workers who have ducked out for a caffeine and pastry break.
What should we be drinking? It’s a pretty straightforward selection of hot drinks, from chai lattes to locally roasted coffee. There are also wines and mimosas in single servings and bottomless versions.
Main event: the food. Give us the lowdown—especially what not to miss. Brunch is divided into three sections: Parisian, American, and Healthy. Parisian comes with the much-celebrated French bread and pastries, served with Bon Maman preserves. American consists of hot options like scrambled eggs with cheese, ham, turkey, and bacon. Healthy features smoked salmon on wheat toast and a bowl of granola.
How did the front-of-house folks treat you? The chef and servers thankfully present a war display of Southern charm rather than Parisian coolness, and even though brunch can be a little cozy at times, their professionalism and friendliness shine through.
What’s the real-real on why we’re coming here? Most restaurants on the riverfront feel a little touristy, but this cafe retains local character, and the brunch options transport you to a lovely Gallic corner of the South.
- 3 / 7
Olde Pink House RestaurantThe outstanding Olde Pink House is unmistakably Southern, with its large columns and pink hues, and perch on the edge of a charming square. A tourist staple for anyone visiting Savannah for the first time, it's a restaurant that begs to be photographed. Within the restaurant proper, individual room hold quiet, candlelit, soft-spoken diners. Down below, Planters Tavern—with candlelight to lead the way and live music emanating from the piano—feels like a step back in time.
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- 4 / 7
Back in the Day
What were your first impressions when you arrived? Despite its name, Back In The Day Bakery only dates back to 2002, but it has already established itself as a Savannah landmark. It’s a little outside of the historic district, but the short walk from Downtown makes it all the easier to indulge yourself. There’s an arts-and-crafts feel to the place, with reclaimed wood and amateur art contributing to the local, homespun vibe.
What’s the crowd like? Mostly neighborhood locals who come daily. The cafe is casual, family-friendly, and welcoming to all.
What should we be drinking? In addition to coffees and teas, there are different varieties of cold brew (including a cardamom option), as well as speciality drinks like tumeric orange juice and dirty chai.
Main event: the food. Give us the lowdown—especially what not to miss. Owners Cheryl and Griff Day (the cafe's namesake) are James Beard–nominated bakers beloved for their biscuits, which sell out quickly every day. Those buttermilk delights come topped with, say, baked egg and cheddar, ham and gruyere, or house-made jam. There's also a daily-changing selection of pies, cupcakes, muffins, and scones.
And how did the front-of-house folks treat you? The bakery kicks into action right at 8 a.m., and the staff are friendly from the get-go. Regulars are welcomed by name and newcomers are treated like friends.
What’s the real-real on why we’re coming here? High-quality food, a respect for a tradition, a lack of pretension, and perfect baked goods: What more could you want?
- 5 / 7
B. Matthew's Eatery
What were your first impressions when you arrived? B. Matthews Eatery has all the hallmarks of a modern bistro, with exposed brick walls, dark wood, and striking modern art.
What’s the crowd like? The restaurant, a block from the river, draws a healthy amount of tourist foot traffic as well as a loyal band of local fans. The space isn’t overly formal, but it draws a relatively mature, buttoned-up crowd that's more likely to be chatting than taking photos for Instagram.
What should we be drinking? The weekend features a popular "Build Your Own Bloody Mary" option, plus house combos (like the Bacon Mary), Bellinis, and Mimosas. There's also a Breakfast Margarita with orange juice and grapefruit marmalade.
Main event: the food. Give us the lowdown—especially what not to miss. The shrimp and grits are the real draw here; they're served with green onions, tasso ham, and red-eye gravy. The fried green tomato Benedict is another welcome deviation from the classics, with the mixed greens and goat cheese on a homemade biscuit delivering a tangy bite. There are regular egg dishes, of course, but among the other standouts are the indulgent salmon avocado toast and the chicken salad sandwich with apples and pecans.
And how did the front-of-house folks treat you? The staff are younger and more bohemian than the clientele, and show grace under pressure as they meet the brunch rush head on. There are some amusingly tipsy tables as service progresses, but even they are met with good humor and kindness.
What’s the real-real on why we’re coming here? The menu ventures beyond regular brunch offerings, and the classy, bistro-like dining room is a definite draw. You’re not necessarily paying too much extra for this elevated experience, either, and who wouldn't relish the idea of building their own Bloody Mary?
- 6 / 7
What were your first impressions when you arrived? Industrial aesthetics can feel cliched nowadays, but the Fitzroy's dining room feels subtle and chic, and the ambience reflects a sense of elegance. A long bar up front gives way to tables that enjoy a luxurious amount of space between them, and a couple of leather-backed banquettes add to the elevated feel. The bar itself is at least a couple of centuries old and hails from England.
What’s the crowd like? Mature sophisticates and polite young couples soaking in the reserved, but not stuffy, atmosphere. The acoustics here are much less abrasive than other contemporary restaurants, and the menu attracts guests with a genuine culinary curiosity.
What should we be drinking? There’s a robust selection of brunch cocktails; the Bloody Mary, the most popular, is sizable enough to last the entire meal. Gin, vodka, rye, and bourbon all make appearances, and the house mimosa is a huge hit.
Main event: the food. Give us the lowdown—especially what not to miss. The usual brunch suspects are joined by a spicy Moroccan scramble with merguez sausages, an Israeli shashouka with chorizo and roasted potatoes, and an Australian ricotta hotcake with marscarpone and maple syrup. Other unusual options include chicken schnitzel, salmon croquettes, and a crab omelette.
How did the front-of-house folks treat you? Our server, under no small amount of pressure, was one of the friendliest people imaginable: all smiles and chatty banter, there when needed but not too fussy. Questions were answered with charm and dishes were delivered with panache.
What’s the real-real on why we’re coming here? Some brunches can feel like a rough and ready kind of deal, but there’s an accessible classiness to The Fitzroy that will appeal to diners who don’t need to hear their neighbor’s shouted conversations the entire time. Brunch here is lively without being intrusive, and eclectic without being pretentious.
- 7 / 7
Little Duck Diner
What were your first impressions when you arrived? There’s plenty of foot traffic around this busy downtown spot, a large, imposing building on Saint Julian Street that gives way to an inarguably retro scene as you enter the vintage-style Little Duck Diner. Monochrome tilework, leather-backed booths, and a fluorescent milkshake menu lend a throwback feel that will transport you to a bygone decade.
What’s the crowd like? Brunch consists of office workers, families fueling up before a day of sightseeing, and local scenesters basking in the un-ironic retro charm.
What should we be drinking? Signature breakfast cocktails include a strawberry lychee Bellini and a robust spin on a Bloody Mary. The diner also has knockout milkshakes.
Main event: the food. Give us the lowdown—especially what not to miss. This is a comforting menu with some pleasing, adventurous options. There are waffles, pancakes, and a comprehensive selection of egg dishes. The much-vaunted gourmet grilled cheese menu is the big draw, though; gruyere, duck, caramelized onions, and Norwegian smoked salmon are all optional tweaks to this American classic.
How did the front-of-house folks treat you? It’s a busy spot almost from the get go, but the staff pirouette around the dining room with aplomb. At peak brunch time—don’t expect to be in and out too quickly—if you're game to linger, you'll be able to savor those cocktails and milkshakes.
What’s the real-real on why we’re coming here? This is a friendly, laid-back place to take the weight off after a morning sightseeing stroll. It’s a great location, and the prices are as friendly as the staff.
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