Savannah Historic District and Tybee Island Activities and things to do
Savannah has a long thought provoking and even sometimes comical history. That's why it has long been a perfect vacation destination for the entire family. Small children love the beaches and watching the huge boats going up and down the Savannah River. Haunted tours delight school age children and adults alike. Couples love the carriage rides and walking down romantic streets.
History buffs enjoy the museums, landmarks, and old restored homes. High school seniors flock here every year to tour the colleges and universities. The natural beauty of the garden like squares and tall oaks have caused many a bride and groom to plan their wedding here. No matter the holiday or occasion, a vacation rental in Savannah will serve your needs while making you a part of Savannah's vibrant history.
As a vacation rental company owner, I'm constantly asked for recommendations on the best tours and restaurants. On this page and within our blog, we'll do our best to lead you in the right direction. We will highlight some of our top, can't miss restaurants, and tours. We sometimes like to consider ourselves history buffs and foodies which is why you'll find honest reviews of not only which restaurants to eat in, but possibly what to order and where to sit. Please remember that anything you read here is solely our opinion. However, with extensive knowledge of restaurant management and having over 12 years of experience in the food and service industry, I feel that the things that I'll bring to your attention are important when considering a great meal in the beautiful city of Savannah. My ratings on restaurants will consist of how the food was prepared, how the service was and most importantly, did I get my money's worth. We all know going to a restaurant strictly for its name and not the service, food, and atmosphere is not a fun thing to do. Paying a lot of money for a meal and then leaving feeling dissatisfied with portions, service, and overall mood of the restaurant, will always be disappointing to everyone. We'll do our best to guide you to all the right places and if we know of a place that strikes us as overrated, undeserved, and just downright not on the list of can't miss places, we'll tell you.
The Olde Pink House
The Olde Pink House is one of my favorites. Tourist and locals alike flock to this restaurant for great meals. You'll find the portions to be large, the pricing to be fair, and the service to be great. The Olde Pink House is a large restaurant that recently underwent a massive renovation.
The restaurant has multiple places to dine within the restaurant. Upstairs you'll find a formal dining room, a large ballroom, and a small bar area to enjoy your time with family and friends. On the side of the restaurant, you'll find sidewalk seating as well as another bar. My favorite place to sit at the Ole Pink House is downstairs in the Tavern. The Tavern reminds me of a speakeasy. It's tucked away and may not be brought to your attention by the Olde Pink House staff. You will need to request to sit in the Tavern which does not accept reservations. At the Tavern, you'll find a nightly piano player playing tunes of today and yesterday.
The attire for the Olde Pink House should be jeans, flip flops and a collared shirt, or if you would like to dress up, you may. My favorite place to sit at the Olde Pink House Tavern is on either side of the restaurant where you will find a fireplace to enjoy your meal. One of my favorites at the Olde Pink House is the crispy scoured flounder. They also have a crab stuffed grouper that has been taken off of the menu, but with a request to your waiter, they will be happy to make it for you. In my opinion it's one of the best meals they have.
Vic's on the River
Vic's on the River and the Olde Pink House are big competitors. The main difference between Vic's on the River and the Olde Pink House is that Vic's on the River has riverside dining.
My favorite place to sit at Vic's is in the bar area which isn't like most bars. There's a piano player and large windows on the far side of the bar with high top tables. I recommend calling Vic's ahead of time for reservations for one of these tables. All you need to do is tell them that you would like to sit in the bar area on the riverside of the restaurant at one of their high top tables. If you manage to get one of these tables, you will enjoy viewing the large ships as they go by on the Savannah River and under the Talmage River.
Recommendations for food include fried green tomatoes, crab cakes, and steaks. Their portions are fair as well as their prices. Vic's, like most restaurants in Savannah, is casual and the attire should be comfortable. You can go in with shorts, flip-flops, and a collared shirt, or you're welcome to get dressed up in slacks, button up shirt, coat, and tie. For the most part, you'll find the locals wearing flip flops, jeans, and a nice shirt.
Leoci's Tratorria is a new addition to the Savannah night life and dining fair. Leoci's is located on Abercorn Street just outside of a residential neighborhood. I'm sometimes skeptical of small one-of-a-kind restaurants; however, my opinion of this place (after my first meal there) is that it's one of the best restaurants in the city of Savannah.
Preparing Italian meals like your grandmother wished she could make is their specialty. I must recommend the Carbonara as well as any steak they may have on special. Their Lobster Ravioli is to die for and they have a great wine menu. There's also an outside seating area. One of their largest attractions is their imported brick oven.
Reservations are a must if you'd like to sit outside. The only downside to Leoci's (and this is picky) is they don't have a corkage fee.
Garibaldi's aims to please and is located on Congress Street. Garibaldi's menu is priced comparatively with Vic's on the River, Leocis, and The Olde Pink House. Garibaldi's is fine dining in a classy atmosphere. The attire should be considered the same for the Olde Pink House, Leoci's and Vic's on the River. You'll find most people in slacks or jeans and a nice shirt.
If you're on a date, sit upstairs and request to sit on the Congress Street side of the restaurant. You'll find you have a view of Congress Street with a nice romantic, cozy feel. If you have a large group, have no fear, Garibaldi's has seating for everyone.
Reservations are recommended especially if you want one of the tables by the window upstairs. A highlight to point out at Garibaldi's is the veal shank with an extra side of the mushroom sauce.