Georgia’s first city has had plenty of time to get its seafood just right. If you only have a few days in town and you’re looking for the best oysters in Savannah, you don’t want to miss out.
The charming town has endless restaurants serving up fresh seafood on waterfronts, but here are a few suggestions to get you started on your search.
Here’s your classic coastal crabshack. This spot on the search for the best oysters in Savannah might be a little difficult to find, as Desposito’s is primarily frequented by locals. Don’t let the tablecloths made from newspapers or outside décor turn you off, you must check out this hidden gem of a restaurant, but you may want to call (912) 897-9963 first for hours and directions.
This River Street restaurant features locally caught seafood housed in a historic 1850’s cotton warehouse. The hand-shucked oysters are served in appetizers like Fiddler’s buffalo oysters or oysters rockefeller, in a po’boy or in entrees raw, steamed or fried.
It is a bit of a drive to The Crab Shack at 40 Estill Hammock Road on Tybee Island, but it’s worth it. Voted Georgia’s Favorite Seafood Dive by Coastal Living Magazine, The Crab Shack offers outdoor dining and plump, juicy oysters served raw with caviar and sour cream, on the half shell or steamed.
Bernie’s Oyster House is shelling out oysters now in two locations. The closest is at 115 East River Street, in a pre-Civil War warehouse built in 1817 that was used to store cotton bound to destinations all over the world. The second location is on Tybee Island. Both locations serve oysters on the half shell or in a bucket, which you can shuck yourself.
Located between downtown Savannah and Tybee Island, Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House sits amidst lush greenery of the marsh. Paula Deen, the famous Southern chef that has been featured on the Food Network, opened the restaurant with her brother Uncle Bubba in 2004. The restaurant offers starters like Uncle Bubba’s chargrilled oysters specialty, and if you’re super hungry, you can head to the all-you-can-eat oyster roast on Sundays. It’s just $15 from 2 to 6 p.m.
The quest for the best oysters in Savannah continues at 7000 LaRoche Avenue, where you can find top-notch seafood with a great view of the river and good service. Try the Oysters Florentine to start, which features baked oysters on the half shell topped with spinach, crab and a blend of cheeses. Pear’s Saltwater Grille also offers oysters fried or ice cold with cocktail sauce.
Last but definitely not least, the Driftaway Cafe has a unique way of crafting its Gullah oyster sandwich. For $11, you can try the plump breaded Gullah oysters. They are flash fried on a hoagie with lettuce, tomato, onion and creole tarter sauce. The Driftaway Café is located at 7400 Skidaway Road in Savannah.
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