Classic River Street Restaurants

Posted on July 11, 2014 by

If you’re on the hunt for some great seafood, look no further than River Street. It’s full of so many classic spots that it might be hard to choose, so here are some of the best of the best. Check them out to make your choice, but hey, they’re all so good you still might have to flip a coin to decide. 

Vic’s On The River

_MG_9295.jpgVic’s on the River is one of the higher scale restaurants on River Street. Just walk through the class doors of the cafe, take the elevator up to the dining room on the fourth floor, and be transported with a beautiful view of the river. Some of the most famous dishes here are the award winning Crawfish Beignets, the fried green tomatoes, pecan crusted flounder, and of course shrimp and grits. For dessert, be a little adventurous and try the sweet potato souffle. You’ll be glad you did.They also have a very wide wine selection with the option to buy by the glass or half bottle, and Vic’s does get busy, so it’s best to have a reservation ahead of time. If you’re a history buff check out the preserved hand drawn map of the route of Sherman’s march through Savannah by a civil war soldier that was found on the wall of the restaurant!

Prices range from $31-$60

Located at 26 East Bay Street, or enter from East River Street

For more info call: 912-721-1000



_MG_9299.jpgBringing you a little bit of New Orleans in Savannah, Huey’s has been on River street since 1987. Breakfast is served all day, so a creole omelette and world famous sweet beignets are always within reach. But if you’re looking for dinner, the oysters, gumbo, jambalaya, and award winning Bloody Mary’s are never in short supply.

Prices range anywhere from $11-$30

Located at 115 East River Street

For more info call: 912-234-7385


Tubby’s Tank House

_MG_9302.jpgWhat first draws people to Tubby’s Tank House has to be the tables with a view. Located just above Huey’s restaurant, grab a seat on the balcony and feel the breeze roll off the river. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the most popular dishes here are the crab dip, blackened, fried, or grilled catch of the day, or the chicken cordon bleu if you feel like something off the land. The hush puppies also make a great side to any meal, and for dessert, pecan pie is a must, made locally from the Savannah Candy Kitchen. Tubby’s was also featured on the Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food!

Prices range from $11-$30

Located at 115 East River Street

For more info call: 912-233-0770


The Cotton Exchange

_MG_9303.jpgThe Cotton Exchange is a great place to get away from all the hustle of River Street. Quaint and quiet, this a great restaurant for a casual night out when you don’t feel like being too overcrowded. Popular picks here are the stuffed flounder or seafood scampi, and the chowder is a must. There is also a very vast beer selection and compared to all the other spots on River Street, the prices can’t be beat.

Prices range from $10-$30

Located at 201 East River Street

For more info call: 912-352-7088

The Shrimp Factory


A staple on River Street since 1977, The Shrimp Factory is, you guessed it, the best place for shrimp. Try the shrimp and grits or stuffed shrimp filled with blue crab. It’s also a restaurant tradition to start out every lunch with fresh blueberry muffins and honey butter, or bread and pimento cheese spread before dinner. But the biggest draw here is the famous  Chatham Artillery Punch, said to have a kick “greater than the two brass cannons presented to the Chatham Artillery by George Washington”. The punch was first made in the 1850’s, brewed in ice-filled horse buckets with sugar, lemon, and a quart each of brandy, whiskey, rum, and champagne. You also get to keep your glass as a complimentary souvenir! 

Prices range from $10-$30

Located at 313 East River Street

For more info call: 912-236-4229 

Spanky’s Pizza Galley and Saloon

_MG_9315.jpgOpen since 1976, Spanky’s is the only place to get pizza on River Street! But it’s claim to fame is the best chicken fingers in town and hand battered spuds in a sweet honey sauce. This is a great place to go to with kids who might be picky eaters, but the burgers, hot dogs, and chicken fingers are sure to please adults too, though there is also seafood and steak on the menu as well.

Prices range from $11-$30

Located at 317 East River Street

For more info call: 912-236-3009