Savannah's 7 Best Seafood Restaurants

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Every seaside town boasts seafood specialties, but nothing compares to the cuisine at Savannah seafood restaurants. If you live in Savannah or are planning an upcoming trip here, you've got to check out these restaurants that offer mind-blowing gastronomic experiences. Each restaurant was selected based on the dining experience, relative value, location, history and overall quality of food and service. There are dozens of places in Savannah that serve delicious, local seafood, but these restaurants deliver more than just great meals!

1. Crab Shack

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Delicious seafood awaits you at the Crab Shack; Savannah’s favorite outdoor eatery. Undeniably the best all-around seafood restaurant in Savannah, this place is the perfect post-beach locale to visit for some delicious grub. Located on Tybee Island, the Crab Shack is just off Highway 80 (the main highway between Savannah and Tybee Beach). The Crab Shack boasts broiled (never fried!) seafood plates, sandwiches and BBQ (if you prefer grilled seafood to boiled).

Bringing little children? Take them over to see the baby alligators in the adjacent lagoon or take pictures at many of the wood cutouts on display outside of the restaurant. This restaurant will not disappoint.

Right and Up Award: Best Dining Experience

Price: $-$$

Address: 40 Estill Hammock Rd, Tybee Island, GA 31328

Closest Military Base: Hunter Army Airfield

2. Marker 107

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Looking to take your significant other on a date away from downtown Savannah in a beautiful quintessentially-Southern setting? Look no further than Marker 107. Located a half hour south of Savannah in the Kilkenny Bluff of Richmond Hill, this lovely restaurant seems to hail from another era. Surrounded by towering Spanish moss-filled oak trees, this restaurants overlooks the delightfully charming marshes of Ossabaw Island. And, the “Miss Catherine” shrimping boat docked right outside the restaurant is a fun photo-op before dinner! This is certainly the most charming restaurant to visit for delicious seafood in an elegant setting.

Right and Up Award: Most Beautiful Location

Price: $$-$$$

Address: 2943 Kilkenny Rd, Richmond Hill, GA 31324

Closest Military Base: Fort Stewart, GA

3. Bernie’s Oyster House River Street

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If you are in search of a seafood spot in a lovely riverfront historic locale, Bernie’s Oyster House on River Street is a great place to stop for lunch or dinner! As the name suggests, this establishment serves delicious oysters among other seafood specialties. Try your oysters with one of the several beers they have on tap. Make it an adventure and have fun shucking oysters with your date—you will be sure to make memories! If you’re not an oyster fan, try the low country boil and their famous ‘po boys’! There’s two locations, so if you find yourself on Tybee Island, check out the other Bernie’s Oyster House too!

Right and Up Award: Best Downtown Seafood Eatery

Price: $$

Address: 115 E River St # 104, Savannah, GA 31401

Closest Military Base: Hunter Army Airfield

4. Love’s Seafood Restaurant

As seen in the award-winning film “Forest Gump,” Love's lives up to its name. You will fall in love with the fresh seafood, sunset views and Southern hospitality at this family-run restaurant south of downtown on the Savannah-Richmond Hill border.

Situated directly on the Ogeechee River, this riverfront restaurant specializes in seafood, steaks and Southern dishes. Owned by the Love Family since 1949, this restaurant has won awards including “Best Seafood in Richmond Hill” and Coastal Living Magazine’s “Top 25 Seafood Dives” in the Coastal United States.

Right and Up Award: Historic and Best Homestyle Dinner

Price: $-$$

Address: 6817 Chief of Love Rd, Savannah, GA 31419

Closest Military Base: Hunter Army Airfield

5. Fish Tails

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This lively Caribbean-inspired river bar and restaurant is definitely worth a stop during your trip to Savannah! Located just south of Savannah in Richmond Hill, Fish Tails will leave you feeling irie and gastronomically satisfied. The restaurant serves seafood broiled, grilled or fried—just let the server know how you like it!

While you're here, take advantage of the photo-op along the pier, especially at sunset. Plus, you can visit the historic Fort McAllister, located 500m down the road, before dinner for an informational tour.

Right and Up Award: Best Atmosphere and Most Friendly Service

Price: $

Address: 3203 Fort McAllister Rd, Richmond Hill, GA 31324

Closest Military Base: Hunter Army Airfield or Fort Stewart

6. The Shell House Restaurant

This lakefront, family-owned restaurant is a hidden treat. Owned and operated by the Garrett family since 1988, The Shell House Restaurant serves up high-grade, deliciously sweet seafood and Southern favorites like red rice, hush puppies, cole slaw, and homemade tarter and cocktail sauces. It proudly prepares local seafood steamed, fried or grilled.

If you’re stationed nearby, this restaurant’s many large rooms are great for holiday parties, hail and farewells and promotion ceremonies! And, the outdoor dock is a fun location to let the children fish with cane poles while you dine inside.

Right and Up Award: Best for Family and Large Parties

Price: $$

Address: 8 Gateway Blvd W, Savannah, GA 31419

Closest Military Base: Hunter Army Airfield

7. North Beach Bar and Grill

Another Tybee Island favorite, this restaurant is located directly on Tybee Island’s North Beach next to the historic Fort Screven, Battery Garland, and Tybee Lighthouse. The colorful beach shack and palm-shaded terrace is perfect for eating lunch during the summer after visiting the beach. The chef specializes in eclectic and gourmet seafood dishes, but also serves up local favorites including crab cakes, fish tacos and wings! Visiting in early May? Don’t miss the annual Tybee Wine Festival held next door!

Right and Up Award: Best Beach-Side Seafood

Address: 33 Meddin Dr, Tybee Island, GA 31328

Closest Military Base: Hunter Army Airfield

$ = $7.00-$15.00 plates*

$$= $12.00-$25.00 plates*

$$$=$20.00-$40.00 plates*

*denotes average price, but locally caught seafood varies per weight/season.

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about the author

Liz Brunette is an active duty captain in the United States Army. She is a 2012 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. She is an avid reader, writer, photographer, and all-around unapologetic adventurer! Her most recent assignments were in Vicenza, Italy, with the 173rd Infantry Brigade (Airborne) and the Maneuver Captain’s Career Course at Fort Benning. She is currently stationed at Fort Stewart in the 3rd Infantry Division. She absolutely loves being stationed in the South and experiencing all that Savannah and the rest of the “low country” has to offer!