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Alligator Soul
Alligator Soul

Alligator Soul Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.alligatorsoul.com
  • Email: dining@alligatorsoul.com
  • Phone: (912) 232-7899
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner Nightly: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole / Cajun / Southern, Organic
  • Executive Chef: Chris DiNello
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer a private dining room that comfortable seats 12 guests with a minimum of 9 and a semi private room that comfortable seats 26 guests with a minimum of 20-22 depending on the day of the week. There is no room charge with a minimum guaranty.
  • Private Party Contact: Maureen Craig (912) 232-7899
  • Entertainment: Overhead music, mostly blues, ie Buddy Guy, Etta James, BB King, John Lee Hooker with splashes of Johnny Cash, Allison Krauss, etc.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broughton/State
  • Public Transit: There is bus transportation within and without the city limits and the guest would need to contact the City of Savannah for bus routes and schedules.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is parking available behind our building. This lot is rented to various business"s and is available for the general public after 5:30. There is two spaces that we recommend that our guests do not park in and they should contact us for any necessary explanation.
A word from Alligator Soul
Come, Eat...Drink...and Relax Your "Soul". Alligator Soul is a beautiful unpretentious fine dining restaurant. We offer a full bar, lounge with Romantic fireplace where guests can relax and have a cocktail before dinner or dessert after dinner. Alligator Soul"s credo: From the moment you walk in the door, until the moment you leave...it's all about you! We take pride in the care we give to each of our guests, the ambiance we provide, in addition to the upmost quality and value we place with every dish we make. Whether you have dietary allergic restrictions, or you choose a vegetarian or vegan diet, we can accommodate your needs.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "Had a reservation for Easter Sunday at 8 pm. Received a phone call 10 days prior asking us to come at 7 instead. They wanted to close early because of the holiday. I agreed because we had heard raves about the restaurant but want thrilled about eating that early. Imagine my surprise when people were being seated at 8:30. When I brought it to the attention if the manager she asked who called me. No apologies. She said it made no sense. Except for that it is a great restaurant!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We saw this restaurant in an article of top restaurants for foodies in Savannah. Since this was our first time to visit the city, we went with the recommendation. And were not disappointed! The decor, service, and food were excellent. My husband and I shared the alligator boudin - we are from Louisiana and know boudin! - it was very good. He had the red snapper chef's choice and I tried the duck breast. Both were very good. But the best were the Parmesan grits croutons on the salad. Our waitress told us people order them to go and eat them while walking the streets! We want the recipe!!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "This place has serious, adult, fine dining food. The charcuterie and cheese boards were some of the best I've had in any city. The daily catch was a red snapper that was so fresh and so perfect, I remember what seafood is supposed to be like. The buffalo steak was firm, very tasty, and if a tad dry, well, that's buffalo. The salad and shrimp-and-grits were all very well done. Our server and food delivery team were fun, prompt, and knew their jobs and the food. This is a truly special restaurant."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The staff was very friendly. Food was well prepared and the presentation was lovely. I ordered a drink called Etta James. Wonderful gin, cucumber and blueberry combination. When I ordered a second drink, no blueberries to muddle. Our server was behind in keeping up with our table and it may have been caused by the slow kitchen. We ordered oysters for an appetizer, yummy, oysters were creamy and not chewy, but served at room temp; not hot. The Little Hilbo is a wonderful plate! Also ordered the exotic specialty which was kangaroo. Great flavor. The Lemongrass Kaffir Creme brûlée was NOT good! Texture was perfect but the overwhelming lemon polish flavor ruined it. Flavors in a brûlée, IMHO, should be soft and allow the creme to come through. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We visited Savannah for the first time for our anniversary. While looking up restaurants we saw all the great reviews so we figured we would give it a try. Must say it was our best dining experience of our trip. Food was fresh and nicely presented. Our appetizers were the fried green tomatoes and shrimp and grits - both prepared to perfection. I had the catch of the day and it was delicious. And a really special touch - when we came in they wished us "Happy Anniversary" and had a little box on our table with chocolates and a mini peacan tart. The atmoshphere is energetic and chic and we are looking forward to our next trip to Savannah and dining at Alligator Soul."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "We had the best and most interesting meal of our trip to Savannah and Charleston. Our only regret was that our visit was too short for us to come back and enjoy many other dishes from the tempting menu. My rabbit terrine en croute was both unusual and delicious, and my shrimp and grits had the creamiest and best flavored grits I have ever had. My wife's fried green tomatoes were precisely breaded with the tomatoes cooked sufficiently to bring out the taste, even with out of season tomatoes. Service was sophisticated and we had a chance to meet and congratulate the chef."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Great location downtown Savannah. Close to parking. Great service and food. Definitely our favorite here in Savannah. Similar to GW Fins in New Orleans. "
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Our 2nd time here in 2years. Vacationing and hasn't disappointed. Our favorite place. Food is amazing service is well organized. Seamless. The fire scene at table side is not to be missed. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Staff and atmosphere excellent. (Though Server seemed like she had a cough & cold which was a turn off). Fried green tomatoes were tame. Not much flavor. the Shrimp Creole was bland. The scallops were fresh. Overall we found better food elsewhere but the menu had exotic meets. If you are into that then it's worth the venture."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "We chose Alligator Soul by reading reviews and were not disappointed. From the moment we were greeted by the hostess we knew this would be a great experience. The menu is very different, serving kangaroo, alligator and buffalo. I am not that adventurous so decided on fried green tomatoes and shrimp and grits. Both were phenomenal and beautifully presented. Our server, Emily! Was attentive and superb. This restaurant is not to be missed."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I've experienced a few fine dining restaurants and Alligator Soul is near the top. Noise was a bit high but can be forgiven due to a massive but well handled birthday party. Service was still great despite the amount of people they had to handle. Ambiance was nice but not what I expected. Still a comfortable and elegant atmosphere none the less. Food was spot on and felt well worth the price and the drinks were a well mixed addition. If I could afford it I'd definitely return more often."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We enjoyed our experience at Alligator Soul with outstanding food and unbelievable service. At first, the waiter was unable to get to our table but the owner and or manager rushed over to our table and give us free drinks and made sure our night was special. The little things that you do for people do matter and bravo to this guy. We tried the chefs specials and every bite was memorable. The atmosphere was also warm with brick walls and jazzy theme. I would highly recommend this place to eat. Outstanding"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "It was a perfect evening dinning with my 2 daughters. It was our first visit and the staff was exceptional. They were so good at giving us suggestion and recommending new food that was so delicious. The atmosphere was cozy and welcoming. The menu had great choices with unique and delightfully prepared dishes. We enjoyed every minute of our dinning experience. I look forward to coming back next time we are in Savannah."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Fairly meat-centric menu. The single vegetarian option came up short, basically broth with three tiny corn bread balls in it. The corn bread balls were sweet for my palate, so I requested more of the ciabatta from the bread basket, which I thought was brilliant, and in this way did not finish my broth feeling hungry. A dinner entree should constitute at least 400 calories, imo. My sense is that they would have bent over backwards to accommodate me, but I did not want the dinner to be all about my entree -- it simply was not the most important thing. Meanwhile, the salad and dessert were excellent, and we enjoyed the cocktails and beer, nice selection. My husband was very happy with his meat entree."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "We were visiting Savannah with friends and could not have had a better night - the food was spectacular and our server - Rachel was awesome! Special appetizer and all of our meals were done to perfection. Everyone must absolutely try their "croutons" they are the best we have ever had!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We had a 745 reservation and we were sat promptly but we only saw our server twice. We didn't get our food till 9:30 and the restaurant was not busy for that kind of turn around. The table next to us had equal problems and when they asked to speak to the manager and explain the time it took to receive the food and the quality of the food he responded to them with, How is this my problem and then took a meal off the couples check and sort of tossed the check back at them. We were very disappointed to say the least."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Solid bar- had a very good cocktail, while waiting for our table. The apps were very good. We had the oysters- excellent, loved the hot sauce. We also had the house made alligator sausage, which was interesting and good. Our last app was scrimp and grits which was a good representation of the dish. The scrimp were very fresh and cooked perfectly. For the main course we had the fish of the day- Sword fish steak. This was also cooked perfectly. All in all a very good, solid dinner in Savannah. Oysters were the highlight here."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The service was "meh". Our server was kind of mousy and just seemed terrified the whole time. Didn't make it a fun event. Also when we ordered a nice bottle of wine, she said "Are you sure you don't want to see the cocktail menu??" Nope. haha The food was pretty good."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This was my favorite spot we ate at in Savannah. The drinks were amazing! I had a peach sangria and my friend had a mojito but instead of mint it had basil. Loved it! The food we got was spectacular! Would definitely go back if I'm ever in Savannah. Our server was so attentive and made the experience even better"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Bad service. Food was average. Manager was a mean. Too many other great restaurants in Savannah!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Alligator Soul is a cozy little underground treasure. The ambiance and decor were great with exposed brick walls, neat little subterranean gardens and great music. Our server greeted us warmly and asked about food allergies or restrictions, which we very much appreciated, since my husband and I are both lactose intolerant, which is challenging in the low country. Additionally, I'm pescetarian. No problems at all here. Our server brought out a refreshing amuse-bouche (compliments of the chef) that not only met our dietary weirdness, but was delicious! Future guests must get the house salad; it's amazing."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Great atmosphere. We were pleasantly surprised at how well they had done a basement space. The menu is adventurous, and although it is a meat lover's paradise there are many great choices if that's not your thing. What really made the experience was the excellent service. Our server, Adam, was knowledgeable, helpful, patient with all of our questions and went out of his way to accommodate my wife's gluten issue. The bartender, Andrew, is an artist and makes a great mint julep. What made this a particularly enjoyable experience was that we had visited one of Savannah's better known and frequently recommended restaurants the night before - Alligator Soul made them look shabby and boring by comparison."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Starting with Olivia calling to confirm our reservation, we had a wonderful experience. The menu was an adventure, with a number of exotic dinners and sides. We had Oysters a la Soul and a salad, both were excellent, loved the oysters. Didn't try anything exotic - got shrimp and grits and the Little Hilbo tenderloin. Shrimp and grits were very flavorful, a bit rich. The steak had a lot of seasoning; the natural flavor of the meat got somewhat lost, but I still enjoyed it (and it was huge). Key lime pie was simply delicious. The staff was great - friendly, attentive. By the time we finished, six different servers had stopped at our table with something. A classic historic Savannah space in a basement. Great feel to it."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Best service, best menu, great ambience; highly recommended.... but stay away so we can get our reservations!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Kangaroo and rabbit empanadas were the specials. Unique items."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "As visitors to Savannah, we were seeking local specialties. I was happy with an oyster appetizer and the shrimp and grits. The service was good but a little uneven; the pacing was somewhat off. Our apps came out very quickly -- even before the wine we had ordered to drink with the apps had arrived. We waited for about 15 mins after the meal was cleared for him to return to ask if we wanted dessert. When he finally came by, he said he assumed we were full and needed extra time before considering dessert (?). We found this odd."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "The menu is very interesting, allowing you to add oysters on the half shell, an alligator sausage, etc. to your entrée. I had their house salad - very fresh with amazing warm grit croutons. I had the fish special of striped sea bass w/ fava beans & parmesan polenta. My bf had the pork entrée, with potatoes and fava beans - all delicious! The cocktail menu is very fresh, organic. Extensive wine list as well. Did not have desert, but the table next to us did and it all looked very good. Only small complaint would be that our waiter disappeared toward the end, I think he had a large part come in. However, the hostess attended to us right away to get our bill. Very cool ambience! Underground, no view or outdoor seating."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This was our third year visiting Savannah and each time we try a different fine dining restaurant. After researching we selected Alligator Soul and were not disappointed. From the oyster appetizer to the mojito sorbet....words cannot express! Also had a twist on the traditional mojito with pear and basil...to die for. My husband added the alligator sausage to his entree and it was out of this world."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Alligator Soul is the best restaurant in Savannah, GA! It is a wonderful atmosphere and great service! I love that they have exotic foods that you would not get to try anywhere else. Every time we go there the food is as good if not better than the time before! AMAZING!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We have been here many times over the last 5 years.Food is awesome. Servers generally excellent"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "What can be said, exceeded expectations for a romantic dinner filled with wonderful food and spirit. Atmosphere, decor' all were amazing. Our Inn Keeper at the East Bay made a call and let them know we were coming for our anniversary, all of the service at the Alligator Sould made it wonderful by wishing a Happy Anniversary. Amazing is an understatement"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We arrived 30 minutes late for our reservation which was totally our fault. However when we arrived we were told we were 30 minutes late and we could have a seat at the bar. I understand the difficulties this might cause but if felt like it could have been handled with a bit more tact than a scolding. Our food was great and our server (Emily?) and the others were wonderful and quickly made up for the initial experience. Then something odd happened. A fellow patron who was sitting on the other side of the restaurant approached our table to inform us that our language was inappropriate and hurt his dining experience. It was extremely rude. Again the wait staff asked if everything was okay and made up for a very weird moment."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We vacationed to Savannah, for food and culture. My boyfriend was very excited to try the gator gumbo and frog legs... Well they are both off the menu. A margarita flatbread in its place. Very disappointed. Signature dishes should stay on the menu."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Alligator Soul has an elegant yet comfortable atmosphere. The food is fantastic with a wide variety of choices with a healthy, fresh and unique menu. Everything is prepared to perfection and plated in an appetizing/appealing manner. I have been there a few times and each time I have enjoyed a wonderful meal and each time has been an adventure in dining. The staff are all very knowledgeable, friendly and courteous...truly make you feel welcome as well."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The waiter had lost his voice that afternoon, it was difficult to hear the specials and anything else he said. There was an exceptionally long time between ordering and receiving the appetizer and an even longer time before the mains showed up. They were busy but it wasn't that big a restaurant and they had plenty of staff working so perhaps the kitchen was short staffed. But with all the excellent options in Savannah, I doubt that I would ever return here."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We dined at Alligator Soul while on a weekend trip to Savannah to celebrate our anniversary. Our waiter's name was Adam and he was phenomenal! The food was out of this world! My husband tried kangaroo and I had the lamb. The ambience was dark,cozy and quaint. Perfect for a special evening! We will definitely go back and highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Warm welcome, everything was prepared as requested per the reservation. Energetic staff, with proper grace matching the demeanor of the each guest. The menu was well described and elaborated upon well by the wait staff. The offerings were unique and well balanced with flavoring, presentation was good. The noise level continued to build during the evening but not unbearable. Even though there is limited seating, at no time did we feel rushed by the staff. A wonderful, memorable evening. We would return without question."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We went here for our anniversary, everything was good but they knew it was a romantic night, our table was in the middle of the room, people going by on either side of our table, our table was wide so we were sitting very far away from each other, I told the hostess when she seated us that I did not like the location and she said it was the best table to be at, in the middle of everything. Other then That, the service was unreal, felt like the queen, food was spectacular and they had a sweet little gift on our table for us!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "A funky spot with outside stops leading down stairs to the restaurant. We had a great 3-top that was between the main dining section and the fireplace and bar. Service was earnest and pleasant. A little on the expensive side...most entrees $30+.But drinks were nice and everything was very good or better."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Best food and service ever! Had elk shepherd's pie deconstructed awesome! Service unbelievable! May be best restaurant ever!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014