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As Voted by OpenTable Diners

With only 50 lazy, hazy days left of summer, OpenTable's 2018 list of the 50 Best Southern Restaurants in America offers diners plenty of options to savor flavors that are strongly associated with warm summer days and balmy nights. However, the honorees serve standout Southern fare year-round. The list is based on an analysis of 12,000,000+ reviews of more than 27,000 restaurants across the country—all submitted by verified diners. Don't forget to #traveldeliciously this summer.

Restaurants:Abel Brown, Acadiana, Acre
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Southern, Creole / Cajun / Southern
Neighborhoods:Augusta, Downtown, Auburn
$$$$·Southern·
Augusta
1,030 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
All four of us ordered something different, and all four dishes were fabulous! Nothing was left on our plates!
93% recommended
Southern in Atlanta / Georgia
27 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Downtown
5,926 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
It will be missed. We certainly hope it finds a new home downtown.
92% recommended
182 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
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$$$$·Southern·
Auburn
1,631 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
I would love to see there be more self parking for Acre instead of Valet.
98% recommended
Best Overall in Alabama
39 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Savannah
3,440 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
The food was AMAZING!!! Creative blends of flavors and our waiter Scottie was FANTASTIC!! Very knowledgeable of the menu, super friendly and attentive!! We have already recommendedRead more
88% recommended
Best Overall in Savannah
785 people mentioned the Alligator
$$$$·Southern·
Downtown Charleston
1,991 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Second time eating at Anson. Lovely experience both times. Can't go wrong with the crispy flounder and fried green tomato appetizer. My dining company had the soft-shelled crabs, wRead more
91% recommended
Southern in South Carolina
156 people mentioned the Flounder
$$$$·Southern·
Flowery Branch
1,370 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
We look forward to our nights out and Antebellum has never disappointed. Wonderful all the way around, as always!!
99% recommended
Best Overall in Atlanta / Georgia
51 people mentioned the Fried Green Tomato
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Garden District
3,363 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Great food. Cool atmosphere and great service. Fun place.
93% recommended
Great for Brunch in New Orleans / Louisiana
418 people mentioned the Bloody Mary
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Greenwich Village
1,166 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
Love this place, it’s one of my favorites!
93% recommended
31 people mentioned the Crayfish
$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Uptown
521 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Chef Nathaniel Zimet nails it every time. Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding mmmm.
93% recommended
36 people mentioned the Bread Pudding
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$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Midtown / Montrose
2,832 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
I do think it’s funny that even during lunch service khaki shorts and leather shoes are not allowed—I get during dinner, but mid week lunch, let’s get with the times! There were geRead more
96% recommended
205 people mentioned the Turtle Soup
$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Birmingham
592 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
The experience was excellent! It was a fine place to celebrate my birthday!
88% recommended
Romantic in Alabama
14 people mentioned the Fried Oyster
$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Uptown
1,062 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
We were very happy that we found Carrollton Market while visiting New Orleans! It is a lovely bistro with excellent service and options on the menu. I had the sea bass and it was dRead more
98% recommended
Best Service in New Orleans / Louisiana
17 people mentioned the Oyster Appetizer
$$$$·Southern·
Downtown Charleston
3,376 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Excellent experience!!!
96% recommended
Best Service in South Carolina
36 people mentioned the Flounder
$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
1,475 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot
We loved the experience. Our server made great suggestions.
93% recommended
64 people mentioned the Cured Meats
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$$$$·Southern·
Tallahassee
506 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Kudos to the chef for such a sophisticated and fun take on local and seasonal ingredients. The rack of lamb was stellar, as were the seared scallops. We loved the imaginative saladRead more
95% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Northwest Florida
5 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Southern·
Lexington
702 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Cozy
  • Special Occasion
Easter brunch
91% recommended
Best Food in Lexington
13 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Southern·
SouthPark
1,167 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Creative Cuisine
Had a great meal here. Wonderful service couldn’t be any more impressed.
98% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Charlotte
35 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
1,390 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Comfort Food
Biscuits. Get the Biscuits. That’s all!
87% recommended
82 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
West Chester
1,015 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
Very rare to find an authentic Cajun restaurant in the Philly suburbs . The food was terrific, service was top notch, they even had a few Louisiana beers in bottle like Abita and BRead more
96% recommended
68 people mentioned the Jambalaya
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$$$$·Southern·
I Drive / Sand Lake
573 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Terrific indoor and outdoor space! Great American menu and delicious food.
86% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Orlando / Central Florida East
26 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Birmingham
2,451 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Crawfish soup was fantastic. I could have eaten three bowls of soup and had a delicious meal. The strawberry and mint mocktail was refreshing and my wife thoroughly relished her stRead more
99% recommended
32 people mentioned the Grits Appetizer
$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Birmingham
856 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
As always, perfection. Artistry at its best!
95% recommended
59 people mentioned the Tomato Salad
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$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
North Dallas / Addison
1,731 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for a Date
It was great!
95% recommended
Most Booked in Dallas - Fort Worth
54 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
1,145 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Great for Brunch
  • Business Meals
The location, service, atmosphere and food were all exceptional.
46 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Southern·
Uptown
1,470 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Delicious food, a really spectacular waiter (thanks, Joe) and a community-loving mission that makes you feel happy about every dollar you spend. If I was local, I'd be here weeklyRead more
92% recommended
Healthy in Charlotte
104 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Southern·
Mount Pleasant
1,672 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
One of the best meals we've had and we eat out quite a bit across the U.S. We will be back!
96% recommended
26 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
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$$$$·Southern·
Highlands / Sapphire
1,007 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Great time!
96% recommended
Best Overall in Asheville / Western North Carolina
10 people mentioned the Short Rib
$$$$·Southern·
Raleigh
1,468 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
  • Neighborhood Gem
A true gem in the neighborhood. We always go early to take it vantage of the one dollar oysters special. These locally sourced oysters are fabulous. Still making my way through theRead more
93% recommended
Southern in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill
26 people mentioned the Caramel Cake
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Blue Island
816 reviews
  • Worth the Drive
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
Love Maple Tree Inn. This is my second time visiting. Everyone in my party really enjoyed their meals. We had Crawfish etoufee, Southern catfish, and Dis & Dat Platter.
94% recommended
Best Overall in Southwest Suburbs
11 people mentioned the Jambalaya
$$$$·Southern·
Lexington
1,608 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Pure tradition and excellence! Southern specialities supremely prepared. The ambiance is fabulous and if you are looking for Kentucky tradition, look no further. The menu, while trRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Central Kentucky
63 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Southern·
West End
2,118 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
Can’t believe we haven’t been to Midtown Cafe prior to Saturday - great spot for a birthday dinner, wonderful food and attentive service, and you can actually speak with your frienRead more
97% recommended
Best Service in Nashville
114 people mentioned the Artichoke Soup
$$$$·Southern·
Winston-Salem
1,457 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
Every bite was delicious. The edamame hummus was incredibly fresh and original. Every other dish we had was devoured in full. We would highly recommend it.
97% recommended
Best Overall in Greensboro / Winston Salem / Highpoint
141 people mentioned the Tomato Pie
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
2,036 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Came to New Orleans for 3 days. Our dinner at Mr B’s was 1 of the highlight meals my husband had the BBQ Shrimp. I had the shrimp and grits. The dishes were clean when we were doneRead more
94% recommended
Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana
48 people mentioned the Barbecue Shrimp
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
6,543 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Wonderful food and service! Highly recommend!
93% recommended
Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana
381 people mentioned the Bread Pudding
$$$$·Southern·
Savannah
14,141 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Beautiful surroundings, a bit loud , however that would not stop me from going again. Tha staff were friendly and attentive, the food was delicious!
95% recommended
Best Ambiance in Savannah
745 people mentioned the Flounder
$$$$·Southern·
St. Augustine
2,015 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for a Date
A very nice spot for a special dinner. Excellent service, pleasant ambiance, and good food nicely presented.
94% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Jacksonville / Northeast Florida
166 people mentioned the Preserves
$$$$·Southern·
Greenville Avenue
493 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Comfort Food
  • Bar Seating
Rapscallion is always a treat. The Nashville-style fried chicken is great and the service and ambience make for a great date.
89% recommended
18 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Southern·
Pensacola
1,144 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
This is my husband and my favorite restaurant. We love the food and atmosphere. We always request Danielle because she is the best!
98% recommended
Best Overall in Northwest Florida
20 people mentioned the Bread Pudding
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
4,263 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
The experience from get-go was unique. Excellent cocktails, wines. Unique interpretation of creole cuisine. A feast visually and for your taste buds. Superb dessert. Had a great tiRead more
88% recommended
Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana
229 people mentioned the Beignets
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Warehouse District
959 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
outstanding food and great service.
96% recommended
Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana
15 people mentioned the Fried Oyster
$$$$·Southern·
East Village
775 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
Food was amazing! Service was great. The staff is very friendly and attentive.
94% recommended
110 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Alexandria
1,133 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Fried Maryland oysters, lightly breaded, tender, great taste. Wasn't to go back soon.
97% recommended
54 people mentioned the Crayfish
$$$$·Southern·
Wilmington
902 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Yummy food, great service. Our family tried several brunch dishes... cinnamon rolls, strawberry French toast, eggs benedict, Monte Cristo, and mac and cheese. Lavender lemon tarRead more
93% recommended
Best Overall in Coastal North Carolina
45 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Southern·
Buckhead
1,263 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Comfort Food
So nice to sit in the "back room" away from the bar to be able to carry on a conversation in a regular tone! The food was outstanding - that red fish was amazing, cooked to perfectRead more
89% recommended
Southern in Atlanta / Georgia
65 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Southern·
Midtown
4,955 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Great food and service everytime
94% recommended
Southern in Atlanta / Georgia
377 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Southern·
Vinings
3,040 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Comfort Food
Meal was delicious and a fantastic margarita
94% recommended
Southern in Atlanta / Georgia
175 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor
1,262 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Wonderful food. Lobster too was great and so was blue crab hush puppies. Just really good
96% recommended
Most Booked in Houston
49 people mentioned the Hush Puppies
$$$$·Southern·
Greenville
1,142 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Creative Cuisine
Definitely a cut above, from waitstaff to food, always a great experience!
100% recommended
Southern in South Carolina
44 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Southern·
Buffalo
1,483 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
We had such an enjoyable evening! I do not believe there is one thing on the menu that is not “out of this world” delicious! And three of our party were eating keto—and they were mRead more
94% recommended
Best Value in Western New York
112 people mentioned the Jambalaya
$$$$·Southern·
Nashville
3,041 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Amazing food and fun atmosphere. Love to visit 12 south and urban grub. Love to sit in the seat yourself booths in the bar. Always consistent food.
94% recommended
Southern in Nashville
164 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Southern·
Central Business District
1,221 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
We love this spot for breakfast. Food is always great and staff is friendly. They have great cappuccino too.
92% recommended
Great for Brunch in New Orleans / Louisiana
49 people mentioned the Avocado Toast
$$$$·Southern·
Miami Beach / South Beach
5,091 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Yardbird was great, really enjoyed the cocktails and dinner. The Mac and cheese and biscuits were amazing, the watermelon, chicken and waffles was amazing but way too much food forRead more
93% recommended
Most Booked in Miami / Southeast Florida
522 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Southern·
The Venetian and Palazzo
3,963 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
Wow! Slap your hand on the table! This fried chicken is the best I have ever had! My husband and I ordered hush puppies to start...crispy doors to heaven on the outside...insideRead more
95% recommended
Most Booked in Las Vegas
438 people mentioned the Fried Chicken