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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
$$$$·Southern·
Augusta
860 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
We have been to Abel Brown many times before. One of the things we like about it is that it’s *consistently* good, with very reliable food quality and service. Good job!
98% recommended
Southern in Atlanta / Georgia
27 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Downtown
5,762 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Excellent food, service and ambiance. Highly recommend the shrimp and grits and charbroiled oysters.
93% recommended
182 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
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$$$$·Southern·
Auburn
1,377 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for a Date
I can always count on Acre for an appealing menu, reasonable prices, and excellent service! This time, my wife received a huge piece of cake (complimentary) because it was her birRead more
96% recommended
Best Overall in Alabama
39 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
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$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Savannah
2,979 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
The elk and black bass were the specials and were wonderful. Excellent wine selections. Will definitely return.
91% recommended
Best Overall in Savannah
785 people mentioned the Alligator
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$$$$·Southern·
Downtown Charleston
1,575 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Our party of four celebrated a birthday at Anson. We all had a different fish dish and each was outstanding. The tile fish was lightly battered and prepared beautifully. The calRead more
94% recommended
Southern in South Carolina
156 people mentioned the Flounder
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$$$$·Southern·
Flowery Branch
1,169 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
I treated my dear friend to a wonderful birthday dinner. Christy, our server, was wonderful. She made a point to acknowledge that we were celebrating my friend's birthday. She was Read more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Atlanta / Georgia
51 people mentioned the Fried Green Tomato
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$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Uptown
2,951 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
It was my first time dining here and we came for a late Monday Brunch, the roasted beet salad was quite good. The service was on point and the prices reasonable
95% recommended
Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana
418 people mentioned the Bloody Mary
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Greenwich Village
854 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
  • Fun
If you like seafood, particularly crab legs, this is the place to be. The food was very tasty and the place has a relaxed vibe with soulful music playing in the background. If thisRead more
95% recommended
31 people mentioned the Crayfish
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$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Uptown
399 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
We like the culinary deal and took advantage of it. Also had a nice refreshing drink.
92% recommended
36 people mentioned the Bread Pudding
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Midtown / Montrose
2,326 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
We ate lunch at Brennan's for my wife's birthday. The staff was wonderful. Thank you for participating in Food Week.
95% recommended
Best Ambiance in Houston
205 people mentioned the Turtle Soup
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$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Birmingham
463 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Food and food presentation were excellent Service ok. Gentlemen needed more training in wine and the proper glass to use for a Pinot noir
95% recommended
Best Overall in Alabama
14 people mentioned the Fried Oyster
$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Uptown
858 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Outstanding service, great food, wonderful environment. Smart casual bistro with lovely menu and great happy hour.
95% recommended
Best Service in New Orleans
17 people mentioned the Oyster Appetizer
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$$$$·Southern·
Downtown Charleston
3,030 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Great food! Great atmosphere! Great ambience! Most importantly,great service and our waitress Emily phenomenal! She explained the dishes in detail and attention to detail and frienRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in South Carolina
36 people mentioned the Flounder
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$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
1,382 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
This was our first visit to Cured and it did not disappoint. We selected an assortment of meat and cheeses to share. My husband and I both had different favorites. The oyster apRead more
98% recommended
Best Service in San Antonio
64 people mentioned the Cured Meats
$$$$·Southern·
Tallahassee
410 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Creative Cuisine
Kudos to the chef for such a sophisticated and fun take on local and seasonal ingredients. The rack of lamb was stellar, as were the seared scallops. We loved the imaginative saladRead more
92% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Northwest Florida
5 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Southern·
Lexington
577 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Quiet Conversation
We went with another couple who’d been there before. I had the fried oyster appetizer which was superb and the beef tenderloin which was considerably better than I’ve ever been abRead more
97% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Central Kentucky
13 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Southern·
SouthPark
969 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Local Ingredients
  • Special Occasion
Had a great meal here. Wonderful service couldn’t be any more impressed.
95% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Charlotte
35 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
1,139 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
I've been here twice in two visits now and both times have been phenomenal. Outstanding guidance from my waiter Gideon! One thing is for certain: you must order the biscuits. EveryRead more
93% recommended
82 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
West Chester
906 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Authentic
  • Casual
Very rare to find an authentic Cajun restaurant in the Philly suburbs . The food was terrific, service was top notch, they even had a few Louisiana beers in bottle like Abita and BRead more
100% recommended
Best Overall in Western Suburbs
68 people mentioned the Jambalaya
$$$$·Southern·
I Drive / Sand Lake
476 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Creative Cuisine
Great location food and service.
93% recommended
Best Ambiance in Orlando / Central Florida East
26 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Birmingham
2,209 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
It is always such a treat to have a meal at Highlands. The food and service are second to none!
97% recommended
32 people mentioned the Grits Appetizer
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$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Birmingham
691 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Wonderful restaurant with wonderful service!
94% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Alabama
59 people mentioned the Tomato Salad
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$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
North Dallas / Addison
1,296 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Fun
Pimento cheese dip was exceptional and the pork chop phenomenal! Definitely a must for any food enthusiast.
94% recommended
Most Booked in Dallas
54 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
1,114 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Comfort Food
  • Great for Brunch
We enjoyed our experience at Kitchen Notes. The tables were spaced far enough apart to have room to move around and have our own conversations, and the noise level was minimal and Read more
95% recommended
Great for Brunch in Nashville
46 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Southern·
Uptown
1,317 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Local Ingredients
  • Casual
Delicious food, a really spectacular waiter (thanks, Joe) and a community-loving mission that makes you feel happy about every dollar you spend. If I was local, I'd be here weeklyRead more
85% recommended
Healthy in Charlotte
104 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Southern·
Mount Pleasant
1,528 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
We visited Langdon's to celebrate a family birthday. It's location is a bit hidden, tucked into a strip shopping center, but worth finding. Between the four of us we ordered threRead more
97% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in South Carolina
26 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Southern·
Highlands / Sapphire
866 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Notable Wine List
Fantastic service and an unbeatable meal as always. If you’re looking for the total dining experience this is it! To us it is the best restaurant in the Highlands/ Cashiers area.
92% recommended
Best Ambiance in Asheville / Western North Carolina
10 people mentioned the Short Rib
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$$$$·Southern·
Raleigh
1,239 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Andrew was amazing. Staff seemed deeply knowledgeable on the menu items preparation and sourcing
93% recommended
Southern in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill
26 people mentioned the Caramel Cake
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Blue Island
659 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Love Maple Tree Inn. This is my second time visiting. Everyone in my party really enjoyed their meals. We had Crawfish etoufee, Southern catfish, and Dis & Dat Platter.
97% recommended
Best Overall in Southwest Suburbs
11 people mentioned the Jambalaya
$$$$·Southern·
Lexington
1,319 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Pure tradition and excellence! Southern specialities supremely prepared. The ambiance is fabulous and if you are looking for Kentucky tradition, look no further. The menu, while trRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Central Kentucky
63 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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$$$$·Southern·
West End
1,861 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
This cafe was delicious!!! The service was very quick. Another HUGE plus is that the coffee refills are free!!! Highly recommend.
96% recommended
Great for Lunch in Nashville
114 people mentioned the Artichoke Soup
$$$$·Southern·
Winston-Salem
1,291 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Always love going to Mozelles, the food is always good, or should I say amazing. Scallops were huge and very well prepared, the skate wing special was delicious. Our go to place!!
99% recommended
Best Overall in Greensboro / Winston Salem / Highpoint
141 people mentioned the Tomato Pie
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$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
1,259 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
We had a wonderful meal, love the ambiance & food. Best bourbon old fashions!
97% recommended
Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana
48 people mentioned the Barbecue Shrimp
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
5,725 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Wife and I came to Muriel’s for our anniversary dinner. It was incredible. Food was great, drinks were great & the atmosphere was incredible. HIGHLY recommend this restaurant to aRead more
93% recommended
Most Booked in New Orleans / Louisiana
381 people mentioned the Bread Pudding
$$$$·Southern·
Savannah
13,095 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Food was delicious. Great service. Fresh food. Fried chicken was amazing. Highly recommend!
91% recommended
Best Overall in Savannah
745 people mentioned the Flounder
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$$$$·Southern·
St. Augustine
1,447 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Service, food and ambiance spectacular. They have parking in St. Augustine and that’s a huge plus. They take reservations on open table. Wine prices a bit high.
95% recommended
Best Service in Jacksonville / Northeast Florida
166 people mentioned the Preserves
$$$$·Southern·
Greenville Avenue
416 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Rapscallion is always a treat. The Nashville-style fried chicken is great and the service and ambience make for a great date.
94% recommended
18 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Southern·
Pensacola
907 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Just an outstanding experience in every way. The food was interesting, well prepared and tasty. The service from Nick was just perfect.
97% recommended
Best Overall in Northwest Florida
20 people mentioned the Bread Pudding
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$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
3,770 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
The experience from get-go was unique. Excellent cocktails, wines. Unique interpretation of creole cuisine. A feast visually and for your taste buds. Superb dessert. Had a great tiRead more
88% recommended
Notable Wine List in New Orleans / Louisiana
229 people mentioned the Beignets
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Warehouse District
693 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Excellent. Will tell anyone coming to New Orleans to eat at Rebirth
100% recommended
Best Food in New Orleans / Louisiana
15 people mentioned the Fried Oyster
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$$$$·Southern·
East Village
731 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Great for Brunch
Excellent and delicious food. Fried chicken and waffles was tasty as was everything we ordered that night. Biscuits and mac and cheese are legit. Sizeable portions for fair pricesRead more
91% recommended
Southern in New York / Tri-State Area
110 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Alexandria
971 reviews
  • Casual
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
Delicious food and great wait staff. Would definitely go again!
96% recommended
54 people mentioned the Crayfish
$$$$·Southern·
Wilmington
760 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
They were surprisingly busy for a Tuesday night, and appeared to be unprepared for the rush. We have been to Rx a number of times, so this was not spoil our impression of the restaRead more
96% recommended
Best Food in Coastal North Carolina
45 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Southern·
Buckhead
985 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Comfort Food
  • Great for Brunch
I sat at the bar and had a great experience with the bartender who was extremely pleasant and helpful. She also made an amazing Woodford Mule. I had the Ribs, Collards and the BaRead more
90% recommended
Southern in Atlanta / Georgia
65 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Southern·
Midtown
4,593 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
I enjoyed this location more than the vinings place. Delicious cocktails too!
94% recommended
Southern in Atlanta / Georgia
377 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Southern·
Vinings
2,802 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Comfort Food
Always a nice experience at South City Kitchen, especially for a special occasion. The service was excellent and he staff was kind and attentive. We will be back!
94% recommended
Southern in Atlanta / Georgia
175 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor
889 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
Everything about State of Grace was pleasant. The quality of the service was exceeded only by the quality and taste of the food. Definitely one that will be on my list to frequenRead more
98% recommended
Most Booked in Houston
49 people mentioned the Hush Puppies
$$$$·Southern·
Greenville
1,020 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Absolutely loved everything, if you haven’t checked it out you need to.
100% recommended
Best Food in South Carolina
44 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Southern·
Buffalo
1,240 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Comfort Food
We had such an enjoyable evening! I do not believe there is one thing on the menu that is not “out of this world” delicious! And three of our party were eating keto—and they were mRead more
94% recommended
Southern in New York / Tri-State Area
112 people mentioned the Jambalaya
$$$$·Southern·
Nashville
2,447 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Service, food and atmosphere were all excellent!!! A definite spot we will hit every visit to Nashville.
92% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Nashville
164 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
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$$$$·Southern·
Central Business District
858 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
Visiting NOLA for first time and received Willa Jean recommendation from a local. Did not disappoint, food was exceptional and Bloody Mary even better. Would happily return and recRead more
94% recommended
Great for Brunch in New Orleans / Louisiana
49 people mentioned the Avocado Toast
$$$$·Southern·
Miami Beach / South Beach
4,402 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Phenomenal service and food. The fried chicken and waffles was amazing!
92% recommended
Most Booked in Miami / Southeast Florida
522 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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$$$$·Southern·
The Venetian and Palazzo
2,999 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Fun
Food was outstanding. My wife had the short rib and I had their fried chicken and biscuits. Both very good. Average size portions for the price. Great service made this an enjoyablRead more
94% recommended
Most Booked in Las Vegas
438 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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