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50 Best Southern Restaurants in America for 2018

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

Abel Brown

$$$$·Southern·
Augusta
1,101 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
Best food hands down the the greater Augusta area. Fresh and creative preparations, the swordfish was excellent. Great wine selection. Wait staff is professional and accommodatiRead more
95% recommended
Southern in Atlanta / Georgia
27 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits

Acadiana

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Downtown
5,927 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
It will be missed. We certainly hope it finds a new home downtown.
94% recommended
182 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
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Acre

$$$$·Southern·
Auburn
1,752 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Great place. Great food.
98% recommended
Best Overall in Alabama
39 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits

Alligator Soul

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Savannah
3,607 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Fantastic food. Carving board and exotic dish were spectacular.
95% recommended
Best Overall in Savannah
785 people mentioned the Alligator

Anson

$$$$·Southern·
Downtown Charleston
2,112 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Our experience was awesome!!!! My Wife and I was amazed with the table for 2 was upstairs ❤️ Very Nice, we shall be back soon.
87% recommended
156 people mentioned the Flounder
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Antebellum

$$$$·Southern·
Flowery Branch
1,442 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
1st class restaurant. Food and service is outstanding. They even take notes on what you like. Knew my favorite drink. A must visit restaurant.
99% recommended
Best Overall in Atlanta / Georgia
51 people mentioned the Fried Green Tomato

Atchafalaya Restaurant

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Garden District
3,516 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Brunch
Great ambiance and wonderful food. A little pricey, but worth every penny.
94% recommended
Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana
418 people mentioned the Bloody Mary

The Boil Waverly

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Greenwich Village
1,273 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for Birthdays
Very good. The boil special sauce is amazing over rice! So filling
94% recommended
31 people mentioned the Crayfish

Boucherie

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Uptown
522 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Had a great time. Food was amazing.
100% recommended
36 people mentioned the Bread Pudding
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Brennan's of Houston

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Midtown / Montrose
2,889 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
Brennan’s has long been one of my very favorite restaurants in Houston. Excellent food with outstanding service in delightful surroundings.
95% recommended
Best Ambiance in Houston
205 people mentioned the Turtle Soup

Cafe Dupont

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Birmingham
649 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
My very favorite restaurant in Birmingham -- love the food and atmosphere
93% recommended
Best Food in Alabama
14 people mentioned the Fried Oyster

Carrollton Market

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Uptown
1,120 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Great service, great food - - drinks good - - laid back service, good location
98% recommended
Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana
17 people mentioned the Oyster Appetizer

Circa 1886

$$$$·Southern·
Downtown Charleston
3,497 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
The food wos terrific!!! Also our waitor called Adam was brilliant!
95% recommended
Best Service in South Carolina
36 people mentioned the Flounder

Cured

$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
1,476 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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Cypress Restaurant

$$$$·Southern·
Tallahassee
551 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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

Distilled at The Sire Hotel

$$$$·Southern·
Lexington
733 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
This was not our first visit to Distilled but will rank as one of our best meals ever in Lexington. First let me say that Padgett our server was as professional and competent as anRead more
93% recommended
13 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

Dogwood Southern Table & Bar

$$$$·Southern·
SouthPark
1,235 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for Anniversaries
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

Fixe

$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
1,470 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
First time to take my kids to a little upscale place for dinner. Great food, great service and great company. If you think your server over sells the biscuits...they are not! It’s Read more
92% recommended
82 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

High Street Caffe & Vudu Lounge

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
West Chester
1,019 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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
98% recommended
68 people mentioned the Jambalaya
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Highball & Harvest

$$$$·Southern·
I Drive / Sand Lake
603 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Special Occasion
We had the most amazing server. The food was amazing.
94% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Orlando / Central Florida East
26 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits

Highlands Bar & Grill

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Birmingham
2,532 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
This restaurant was excellent.The service,personnel,food and overall experience was just great! Great job done by all.
98% recommended
32 people mentioned the Grits Appetizer

Hot and Hot Fish Club

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Birmingham
861 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Good but not quite what it used to be
100% recommended
59 people mentioned the Tomato Salad
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Ida Claire

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
North Dallas / Addison
1,878 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
What a great place to celebrate a birthday! We had a blast!
93% recommended
Most Booked in Dallas - Fort Worth
54 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits

Kitchen Notes - Omni Nashville

$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
1,209 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
The food and atmosphere is fantastic. I had the breakfast buffet and they had an awesome biscuit bar. Highly recommend this place to ear.
86% recommended
Great for Brunch in Nashville
46 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

The King's Kitchen

$$$$·Southern·
Uptown
1,525 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
  • 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
94% recommended
104 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

Langdon's Restaurant

$$$$·Southern·
Mount Pleasant
1,674 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
Service, food & atmosphere all excellent, I have gone twice since moving to the area 3 months ago. This is at the top of my favorite list.
98% recommended
26 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
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Madison's

$$$$·Southern·
Highlands / Sapphire
1,059 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
A lovely experience and wonderful meal in every respect. Great attention to detail in service and in food presentation. The tomato basil soup was rich and creamy. The trout entrRead more
96% recommended
Best Overall in Asheville / Western North Carolina
10 people mentioned the Short Rib

Mandolin

$$$$·Southern·
Raleigh
1,544 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Pleasantly surprised by this little gem!
94% recommended
Healthy in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill
26 people mentioned the Caramel Cake

Maple Tree Inn

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Blue Island
871 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
98% recommended
Best Overall in Southwest Suburbs
11 people mentioned the Jambalaya

Merrick Inn

$$$$·Southern·
Lexington
1,731 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
96% recommended
Best Overall in Central Kentucky
63 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

Midtown Cafe

$$$$·Southern·
West End
2,215 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Excellent wait staff! Short ribs were classic comfort food. Cozy atmosphere.
96% recommended
Best Service in Nashville
114 people mentioned the Artichoke Soup

Mozelle's Fresh Southern Bistro

$$$$·Southern·
Winston-Salem
1,527 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
We had a lovely date night. Hailey was awesome!
96% recommended
Best Overall in Greensboro / Winston Salem / Highpoint
141 people mentioned the Tomato Pie

Mr. B's Bistro

$$$$·Creole·
French Quarter
2,291 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Love love love Mr. B’s!!! Phenomenal food and impeccable service !
95% recommended
Creole in New Orleans / Louisiana
48 people mentioned the Barbecue Shrimp

Muriel's Jackson Square

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
6,772 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
One of my favorite restaurants in New Orleans.
93% recommended
Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana
381 people mentioned the Bread Pudding

The Olde Pink House Restaurant

$$$$·Southern·
Savannah
14,672 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
The food was amazing! She Crab soup was the best! While I ordered the Flounder special I felt that it was just too much work for the price. Tasty but not a do again. The chicken frRead more
95% recommended
Best Service in Savannah
745 people mentioned the Flounder

Preserved Restaurant

$$$$·Southern·
St. Augustine
2,228 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for Anniversaries
Was one of the best meals and dinning experience I have had in quite some time.
95% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Jacksonville / Northeast Florida
166 people mentioned the Preserves

Rapscallion

$$$$·Southern·
Greenville Avenue
519 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Rapscallion is always a treat. The Nashville-style fried chicken is great and the service and ambience make for a great date.
96% recommended
18 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

Restaurant IRON

$$$$·Southern·
Pensacola
1,241 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
The escargot mushroom gnocchi was delicious. It is so good, you will want to sop the bowl with your bread. The only steak on the menu is a 24oz boneLESS for $75. Neither me or myRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Northwest Florida
20 people mentioned the Bread Pudding

Restaurant R'evolution

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
4,420 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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
90% recommended
Notable Wine List in New Orleans / Louisiana
229 people mentioned the Beignets

Restaurant Rebirth

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Warehouse District
1,014 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Lovely evening. This restaurant serves my husband’s favorite gumbo. I had the double cut Cheshire pork chop for my main course and it was certainly enough for two (perhaps three) pRead more
96% recommended
Best Food in New Orleans / Louisiana
15 people mentioned the Fried Oyster

Root & Bone

$$$$·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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RT's Restaurant

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Alexandria
1,191 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Worth the Drive
Food was exactly what a remember from 10 yrs ago. And pecan pie is amazing
95% recommended
54 people mentioned the Crayfish

Rx Restaurant

$$$$·Southern·
Wilmington
974 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Always a wonderful dining experience. One of our favorites in Wilmington
94% recommended
Best Overall in Coastal North Carolina
45 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits

South City Kitchen Buckhead

$$$$·Southern·
Buckhead
1,389 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Anniversaries
Great TRUE southern cuisine, highly recommend.
91% recommended
Southern in Atlanta
65 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

South City Kitchen Midtown

$$$$·Southern·
Midtown
5,096 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
We had a group of 9, 2 from Boston, and the other 7 locals. All but 2 have not been here before, and I wanted them experience what I did last time I was there. Everyone had nRead more
94% recommended
Southern in Atlanta / Georgia
377 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

South City Kitchen Vinings

$$$$·Southern·
Vinings
3,127 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Sunday Lunch
Causal and romantic atmosphere. Food was very tasty
91% recommended
Southern in Atlanta / Georgia
175 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

State of Grace

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor
1,406 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
I took my boyfriend here for the first time. He loved it! Especially the hush puppies
93% recommended
Most Booked in Houston
49 people mentioned the Hush Puppies

Stella's Bistro - Simpsonville

$$$$·Southern·
Greenville
1,188 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Neighborhood Gem
Very good food and service
94% recommended
Best Service in South Carolina
44 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits

Toutant

$$$$·Southern·
Buffalo
1,568 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Comfort Food
  • 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
91% recommended
Most Booked in Western New York
112 people mentioned the Jambalaya

Urban Grub

$$$$·Southern·
Nashville
3,227 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
My favorite dining location in Nashville! You can’t go wrong here for a business dinner!
88% recommended
Southern in Nashville
164 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits

Willa Jean

$$$$·Southern·
Central Business District
1,312 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
We ate here before The Rolling Stones concert. We had a late lunch so this was an early dinner. We had appetizers for dinner and both were delicious and kept us full throughout thRead more
95% recommended
Great for Brunch in New Orleans / Louisiana
49 people mentioned the Avocado Toast

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar - Miami

$$$$·Southern·
Miami Beach / South Beach
5,392 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
Food was great and our service was outstanding but prices were a bit high, especially for the MP items. Other then that it was a great experience
94% recommended
Most Booked in Miami / Southeast Florida
522 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar - The Venetian Las Vegas

$$$$·Southern·
The Venetian and Palazzo
4,313 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Fun
  • Casual
The experience was so positive that we went two days in a row. The staff was so friendly. The food was better than delicious. We will return every time we are in Vegas.
95% recommended
Most Booked in Las Vegas
438 people mentioned the Fried Chicken