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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
$$$$·Southern·
Augusta
929 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Husbands birthday.
97% recommended
Southern in Atlanta / Georgia
27 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Downtown
5,806 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Had the time of my life on my birthday :) I came out with my girlfriends to celebrate my 27th. The room, the table, the decor was perfect.
93% recommended
182 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Southern·
Auburn
1,422 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
I had one of the specials...the gulf ruby red shrimp served over Parmesan risotto and lobster bisque. OMG...this is the beat meal I have ever had at Acre! It was amazing!!! Keep upRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Alabama
39 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
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$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Savannah
3,047 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Creative Cuisine
Fantastic evening. Great service and entertaining. Shrimp and grits are a must.
95% recommended
Best Service in Savannah
785 people mentioned the Alligator
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$$$$·Southern·
Downtown Charleston
1,632 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
My husband and I ate here a few nights ago while traveling to SC. We had done some research on the best places to eat in Charleston and this restaurant was highly recommended and Read more
96% recommended
Southern in South Carolina
156 people mentioned the Flounder
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$$$$·Southern·
Flowery Branch
1,223 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
This was our first time visiting Antebellum. It will definitely not be the last. I have heard so many great things about this restaurant, and they did not disappoint. The waitress Read more
99% recommended
Best Overall in Atlanta / Georgia
51 people mentioned the Fried Green Tomato
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$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
New Orleans
3,031 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
Great food and fine dining for special occasions. Appetizers were especially delicious. A great time was had by all!
98% recommended
Great for Brunch in Exclusive
418 people mentioned the Bloody Mary
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$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Greenwich Village
927 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
Birthday celebration.
96% recommended
31 people mentioned the Crayfish
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$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Uptown
438 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
The food was phenomenal, as was the service. I ordered the scallops, which were the best I’ve ever had. Very interesting flavors. We are local, so I will be back soon.
93% recommended
36 people mentioned the Bread Pudding
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Midtown / Montrose
2,478 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Paul Jr. Was OUTSTANDING, his attentiveness and demeanor should be bottled and sold!
95% recommended
Best Ambiance in Houston
205 people mentioned the Turtle Soup
$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Birmingham
488 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Excellent food, outstanding service. Perfect spot for a romantic outing or special occasion.
94% recommended
Best Overall in Alabama
14 people mentioned the Fried Oyster
$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Uptown
909 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Superb service and food .......
96% recommended
17 people mentioned the Oyster Appetizer
$$$$·Southern·
Downtown Charleston
3,108 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
We had an outstanding experience at this lovely restaurant. We started by visiting the cupola at the top of the Wentworth Mansion and enjoyed a fabulous view. We then walked over tRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in South Carolina
36 people mentioned the Flounder
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$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
1,439 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Cure is a real treat! Starting with the service, Mark was outstanding. He would guide us through cocktails and wine and great pairings with food. The menu is very unique. The charRead more
95% recommended
Best Overall in San Antonio
64 people mentioned the Cured Meats
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$$$$·Southern·
Tallahassee
429 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Kudos to the chef for such a sophisticated and fun take on local and seasonal ingredients. The rack of lamb was stellar, as were the seared scallops. We loved the imaginative saladRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Northwest Florida
5 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
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$$$$·Southern·
Lexington
607 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Quiet Conversation
Food, service, and wine were amazing. Everyone in the group loved their food. Great bourbon and wine selection. Service was outstanding.
99% recommended
Best Overall in Central Kentucky
13 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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$$$$·Southern·
SouthPark
1,001 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Had a great meal here. Wonderful service couldn’t be any more impressed.
96% recommended
Best Food in Charlotte
35 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
1,203 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
The biscuits are incredible. I have been here a few times and I think I like it better each time I go.
93% recommended
82 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
West Chester
940 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
Very rare to find an authentic Cajun restaurant in the Philly suburbs . The food was terrific, service was top notch, they even had a few Louisiana beers in bottle like Abita and BRead more
99% recommended
68 people mentioned the Jambalaya
$$$$·Southern·
I Drive / Sand Lake
496 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Creative Cuisine
Everything was perfect. Once again, Angelica provided superb service.
90% recommended
Best Ambiance in Orlando
26 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
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$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Birmingham
2,266 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
James Beard award winner as Outstanding Restaurant 2018. Great food, superb service, and a comfortable and beautiful venue.
98% recommended
32 people mentioned the Grits Appetizer
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$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Birmingham
728 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Local Ingredients
What a fantastic restaurant in Birmingham. We’ve now eaten there twice. We made sure to make reservations again this year when in town. The food is upscale comfort. The service isRead more
94% recommended
Best Overall in Alabama
59 people mentioned the Tomato Salad
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$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
North Dallas / Addison
1,406 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Fun
  • Casual
Always a great location for a great time. Try the old fashioned with the tobacco simple syrup!!!
93% recommended
Most Booked in Dallas - Fort Worth
54 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
1,123 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Brunch
was there for both a breakfast and a dinner-- neither disappointed ! Service was always good, and the food was well prepared and delicious ! Would certainly go there again !
96% recommended
46 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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$$$$·Southern·
Uptown
1,355 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
Delicious food, a really spectacular waiter (thanks, Joe) and a community-loving mission that makes you feel happy about every dollar you spend. If I was local, I'd be here weeklyRead more
91% recommended
Healthy in Charlotte
104 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Southern·
Mount Pleasant
1,560 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Excellent experience. Looking forward to going back
97% recommended
Best Food in South Carolina
26 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Southern·
Highlands / Sapphire
896 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
A tough review to write. The location, the atmosphere in the dining room, and the facility itself were all wonderful. Two drawbacks to our otherwise excellent experience: first,Read more
95% recommended
Best Overall in Asheville / Western North Carolina
10 people mentioned the Short Rib
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$$$$·Southern·
Raleigh
1,280 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Local Ingredients
  • Creative Cuisine
Amazing service, excellent food, the overall experience was fantastic!
93% recommended
Healthy in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill
26 people mentioned the Caramel Cake
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Blue Island
667 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Worth the Drive
Love Maple Tree Inn. This is my second time visiting. Everyone in my party really enjoyed their meals. We had Crawfish etoufee, Southern catfish, and Dis & Dat Platter.
95% recommended
Best Overall in Southwest Suburbs
11 people mentioned the Jambalaya
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$$$$·Southern·
Lexington
1,396 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Pure tradition and excellence! Southern specialities supremely prepared. The ambiance is fabulous and if you are looking for Kentucky tradition, look no further. The menu, while trRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Central Kentucky
63 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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$$$$·Southern·
West End
1,914 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
We were seated immediately and greeted within a few minutes. We had the salmon and beef ribs. Both were very good as was the service.
98% recommended
Best Service in Nashville
114 people mentioned the Artichoke Soup
$$$$·Southern·
Winston-Salem
1,317 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
I have visited Mozelles multiple times over the past four years and it never disappoints! Food is always served hot and delicious and staff is attentive but not overwhelming. NobodRead more
100% recommended
Best Overall in Greensboro / Winston Salem / Highpoint
141 people mentioned the Tomato Pie
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$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
1,399 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
It was great. They went out of their way to give us a great experience. I can’t say enough about how amazing it was.
93% recommended
Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana
48 people mentioned the Barbecue Shrimp
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$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
5,885 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Staff, ambiance, and food wonderful. I eat her about five times a year. Great location.
94% recommended
Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana
381 people mentioned the Bread Pudding
$$$$·Southern·
Savannah
13,426 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Outstanding. Great meal and service. Wonderful vacation destination.
92% recommended
Best Overall in Savannah
745 people mentioned the Flounder
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$$$$·Southern·
St. Augustine
1,556 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
This place is a gem!! Absolutely loved our meal and service. The staff was supreme and attended to all of our needs. Our meals exceeded our expectations. St. Augustine is very fortRead more
95% recommended
Best Ambiance in Jacksonville / Northeast Florida
166 people mentioned the Preserves
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$$$$·Southern·
Greenville Avenue
421 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
Rapscallion is always a treat. The Nashville-style fried chicken is great and the service and ambience make for a great date.
93% recommended
18 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Southern·
Pensacola
969 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Great place. Will definitely go again!
96% recommended
Best Overall in Northwest Florida
20 people mentioned the Bread Pudding
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$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
3,867 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
The experience from get-go was unique. Excellent cocktails, wines. Unique interpretation of creole cuisine. A feast visually and for your taste buds. Superb dessert. Had a great tiRead more
92% recommended
Notable Wine List in New Orleans / Louisiana
229 people mentioned the Beignets
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$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Warehouse District
748 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
We cannot even begin to use words to describe this exquisite dining experience. Foodies, get thee to Restaurant Rebirth stat!!!!! And ask for Collin, an amazing, friendly knowledRead more
97% recommended
Best Food in New Orleans / Louisiana
15 people mentioned the Fried Oyster
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$$$$·Southern·
East Village
758 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
My wife and I had a fantastic experience. We went there for my wife's birthday. Everything we had there was savory. Their "heritage cakes" are amazing. I would recommend this placeRead more
91% recommended
Southern in New York / Tri-State Area
110 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Alexandria
1,002 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
One of the best restaurants with the best food in the area, especially if you love a Cajun influence and seafood. 👍🏼
97% recommended
54 people mentioned the Crayfish
$$$$·Southern·
Wilmington
783 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
excellent fresh regional food and great service. It does get a little loud when packed but not an issue. I go here all the time
94% recommended
Best Food in Coastal North Carolina
45 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Southern·
Buckhead
1,043 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Rashaan was an amazing server!
93% recommended
Southern in Atlanta / Georgia
65 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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$$$$·Southern·
Midtown
4,663 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Comfort Food
  • Fit for Foodies
The food was excellent as was the service. Had the shrimp and for desert the pecan cake (a do not miss)
96% recommended
Southern in Atlanta / Georgia
377 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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$$$$·Southern·
Vinings
2,861 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Great atmosphere, excellent service, and great food!!!
96% recommended
Southern in Atlanta / Georgia
175 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor
975 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Great food. Was a little loud at the lunch hour, everyone had to lean in to hear one another. Great service.
95% recommended
Most Booked in Houston
49 people mentioned the Hush Puppies
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$$$$·Southern·
Greenville
1,043 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
Wonderful! Love our weekly dates to Stella.
99% recommended
Southern in South Carolina
44 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Southern·
Buffalo
1,299 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
We had such an enjoyable evening! I do not believe there is one thing on the menu that is not “out of this world” delicious! And three of our party were eating keto—and they were mRead more
96% recommended
Southern in New York / Tri-State Area
112 people mentioned the Jambalaya
$$$$·Southern·
Nashville
2,582 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Always get excellent service and food- no brained for special occassions
92% recommended
Southern in Nashville
164 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
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$$$$·Southern·
Central Business District
923 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
Delicious and fun. Great ambiance and nice place to catch up with a friend.
95% recommended
Great for Brunch in New Orleans / Louisiana
49 people mentioned the Avocado Toast
$$$$·Southern·
Miami Beach / South Beach
4,565 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
The meal and service were superb! We went there for dinner on Sunday and lunch on Monday. I have to give a special recognition to server Rafael. He went above and beyond. IntroduRead more
94% recommended
Most Booked in Miami / Southeast Florida
522 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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$$$$·Southern·
The Venetian and Palazzo
3,220 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Food was amazing. Chicken and waffles and watermelon. Fried chicken was the best. Honey bourbon sauce was great. Mac and cheese was yummy, almost tasted like pimento cheese. ShrimpRead more
96% recommended
Most Booked in Las Vegas
438 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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