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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
$$$$·Southern·
Augusta
967 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
The service was outstanding. Decor was great! However, the food was just average. Expected more the cost. Good experience overall though.
96% recommended
Southern in Atlanta / Georgia
27 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Downtown
5,875 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Delicious. Fine dining with being stuffy. Washington DC prices, so not cheap but not excessive. Party of 4 all ordered different items. All superb. Great menu variety. High qualityRead more
94% recommended
182 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Southern·
Auburn
1,475 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Great higher end option in a college town. Very warm and welcoming service and we all enjoyed our distinctive options.
96% recommended
Best Overall in Alabama
39 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Savannah
3,136 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
Best restaurant meal, service and ambiance we have experienced since moving to the Low Country three years ago.
95% recommended
Best Overall in Savannah
785 people mentioned the Alligator
$$$$·Southern·
Downtown Charleston
1,721 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
First time to this restaurant and will definitely be back. Especially wonderful at Christmas with all the decor.
92% recommended
Southern in South Carolina
156 people mentioned the Flounder
$$$$·Southern·
Flowery Branch
1,255 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Had a wonderful experience dining here with my Mom and sister. The food was excellent we loved the fried green tomatoes
98% recommended
Best Overall in Atlanta / Georgia
51 people mentioned the Fried Green Tomato
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
New Orleans
3,115 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Brunch
Entertained 6 clients. Food and service was fantastic! Such a lovely experience. Thank you.
97% recommended
Great for Brunch in Exclusive
418 people mentioned the Bloody Mary
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Greenwich Village
986 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
The food was not really hot but it was ok.
96% recommended
31 people mentioned the Crayfish
$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Uptown
463 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Wonderful restaurant with innovative and artfully prepared small and large plates - they usually have a 3 course but a 4 course was offered at a fairly private’s $49/per and we werRead more
92% recommended
36 people mentioned the Bread Pudding
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Midtown / Montrose
2,571 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Brennan’s never fails to delight. The service as well as the food is fabulous. The waiters are solicitous without being obtrusive. The menu is varied; the amount of food is just riRead more
93% recommended
Most Booked in Houston
205 people mentioned the Turtle Soup
$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Birmingham
514 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Outstanding!
95% recommended
Best Overall in Alabama
14 people mentioned the Fried Oyster
$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Uptown
959 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
I have never been disappointed. Excellent service, food always on point. Great cocktails. I always recommended this place!
94% recommended
Best Service in New Orleans / Louisiana
17 people mentioned the Oyster Appetizer
$$$$·Southern·
Downtown Charleston
3,175 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Found it on Yelp! Loved it. Great atmosphere with really good food. Our server was Caitlin and did a great job.
96% recommended
Best Overall in South Carolina
36 people mentioned the Flounder
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$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
1,471 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
The waitress was amazing and answered all of questions..I wish we could've tried everything.
95% recommended
64 people mentioned the Cured Meats
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$$$$·Southern·
Tallahassee
450 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Kudos to the chef for such a sophisticated and fun take on local and seasonal ingredients. The rack of lamb was stellar, as were the seared scallops. We loved the imaginative saladRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Northwest Florida
5 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Southern·
Lexington
631 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
We had the best meal and service! We love this place more every time we come! Consistently great every visit!
96% recommended
Best Overall in Lexington
13 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Southern·
SouthPark
1,045 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Had a great meal here. Wonderful service couldn’t be any more impressed.
97% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Charlotte
35 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
1,248 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
I know everyone says the biscuits are good but i could skip those and eat an ENTIRE loaf of the focaccia that comes with the DELICIOUS pimento cheese appetizer. I already want to gRead more
92% recommended
82 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
West Chester
959 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Very rare to find an authentic Cajun restaurant in the Philly suburbs . The food was terrific, service was top notch, they even had a few Louisiana beers in bottle like Abita and BRead more
99% recommended
Best Food in Western Suburbs
68 people mentioned the Jambalaya
$$$$·Southern·
I Drive / Sand Lake
514 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Comfort Food
  • Fit for Foodies
Good simple food with a great wine list. Convenient to the JW Marriott.
92% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Orlando / Central Florida East
26 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
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$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Birmingham
2,315 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
Great atmosphere, Great service and wonderful foods. That was perfect.
98% recommended
32 people mentioned the Grits Appetizer
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$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Birmingham
753 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Great meal with excellent service.
95% recommended
Best Overall in Alabama
59 people mentioned the Tomato Salad
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$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
North Dallas / Addison
1,485 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
The staff was wonderful & the biscuits were to die for! We can’t wait to return.
92% recommended
Most Booked in Dallas
54 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
1,126 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
was there for both a breakfast and a dinner-- neither disappointed ! Service was always good, and the food was well prepared and delicious ! Would certainly go there again !
100% recommended
46 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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$$$$·Southern·
Uptown
1,381 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
Delicious food, a really spectacular waiter (thanks, Joe) and a community-loving mission that makes you feel happy about every dollar you spend. If I was local, I'd be here weeklyRead more
98% recommended
Healthy in Charlotte
104 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Southern·
Mount Pleasant
1,596 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Ordered the shrimp and grits for my entree and the Creme brûlée for dessert. The entree portion was more than enough. I really enjoyed everything on my table!
99% recommended
Best Overall in South Carolina
26 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Southern·
Highlands / Sapphire
932 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
We visit Old Edwards and Madisons several times a year for special occasions and even for a nice one day road trip. It is without peer. The food is outstanding whether breakfast, lRead more
95% recommended
Best Overall in Asheville / Western North Carolina
10 people mentioned the Short Rib
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$$$$·Southern·
Raleigh
1,321 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
  • Special Occasion
Our group of six enjoyed a lovely evening. This is not a place I’d recommend is you were planning to hurry off to another event.
94% recommended
Healthy in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill
26 people mentioned the Caramel Cake
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$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Blue Island
682 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Creative Cuisine
Love Maple Tree Inn. This is my second time visiting. Everyone in my party really enjoyed their meals. We had Crawfish etoufee, Southern catfish, and Dis & Dat Platter.
91% recommended
Best Overall in Southwest Suburbs
11 people mentioned the Jambalaya
$$$$·Southern·
Lexington
1,447 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Pure tradition and excellence! Southern specialities supremely prepared. The ambiance is fabulous and if you are looking for Kentucky tradition, look no further. The menu, while trRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Central Kentucky
63 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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$$$$·Southern·
West End
1,968 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
The food was spectacular and the service was wonderful and very fast. All the staff loved this choice for our Christmas lunch.
98% recommended
Great for Lunch in Nashville
114 people mentioned the Artichoke Soup
$$$$·Southern·
Winston-Salem
1,350 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Very small and intimate atmosphere - delicious food but the seating is close.
99% recommended
Best Overall in Greensboro / Winston Salem / Highpoint
141 people mentioned the Tomato Pie
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
1,548 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
What a wonderful experience! The bacon wrapped shrimp and grits was so good and the bread pudding to die for!!
92% recommended
Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana
48 people mentioned the Barbecue Shrimp
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$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
6,064 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Excellent food and superb service. I will definitely visit Muriel's on my next trip to NOLA.
94% recommended
Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana
381 people mentioned the Bread Pudding
$$$$·Southern·
Savannah
13,938 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Great meal. Atmosphere is of the South. Our server, I believe his name was Rob, was super. He was a recent college graduate and proceeding on the graduate school. All in all an enjRead more
91% recommended
Best Ambiance in Savannah
745 people mentioned the Flounder
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$$$$·Southern·
St. Augustine
1,650 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
The food is consistently delicious every time we dine here and the service is wonderful as well!
97% recommended
Best Ambiance in Jacksonville / Northeast Florida
166 people mentioned the Preserves
$$$$·Southern·
Greenville Avenue
438 reviews
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Comfort Food
Rapscallion is always a treat. The Nashville-style fried chicken is great and the service and ambience make for a great date.
95% recommended
18 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Southern·
Pensacola
1,000 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
As a first-timer, we got lucky and sat at the Chef's table at the kitchen. Great experience if you enjoy the action of a kitchen. Best for couples. Food and service was outstandRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Northwest Florida
20 people mentioned the Bread Pudding
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
3,978 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
The experience from get-go was unique. Excellent cocktails, wines. Unique interpretation of creole cuisine. A feast visually and for your taste buds. Superb dessert. Had a great tiRead more
92% recommended
Notable Wine List in New Orleans / Louisiana
229 people mentioned the Beignets
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$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Warehouse District
808 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
  • Local Ingredients
Food was amazing. Innovative menu, attentive and knowledgeable servers, great intimate atmosphere
94% recommended
Best Food in New Orleans / Louisiana
15 people mentioned the Fried Oyster
$$$$·Southern·
East Village
774 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
Food was amazing! Service was great. The staff is very friendly and attentive.
90% recommended
110 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Alexandria
1,032 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Casual
Excellent etouffe and great service.
98% recommended
Best Value in Virginia - DC Suburbs
54 people mentioned the Crayfish
$$$$·Southern·
Wilmington
815 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
  • Creative Cuisine
The service, atmosphere and food quality are excellent at Rx. Having everything fresh and locally sourced makes this a true winning restaurant in Wilmington.
98% recommended
Best Food in Coastal North Carolina
45 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Southern·
Buckhead
1,095 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Bar staff was great. Loved my dinner experience. Buttery collard greens...not so much. My next trip to ATL I would go back.
92% recommended
Southern in Atlanta / Georgia
65 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Southern·
Midtown
4,739 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Food was amazing! Everything and everyone was wonderful. Pablo is a great waiter
96% recommended
Southern in Atlanta / Georgia
377 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Southern·
Vinings
2,914 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
Our favorite dining place on our stop-over between Ohio and Florida.
96% recommended
Southern in Atlanta / Georgia
175 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor
1,035 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Excellent cocktail menu. Prompt attentive service. Best Schnitzel in Houston.
92% recommended
Most Booked in Houston
49 people mentioned the Hush Puppies
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$$$$·Southern·
Greenville
1,066 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Neighborhood Gem
Wonderful food and great service! Knowledgeable host and waitress about food options and drinks. Great special menu with locally sourced foods. Would definitely recommend and will Read more
97% recommended
Fit for Foodies in South Carolina
44 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Southern·
Buffalo
1,355 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
We had such an enjoyable evening! I do not believe there is one thing on the menu that is not “out of this world” delicious! And three of our party were eating keto—and they were mRead more
96% recommended
Best Value in Western New York
112 people mentioned the Jambalaya
$$$$·Southern·
Nashville
2,694 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Amazing food and great service hands down best steak I have ever had! Waiter Josh was so great and knowledgable we WILL be back
94% recommended
Southern in Nashville
164 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Southern·
Central Business District
1,002 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
Delicious food and great service. Provides a different option for breakfast rather than just having the same ole items. I would highly recommend.
93% recommended
Great for Brunch in New Orleans / Louisiana
49 people mentioned the Avocado Toast
$$$$·Southern·
Miami Beach / South Beach
4,699 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Superb fried chicken, biscuit, and watermelon. Amazing beignets with just the right amount of nutella, not too much.
94% recommended
Most Booked in Miami / Southeast Florida
522 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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$$$$·Southern·
The Venetian and Palazzo
3,441 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Love their Chicken and Waffles!!! Their deviled eggs are delicious. The service is phenomenal whether you're at a table or at the bar. I definitely recommend this place.
95% recommended
Most Booked in Las Vegas
438 people mentioned the Fried Chicken