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
1,444 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem
Great place. 3rd time. Have enjoyed each visit. Wish there were more food options....
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
2,014 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
I had the ribeye which was very flavorful and cooked (rare) to perfection. Karen had the gulf shrimp and etouffe which was excellent. Our server, Walker, was outstanding.
97% recommended
39 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
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Alligator Soul

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Savannah
4,483 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
We enjoyed the very professional servers, food was great! Loved the ambiance, very different.
95% recommended
Best Overall in Savannah
785 people mentioned the Alligator

Anson

$$$$·Southern·
Downtown Charleston
2,651 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
This was a very enjoyable dining experience from the moment we arrived. The environment felt clean, safe, and comfortable. The crispy flounder is a must have dish. Great CharlestonRead more
96% recommended
Best Overall in Charleston
156 people mentioned the Flounder

Antebellum

$$$$·Southern·
Flowery Branch
1,746 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
Food and service was excellent. My only comment is related to the sound level. Sound is too loud. More noise baffling to reduce sound is needed. Otherwise, it is one of my favoritRead more
99% recommended
Best Service in Atlanta / Georgia
51 people mentioned the Fried Green Tomato

Atchafalaya Restaurant

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Garden District
4,218 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Brunch
Scallop tostada was amazing ! A must try, our server was so helpful and kind in explaining everything, the portions as well are friendly and generous! Worth the splurges. Bread pRead more
95% recommended
Great for Brunch in New Orleans / Louisiana
418 people mentioned the Bloody Mary

The Boil Waverly

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Greenwich Village
1,577 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for Birthdays
Great service and food. Always a great experience.
93% recommended
31 people mentioned the Crayfish

Boucherie

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Uptown
522 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Had a great time. Food was amazing.
92% recommended
36 people mentioned the Bread Pudding
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Brennan's of Houston

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Midtown / Montrose
3,348 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Anniversaries
The food and service was impeccable. Perfect spot for our sisters’ Saturday brunch.
98% recommended
Special Occasion in Houston
205 people mentioned the Turtle Soup

Cafe Dupont

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Birmingham
896 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
The food was exceptional. We had fried okra and oysters to start and they were cooked perfectly. I had salmon for my entree and it was seasoned and prepared just right. Service wasRead more
99% recommended
Best Overall in Alabama
14 people mentioned the Fried Oyster

Carrollton Market

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Uptown
1,304 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
Awesome tasting menu
100% recommended
17 people mentioned the Oyster Appetizer
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Circa 1886

$$$$·Southern·
South Carolina
3,621 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
Special meal in a special place. The food, service, and surroundings were wonderful. One of our favorite places in Charleston.
95% recommended
36 people mentioned the Flounder
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Cured

$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
1,477 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
629 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Notable Wine List
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
100% recommended
5 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
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Distilled on Jefferson

$$$$·Southern·
Lexington
983 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Beautifully restored home turned into a restaurant. Excellent service and food. Throughly enjoyed our time spent at Distilled.
97% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Central Kentucky
13 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

Dogwood: A Southern Table

$$$$·Southern·
SouthPark
1,544 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • 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
1,849 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Comfort Food
Biscuits are too die for! Service was incredible
97% recommended
82 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

High Street Caffe & Vudu Lounge

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
West Chester
1,026 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
742 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Creative Cuisine
Excellent food. Excellent service
85% recommended
Vibrant Bar Scene in Orlando / Central Florida East
26 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits

Highlands Bar & Grill

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Birmingham
2,751 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romantic
simply the best! great food and atmosphere! a value for what you get!
91% recommended
32 people mentioned the Grits Appetizer
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Hot and Hot Fish Club

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Birmingham
862 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
Good but not quite what it used to be
93% recommended
59 people mentioned the Tomato Salad
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Ida Claire

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
North Dallas / Addison
2,704 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Comfort Food
Great food and place.
95% recommended
54 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits

Kitchen Notes - Omni Nashville

$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
1,349 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for Groups
Well its Coronavirus Nation right now so a gorgeous 200 person dining room in the middle of the SEC Mens Hoops Tourney, and I was 1 of only 5 people in the entire restaurant. This Read more
100% recommended
46 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

The King's Kitchen

$$$$·Southern·
Uptown
1,664 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Bar Seating
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
100% recommended
104 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

Langdon's Restaurant

$$$$·Southern·
Mount Pleasant
1,680 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
Our Favorite Fine Dining Restaurant in Charleston, going back there in a couple of weeks
98% recommended
26 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
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Madison's

$$$$·Southern·
Highlands / Sapphire
1,198 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Cozy
The food was excellent and I especially appreciated Madison’s having a sommelier on staff ready to offer guidance with the wine menu.
86% recommended
10 people mentioned the Short Rib

Mandolin

$$$$·Southern·
Raleigh
1,874 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Mandolin was the top-rated restaurant on OpenTable. I can see why. It earned the spot. While I can think of many other very good options that are equally as nice, tough to think ofRead more
92% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill
26 people mentioned the Caramel Cake

Maple Tree Inn

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Homewood
1,489 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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 Ambiance in South Suburbs
11 people mentioned the Jambalaya

Merrick Inn

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Lexington
2,293 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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
Outdoor Dining in Central Kentucky
63 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

Midtown Cafe

$$$$·Southern·
West End
2,563 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
Three of us enjoyed seeing Randy Rayburn again and enjoying his lunch fare. Excellent lemon artichoke soup and trout almandine excellent. The green beans were chewy and inedible
99% recommended
Best Service in Nashville
114 people mentioned the Artichoke Soup

Mozelle's Fresh Southern Bistro

$$$$·Southern·
Winston-Salem
1,841 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
One of my all time favorites. Lovely place and delicious food.
99% recommended
Best Overall in Greensboro / Winston Salem / Highpoint
141 people mentioned the Tomato Pie

Mr. B's Bistro

$$$$·Creole·
French Quarter
3,309 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Awesome food with great service.
98% recommended
Creole in New Orleans / Louisiana
48 people mentioned the Barbecue Shrimp

Muriel's Jackson Square

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
7,479 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
This was such a great dinner. The food we ordered was amazing and the service was excellent.
97% recommended
Best Ambiance in New Orleans / Louisiana
381 people mentioned the Bread Pudding

The Olde Pink House Restaurant

$$$$·Southern·
Savannah
17,673 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Everything was wonderful. Staff was extremely nice and welcoming. They let us explore the house while we were waiting for our table.
95% recommended
Best Service in Savannah
745 people mentioned the Flounder

Preserved Restaurant

$$$$·Southern·
St. Augustine
3,119 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
As usual delightful on the porch and food excellent
97% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Jacksonville / Northeast Florida
166 people mentioned the Preserves

Rapscallion

$$$$·Southern·
Greenville Avenue
647 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Brunch
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
Rapscallion is always a treat. The Nashville-style fried chicken is great and the service and ambience make for a great date.
87% recommended
Great for Brunch in Dallas - Fort Worth
18 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

Restaurant IRON

$$$$·Southern·
Pensacola
1,647 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
Perfect meal and service as usual!
97% recommended
Best Overall in Northwest Florida
20 people mentioned the Bread Pudding

Restaurant R'evolution

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
5,076 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • 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
95% recommended
Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana
229 people mentioned the Beignets

Restaurant Rebirth

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Warehouse District
1,280 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
Chef Ricky Cheramie is a genius! His combination of flavors is exquisite. He takes his Cajun roots seriously and provides perfect examples of what one would expect from an authentiRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall 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
1,412 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Comfort Food
Beautifully and tastefully decorated for Mardi Gras. The food was fabulous as always. RTs is a gem always a joy to visit.
95% recommended
54 people mentioned the Crayfish

Rx Restaurant

$$$$·Southern·
Wilmington
1,041 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Great food and customer service!
96% recommended
45 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
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South City Kitchen Buckhead

$$$$·Southern·
Buckhead
1,843 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Comfort Food
I love the location.
91% recommended
Southern in Atlanta / Georgia
65 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

South City Kitchen Midtown

$$$$·Southern·
Midtown
5,709 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Brunch
My grilled chicken cobb salad was outstanding as was the she crab soup as always. Service was friendly and responsive.
95% recommended
Southern in Atlanta / Georgia
377 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

South City Kitchen Vinings

$$$$·Southern·
Vinings
3,528 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem
Great food and our server was excellent
94% recommended
Southern in Atlanta / Georgia
175 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

State of Grace

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor
1,986 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
One of my favorites. The menu changes seasonally, the food is excellent and the service attentive. Best oyster program in Houston.
97% recommended
Best Overall in Houston
49 people mentioned the Hush Puppies

Stella's Bistro - Simpsonville

$$$$·Southern·
Greenville
1,425 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
Excellent food and service Not crowded and we enjoyed a lovely late lunch
98% recommended
Best Overall in South Carolina
44 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits

Toutant

$$$$·Southern·
Buffalo
1,616 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot
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
95% recommended
112 people mentioned the Jambalaya
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Urban Grub

$$$$·Southern·
Nashville
3,676 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
We were able to sit on an outdoor patio that just had one other table and a fire pit- so nice and relaxing. The weather had been unseasonably warm that day and it was perfect.
98% recommended
Special Occasion in Nashville
164 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits

Willa Jean

$$$$·Southern·
Central Business District
1,602 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
It was amazing! I think I had the best spinach dip I have ever had. The biscuits and gravy were also wonderful.
93% recommended
Great for Brunch in New Orleans / Louisiana
49 people mentioned the Avocado Toast

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar - Miami

$$$$·Southern·
Miami Beach / South Beach
6,231 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Brunch
This restaurant is a fun and interesting venue. They do a great job with their signature dish, the fried chicken in various ways. We had lunch at this restaurant with my brother anRead more
95% recommended
522 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar - The Venetian Las Vegas

$$$$·Southern·
The Venetian and Palazzo
5,854 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Being from the south, this was some of the best southern food we’ve ever had! They also truly make us feel welcome & even acknowledged that it was an anniversary lunch! The foodRead more
93% recommended
Most Booked in Las Vegas
438 people mentioned the Fried Chicken