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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
$$$$·Southern·
Augusta
996 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
New Year’s Eve with friends & our waitress, Katie, was great!
96% recommended
Southern in Atlanta / Georgia
27 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Downtown
5,925 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
Great food, great service.
95% recommended
182 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
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$$$$·Southern·
Auburn
1,535 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Our waitress, Sara, was so sweet, genuine, kind and knowledgeable! We all just loved her.
97% recommended
Best Overall in Alabama
39 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Savannah
3,281 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
We celebrated our 11 year anniversary at Alligator Soul. Our waiter Ryan made our evening so very special. I had the ostrich and my wife had the fish special. A breath taking meRead more
90% recommended
Best Overall in Savannah
785 people mentioned the Alligator
$$$$·Southern·
Downtown Charleston
1,857 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
We haven’t been here in years. The place was very busy, but service was quite efficient. It was as tasty as I remember, however some Parmesan cheese would have enhanced the shrimp Read more
89% recommended
Southern in South Carolina
156 people mentioned the Flounder
$$$$·Southern·
Flowery Branch
1,309 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
This restaurant is the best in the area(30 miles). Excellent Chef servers treat you like family. Even the guitarist in the lounge area is wonderful. Thank you Antebellum!
99% recommended
Best Overall in Atlanta / Georgia
51 people mentioned the Fried Green Tomato
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Garden District
3,222 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
  • Creative Cuisine
The blue cheese flan will change your life!!
93% recommended
Great for Brunch in New Orleans / Louisiana
418 people mentioned the Bloody Mary
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Greenwich Village
1,081 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Fun
  • Casual
Would gladly recommend this play ( already have) everything was great..!! I was comfortable and had a very good time
95% recommended
31 people mentioned the Crayfish
$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Uptown
498 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Had a fabulous lunch — beef brisket w Parmesan fries and pulled pork. They paired beautifully w a Rhône blend from Paso Robles. Will definitely return when we come back to New OrleRead more
93% recommended
36 people mentioned the Bread Pudding
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Midtown / Montrose
2,722 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
Great food, fast service, and a wonderful atmosphere. ☆☆☆☆☆ experience!
92% recommended
205 people mentioned the Turtle Soup
$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Birmingham
555 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Drinks were expensive. Entertaining a client so I didn’t mind but wouldn’t come there on a regular basis if I lived there.
93% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Alabama
14 people mentioned the Fried Oyster
$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Uptown
1,014 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
Distinguished food, fine service, pleasant atmosphere. Our favorite NO restaurant.
94% recommended
17 people mentioned the Oyster Appetizer
$$$$·Southern·
Downtown Charleston
3,259 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Service was outstanding and so was the food. Very nice atmosphere. Food presentation is outstanding also. We could not have had better service or food! First time dining here aRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in South Carolina
36 people mentioned the Flounder
$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
1,474 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
We loved the experience. Our server made great suggestions.
98% recommended
64 people mentioned the Cured Meats
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$$$$·Southern·
Tallahassee
479 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Kudos to the chef for such a sophisticated and fun take on local and seasonal ingredients. The rack of lamb was stellar, as were the seared scallops. We loved the imaginative saladRead more
97% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Northwest Florida
5 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Southern·
Lexington
664 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Amazing Food! Amazing service! Love the atmosphere also. Distilled is a hidden gem in Lexington!
92% recommended
Best Service in Central Kentucky
13 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Southern·
SouthPark
1,114 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Had a great meal here. Wonderful service couldn’t be any more impressed.
95% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Charlotte
35 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
1,318 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Phenomenal service and patience. My Business colleague and I spent two hours discussing several matters and our wonderful waitress just gently checked on us but we never felt rusheRead more
89% recommended
82 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
West Chester
995 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Very rare to find an authentic Cajun restaurant in the Philly suburbs . The food was terrific, service was top notch, they even had a few Louisiana beers in bottle like Abita and BRead more
99% recommended
68 people mentioned the Jambalaya
$$$$·Southern·
I Drive / Sand Lake
539 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
Good food and service. The drink selection is very good as well.
85% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Orlando / Central Florida East
26 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Birmingham
2,386 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Absolutely perfect- from minute we walked in until we left- incredible service, delicious food and presentation, top notch wine list... coconut cake... the whole package!
96% recommended
32 people mentioned the Grits Appetizer
$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Birmingham
808 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Food was outstanding. Paul, our server, was superb- Excellent in every way.
93% recommended
Best Overall in Alabama
59 people mentioned the Tomato Salad
$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
North Dallas / Addison
1,610 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date
Ida Claire has a unique menu and vibe, as well as excellent service . My favorite entree is the hot chicken, but they also serve a fantastic brunch. Would absolutely recommend if yRead more
96% recommended
Most Booked in Dallas
54 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
1,126 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies
was there for both a breakfast and a dinner-- neither disappointed ! Service was always good, and the food was well prepared and delicious ! Would certainly go there again !
91% recommended
46 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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$$$$·Southern·
Uptown
1,424 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for a Date
Delicious food, a really spectacular waiter (thanks, Joe) and a community-loving mission that makes you feel happy about every dollar you spend. If I was local, I'd be here weeklyRead more
96% recommended
Healthy in Charlotte
104 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Southern·
Mount Pleasant
1,644 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Was one of the best dinners we have had in a long time. We were celebrating a birthday - they had a card, champagne and a wonderful dessert for us. PERFECT!
97% recommended
Best Food in South Carolina
26 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Southern·
Highlands / Sapphire
967 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
A wonderful relaxed lunch with my wife on a winter vacation. We have been here before and again were not disappointed. Both of us had the trout and it was amazing. Drinks, food, amRead more
95% recommended
Best Overall in Asheville / Western North Carolina
10 people mentioned the Short Rib
$$$$·Southern·
Raleigh
1,390 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Local Ingredients
Overall wonderful experience, great service, and food. Thanks for a lovely evening!
92% recommended
Southern in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill
26 people mentioned the Caramel Cake
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Blue Island
750 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Worth the Drive
Love Maple Tree Inn. This is my second time visiting. Everyone in my party really enjoyed their meals. We had Crawfish etoufee, Southern catfish, and Dis & Dat Platter.
95% recommended
Best Overall in Southwest Suburbs
11 people mentioned the Jambalaya
$$$$·Southern·
Lexington
1,531 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Pure tradition and excellence! Southern specialities supremely prepared. The ambiance is fabulous and if you are looking for Kentucky tradition, look no further. The menu, while trRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Central Kentucky
63 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Southern·
West End
2,042 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Cozy
  • Good for a Date
Nice atmosphere, great bar, good variety on the menu, great food and fantastic service.
96% recommended
Best Food in Nashville
114 people mentioned the Artichoke Soup
$$$$·Southern·
Winston-Salem
1,398 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Wonderful food, amazing service, great wine list, even a vegan option for me!
97% recommended
Best Overall in Greensboro / Winston Salem / Highpoint
141 people mentioned the Tomato Pie
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
1,758 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Gumbo Yaya is a must! It’s amassing. The fresh fish and panned veal were excellent. The warm French bread was wonderful. The service is exceptional. This is one of the best Read more
91% recommended
Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana
48 people mentioned the Barbecue Shrimp
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
6,266 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
The food was amazing. Our waiter, Phil was welcoming, attentive, and hilarious. We enjoyed the whole dining experience and will be visiting again when we return to New Orleans in tRead more
94% recommended
Most Booked in New Orleans / Louisiana
381 people mentioned the Bread Pudding
$$$$·Southern·
Savannah
14,091 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Overall the staff was accommodating however I felt the main server was fixated on having us order more - appetizers, dessert, a bottle of wine rather than a glass.
92% recommended
Best Ambiance in Savannah
745 people mentioned the Flounder
$$$$·Southern·
St. Augustine
1,815 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Everything was amazing. The food, ambience, the service.... everything.
96% recommended
Best Ambiance in Jacksonville / Northeast Florida
166 people mentioned the Preserves
$$$$·Southern·
Greenville Avenue
465 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Casual
Rapscallion is always a treat. The Nashville-style fried chicken is great and the service and ambience make for a great date.
92% recommended
18 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Southern·
Pensacola
1,075 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
I’ve been before, but the V Day experience was extra fantastic. I don’t even eat seafood, but it was all amazing! Service was impeccable!
99% recommended
Best Overall in Northwest Florida
20 people mentioned the Bread Pudding
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
4,127 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
The experience from get-go was unique. Excellent cocktails, wines. Unique interpretation of creole cuisine. A feast visually and for your taste buds. Superb dessert. Had a great tiRead more
90% recommended
Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana
229 people mentioned the Beignets
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Warehouse District
872 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Amazing! Great flavors with elegant restraint. Chef does a great job. Service was top notch and personal touch.
94% recommended
Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana
15 people mentioned the Fried Oyster
$$$$·Southern·
East Village
775 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
Food was amazing! Service was great. The staff is very friendly and attentive.
93% recommended
110 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Alexandria
1,080 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Casual
Great Authentic food, friendly service and great prices!
97% recommended
54 people mentioned the Crayfish
$$$$·Southern·
Wilmington
857 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
The food here was so incredible! The service was also outstanding. I feel like they just need a little ambiance spruce up. Seems like a lot of restaurants in Wilmington have great Read more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Coastal North Carolina
45 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Southern·
Buckhead
1,185 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Great service, food and atmosphere.
88% recommended
Southern in Atlanta / Georgia
65 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Southern·
Midtown
4,832 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
The servers were knowledgeable about the wine and cuisine. Very prompt to refill our water glasses! And very cordial!
94% recommended
Southern in Atlanta / Georgia
377 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Southern·
Vinings
2,978 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
This is our go-to special occasion restaurant and it never disappoints. The service was exceptional, the food, the drinks, everything. An absolutely perfect experience
95% recommended
Southern in Atlanta / Georgia
175 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor
1,134 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Excellent service, delicious food and drinks. We got to visit and eat a wonderful lunch.
95% recommended
Most Booked in Houston
49 people mentioned the Hush Puppies
$$$$·Southern·
Greenville
1,106 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Creative Cuisine
Great food, atmosphere and service. Especially loved the playlist, excellence!
99% recommended
Fit for Foodies in South Carolina
44 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Southern·
Buffalo
1,402 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
We had such an enjoyable evening! I do not believe there is one thing on the menu that is not “out of this world” delicious! And three of our party were eating keto—and they were mRead more
98% recommended
Best Service in Western New York
112 people mentioned the Jambalaya
$$$$·Southern·
Nashville
2,854 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Wonderful experience! Food was delicious and service outstanding! Highly recommend!
95% recommended
Southern in Nashville
164 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·Southern·
Central Business District
1,095 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
Excellent artichoke dip. Their bread is delicious. Try a coffee cocktail
90% recommended
Great for Brunch in New Orleans / Louisiana
49 people mentioned the Avocado Toast
$$$$·Southern·
Miami Beach / South Beach
4,880 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Fun
Amazing place, the food was incredible and the server was very nice! I will definitely go back to try new things!
91% recommended
Most Booked in Miami / Southeast Florida
522 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
$$$$·Southern·
The Venetian and Palazzo
3,689 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
Great hospitality. Quick service. Delicious hot and fresh food. Tasty bar drinks.
94% recommended
Most Booked in Las Vegas
438 people mentioned the Fried Chicken