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Little Savannah

4.3
4.3
592 Reviews
$30 and under
Southern

YOUR DESTINATION FOR MODERN INSPIRED SOUTHERN CUISINE.

Located in the tight knit historic Forest Park neighborhood in Birmingham, AL,
Little Savannah Restaurant & Bar takes great pride in honoring its Southern roots and heritage. Walking in the door at Little Savannah, it's like you are walking into your own home. We look forward to having dinner with you.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Comfort Food, American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm Friday - Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Bar opens at 4:00 pm Tuesday - Saturday

  • Phone number

    (205) 591-1119

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Clifton Holt

  • Catering

    From business dinners and birthday parties to rehearsal dinners and wedding showers, Little Savannah can accommodate any occasion. We offer a variety of off-premise catering venues and menu options and work on an individual level to help create your personalized event. Contact 205-591-1119 for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Our Main Dining Room is available to rent for private dining events on week nights and weekends. We are closed on Sundays and Mondays which allow us to have the entire restaurant available. Wedding Receptions are welcome. We cater off site as well.

  • Private party contact

    Chef Clif Holt: (205) 591-1119

  • Neighborhood

    Birmingham

  • Cross street

    39th Street South

  • Parking details

    plenty of parking is available across the street in the parking lot of the former V. Richard's

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Snacks

  • Warm Artisan Bread$3.00

    Shaved Parmesan, Herb Olive Oil. Proceeds from bread sales are donated to local charities

    • Deviled Farm Eggs$5.00

      Smoky Bacon, Pickled Green Beans

      • Thai Chile Brussel Sprouts$6.00

        Toasted Almonds, Sea Salt

        • Prime Beef Carpaccio*$9.00

          Pickled Onions, Basil Oil, Garlic Croutons

          • Artisan Cheeses*$11.00

            Seasonal Fruits, Fig Jam, Roasted Almonds

            • Little Savannah Crab Cake*$14.00

              Brown Butter Emulsion

              Salad/soup

              • BLT Salad$7.00

                Romaine, Tomato, Red Onion, Bacon, Tarragon-Blue Cheese

                • Holt House Salad$8.00

                  Arugula, Beets, Radish, Carrots, Brussels, Goat cheese

                  • Soup du Jour$4.00

                    Main

                    • Fish of the Day$29.00

                      Low Country Shrimp & Tomato Jambalaya, Herb Oil

                      • Natural Pork Paillard*$21.00

                        Goat Cheese Polenta, Greens, Lemon-Caper Butter

                        • Bhm Burger & Truck Stop Fries*$15.00

                          Brioche, Roasted Jalapeno Goat Cheese

                          • Chef's Vegetable Plate$19.00

                            Quinoa Salad, Roasted Beets, Brussels, Cauliflower, Snow Peas

                            • Smoked Lamb Rib Chops$29.00

                              Lamb Ravioli, Sweet Potato Puree, Brussels, Jus

                              • In-House Linguine$23.00

                                Traditional Bolognese, San Marzano Tomato, Fresh Basil

                                • Coffee Rubbed Bistro Steak*$28.00

                                  Potato Puree, Asparagus, Shiitake Glaze. Prepared Medium Rare

                                  Sides

                                  • Fried Farm Egg*$2.00

                                    • Truck Stop Fries$5.00

                                      • House Bread & Oil$3.00

                                        • Truffle Essence$5.00

                                          • Cheesey Macaroni$4.00

                                            • Brussel Sprouts$5.00

                                              • Quinoa Salad$6.00

                                                • Asparagus$7.00

                                                  What 592 people are saying

                                                  Overall ratings and reviews

                                                  4.3
                                                  4.3 based on all time ratings
                                                  • 4.4Food
                                                  • 4.3Service
                                                  • 4.2Ambience
                                                  • 3.9Value

                                                  NoiseModerate

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                                                  1. k

                                                    kbs310

                                                    Birmingham

                                                    13 reviews

                                                    1.0

                                                    13 reviews

                                                    Reviewed on December 12, 2018

                                                    overall1foodserviceambience

                                                    Worst meal I have had in a long time. For $100 dollars, one shouldn't plan to take home leftovers only to try and make it better for a future meal. We have tried LS several times. Each time we have hoped we would love it. But when you order a dish and it shows up as something different, (food you don't eat) you start to wonder, what's going on in the kitchen. Brussel sprouts and green beans are totally different, any lazy chief would know that. I don't know how LS keeps opening its doors when there are so many better options available n Birmingham. Sadly disappointed.

                                                  2. A

                                                    Allen

                                                    Birmingham

                                                    5 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    1.0

                                                    5 reviews

                                                    Dined on May 30, 2018

                                                    overall1food3service1ambience3

                                                    This was a very special occasion which we had disclosed on open table. After we were seated we waited twenty minutes for water and drink orders. It took another fifteen minutes for those to arrive. Not a single apology for the delay. We waited for over an hour and half for food order. Really laughable at this point on how long it had taken. Average food st best. Again not a single apology from “the chef” who delivers the food himself. I’ve been making reservations on open table for years in birmingham. This is without question the worst dining experience I have had in this city.

                                                  3. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Birmingham

                                                    17 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    2.0

                                                    17 reviews

                                                    Dined on May 18, 2018

                                                    overall2food2service3ambience2

                                                    We have enjoyed this place as a jewel over the years. This time, we were disappointed. The food was not up to its previous standards and the service was just ok. The bar was excellent as always.

                                                  4. SL

                                                    SLPM

                                                    Birmingham

                                                    9 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    3.0

                                                    9 reviews

                                                    Dined on May 16, 2018

                                                    overall3food3service2ambience3

                                                    HAve always liked Littel Savanah...but...went there with a small group(5)...asked about happy hour specials and even though we were in the front room where the bar is, we were told we had to be actually sitting AT THE BAR TO GET ANY HAPPY HOUR DRINK SPECIALS! Ridiculous They ran out of Sangria about 6 p.m....we were there at 5 p.m. BTW Sangria was super good! Service was very friendly, but SLOW. Had to get up and get my own spoon for my soup. Our server had seemed to disappear...and no other servers would look our way. Were not told about the wing night special (but knew this from web site, nor were given the wing menu until we saw one on another table) Disappointing.

                                                  5. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Birmingham

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    3.0

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    Dined on May 13, 2018

                                                    overall3food2service5ambience4

                                                    Food quality was not up to the standard expected from Little Savannah. We were disappointed and will not be going back.

                                                  6. PM

                                                    PaulM

                                                    Seattle

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on April 22, 2018

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                    A very special place. Great food. Outstanding service. Relaxed and welcoming environment. Specializing in Low County cuisine with creative twists. It is evident that Chef Clif Holt has a wonderful connection with the local community. Highly recommended.

                                                  7. W

                                                    Wheeler

                                                    Birmingham

                                                    8 reviews

                                                    3.0

                                                    8 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 1, 2018

                                                    overall3food3service3ambience2

                                                    Some what shocking atmosphere, black, stark..compared to name..expecting "southern experience>" Limited menu, particularly because we went on Easter, surprised to see so few choices. What we had was good, but should have done more research on the actual aim of the owners and chef.

                                                  8. AF

                                                    AndreF

                                                    Birmingham

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    Dined on March 29, 2018

                                                    overall4food5service4ambience5

                                                    The food was wonderful and the atmosphere was even better. I would definitely visit again.

                                                  9. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Birmingham

                                                    92 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    92 reviews

                                                    Dined on March 25, 2018

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Ambience was amazing. Service was exceptional. Our server was very knowledgeable of the menu. I forget her name. I'm sorry. The shrimp and grits were out of this world delicious. We had a wonderful time. Thanks, Cliff.

                                                  10. w

                                                    wmd2001

                                                    Atlanta

                                                    10 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    10 reviews

                                                    Dined on March 25, 2018

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Great place, never disappoints.

                                                  11. KL

                                                    KatLewis

                                                    Birmingham

                                                    35 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    3.0

                                                    35 reviews

                                                    Dined on March 22, 2018

                                                    overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                    My husband and I went for date night. The drinks are inventive and tasty and the beer/wine list is not something you can pick up at the grocery (yay!). We had the cheese plate and Thai Brussels sprouts for starters. Both were really delicious! For entrees, I got the shrimp and grits and my husband got the pork. They were our least favorite part of the meal. Mine was bland and muddled except the grits, which had way too much thyme. Maybe we just picked the wrong things. We ended with the banana bread pudding and fancy coffee drinks, which were yummy. Service was good and attentive. Prices are reasonable. Note: We went on a Monday and still had trouble parking so give yourself some extra time.

                                                  12. LL

                                                    LuLaJoe

                                                    Birmingham

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    2.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on March 17, 2018

                                                    overall2food2service2ambience2

                                                    Long wait for food, only 4-6 people in the place. Under done fried chicken. Bartender was HI??

                                                  13. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Birmingham

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    Dined on March 17, 2018

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Fantastic! Always fantastic!

                                                  14. A

                                                    Arthur

                                                    Atlanta

                                                    27 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    27 reviews

                                                    Dined on March 16, 2018

                                                    overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                    We had not been to Little Savanah lately and are glad we became reacquainted with this special restaurant. The Holt house salad was great (get the large size and share it!). All entries were very delicious and plated attractively. Price point was reasonable. Interesting craft cocktails were available. My wife and a friend of hers went back for dinner a few days later and had another very good experience.

                                                  15. CF

                                                    CFox

                                                    Atlanta

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    Dined on March 11, 2018

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                    We went out last minute and love their food.. it was excellent as always!

                                                  16. BL

                                                    BhamLover

                                                    Birmingham

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on February 25, 2018

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    The staff was really awesome and made the first time experience a memorable one. The bar is really nice and comfortable. The food was really outstanding and freshly made. This place is a hidden jewel on the Birmingham Restaurant scene.

                                                  17. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Birmingham

                                                    92 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    92 reviews

                                                    Dined on February 24, 2018

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Cliff Holt is a great chef. The Holt house salad with a roasted beet is the best salad in Birmingham. The ambience was amazing. Michael was our server. He provided outstanding service. The food was delicious.

                                                  18. KM

                                                    KellieM

                                                    Western NC

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    3.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on February 17, 2018

                                                    overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                    The food was good but not as good as a year or so ago when we went. My husbands food was not to his standards but they took care of that which was appreciated. My food and my friends food was good though. Our server was kind but seemed a little off.

                                                  19. BP

                                                    BrandiP

                                                    Atlanta

                                                    10 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    10 reviews

                                                    Dined on February 16, 2018

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Great food, waitress was attentive, and the atmosphere was very comfortable and modern.

                                                  20. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Birmingham

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    Dined on February 16, 2018

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    We love Little Savannah! The Veggie Plate is amazing!! We mentioned we were vegan in our reservation through Open Table and Clif and the team made an excellent dish to accommodate.

                                                  21. AB

                                                    AndyB

                                                    Birmingham

                                                    5 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    5 reviews

                                                    Dined on February 15, 2018

                                                    overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                    Seems like they squeezed way more people in than they should’ve. Overall It was a good dinner, but not great

                                                  22. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Birmingham

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on February 14, 2018

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    A little valentines date with the little lady. We had a blast!

                                                  23. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Atlanta

                                                    12 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    12 reviews

                                                    Dined on February 13, 2018

                                                    overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                    The lamb was great . Ambience was good. Romantic. We had a great server. Bread was very. I definitely recommend the bread pudding.

                                                  24. JB

                                                    JoshuaB

                                                    Birmingham

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    3.0

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    Dined on February 9, 2018

                                                    overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                    Food wasn’t bad, but not particularly good either. Thought it was fairly expensive for what it was.

                                                  25. B

                                                    Bhamfan

                                                    Birmingham

                                                    12 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    12 reviews

                                                    Dined on February 3, 2018

                                                    overall4food3service5ambience4

                                                    Crab cake was very good but the salad I ordered did not come with goat cheese as I believe was advertised Disappointed in the menu offerings for this night.

                                                  26. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    New Orleans

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on February 2, 2018

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Chef Cliff and his staff were extremely attentive. The food, wine & cocktails were fabulous. Recommendations from our server were perfect. Everything absolutely exceeded expectations. We can not wait to return.

                                                  27. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Birmingham

                                                    17 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    17 reviews

                                                    Dined on February 2, 2018

                                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                    As always, the drinks and food were special. Probably the best crab cake and the best fish I have had in several years. This Resturant is a jewel!

                                                  28. N

                                                    Notmyrealname

                                                    Birmingham

                                                    1 review

                                                    3.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on February 1, 2018

                                                    overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                    Wasn't great. We had reservations but when we arrived there was no hostess or anyone present to seat us. We almost left, but after a few minutes someone showed up. We had to choose three different bottles of wine before they finally had one of them in stock. Each time the waitress came back and recommended a grossly more expensive bottle than the one I asked for. The wine we ended up with, however, was nice. Food was okay. Brussel sprouts were pretty good, but both the lamb chops and the burger tasted too charred without much other flavor. All in all, it was a mediocre experience. Probably won't go back.

                                                  29. EB

                                                    EBK8108

                                                    Birmingham

                                                    29 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    29 reviews

                                                    Dined on February 1, 2018

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                    Food was stellar. Great service. Highly recommend for date night, special occasion or daily dining. Was our first time but it will certainly become a regular go-to spot for us.

                                                  30. A

                                                    Argo

                                                    Birmingham

                                                    39 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    39 reviews

                                                    Dined on January 26, 2018

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                    Always good

                                                  31. VB

                                                    VivianB

                                                    Birmingham

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    3.0

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    Dined on January 6, 2018

                                                    overall3food3service2ambience5

                                                    The food was very good. It was very busy the night we ate there and our food sat a little too long in the kitchen before it was brought out to us, so everything we had was not warm. Other than that I would recommend.

                                                  32. AF

                                                    AnotherFoodie

                                                    New York Area

                                                    22 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    22 reviews

                                                    Dined on January 3, 2018

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    As a local, Little Savannah is our "go to" for business and personal eating. The food is outstanding, the bartender is fantastic, and the staff and owner are friendly and engaged. I recommend this restaurant for both business and personal meals. It is a quiet, relatively undiscovered Birmingham treasure.

                                                  33. RV

                                                    RonVE1

                                                    Birmingham

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on January 2, 2018

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    this is one of the little gems of Birmingham to have a wonderful meal with any of your family and friends.

                                                  34. TI

                                                    TomInBama

                                                    Birmingham

                                                    6 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    6 reviews

                                                    Dined on December 31, 2017

                                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                    Talented kitchen. Food is very well prepared, Sophisticated, new-Southern recipes without being fussy. Cocktail menu is very interesting and fun also. We like upscale food in a room with a casual, local vibe so its spot on for us.

                                                  35. HF

                                                    HollyF

                                                    Birmingham

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on December 31, 2017

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Our favorite restaurant! The food is delicious every time! Chef Holt is extremely creative and his dishes never disappoint! Little Savannah is perfect for any occasion!

                                                  36. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Birmingham

                                                    1 review

                                                    2.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on December 29, 2017

                                                    overall2food2service3ambience2

                                                    Reservations were made. However, my friends and I were seated in the bar area at a table next to the door. I would have thought if reservations were made, we would have gotten preference to dine in that area. In the future, please be mindful where your hostess seat new comers when reservations are made in advance. That is so important to me in an atmosphere like that. The food was ok but we were not asked how we wanted our meat cooked. My friend's meat was too rare to her liking and mine was ok. The waiter was very nice and that goes a long ways so hands up for that.

                                                  37. p

                                                    planters71

                                                    New York Area

                                                    27 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    27 reviews

                                                    Dined on December 15, 2017

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    We've been going here since the restaurant opened and have never been disappointed.....always good, always fresh/local ingredients.

                                                  38. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Birmingham

                                                    1 review

                                                    3.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on December 15, 2017

                                                    overall3food3service3ambience1

                                                    They had our reservations for our anniversary dinner, but the host had a hard time seating us. Eventually, they put us at a 2-seater near the window. There must have been a draft in the window because we were absolutely freezing. Kept our jackets on. The wait staff was a little while in delivering the menu. Menu was little light with not much on it, but everything looked good. Wife got beef tenderloin, which was delicious. I got gumbo and a salad. I didn't like the salad, but the gumbo was pretty good. Apps were good: warm bread and olive oil and some crab claws. Wife said she'd come back. I'm not as sure. Her tenderloin was delicious, though. If I go back, that's what I'll have.

                                                  39. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Western NC

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on December 12, 2017

                                                    overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                    Everyone was very accommodating and friendly. We really enjoyed our entire meal but the appetizers were especially fantastic!

                                                  40. k

                                                    kathyl

                                                    Birmingham

                                                    5 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    5 reviews

                                                    Dined on November 28, 2017

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Great food great place great people! vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv

                                                  FAQs

                                                  Little Savannah is rated 4.3 stars by 592 OpenTable diners.

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                                                  Additional information

                                                  • Cross street

                                                    39th Street South

                                                  • Neighborhood

                                                    Birmingham

                                                  • Hours of operation

                                                    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm Friday - Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Bar opens at 4:00 pm Tuesday - Saturday

                                                  • Cuisines

                                                    Southern, Comfort Food, American

                                                  • Dining style

                                                    Casual Elegant

                                                  • Dress code

                                                    Smart Casual

                                                  • Parking details

                                                    plenty of parking is available across the street in the parking lot of the former V. Richard's

                                                  • Payment options

                                                    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                  • Executive chef

                                                    Clifton Holt

                                                  • Additional

                                                    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                  • Phone number

                                                    (205) 591-1119

                                                  • Catering

                                                    From business dinners and birthday parties to rehearsal dinners and wedding showers, Little Savannah can accommodate any occasion. We offer a variety of off-premise catering venues and menu options and work on an individual level to help create your personalized event. Contact 205-591-1119 for more information.

                                                  • Private party facilities

                                                    Our Main Dining Room is available to rent for private dining events on week nights and weekends. We are closed on Sundays and Mondays which allow us to have the entire restaurant available. Wedding Receptions are welcome. We cater off site as well.

                                                  • Private party contact

                                                    Chef Clif Holt: (205) 591-1119

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