Little Savannah

4.3
666 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Southern, Comfort Food, American
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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
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Phone number
(205) 591-1119
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Clifton Holt
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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.
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Private party contact
Chef Clif Holt: (205) 591-1119
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
39th Street South
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Parking details
plenty of parking is available across the street in the parking lot of the former V. Richard's
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Special events & promotions
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Birmingham
3 reviews
Reviewed on December 12, 2018
Overall 1food service ambience

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.

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Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

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.

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Birmingham
17 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

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.

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SL
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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.

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

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

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PM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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LD
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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.

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AF
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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Birmingham
58 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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w
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, never disappoints.

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KL
Birmingham
17 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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LL
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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

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OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Always fantastic!

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A
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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CF
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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BL
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Birmingham
58 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

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Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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AB
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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

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B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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.

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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Birmingham
17 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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!

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N
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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EB
Birmingham
17 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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A
Birmingham
21 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always good

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Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

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.

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AF
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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RV
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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TI
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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HF
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

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.

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p
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

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.

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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k
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great place great people! vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv

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