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About Little Savannah

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.

3811 Clairmont Avenue
Birmingham, AL 35222
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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

Cross Street:
39th Street South

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(205) 591-1119

Website:
http://www.littlesavannah.com/

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.

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

Executive Chef:
Clifton Holt

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

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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Little Savannah Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

74% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (6)
Good for a Date (5)
Cozy (5)
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Good for Anniversaries (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Casual (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Authentic (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Business Meals (1)
Hot Spot (1)
People Watching (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Seasonal (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Healthy (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

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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·Dined 5 days ago

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

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great food great place great people! vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv

Tags: Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Delicious food. Outstanding service. Amazing ambience. I'm a regular. I'll be back.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 19, 2017

My friends and I had a wonderful meal a Little Savannah. The appetizers were very good. My crab cakes were as close to perfect as can be expected. We all had a different dish and each was delicious. The service was good, but not overbearing. Chef Holt was very helpful and gracious to us and even suggested what I eventually had for my meal. I would recommend Little Savannah for anyone looking for a quite place to eat with friends or for a date.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Excellent food! Great service. Very personable staff.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We visit Little Savannah 2-3 times a year and always have wonderful meals. Friday night was an exception. I ordered the crab cakes and they were filled with shells. The tomato risotto that accompanied the crab cakes was delicious and could have been a stand alone dish. I ordered a specialty cocktail and was displeased with the flavor. The bubbly cocktail was mixed with gin and was not a pleasant combination. My husband enjoyed his specialty cocktail, a ginger-based drink. The dessert left little to be desired. We ordered the pound cake with strawberry anglaise. It was incredibly dense and not buttery at all. The finely chopped basil that was sprinkled on top of the pound cake was not needed and clashed with the flavors of the cake and berries. Overall, we were expecting a 5 star meal and left feeling like we had a lackluster experience. I am wondering if the food’s quality was lacking because the executive chef was wandering around the restaurant schmoozing with guests instead of managing the kitchen and handling quality control. I wish the experience had been different, as we have always listed Little Savannah as our favorite date night restaurant.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 4, 2017

It was awesome

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Little Savannah is in a quaint revitalized neighborhood. The building is obviously very old with some history. We loved the atmosphere, especially the art work. The staff was fantastic and the chef/owner makes an effort to speak to every customer -- he especially engages the children (we had our grand daughter with us).

The brussels sprouts are great.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Crowded seating and moderate service although friendly wait staff. Although made reservations, had to wait in bar and restaurant didn’t acknowledge our appointment to open table

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The Chef offered up a different way to enjoy the sriracha Brussel sprouts appetizer and we went with that recommendation— great decision. My date enjoyed her crab cakes and my Redfish was expertly prepared.

We had a super dining experience and didn’t have to rush to make it to the concert.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

First experience at Little Savannah. Reservation was a little late in the evening so it was quiet in the dining area. Staff was attentive. Food was great, cocktails good. Overall a pleasant experience. Would recommend.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Very quaint atmosphere. Reminded me of some of the restaurants in New York. Waiter was friendly and the crab cakes and grouper were delicious.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Excellent meal. I had braised brisket and my wife had pork belly. Both were really good.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on September 13, 2017

I have been going to Little Savannah for many years, and this was an atypical and awful evening...and we were bringing a friend who had evacuated from Hurricane Irma, so the experience was embarrassing on top of everything else. The waitress didn't know how to properly open a bottle of wine, we waited over an hour for our appetizers, and equally as long for the entrees. She never came to check on us except when serving the food, never offered an apology for the delay in the food. She got the orders mixed up, and at the end when we were paying the bill, got the tickets mixed (wrong items despite us telling her we would help her split the bill). It was painful. And as we were getting our tickets, the owner came over to finally apologize and offer a free desert. it was too little too late. We just wanted to get out.....it all took place over 3 1/2 hours! The food was good, just not worth the agonies of the poor service.

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Sit outside on the back porch! Great atmosphere and you get a veiw of the resturant's vegetable garden.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Always excellent. Small and friendly. We planned ahead and made reservations around noon on Saturday for an evening dinner.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Really great spot for excellent food and service! Consistently great experience each time I've been there.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Wonderful experience. We went for Birmingham Restaurant Week. The food was amazing, and the chef took our little one into the kitchen to make pasta....a real treat!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We found Little Savannah to have friendly service that promptly honored our reservation time. The place is very small. We felt cramped on the bench seating between two other couples. The noise level was loud and nearly made it impossible to have a conversation, much less a private one. If you can enjoy dining with strangers and have no romantic conversations planned, you can get some seriously good food here. We enjoyed crab claws marinated for an appetizer. The wedge salad was delicious with the homemade blue cheese. Our entree, braised pork needed some salt, but the sides were exceptional and the plating was beautiful. The coffee is AMAZING! Even the decaf. We finished off our meal with a creamy chocolate mousse.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on August 12, 2017

This is a true dining treasure in Birmingham, complete with a well-trained and attentive staff and an owner/chef that personally ensures that your time at Little Savannah is a joyful one!

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 10, 2017

The menu was very pleasing and diverse. Wait Staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. All in all it was a very good night out.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on July 29, 2017

We had a great time. I've gone to this restaurant before and it wasn't my favorite. Happy I tried it again though. They have spruced up the entrance and the bar area. The dining room leaves a little to be desired but the quality of the food made up for that. We had great appetizers and the entrees were delicious. The chef came out to speak to us and told us all about the local farmers and farm to table use for their current vegetable choices. Try the Spicy Shrimp and Chicken Pasta, Fried Okra (whole) 😉 and the Fried Oysters. Everything was seasoned perfectly and cooked to perfection! Yummy...We will return!

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·Dined on July 21, 2017

The duck and peach brûlée was unique and delicious! The service was everything one could hope for; there when needed, but unobtrusive.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Loved the environment where you can talk and enjoy conversation comfortably. Food was delicious and creative. This was our second visit and will be returning.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Romantic
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on June 9, 2017

I was wanting to take my bride to a new place. This was the perfect place! Amazing food, atmosphere, and totally diverse, totally higher than my expectations! This will most definitely be our new spot.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on May 16, 2017

There is nothing more comfortable than the patio in nice weather. The food and service are wonderful, but what is really special is the easy atmosphere. it is fine to drink, talk and eat in a leisurely fashion, nobody brings a check or makes you feel like they are eager for you to give up the table. The place may not be as fancy as some , but the food is equal to any of the other fine dining in Birmingham.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Great Beer, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Great service, delicious food.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Burger was delicious! Highly recommended. We went for anniversary.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 5, 2017

This place was insanely over priced for the quality of food. I love fine dining but I was highly unsatisfied with all 3 meals I ordered. I would not recommend. Also, it took an hour and a half for our food to come out, and we didn't even order any meat. Sitting there for that long was miserable. I have no idea why this place came so highly recommended but I would not recommend it to anyone.

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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Wonderful food and evening

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Wonderful unique cuisine that represents Birmingham

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Food was great - bar was EXCELLENT! Wait staff was knowledgeable and friendly. Can't wait to give Sunday brunch a try.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Perfect meal: friendly, personable but unobtrusive service from beginning to end. Very accommodating with a table change and splitting wine and entrees between two people. Food was served in a reasonable time (not too fast; not too slow) and was delicious. Fabulous vanilla bean bread pudding. Good wine selection.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Service was outstanding. Food was delicious.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Fun Prom night dinner! The chef even came out for some lovely conversation!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Absolute worst dining experience ever in Birmingham... maybe the food is good but because we were never seated despite having reservations it is a moot point. I made reservations a month in advance. Arrived a few minutes early. Waited 1.5 hours past reservation time. Asked hostess numerous times of guess on remaining wait time however, she kept seating 4 and 2 top tables... never pushing them together to equal 6 (our party size). The owner?? Came out finally and told us he wasn't sure when we would be seated... no additional service was offered??? That is a first when management is fine with you leaving after long wait. We had yummy cocktails while trying to wait to be seated...So we did try to enjoy atmosphere and we did spend money. My in-laws were with us and we knew they needed food soon after long wait. The customer service was so poor that this restaurant has to be scratched off our list. There are plenty of amazing restaurants in Birmingham with great service. I haven't returned to this restaurant in years (favoring Bottega, Chez fon fon, Hot & Hot, etc.) and now I remember why....not the same level overall. We left starving without a plan. We drove down the road to Slice and had amazing service and food. Not what we set out to do but pizza and beer at Slice was a better choice!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on April 16, 2017

I think they way underestimated how big their Easter brunch crowd was going to be. We were on time for our reservations, but it still took them 25 minutes to seat us. The wait staff was obviously stretched thin (the hostess and the bartender were doing the majority of the bussing), so the service was pretty poor. When our waiter was present he was very good. The food was good, but not great. My wife and I have both waited tables and we know how hard it can be if you're understaffed. BUT...you'd think they'd plan to be busy on Easter for brunch and actually have enough staff to handle the crowd

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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Food took ONE HOUR to come out and portions VERY small. No apologies by waiter or staff. Extremely disappointed.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 16, 2017

We loved the patio seating and appreciated being accommodated early, however, our Server was nice enough but slow and not very personable. The food was fine, but took a long time to get to us and didn't knock our socks off. Last year we had a fantastic Easter brunch, but didn't enjoy it as much this year.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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