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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.
Birmingham, AL 35222
Southern, Comfort Food, American
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday - Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bar opens at 4:00 pm Tuesday - Saturday
39th Street South
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
plenty of parking is available across the street in the parking lot of the former V. Richard's
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
Easter Brunch. The food was great. The service was friendly. A little disorganized and we felt a little left out, maybe because it was early Easter brunch and they were still getting it together and rolling. But overall, we enjoyed it and probably would go back.
Booked a table for two early Saturday evening. Perfect window seating, very accommodating hostess (Jessica?), and wait staff. Excellent menu selections at comfortable prices, delightful martinis. Enjoyed the small, quiet and intimate restaurant atmosphere - a rare find in today's Birmingham!
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