1540 Room

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$30 and under
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Southern
With our fresh farm to table southern fare, our ingredient list reads like a culinary tour of Savannah’s surrounding farms, fields and fishing docks. Hernando de Soto was the first European explorer to visit Georgia in 1540, that heritage of exploration has permeated this beautiful restaurant inside The DeSoto, a true Savannah landmark. Located in the heart of the Historic District, 1540 Room offers a unique Southern dining expedition combining familiar flavors with inventive and local ingredients.
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1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great fish & Mac n cheese

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Wonderful meal! Pretty sure the waiter was drunk, he reeled of alcohol at 5:30pm! The manager filled our drinks, 3 other waiters did everything else but take our order and bring our check (which is really all our waiter did). Our Waiter was nice, just made trips to one table then completed that task entirely ignoring everything else, couldn’t even ask if we needed refills as he passed right by our table and looked at all our empty glasses. Big Bummer on the service with such a delicious meal!

1540 Room
Responded on March 13, 2020

Thank you for the compliments to your dining meal. We will be sure to review with our teams in regards to the service experience. We do apologize for the service not be superb!

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Philadelphia
138 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful dining room. The food and service were both outstanding.

1540 Room
Responded on March 13, 2020

Thank you for the 5* review.

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K
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we first got there it was totally empty and we were concerned we had made a poor choice. Tim was amazing and went above and beyond to help us...he even helped us design our own charcuterie with items not on the menu!! Superb!! The pâté and waffles were out of this world!!

1540 Room
Responded on March 13, 2020

Thank you for the business in February. We really appreciate it!

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m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Service outstanding. Would definitely come back

1540 Room
Responded on February 19, 2020

Thank you for the business. We look forward to your next visit!

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BH
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was attentive and kind. The food was absolutely AMAZING! We will be making this one of our special date night places!

1540 Room
Responded on February 19, 2020

Thank you for the 5* review and compliments to our food.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Sadly this did not live up to expectations -the service was pleasant and the complimentary bubbles on arrival for Valentine's Day was a nice touch. The room is lovely. Appetizers were decent but sadly the main courses really fell flat - felt like the kitchen had run out of steam. The Scallop and Pork Belly dish had zero pork belly - a few scraps of what looked like bacon but no pork belly. 2 people at the table had this dish and both were the same. This was strange as we had a pork belly appetizer which was chunks of crispy pork belly (perhaps they used it all up if that was the case we would have appreciated being told and would have ordered something else). The crab stuffed trout was cold in the middle and just - brown ... no seasoning, no flavor and the crab filling was pretty much mush. Steaks were ok, but overall everything was just blah.
We eat out in Savannah a lot and are never disappointed by this fun food city. With so many good restaurants to chose from I am sorry we took our friends from out of town to 1540 Room. I doubt we would give it another shot. Sorry.

1540 Room
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you for the business for the romantic holiday. We do apologize for not being to your liking and will certain review the experience with our Chef's. We pride ourselves on being one of the best dining spots in Savannah.

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MD
New England
22 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot to celebrate with my Valentine.

1540 Room
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you for dining with us on Valentine's night.

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MY
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good place to eat! I wouldn’t mind going back. Is little fancy but overall I love the food and the location is in the hotel.

1540 Room
Responded on February 19, 2020

Thank you for the compliments are supporting a local restaurant.

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JS
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

My husband and I went for Valentine’s dinner based on Opentable reviews. But our experience was just okay. The service was good but the food did not have much flavor. We left underwhelmed.

1540 Room
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thank you for the business during the Valentine's night. We appreciate the business very much.

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AT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were amazing!! Noise level was perfect. Only complaint is that it was pretty chilly, but it was also empty, so that may have contributed. Overall, though, a great experience!!

1540 Room
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you for the business. We appreciate it very much!

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JA
Mobile
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the prix fixe selection without the wine pairing- it was well done and a pleasure to experience

1540 Room
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you for the 5* review! We appreciate the compliment to our teams.

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S
Charleston
59 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Four of us dined at 1540 during restaurant week. We all enjoyed the food. My issue is how large and stark the dining room is. It lacks warmth and is devoid of charm. With so many other lovely restaurants in Savannah, I doubt I will go back.

1540 Room
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thank you for the business and visiting us during Savannah Restaurant Week!

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Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

After reading the reviews for this restaurant, I was a little nervous about going. But I was pleasantly surprised with the excellent service that our waiter Gary provided. The food was good but not great. Serving a pork chop with black-eyed peas was not very colorful but all in all I would go back again. The free valet parking was a plus.

1540 Room
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thank you for the business and visiting us from the island. We appreciate the locals very much! Yes, free valet parking in downtown... a rare gem!

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s
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was great. The restaurant has a lovely grand appeal. The service was a bit slow and confusing. Things came out at the wrong time and not together. And we were desperate for a refill of water! Hope the service improves!

1540 Room
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thank you for the business and compliments to our food.

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Restaurant week meal. Overall, web enjoyed, but the food was not near the quality we were expecting. There was no theme to the food, meaning the flavors didn’t go together at all. The food lacked flavor and the flavor it did have was average. We were excited to go, but expects more.

1540 Room
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you for the business and your support during Savannah Restaurant Weeks.

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Savannah
17 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed our first time visit to this venue. Despite the problem I had contacting someone to enlarge my reservation from eight to fifteen, we found the food great and the room very nice. It is hard to judge about the noise level since we were the only ones there on a Thursday night. I suspect that with the bare walls and nothing to absorb some of the sound it could be bad. The only problem was the service was slow with only one young lady for the fifteen of us. She did have some occasional help from another young man. Overall a very satisfying dining experience.

1540 Room
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thank you for the detailed feedback. We appreciate the business very much!

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Savannah
77 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were here for dinner for 8 on Christmas Eve and had such an enjoyable evening that we wanted to return and try their 50 oz. Ribeye for two. We invited my sister and brother-in-law to celebrate their birthdays. We were again fortunate to have Gabby as our server. She and the rest of the team are wonderful and couldn't be more accommodating. We started with their famous Mystery Manhattans, a Kir Royale and a Pinot Grigio, along with Oysters Rockefeller and the Baby Beet Salad with Goat Cheese. The Ribeyes were grilled to perfection, as they say, and served on sizzling pans with their juices. The chef removes them from the bone and slices them so you can choose the pieces you would most enjoy - the best Steak in Savannah! After dinner we visited the Whiskey Bar and finished with a couple of Pappy Van Winkle scotches, and a delicious Tawny Port. Shane is an expert at making those Mystery Manhattans. You are assured that each one will be custom made with a quality bourbon, (you just don't know which one), but they're all finished with great vermouth, bitters and Luxardo Cherries, so you can never go wrong. Be sure to add the 1540 Room to your list of "must try" restaurants in Savannah. You won't be disappointed.

1540 Room
Responded on January 28, 2020

Thank you for the business again... AND sharing your experience with others. We appreciate it very much; we will be sure to recognize Shane for the outstanding cocktails. As well compliment the Chefs for the perfection on the steaks and stellar service by Gabbi.

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BF
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was fair. Dishes and glasses never cleared when done.

1540 Room
Responded on January 20, 2020

Thank you for the business, we appreciate it very much. We will be sure to visit your comments with our team service.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

After reading positive reviews of this restaurant on this site and others, I confidently booked a group reservation to celebrate a special occasion. When we arrived, things seemed fine and our server greeted us and asked if we needed anything. We asked for water and started looking at the menu for drinks. Twenty minutes later, we fetched our own carafes of water. This was the way our experience continued.

It appeared the restaurant was short-staffed, as it took one hour to get our meals and no tables in the entire restaurant were cleared. By the time the food arrived, it was various temperatures. We asked our chewing gum-loving server what was going on and he said nothing. When we asked a manager what had happened (our group has food service experience so we were hoping to understand why the service was such high effort) and she said that she had received other similar feedback and would give us a discount. We saw several other seemingly stranded tables and watched many parties walk out after taking a look around.

Our group's consensus was that this restaurant probably usually provides a different kind of experience but we highly recommend taking a look around when you arrive. If things look suspicious go to your backup plan. If we had known that going to 1540 Room was going to result in a disappointing experience, we wouldn't have picked it for a celebration. Our service was so slow we managed to have a two-hour dinner with only one round of drinks. If the food had been served when it was prepared, it would have been delicious but we received cold soup that should have been hot and the pork belly and scallops featured cooled meat.

However, if you are in the market for breaking up with someone in Savannah over an hours long dinner, I would highly recommend 1540 Room as the venue for this moment. It will at least give the other patrons something interesting to watch while they wait for a server to notice them.

We're left wondering: What happened Saturday?

1540 Room
Responded on January 22, 2020

We are deeply sorry for the poor service experience at the 1540 Room. We really work hard to have the best service in our southern style. We will be sure to revisit your comments with our teams. Again, we apologize for the poor dining service. sincerely, 1540 Room

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Don’t overlook this solid option. Worth the effort. No crowds to compete with and little noise as well. Bring your whole group/family for a perfect ladies/guys night out. Great specials but the main menu is also solid.

1540 Room
Responded on January 20, 2020

Thank you for the 5* review and dining with us at 1540 Room.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Brought raw oysters instead of baked
Crab app didn’t taste to have any crab, just breading

1540 Room
Responded on January 16, 2020

Thank you for sharing your experience. We will be sure to communicate with our Chef. Our apologies for the poor crab cake.

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Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We came here with a group of people for New Year’s eve. I will start off by saying this restaurant is in a beautiful hotel and has a very nice atmosphere. We were not very pleased with the service, our waiter was not good about checking up on us he also got the bill incorrect twice. The food was good but not anything to rave about. It was an ok experience.

1540 Room
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thank you for sharing your experience. We do apologize for not being to your liking. We have a high standard of southern excellence and we apologize for letting you down with our level of service on NY Eve.

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New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

My husband loved the foie gras with waffles so much, he said it was an explosion of flavors. His lamb chops were delicious but slightly overcooked. The stuffed trout was excellent and so was the chicken pot pie. The fried bread pudding is a must, just moist and crunchy and just fantastic. Our waiter was sweet but kind of a spazz.

1540 Room
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thank you for dining review from your visit on NY Eve. We appreciate the business very much the holidays. sincerely, 1540 Room

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Food was amazing by the chef. The rest of the experience not so much sadly. Hardly anyone was there (maybe because of the service) yet app plates came out wet yet still dirty with old food stuck on them. Drinks took forever to arrive. As did for another guest table next to us. Waiter forgot to serve soup we ordered.

1540 Room
Responded on January 2, 2020

Thank you for dining with us and compliments to our Chef. We will be sure to revisit some training with our service team.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Great food. Poor service. One waiter for the entire floor. Long wait for drinks, and things were forgotten because our waiter was so busy!

1540 Room
Responded on January 2, 2020

Thank you for the visit during the holiday season. We appreciate the business and will be sure to focus on the service training.

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OT
11 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The manager was super attentive and replaced my meal at no charge. This place has great staff and the service is awesome. Food was good but has a little room for improvement. Scallops are on point!

1540 Room
Responded on January 2, 2020

Thank you for the compliments to service and scallops. We appreciate the business during the Christmas holidays

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Savannah
77 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had reservations for 8 people at 5 PM on Christmas Eve. Gabby was our server. She was friendly, knowledgeable and very professional at coordinating our meal. We started with a variety of their signature cocktails, Prosecco and wine. For appetizers we enjoyed Crab Beignets, Oysters, Pate & Waffles, and the Beet Salad. Dinner included a wonderful variety of their entrees - Pork Shank Oso Bucco, Pork Belly & Scallops, Filet Mignon, Chicken Pot Pie, Pork Tenderloin and the vegetarian stuffed squash. Everything was delicious and the service was excellent. The atmosphere is also elegant, yet very comfortable. We will definitely return - perhaps to experience their 52 oz. bone-in Ribeye!

1540 Room
Responded on January 2, 2020

Thank you for the 5* review and compliments to Gabby and our menu. We really appreciate the business during the holidays.

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J
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good southern fair

1540 Room
Responded on December 10, 2019

Thank you for the compliments to our cuisine. We pride ourselves with offering wonderful local menu in Savannah.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Thanksgiving

1540 Room
Responded on December 4, 2019

Happy Holidays, we appreciate the business on Thanksgiving night

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p
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Thanksgiving dinner was disappointing as our server didn’t seem to want to be there and then one of two meals arrived inedibly not warm-and then it took a long time to bring a hot meal. Nothing I’d expect of a highly rated Dining room.

1540 Room
Responded on December 4, 2019

Pete, Thank you for sharing your experience. We apologize for not leading to best service for the holiday. We will be sure to review with our teams. sincerely, 1540 Room.

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chefs were approachable very kind

1540 Room
Responded on November 26, 2019

Thank you for the compliments and 5* star rating. We appreciate the business!

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SL
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Disappointing, this was supposed to be our nice night out. Service was awful, server was very sweet but had zero training or experience. There were 2 other servers, a manager and a hostess and maybe 6 tables. One decent server could have covered the entire room. We had to ask for our appetizers, we had to remind the server about tea and water that had been requested, we had to ask about the specials. One diner was overlooked by the server, we had to ask her to take the order, then the order was not submitted. They added it later and still got the order wrong. They did remove that entree from the bill. The food was ok, the room was nice but I would not recommend.

1540 Room
Responded on November 26, 2019

Thank you for the business. We really apologize for the experience and will be sure to focus on training with our new team member. We pride ourselves on the best in southern hospitality and cuisine. We will be sure to share your feedback with the Chefs and Managers.

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LP
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptional—& our server was great!

1540 Room
Responded on November 28, 2019

Thank you for the business and 5* review!

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CW
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food. It was not very busy, which made us a little nervous, but it was a good meal.

1540 Room
Responded on November 4, 2019

Thank you for the business and dining at the 1540 Room.

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CS
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful! The food, staff, and ambiance were great. We would return again!

1540 Room
Responded on October 29, 2019

Thank you for the staff compliments. We will be sure to acknowledge them for the excellence in service.

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PW
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were amazing. The bellman at the adjoining hotel does not know where the restaurant is however. There was a child screaming for moments during our meal, but we did eat at 5:30, so that we couldn't really blame the restaurant. I had the Bouillabaisse and it was delicious. Very glad we went!

1540 Room
Responded on October 29, 2019

Thank you for sharing your comments. We will be sure to share with the teams on the details. We appreciate the compliments on the food.

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service. This restaurant is inside a hotel which I think throws some people off but it shouldn’t. Once you’re in the restaurant there is no hotel feel at all. The food is all farm to table, fresh, and delicious! We’d go back in a heartbeat if we find ourselves back in Savannah.

1540 Room
Responded on October 19, 2019

Thank you for the wonderful review and sharing your experience. We appreciate it very much AND especially your business.

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DL
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were amazing. Great atmosphere. Gary was our waiter and was attentive without being annoying. His recommendations were spot on. Will definitely be back.

1540 Room
Responded on October 8, 2019

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. We appreciate the rating and compliments to Gary on the excellence in service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Didn't realize it was a hotel restaurant. Service and food were quite good. Gabby made our anniversary special!

1540 Room
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you for sharing your comments and experience. We appreciate the business! As well, the compliments to Gabby!

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