1540 Room

4.1
219 reviews
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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.

Specials

Bubbles and Bites

Taste our southern style shareables and sip on unlimited bubbles for just $25

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 14, 2018

Ends: December 15, 2117

Availability: Tue 5:00PM-9:00PM

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Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The 1540 room has great food, a great setting, and great drink selection.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. We were glad they use open table too.

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SE
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice space. Great food. Easy parking situation with valet.

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Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent. Recommendations by server were appreciated and used! The contemporary decor was pleasant. We had a wonderful time !

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Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We were seated when we arrived but after waiting 20 minutes I had to ask the host if someone was going to serve us. Finally Gary came and helped us the best he could but it seemed they may have been short handed.

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MG
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our anniversary in Savannah, staying the De Soto, and decided to try 1540 Room for convenience. It was a great choice. We were treated to a wonderful meal, great service and enjoyed the special attention to detail. We will return.

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AM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and attentive service. We were entertaining a book festival author and it was a fine experience.

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Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

I am so sorry for a poor review. We chose 1540 for a fun meal for family from all over the country. We had 6:15 reservation as my mom is 87. We were seated instantly at a fantastic table. Gary our waiter was kind. We did not end up getting our main course till 8:20. Over an hour after we finished our delicious apps. The service time was appalling. The floor Mgr kept checking and yep still no food. After we did receive our food half of it was cold. Cold risotto is not good. The mgr said he would tell the chef. I was extremely surprised that was all that was said. Here we sat after 2 and a half hours my mom exhausted with cold bad food. No replacement offer or comp. I expected so much and unfortunately would not return.

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The 1540 room Exceeded my expectations. I love having such a reliable moderately priced restaurant so close to our downtown home. Prompt, friendly service, leads to delicious and often surprising food. Many of the starters are so tempting that it’s hard to choose. I recommend the frisée salad and the crispy pork belly for sure.
The frisée salad is topped with a small poached egg, crumbled bacon, and a few small match stick potatoes. The delicious result is typical for a Parisian bistro. Same with the crispy pork belly which is cooked long enough to render most of the fat. Somehow the chunks of pork belly remain softly moist on the inside yet perfectly crisp on the outside. Among the interesting mains, you should consider the crispy duck which is perfectly paired with sweet peach jam, onion rings on top of a farro risotto. The duck literally falls off the bone and melts in your mouth. So good! Highly recommend.

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Savannah
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were surprised that Chef Kyle had left. Food and ambiance are quite different, but still good and tasty. Prices are a bit high for Savannah, but it is in a hotel which probably accounts for that.

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JC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely phenomenal food, service and atmosphere.

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E
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Follow a good blogger who visited the restaurant, thought we’d give it a go while in Savannah...Mac and cheese was heavenly. The scallops and pork belly were a savory delicious choice, however the pork belly was heavily overcooked giving it an extremely chewy texture. Hopefully the chef will work out these kinks as the dish has a lot of potential. Fun, open atmosphere. Enjoyed the overall dining experience.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chefs were pure as the driven snow.... to the point where I took a bite of my steak, was impressed, gave the thumbs up to the kitchen, and received a smile and thumbs up by the head honcho. Small dining area, but each table felt separated by the wall of China. My wife loved the steak.... yes that’s correct, my wife loved the steak. If you knew my wife, you would call and make a reservation immediately. Enjoy this friendly food driven fiesta while you think about the sweet taste of the perfectly designed cocktails presented by the bar. Enjoy your experience, we will definitely be back.

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Scallops and pork belly, but The food was simply not cooked well at all. Both were over done and very tough.

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Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly excellent value for money, and exquisite dining experience. Not many visitors though during weekdays (Tuesday at least), but the food and service is fantastic for a very reasonable price.

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JA
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Main dishes were both under seasoned and food cane out very fast. Would have liked to sit and savor it a bit more. Beautiful restaurant and great service from Gary!

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We had a table of 6. We brought a bottle of wine for several in the group and the waiter didn’t bother to take drink orders for those not drinking the wine. We ordered the Pimento Cheese fritters and commented to the waiter that they would have been really good if there had been pimento cheese in them. The waiters response “I don’t make them, I just serve them.” Yikes! When the meal came, no server to check on how everything was and tasted. If he had checked, he would have heard that the 32 oz. bone in ribeye, was lukewarm, at best. It had a lot of flavor but would have been better hot. The other meals were delicious. The waiter was a problem, because he was not there and when he was, made “not customer friendly” excuses. Overall, food was good, service not so much.

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CS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed every single thing we ordered! Can't wait to go back!

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Savannah
21 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Noisy! Food was good and so was the service. It is close by so would come again. Parking excellent.

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Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

We did not feel we received a good meal for the amount of money we spent. Our pork belly was overcooked, our guest ordered the whole fish, it was over fried. the meat was dry and under spiced.
We will not recommend this restaurant to any of our friends, and we will not be returning.

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AP
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party of 2 adults and 1 child had the best experience at 1540. Our reservation for 6pm was perfect with fewer diners. My son loved watching the food prep and we had the chance to talk with the Head Chef Mark, the Manager and the hotel's Director of Food Services. They love talking about the local food they source and creating a fun dining experience (especially the free sample of whiskey). The Ox Tail Stew was outstanding! The menu is rotating with seasonal ingredients.

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RB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This is a large hotel dining room with high ceilings, very difficult to make warm and cozy. Thanks to a combination of colour choices, size and spacing of tables and opening of the kitchen to the dining room, the designers have done this with considerable success. The main server was friendly, informative and efficient . The food was, for Restaurant Week, fresh, well prepared and presented and imaginative. Overall, a very positive experience.

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R
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We went for the restaurant week and their special menu was no different if you ordered a la carte.

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Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice open dining room in a hotel with an open kitchen. Food quality and taste very good. Service very attentive with 2 managers working the dining room. Would definitively return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Gabby was a great server and combined with the fantastic food made for a wonderful evening.

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S
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Or service was terrible. Our reservation was for 6:30, we were not seated until 7. Everything was chaotic. There were empty tables, but we were told that they were for large parties. We only saw one large party come in while we were there, so the other tables sat empty. The servers were overwhelmed. Food was good, but not good enough to put up with the lack of service. They didn't even offer us a drink at the bar while we waited. Very poor management.

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EB
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

IN NO HURRY TO GO BACK!!

It was an OK experience overall. Not busy at all but was still very noisy. Drinks took almost 30 minutes to come from the bar. I think there were only two servers for the entire restaurant. She crab soup was served cold. Ceaser salad lettuce was bitter. The filet was perfectly cooked. Easily cut with a butter knife(I was not given a steak knife). Dessert was good. Had to flag down the server to get our check. Apparently the credit card machine was down so she wrote down our card information.

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LB
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was executed in a beautiful manner. We had libations at their beautiful bar Proof and Probation, which set the tone for our wonder experience.

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BP
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was great. Food excellent

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N
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Our experience was awful. We arrived 5 minutes early and were told to wait in the bar while they prepared our table, which we did. We ordered cocktails at the bar which were almost not drinkable. After 45 minutes I went diwn to ask about our table and were told our table was still being prepared and to go back to the bar. We told them we'd done that already and after 5 minutes we were seated.

Once seated we were ignored for 20 minutes before we walked out.

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE. I made a reservation ahead of time for this restaurant and ended up being a few minutes late due to traffic, but I called beforehand to let them know I’ll be a little late. When I arrived they still made me wait 25 more mins for my table, when they said they were “cleaning it off” and they ended up seating us at an already set table. In addition to that, our waitress didn’t put our food order in and my friends and I ended up waiting over an hour just for APPETIZERS. Thank god we flagged the manager down to complain or else we wouldn’t have eaten at all... Absolutely absurd. The manager fronted our check for the entire party, which was cool but still doesn’t change the fact that we waited an hour for our food. Overall, it was a terrible experience. Wouldn’t go back unless they have better staff.

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PM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Waitress was excellent but rest of support staff walked around like they didn’t know what to do. Also, it seemed to be understaffed. Ambiance was “cold” and far too bright, like eating in a cafeteria. Our food was adequate but it didn’t wow us.

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

The restaurant’s food quality and service definitely went down since the last I was here, which wasn’t that long ago. Probably the last time I’ll ever reserve a table

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JT
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Went on New Year’s Eve. The poor wait staff had way too much going on and couldn’t keep up. Much busier than their usual, we suspect. They were trying very hard but there really needed to be more staff to handle the increased volume of people. Food was otherwise delicious. Our bread pudding came out cold and hard as a rock, which they took off the bill once we pointed it out. Again, we assume it had to do with the busy holiday because it otherwise would’ve tasted great if they hadn’t forgotten to warm it up. We didn’t try any of the drinks, but it looked like a fairly decent menu of wines.

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WB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 2

They rush you through dinner even though on New Years Eve they we’re not busy or full. Food ok

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Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Unfortunately, this was not a good experience. The room was very cold, the service was slow (the waitress seemed incredibly inexperienced and unable to multitask), my husband’s soup was not hot, my oysters were overwhelmed by peaches (the restaurant does not have seafood forks so eating the oysters was a bit awkward), and though my husband enjoyed his entree, the pot pie, my 3 scallops were served with pork belly so over cooked that it could not be cut with a knife. We are local (live in the historic district) but will not return.

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ME
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 2

Luckily the food was amazing. I understand the Christmas is a hard holiday to work but when you are booked and you don't have enough servers, it really hurts the evening. We waited 37 minutes for our martinis and the reasoning was that there was only one bartender. I felt bad for our server because she kept apologizing to every single table that got sat. The food was amazing and that would be the only reason I come back. Madeline was sweet but the floor manager didn't even bother to comp said martinis even after we told him. It would be a shame to loose such great food to such poor management.

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CG
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat as a couple or with a group of friends. Really enjoy the atmosphere and the food is delicious!

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Savannah
18 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed our family dinner. A small suggestion: almost everything on the menu seemed to have bacon or pork. We eat none. The breads were served with butter with bacon in it. Our kind server brought olive oil at our request. Snapper was wonderful. I would like to see a few veggie entrees for people who are vegetarian. I yearn for the churros that were served in the past for dessert. Evening was enjoyable. Server was attentive. Parking with valet was very easy.

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K
Savannah
45 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our third and best visit to this restaurant. Our server was just the right combination of attentive but not intrusive. We enjoyed the crab soup and oysters on the half shell were pristine and not overly expensive as is so many times the case. The pork shank was perfectly cooked and the grits and collards were a delicious accompaniment. The chicken pot pie was also perfectly cooked with a crunchy crust and creamy interior although it could have used a bit more chicken. We were sorry not to have time for dessert. We were eating very early so the room was mostly empty, hopefully it filled later. We’ll be back!

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