1540 Room

4.0
178 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Southern, Farm-to-table, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm
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Phone number
(912) 443-2022
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Mark Santiago
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Drayton
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Parking details
Valet is available, first come and first served, through the hotel and is free to guests up to 2 hours with proof of purchase at 1540.
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Wine

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

What 178 People Are Saying
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Savannah
45 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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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LS
Savannah
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service in a great location. Especially good if attending a performance at the Johnny Mercer Theater. Excellent will go again.

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

Loved watching them make the food. Waitress was great and the food and presentation was amazing. Will definitely be returning soon.

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AM
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

When this restaurant first opened, Savannah appeared to have a new, up & coming star for fine dining. Unfortunately after recent changes to the chef, menu and service team, the overall experience dropped significantly. The dishes no longer live up to their descriptions, ingredient quality has fallen and staff attentiveness to the guest are no longer special. The only thing that hasn't changed are the steep prices.

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Tampa
67 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Outstanding food and an interesting wine list with a few less frequented selections. Well done, and well beyond "just the dining room in the hotel".

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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, excellent service with very good food. Will definitely be back.

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L
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The dining experience was very pleasant, the waitress friendly and helpful, the food was very good. We look forward to returning in the future.

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Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

This is our second visit and the first time we were impressed now not so much. They are definitely understaffed and need management. Food is okay but not like it used to be. Crab fritters were dry and extremely salty. Bar tender was very good

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HD
Savannah
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The 30' ceilings sets the tone for a grand evening and the open kitchen is great for foodies who enjoy watching the action behind the scenes.

Recommend: The rib eye is worth ordering just on presentation alone. The steak was cooked to perfection and should be shared by two. Of special note, it does take 30 minutes to prepare this meal.

The must have: The chicken pot pie. The fact that this dish would be served in such an elegant setting is daring enough, but there's a reason why... it taste divine. When making a reservation, be sure to request this dish for your table. They it make from scratch everyday, so when it's this fresh - then only so many are made.

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Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed our meal, however the menu is too ‘southern’, no normal salad, and we would like some lighter fare.

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Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

We looked forward to another wonderful dining experience only to find out that Chef Kyle is no longer at 1540 Room as well as our favorite server Sara. They were the reason we were frequent diners and are now extremely disappointed. We wait with anticipation to learn where to find both in the future.

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LG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We had dinner at the 1540 room on our 2nd of 3 nights while staying in Savannah. The restaurant was right in our hotel, the DeSoto, and I had read some nice reviews. While it wasn’t a poor choice, I think there would gave been some better options in Savannah given the fact we only had 3 nights. I had the scallops with a pork belly topping, on top of a corn cream. There were 3 pretty nice size scallops, and the pork belly was crispy. Unfortunately, the scallops were way over salted, and it really took away from the whole entree. My husband ordered the skillet pot pie. It was rather a small portion, and more like a cream soup with very little chicken, covered with a phylo crust. Very over priced for what you were served.

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M
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

This was our second visit and were really looking forward to the former menu. We found when we arrived the chef had changed as well as the menu. Our reservation was at 7:30 and the place was nearly empty. Not a good sign on a Saturday night. We decided to try menu was the usual “farm to table”. Still feeling concerned finally after the server who didn’t give us much the manager came over. Her name is Caroline and she made the evening a hit. First bottle of wine was past it’s prime. She came over with a new bottle and was just about to open when she said I wish I could have been here to help you when you ordered. She left and returned with a much better wine. She continued to check on us throughout our dinner. She certainly pulled what we thought was going to a mediocre dinner to a very enjoyable experience.

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Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

New chef, menu, staff..used to be a great restaurant for hotel guests and locals, now we were certainly the only locals and three other 3 tanks that were occupied were hotel guests. We were devastated. My food was not bad, but his was greasy and covered in a pile of breadcrumbs. Wait staff was new. Wine list was expensive and they were out of some of it, just a month after the new menu?? Looking forward to finding out where Chef Kyle moved onto.

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Y
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was super tasty!

Unfortunately, we had to request our server bring the bread (we did not get bread plates once we got it) and he was unable to keep our water glasses full. I can understand having a hard time if it’s busy but it was anything but busy when we were there.

I’d eat here again out of convenience of staying at the hotel but I doubt I would seek this place out again in the future.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect evening and chef table!

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Awful dining experience. terrible service. all orders messed up. DRINKS WERE SO WRONG .

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place. Quiet with great and very friendly service.

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Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Mark and his staff could not have been more welcoming. The service was impeccable and the chef went out of his way to show his appreciation to his clients by serving the very best food. We will return.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

Changed menu. Not good. Won’t go back.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Check Kyle is no longer there, and the whole reason we wanted to eat here was because of him. We loved him at The Florence. The hostess was super sweet upon our arrival. This place seems to be struggling to figure out what they are. With so many awesome places to dine in Savannah, I wouldn’t return. It definitely has the feel of a hotel reataurant. We were told by so many people that it didn’t have that feel when Kyle was the head chef. Bummer!!!!!

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KD
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Good service. Original menu and delicious

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b
Grand Rapids
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My wife and I had an early performance to attend (6:30 and they open at 5 for dinner) and as a result did not have the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely meal and had to skip dessert and full wine, etc. Much to our disappointment. We had small plates and entrees - delightful and imaginative, gorgeous to the eye and to the palate. Our server was attentive and knew of our tight schedule and kept us on target and still managed to keep things personable and professional and did not make us feel rushed. Will definitely need to try again on our next trip to Savannah.

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JC
Savannah
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

So underwhelmed. The service was great but the atmosphere and food did not dazzle, especially for the price. I left a more detailed review on google.

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CS
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Took very good care of me. Loved the butter lettuce salad. Pasta was quite good—not five stars, but a very strong 4/5. Great service, including a perfect suggestion fir a glass of wine.

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Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found this restaurant on Restaurant week , and loved it , in fact already made a reservation to come back in Sept. for a birthday celebration. Beautiful restaurant and great to have valet parking . Grilled octopus was outstanding and a nice portion , 3 of us had the bolognase and probably will get again. Our favorite new restaurant in Savannah !!

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Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent customer service, food and beautiful restaurant

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Miami
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While in Savannah on vacation I asked a server at another restaurant for a place where locals would go to have a nice meal and she told me 1540 room. I made a reservation for myself, Mt husband and my daughter and we couldn’t be any happier with the experience . My husbsns’s strak was grilled to perfection , the starters and the main course as well as dessert were superb. Our server was very knowledgeable on the menu and her recommendations were excellent , thank you Blair for an awesome experience . I would definitely recommend this restaurant to all my friends

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Charleston
187 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Tasty and creative menu and superlative service...highly-recommended (especially the octupus and any of the pastas)!

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AB
Cleveland
17 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Kyle is an amazing chef and he has trained his staff to his level. The food was outstanding and the desserts are to die for.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriends and I absolutely loved 1540 Room. Our server was very knowledgeable and detailed in her explanations of menu items. The open kitchen allowed us to view the meticulously detailed chefs at their craft. The food was delicious and flavorfull, exploding in our mouths with the very first bite. The ambiance is quaint, upscale yet relaxed and welcoming. Definitely a highlight during our weekend and I highly recommend.

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JR
Savannah
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We loved the appetizers and the bread platter, cheese selection and the heirloom tomato salad was divine.
One steak came with gristle, the other ordered was delicious. Pasta dish with short rib meat was great, but maybe one more would have been perfect.
My suggestion is that when someone’s dinner is not up to snuff bring a surprise dessert. Everyone leaves happy.
Our waitress was lovely and very well versed.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was extraordinary. Service was superb. Will be back.

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RJ
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kyle and his crew always do a great job!
Top 5 in town

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C
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best food I’ve had in a long time. Everything was very fresh. We got everything our server, Catherine recommended and she did not disappoint!

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DG
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was great. The two of us each had tomato appetizers. Both options were great. Especially the tart.. it was really different and tastes were fabulous. We both had a fresh pasta dish and they were innovative, fresh and great. Would have enjoyed a bit more it was so good. Desert was really really great. We shared an almond cake with cream and white chocolate. It’s so so different and flavorful everyone should try it. While everything was great and by no means should anyone not go I would recommend larger entree portions... especially since they are so good. I would definitely recommend and return. Cheers

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M
Savannah
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

My food was not even passing good, but tough and not edible. Way too expensive. I had a special visit with my grand daughter and we both were dissapointed. I would not come back for breakfast or brunch. I have had good dinners there.

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taylor did a fantastic job taking care of us. Her recommendations were spot on. The food was astounding! We went in with high expectations and were not disappointed. Everything was delicious but the Foraged Mushrooms, Cast Iron Octopus, Rabbit Tortellini and White Chocolate honey dessert were life changing. We were so wrapped up in our meal that we forgot to drink our wine 😱🤦🏻‍♀️. We will be telling everyone about 1540 Room and will definitely be back. Thank you for a truly phenomenal experience!

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Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Kyle continues to amaze us with both food & wine selections.

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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were on the way to SC and spent the night at the DeSoto Hotel the hotel that houses restaurant 1540.
From the time we entered we had a great experience. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The food suggestions were spot on and paired well with our wine

We ordered several small plates including the Octopus which was tender and delicious. Their secret is they pre cook it prior to grilling in a pressure cooker which makes it juicy and tender prior to grilling it

We had the tomato pie which was a tomato purée with a flakey crust. We had 2 pasta dishes the beet ravioli and the rabbit tagliatelle. The sweetness of the beet dish worked well with the savory and wonderfully spiced rabbit dish

A pleasant respite from the heavy meals of the South. We can’t wait to go back

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