Cha Bella

4.6
1020 Reviews
$30 and under
Farm-to-table
Cha Bella is a unique restaurant in Savannah. Almost all our of our menu is sourced from within driving distance of our restaurant. We are proud to partner with local farmers and fishermen to bring you wild caught local seafood and organic farm-raised beef, poultry, vegetables, fruits, eggs and cheese. We use these amazing ingredients when we create our seasonal dishes, homemade pasta and fresh-baked breads. We also offer world-class wines, craft beers, unique cocktails.

Our menu features the culinary creations of Chef Michael Lacy who focuses on an American menu with ingredients from the best local purveyors brought directly to your table. In addition to our menu, we offer seasonal specials to highlight seasonally available ingredients.

Enjoy local, seasonal fare outdoors on our romantic and heated patio. We provide a more casual atmosphere on our patio — projecting movies on our wall paired with music from our favorite playlists.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1020 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience3

It was OK but for the price i wasn't impressed. With so many options in Savannah this probably won't make the rotation.

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HeatherE
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Our food was delayed 45 min ticket time. Our server said “the tickets got messed up in the kitchen”. The table beside us also had a delayed order and their drinks were comped. No member of management reached out to us. At the end of the night the server stated “thank you for your patience but we are farm to table and the wait time is normal”. We own a farm to table catering company/restaurant. We know how things work.

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SCTraveler
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We had the worst service at a restaurant that any of us could recall. The tables around us were chiming in on the lack of responsiveness and seemingly care of the staff.

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MissO
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

They have a wonderful patio and everything we ate was great. Our waiter was good ( with noteworthy memory) - very attentive but they were clearly struggling to get food out quickly. Service was slow but the waiter did keep checking to see if our food was ready and checking in with us. Overall a nice dinner despite the delays.

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LauraJ
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely superb meal, from starter to finish. The grouper ceviche was perfection and the seared scallop appetizer was brilliant! I know I must have been a long and busy day for the kitchen and staff, as they were at capacity for reservations, but everyone was all smiles and energy. Thank you for making our visit so special. We will be back, without a doubt.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Awful experience. Came early for the reservation, told them multiple times that we could wait- knew we were early, and they said that this was the better time and worked out better then then (the servers, whatever). Then we waited 45 minutes to order apps. Order two bottles of wine with them, they broke a glass (not broke, actually SHATTERED) all over one of our party. It was in our waters, of bread, or napkins, our pockets, ALL OVER. The old fashioned we ordered, horrible. Pink and worst whiskey. Then ordered a board of cheeses/bacon/ and whiskey. They said it was “what was available but good ones”. Nope, bottom shelf options. We cashed out and didn’t even order dinner because it was so awful. Still picking glass of ourselves as we cashed out. Told them we were unhappy, never got to speak to a manager.. they wouldn’t do anything but take one (45$ bottle off- which is 12$ at total wine) off the check. What a joke. Bill was still 200$, I still tipped 20%. But our party of 6 would have spent over 500$ easy! And they threw it all away. Poor service. Honestly, super disappointed. Never going back, never recommending. I’d rather spend double on Taco Bell.

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Hank
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service wasn't great. Wait staff seemed like a bunch of college kids out to have some fun on a Friday night. Our waiter did comp us on our first glass of wine so at least he recognized we were not happy.

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vipGP2920
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Pork chop was best I’ve ever had

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Table44
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious meal and perfect service. We ate on the outdoor patio and had a lovely candlelit meal.

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vipGman
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Restaurant was charming. Waiter, Jackson was awesome. Food was just ok. Hog Chop was tough and a little under cooked. Beautiful presentation but fell short on taste. Blackened Romain with “oysters” was delicious, however came with ONE fried oyster. The one was great, should have had at least 4-6 particularly @ $16. Only 4 diners during our entire dinner @ 7:00.

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JohnG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday dinner at Cha Bella was everything I could hope for. Excellent food and perfect service and I got to share it with my family. The filet is amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my wife celebrated our anniversary at Cha Bella. Our server Aly was awesome as this was our first time to the restaurant and she explained the specials addressed all our questions. The drinks were perfectly made and the food was delicious. I had the hog chop which was cooked to perfection and my wife had the bacon wrapped stuffed chicken. We met the chef after meal. It was a great experience and we will definitely dine there again in the very near future.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious!

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vipPATM
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great time and the food was delicious

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TracyP
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We waited an extremely long time just for a server or to be greeted and had to ask for assistance twice before finally getting a server or even menus. My food was inedible, the salt level extremely high, I did not eat it but still paid for it. Returned 3/4 of my meal to the kitchen unconsumed. Table next to us pretty loud, we felt like we were part of their conversation. Overall I would not recommend, it was a very expensive meal and the value was just not there.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Thanksgiving and our anniversary
We really liked last year’s experience , we missed the little biscuits with the cranberry sauce and the intimacy of last year, but the food was good, would like to experience the same as 2020 again. Thank you for a nice Thanksgiving dinner.

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Badge
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

We went for the prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner. Understanding staffing issues in the service industry, I gave them 3 stars. But, the biggest issue was the quality of the food and that it was cold. The food was sitting out uncovered in buffet dishes that weren’t up to the task. And, they didn’t quite match the advertised menu…No assorted cheesecakes. Overall, it was a poor dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Thanksgiving buffet was not kept stocked. Food was not that great. Tip was added to the bill.

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HHolm
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

My husband and I made reservations at Cha Bella after seeing an advertisement with the listed buffet menu. It sounded amazing. The only thing that was amazing was the price.. and I mean that in a very negative way.
When we first arrived, the inside of the restaurant was very hot. We both instantly broke out into a sweat even though it was very cool outside. I immediately noticed a cook wearing a very dirty apron, but I convinced myself she had been making bread. The man that greeted us said he was our waiter also. We were taken outside to a small table which was fine because of the heat. I was seated right beside a very large dog — not a service dog.
We were left alone a long time and wasn’t sure what to do. The waiter finally returned to take our drink orders. The buffet plates were absolutely disgusting! They had chunks of food all over them. Several, several plates.
The food was down right disgusting. I can’t believe the high ratings this restaurant has online. I literally gagged when I tasted their stuffing. It was just wet chunks of bread with soggy apples and raw tasting chorizo. My husband had to spit out not one, not two, but five green bean stems that were in the casserole. The macaroni was just plain noodles with some cheese melted on top. There was no turkey the entire time we were there. The brussel sprouts were so hard I could hardly chew them. The ham was very dry. The prime rib was so raw…. I don’t mean rare… I mean blue raw. I totally lost my appetite when they slapped a piece on my husband’s plate — the man who later petted the large dog beside me and went back to serving prime rib.
The drinks were cheaply made and bad. I had dirty food chunks floating in it as well. They ran out of plates and everyone outside had to wait at least 15 minutes on new ones — which were also dirty. The desserts were minimal and empty. We literally paid over $160 for some sweet potatoes and a slice of pie. I am utterly sickened at the thoughts of this bad food!

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TammyS
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

We called ahead to reference dietary needs and were told there would be things available. There was some confusion with our waiter, but we finally got our "vegan" meals - which was okay, not great. We were told there would be stuffed squash. There was just roasted squash on top of plain rice, drizzled with cranberry sauce. We were charged $53 for this - a bit much, even for Thanksgiving, given what we received. Service was slow as they were so busy, but that's to be expected. We did not realize the other food would be buffet style - so the 3rd party in our group was finished eating before we got our meals. Also, the menu couldn't be found online - kinda' hard. The atmosphere, however, was perfect, and the drinks were good.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thanksgiving

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LisaMc
Memphis/West TN
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

While we were very grateful for a place to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal (and very grateful for all working there on a holiday), I thought for the price that the serve-yourself buffet would've had more selections. At the standard $55 a plate for the four of us, I thought it was just 'ok'. BUT, our server Jackson couldn't have been MORE amazing and the restaurant itself was a gem. I'm betting if we came back on a 'normal/non-holiday' with the normal menu fare, it would prove better. We'll try it again when we visit Savannah.

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Txhills
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining patio was the perfect location for Thanksgiving celebration. The buffet was delicious! All the tastes of a traditional home-cooked meal!

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Anna
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My King Charles Cavalier, Eliza, and I were enamored by Cha Bella. We sat on their patio which is stunning, and a water bowl was immediately brought for Eliza. Jackson, our waiter, was phenomenal. He gave perfect recommendations for dinner, dessert, and wine - and he gave Eliza lots of love. I’m a visitor from out of town exploring the city by myself, and Jackson made me feel completely comfortable eating dinner alone! I can’t recommend Cha Bella enough - come here to meet the friendliest people in Savannah and to have a mouth watering meal that you’ll remember!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was an amazing menu and even better service by Amber. So glad we booked a reservation as they were fully booked the evening we had dinner. Delicious Farm to Table menu!!

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vipStephenP
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. This is a must for anybody who loves great food......

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SharonL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic pork chop.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an absolutely wonderful time at Cha Bella last night. Every single thing we ordered from wine to appetizers to entrees into desserts and coffees it was all perfection. Our waitress, Madison, was also excellent. Knowledgeable, professional, personable and very attentive. We will definitely be back and recommend it to all of our friends.

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vipFood4thought
Columbus
36 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent with generous portions and Amber was delightful!

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vipMattK
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were visiting Savannah and decided to try Cha Bella. We could not have enjoyed it more. Friendly, professional service and outstanding food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was excellent with great suggestions

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RobthePilot
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you’re looking for a beautiful place to dine, fresh farm-to-table locally sourced food, a fabulous menu, and excellent service, make your reservation at Cha Bella!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot

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CDfromDE
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Our waitress had extremely low energy. Maybe she was having a bad day, but she really wasn’t interested in being there. My dining companions enjoyed their meals more than I enjoyed mine.

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NinaE
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dining experience. Wonderful waiter, great ambience, absolutely delicious food!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time at Cha Bella. 10 years later food is still amazing and experience is great. Had filet and shrimp crab risotto both were delicious! Fresh made to order lemonade was so good.
Will definitely return again on another trip to Savannah!

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vipTerryD
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A great location for a date or a group of friends where you can enjoy very good food and relaxed conversation.

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vipNada
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was so excellent! You could tell he really enjoys the food and he recommended the hog chop which was the best I have ever had - and wasn’t on my radar so glad for the spot on guidance to the menu.
Also enjoyed the gnocchi appetizer YUM!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious!

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AndrewB
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience5

It was a very expensive Ribeye and they served it cold and cut up.

FAQs

Cha Bella offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (912) 790-7888.

Cha Bella is rated 4.6 stars by 1020 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.