Ember - Saint Simons Island

4.5
28 reviews
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$30 and under
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Welcome to Ember!

Ember is a locally owned high energy eatery located at 70 retreat village on saint simons island. the menu is written daily. ingredients are sourced from local farmers and fishermen, inspired by wood-fired cooking, and influenced globally via france, italy, to asia and more along with the southeastern united states. the craft beverage program features unique wines, innovative southern brews, and cocktails made with premium spirits, house infused spirits, and the freshest of ingredients. all of this is served in a fun and contemporary atmosphere at achievable prices. Dress is smart casual. Georgia Trend Magazine 2017 Silver Spoon Award ..."fun, yet ambitious contemporary."
What 28 People Are Saying
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Indiana
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, and unique menu because it changes often.

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Savannah
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Service was very attentive and never annoying.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ember is a lovely, hip local eatery with a masterful chef -- perfect storm! We enjoy eating there regularly. We were meeting up with friends on our last visit and told the server that we just wanted to sit and relax; she kept our glasses topped up, reminded us before Happy Hour ended, and patiently waited for us to be ready to place a dinner order. [Which, of course, was delicious!]

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

We love Ember. The food is always interesting, love the pizzas and it's a pleasant place to dine.

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TC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Reading other reviews made me think this place would be a nice place to have a quality meal.
First impression when walking in was less than impressive. To the right, there was loud live music with a disco ball flashing and the dining room was not much better. Crying child and wobbly tables was what we had to endure.
The menu boasted fresh organic farm to table. That is the main reason we went.
I ordered the butternut squash cannelloni and could not eat it. The pasta was homemade, but thick and chewy. There were maybe 6 little chunks of squash in each one.
My husband ordered a steak that was served over potato hash. The steak was good, but the potatoes were still crunchy and undercooked. We sent the steak back to have it cooked a bit more, and it came back over cold crunchy undercooked potatoes. We couldn't wait to finish our meals and get out of there.
If you want a brick oven style pizza and a casual bar, this may be the place, but not a nice dinner or date place as the other diners and ratings indicated.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, and great atmosphere. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for an overall great dining experience.

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Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don't let the location dissuade you from going to Ember. The motif is very modern and trendy, just as is the cocktail menu and dinner menu. Wood-fired pizza was wonderful, but so were the brussel sprouts. You won't be disappointed.

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C
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I ate at Ember on Monday night Jan. 14 which was my birthday. The food was outstanding, as were the handcrafted cocktails and wine selection. We were there on trivia night, so we joined in the fun. The trivia game was run in such a way as it did not distract from our dining experience, but just enhanced the evening. I highly recommend Ember, especially for special occasions.

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Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Modern Saint Simons restaurant with fresh ingredients, a cool vibe, and a wood fired oven. If someone blindfolded you, took you here and removed it, you might think you were at a restaurant in midtown Atlanta. Small but constantly changing menu. Food was delicious, well presented, and service was excellent. A cool find on the island!

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K
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful and delicious!!

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GM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent and the service was timely and polite. Ingredients well fresh and seasonal.

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AD
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Husband and I had the most delicious NYE dinner. Scallops, Short ribs, cocktails, and service were excellent!!

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had not heard anything about Embers and went pleasantly surprised when the food was better than the recommendations. Very fresh and interesting combinations. We will definitely be back.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food and service - an absolute must every time we visit

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Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal complimented by excellent service!

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Atlanta
34 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great this place is. The service was excellent starting with our server, Rheanna, who was the best. There was a woman walking around the restaurant bussing, serving, cleaning and observing. I had her pegged for the owner and was right. She was very engaged in all activities. Rheanna told us she was the best boss ever, which says a lot for the restaurant. The manager stopped by our table twice just to make sure everything was OK. Quaintly, the gorgeous wood fired pizza oven was named Beatrice and everyone referred to it as such. The pace of serving was spot on. No course coming before the previous was finished, and no gaps - perfect. The food was astonishing. Do not miss the shrimp scampi small plate. This is not your ordinary scampi. WOW. All our courses were very good and the wine list special and reasonable as was the entire evening. Ember should be the model for all restaurants. They got it all right. It's amazing how many mediocre restaurants there are. Ember is not one of them.

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WB
Savannah
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very exquisite menu which offers great tasting food prepared in unique variation. The baked brie and duck wings are in the appetizer menu and are items I love. The entrée menu offers red snapper and steak which are staple items which are cooked to perfection. The wine list offers a good selection for the discerning taste. Service is what you would expect when dining in a establishment that offers the kind of food selection and preparation this restaurant offers. Any time we are able to get to the "Island" we try to dine at Ember.

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New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delightful dinner at Ember. We enjoyed a huge egg roll filled with pork and vegetables, a great salad and we shared a delicious scallop entree.

The cocktails were excellent.

The ambiance was very cool and refined, which we didn’t expect given the location in a strip mall.

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

Good experience and great food.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to Ember last week while we were in town for the Ga/Fla game. We liked it so much on Wednesday that we took our family back for dinner on Friday evening! The food is fantastic! Local and flavorful! The flatbreads are incredible!
Our server was attentive and knowledgeable as well!!!
It's a Hidden Gem!!!!

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Las Vegas
25 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had several small plates. Duck wings, Shrimp Scampi, Marinated Pork and the house bread.

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LP
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ember is a unique restaurant on St. Simons Island that has a modern and artsy look. It reminded me of a restaurant in New York City. It uses local ingredients in its dishes like seafood, but they do not have traditional dishes that you see in so many other St. Simons restaurants. The service was superb and timely. We did tend to put the server off a few times because we were enjoying our drinks and appetizers, but she was very patient. Like so many good restaurants, the owner took time to greet us and welcome us to her restaurant. Overall excellent experience.

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Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting menu; server was well prepared and great.

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PC
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Wife and I are new vegetarians and this place provides great choices. The spinach gnocchi bowl was truly outstanding. We also had the margarita flat bread for a starter which is the size of a medium pizza and stone oven delicious. I had the small priced Caesar salad that was huge and tasty. The unique beer options are great, especially the 4ea 5 ounce taster board. Ember is my new SSI favorite!!

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MG
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Greatly enjoyed this dining experience. Farm to fire is taken to heart here, and it shows.

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The quality and creativity of the dishes we ordered definitely exceeded our expectations for a St. Simon's restaurant. Everything we ordered was fantastic. It was Atlanta quality, but without the Atlanta price tag. They also had a great selection of wines by the glass, that were well priced and more unique than a standard by the glass menu. It was an amazing meal.

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Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

First visit and we we're pleasantly surprised. We ordered six appetizers vs an entree. We will definitely return for another meal.

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AP
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant!!! Love all the food and ambience is perfect. ❤️

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