Ember - Saint Simons Island

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$30 and under
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Farm-to-table
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 silver spoon award ..."fun, yet ambitious contemporary." enjoy live music every weekend at our Mas lounge where our full dinner menu is available.
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D
Atlanta
40 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meatzilla & greens flatbread delicious, as was grilled caesar salad. Service excellent.

JO
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, reasonable prices and delicious good. Will go again.

LD
Orlando
30 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been coming to St. Simons Island for years and for some reason never tried Ember. What a mistake. Don't get fooled by it being in a strip shopping center. They did a masterful job of layout and decoration. A great vibe.
Committed to the farm to table concept and they support local producers.
We were partial to the pork egg rolls with pork from Grassroots Farms.
The lamb lollipops were terrific.
The scallops were to die for.
The service on point and attentive.
A must place to go if you're on or near St. Simons.

DM
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleased with everything. Sampled four appetizers for our meal and everyone was outstanding.

JF
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere, and great service!!!

AF
Atlanta
58 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent restaurant. We had the steak and the shrimp scampi as an appetizer. The food was wonderful. The service is fabulous and the drinks are very good. One of the best restaurants on St. Simon Island.

EP
Charlotte
37 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. The only item I would improve was the peach cobbler. It was delicious but needed more peaches and ice cream. A fun restaurant with pleasant service.

KD
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting from Florida and decided to have dinner at Ember. The ambiance was wonderful, dim lighting with a simple decor but very comfortable. My table of four was able to have a conversation without any noise issues. The server was very attentive without hovering and our entrees were plentiful and delicious followed with a chocolate dessert was amazing. I will definitly try Ember again the next time I'm in town.

JB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed my 3rd visit here; I'll be back again.

MS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for Jeopardy Jeff trivia night. Food was very good, service excellent...and the "entertainment" and crowd were very engaging and neighborly.

c
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The first evening we were on St Simons Island my husband & I dined at Ember with friends. My husband started with Gintree Blue cocktail and I with Sweet Heat. Both were unusual and delicious! I then ordered the Green Fire bread. This too was so tasty and unique! I loved the arugula with sauce on top of the flatbread. It was such a great experience that we returned 2 nights later. It was another fine meal. I’d never had zucchini noodles and thought I wouldn’t like them but I wanted a healthy meal. I had a huge and quite pleasant surprise! I loved the Primavera with zucchini noodles! Wish I could both meals again soon!

BI
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing service, atmosphere, and food. I just wish we had an Ember in the DC area. The food was AMAZING, and the service was awesome. My wife said it was up there with the best meal she has ever had, and I would have to agree! Perfect for a Date Night!

SW
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food , great service and a beautiful atmosphere.

LH
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on trivia night, which is on Monday nights. Jeff is the host and he made the whole evening extra special. The food was great and trivia was fun
We will definitely be back for the food and trivia with Jeff!

B
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Ember stands out from the average Island dining. (Pretty sure they’ve never fried a shrimp)

OT
Savannah
13 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!

ET
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wish the menu was a little larger for Main courses, but everything else was phenomenal!

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

We are vacationing here. I called the restaurant the night before and asked if it was appropriate for young children ages 5 and 7 because I did not see a kids menu posted online. I was assured that children dine there often and order the pizzas. When we arrived, the server was not welcoming at all and I felt he was annoyed that we had children in tow. He was not accommodating. The whole dining experience took FOREVER- 2 hours in total and the restaurant was not very busy. Our server never came back after we received our food, until he brought the bill. Never asked us if we wanted dessert, which we did. I spoke with the hostess when leaving and she said the server was new. Either way, service was unacceptable but the food was mediocre. We probably will not be back.

Ember - Saint Simons Island
Responded on July 28, 2019

I remember your call. My name is Tyler and I am the owner. I am so sorry you had a bad experience here and I wish this had been brought to my attention. Yes the server is new, but that is not an excuse. I will deal with this. I so hope you will reach out to me personally and let us correct this bad experience. Thank you for the review.

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FF
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Foodies will love this restaurants. Very creative and unique dishes chocked full of flavor and deliciousness! Farm to table so ingredients are seasonal and fresh. What a hidden gem on St. Simons! We loved it and will most certainly be regular customers. Highly recommend it.

B
Raleigh
23 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Our salads were good but small plates (jambalaya and shrimp scampi) were not good at all. No fish option on menu in a beach community! Service was ok but not great

Ember - Saint Simons Island
Responded on July 27, 2019

Thank you for your review. Sorry you had a less than wonderful experience. We actually did feature yellowfin tuna on our menu that evening, but maybe this fish option was not appealing to you. We typically get rave comments on the fresh local scampi and jambalaya, but we understand everyone has different likes. Again, sorry your experience was less than grand.

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g
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stopped at Ember on our way to Florida. The food was great as well as the facility. I rate the noise level lower only because the dining tables are close together. Aside from this, the restaurant is a “must” stop for dinner if your in the area.

C
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great drinks and great service. Most under the radar spot on the island.

Ember - Saint Simons Island
Responded on July 27, 2019

Hello Chris we love your comments. We have been under the radar, but winning a Georgia Trend Silverspoon award has put the radar a bit on us...lol. Our fresh, local, and wood fired flavor profile sets us apart from many. And our customer service consistently rates high with the guests. Thanks for your fabulous review.

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DS
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were on vacation...all fairly well versed in dining...a nice meal

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4th of July family reunion! Excellent from the greeting to our Wonderful server - I loved how seamless our service was - especially how from appetizers to our main course it was Perfect! I am local and loved my family being well taken care of by your great staff‼️Thank you, Tara Lucas

RD
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delightful in all aspects.

JB
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and polite service.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. The inside of the restaurant was so nice and unique. Our waitress was very pleasant and made good conversation.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd visit because the first was awesome.

C
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great drinks. Great service. Great food. Steak was cooked perfectly.

L
Western NC
12 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal!

KC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about this place! Food and drinks were amazing. The farm to table keeps it fresh but interesting with local seafood and ingredients....Would definitely eat here again. The brussel sprouts were our favorite and the scallops were perfectly cooked.

i
Savannah
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Restaurant is lovely. Service was a little slow in spite of a "multitude" of employees all over the place. Dinner was a delicious and pricey, but not well served as it was stone cold to lukewarm for our entire table. Would give it another try and recommend to others. Chowder was nice NE type base but absolutely no "fish" taste..crab, lobster and or shrimp would have been preferable. I suggest you publish your menu DAILY online for all to see.

Ember - Saint Simons Island
Responded on June 20, 2019

Dishes arrive at tables within a minute of plating. The owner & manger oversee this nightly. We are perplexed about the dishes ordered? I apologize for any cold food. That is not how we operate. My request to all guests is make us aware of issues asap so we can correct them asap. We would have corrected this. Chowder is made w/ local ingredients ie, fish, shrimp & blue crab. Regretfully lobster is not local. Visit our website for daily menus. Thanks for the review, please return.

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OT
Savannah
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good value for your dollar. Nice casual venue.

RM
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Love the ambiance, and service was above average. Scampi appetizer was delicious, but in a ridiculously small bowl/dish -- hard to manage. Mushroom Toast was disappointing -- didn't hold together as a harmonious dish, needed a sauce of some kind.

Ember - Saint Simons Island
Responded on June 17, 2019

Thank you for your feedback RaymondM. The scampi is served as an appetizer, thus the size of the dish. It does feature 8 jumbo wild georgia shrimp along with other ingredients. It may be that your dish had a few extra shrimp? Not quite sure, as we have not had a comment as such. Sorry you were not pleased with the Toast appetizer either. The arugula is dressed with fresh lemon juice, evo / and salt /pepper. But I will mention your comment to the Chef. We hope you wil try us again!

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SC
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Ember and trvia with Jeopardy Jeff every Monday!

Ember - Saint Simons Island
Responded on June 20, 2019

Thank you SusanC for the very nice kudos and 5 stars. Monday is full of fabulous energy with Jeopardy Jeff's Trivia and all the great guests that come to enjoy Ember good eats and crafted cocktails. And we highly suggest to all who wish to participate to make a reservation.

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p
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a delightful find! We had no idea this restaurant was on SSI!
Highly recommend for a special occasion!

Ember - Saint Simons Island
Responded on June 17, 2019

Thank you pickrestaruantgoer for picking us! We so appreciate the 5 star review. Ember is great for special occasion ie, birthday and anniversaries. And also larger parties that wish to have private parties since we have 2 such spaces to host events. We look forward to having you back!

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HS
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection! We loved the food, service and the drinks. Only negative is we didn’t have time to eat their again before we left .

Ember - Saint Simons Island
Responded on June 5, 2019

Thank you for your awesome review! Starting in July we will open on Sundays for dinner. Maybe that will provide more opportunity for you to dine with us. Enjoy your summer.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Ember. The food was great and there was a great selection of craft beers. We enjoyed the trendy atmosphere. Brussel Spouts, Caesar salad and pizza were great.

Ember - Saint Simons Island
Responded on June 5, 2019

We so appreciate your 5 star review and giving us some nice details about your dinning experience. We look forward to your visit again.

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RD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really delightful!! Fabulous food!

Ember - Saint Simons Island
Responded on June 5, 2019

Thank you RobbinD for the FABO 5 star review! Very delightful for sure.

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P
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for trivia which was a lot of fun. More vegetarian options would be welcome. The Brussel sprouts were delicious.

Ember - Saint Simons Island
Responded on June 5, 2019

Hi Pomegranate we thank you for participating in the best Trivia fun around and the 5 Star review. It's a reservation event for sure. Chef Jodan is happy to offer more vegetarian options. Just make mention of this when making your reservation. Heather, our manager, will meet with him prior to your reservation to denote more vegetarian options for you. Thanks for mention this.

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