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About Little Savannah
YOUR DESTINATION FOR MODERN INSPIRED SOUTHERN CUISINE.
Located in the tight knit historic Forest Park neighborhood in Birmingham, AL,
Little Savannah Restaurant & Bar takes great pride in honoring its Southern roots and heritage. Walking in the door at Little Savannah, it's like you are walking into your own home. We look forward to having dinner with you.
Birmingham, AL 35222
Southern, American, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm,
Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Bar opens at 4: pm daily featuring bar specials!
39th Street South
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
From business dinners and birthday parties to rehearsal dinners and wedding showers, Little Savannah can accommodate any occasion. We offer a variety of off-premise catering venues and menu options and work on an individual level to help create your personalized event. Contact 205-591-1119 for more information.
Private Party Facilities:
Our Main Dining Room is available to rent for private dining events on week nights and weekends. We are closed on Sundays and Mondays which allow us to have the entire restaurant available. Wedding Receptions are welcome. We cater off site as well.
Private Party Contact:
Chef Clif Holt: (205) 591-1119
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Little Savannah Ratings and Reviews
There is nothing more comfortable than the patio in nice weather. The food and service are wonderful, but what is really special is the easy atmosphere. it is fine to drink, talk and eat in a leisurely fashion, nobody brings a check or makes you feel like they are eager for you to give up the table. The place may not be as fancy as some , but the food is equal to any of the other fine dining in Birmingham.
This place was insanely over priced for the quality of food. I love fine dining but I was highly unsatisfied with all 3 meals I ordered. I would not recommend. Also, it took an hour and a half for our food to come out, and we didn't even order any meat. Sitting there for that long was miserable. I have no idea why this place came so highly recommended but I would not recommend it to anyone.
Perfect meal: friendly, personable but unobtrusive service from beginning to end. Very accommodating with a table change and splitting wine and entrees between two people. Food was served in a reasonable time (not too fast; not too slow) and was delicious. Fabulous vanilla bean bread pudding. Good wine selection.
Absolute worst dining experience ever in Birmingham... maybe the food is good but because we were never seated despite having reservations it is a moot point. I made reservations a month in advance. Arrived a few minutes early. Waited 1.5 hours past reservation time. Asked hostess numerous times of guess on remaining wait time however, she kept seating 4 and 2 top tables... never pushing them together to equal 6 (our party size). The owner?? Came out finally and told us he wasn't sure when we would be seated... no additional service was offered??? That is a first when management is fine with you leaving after long wait. We had yummy cocktails while trying to wait to be seated...So we did try to enjoy atmosphere and we did spend money. My in-laws were with us and we knew they needed food soon after long wait. The customer service was so poor that this restaurant has to be scratched off our list. There are plenty of amazing restaurants in Birmingham with great service. I haven't returned to this restaurant in years (favoring Bottega, Chez fon fon, Hot & Hot, etc.) and now I remember why....not the same level overall. We left starving without a plan. We drove down the road to Slice and had amazing service and food. Not what we set out to do but pizza and beer at Slice was a better choice!
I think they way underestimated how big their Easter brunch crowd was going to be. We were on time for our reservations, but it still took them 25 minutes to seat us. The wait staff was obviously stretched thin (the hostess and the bartender were doing the majority of the bussing), so the service was pretty poor. When our waiter was present he was very good. The food was good, but not great. My wife and I have both waited tables and we know how hard it can be if you're understaffed. BUT...you'd think they'd plan to be busy on Easter for brunch and actually have enough staff to handle the crowd
We loved the patio seating and appreciated being accommodated early, however, our Server was nice enough but slow and not very personable. The food was fine, but took a long time to get to us and didn't knock our socks off. Last year we had a fantastic Easter brunch, but didn't enjoy it as much this year.
Easter Brunch. The food was great. The service was friendly. A little disorganized and we felt a little left out, maybe because it was early Easter brunch and they were still getting it together and rolling. But overall, we enjoyed it and probably would go back.
Booked a table for two early Saturday evening. Perfect window seating, very accommodating hostess (Jessica?), and wait staff. Excellent menu selections at comfortable prices, delightful martinis. Enjoyed the small, quiet and intimate restaurant atmosphere - a rare find in today's Birmingham!
Great atmosphere and the staff was very helpful. We started out with the blue crab cake. It was the best part of the meal. My wife and son each had the Coffee Rubbed Beef Brisket & both were very disappointed. Unfortunately , the Southern Bouillabase was not much better.
Overall very good, but uneven. We ordered a steak which was absolutely amazingly fabulous, but it was served with kale, which was almost raw and rather tasteless. The other order was brisket and that was OK, but not great. We also had macaroni and cheese, which was delicious. For dessert we had churros, which were little bites of heaven and creme brulle, which was divine. The service was also spotty - the bartender, Emily, was on point, but the food servers were less attentive.
Valentine's night, set menu, five different entrees, the kitchen was not prepared as they ran out of the beef entree by 8 p.m.The roast duck was fabulous. The lamb shank was under seasoned and Bland, but wonderfully tender. Beet salad was small but very good and the desert was tasty. Seating was in very close quarters but we made friends with the two couples next to us. Had fun, great time, but I'm dinging the restaurant for running out of one of their entrees! That's not what you want to hear when you're spending $200 on a couples meal.
We were there for valentine's day. I wasn't aware there would be a set menu for the night. That kind of bummed me out, but was workable. We were at the tables to the left as soon as you walk in. We were basically crammed in there with other couples hoping to have a quiet romantic night. Our waiter was either new or way off his game. Our reservations were at 6. We didn't leave til 8:30. Our pace was extremely slow. The food, when we got it was very good, but the ambiance was lacking and the service was not up to par. Our bill was 250 and I tipped 50. I hope it was just an unlucky night, but for $300 I expect more. There are plenty of other restaurants we could go to for the same price range or much cheaper and have the same quality food with better service and a little room to not have to also carry on a conversation with the tables to our right and left.
Love the food and the chef. This visit was a rare bad experience. We were met with a hostess who was wearing sickeningly strong perfume. We were seated near the hostess stand so we never quite recovered from the smell. The service was just terrible. The server asked us (and the table next to us) to remind him of the order several times and still got it wrong. We were offered someone else's drinks and later someone else's food. When my wife was served the pasta instead of the duck she ordered, the server offered to take it back and take mine back too to be reserved later, but we opted to accept what had been served. A large party had reserved the dining room adjoining the bar so we were seated in the bar. The large group, of course, gathered in the bar which was deafening. No comp was offered for these repeated mistakes. I think the server was high.
This Resturant is a jewel and the cooking is second to none, but this was a very disappointing experience. It will be a while before we return.
Quite a few years ago, Little Savannah used to be one of a handful of nice restaurants in Birmingham with inventive food. The dining scene is hot now, though, and Little Savannah has definitely not kept up. Everything about our experience had the sad affect of a former minor celebrity now a slightly desperate has been. Given the proliferation of choices, I had not been to Little Savannah in a couple of years, and am not likely to go back.
Our server was good. I felt bad for him as he had no control over the poor quality of our entrees. My chicken was not thoroughly cooked (after waiting too long at that), my potatoes were crunchy and my wife's risotto was also crunchy. I observed two tables around us also sending food back and complaining. My chicken and our wine corkage fees were comped to help make up for the unpleasant experience which was a nice and appropriate gesture.
I hope Little Savannah gets things turned around.
Good food, not so good service.
We've eaten at Little Savannah many times and the food is always excellent. However this was the first time back in several months and it was disappointing to find such poor service and inconsistency with the bar service, along with significant price increases. Also, the little plate of mini cornbread muffins is no longer served at the tables. We really hope Cliff gets someone on board to help better manage/train his staff in the near future.
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