It’d had been a long day out on Tybee Island enjoying PirateFest and we were both exhausted and hungry when we decided to go down to River Street and try some of the local flavor which Savannah prides itself in.
Parking is an issue in most urban areas but the Whitaker Street parking garage is a true gem in the rough and makes dining in town convenient. One trick we did learn this trip was how to get to the other levels of the parking garage (this tactic previously eluded us). If you cannot find a place on P1 proceed toward the exit, but when you make that left you will see it also lets you go down to the other levels. This is NOT CLEAR AT ALL and one can go insane stalking people trying to get the space they are pulling out of because you think that P1 is all there is.
A word of advice about River Street – wear some comfortable shoes! This is NOT the place for high heels, ladies! And refrain from sandals and flip-flops as well. The stairs leading from Bay Street down to River Street are steep and once you get down to the bottom, the streets are period-authentic cobblestone and it would be very easy to twist an ankle if you aren’t careful.
The wait at River House Seafood was just 15 minutes, which I thought was perfectly acceptable for Saturday night. We were soon seated and provided refreshments. I was totally dehydrated and went through Cokes quickly. Our server was very attentive and able to answer most questions we had and quickly got the answers for questions which he was unable to answer.
If you are thinking by this time we must be tired of seafood – THINK AGAIN! We love seafood and I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Melanie chose the fried shrimp and grits while I selected the fried shrimp dinner. Melanie was particularly impressed with the sauce accompanying her meal. I just couldn’t get over how different the batter was and how well it turned out. A definite A+ on the shrimp!
I am not sure at that point whether our server had too many tables or whether our tolerance level had decreased but things seemed to slow to a crawl once we were served our meal. We asked for to-go boxes and the check (neither of us could finish our meals) and that took what seemed like forever. Our server brought the boxes, but no check. We asked for the check and felt certain that an abacus was involved it took so long. Finally, our server appeared and we were quickly dispatched.
River House Seafood is a great place to eat and enjoy a meal in a historical setting and take in the culture of River Street and the charm that Savannah is known for. The shrimp at River House Seafood was absolutely marvelous! Service can vary from server to server and time of day so we understand that we can’t read too much into a single experience. Overall, River House Seafood is a MUST SEE whenever you’re in Savannah. Guten appetit!
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