Vic’s on the River – Savannah, GA

 For me, the best restaurants are located somewhat off the beaten path if you know what I mean, or at least that has been the case for quite some time now.  By ‘beaten path’ in this situation, I am referring toRiver Street.  Yes, it is beautiful, historic, but I think we can all agree it does not get more ‘touristy’ than this.  The restaurants on River Street are just that – touristy.  I have never ‘recommended’ someone to a restaurant on River Street for the food – maybe for the atmosphere, view and location, but for the food…no.  Until Now…. 

I went to Vic’s on the River for lunch the other day and I was pleasantly surprised with all aspects of this restaurant.  Not only is the restaurant located in a beautifully decorated and renovated old cotton warehouse that overlooks the Savannah River and River Street easily accessed by River Street or Bay Street, but Vic’s offers some wonderful dishes that reflect the charm and beauty of Savannah with a culinary twist.  

For my appetizer I had to try the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with remoulade and three pepper relish.  As we all know in Savannah, a crab cake is sometimes a measurement tool for restaurant owners as well as diners – everywhere you go they claim they have the best in town yet they are all quite different from one another.  I would have to say, in this case, it was a very, very, very good crab cake.  I was honestly shocked at how good it really was.  There was little, if any, filler.  The crab cake was kind of small, but what lacked in size was replaced with plenty of fresh crab meat.  Although, I will say, as I am writing this review I noticed the word “Jumbo” in the name of this appetizer – I did not see any “Jumbo” lump crab in my cake – Lump crab yes, Jumbo no – unless it was mixed too much during prep and the lumps were destroyed – regardless, it was very good. 

My lunch consisted of the Fried Green Tomato BLT with goat cheese and sun dried tomato pesto on toasted sourdough with a side of fresh collard greens.  Let me start by saying that I love goat cheese so much if you were to spread it on cardboard I would eat it!! Anyway, back on the subject… This sandwich had so much going on with it I could not resist ordering.  The combination of flavors and textures that were offered in this sandwich was right up my alley.  The portion size was more than enough and the flavors blended together so nicely it was refreshing to get such a gourmet sandwich with a southern flair – and on River Street– Wow!!  Obviously, I have only sampled a very small portion of their offerings, their dinner menu looks wonderful as well with items such as Pan seared Jumbo Scallops with goat cheese grit cakes, wilted arugula and lemon herb truffle butter and Cedar Plank Roasted Salmon with sautéed collard greens, goat cheese grit cakes and blackberry coulis – my stomach is growling now! I will be back for dinner!

So, as you can tell by my review, I was very impressed with Vic’s on the River.  I think that Vic’s fills a needed void on River Street– Upscale dining, beautiful atmosphere and wonderful Southern food with a culinary twist.  As long as they keep their integrity and continue the good work – I will recommend Vic’s on the River with confidence!   Main Dining RoomVic’s on the River15 East River Street/26 East Bay Street
Savannah, GA  31401 –
912-721-1000   www.vicsontheriver.com

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8 responses to “Vic’s on the River – Savannah, GA

  1. Great reviews! Have you tried Local 11 Ten yet? I think we are going there tonight – I’m excited. I love the interior. It’s at 1110 Bull Street, on the block south of Forsyth Park.

    As far as Savannah food goes, I’m on a quest to find great places to eat that have a lot of gluten free options for me, and I’m on a quest to find the best pho in town, Vietnamese soup. YUM!

  2. Thanks, no I have not tried Local 11 Ten yet, I actually was on a quest for it this past weekend and did not find it, I have heard some good comments about it. For some good Vietnamese food, try Siagon Flavors at 6604 Waters Ave! Not much to look at really, but the food is excellent – Love the Siagon Chicken Salad and the Vietnamese Crepe – Pho is very good also – always very fresh.

  3. I have to say that one specific, among the many general reasons my fiancée and I visit Savannah is for the food. And I agree with the reviewer…River Street does not lend itself to those inclined to something different &/or better-than-average. But last May (our chosen yearly month in which we visit) we walked right outside of the River Street Inn and found Vic’s…and fell in love! The food is wonderful. The service (at the time) was just okay, but we could overlook that given the lovely atmosphere and food! And after reading this review my stomach is growling for some crab cakes. Can’t wait!

  4. I performed a wedding ceremony at Vics. BRIDES BEWARE! I am a DJ in the Tampa Bay Area and I have a member of our family who held their reception at Vics. When I arrived I was rude met by one of the staff members at Vics. I wanted to sync up with the venue and compare itinerarys for the reception. They had a complete different wedding. Once they found the correct wedding we continued to compare. They missed the Chanmpagne toast and had not real interest in serving dinner on time either. Then at the end of the night the person in charge was very rude to guests and the groom. I do not recommend VICs for a wedding unless the woman who is in charge of weddings is present.

  5. The story continues…

    I had the pleasure of talking to Sean the manager of Vics! He has an excuse for everything! Brides BEWARE of this venue. 45 Bistro is awesome! The leadership at VICs are very inexperienced. The chances of your reception being spoiled is very high.

  6. Great site and interesting reading

  7. Thanks arbitrage-ppc, glad you like it. More posts to come in the near future.

  8. ate lunch at vic’s in savannah 2/l5/09 and it was too small portions and poor slow sservice, over priced. won’t recommend.

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