5 New Restaurants to Try in 2023

Savannah’s culinary scene is always changing, with several new restaurants having opened up in recent months. If you want to be a more adventurous diner this year, there are quite a few new eateries to enjoy. Ditch the usual and try something different in 2023. Put these newcomers to Savannah’s dining scene on your foodie bucket list. 


Brought to you by the great minds behind Two Tides Brewing Company, SMOL Bar is a tiny dive bar, as the name suggests, in the Starland District. The space is about 300 square feet, so it’s pretty cozy. Only 10 or so patrons can fit at a time. They’ve got a great lineup of rotating beers and SMOL bites that are perfect to enjoy on a weeknight after work. SMOL Bar opened this past spring, and they’ve since gained a pretty big following despite being so SMOL. 


Having opened its doors in the summer of ‘22, Stevedore is a new bakery serving flaky baked goods along with locally-roasted coffees and teas. Located at Eastern Wharf, the bakery is a quaint place to enjoy bold breakfast items, beautiful breads and decadent desserts. Their artisanal offerings will satisfy every palate, making Stevedore a must-try this year. 

Poe’s Tavern

Moody and macabre, Poe’s Tavern opened up near Plant Riverside District this past August, and they’ve already made a name for themselves. Serving up signature soups and salads, gourmet handhelds and fresh fish tacos, the tavern is an excellent choice for inventive takes on American favorites. Edgar Allen Poe would be proud.

Java Burrito

Java Burrito held its grand opening at the end of August, and they’ve become a fan favorite for their unique cafe/burrito bar offerings. The Broughton St. fast-casual concept includes a variety of classic and creative coffee drinks in addition to the burrito bar, which has plenty of options for you to customize your order however you like it. Coffee + burritos = Match made in heaven. Who knew?!

Arco Cocktail Lounge + Coastal Fare

Arco is another eatery that opened up in 2022. It’s one of the latest additions to the lauded Ele and the Chef restaurant group. Located in a beautifully-restored Victorian building in the heart of Factors Walk, Arco offers satiating surf and turf options and artful cocktails. They also have a lively lounge atmosphere. Head to Arco on Tuesdays for Salsa Night, Thursdays for Ladies Night, and Saturdays for Late Night Happy Hour to take advantage of inviting food and drink specials.