202 West Bay Street, Savannah, GA 31401
I am not a person who typically frequents chain restaurants. But a recent trip to Savannah, Georgia to moderate a panel discussion at an LMASE conference happened to coincide with my wedding anniversary. My lovely bride and I found ourselves on Bay Street, close by the Savannah riverfront, and the Chart House beckoned. It turned out to be fortuitous timing.
The restaurant is situated in the city’s historic Factors Row, which sits atop a bluff overlooking the hustle & bustle of River Street. Open beamed ceilings and exposed brick may be overdone in some modern restaurants, but this was clearly the original and authentic design of a building that was home to many of the freight factoring concerns that help finance essential imports during Colonial times. It was warm and inviting, and we immediately relaxed.
Jan started with the tuna tartare – not to my taste by she raved about it. That was followed with crab cake that was “out of this world” according to my favorite choosy dinner companion. I selected the blackened mahi mahi with a mango relish glaze and coated with a warm peanut sauce, accompanied by Asian sticky rice. Everything was perfectly prepared, and the blackening process helps retain the amazing flavor. Would recommend.
The wine list was not extensive but included all we needed to make the meal enjoyable. The service was quintessentially Southern – we were treated like old friends who just happened to drop in for a world class meal.
There are dozens of Chart House restaurants across the country, but each has the flexibility and self-direction to adapt to its own market. This applies to architecture, décor, menu, and atmosphere. The Chart House in Savannah fits the city’s stress-free culture and laid back demeanor. If you ever find yourself in Savannah, the Chart House should be near the top of your list for a wonderful dining experience.