Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room

107 W Jones St, Savannah, GA 31401-4577, United States
Closed until 11:00 AM tomorrow (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri
    • 11:00 AM–2:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch
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  • fried chicken
  • strangers
  • lady and sons
  • creamed corn
  • great value
  • street parking
  • beef stew
  • gumbo
  • family-friendly
  • cole slaw
  • banana pudding
  • sweet tea
  • mac & cheese
  • family style
  • potatoes
  • biking
  • mashed potatoes
  • desserts
  • pickles
  • okra
  • Marc Jacobs Intl

    The best fried chicken served family style for a real southern experience! It's worth the wait!

    Marc Jacobs Intl · February 22, 2010
  • Jonathan S.

    This pair of homes date from 1869. They were built in 1869 for Algernon Hartridge using mostly Greek Revival design with Italianate

    Jonathan Stalcup · April 7, 2011
  • Sean E.

    Wait in line, don't stop eating until you are uncomfortable.

    Sean Ellis · March 18, 2010
  • Harith S.

    You should come hungry. Do not plan to eat again that day. Maybe the next day too.

    Harith Saam · October 30, 2010
  • Elizabeth K.

    Get here early!

    Elizabeth Kozup · July 28, 2011
  • Jake S.

    Pass the creamed corn, pass the fried chicken, pass the sweet tea. Keep passing, keep chatting, keep having an amazing dining experience.

    Jake Smith · August 7, 2014
  • Pet S.

    Skip breakfast, get here at 10, wait til it opens at 11 and laugh at everyone else who turns up to join the 100-long line... Incredible fried chicken. WORTH THE WAIT! BELIEVE!

    Pet S · June 15, 2012
  • Tony X.

    DAT... FRIED... CHICKEN. If you're not here at least 1 hour before it opens, prepare to wait in line at least 1.5 to 2 hours. Communal tables means great conversations with locals and strangers alike!

    Tony Xerray · April 7, 2014
  • Telfair Museums

    Worth the wait- make sure to come at least once when you visit Savannah!

    Telfair Museums · June 29, 2011
  • kisha s.

    Wait up to an hour outside. But gives u a chance to get to know ur neighbors b4 sharing a family style meal with them. CASH ONLY

    kisha solomon · April 6, 2010
  • Boss H.

    Fried chicken was awesome! Excellent stuffing, okra, creamed corn. Everything else good to ok. Only bad thing was the beef stew.

    Boss Hogg · March 26, 2013
  • travel42

    Some of the finest soul food in Savannah. The banana pudding is a must. Don't forget to pick up a copy of the cookbook on your way out so you can (try to) replicate some of the dishes at home.

    travel42 · November 8, 2011
  • Ben P.

    Don't wear a belt. Do make yourself sick.

    Ben P · September 2, 2011
  • Jean R.

    Got there at 11 when they opened. Waited 1 hour to get inside. Well worth the wait!! Awesome vegetables and barbeque pork butt was yummy! The biscuits are to die for! Don't eat breakfast before you

    Jean Roper · June 15, 2011
  • The Wall Street Journal

    The greatest eating experience you'll ever have! For $16 a person, virtual strangers pass bowls of Southern fare like sweet potato souffle, okra gumbo, corn bread and the best damn fried chicken. Read more

    The Wall Street Journal · August 3, 2014
  • Josh L.

    Fried chicken that inspires a "pilgrimage"; no reservations and no credit cards.

    Josh Labove · February 9, 2014
  • Katie Q.

    Do NOT leave savannah without going here!!! It's like your grandma's thanksgiving feast. Be prepared to wait in a long line & don't complain!

    Katie Quilty · November 25, 2013
  • chinsel

    best fried chicken I've ever had. a unique experience of family style dining. cash only!

    chinsel · July 23, 2013
  • Sarah E.

    It's family style. Not everyone at your table may understand that.

    Sarah E · June 26, 2013
  • Brittany F.

    Unbelievably delicious!!! Creamed corn was the best I've EVER had, the fried chicken was amazing and the sweet potatoes/yams were phenomenal! The almost 2 hour wait was well worth it!

    Brittany Farnham · June 3, 2013
  • Liz P.

    Get in line early, especially if it's a Friday! Waited about 1hr40min to get in. Worth it, but be prepared.

    Liz Parker · May 11, 2013
  • Liz P.

    A bit expensive ($18) but food is worth it. Get in line EARLY - we did at about 1135am, got let in at 115pm, on a Friday. Delicious Southern food, liked the tea even though I normally don't.

    Liz Parker · May 11, 2013
  • Bleu C.

    Absolutely worth the wait! Come prepared to strike up a conversation with your table mates.

    Bleu Caldwell · May 10, 2013
  • Jay H.

    It's worth the wait!!!

    Jay Hill · March 18, 2013
  • Kelly H.

    Great family style meal. About 20 different plates to pass around. Save room for dessert!

    Kelly Hileman · June 6, 2012
  • Jackie F.

    So much better than the Lady and Sons this place is a must stop for anyone visiting Savannah. They only take cash but it is cheap and good. Best fried chicken ever.

    Jackie Faber · July 18, 2011
  • Foodspotting

    Try the Mac and Cheese

    Foodspotting · January 13, 2011
  • Justin T.

    Enough food to make Thanksgiving dinner look like just a snack. Be sure to try a little of everything on the table. Fried chicken is the best around.

    Justin Thorn · April 16, 2010
  • Paula F.

    You.Must.Eat.Here! It's an experience. The line. The people. The food. Everything!

    Paula Freire · January 17
  • Nosh C.

    While the food is good, it's not worth waiting a hour for. I'm not sure how this place is the institution it is.

    Nosh Creative · January 2
  • Madam W.

    $18 pp for 3 meat entrees & 20 sides but 2 hour wait at 10.15am. Good not great food. Candied yams with coconut, red beans and red rice best. Not worth the wait sadly.

    Madam Wu · December 29, 2014
  • Dee F.

    Very Short line during the week in the "off season" in December

    Dee Filice · December 4, 2014
  • mary c.

    Definitely worth the wait. Fried chicken beef stew and bar b q beef with 21 side dishes. Go hungry

    mary crowley · September 9, 2014
  • TV Food Maps

    Check out Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate , Rachael Ray - $40 a Day Read more

    TV Food Maps · August 26, 2014
  • Theresa E.

    Go hungry, get there early, bring cash. Something for everyone. Be prepared to sit with strangers.

    Theresa Errante-Parrino · August 6, 2014
  • Food Network

    With nearly 2 dozen sides that include all the Southern classics, like pickled beets, okra and tomatoes, black-eyed peas, candied yams, mashed potatoes and coleslaw, you certainly won't leave hungry. Read more

    Food Network · August 4, 2014
  • Mike H.

    Good things come to those who wait...

    Mike H · July 11, 2014
  • Diane M.

    Been here twice this week!! Was to full to taste everything, 26 different dishes on the table at the same time. Some different dishes from two days ago! A MUST place to eat!!!!

    Diane McAvoy · July 10, 2014
  • Nic B.

    Without a doubt, worth the wait!

    Nic Barnes · July 7, 2014
  • Salomon S.

    Worth the wait!! Be in line by 10am!

    Salomon Salvador · March 18, 2014
  • Katie R.

    Definitely the best fried chicken I've ever had. Worth the wait and price!

    Katie Rudder · February 7, 2014
  • Charlsie 💚

    This place is melt in your mouth good southern food and it doesn't get better than Mrs. Wilkes fried chicken. A dream come true for your palate - you have to come here when in Savannah. Incredible.

    Charlsie 💚 · February 4, 2014
  • Brent W.

    We went on a weekday when it opens at 11am. We arrives at 11:15 and the wait was one hour. Folks in line said first seating requires being in line at 9:30. The food is good, experience is incredible.

    Brent Williams · December 6, 2013
  • Cynda R.

    The best in savannah. Better than Paula Deans any day

    Cynda Rash · November 8, 2013
  • Erin S.

    Take a lil and pass it around- stand in line early to eat at lunchtime- wait was around an hour and a half

    Erin Scott · August 14, 2013
  • Mina B.

    Best southern food ever worth the wait

    Mina B. · August 14, 2013
  • DIRK H.

    Don't waste your time parking - walk or take a bike taxi for the perfect Savannah experience!

    DIRK Hardison · August 7, 2013
  • martin c.

    No matter you get there, be prepared to wait in line. Plenty of on street parking but make sure you have coins for the parking meters - 30 minutes for a $.25. Count on 1.5-2 hours to avoid tickets.

    martin chen · July 22, 2013
  • Deborah S.

    Food is worth the wait in line! Staff is friendly & fried chicken is just like my grandma used to make! Second trip here & worth every minute.

    Deborah Shank · June 24, 2013
  • David A.

    Best southern food and atmosphere:) Hands down!!!

    David Andersen · June 21, 2013

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