Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant and American Restaurant$$$$
Historic District-South, Savannah
  • The experts at The Wall Street Journal and Food Network recommend this place
    • The Wall Street Journal
    • Food Network
  • Carrie J.
    "wonderful to sit with strangers passing food around the tables."(3 Tips)
    Katie R.
    "Definitely the best fried chicken I've ever had."(20 Tips)
    Boss H.
    "Excellent stuffing, okra, creamed corn."(3 Tips)
    Collin Maria E.
    "The best food in Savannah!!"(2 Tips)
88 Tips and reviews
  • fried chicken
  • strangers
  • food in savannah
  • good for groups
  • lady and sons
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  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithAugust 7, 2014
    Pass the creamed corn, pass the fried chicken, pass the sweet tea. Keep passing, keep chatting, keep having an amazing dining experience.
  • Tony X.
    Tony XerrayApril 7, 2014
    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!
  • Brittany F.
    Brittany FarnhamJune 3, 2013
    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!
  • Funmi
    FunmiApril 3
    100% worth the wait. You will leave stuffed. Save some room for the peach cobbler served at the end - you will not be disappointed.
  • travel42
    travel42November 8, 2011
    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.
  • Shalonda C.
    Shalonda C.April 5, 2012
    Thoroughly enjoyed the dining experience, food, sea salt soap in the restroom, meeting Mrs. Wilkes G-Daughter, and staff. Well worth the wait. Must be in line by 2pm to eat. CASH or CHECK only.
  • Deborah S.
    Deborah ShankJune 24, 2013
    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.
  • Diane M.
    Diane McAvoyJuly 10, 2014
    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!!!!
  • Norris H.
    Norris HeintzelmanJuly 8, 2015
    Everything is amazing. Authentic southern cooking. Friendly staff. Did I mention the fantastic fried chicken? Love the squash. Love the biscuits. Even the iced tea is the best!
  • Jean R.
    Jean RoperJune 15, 2011
    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
  • Pet S.
    Pet SJune 15, 2012
    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!
  • Liz P.
    Liz ParkerMay 11, 2013
    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.
  • Dorothy E.
    Dorothy EldridgeOctober 4, 2016
    Delish...fried chicken,greens,creamed style corn and homemade biscuits. What else could you ask for? Banana pudding and peach ala mode are you choice for dessert.
  • Johnnie Skywalking
    You should come here hungry. You can't miss all those homey dishes on the table but don't want to go home having only a few pieces crisp juicy fried chicken.
  • Jackie F.
    Jackie FaberJuly 18, 2011
    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.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PolkJune 21, 2013
    If you leave hungry it's your own fault. Get there around 1030. And there is always a line. Exceptional food and service. Worth the wait!!!
  • Boss H.
    Boss HoggMarch 26, 2013
    Fried chicken was awesome! Excellent stuffing, okra, creamed corn. Everything else good to ok. Only bad thing was the beef stew.
  • Brandy M.
    Brandy M.August 4, 2016
    A must-do in Savannah! The food is totally worth the wait! Talk to your servers to get stories about celebrities who have dined there.
  • Carrie J.
    Carrie JacobsonJuly 21, 2011
    Actually, this restaurant is called Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House. The best southern food out there, and wonderful to sit with strangers passing food around the tables.
  • mary c.
    mary crowleySeptember 9, 2014
    Definitely worth the wait. Fried chicken beef stew and bar b q beef with 21 side dishes. Go hungry
  • Roland M.
    Roland MendozaDecember 31, 2010
    Outstanding food! Definitely worth the wait. Great atmosphere, family style dining I'd really cool dining at the table with the folks you chatted with in line.
  • Katie Q.
    Katie QuiltyNovember 25, 2013
    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!
  • chinsel
    chinselJuly 23, 2013
    best fried chicken I've ever had. a unique experience of family style dining. cash only!
  • George M.
    George MydellNovember 10, 2015
    A hour wait, $20 a person, and we'll worth it. Get there at 10 and be ready for some southern cooking.
  • Liz P.
    Liz ParkerMay 11, 2013
    Get in line early, especially if it's a Friday! Waited about 1hr40min to get in. Worth it, but be prepared.
  • martin c.
    martin chenJuly 22, 2013
    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.
  • Collin Maria E.
    Collin Maria EzzellOctober 25, 2015
    The best food in Savannah!! The service is wonderful and the experience is one of a kind!
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneDecember 29, 2014
    $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.
  • Duck J.
    Duck JuniorJune 10, 2013
    Best spot in Savannah to eat! If you in the area at all you must visit this spot!
  • Kelly H.
    Kelly HilemanJune 6, 2012
    Great family style meal. About 20 different plates to pass around. Save room for dessert!
  • Erin S.
    Erin ScottAugust 14, 2013
    Take a lil and pass it around- stand in line early to eat at lunchtime- wait was around an hour and a half
  • Jonathan S.
    Jonathan StalcupApril 7, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    This pair of homes date from 1869. They were built in 1869 for Algernon Hartridge using mostly Greek Revival design with Italianate
  • Cory S.
    Cory SJanuary 11, 2012
    Best fried chicken in the south! Awesome dining experience...instantly felt like we were all family.
  • Tinaka T.
    Tinaka ThomasAugust 21
    The food is absolutely delish. Be sure to take cash or a check. No credit accepted.
  • Katie R.
    Katie RudderFebruary 7, 2014
    Definitely the best fried chicken I've ever had. Worth the wait and price!
  • Bleu C.
    Bleu CaldwellMay 10, 2013
    Absolutely worth the wait! Come prepared to strike up a conversation with your table mates.
  • Natalie M.
    Natalie MartinJune 5, 2012
    Pace yourself! Everything is good and you want to have room to try everything!
  • Anna W.
    Anna WNovember 19, 2015
    Fried chicken like only mama makes! The only problem is being forced to come for a weekday lunch bc of their schedule...
  • 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
  • Karol B.
    Karol Bryant3 weeks ago
    Takes me back to the family holiday dinner table. Delicious, memorable, real comfort food. Worth the wait.
  • Justin T.
    Justin ThornApril 16, 2010
    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.
  • Norris H.
    Norris HeintzelmanJuly 8, 2015
    Fried chicken, BBQ pork, biscuits, squash and all the rest, all so, so good.
  • DIRK H.
    DIRK HardisonAugust 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't waste your time parking - walk or take a bike taxi for the perfect Savannah experience!
  • Nosh B.
    Nosh BusJanuary 2, 2015
    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.
  • Josh L.
    Josh LaboveFebruary 9, 2014
    Fried chicken that inspires a "pilgrimage"; no reservations and no credit cards.
  • Govenor's M.
    Govenor's MansionDecember 20, 2011
  • Telfair Museums
    Telfair MuseumsJune 29, 2011
    Worth the wait- make sure to come at least once when you visit Savannah!
  • Branden K.
    Branden KnoseAugust 11, 2011
    Meet some cool ppl here. Better than lady and sons. Chicken was the best i'be had. Major food coma though.
  • Dee F.
    Dee FiliceDecember 4, 2014
    Very Short line during the week in the "off season" in December
  • Bikabout
    BikaboutMay 3, 2016
    Traditional "meat & 3" institution served family style.
  • David A.
    David AndersenJune 21, 2013
    Best southern food and atmosphere:) Hands down!!!
  • kisha s.
    kisha solomonApril 6, 2010
    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
  • Betty M.
    Betty MitchellFebruary 12
    Best ever!
  • Paula F.
    Paula FreireJanuary 17, 2015
    You.Must.Eat.Here! It's an experience. The line. The people. The food. Everything!
  • Sarah E.
    Sarah EJune 26, 2013
    It's family style. Not everyone at your table may understand that.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate , Rachael Ray - $40 a Day Read more
  • Bill R.
    Bill ReeseMay 31, 2012
    worth the wait in line!! Awesome food. Just like my Maw Maw's:)
  • Marc Jacobs Intl
    Marc Jacobs IntlFebruary 22, 2010
    The best fried chicken served family style for a real southern experience! It's worth the wait!
  • Larry F.
    Larry FlacksMarch 2, 2011
    And don't forget to leave room for dessert. FYI, cash only. We found out last minute and had to scrounge the car for quarters.
  • Cynda R.
    Cynda RashNovember 8, 2013
    The best in savannah. Better than Paula Deans any day
  • Mina B.
    Mina B.August 14, 2013
    Best southern food ever worth the wait
  • Salomon S.
    Salomon SalvadorMarch 18, 2014
    Worth the wait!! Be in line by 10am!
  • Harith S.
    Harith SaamOctober 30, 2010
    You should come hungry. Do not plan to eat again that day. Maybe the next day too.
  • Brent W.
    Brent WilliamsDecember 6, 2013
    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.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 4, 2014
    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
  • Steve B.
    Steve BirdFebruary 24, 2012
    Be prepared to wait in line over an hour, bring cash, and bring an empty stomach.
  • Charlsie 🍡
    Charlsie 🍡February 4, 2014
    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.
  • Nic B.
    Nic BarnesJuly 7, 2014
    Without a doubt, worth the wait!
  • Kevs R.
    Kevs R.March 13, 2015
    Worth wait 45 minutes
  • Mint K.
    Mint KaewkoonDecember 16, 2011
    The scrub in the restroom is fun to use! Try them!
  • Paula R.
    Paula RMay 3, 2012
    Line to get in - heard its totally worth it!
  • Jay M.
    Jay MandelSeptember 8, 2012
    Quality or quantity? Mrs. Wilkes gives you quantity.
  • Chia M.
    Chia MDecember 11, 2015
    Food was wonderful! !
  • Aida H.
    Aida HairstonMay 10, 2013
    Definitely worth the wait
  • Lou W.
    Lou WillieMarch 1, 2013
    Come very, very hungry!
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MariNovember 15, 2016
    The best of Savanah
  • Jay H.
    Jay HillMarch 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    It's worth the wait!!!
  • Alexandra E.
    Alexandra EastesSeptember 27, 2011
    Try everything!
  • Mike t.
    Mike the ElderFebruary 10
    Good Fried Chicken!
  • Ben P.
    Ben PSeptember 2, 2011
    Don't wear a belt. Do make yourself sick.
  • Mell C.
    Mell ChaseJune 28, 2012
    Don't know if it's just today, but there is a reallllly long wait
  • Elizabeth K.
    Elizabeth KozupJuly 28, 2011
    Get here early!
  • Mike H.
    Mike HJuly 11, 2014
    Good things come to those who wait...
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah Cornwell TeagueMarch 30, 2012
    Worth the wait
  • Emily H.
    Emily HarrisDecember 29, 2011
    Like a freaking bread line
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingJanuary 13, 2011
    Try the Mac and Cheese
  • Cami H.
    Cami HallFebruary 23, 2013
    Skip The Lady, and EAT HERE!
  • Sean E.
    Sean EllisMarch 18, 2010
    Wait in line, don't stop eating until you are uncomfortable.
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