Located next door to the Planters Inn on Reynolds Square in the Historic District of charming Savannah GA stands a culinary establishment of pure grace and refinement…The Olde Pink House. As one of Savannah’s most favored restaurants featuring upscale southern cuisine served up by the trained hands of Executive Chef Vincent Burns, The Olde Pink House carries with it a storied past worth mentioning. Rumored to be inhabited by spirits (and not just the ones behind the bar!), we were informed that this classic former home is also known for being the city’s only 18th Century mansion. The colonial-style structure was built in 1771 for Revolutionary War hero James Habersham, Jr. Most notably, he was one of the city’s most powerful early cotton commission merchants who eventually earned the rank of ‘Major’ in the war.
The building was named for the pink hue of its exterior color. We were informed by our server that in years past, the red brick that adorned the home kept bleeding through when it was painted white. After some time and several frustrating and repeated attempts to keep the pink color out of the picture, it was eventually embraced and remained the light pink mansion seen today. Inside, vintage furnishings, paintings and original fireplaces transport you from the present to an era of years gone by. Downstairs, Planters Tavern wraps you in its warm ambiance with comfortable leather seating, romantic lighting from a massive fireplace, and a little jazz being played at the nearby baby grand piano. The Arches bar is available across from the outdoor patio ready to serve up refreshing cocktails to meet your every request, while dining is available in both locations in addition to the main restaurant serving areas.
Chef Burns’ well-regarded reputation is repeatedly proven in his dishes as he excellently prepares his succulent cuisine in memorable and photo-worthy presentation style. Above, we were greeted by our server with glasses of iced water and house made cheesy bread sticks. As we peered out the nearby window toward Reynolds Square from our table, our orders of a rum and Coke and a chilled glass of Chardonnay were brought immediately to our satisfaction.
We started our leisurely lunch with the ’BLT" Fried Green Tomato starter. We enjoyed the combination of flavors between the fried green tomato, apple wood smoked bacon, crisp greens and a savory buttermilk sauce drizzle.
My husband selected a fish sandwich from the menu and after tasting it myself, I have to admit that this was one of the very BEST grilled fish sandwiches I’ve ever had. Light, flaky and a delicate texture, the fish was perfectly grilled and still displayed all the flavor and juiciness one would expect. Coupled with a pile of fried onion strings, tomato, fresh lettuce and all of the accoutrements a fish sandwich can insist upon on the side, this was an excellent choice.
I simply could not pass up the Pan Seared Jumbo Lump Crab Cake entree. Served with a dignified presentation of sweet potato fries and dressed with a mouthwatering Salsa Verde sauce, I realized that I had indeed chosen the perfect dish to suit my appetite.
The Olde Pink House is certainly a destination my husband and I will return to again. Not only for the historic aspects and mysterious hauntings that ocurr, but also for the way the staff made us feel when we were there. The traditional southern fare was superb, while the ambiance reminds you of being back in the days long past when this building was once a private home. Definitely worth visiting. Just be prepared to fall in love with its classic ambiance, upscale charm, and elegant atmosphere!
ESTABLISHMENT / DECOR: A multiplex of noteworthy entertainment, fine southern cuisine, historic culture (and the staff even has a few stories about ghost sightings to boot! ) Era-appropriate furnishings in the main dining areas with a lovely outdoor patio and piano lounge downstairs.
FOOD / DRINK: Exceptional! A definite “must-do” when in this stunning charming neighborhood.
LOCATION: The Olde Pink House is located at Reynolds Square next door to Planters Inn at 23 Abercorn Street in Savannah, GA 31401.
HOURS: Sundays and Mondays, The Old Pink House restaurant is available for dining from 5 PM to 10:30 PM for dinner. Tuesday through Thursday, the venue is open from 11 AM – 10:30 PM, then from 11 AM – 11 PM on Fridays and Saturdays.
SERVICE / STAFF: The staff made us feel as thought we were guests of the former mansion as dining guests. Not a thing was forgotten, and their southern hospitality was incredibly memorable for us.
PRICE / VALUE: We felt happy with what we paid for the value of the food, service and ambiance we were presented with while dining at The Ole Pink House.
CORKAGE FEE: $20 per bottle
CONTACT INFO: Phone: (912) 232-4286, Webiste: www.plantersinnsavannah.com
PARKING: Metered parking is available along Abercorn Street and also along nearby streets around Reynolds Square.
TOTAL BILL: Our final bill came in around just over $54, but was well worth the splurge! We simply cannot wait to visit again.