(912) 232-7899 114 Barnard St Savannah, GA 31401
Make A Reservation Open Mon-Sat 5pm to 10pm"ish" | Closed Sunday
Happy Hour Mon-Thur 5pm-6pm | Half Price Glass Wine, Craft Beer and Cocktails

Hilbo Blood New

Alligator Soul patrons have enjoyed our take on one of the classic cocktails, a bloody Mary, that’s been on our menu for years. We decided to take it a step further and push the envelope a bit. We have added a house-made habanero pimento cheese stuffed peppadew pepper, some house pickled okra, and a blue cheese stuffed olive. You all may have known it to be served in one of our classic stainless steel martini glasses, but we decided to serve it on the rocks, still with our Hilbo Spiced rim. So come on in and check out our bloody Mary 2.0, and join us for Happy Hour Monday through Thursday from 5:00pm until 6:00pm. (Half Priced Cocktails, Beer, and Wine by the glass/Top shelf liquor included)

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Tuna 9-2

Alligator Soul’s New Fresh Catch

Pictured above is another wonderful dish from the phenomenally creative mind of Executive Chef, Stephen McLain. Our new fresh catch of the day is out of this world. We have a lightly herb crusted Yellow Fin Tuna filet. It will be served over a Potato Gratin with Aged Sheep’s Milk Cheese and Lemon Zest. We will be serving that with Canewater Farms Arugula and a Roasted Red Pepper Sauce. The dish will be finished with Crispy Fried Capers and a Roasted Garlic Thyme Aioli.


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Something Vegan This Way Comes

Alligator Soul is looking to give you a sneak peek into the mind of it’s Executive Chef, Chef Stephen McLain. He is working on some amazing new dishes, and opening the menu up even more for our Vegan and Vegetarian diners. Look at this amazing new vegan salad he is working on.

IMG_2630The salad has a wonderful lemon vinaigrette, shiitake mushrooms, farro, and even shaved black truffle. Its wonderfully light and slightly earthy, but is full of layers of flavor that will take you out of this world!!!!


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Something New

In the mood for bison, have a hankering for duck, or maybe kangaroo is the big item on your bucket list. Well, join us and check out the new dishes on our Fall menu. We have something for everyone, even the reintroduction of chicken to the menu, in our Blue Ribbon Beer Brined Chicken Gumbo.

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Hurricane Matthew

Due to Hurricane Matthew, Alligator Soul will be closed Monday October 10, 2016. We will reopen on Tuesday October 11, 2016 at 5:00 pm for Happy Hour and Regular service. Everyone is welcome to make a reservation. Please be mindful that there is a 10:00pm curfew in effect in Savannah from Tuesday October 11 until 7:00 am Saturday October 15, 2016; so please choose a time that works for you and allows you to get home safely. We look forward to seeing you.

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A Heck of a Deal!!!

Ladies and Gents, Alligator Soul is proud to announce that we will be opening at 5:00pm instead of 5:30pm. So, for all of you early dinner diners, we have something for you. But wait, theres more…… We are also instituting HAPPY HOUR!!!!! Happy Hour will run Monday-Thursday from 5:00pm until 6:00 pm. All drinks (Specialty Cocktails Included), beer (Bottled and Draft), wine (By the Glass Only) and liquor (Including Top Shelf) will be BUY 1 Get 1 Free for Each Guest that participates……. We hope that you all will come out and join us.

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Great News!!!!

It’s been a long road, but we are proud to announce that Alligator Soul will be reopening Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 5:30pm. Please come out and join, and see what’s new at Alligator Soul.

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Drink Up!!!

We have some awesome news for all of our wonderful bar diners. Our bar is being completely redone! So, please come in when we reopen and see what’s new……

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The Closer We Get….

Alright so here is the latest. We have begun looking for wonderful members to add to our already well-rounded staff. It’s almost time for us to reopen, and we are so excited to welcome a lot of the people back that have been with us for a while now, as well as some new faces. Be ready to come out and join us towards the 1st August so that you can see your favorites and make some new ones.

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Construction Junction

The damage to the restaurant was extensive and the repairs have begun. Take a look at what’s been going on. The walls are in, and the floors are going down. Almost time to get the kitchen back together.


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Alligator Soul Renovation Update

Things are really starting to move here at Alligator Soul. All the walls been replaced, a fresh coat of paint in the kitchen and service areas, and get this; new floors are being laid down as well. We are well on our way to the grand reopening of Alligator Soul. Keep your fingers and toes crossed, but we’re hoping for the end of July. (Give or take a few days.) Stay tuned for more updates, and get ready to join us at the new and improved Alligator Soul.

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Alligator Soul Update

Savannah Now Savannah Morning News

By Eric Curl


“Instead of making reservations on Friday, owner Maureen Craig’s assistant, Jackie Noel, was busy calling people to cancel their dinner dates at Alligator Soul.

Outside the office, a waist-high box-shaped industrial dryer sat in the hallway and the restaurant was devoid of tables and chairs. Instead, the dining room was crammed with equipment from the kitchen, which stood bare with portions of the walls torn away.

The fine dining restaurant that has been serving Cajun- and creole-inspired Southern delicacies for 14 years has been closed for two weeks, leaving the livelihood of the restaurant’s owner and 43 employees in jeopardy.

On May 17, a heavy storm hovered over Savannah and the torrential rains brought ruin to the basement-level restaurant at 114 Barnard St.

As employees made preparations to open for dinner that night, a deluge of water, as well as dirt and sand, rushed in from behind one of the kitchen walls, flooding the restaurant in minutes, Craig said.

“It came in like the fire department opened three hoses,” she said.

A hole in an underground window well behind the kitchen wall was later discovered, pointing to the opening for the flood waters.

When city workers dug up the asphalt of the lane next to her restaurant’s wall, they found a large cavity adjacent to the window well, where much of the dirt had been washed out into the restaurant through the hole, Craig said. City staffers filled the cavity with concrete, she said, but the location of a breach she believes is in the city’s stormwater system is still being determined.

Once that is found and fixed and the building’s walls are also found to be properly sealed, Craig intends to reopen the restaurant she established with her husband, a chef who died in 2007.

“It means a lot to me,” she said. “I wouldn’t want for the legacy to end like this.”

On Friday, city workers were working around an open stormwater manhole in the lane behind the building where the restaurant is located. Assisting in the process was a pump truck and smoke machine used to check the condition of storm lines and determine if their is a leak.

Since the flood, city inspectors have been checking to make sure there are no problems with the stormwater system after the building’s manager asked them to inspect the lines in the area, said Roger Raines, stormwater management director. Those tests are ongoing, but no problems have been found so far, Raines said Thursday.

While they are working with the owner to see if they can learn anything about the city system, Raines said it is the building owner’s job to seal up the structure.

“It’s their responsibility, whether there is something wrong with our system or not,” he said.

Meanwhile, Alligator Soul regular Dennis Cravens, who has his own table dubbed Cravens’ corner, said he is eager for Craig to reopen. A business development director for a logistic firm, Craven said one of the customers he takes their frequently was also upset by the news.

“He replied back that a little bit of his heart just died,” Craven said.”

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Savannah Music Festival | March 24th – April 9th

Savannah Music Festival | March 24th – April 9th

The Savannah Music Festival, established in 1989, is a massive celebration of the musical arts that runs for two whole weeks. It attracts thousands of tourists and locals every year and just keeps growing. This year you can enjoy over a hundred different productions from March 24th to April 9th in downtown Savannah, Georgia.

“It just keeps getting better and better. A marathon of world-class music.”
Connect Savannah

No matter what genre of music appeals to you, you’re bound to discover something wonderful on your Savannah Music Festival adventure. Soak in the variety music, take in the antebellum charm as you make your way through the historic riverside city and find yourself on 114 Barnard Street at Alligator Soul restaurant. Let us help you relax after a long day with an organic cocktail or savory dish.

Our below-ground restaurant has offered a comforting atmosphere for people exploring Savannah to decompress and refuel for over a decade. Sit at the bar and salute to the Savannah Music Festival or dine with us and enjoy some of the best food and hospitality you’ve ever had.

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Organic, Non-GMO, Local, Fresh Food in Savannah, GA

Organic, Non-GMO, Local, Fresh Food in Savannah, GA

Locally sourcing ingredients means a greater freshness and higher quality product. Alligator Soul prides itself on the beautiful relationships it has with local and regional farmers and food purveyors.

Family Farms, like Savannah River Farms, are leading the way when it comes to offering non-GMO meats made from humanely treated animals that are raised on healthy, all-natural diets. Savannah River Farms is dedicated to making natural meat available to local businesses and their efforts make it possible for Alligator Soul to supply patrons with top quality pork, fowl and beef. See some amazing Grass Fed choices on the Dinner Menu.

Executive Chef Stephen McLain handselects Farmers Market vegetables, fresh fish and other local ingredients. The restaurant makes a point of working together with purveyors to ensure only the best quality foods are being served.

It’s a beautiful thing to know you can treat your body with food that has been cared for, from the source to the plate at Alligator Soul.

Joseph Field Farms on John’s Island in SC supplies the restaurant with seasonal fruit and vegetables and is Certified Organic. Joseph has been delivering fresh produce to Alliagtor Soul for years, contributing to what makes the restaurant one-of-a-kind. Other food purveyors that bring amazing items and ingredients to the Alligator Soul kitchen are Kachina Farms, Blue Marlin, Georgia Buffalo and Walker Farms.

Each one adds to the melting pot of ingredients the Alligator Soul kitchen uses. If you’re in the mood to try something wild, be sure to look over the Wild & Adventurous section of the Dinner Menu, which features exotic meats like Elk, Kangaroo, Rattlesnake, Wild Boar and more! Each time you visit, you are able to add to your palette and explore the many unique tastes found in the dishes served at Alligator Soul.

Chef Stephen McLain and the Alligator Soul team work together as new items are revealed and served to excited guests. He makes a point of educating the staff on each dish from top to bottom, giving each staff member the ability to paint the picture perfectly for guests. Literally each dish and every ingredient has a story to tell. Make your way to Alligator Soul in downtown Savannah, Georgia, and treat yourself to a fine-dining experience to remember.

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Classic & Modern Specialty Cocktails at Alligator Soul

Classic & Modern Specialty Cocktails at Alligator Soul

Looking for the best bar in Savannah, GA? Alligator Soul serves up flavorful cocktails, classic drinks, seasonal craft brews from around the world and featured wines for dinner and dessert!

For our list of dessert wines, worldly digestifs, spiked coffees and more, check out the sweeter side of our cocktails on the Dessert Menu »

This featured Salted Caramel Martini (above) is a sophisticated blend of Van Gogh Chocolate Vodka, Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur, Irishman Irish Cream, Caramel Sauce, Sea Salt, Caramel with a Cocoa Rim!

Everything in our specialty cocktails is fresh, organic and all-natural! Choose from our classic or modern cocktails, distinguished regional Scotches, select Bourbons and top-shelf Whiskies.

Alligator Soul Specialty Organic Cocktails | Best Savannah Bars

Our classic Etta James has been an Alligator Soul staple for years: G’vine Small Batch Organic Gin infused with Organic Cucumber and Blueberry Splash of Effervescent Citrus.

See our full Cocktail Menu here »

Alligator Soul’s bar opens at 5:30, perfect for pre-dinner wine or cocktails. You’re sure to enjoy our atmosphere, hospitality and mindful spirits in the heart of Historic Downtown Savannah, Georgia. We’re located at: 114 Barnard St Savannah, GA 31401. Feel free to call us at: 912-232-7899

*Our fresh Spring menu arrives in mid-March, so be on the lookout for more wonderful Specialty Cocktails at Alligator Soul!

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Grass and grain fed from the open range

Grass and grain fed from the open range

Pork Cornucopia

This All Natural Savannah River Farms Pork Tenderloin is encrusted with aromatic Sage, Rosemary and Peppercorns. Accompanied by the warmth of Chef Stephen McLain’s Roasted Acorn Squash Cup filled with Ham Hock, Stewed Cannellini Beans and Local Sautéed Organic Swiss Chard. A wedge of Melted Brie and Toasted Pepitas make this savory dish a must-try before we switch to our Spring Menu!

See the full Alligator Soul Dinner Menu here »

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Soulful Desserts at Alligator Soul

Soulful Desserts at Alligator Soul

Chef Stephen McLain has outdone himself again with this sensational Carrot Cake on Alligator Soul’s seasonal Autumn/Winter Dessert menu!

Take in the aromas of Coconut Flake Bundt Cake and mouth-watering Buttermilk Whipped Mascarpone Center. Made with Organic Carrots, Roasted Acorn Squash, Golden Raisins and topped with Hard Cider Poached Apples, Chopped Pecan and Walnut Garnish.

Enjoy dessert over our warm Spiked Coffee, prepared tableside or this season’s featured After Dinner Martini. Our Worldly Digestifs and Cordials are sure to have you talking.

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Top Savannah GA Restaurant | Alligator Soul

Top Savannah GA Restaurant | Alligator Soul

As the oldest city in Georgia, charming Savannah attracts people from around the world for its historic beauty, architecture, fashion and cuisine. In fact, it has quickly become a top culinary destination in America. Locals and tourists alike will assure you, it’s a food haven and as one of the top fine-dining restaurants in Savannah, Alligator Soul prides itself on offering its guests an experience of a lifetime. Select from stunning local day boat fish, classic shrimp and grits, the famous “Little Hilbo” Grilled Ribeye or go wild and try succulent Elk, Antelope, Rattlesnake and even Ostrich or Kangaroo.

Make a reservation at Alligator Soul and get ready for organic, farm-fresh ingredients and grass fed meat, organic made cocktails, house made desserts, exceptional service and unexpected personal touches. Located in Savannah’s historic district, Alligator Soul offers a unique dining experience, below ground in ca. 1885 Colonial grain cellars, making it one of the city’s most romantic restaurants.

Co-founders Hilary and Maureen Craig have won guests over with their love of extraordinary Southern Cuisine and Chef Stephen McLain continues to bring forward a highly rated menu to the table. So, if you’re looking for impeccable flavors, textures and ingredients or something-out-of-the-ordinary, make your way to Alligator Soul at 114 Barnard St in historic Savannah, Georgia.

“We care about and show that we are deeply mindful of the preferences and needs of each guest,” shares Maureen Craig. “Without words our restaurant’s staff will show you their best in their attitude, appearance and actions”. Attentive, efficient service “without hovering” was one editor’s comments when dining on a Monday night, unannounced.

We invite you to take a sneak peak into the Alligator Soul kitchen with Chef Stephen McLain and get a look at a new fan-favorite dish: Drunken Mussels.

In the Kitchen at Alligator Soul | Drunken Mussels

We invite you into the kitchen at Alligator Soul as Chef Stephen McLain lets you in on the incredible Drunken Mussels recipe!See the full post and recipe on our blog at: http://alligatorsoul.com/news-specials/

Posted by Alligator Soul on Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Alligator Soul Drunken Mussels Quick Recipe:

1. Oil and heat your pan and wait for it to get nice and hot
2. Rinse and scrub your Prince Edward Mussels (toss any already open mussels!)
3. Saute House-Smoked Tasso Ham with diced shallots. (in-house smoked & cured Tasso Ham is used at Alligator Soul, you may use any kind of Ham you like)
5. Place your Mussels in the pan and add Garlic to your liking
6. Add in diced Sweet Peppadews and let them steam and create nice aromatics
7. Add in a 1/2 ounce of PBR and some White Wine and Cold Cubed Butter to make a creamy sauce on and around the Mussels
8. Squeeze Lemon Juice to add a bit of acidity
9. Add a 1/2 ounce of Chicken Stock and let emulsify
10. Plate your Mussels from the outside in, in a circular motion into a tower, so not to crowd them
11. Pour the remaining ingredients in the pan over the Mussels so they can continue soaking in all the great flavors
12. Garnish your plate with freshly cut Scallions, Crumbled Sweet Corn Bread Muffin and enjoy!

Taste-Testers Say:

“This is a refreshing dish, with an amazing fragrance and many incredible tastes. Immediately the creamy and buttery beer/wine sauce made us melt and then “poof” we were woken up with a nice zing of garlic. The mussels were perfectly cooked and the peppers, cornbread crumbs and smoky ham made it a hearty dish, full of yummy flavors after yummy flavors. We made sure to get every last drop of the amazing sauce before saying goodbye to the Drunken Mussels, for now.”

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