I had somewhat of a hard time choosing where to go for our fancier night out in Savannah but ended up going with Vic’s on the River for a variety of reasons. First, I like water views and theirs was beautiful and second, it was fancy but not in a stuffy kind of way.
Located right on the ever bustling River Street, Vic’s is actually on the fourth floor of a former warehouse building which was built in 1859 (an elevator whisks you up). So being at a higher height, you truly do have a terrific view of the Savannah River, although I would recommend requesting a table by the windows when making your reservation.
We were there the evening of the Fourth of July (a major holiday in the United States) and so the place was extremely busy but service was never lacking. It was even the type of place where you didn’t feel rushed at all even though I’m sure they were booked the entire night.
For my dinner, I decided to do something I’ve done before on occasion and honestly, I’m glad I did. Instead of ordering a regular entree, I decided to choose a couple of different appetizers. As we were flying home the next day I knew I wouldn’t be able to take any leftovers with me and honestly, with being out all day in the intense heat and humidity (what Savannah is known for), the idea of full portions didn’t appeal to me in the least. Although I felt the least bit odd doing this, the waitress didn’t bat an eye and spaced the selections out perfectly. Thankfully D was still doing regular ordering on his part.
To get started I ordered something I couldn’t wait to eat the whole time I was there-Fried Green Tomatoes ($8).Like the ones I had last year at Mary Mac’s Tearoom, a local institution in the city of Atlanta, these were exquisite. They came topped with goat cheese and tomato chutney, so it was a delicious combination of fried comfort food with posh “overtures.”
I then had the Roasted Tomato Bisque with lump crab ($7). To me this was good, but I’ve had better, it being a tad too salty for my taste.
And for my “entree,” I did the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake ($13) as I was desperate to have something from the sea since Savannah is a major coastal city. It consisted of local blue crab and came with chilled mustard cream sauce. I thoroughly enjoyed it and wished I lived someplace with prime access to such terrific seafood options.
Had I ordered a regular entree, I probably would have gone with either the Pecan Crusted Local Flounder ($28) or the entree portion of the Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes ($30).
To start, D began with an all-time favorite of his, French Onion Soup ($9) which was made with sweet onions and topped with Gruyere cheese. It came by the crock so the portion was huge but still hungrily devoured.
For his entree he selected the Pan Seared Jumbo Scallops ($30). It was accompanied by citrus risotto and topped with lemon herb truffle butter. He enjoyed this but said it was a bit much with the butter.
As I couldn’t even begin to fathom ordering dessert, we passed (we got some truffles to go instead from the Savannah Sweets Company) but based on tables around us, it looked like they had some delicious options including the Peach Trio ($8) which is probably what I would have wanted to order.
Vic’s on the River
26 East Bay Street – 15 East River Street | Savannah, Georgia | 31401