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“A R.O.S.E coming into full bloom”
Review of R.O.S.E Public House - CLOSED

R.O.S.E Public House
Cuisines: American, Pub
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Savannah, Georgia
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133 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
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“A R.O.S.E coming into full bloom”
Reviewed April 28, 2013 via mobile

I happened in there this Friday with a buddy. Just looking for a burger. we were both nicely surprisedby the atmosphere and friendliness. Now I've been to the "top rated" burger places in Savannah. None of them stacked up to this burger. I rank this in the top 2 for burgers. My buddy and his wife had a prime rib sandwiches. Excellent they said. The fries were very nicely seasoned and crispy.

On Saturday, my wife came home from a visit with family and i said let's go check out the menu. We were very pleased that we did. My salmon with purple sticky rice and her chicken with sun dried tomato pesto were excellent. we wanted to try their bacon wrapped shrimp appetizer but they had just run out. Just as we were finishing dinner they brought us a sampling. These were one of the best appetizers we've had in a while. Chocolate fudge brownie with a caramel drizzle was a great way to end the meal.

the background jazz guitarist added a really nice touch.

Service was just great. Friendly, knowledgeable and gratious. What more can you ask?

We'll be going back! Try it! i hope you all enjoy it as much as we did.

  • Visited April 2013
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1 Thank MicheleandJon
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26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“A Rose by any other name”
Reviewed April 26, 2013

...would smell as sweet. But can this new restaurant in an old location succeed where so many others have failed? We hope so, if only because the proprietors Rex Osborn and Sue Else are the kind of people who you want to succeed, if only because they have been successful in three prior eateries (albeit in another state) and because they are philanthropists of the highest order. You want to see them do well if only because they are pillars of their community. But that alone won't suffice: when the plate hits the table, the food must speak for itself.
ROSE has moved onto Savannah's Main Street (Broughton) and into a site that originally housed a movie theatre. When Broughton died out-- around the time that Savannah built its first shopping mall in the suburbs-- this building sat vacant until it was resurrected as a restaurant-- and then another and then another. Savannah is funny that way: we remember what a building once was, and we have a hard time going in it for any other reason. To wit: a former funeral parlor has been turned into a bar and restaurant, and Savannah wouldn't be caught dead in it, no pun intended; we remember when we last visited the place and saw grandma laid out in what is now a dining room; we remember, and we cannot bring ourselves to the table out of a respect for the dead long gone. The fact that the original marquee is still suspended over the front entrance to ROSE only serves as a reminder that you're going to dinner where you once watched a matinee; old habits die hard.
If ever a place deserved a fresh look it's this one for there is no other vestige of its former self evident in the space. A bar greets patrons as they enter and the room is divided into two levels of booths and 4-tops. Live music is featured on weekend nights. Paintings of jazz musicians line the walls.
As for the food-- and presumably that's why you're reading this-- ROSE hopes to earn a rep for plating the best hamburger in a zip code that already features not one but two locations of the local favorite burger joint and the new Five Guys, in addition to several places on nearby River Street that are also known for their burgers. They want to be known for a fresh take on salads, traditional apps with a unique flair (flash fried chicken wings with teriyaki sauce and fried bacon-wrapped shrimp), and a dinner menu that features soulful comfort food like braised short ribs. So this isn't your typical Savannah fried-chicken-and-three-veg menu or the latest all-you-can-eat buffet in a town fairly groaning under the weight of such boards. ROSE is a cut above and atypical in the home of Paula Deen.
ROSE is my choice for the next local business happy hour watering hole, a home base for locals venturing downtown for the music festival or film festival, and tourists wandering the downtown shopping district. Maybe the best thing I can say about ROSE is that there's nothing like it, and I mean that in a good way.

  • Visited April 2013
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1 Thank Johnny F
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