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“Just Awkward”

Chive Sea Bar & Lounge
Ranked #2 of 884 Restaurants in Savannah
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $50
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Inspired by the decadence of the 1920s, Chive Sea Bar & Lounge offers a unique dining affair in Savannah's Historic District. Located on bustling Broughton Street, Chive is a refreshing change of pace for those seeking an intimate experience like no other, for special occasions or a weekday wind down. Our signature vintage cocktails made with top-shelf favorites are perfectly paired with dishes incomparable to any fare served downtown. Chive Sea Bar & Lounge is the ideal place for the Southern pace, bringing the classic to the contemporary.
Reviewed May 4, 2014

Went here for my beau's birthday lunch. Right away I felt a bit awkward.

The staff was very friendly, very attentive but their uniforms were inappropriate. The female staff were all in very tight, very short black cocktail dresses and ill fitting blazers. This was 11:00 in the morning. Obviously, Chive is more of a late night spot, but the uniforms made the girls appear if they hadn't been home from a night of partying. The male staff, however, were appropriately dressed. o.O

On to lunch-- we started with the cheese plate. Tiny, tiny portions of cheese and a few stale crackers. The cheese plate consisted of a hard, hard parmesan, brie, cheddar, and blue-- they all looked very cheap--Hardly high end selections. The olives on the plate looked as if they had come from the bar caddy from the previous night- squished and mushy. We also had a few grapes. All of this for $16 or so.

Thinking I'd be somewhat full from the cheese, I ordered a salad, the casear. I was intrigued by the use of prosciutto. This was a mistake. I don't know how a restaurant of this reputation can ruin a salad, but they did. The croutons were obviously store bought as was the dressing. Seriously, kraft dressing and New York Texas brand croutons. gross.

The birthday boy seemed to enjoy his dish, the sea bass, but was not impressed enough to give Chive another try.

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Coralandshoes45, Owner at Chive Sea Bar & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2014

We apologize that you had an uncomfortable experience, and that the cuisine was not up to your, or our standards. As for the uniforms, we are actually revamping them with something more conservative yet elegant. As for the comments on the food, I will have these addressed by the kitchen staff. Thank you for your comments, and would love for you to give us another chance next time your in town. Thank you.

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Reviewed April 29, 2014

Chive is an intimate, small restaurant with great visual design. We had a really good meal and very good service.

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Reviewed April 21, 2014

I recently went to Chive with a friend for appetizers and drinks. The atmosphere was very cool and different than most establishments in Savannah. It was quite busy so we sat at the bar. The bartender was very attentive and knowledgeable. We decided to split an order of the Pacific oysters, which were very large and absolutely delicious, as well as a couple of martinis which were perfect with a little bit of ice floating on the top. It was a great place to people watch as there were constantly people coming and going. We had a wonderful time. I have since been back for lunch which was delicious as well. I had the snapper over risotto and am still thinking about that flavor! Our server, Daniel, was spot on and very enjoyable. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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Reviewed April 19, 2014

We recently had the privilege of having lunch (twice) at this lovely restaurant while visiting in Savannah. Everything was perfect, from the very attractive and attentive wait staff to the ambiance of the background music to the FOOD. Even the restrooms were very nicely done, which is something that most places can't say. We only had lunch here, but I can't imagine that dinner would be any less perfect! Make sure you have the crab cakes, either for lunch, a reasonably priced one, or as an appetizer at dinner. The BEST ever!

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Reviewed April 17, 2014

This place was recommended by the people at our inn. And their description is right on. The atmosphere, service, and food are so good. . .well, we ate there twice in two days. . .if that tells you anything. They have a great menu and most selections give a choice of small or large portions--which is terrific--plus the lunch menu is so reasonably priced. We both highly recommend Chive for every reason imaginable.

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