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“A trip back in time”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Johnny Harris Restaurant - CLOSED

Johnny Harris Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $22
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: For over 90 years, Johnny Harris Restaurant has been a staple of Historic Savannah dining. Three public dining rooms: the "Kitchen", the "Ballroom" with high starlit ceiling, and the Maple Room Tavern all provide an eclectic atmosphere for your dining enjoyment. The signature BBQ sauces are a great compliment to the famous pit-smoked items, and the secret recipe fried chicken is not to be missed. Family ownership gives this restaurant an intimate feel despite it's size, and the restaurant cookbook, penned by Julie D. Lowenthal, is a must take home keepsake. Private dining room bookings are available as well as adjacent banquet facilities with seating up to 200.
Tennessee
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99 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A trip back in time”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2014

Our innkeeper at Tybee Island B & B recommended Johnny Harris as "where the locals eat". The atmosphere is reminiscent of a 60's restaurant - the main dining room is round, with a high ceiling painted like a sky with stars. The booths all around the periphery of the dining room are paneled and private (with a window in the back of each booth used during prohibition to deliver illegal drinks, we hear). The food was quite delicious - very standard, old-style menu items mostly. Our waiter, Cleveland, was the highlight of our time at Johnny Harris. He was absolutely spectacular!! He went to extra trouble to get our order submitted before he submitted his other (huge) table's order and in spite of taking care of a very big family celebration table, our little group of 3 was treated to wonderful service. Loved the atmosphere and the food.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank pelarge
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English first
Bluffton, South Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great remodel!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2014

I visited Johnny Harris for the first time in about 5 years and had the smoked chicken. It was delicious. Best I've ever had! Also tried the Vidalia Onion dip, which was great. Ended our meal with the famous coconut cream pie. Definitely will be back, sooner than later.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Rjparis
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New York City, New York
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Save your time and money”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2014

This restaurant looks old and the food is not very good. I was very much looking foward to barbacue chicken. the version they prepared was not very good. The ribs that ny wife had was fatty and greasy. We shared an ice cream cake for desert. Just as bad as the dinner. The restaurant is livin in the past. They should concentrate on freshly prepared food, not on servicing pre prepared food.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank FRANK B
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Tega Cay, SC
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86 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great Real BBQ place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2014

This is the home of the Johnny Harris BBQ sauce. BBQ was great, Casual little diner/ restaurant. Good southern food, reasonably priced. Loved the hush puppies!!

Visited January 2014
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Thank lookmarketing
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Coward, South Carolina
1 review
“Delicious”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2013

We came in on Christmas Eve to eat at our favorite restaurant. The fried chicken was the best we ever had. The service was very friendly and with the amount of people they had in the restaurant, I would say the service was very fast! Great job Johnny Harris”

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank GrannyandbigDon
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