Savannah >Food & Dining > Lady & Sons
102 W Congress St, Savannah, GA | Directions 3140132.079955 -81.092818
Monday - Saturday Lunch: 11 am - 3pm Dinner: Begins at 5pm Sunday Lunch Buffet only 11am - 5pm
Neighborhoods: Historic District - North
Good food, mediocre service – Luckily we got a reservation rather easily. We walked by on a Tuesday evening around seven and made one for a couple of hours later. The place is massive, it's a bit overwhelming. So big that it doesn't feel personable. And knowing Paula Deen is a personable kind of gal, I was suprised at this. I guess you have to make it huge though so you can feed all the people who want to eat there. The servers were nice enough but nothing more, almost borderline snobby. Being in the south I was excepting some of that great charm they're (especially Paula!) famous for, but I was not finding that here. Another disappointment. Everything on the menu sounded so delicious. I could not decide. Being torn between a few different seafood dishes, I asked for the server's opinion. Her response was, "Which of those fish do you like the best? Then you should get that one." That is not necessarily true and I really think that was quite a lazy and pathetic response. I ended up getting the fried lobster tails and I regretted it. I wish I would have gotten something that was an acutal recipe, and not just sticking fish in a fryer. So that's what I suggest to you if you eat there- get something that's actually a little involved, the chicken potpie for instance looked incredible, I'm still kicking myself for not getting that. My husband got the crab cakes and they were pretty awesome. We also had some hot seafood appetizer that was super yummy. I would like to go back next time I'm in town and try some more things, and hopefully the servers will be friendlier.
Not what it was orginally. – This restaurant once had a good lunch, but now it is extremely overrated. The kitchen uses entirely too much sodium chloride in the food. I do not understand what happened after Paula moved to the current location. It is sad.
LOCALS AVOID THIS PLACE LIKE THE PLAGUE – If there is one sure thing about the diners at lady and sons, i guarantee you none of them are from savannah. we laugh openly at the poor tourists foolish enough to wait, sometimes for 5 hours, outside in the opressive low country heat occasionaly being spritzed with mist like cabbage in the kroger produce section, to keep them from getting heat stroke. its a buffet. an unremarkable buffet. if you''re looking to wati for some true down home cooking head up a few blocks to jones street where you'll find mrs. wilkes boarding house. Its worth the wait and more importantly you wait in the shade
Good food!!! – Just what you would expect from Paula Deen. Good southern comfort food. The wait is a little long though.
WAAAAAY Over-rated – "Hey YA'LL." Unfortunately the people she has doing the cooking are not good Southern Cooks . For people who flock to Savannah from all over the country thinking they're gonna eat good old country cooking are being duped.
The pork chops I was served were greasy, the vegetables over cooked and over seasoned with goodness knows what spices. (I come from a family of wonderful country cooks and I have never in my life eaten ANYTHING that tasted like that.) And believe me, NO ONE in the south makes fried greens that look or taste like the ones I was served--yuk. They were hideous brown, greasy, slimy and well, just yuk!
YUCK – If you want your whole meal fried and fatty this is the place to go! Its only popular because of the face on TV, and she is NEVER there. You can wait in line with everyone else OR you can go somewhere else that is actually good fresh food!
To get a reservation: Call and say that you are a local and they will give you a reservation right away.
Good luck cleaning out your system after you eat here.
Good southern cooking – Very good food. My wife and I enjoyed the buffet with a choice of chicken (fried and baked) and another meat and about 10 sides in which to choose. The fried chicken was very good as Paula says. everything cooked done and tender not just heated until it is hot. Everything I had was seasoned well. I had to wait a long time due to us going on a holiday weekend so they were very busy but the experience was worth the wait.
A Must For All Paula Fans, Great Buffet, Wonderful Service, Will Definitely Go Back!!! – My husband and I traveled to Savannah, Georgia April 9-12 2007. We were lucky enough to get a table at The Lady & Sons. Since it was a Sunday, we had the buffet. It was wonderful. The fried Chicken, and roast beef were excellent, as well as the vegetables, cream corn, mashed potatoes, collard greens etc. My husband's favorite were the sweet potatoes, he couldn't quit talking about how good they were. The garlic, cheese biscuits were the best I have eaten. The atmosphere was relaxed, not stuffy at all. As a matter of fact ,as we were being seated, one of the waitresses was seranading a group of ladies with the song "unforgettable". My husband did comment that he thought the restaurant would have been more fancy, but I told him, that I would have been surprised if it had been a fancy place. After all Paula's just a down home country girl!!! I am huge Paula fan, and wasn't disappointed at all. I can't wait to go back!!!
Don't Take A Chance!!!!!!!!!!!! – We had a party of 6 and planned to eat here Sat. March 10. I called Tuesday before and talked to the host and was to be there at 3:30 to put our name on the list. We drove almost 5 hours and arrived at 2:45 and found out that it was already booked by parties of 10 or more. To make a reservation there has to be atleast 10. I did exactly as the host told me and still could not eat here. It appears that all they care about is money and large parties. Don't take a chance unless you have a large party!!!!
Loved It! – We arrived for the 3:30 appointment line and got the time we wanted. Then, came back at that time and were seated promptly. The service was outstanding, and the food was amazing. I took a look at the buffet but it looked a little too much Golden Corral so I went with an order off the menu. I had the very crispy fried shrimp with AMAZING roasted potatoes and wonderful cole slaw. The cheese biscuits could not have been better. Overall, I'd say the service I received was the best possible, the food although fatty could not have tasted better, however the ambience could have been better. There was nothing special about the atmosphere. I'd still highly recommend though!
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