1 West Broughton Street
Savannah, GA 31412
When we are on vacation we always look for one upscale eatery. After reading a few reviews and then taking a peek at their menu, I knew Gottlieb's was going to be it. The restaurant is housed in an old department store on the corner of Broughton and Bull streets. The inside of Gottlieb's is brighter and airier than expected. The walls are a light mocha color and the ceiling has been painted a dark brown, which adds even more height to the already tall dining room. The design is very Manhattan-like. I should have taken more photos, but I was too excited to eat :)
Here is the lobby which looks right into the kitchen...
Gottlieb's was recently named a AAA Four Diamond Restaurant - and I couldn't agree more. The chef's amuse bouche, a tiny gift to kick off the meal, came about 15 minutes into the wait.... a miniature biscuit round topped with a bite of crispy fried chicken and country gravy. Just a bite or two, but it certainly got the taste buds working. (before I knew it I was sopping up the last bit of gravy with a piece of bread and hadn't taken a photo)
Oh, speaking of bread. Gottlieb's was originally a bakery and they still are today, even with the addition of the restaurant. To showcase their talents each diner is given a sampler of their breads... rye, two types of pumpernickel, a miniature popover, and an onion roll. I admit it, I ate every bite of them all... damn you delicious carbs.But I digress - back to the food...
The appetizers on this menu are so hard to choose from because looking over the menu they all sounded so good.
Fritto Misto with calamari, lemons, vinegar peppers, proscuitto & provolone
(hands down the best calamari I have ever had)
Carpaccio of seared prime beef tenderloin, tomato, cheddar cheese, red onion, cornichons, baby arugula, & horseradish cream
I ordered a second appetizer as my entree since it sounded just too good... Pecan pesto gnocchi with sauteed savannah sweet shrimp (the photo doesn't do it justice - so good)
Brunswick stew with braised rabbit and wild mushrooms (Pat, do you take orders? how about some small-small game!?)
Thanks to the awesome waffle maker we got from AR/UR, we will definitely be trying to recreate this at home... Georgia butter pecan icecream on a belgian waffle with caramel sauce
Chocolate chip cookie sandwich with cream cheese cookie dough ice cream
I can't sing the praises of Gottlieb's loud enough. It is the type of restaurant that once you sample the menu items, there is little doubt you will return.
- This is certainly the case of "you get what you pay for"
- The service was ok. We were aquainted with our server before we got there (long story), so we may have gotten some special attention. We saw a few tables waiting a while for their drinks/food and they seemed annoyed. I think you need to realize this is not an in-and-out restaurant. You are there for an amazing culinary experience, not a slab of grub from outback-chili-burger-grill.
- The presentations are just mouthwatering and the food is even better
Hmmm, do you think I liked it :)