Savannah >Lady & Sons
Seriously disappointing and hugely overrated.. Being slightly addicted to the Food Network, I was very excited to get the chance to experience the food of the legendary Paula Deen. What a disappointment. First of all, her face is plastered over every open space, which starts to look creepy after a while. When we showed up for our appointment, we were told to walk through the gift shop to the waiting area. Yes, they forced us to walk through the gift shop in order to get to our seats. We were then told to walk upstairs to another host in order to be seated, where we stood in line for the third time. My husband commented that the whole experience felt like we were at a Disneyland ride. The staff was polite, but stiff, making the experience feel even more like an animatronic amusement park ride. As for the food, it was average, at best. Everything was literally swimming in a pool of butter, and I think my husband and I make better fried chicken at home. The only thing that was worthy of a second visit was the lemonade, which was fantastic. Overall, it was a very disillusioning trip. Instead of a passion for food, I saw a corporation desperate for our money. Extremely disappointing.
I was a little worried about going to the Lady and Sons after reading the reviews on the web. I can honestly say I don't know what people were expecting.
We arrived at the restaurant at 8:15 am I was worried we were late, but we ended up being just in time while we waited we struck up conversations with other people waiting and our 1:15 min wait was actually very pleasant. We got the first service for lunch and were told be back 15 min early, we arrived, and the fun started. We were called to lunch with a "dinner bell" and within a few minutes we were taken to our table
I heard complaints about the service, well our server was outstanding. She was kind, courteous, and didn't mind all the touristy questions. I had heard that if you want to really enjoy the food experience it is best to order from the menu. We started out with the Green Tomato appetizer, neither one of us are fans but we loved them. My husband ordered the potpie, while I enjoyed the meatloaf sandwich, I brought 1/2 mine home. The food was GREAT! It is 6 hours now after lunch and I am still stuffed. Definitely worth the wait!
Come on...you wouldn't go to New Orleans for the first time and not visit Bourbon Street.. As a first timer in Savannah we had to go to the Paula Dean's famous Lady & Sons restaurant. I expected the wait to be long, which it was, two and a half hours I think. The staff was nice/good. Now the food...Being a TV fan and trying some of her recipes which came out very tasty, I was very disappointed in the taste quality of this restaurant. I had expected to be rolled out of the place in a wheelchair cause the food was so good, I couldn't stop eating. Wrong! Maybe the chefs here just don't have Paula's knack. The food was fair and over priced. This is a "been there done that" type of place for me and I will not return. Savannah is packed full of excellent restaurants to try. So for you other first timers, please don't let Lady & Sons set the standard. Eat here first, then move on to the many other mouth watering choices you have before you.
it's paula deen's restaurant.... tried to go there for lunch, beware, they close from 3 to 5...went back the next day and got there at noon, couldn't be seated til 230. the food was good, very traditional southern food, fried chicken, etc. now that i can say that i've been there, i wouldn't go back. i thnk you have to go once beacuse it's paula deen's restaurant, but there are soo many other great places to eat in savannah!
best southern cooking in Georgia, long lines at lunch so be there by 10:30am.
We ate at Lady & Sons several years ago and loved it. The collard greens are the best we'd ever eaten and the fried chicken and hoecakes were great too. It was a huge buffet. The restaurant is three stories but there is an evevator and a buffet on all three floors. This I was happy to see because I am disabled somewhat by a stroke in 1998 and I don't do lots of stairs very well.
We hope to eat there again next time we're in Savannah.
Not as advertised. The food was OK. The service was OK. The staff acted bored and aloof. Price was too high for the quality of food. If Paula Deen wants to save her reputation, she either needs to do the ccoking herself or spend more time at the restaurant supervising. I would not go back again.
Mediocore Overpriced Tourist Food. I was born and raised in the South with a family of southern cooks. I've lived in the Savannah area for over ten yrs. I hadn't even heard of "Lady & Sons" until some Northern relatives wanted to go there. The food is underwhelmingly mediocore!! Do not subject yourself to standing out in the GA heat (starting at 5 AM!?) for pricey mac'n'cheese that you have to get yourself like cattle. This resturant is the joke of locals.
Hospitality at it's finest.
This was simply THE best dining experience I'v e ever had. On a recent visit to Savannah a friend recommended Lady and Sons buffet for dinner. I was somewhat familiar with Paula Dean but was expecting something completely different. Don't let the word "buffet" fool you. While each dish looked familiar; fried chicken, black-eyed peas, turnip greens, squash "casserole", meatloaf, etc.; each had an exquiste twist of flavoring, texture, or sauce that gave it a distinctive, yet very southern, composition.
We walked up late on a Tuesday evening to find a long line already ahead of us. When the friendly hostesss realized there were only two of us, she asked if bar seating was acceptable and sent us straight up to the 3rd floor (yes...3 floors of goodness) for seating, We were warmly welcomed as we walked in the front door and shown to the elevator. A waitress was wating for us and took us to our seats at the bar. The bartender immediately took our drink orders and brought us our dinner breads, explaing the hoe-cake and garlic muffin (I suppose their northern guests may have never heard of such).
The whole experience epitomized "southern hospitalty" at it's very finest and should be a prerequisite course for those visiting our lovely region for the first time. Thank you Lady and sons.
A Lot of Southern Charm and Great Home-Style Southern Cooking. My daughter and I visited Savannah, Georgia during the Easter holidays. Being fans of Paula Deen, one of the most important items on our agenda was to eat at The Lady and Sons. This is Paula's restaurant in downtown Savannah. We were not disappointed. We simply walked to the restaurant while touring Savannah and made a reservation for that night with the hostess outside the restaurant. We returned to have the buffet. The food was plentiful, hot and delicious. There was a great selection to choose from. From fried chicken to low-country boil seafood. We sampled everything on the buffet and was greatly pleased. It was seasoned to perfection. The waiter we had was courteous and kept us with clean plates and plenty of tea. When we were through with the buffet we were shown a tray of different desserts to choose from. Peach cobbler, key lime pie, and gooey chocolate chip butter cake were some of the desserts offered. We were equally pleased with the dessert. The restaurant was very clean and the employees warm and friendly. I would highly recommend The Lady and Sons to anyone visiting Savannah.
Great. Believe the hype. We visited Easter Sunday and had wonderful food and service. Our waiter, Jerome, was great. He was very hospitable, it was buffet so he made sure we weren't ever low on tea and had a clean table. The food was good. I was a little hesitant after reading some of the reviews, bad service, bad food ect. but let me say that was not the case for us. The decor was nice and the staff was very friendly and helpful from the hostess to the lady who told us goodbye when we left. There was always fresh food on the buffet and it was kept clean. The food was well seasoned and cooked just right. If you are a fan of Paula's or just love a good meal I'd say it's worth a go.
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