The Olde Pink House comes highly recommended from every angle and everyone I asked about it before making my reservation. There are a few naysayers out there - ignore them.
The Olde Pink House is on the western side of Reynolds Square in Historic Savannah and is the oldest surviving mansion in the city. It was built for a wealthy planter, James Habersham Jr, in 1771 from land granted by the crown of England. This pink brick National Landmark has a varied and even haunted history. Habersham is said to have committed suicide in the basement after discovering that the architect of the mansion had an affair with his wife leaving him to haunt the house ever since.
The mansion has heard the whispers of independence helping to establish the independence for a young country, it has held wealth of a city as Planter's Bank (Georgia's first bank), it was a present to President Lincoln from Savannah and watched as the Civil War was waged and at times decided from within its walls. It was neglected and then used to office an attorney before becoming a book store, a tea room and finally it was restored. The William Balish family from Charleston purchased the mansion bestowing the elegance from long ago back into its stately walls.
Ghosts, staff and diners walk side by side in one of Savannah's most beloved restaurants with fare to match its history taking traditional Southern cuisine and adding a modern touch. The many ornate rooms of the mansion are now dining rooms for couples, families and groups - there appears to be a space for all to have an unforgettable experience. The mise en scène and old world Southern charm of the original artwork, heart of pine floors and 18th century antiques fuse to lead each diner into another time. The attentive staff lend their part in pulling you away from the present while allowing guests to be relaxed in casual or formal attire. Even the old bank vaults do their part as wine cellars to ensure that all is prepared. Candlelit tables, white table cloths, dim lighting and a killer menu made it a romantic evening for my wife and I.
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We decided to order a bottle of the 2009 Hirsch Vineyards Bohan-Dillon Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. From cherries and plum to a touch of cola and spice with a touch of tannin, the minerality and acidity were all it needed to round it out for us. Another reason why we had such a wonderful experience.
The Olde Pink House is a must dine location when in Savannah.
The Olde Pink House
23 Abercorn Street
Savannah, Georgia 31401