Dining at the beach allows you to impress your date by sharing champagne at sunset, writing your names in the sand, and playing a shark like a trumpet. Make beautiful mouth music with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of waterfront seafood and drinks at Bonna Bella Waterfront Grille.
Open year-round and voted a Best Outdoor Dining spot by Savannah Magazine, Bonna Bella Waterfront Grille earns acclaim with a menu of fresh local seafood, hand-cut steaks, and sweeping waterfront views of the neighboring islands and marshes. Chefs simmer savory starters such as the signature crab stew ($5 for a cup) brimming with succulent lump crabmeat. On weekends from September to March, diners can dive into buckets of fresh local oysters ($14, about 25 per order), served with house-made cocktail sauce, drawn butter, fresh lemons, and crackers. The Savannah Jamba Laya, with grilled local shrimp and andouille sausage ($16) inspires discussions of past Mardi Gras shenanigans—such as showing up at Mardi Gras in a business suit—and a grilled, hand-cut 12-ounce rib-eye steak ($21) with sautéed green beans and potatoes makes a steak knife rethink its plans to start a career slicing butter. A large assortment of beer, cocktails, and wine make compatible blind dates for dinner dishes.
Diners can enjoy the view of the water from Bonna Bella's large deck area, where meals can end on a sweet note with house-made desserts such as Ben's Chocolate Brownie ($8.50), made with cinnamon and chocolate chips. When all is said and eaten, patrons can mosey back to their car or boat or hop on waterproof hover-boards to return home.
Bonna Bella Waterfront Grille
As nighttime falls on Bonna Bella Waterfront Grille, its glowing patio heat lamps cast shimmering reflections in the tranquil waters of the marsh. Come daytime, the sun warms the expansive wooden patios and two outdoor bars that won the restaurant the title of "Best Waterfront Dining" from Savannah Magazine four years in a row. There, cheerful umbrellas shade guests as they sip colorful cocktails and watch nearby games of corn-hole.
Meanwhile, inside the restaurant, chefs fire up grills in the kitchen while executive chef Roberto Leoci examines deliveries of freshly caught seafood. The internationally renowned chef and his crew then fold local ingredients into the fresh-seafood dishes, sandwiches, and fish tacos that earned them a feature on the Food Network's Chefs vs. City in 2010.