Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room

Savannah, United States

Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room

Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room is a casual restaurant in Savannah, Georgia, which offers a menu of Southern home cooking. Situated in a historic house dated to 1870, it is a popular dining spot in the city. The restaurant was owned and managed by Sema Wilkes for 59 years, from 1943 until her death in 2002 at age 95.

Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room was previously the dining hall of the Wilkes House, a downtown boardinghouse. Today the restaurant is housed on the ground floor of the same historic house, built in 1870, at 107 West Jones Street. The restaurant was described by author William Schemmel as "a treasure hidden away in a historic district town-house." Its longtime owner, Sema Wilkes, published several cookbooks. Her family continues to run the restaurant today, but it is now open only for lunch.

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