Haunted Restaurants in the Southeast

Get a side of BOO with your meal this Halloween season.


By Hope S. Philbrick

Rumor has it these restaurants are haunted.

While we weren’t able to confirm the presence of ghosts, the menus make a persuasive case that these spots are worth a visit even if the spooks refuse to come out to play.

17 Hundred 90 Inn & Restaurant
307 E. President St.
Savannah, Georgia
Anna Powers, who fell in love with a married seaman in the early 1800s, is said to wander the halls awaiting her lover’s return from the sea. Maybe she longs for Southern classics like pecan encrusted grouper, crab-stuffed shrimp and fried green tomatoes.

Finn’s Restaurant & Tavern
9000 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, Tennessee
(This restaurant is located in the former Baker Peters Jazz Club.) In 1840 Dr. James Harvey Baker was shot by Union soldiers for treating Confederate troops. His son Abner was hung by angry townspeople after killing the informant. Legend is that the father and son reside in the house, periodically throwing glasses and making noise. They may be upset about missing out on the fish and chips or traditional Irish bread pudding.

Blue Willow Inn Restaurant
294 N. Cherokee Rd.
Social Circle, Georgia
Orbs and unexplained voices led two paranormal groups to confirm the presence of ghosts. Perhaps they crave a Southern feast of fried chicken, baked ham, black-eyed peas, collard greens and peach cobbler.

The Brentwood Restaurant and Wine Bistro
4269 Luck Ave.
Little River, South Carolina
Chef/Owner Eric Masson and his wife Kimberlee routinely capture photographic evidence of orbs lurking around. No doubt they’re drawn by the Lowcountry French cuisine featuring fresh, local products in creative dishes like the award-winning shrimp and scallops chardonnay.

Downtown Grill & Brewery
424 S. Gay St.
Knoxville, Tennessee
Unexplained bumps are attributed to a white mule that died on site in the late 1860s, but regulars get a kick from the menu of beer and open-flame mesquite-grilled steak, seafood and chicken.

Ernestine and Hazel’s
531 S. Main St.
Memphis, Tennessee
The jukebox reportedly plays by itself and ghostly figures have been spotted in the bar. But beer and made-to-order juicy “soul burgers” are the big draw.

Moon River Brewing Company
21 W. Bay St.
Savannah, Georgia
Footsteps, scrapes and sobs have been heard and a paranormal investigative team has concluded “the building is paranormally active.” Beer and bar food favorites like onion rings, garlic fries, chicken wings, nachos and hot dogs energize the crowd.

Muriel’s Jackson Square
801 Chartres Street
New Orleans, Louisiana
The spirit of Pierre Antoine Lepardi Jourdan, who in 1814 hung himself after losing his beloved home in a poker game, reportedly throws glasses across the bar. The restaurateurs pacify him with a reserved table that’s always set with an open bottle of wine and loaf of bread. Those among the living savor Creole creations like sautéed Louisiana shrimp in a fennel Herbsaint cream sauce and bread pudding with candied pecans and rum sauce.

The Olde Pink House
23 Abercorn St.
Savannah, Georgia
The original owner of the house, James Habersham, Jr., regularly enjoys sipping Madeira at the bar, despite the fact that he’s been dead for over 200 years. Pair your beverage with blue crab beignets, blackened oysters on the half shell or crispy fried lobster tails.

The Pirates’ House
20 E. Broad St.
Savannah, Georgia
Blackbeard and Captain Flint, among other seafaring terrorists, are said to haunt The Pirates’ House on moonless nights. Perhaps they treasure low country boil or the award-winning honey pecan fried chicken.

Shillings on the Square
19 N. Park Sq. NE
Marietta, Georgia
A waiter spotted a female apparition sitting and sobbing in the icebox. Choosing between a burger or steak shouldn’t bring you to tears since you can’t lose either way.

-Photo courtesy Muriel’s

HopeP_144Hope S. Philbrick is founder and editor-in-chief of Getaways for Grownups. She became a freelance writer and editor because she believes that work and fun should not be mutually exclusive. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications nationwide. When not writing, she can usually be found on the road or savoring something tasty. She has never seen a ghost.

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