Mary’s Seafood and Steakhouse


(912) 927-1300

Mary Buckley started in the restaurant industry in Savannah in 1974 with Casa Maria’s Restaurant located Whitaker Street in downtown Savannah. Through several moves in the downtown corridor, Casa Maria’s eventually became Debi’s Restaurant and is located on State Street in the heart of downtown Savannah.

After having such success with Casa Maria’s Restaurant/Debi’s Restaurant, Mary was approached to start another restaurant to be located in a small building on the southside of Savannah. The building, according to the owner, would be an excellent location for a restaurant; however, it required an excellent restauranteur to make it successful. Mary took on the challenge and started Mary’s Seafood and Steakhouse. Mary’s is well known for the large portions and delicious meals they serve.

In 1998, the old Steak & Ale building on the southside of Savannah went up for sale and Mary knew that that location was where her growing restaurant business needed to be. With the assistance of an SBA 504 loan, Mary was able to purchase the building and move her on-going restaurant operation into the bigger facility. The SBA 504 loan allowed Mary Buckley to expand her already successful business, as well as own her location so she doesn’t face any rent increases or lease terminations.

Since moving into the new location, Mary’s Seafood and Steakhouse regularly has a line out the door of patrons waiting for tables. Mary’s Seafood and Steakhouse still serves generous portions and Mary’s famous bon-bons for dessert, the two things that made the restaurant popular over ten years ago in that small southside location.