Poogan's Porch Restaurant
Poogan's Porch Restaurant

Poogan's Porch Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.poogansporch.com/
  • Phone: 8435772337x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch:Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30-2:30 Dinner: Monday-Sunday 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Daniel Doyle
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Please call or email with any questions. Poogan's would be honored to cater your next special event. Call 843-577-2337 or email events@pooganswporch.com

  • Private Party Facilities: Poogan's Porch offers several private dining rooms newly renovated to suit your distinct style. From wedding rehearsal dinners to farewell brunches, to holiday parties and business meetings, we are able to accommodate groups of 10-110. Personal time with our party planner and you will be set for your next event in no time. We would be honored to host you next special event. Hope to hear from you soon with any of your questions or concerns.
  • Private Party Contact: Beth Walton 8435772337x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Meeting & King
  • Parking: No
A word from Poogan's Porch Restaurant
Tucked away on a charming downtown street, Poogan's Porch is one of Charleston’s oldest & most reputable culinary establishments, serving upscale Lowcountry cuisine daily. Since opening in 1976, Poogan’s has been a favorite of well-known celebrities, politicians, tourists & locals alike who rave about this Southern institution. Recognized by Martha Stewart Living, Wine Spectator & the Travel Channel, this beautifully restored Victorian house is the perfect southern locale for lunch, dinner or weekend brunch. Whether it’s a warm homemade buttermilk biscuit & sausage gravy for brunch, a bowl of she-crab soup for lunch, or our signature buttermilk fried chicken for dinner, your meal at Poogan’s will be unforgettable. Open year-round, Poogan’s Porch serves dinner seven days a week, & brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Both indoor & outdoor seating is offered, & a variety of rooms are available for special events throughout the year. Reservations are recommended.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSouthern
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Poogan's Porch Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
474 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (267)neighborhood gem (266)special occasion (230)romantic (196)great for outdoor dining (116)good for groups (102)great for lunch (71)notable wine list (70)great for brunch (59)hot spot (54)kid-friendly (36)scenic view (25)late-night find (17)vibrant bar scene (12)Show More
  • Dinner on the Porch
    LightkeeperVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    My wife and I ate dinner at Poogan's Porch. We are both glad we did. The best attribute is the ambiance. We were able to enjoy our meal together without interruption while never having to wait for attentive staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tastes so Good!
    Philly313
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Sometimes it is just such a pleasure to eat a meal and to remember how good food can taste. My husband had the beet salad and the short ribs. He hardly talked to me during the entire meal as he just savored his meal. I also enjoyed my meal - I started with the fried green tomatoes and the salmon with risotto. The staff was welcoming, our server was friendly and attentive, and overall, it was a lovely experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charleston Charm???
    pookynutz
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Although the food and ambience are truly southern the help needs to go back to school! Use to be my favorite resturant for anytime, definitely ruined a very special evening!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Winner winner chicken dinner
    TDC6
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Brought a couple of my clients who,were in town here as I had been here once before on personal time. They both had the chicken and loved it. Mac and cheese appetizer was great as well. My snapper was also good but nothing crazy great. Upon arrival for our reservation they had us in the system but took 12 or more minutes to seat us. Party of three and there isn't angreat waiting area (narrow hallway under stairs) so that was a but awkward. Table we were seated at was by the door to the bar in a corner. Worked fine but in the past when I have had a reservation on open table for other establishments the seating was faster and better located. Overall a nice quality meal with a neat old house atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, good service
    TprottVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Had a group of people and a baby. Very accommodating and attentive service without feeling rushed. Food was really good as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Food was just ok. We ordered the pimento cheese fritters and they came out 2 minutes after we ordered and the were warm at best. They tasted good despite being cold. We ordered shellfish and grits and again the shrimp was cold. Overall not impressed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I think about my meal almost daily
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Roasted duck breast with duck confit and sweet potato gnocchi - one of the best dishes I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic meal!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We ordered fried green tomatoes, shellfish & grits and pan seared scallops with pimento cheese ravioli. We were bowled over by the service and exceptional food. Interesting flavor combinations were infused to create unforgettable dishes that make me wish I could visit Charleston more often. In addition to our fabulous meal, we also relished the local lore that Poogan's may be haunted by one of its previous inhabitants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner
    Dancer
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Very busy place, it is in an old home. We didn't get the porch area and that was fine as it was a little chilly that night. Waiter was acceptable.....at first a little subdued, but then he talked a little more as the night went on. I had the scallops and they were delicious, my husband had the pork chop...also good. They are known for their she crab soup, apparently was in a food magazine write up. I liked it, but had some that was better in Charleston. This one was very thick almost like a chowder instead of a creamier broth with sherry. The beet and goat cheese salad that my husband had was very good. Did not care for the pecan pie for dessert. All in all I would recommend but make reservations.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poogan's is O.K.
    StinkyMHVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    When I was planning my trip to Charleston, I was told that I MUST go to Poogan's Porch. I did. It was fine; ok. It's not great, but its not bad. My table started with the Pimiento Cheese Balls. Very good; a light fry around the ball that allowed the cheese to maintain its flavor and be the focus point of the dish. For entrees, we had the Shrimp & Grits and Snapper dish. The shrimp & grits were o.k. The sausage used in the dish, candidly, tasted like hot dog. Not the best shrimp & grits dish in Charleston and that is concerning because our waiter said that the restaurant was known for its shrimp & grits. The snapper dish was weird: the focus of the dish was a huge grit cake and not the snapper. Not sure if I would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Comfort Food
    WorldTravelers
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The restaurant was quaint and nicely decorated. We wanted to try real Southern fried chicken and were not disappointed with our dinner. The portions left no room for dessert though they sounded delicious.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charleston Not To Miss Classic
    BdayBaby
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    When I want to WOW an out of town client or guest, Poogans is. A must. Classic southern cuisine delivered by capable and friendly staff. Unique wine list....always ask for the server recommendations ...they know their wine. As usual. Top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dining experience
    Lizzie
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    i made a meal of 3 appetizers including the alligator, apple, and greens salad, green tomatoes and another. Super! My husband had the best she crab soup we've ever tasted, just lovely. He then had the pork cop chop main dish. The sides were superb, the pork chop a touch dull. Our wines were excellent and the service was superior. All in all, it was a delightful night in a refined atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A lucky find!
    FalconCapt
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I found Poogan's Porch while searching the internet for shrimp and grits which is what I ordered and along with the perfect bisquits that were served, this is one of the best meals I have had in the past 10 years. Also a great story behind the name Poogan's Porch. I would like to ask for the Chef's hand in marriage!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exquisite
    HappyCamper
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    My wife and I celebrate our 25th anniversary at Poogan's Porch. It was FABULOUS.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazed
    reasonformuscvisit
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I can't say enough good things about our experience. Our reservation was ready upon arrival, the dining rooms were full but it seemed we had our own private table. Luis, the manager, was very attentive and the wait staff were knowledge and especially helpful because of my wife's gluten intolerance. As we were leaving, a couple asking about a table were told the wait was about an hour. I told them if they ordered the scallop dish it was worth waiting for. My wife turned and told them to order the salmon. It was a great night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mom's Birthday Dinner :)
    CeeBeeTee
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    My sister and I took my mom here for her birthday. Our server Aaron was attentive and accommodating. He provided great service with a charming personality. The meal was equally as amazing. I took Aaron's wine suggestion and was glad I did, as it was very good and exactly what I wanted. We started with the fried green tomatoes and she-crab soup- both great. For our entrees I had the duck, Sis had the scallops, and Mom had the crab and shrimp linguini. I enjoyed nibbles of their meals, but the duck was my favorite. After the meal Aaron brewed a fresh pot of coffee so that I could have a fresh cup with desert, which was a chocolate torte and pecan pie. The pecan pie was delicious- definitely our favorite of the two.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This was my wife's and my second visit to Poogan's Porch and it was the same great experience we had last year! The food, atmosphere, and hospitality were perfect. My wife had the fried chicken and I had the shrimp and grits and the dinners were excellent! Highly recommend Poogan's Porch and will go again next visit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gem in Charlestown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Very good menu, located in an old historical home. Attentive staff. The food was very well prepared, flavorful and attractive. Our server, Sara, very friendly, knowledgeable, and a gift. Would come to this restaurant again if in the Charlestown area . 10-19-14.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • you can go home again
    jimgaye
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I've been away from my hometown for many years, and returned to bare recognize my Alma Mater, MUSC. But Poogan's Porch maintained its reputation to me as a "must eat" place in Charleston. They had updated their menu, certainly, but maintained some of the reasons so many come to this restaurant for so many years. Poogan's has discovered a way to be current and yet maintain the excellence that built its reputation in the first place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Spot!
    shannastrickland
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food was great, the pork chop was amazing and we were pleasantly surprised by the large portion. The biscuits were also awesome.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    NMck
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    First time eating here-definitely not my last. We all had something different & everyone loved every bite. Special kudos to She Crab Soup
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dined once/see above
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    YOUR SURVEY COVERED EVERYTHING WE WOULD LIKE TO SAY.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Alice
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    No complaints on anything. It was a wonderful night with fabulous food and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Experience
    Mike
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We dined on the porch at Poogan's Porch and had a nice meal. Good southern meals with a twist. I would recommend it anytime you are in Charleston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Skinnybiker
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Wonderful food, drinks and atmosphere. Request porch seating so that you can eat outside and people watch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what we expected...
    HaasV
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    This restaurant has outside dining in front, but only table's for 2. We were seated upstairs in a back room that seemed isolated. It was a little quiet, no music, sort of away from everything else, although we didn't get to look around so I'm not sure if there was another dining area elsewhere. I would think that having a reservation would mean a table in the best possible area. Our reservation was at 7:15. They were already out of both the duck and the ribs. Very disappointing since those are their known specialties. Our meal was very good, but nothing spectacular. Otherwise, service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Average food
    Jc22
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    In a town with amazing food we were so disappointed by our meal here. The menu is dated and unexciting. The food was lukewarm when served and very mediocre overall.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely experience
    Marabi21
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Poogan's Porch was one of several restaurants recommended to us on our first trip to Charleston and did not dissappoint. Sermon a small side street in a renovated older home with first and second floor porches, it is a lovely setting. The service was impeccable and the sea scallops over homemade ravioli was cooked to perfection. My husband had the fried chicken dish from which I had two bites, despite the fact that I don't eat fried chicken. Delicious meal! Lovely evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfortable, quaint atmosphere
    Junemac
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Our 1st visit to Poogan's Porch!! It did not disappoint - amazing fried chicken, loved the appetizer - yummy fried pimento cheese & it was a great way to spend the evening!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mini Vacation
    SouthwesternVacationerVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    While busy for a Monday night, the restaurant kept the reservation time. Tables are set sufficiently apart that you can carry on a conversation without having to raise your voice. Service was very good. Sizeable portion of Fried Green Tomatoes as an appetizer with roasted catfish as my entrée. Meal was delicious.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant in Charleston!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I consider myself a foodie, I have many favorite restaurants but after dining at Poogan's Porch it is my new favorite! I will go back to Charleston if only to have dinner there again! AMAZING scallops! My mom had the chicken and it was also amazing. And the desert was wonderful! The waitress was very accommodating and friendly. Really really love and recommend Poogan's Porch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food!
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Outdoor dining was perfect! Food was really good! Best pork chop and mac and cheese ever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little awkward
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    My girlfriend and I came here while on a weekend trip to Charleston and would say that despite this being the most expensive meal of the trip, it was probably our least favorite of the weekend. Aside from the cheese fritters, we were not excited by any of the food we got and left feeling heavy. The ambiance was not that great either -- we were asked to wait near the bar until our table opened but that part of the restaurant reeked of some awful dying smell that we were eager to get away from. I get that they were probably trying to maintain the historical feel of the place, but the seats and table were too big and not comfortable. Between that and the food, we were disappointed by what was supposed to be the highlight meal of our trip.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • beyond expectations!
    hw609
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The best food experience in Charleston. The service was excellent and the food exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Adequate patio space
    RVAFineFoods
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Close to sidewalk, street, unfortunate scaffolding on Mills House opposite narrows and scars the outdoor spaces. The lore is wonderful and walking your guides stopping to explain it compete with the dining experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfectly different
    DJinCharleston
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Our dinner at Poogan's Porch was great in all ways. The location, off King Street, made for a quiet, quaint experience. The tables being served on the porch and patio looked inviting and relaxed. We were seated in the front room in the neat old house. There were only five tables in the room so it was quiet and intimate. Our server was friendly, informative and attentive. The food, from the appetizer of the pimento cheese fritters to the entrée of scallops and shrimp were wonderful. The dessert menu was fine, we were too full to indulge. Great place, great dining experience!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • moxierose
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We had a wonderful meal, lovely service & a kind complimentary champagne toast for our 30th Anniversary. We had the best & only alligator salad of our lives, terrific She Crab Soup with two fabulous fish entrees. It was one of our favorite meals during our visit..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Great night spent at Poogans, we were lucky to sit on the upstairs porch and had delicious food and drinks for a very reasonable price considering what we had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food
    Sphillips
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We have eaten here twice the food was fantastic both times. The waiters are friendly and check on you often to ensure you do not need anything. The house is old and adds to the experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.