Porter's City Tavern
Porter's City Tavern
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Porter's City Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.porterstavern.com/
  • Phone: 9198212133
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Satutrday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Brian Woodworth
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • 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 (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Porter"s Intermezzo Room seats up to 55 people for a sit-down dinner, or 60-70 for a cocktail affair. The shape and design of the room makes it equally comfortable and intimate for smaller groups. Sound-proof doors, Separated sound system, Audio/Visual equipment- including an overhead projector (DVD & Computer ready)- all ensure your event at Porter's- whether a rehearsal dinner, a business meeting, or an alumni reunion- will be a unique success!
  • Private Party Contact: Kira Krauss 9196334337

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Chamberlin
  • Public Transit: Stops available on the Avent Ferry 1 bus line (City of Raleigh), or the Wolf-Line.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: In addition to street parking out front- Porter"s offers parking validation for the Logan Court Parking Lot less than a block away. This is a self-pay parking lot, which accepts change, cash, and credit cards. Simply bring your receipt in, and we'll take that amount off your check!
A word from Porter's City Tavern
Contemporary American in a Contemporary Setting, Porter's City Tavern features the best meats, fish, and produce North Carolina offers. An outstanding selection of steaks, house made pastas, ground in house burgers, and exciting appetizers combine to make Porter's menu perfect for all occasions. Add to that a great list of craft beer on tap, innovative cocktails, and a thoughtful, representative wine list, and you have the perfect recipe for a great night out!
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Porter's City Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
  • We love Porter's
    cathysu
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    We had a reservation for 11 people before going to a concert and Porter's did a great job getting us out on time (without making us feel rushed). Our server was excellent and everyone loved their food. We have been going to Porter's off and on since they opened and have never had a bad experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • no complaints here. love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/23/2013
    held a baby shower at Porter's on Sunday for brunch - it was fantastic. our table was already set-up, the manager was very accommodating as well as the wait-staff. very professional. they weren't overbearing, they let us do our thing and were available whenever we needed them. the food was phenomenal - no complaints at all, and that's a rarity for me. A++
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better than expected!
    nobhillgem
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    Saw some mixed reviews on this place but have to say we were very pleasantly surprised by what a wonderful meal we had. They managed to make three generations happy, including a couple of Tweens and some foodies. Portions are big be aware. We over-ordered but had lots of fun boxes to take away. Will definitely come back on our next trip to Raleigh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food but not so good service
    TomL
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    We went to the restaurant on Father's Day for brunch, so the place was quite crowded. The food was good, but the service was not so good. We waited a long time until they took our order and the person who waited on us brought the brunch menu with sausage instead of beacon as my husband ordered. We did not return the food, however. We might go back but certainly not on a busy day.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Discovery
    love2dineout
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    I've lived in the area for 25 years and have never been to Porter's. The food was wonderful, the server was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. He recommended the beef short rib potato skin appetizer and it was delicious. He made sure everything was prepared as we had ordered it and checked back often. We sat in the bar area, so it was slightly noisier than the dining room would have been, but it didn't detract from the overall experience. I will definitely return to Porter's and would highly recommend this treasure on Hillsborough St!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty Good
    Josh
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    We sat outside at around 830 on a sat night while NCSU was on break. Small table, but it was pleasant. Might get loud with more foot/car traffic during school semesters. Decent draft beer selections and my date got a cosmohito, which was awesome. We split calamari (very good) and I had the top sirloin (it was ok) and she had the scallops (very good). Service was solid too. I wont frequent the place, but id def go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were from out of town,
    susu
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    We were from out of town, looking for good beer and a nice meal. We found that at Porters. The waitress was very nice--gave us a sample of a beer before we made out decision. Smoked turkey ravioli was very good and the salmon was cooked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was our first visit to
    CoomomeVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2013
    This was our first visit to Porter's and loved it! The food was fabulous and the wait staff was superb. I never ordinarily order pork chops as I have been so disappointed in the past but this is their signature item and it was highly recommended by our waiter. WOW! Simply fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What happened to service?
    Jdw6144
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    We had reservations for 6 and 4 arrived before my brother and I did. When both my brother and I arrived (separately) no host or hostess greeted us. I arrived probably 8 mins after they did and it took at least 10 mins for the waiter to come ask for my drink order. I just wanted a water. About 5 mins later, my brother arrived. It took about 10 mins for the waiter to notice him and take his drink order. He wanted water also. It took the waiter over 30 mins to bring our waters after having to stop and ask him where they were at least five times. Once everyone had water, two of our party ordered coffee. This took another 30 mins to wrangle up! Our waiter did complain to us about being out of coffee cups... Really? Food was lackluster at best.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mothers day
    raleigheats
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    first time trying brunch, with a group of 6 for mothers day. seated right away thanks to our reservation, but restaurant quickly filled so for a special occasion, I'm sure you'd have to wait without a reservation. the service left something to be desired, but since we've visited for other meals before, chalking that up to the holiday service. food was great, as usual, lots of options for our crowd and very reasonably priced. would visit again for brunch, not one of the usual suspects on the downtown brunch scene.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food, Great Locations
    Wolffpack
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Although it may seem small, the restaurant has many large booths that can easily fit 7 people making it a great place to go with larger parties. It was noisy, but the food was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service, good food!
    ApexMom
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    This was our first visit to Porter's and we really liked it. My husband and I both commented that we would be back. The service was excellent, the food was good and there was a good variety and the portion sizes were just right. We were full, but not stuffed and enjoyed every bite.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic Raleigh treat, just
    Robred
    Dined on 4/17/2013
    Classic Raleigh treat, just feet from NCSU. Affordable, decent food with a splash of classic Raleigh ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our first visit here. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Our first visit here. The food was very good! We shared the spinach and artichoke chips...there were 4 of us and it was more than enough. My wife had the smoked chicken ravioli and I had the shrimp and grits. Both dishes were great. Will definitely go again. Our server, J.B., was very knowledgeable of the menu and had a great attitude. This always helps you enjoy the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • I've been here a handful of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/20/2013
    I've been here a handful of times and have never been disappointed with the meal or the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Could be better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    I went with a group and waited an hour for our food, which arrive just warm not hot and a person dining with me received under-cooked rice.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was awesome and great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    The food was awesome and great selection of beers.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent spot, very friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Excellent spot, very friendly and welcoming. Very good food, particularly for the price. Many wines were reasonably priced too.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and great drinks.
    HungryFriend
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Great food and great drinks. I frequent Porter's every year I go to Raleigh!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • beer dinner was awesome and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    beer dinner was awesome and so was valentine's day dinner
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My wife and I have dined at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    My wife and I have dined at Porter's 3 times in the past year prior to attending events on the NC State campus. We have never had a bad experience. The food and service are well above what you might expect from it's location directly across from the campus. My wife and I think of Porter's whenever we're meeting friends for an inside the Beltline event.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food is wonderful, from
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    The food is wonderful, from the appetizers to the desserts. Worth dealing with the parking issues to eat there. This is one of my favorite Raleigh restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We usually have a great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 1/27/2013
    We usually have a great experience at Porter's, even on Sundays when the restaurant is very busy. This Sunday, I think it was one of the manages who served us. We were a large party and although he was somewhat nice, he seemed to be a bit overwhelmed. I don't know if it was the number of people in our party or the busyness of the restaurant. Not the quaint, friendly experience to which we are accustomed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    We tried for the first time during Restaurant Week and had the lamb shank and sea bass. Both were fairly good, but the seasoning on the lamb was not our style, and the sea bass was a little dry. Wine list selections were not as extensive as I hoped, but our selections paired extremely well with the meal, which is really important. Service was Outstanding. It's been a long time since I had a server who was so attentive: not overbearing, but knew when to check on us (I wish I could remeber her name, but we did compliment the manager on her service).
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The short rib sandwich for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 1/24/2013
    The short rib sandwich for lunch was awesome! Would have liked some different dessert choices for the restaurant week special. Something with chocolate would have been good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice place, good atmosphere,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    nice place, good atmosphere, and ok food. Service was good, but not outstanding. Would recommend it to others as a good place to eat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is always incredible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    Food is always incredible and the waitstaff is friendly and attentive! We try to stop here every time we come to Raleigh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Was looking for something
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    Was looking for something upscale, romantic and somewhere we'd never been. Porter's City Tavern fit the bill! Excellent menu selection, high-quality, well-prepared food. Service was good. It was the evening we were hoping for.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • decent lunch menu, good desserts
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 1/11/2013
    decent lunch menu, good desserts but somewhat overpriced
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was happy to find Porter's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/8/2013
    I was happy to find Porter's in Raleigh's NC State district. I plan to return to try other entrees. The scallop appetiser is very good. Wine by the glass is reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Although the Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Although the Food and Service were excellent our table for New Years Eve was not ready at our reservation time. This was not a huge inconvience however, there was a large group of people sitting directly behind us that had a incident that was extremely unpleasant and kind of put a damper on our evening. We like this restaurant and do visit frequently because the food is alway very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    You'd never expect this place to be what is, because of where it is. It's across the street from NC State, but it's far from a college experience. This is a classy place with excellent food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Christmas Eve made BETTER
    Bexadventure
    Dined on 12/24/2012
    I chose this out of the few open restaurants for Christmas Eve. The location is wonderful, the restaurant has a really good "feel" to it, and the servers were amazing. I worried about the food, as I brough my most critical family member, and he LOVED it! That's huge! I recommend (HIGHLY) the Shrimp and Grits, and the salads are amazing. My sister said the Shrimp Tacos were the best she's ever had. Fried Green Beans were awesome, the Malbec wine superb.... what a night!!!!!! We ended on a sweet note - Apple Butterscotch Cobbler (don't let the Butterscotch fool you - this one is a definite keeper!)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Porter's has become one of
    JaimeS
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    Porter's has become one of out favorite places to dine! I rarely have the chance to dine out but when I do, it is more often Porter's. The atmosphere is perfect for us, low-key yet special enough for any occasion and the intimate dining space always feels lively. The staff is genuine, efficient, gracious and knowledgeable and the management presence is just right, not too in-your-face yet still engaged and attentive. The menu is easy to navigate and has the perfect amount of offerings for the "foody" (not me) and the "food enjoyer" (that's me). The wine list is interesting and varied yet not overwhelming and the craft cocktails are great! My Must tries: Cosmojito, tempura green beans, any steak, and the pork nachos!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a group of 9, had excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    We had a group of 9, had excellent service overall. One entree came out totally wrong and they did work to fix it fast. Our waitress was excellent although we did have to flag her down for a round of drinks once or twice. This was my first time at Porter's, and we would come back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pork chop, filet and shrimp
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 12/14/2012
    Pork chop, filet and shrimp with grits were outstanding! Great service too
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our diners food was
    Shana
    Dined on 12/13/2012
    One of our diners food was not cooked to liking but otherwise everything was good. It gets noisy but overall a good experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing blue cheese macaroni.
    BHJ70VIP
    Dined on 12/12/2012
    Amazing blue cheese macaroni. Awesome tavern chips and jalapeno poppers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • to loud to converse
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/11/2012
    the noise choices above are Quiet, Moderate, Energetic and Don't Recall. For this restaurant there needs to be "cannot hear the person sitting beside you when they speak."The food is good, the service is very good, the portions are generous, the menu is varied enough to suit everyone in a group and it's always well prepared. This is one of the few non-fast-food places within easy walking distance from NC State. It's just so loud in there that you should not expect to be able to converse at all. Go just to eat but don't try to have a working lunch.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Caesar salad croutons were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    Caesar salad croutons were stale and not edible. Bread is not great. Steak is great quality but was undercooked on this visit. Service is always good and so is the section of craft beer.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic