The Front Porch - San Francisco
The Front Porch - San Francisco

The Front Porch - San Francisco

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thefrontporchsf.com/
  • Phone: 4156957800
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Monday-Thursday: 5:30 PM-10:30 PM
    Friday & Saturday: 5:30 PM-11 PM
    Sunday: 5:00 PM-10:00 PM
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM.






    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM, Friday & Saturday
    5:30 PM- 11 PM Sunday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Creole / Cajun / Southern, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Matt Marcus
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: For all of you who hate waiting out in the cold for our delicious fried chicken the front porch has just bought you a cozy new neighborhood bar across the street called Rock Bar(as in geological rocks you'll see what I mean) where you can get a great cocktail before dinner & after dessert. Rumor has it there may be a midnight fried chicken window with a get it til it's gone type of supply and demand in the works!Plus there will be some front porch signature snacks to hold you over or up.
    eat.drink.eat
    KEEP ROCKIN
  • Special Events: 9/9/ @ 9 pm The front porch will be having a viewing party for our showcase on food networks diners, drive-ins and dives. Porch concession stand will be available after 9pm and last dinner reservation will be at 7:30.

    9/16/13 The front porch turns lucky number 7. We will be closed for regular dinner service, but 20 bucks gets you a big plate of food and some fun entertainment.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Mission and San Jose St.
  • Public Transit: 14 mission 24th street Bart station
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Bank of America flat rate parking lot around the corner at 3250 mission st
A word from The Front Porch - San Francisco
Come rock out on the porch and enjoy some southern mission hospitality.
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The Front Porch - San Francisco reviews from OpenTable diners
123 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (85)fit for foodies (57)great for brunch (39)great for outdoor dining (32)good for groups (27)hot spot (24)special occasion (22)late-night find (22)kid-friendly (17)vibrant bar scene (17)romantic (16)great for lunch (11)notable wine list (3)Show More
  • Southern Cooking Done Right
    BecmapVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This place has the most authentic southern cooking that there is to offer. From the fabulous beer and wine list, albeit limited, to the food, our night was incredible. The Front Porch was recommended by our waiter at another restaurant. It lived up to his rave! We tried the Pork, the Dr. Pepper braised short ribs, the shrimp and the chicken fried steak, which comes out on a TV tray! It was all incredible. A warning on the pork, it comes out quiet rare because the sweet tea brine allows for that. Ask ahead for it to be cooked through. The appetizers were divine. We had the bacon wrapped dates, Fried green tomatoes and deviled eggs. The bacon wrapped dates were the star. The Front Porch is a winner worth returning to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This is an amazing, small little place located in a quiet end of the Mission. If coming by BART you have a nice appetite building walk; if you drive there is almost always an open spot very near by. There's a small waiting area outside where you can meet friends; and I usually run into someone I know there even if I'm not meeting friends! The bar is amazing...for brunch, dining, and of course DRINKING. A friend loves that he can get a Sazerac here. Then the food...AMAZING. Make sure you try the fried okra; the shrimp and grits or the fried chicken. What am I saying, everything I've sampled here is a flavor bomb.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great family place
    Crunchyum
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    All ages will revel and delight in the crunchy fried goodness of the Front Porch.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Fabulous as always! Love the collards and mashers (and the fried chicken of course!)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    San Francisco has many great spots. This, everyone knows. The Front Porch, though, is one of my absolute favorites and has been for many years, now. It's one of the first places that come to mind, for me, when I'm planning a special evening for someone...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    It was disappointing because they are apparently known for their fried chicken but it was really bland and boring. And when we returned it and asked for a burger instead, the order was not completed properly. Also, the drinks are poured a little light-handed. The staff there was friendly and the music in the background was good although it was a touch loud there.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not the friendliest staff
    BeverlyVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The service here is always a bit slow and not as friendly as you'd expect....
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food/Long Wait
    EatTheStreet
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Good food but the wait for our main entree was a little too long for my liking
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mainstay & my favorite spot
    redanonymouse
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Excellent as usual... gumbo app is a must, but coulda been a lil hotter (temp, not spice); fried chicken is unparalleled; burger, a mainstay too just doesn't seem like the burgers of old; pecan pie was 5 star! What I really love about FP is the ambiance. Don't know what it is... the booths, the bar, the bartender who's been there for years... be coming here for 9 years -- chefs have turned, ownership too (???) but I JUST LOVE THIS PLACE!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Southern Bliss
    GPSS
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Took my gf to The Front Porch for a Sunday date. The decor and ambiance are awesome. I appreciate a good rocking chair neighborhood feel. We ordered the devil's eggs, baked Mac n cheese, and 4 piece chicken. All scream comfort food deliciousness. I highly recommend the brown bag beignets for dessert. I love this restaurant. A mission gem.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just average
    Beaglebud
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We went to celebrate 2 birthdays. The table they sat us at was a small table for four with an added chair at the end. The food we ordered barely fit on the table without constant reshuffling of plates. The table next to us was seated 10 minutes after us and had their order taken before us as well as their wine served. The food is good but not exceptional. The prices charged feel high for the portion size. The chicken was tasty and crunchy. The braised short ribs could have been a little more tender. The shrimp and grits were good but overpriced for the portion. Overall, an average dining experience. A good restaurant but not great.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Loved it!!
    CHuttotexasfun2014VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The fried chicken was tasty , crisp snd moist on the inside, with just the right spicy crispy crust. The shrimp grits were smoothe and the brown gravy was scrumptious !! Would love to go back!! Bloody Mary's were yummy!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding flavors
    Spiker53
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The fried chicken is the best i`ve tasted of any place in all my travels throughout the world. It`s a must try if you and your group want to have a fantastic meal with different plates to sample, do the chicken. My wife had the Dr. Pepper brazed shot rib and it`s a good portion of great flavors. We tried to replicate the meal at home, came close to The Front Pouch`s, but not even as good. The wait staff are great and attentive so overall get a reservation and have a wonderful meal whatever you have, plus for San Francisco they are moderately priced.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the food, hated the server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I've been to the front porch a few times, all the food is great, but the other night we had a server that had the demeanor of a wet mop. We had to reminder our server about drinks and appetizers we ordered, and once the server realized we had ask a different server for our orders, the server came over and tried to be nice....unfortunately it was a little too late for that. Our server seems way more interested in the hipster friends or what was happening at the Rock Bar than anything else. LAME!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • super experience!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    we saw this place on DDDs!! i brought my fiancé here the night i proposed to her.. the place was amazing.. the food was superb.. and the staff was awesome!! they found out we were engaged and made it a night to remember!! we will definitely be going back to this place very soon!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • plumpuddingVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    It's easy to miss because it looks like someone's front porch. :-) We had a great meal; the fried green tomatoes with red pepper coulis is a tasty starter and the wild Louisiana shrimp is what shrimp should taste like! We'll be back soon!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • **YUM**
    Schatzi
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Loved the chicken & waffles, fried okra, mac n cheese w/side of ham!! Excellent value, service and drinks! = )
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent again!
    SFTempTransplantVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Second time around, charmed again! This time I brought along a couple more friends. The food was consistently excellent. This is fast becoming a go-to place for me and my friends. No drama-just great food, great atmosphere, and excellent service. This restaurant is a winner and I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good local resturant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    How fun to walk down the hill to a fun and yummy place for dinner on a Friday night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Loved your Fried Chicken with mashed potatoes! And of course your Pecan Pie
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    TVL69
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Check it out! Worth it. It's pricey if you want to enjoy the whole food experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relax on The Front Porch!
    SFTempTransplantVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This is an excellent restaurant. As a La. native and a traveler to the Caribbean, I'm always skeptical about restaurants that claim to be "home, Southern, or Caribbean, I cringe. Thanks to The Front Porch, I can now have the real deal Southern dining experience in San Francisco. The service, particularly from the friendly owner who greeted us at the door was excellent! The atmosphere was busy, charged, energetic, without the typical hot restaurant pretension. The food was phenomenal. I consider myself a friend chicken, mac & cheese, and okra connoisseur, but they nailed it!!! The surprise of the evening was the deviled eggs with the bacon/jalapeño twist-Awesome! I will definitely return and soon!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Killer Fried Chicken
    ashmud
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Great southern food, with great drinks to boot....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mypick2eat
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Would recommend to anyone who looking for great southern food with a twist of fun dining! We tried several appetizers all were really good; if you love bacon be sure to try the dates wrapped in bacon with goat cheese!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy Comfort Food
    GoodEats52
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I had heard that their fried chicken was some of the best in city, so when I walked through the door and was greeted by the wonderful aroma of fried chicken I felt at home. My two friends and I ordered the bucket of chicken which was plentiful and delicious. Our appetizers which also served as sides consisted of short ribs (new to the menu), whole fried okra, fried green tomatoes and biscuits. All of the dishes were well seasoned and cooked to perfection. Oh, did I mentioned the complimentary side of mac & cheese. :) The staff and servers were friendly, attentive and fast. This was my first visit but it won't be my last!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for the fried chicken
    Mark94115
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The fried chicken was great, service was good. Super noisy and crowded.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Good Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The fried chicken dinner w/ Mac & Chz along w/ the dr. pepper short ribs dinner was delicious. So worth the experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Really enjoyed the Food, Drinks, and excellent service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Southern (Mission) Hospitality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The food is fabulous - great fried chicken, pecan crusted flounder, short ribs, and a wonderful appetizer or bacon wrapped, goat cheese stuffed datetes! Wow! While the bourbon and rye selection is good, I highly recommend the "porch swing," a delicious and summery bourbon cocktail.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday on the Front Porch
    CoolSarahK
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Had my birthday here this past week and I had never heard of this place before. It was recommended to us by a friend and I could not have been happier. We had some drinks at the Rock Bar across the street which had an amazing list of signature cocktails. The Manhattan was unbelievable. Then we ended up across the street for dinner where we closed the place down. It was full of people but everyone was just so amazing, servers and patrons alike! The food was scrumptious and I was already thinking about coming back half way through my meal. It made me upset that I live in the Tendernob! So far away from this amazing spot. Will be back, and will be back SOON!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Went here for my birthday after seeing this place on a tv show. Lived up to its reputation. Food an service were excellent! Drinks were good too
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Customer service & food fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I had a very random question about their back of house operations & kitchen & the owner personally came by to discuss it with me. She later offered to email follow up. The food was just as amazing & great wine! I recommend reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get the Fried Chicken
    RosieAVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The bucket of chicken at Front Porch is a great late-night meal at a great price. The chicken is juicy inside and crispy outside. The collard greens and corn on the cob sides were a favorite. We had a little bit of a wait for our table, not a big deal, but the staff was super communicative about the wait and then offered to comp some appetizers.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Early Father's Day dinner
    407Helimech
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We spent the afternoon at the beach and found this place was nearby, had online reservations and open late. Appetizer, drinks & dinner were AWESOME! I chose the bacon wrapped dates as the appetizer and they were especially tasty. For dinner, I had the Dr. Pepper braised short ribs w/mashed potatoes, wifey had the pork chop with a side of mac & cheese (should be it's own food group) and my son had a bacon cheeseburger & fries. The short ribs were fork only, fall apart tender and the pork chop was extremely flavorful. My son devoured the burger in what I would call record time for him. Fine dining in a casual, neighborhood joint is probably the best way to describe this place. Drop by Tand enjoy a great meal. You won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • horrible service food didnt live up
    Guythatwent
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    two people ended up with very upset stomachs after dining here. service was unorganized. 20 minutes between drinks, one time 30 minutes. i understand it is cool for the hipster service crowd to not groom and appear to have not bathed but when they reach over the top of your plates and food you are receiving unsanitary service. Fried chicken wasnt bad. One of the most memorable parts of the evening is when a drink, described in the menu as having a sugared rim, was served without a sugared rim and the waiter was asked if we got the correct drink, the waiter pulled a very unprofessional attitude snapping "I can bring you a different drink if you dont want the one you ordered."You can get this food better and cheaper at any soul food place.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So good
    Davor
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This place is really, really good. The southern style food is terrific, as are the cocktails. It's so comfortable that it feels like your living room. There's always a good crowd, but you can still hear your companions and enjoy their company as well as the food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Southern Excellence
    JessVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Like a trip to Savannah. Excellent Southern food in a friendly environment.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a winner
    mgummere
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    A favorite spot...food is always good and atmosphere is fun. Reservations helpful unless eating after 10.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • different
    ronnbee
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    So it has a new orleans twist for sure. It could of been a little more flavorful . We had a big group and we tried about 6 different dishes my favorite was the braised ribs and the mac n cheese.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brilliant Front Porch
    Middletonmagic
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We booked from the UK having seen the FP on Triple D the week before. We were warmly welcomed and the service and food was outstanding - the Chicken is brilliant and the DrPepper Rib to die for. Being Brits however the portions were huge and we couldn't do them justice ! Starve yourself before a visit ! Thanks FP - you were great. Jackie & Andy Gilbert
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.