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: (415) 695-7800
  • 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
125 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (101)fit for foodies (61)great for brunch (40)hot spot (27)great for outdoor dining (25)good for groups (22)late-night find (18)kid-friendly (16)special occasion (14)vibrant bar scene (14)romantic (12)great for lunch (12)notable wine list (5)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great Date Night Spot
    1CoolCouple
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Wow...Thanks Triple D for the recommendation! Shrimp and Grits were delish as well as the Dr. Pepper Beef. It was a cute, quaint but charming neighborhood gem. My honey and I will be back for the fried chicken.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had the spicy shrimp and grits and the short ribs. Both were excellent. Definitely be up to expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good times!
    harbrsl
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    service was friendly and fast. the beignets were light and flavorful but not too sweet. the mac n cheese was like crack it was so good! i realized i'm not a grits girl as i dug into my grits, egg, mushroom, goat cheese, spinach, bacon crack skillet. the grits have a texture i don't like and the whole dish didn't have enough flavor for me. shame but i will be back for that pork hash or maybe those chicken and waffles!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous
    Cathy
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food was wonderful.We went for brunch can't wait to go for dinner. I'm not a fan of grits but the cheesy grits were delicious. I had the eggs benedict with andouille sausage and cheesy grits. Fabulous! My husband had the shrimp and grits delicious as well. We both had a lovely day to drink,good but not great. I'm looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awsome food, awesome staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Highly recommend making reservations for big group. I made reservation about a month ahead for 7 people. The table was all set for us, staff was warm and tentative. Food was awesome, you have to try the fried pickles, braised short ribs, fried chicken and mac and cheese.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fun here
    ogmissionista
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food and the atmosphere are very good, but what keeps me coming back to the Front Porch is the service. Everyone is attentive, friendly and welcoming without hovering. Relaxing and fun every time. Oh, and also delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great beignets
    SFCitizen
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Very nice place to have a good Sunday brunch. Beignets were very good. Chicken fried steak with cream gravy was awesome. Great service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • happyVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I enjoyed brunch and would go back for dinner to try different menu items. Top restaurant priority for me is finding seats away from infants and adults acting like infants. There is not too much room to do so at Front Porch.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Do I dare rave?
    scmavenVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Okay, I'm a Front Porch frequent flyer. I know the owners by first name and half the servers as well. I have NEVER been let down by this place. Watching the Giants win game 3 of the NLCS at the end of the bar with Cyrus serving up Corpse Revivers was a peak experience. Oh yeah, and the food rocks - every one of Cyrus' recommendations was a home run. I am always reluctant to rave about a place because then it gets too crowded for when I want to go, but I know that Josie, Kevin and Jacob will take care of their number one fan!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome and consistent!
    Foodmama
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    This was my third visit in the last couple of months. Watermelon Tomato Salad amazing and I've had it each visit...so refreshing! The Sweet Tea Brined Pork Chop with corn and kale is so tender and juicy and the Tomato Gazpacho light and not too spicy, especially nice on a warm evening. Strawberry Sorbet was a bit sweet and the bread pudding with bacon was a bit dense, but the sauce was good. All in all still a high recommendation to all my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Front Porch
    Annabelle
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Easy to make a reservation for three, though when we were seated, it was at a table in the back next to the kitchen, which made for more noise and clatter than usual. Good food and service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quality food and lots of fun
    MattPacific
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Warm and happy people doing a great job with delicious classics prepared better than I had then before.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Fried Chicken!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This place has THE best fried chicken in the City. And this time we did the gluten free option and it was a home run also! And those crab fritters are out of this world. The portions are very hardy and the service couldn't have been nicer. We sat back by the kitchen and I was impressed with the all round good vibe and extraordinary delicacies coming from such a small space!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Great place great people great food just expensive
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A unique San Francisco place
    Surprising
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The food at The Front Porch is very good as well as being creatively conceived and executed. The bar makes drinks that have the same quality. One would be hard pressed to find anything comparable in the City. The atmosphere is relaxed and informal making everyone welcome including people who don't go out to eat often along side foodies. It is a neighborhood place with an unusual décor, especially the ceiling which is wonderful and feels very old San Francisco. Their specialty, Fried Chicken, alone makes it worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fried Chicken!
    SFLizVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Of everything they make, the fried chicken is the most consistently great. I wish the sides were a little more ZINGY, but it's so fun to get an actual bucket of fried chicken and it's truly excellent, crispy outside and moist inside.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good experience.
    KimTor
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Went because of Diners Drive-ins and Dives. We booked and then changed to a later time - staff were very accommodating! Great service. Food was good but my expectations were high. Had chicken and waffles - chicken was outstanding, waffles average. Husband had hash, it was average. Overall good experience, would definitely recommend. But it was further away from our hotel in Fishermans wharf than I realized. Thankfully we went on our way to the airport!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I enjoyed it very much.
    FredThePlumber
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We had mac and cheese and hush puppies as apitizers and a bucket of chicken as the main. That and the drinks and service was all great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable
    Obispo
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I'm confident that I'll eat well and feel welcomed at The Front Porch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great comfort food!
    FoodyoneVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The most amazing fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and fried corn! Fresh blackened flounder and salads were also great! Warm welcome and friendly helpful service, full bar, and neat atmosphere! If you like comfort food, and who doesn't, this is the place!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    nicknamexx123
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is a great place with amazing food and excellent cocktails that is also kid friendly at brunch. It is nice to get something great for the adults that keeps the kids happy too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok but not great
    lovetoeat
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Expected more after reading the reviews. Food was good and service great but like a lot of San Francisco restaurants, the food was over priced for what it was. Brunswick stew was wonderful, pork chop really good, fried chicken good but not great. Would still go back if I was in the area again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing.... Too loins
    Bharb
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food and decor and staff all Amazing. Convenient and easy to park. I am from Atlanta and felt right at home. The fried chicken and the shrimp and grits delicious... I was thrilled. It was so loud. Wow. The only draw back to the night . We were with guest from out if town... We didn't event talk. Too loud- so many drunk people and parties. It felt more like a bar than a restaurant. The food was Amazing and I will go again.... I will only sit outside though.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thumbs up
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    One of the best places for fried chicken. Everything we ordered was tasty even something as simple as mashed potato. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ah-May-Zing!!!!
    work2eat
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Saw The Front Porch on DDD 2 years ago and we finally made it! Ambience was a little dark but comfy, service was good. The fried chicken was perfection -- crispy on the outside and so juicy on the inside. The collard greens were like my husband's grandma used to make, and according to him, she was Queen of the Greens! Garlic mashers were creamy and smooth. Dinner was big enough for my husband and I to share (4 pieces of chicken). We split the Heirloom Tomato and Watermelon salad -- Yuh-Umm! My son got the Braised Dr. Pepper Short Ribs. First words out of his mouth: Oh. My. God. Only complaint: we had to paid for substitutions (couple of bucks). All in all, one of the best dining experiences EVER!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute Spot
    Yummm
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I should have been more prepared for Soul Food= Fried Food. I do not really eat fried food...so I ate light. Cute spot, great staff...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fried Chicken!
    SherryFromSF
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Our friends recommended this place for fried chicken, and it did not disappoint. It came with delicious mashed potatoes and gravy, and collard greens -- the perfect comfort food when you need a fix. We tried a couple of their special cocktails. Joe's was OK, mine was exceedingly strong, but what I expected based on the description. It looks like it might have been a diner at one point -- there are car bench seats, and cute decorations. There's even a small outside seating area with heaters. The only downside, was that there was a gnat or two near our table that night. It could have been because of the hot days we've been having and they got inside. I'd recommend this place when you need to get your fried chicken on.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Great food and large portions. Great service and very friendly. Well worth the trip to get there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Pleasant Discovery
    exopchef
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Wow what a great discovery. Let's keep this place our secret.Found this place from reading it's reviews and they are spot on. Tasty food in a hip vibrant atmosphere. The gumbo was a homerun in taste and spice. Followed up by the best, most tender pork chop known to mankind. What a great piece of pig. With sides like collard greens, kale and cornbread how can you go wrong. Oh yeah and don't forget to get an order of the fried dates stuffed with goat cheese. It's a mouthgasm.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great place..always come with the family. Staff very friendly and food is delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent dining experience
    digitalboy75
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.