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The Front Porch
The Front Porch
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The Front Porch Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.frontporchtally.com
  • Email: info@frontporchtally.com
  • Phone: (850) 222-0934
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner
    Monday: CLOSED
    Tuesday-Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday-Saturday: 4:00 - 11:00pm
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

    Brunch
    Saturday-Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Southern, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Chris Leynes
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: A full catering menu is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Catering menus are reflective of the region and feature only the freshest ingredients.

    Contact Rachel Woods, our Business Development Manager at 850.222.0957 for further information on meetings and events.
  • Private Party Facilities: Charming event space is available in three separate interior locations. The Tarpon room can accommodate 16-20 people on the main level of the restaurant.

    Two additional function rooms are located on the Second Floor accommodating up to 50 people for plated dinners and 60 people for receptions and theater style seating.
  • Private Party Contact: Rachel Woods (850) 222-0957

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th Avenue
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: For your convenience complimentary valet parking is provided.
A word from The Front Porch
A masterpiece that will change the culinary landscape of Tallahassee forever, The Front Porch combines the casual nature of the old south with one of the South's most treasured ingredients; fresh seafood. The only raw bar in Tallahassee to serve local shellfish and crustacea as well as that from around the country.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent food and service in a great upscale yet relaxing "Front Porch" atmosphere. We are out-of-towners and have been twice now while celebrating special events with our college student. Will be back. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time at the Front Porch! The fish was so good! "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "outdoor seating was very pleasant and the wait staff very attentive. happy hour drink specials were good, but the appetizers were so-so. seafood misto batter was tasteless. did a better job with cajun shrimp. their table biscuits were good. overall, kinda pricey; you're paying for the atmosphere."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We discovered this place a year ago while visiting our daughter at college! Great atmosphere! Great food! Great service! Great location! AMAZING OUTDOOR DINNING! Beautiful inside and out! You won't regret going! This is our number one choice in Tally!!!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Overpriced for the food produced and for the inelegant setting. Loud inappropriate music, bare cheap-looking tables--no linens, not even a placemat. My husband's steak had gristle and was cheap cut of meat. My grouper was not fresh and had a "fishy" taste. Pistachio "crust" on it was soggy. We were very disappointed and felt we overpaid for a low quality experience. Server was nice but service was slow."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Service was poor. We had a pleasant waitress who was forgetful and SLOW! One beverage was half a drink and the replacement took too long. Others at the table had finished their drinks by the time the correct drink arrived. Service of the meal was way too slow, I hosted the table for a birthday dinner and was embarrassed by the tardiness of the service. Waitress seemed indifferent to our concerns.."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "My grandparents are very picky when it comes to eating out. They decided to visit one weekend and left me the task of picking the restaurants. I chose The Front Porch for one of the evenings and they enjoyed it very much! We ordered oysters and the hush puppies as an appetizer. The hush puppies were pretty good, but the presentation was odd (a brown paper bag). The oysters were amazing and we ended up ordering another dozen. The fish soup was also excellent! The ceviche was nothing exciting. It seemed to be more fruit with flakes of seafood. I've also never had ceviche that was so soupy. If I went back I would not order that again. Our service was great, I think our server's name was Bryce. He was attentive and professional."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Food (entre) was very good--not great (should be great at their price point). Service a bit slow--let's just say it was probably more than a bit slow. BUT really enjoyed the Front Porch--great ambience, really good starters. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "absolutely awful service. waited an hour for food that wasnt even that great. would not reccomend."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We took friends from out of town here. Food was excellent although it took *forever.*"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We had a great meal, from the delicious homemade biscuits to outstanding hush puppies to amazing desserts. I look forward to many future meals at The Front Porch."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Our experience was average. More interaction between the waiter would have been a bonus. The whole time we were dining we only saw him twice and had to ask him to come to our table. The restaurant was nice but the service needs a lot of work."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Any time I go to Front Porch I always have a great experience. Their brunch is on point and their wine and drink menu is great! The atmosphere is perfect for a Sunday brunch or a dinner with a group of friends."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I love the atmosphere and the porch dining, but the food is not as good as I would expect for the price."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The atmosphere of this restaurant was great. Very romantic and cozy. The good however, left room to be desired. My meal came out stone cold. The server was nice. They took 25 percent off the check due to freezing cold food."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I loved this menu! It was unique, and all food items were absolutely excellent! We started with the Cajun Shrimp and Crab Cakes as appetizers. The Cajun Shrimp were to die for! A lot of flavor and good kick! Then I got the grilled grouper with citrus rice. The fish was well seasoned and tender, and had a nice crisp finish on the outside. However, the service was slow at times, and things were forgotten with no apology. The serving staff started out very attentive and dwindled from there. The most annoying thing about the experience was that I was seated outside and the lights flickered all night. It was very distracting for a business conversation, therefore I would challenge that you should sit inside which has a much nicer atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "The flavor of the food was very good, but the wait was horrible. It took a long time to get our drinks and appetizer. Then several minutes later our bread was delivered. It seemed like there was no urgency to deliver dinner. We had a similar experience a few months ago on a different visit. Finally when dinner was over, I had pre ordered desert for a birthday celebration, I asked for the desert. It took 15 mins to get it to us. Infact we had to grit our server to put into a box as we had a movie to catch. We scheduled 90 minutes for dinner, more than enough time."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We were a party of 7 and had a reservation for 12:30 pm on 3/23/2014. We were seated and our server was very attentive and took our orders. Our food did not arrive until 1:15 PM which all of us seemed to agree was a little too long."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We had been here several times and had been disappointed with the quality of the food for the prices. Recently we received a gift card so decided to give them another chance, so glad we did. The seafood entrees were amazing, would highly recommend the Whole Red Snapper and Grilled Grouper."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We stopped by on our way through FLA, and enjoyed a wonderful lunch on a sunny Sunday. Food was great, young waiters pleasant and accomodating. Couldnt ask for more!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Four of us had brunch at the Front Porch on a beautiful day. It was a bit cold outside so we opted to sit inside. Very nice atmosphere and décor. Food was good except for one dish. My daughter had the crab salad, which was the most expensive dish on the menu. It was disappointing. Originally came with no dressing. She had to ask for dressing which was supposed to be avocado based, but simply looked like guacamole - not dressing consistency. The crab tasted like something from a can. She barely finished half of it. We'll give the place another try, though."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Had a party of 8 on a Wednesday night with short notice. Enjoyed a nice dinner outside with friends. Service was good, but slow at times -- seemed understaffed for the evening. Overall, was a very good experience. The Front Porch is a unique experience in Tallahassee."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Reservations at 7 and seated at 7, but in a high- traffic, crowded area. Greeted at door by a disinterested, unfriendly hostess and that general attitude carried through the evening with almost everyone we encountered. Server was distracted, seemed too busy or uninterested - commented at one point there was a large party ahead of us. Lengthy waits for appetizer and an eternity between appetizer and meal. 90 minutes after we arrived we were finally served our meal (not by our original server). The food was good but the whole experience was so not worth the $100 for a party of 2. One previous dinner about 6 months ago service was ok, but again just not worth the $$$. Will not return."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "I've eaten at this restaurant 5 times, and each time I've gone back, it's been slightly worse than the time before as far as the menu, food, and organization."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "I had a very bad experience. i wanted to take my girls there for brunch and the waitress was very sweet but i did not understand why a table that came 20 mins after me got there food first. My biggest problem there was that our food was so bad. We had order steak and eggs and our steak came out with the stinky sour smell that we were scared to eat it. Then we had ask to bring another one out and it was the same. We had also order the chicken and waffle. The chicken was so dry and the waffle was like uncooked in the center . I am sorry it was a nice environment but i would never take my girls to eat there again."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Everybody I had asked spoke so highly of The Front Porch and their happy hour. I was very disappointed. Their happy hour is 4pm-7pm and has very limited choices. I was looking forward to trying the blueberry martini, however, was told that it was not part of the happy hour. I thought the restaurant was too overpriced and not worth the money for what you received. The service was as bad, if not worse, than the drink specials. I will not be going back."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We were excited to try out Front Porch for brunch. I've only ever been there before for cocktails and the oyster bar, which was quite good. Brunch, however, was a huge letdown. We mainly went because they were doing an event with the Tallahassee Museum - which was great, and the ambiance at Front Porch is wonderful. The food, however, was an incredible disappointment. After waiting 30+ minutes for our food, several of our group's dishes arrived ice cold. Moreover, my crab benedict had a seriously disappointing lack of crab meat in it, and the poached egg yolks were hard, possibly from sitting under a heating lamp too long. But we ate b/c we were starving after having waited so long, so we received no discount or even apology."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "I saw the website and was excited by the menu. The wine was very good and my server but that was about it. The calamari appetizer was too salty, the hush puppies too bland and the tuna entree was rice and tuna with a weird cocktail sauce on top. The menu stated a peach sauce. I couldn't eat it and sent it back. I had to wait forever for a disappointing meal. I ordered a crab salad to go. It was passable but not at $22 for lettuce and a bit of crab meat. I was told the chef left and staff was cooking until new chef arrived. That doesn't help customers like me from out of town hoping for a good meal. Go to Cypress if you want a good meal."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Perhaps it was because I had recently been to Apalachacola where the food was superb, but the food seemed very mediocre for an "upscale" restaurant. Also, there were multiple items that you were out of that would usually be standard pantry stock. I would understand running out of a specific fish but running out of nuts for sundaes, etc., seems like it should not happen."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Made a reservation with a group of friends excited to try the brunch at The Front Porch. Other meals have been excellent -- great food, service, wonderful atmosphere. Unfortunately the brunch experience was not good. We will most likely return for dinner at some point but definitely not brunch."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Really enjoyed my Valentine dinner here. Was very different from the average fine dinning restaurant considering the southern charm and warm home feeling of the venue."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Visiting FSU and was looking for something local. This place is a great find! Great ambiance, very casual, love the outdoor "porch" seating and the outdoor bar. Food was great! Apps: Fried Oysters, Oyster and Clam combo and Cajun shrimp, all excellent! Shrimp and grits, Seared Yellow fin tuna(very sicy glaze) and pisctacio grouper. All really good."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Food was amazing! Oysters Rockefeller, lobster bisque, seared tuna, and the brownie dessert!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Food and ambience were incredible. Perfect place for a special occasion or a night with someone special. Only critique would be the service is a touch slow, could be a southern thing. Overall this place is fantastic and such a treat to visit."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "the tiny salad was $8, there was no lobster which was disappointing in a seafood restaurant, all I had was soup and salad and a glass of wine, my companion had just water with his grouper dinner, and the bill was over $60!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Went for a belated Valentine's dinner with my boyfriend. I ordered the BBQ glazed salmon, and he wanted the pistachio-crusted grouper. Unfortunately, they were out of grouper, so they offered to do the crust on a snapper instead. Our waitress was attentitve, however, our food seemed to take a little while to get out to us, which I wasn't too upset about. I could see they were busy. My only negative comment (and really it's not that negative, but it's why I didn't rate higher), the smoked cheddar grits just didn't seem as though they had a "smoky" flavor, which is why I ordered them. However, the salmon and the snapper tasted very fresh and cooked extrely well!!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Great spot for a special occasion. Valentine's Day went off without a hitch. We had an excellent time, great food, great service, and Ms. Pat's desserts are incredible. Would highly recommend, just be aware that it is on the pricier side for Tallahassee."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Awesome food. Ceviche is amazing as was the pistachio grouper. Highly recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I visited the Front Porch last year, and was very satisfied with my whole dining experience, from service, to the quality of food, reason why I repeated it this year, but this time the service was not very good, neither the food. The appetizers where some dry and other salty, even the bread was not good, and the waitress said it was because it was not made by the regular person..., really? I will try it again in a few months, because I love the place, but I hope they can fix this mishaps"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Loved the ambience!! It was very comfortable, and we all enjoyed our experience."
    Dined on 2/2/2014