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The Front Porch
The Front Porch

The Front Porch Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.frontporchtally.com
  • Phone: (850) 222-0934
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner
    Monday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
    Tuesday-Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
    Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

    Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Sunday: 10am - 2:00pm

    Happy Hour
    Daily: 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday: 9:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Southern, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Katie Spetman
  • 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.

  • 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 60 people for plated dinners and 80 people for receptions and theater style seating.
  • Entertainment: Live music Fridays from 9:00pm to 12:00am
  • Special Events & Promotions: We host monthly "Movies Under the Oaks" on our front deck, showcasing timeless classics accompanied with a three course prix fix dinner menu and complimentary champagne. Seats are limited so make your reservations with our hostess.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
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 WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Although Front Porch had a beautiful ambiance and decent drinks at the bar, our experience was marred by the fact that we had not even been GREETED by a single server and not given drinks for 35 minutes, even AFTER I actively sought out a server. Although the night manager this past Saturday offered "exceptional service" the next time we dined there, he merely handed us his card without clear indication of compensation for time lost and wasted. I STRONGLY recommend other dining experiences. (In fact, we had gone to the Cypress restaurant in lieu of, and we were completely happy with the food and service.) The Front Porch is NOT worth the wait."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "The food was not good and the selection that evening was poor."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Have been to the Front Porch several times and each time it is delicious and memorable. Highly recommend it and suggest reservations...."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "So this is our 5th trip to the Front Porch. Each trip requires 2-3 months to forget that the food does not match the ambiance or promise/hope we have for this great venue. The appetizers are ordinary, the entrees meh. Specifically I had the pistachio crusted grouper. Way too salty and over cooked. For the price...go elsewhere."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Everything from the drinks to our brunch was wonderful. Our service was helpful and knowledge about the menu. I had the steak and eggs with the buffalo blue mixed drink-all perfection. My friend had the Appalchacola Oysters that were so fresh and flavorful, as well as their halpeno margaritta. Next time we shall try to same some room for dessert. Highly recommend for brunch."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We were anxious to return as our first dining experience was memorable. On this night, it was was less than satisfactory. Our favorite, shrimp and grits , was cold and the grits were lumpy. The redo was not much better. One diner had the grouper which was clearly not fresh. On the good side, the server was attentive and the ambiance lovely. Maybe the chef was on vacation."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The food and service were outstanding. On the negative side, we had requested indoor seating when we made the reservation and again when we confirmed and were told that it would be noted in our reservation. When we arrived, the hostess asked if we wanted to be indoors or outdoors; when I pointed out that 'indoors' was noted in our reservation she said it was not there. Because they were not busy, there was no problem seating us indoors, but I was disappointed that there seemed to be nothing in the reservation as promised. We were seated right next to the door to the outside, which, since it is a sliding door, remained open for the staff to go in and out. This allowed the considerable noise from the outside to come in, along with flies."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "There were flies and gnats inside the restaurant. This required fanning and swiping to keep them off the food and our faces. We made mention to our server and the very nice Asst. Manager made his way over quickly to make apologies in an effort to make us feel better."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "We took our Grandchildren out to celebrate our Granddaughters graduation from FSU. It was a Sunday evening and there were five of us. We sat outside and listened to great 40's music, with wonderful service and excellent food. Our server, was attentive but also allowed us time to sit and visit while we had two bottles of wine and then shared coffee and desserts. We will certainly come back when we visit the Grandchildren."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "The restaurant itself is absolutely beautiful the service was impeccable but the food was so it was nothing special and for the price it just could've been a lot better I was not impressed-it didn't match the atmosphere, I mean grilled salmon over plain white rice and a couple of asparagus spears on the side you can get that at Cody's."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I requested on 3 separate occasions to have my party of 5 sit indoors. Not once did the manager or any his staffers ever advised me that there was no inside seating until we show up. Let me tell you that August in Florida is not exactly the time of year you want to sit outside in nice clothes and have a party. Add to that very slow and inconsistent service and you have a recipe for not so much fun. So the $600 I spent were not worth it... I would not recommend this place to anyone. And if you do go, do not rely on the reservation that you submitted unless you are ready to walk out..."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "After summer school ended. I celebrated with my daughter with excellent food, causal sophisticated outdoor environment!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We had a great time dining here. The food was good and the drinks where great, but the service was outstanding. We had an excellent waitress and outstanding service. Our car battery even died and the staff was quick to come to our rescue."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "I brought my mother to FP for her birthday and it was lovely. Lout waitress was accommodating and the food, delicious! My mother loved the shrimp and grits!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "My son and I had an awesome dinner at The Front Porch 2 nights ago. The atmosphere was pleasant and our waitress was attentive. Although the prices were quite high (even compared to my "foodie" hometown of Greenville, SC.), the meal was creatively prepared and delicious. The restaurant's low reviews I saw online prior to our reservation were laughed at by my son's roommates who say it is one of the best in town (I agree). I ordered pistachio-encrusted grouper over smoked gouda grits (fabulous) and my son had the crab-encrusted filet mignon (a bit rare for his request for "Medium," but he still enjoyed it. Our side of haricot vert and julienne carrots were cooked perfectly. I have nothing negative to say about this delightful place."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Multiple well-placed fans helped an outdoor dinner at the Front Porch a pleasant occasion. Our server was excellent, and the ambience fun but civil! Had a great time!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Brunch was delicious. My son loved his crab cake egg Benedict. I had the chicken and waffles which were good. Two others had French toast and devoured them. The building is decorated very well. A very enjoyable experience!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The Front Porch has a great casual southern feel and great food and service to go with it. Menu has mostly seafood but has enough variety for everyone."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Hoped it would be better. Shrimp and grits good flavor but too much grits. It's hard eating shrimp with the tails on. Pistachio grouper cooked well but bland, maybe a spicier sauce would help plus too many grits again. Cajun shrimp good flavor but add more sauce and serve with french bread."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Wish I lived in Tallahassee! Every visit must include brunch. The omeletes and chicken and waffles are just terrific! I know... Chicken and waffles covered with warm bacon syrup! Can't wait for my next visit."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "beautiful spot but food was disappointing would not eat there again"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Just down the street from the Biltmore Estate, this restaurant has it all from appetizers to dessert. The gazpacho is as good as I've ever had and the bread pudding was worthy of a visit on its own. And our server, Eddie, was terrific and his drinks were even better. Thanks CK."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The hostess and the waiter we had were very good. Our food order we had to reselect a couple of times because items were either out of season or not available Saturday. The problem with a menu that carries seasonal items becomes a irritation for the guest when each time you choose something and it's not available, this happened with both the fish and the wine. Once we finally did pick something they had, it was very good. The noise and ambiance was very low key and relaxing, even with people sitting next to you it felt like you had your own table. The restaurant has enormous potential, I hope they fine tune some things on their menu."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "While the food was good, the gnats and flies made the dining experience unpleasant."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Already posted a review on Yelp. Don't waste your money at this place. They need to learn how to cook--overdone shrimp in two dishes, overdone spaghetti. How simple are those things to cook?? No flavor. For those prices , you need to serve better food. Won't be back. Don't understand the crowds."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I had brunch at the Front Porch last Saturday morning. He's more of a breakfast fan so he got the omelet and I got the lobster bisque. Overall, the food was good. Nothing to write home about though. The complimentary biscuits were a little on the dry side. I love the ambiance of this place, though! Will go back."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "From the moment you walk up to this establishment you are transposed to the coast. The menu is limited, but done superbly. The seafood was prepared perfectly, the ceveche was delish, and so was the shrimp and grits. Their staff was knowledgeable and kind. Would recommend, and excited to try brunch."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I was disappointed in the food at The Front Porch. What a beautiful setting to waste on so-so food. The prices at The Front Porch set us up for higher expectations. This could have been a fabulous evening but it wasn't."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Service a little slow. 4 adults dining. Requested drinks on 1 check & remainder on seperate check. Charged drinks & 2 dishes on 1 check & rest on main check, gave air if annoyance when this was pointed out to her, did not offer to redo checks as originally requested. Food & atmosphere were good."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • " The ambience was VERY GOOD Our server, Desiree was VERY GOOD--she introduced herself right away and pleasant and was very attentive to our needs and getting our food to us in a timely manner. However, after we were served and she checked on us to make sure how we were doing, it seemed that the area my husband and I were sitting in was being closed down because it took a long time for her to come back and give us our check and then even longer to get our credit card slip back. And the food was mediocre at best-not very flavorful and not much of a choice other than grits with the seafood entrees."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This venue is excellent for the social group type. Although my first visit, I saw no settings that indicated romantic dining available. The cuisine was very tasty and the wine choices admirable. The staff knowledge of entrees's and wine was very astute. I will recommend to friends and family for their evaluation."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "the food was bland, I don't like spicy food, but expect my food to have some flavor to it. the entrees we had were grouper and shrimp with grits. These are all staples of the Florida Gulf Coast, but the Chef missed the boat; its hard to mess these entrees up, but....."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The best service probably in all North Florida as I am a well traveled foodie. Love the atmosphere and decor. The selection of alcoholic beverages is amazing! Favorite place in town to get a great night started."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The food was great and the customer service was about average. However the atmosphere is a little misplaced, and the menu is a bit pricy"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "I felt the food should have been much better. I tried ordering 2 items off the menu but they were unavailable. They had specials that night but they were not seafood. Very beautiful setting with outstanding service but the food fell well below my expectations. I can say that I have tried it, but will not recommend it to others"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "cool venue. good food. great ambience. great bar. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Dinner and service was much improved compared to our last visit. Welcome back Front Porch!!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I don't know if the chef was on a vacation , but the food was very bla. Food was great the last time we went. Not worth the money this time"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Grits and shrimp was really good, although I could do without the tails. Hush puppies verrrry interesting! BUT! Barbecued shrimp had to be sent back because the BBQ sauce was way too salty. Two suggestions: make it without salt and have a shaker on the table, and serve it on the side."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Really enjoyed all aspects, food and service. Will always have dinner when in town. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014