Octagon Porch

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Southern
Octagon Porch welcomes guests with seasonally-inspired cuisine accentuated with graceful Southern hospitality. Our culinarians construct a fresh interpretation of the heritage and flavors of the Carolinas, created from the freshest locally-sourced ingredients. Cuisine is accompanied by an Award-winning Sommelier and carefully crafted wine list.
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Des Moines
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience5

The food was outstanding and we enjoyed that aspect of our dining experience, but the service was ridiculous. I had friends in from out of town and I specifically reserved the porch for their visit a month prior. When we arrived we were told a bridal party has the entire porch and we’d have to sit inside. No one called to inform us of this. I was extremely upset because I would have take my guests to another restaurant with an opening outside had I known. Do not allow outside reservations if you don’t intend to fulfill them.

P
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

I am gluten free. No separate menus. Did not feel encouraged about servers knowledge. The salad I had was very good. The dessert peach melba was not good. I did not feel well for a day after which indicates contamination of gluten.

MC
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

How do you describe perfection? We have eaten at the Octagon Porch two times and every time the service, food is impeccable! You have to fry the fried green tomatoes, heavenly!

BG
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Dan once again was remarkable. From the appetizer mussels to the entree short ribs, shrimp and grits and scallops in homemade pasta, everything was hot and delicious. Try the potato wedges with truffles. Service was both efficient and welcoming. Thank you for a great meal.

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It seems it always takes a considerable amount of time to receive drinks. Otherwise usually an enjoyable experience.

G
Charleston
40 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I understand this is high end resort in which Octagon Porch is situated. Prices for lunch were high, and the wine list was very expensive. As it turns out, I was charged double for my wine when my check arrived. Food was adequate—not worth repeating. The hotel atmosphere is nice, but traffic from the hotel from the pool area comes parading through the restaurant. Lunch for two with 1 glass of wine was $68.

CG
Charleston
39 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

I am local and love this Montage property. Unfortunately the restaurant service continues to decline with each visit. The menu for lunch was very limited and selections not very tasty. We have many dining options in the Bluffton area but none that can compare to the natural beauty of Palmetto Bluff. I recommend Montage mgmt act quickly to upgrade the Octagon Porch, it needs an over haul top to bottom. The room is lovely and inviting day and evening.

B
Milwaukee
77 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience — food and service were excellent.
Fantastic restaurant hidden within Palmetto Bluff.

SB
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Birthday dinner with family and friends was very nice. Service was spotty and did not measure up even though restaurant was not overly busy.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Nice it was

JS
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had the Sunday breakfast buffet. Selection was good and food was very tasty. Got the impression that a lot of the items were locally sourced so everything seemed very fresh.

Atmosphere was relaxing and they accommodated us earlier that our reservation was set for, which was appreciated.

OT
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food is amazing and service impeccable!

SH
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We came for a Father’s Day Lunch. The food was fantastic, and will be back!

RH
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, but relatively limited menu.

BG
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went out for a nice dinner....left after the appetizer, something we have never done before. Had a nice before dinner drink and ordered mussels to share. Mussels were tasty but ones on top were dried out. There was a nice broth on the bottom but you could not reach it until you ate half the mussels. We were not given plates so couldn’t divide them to reach the broth. FOUR times we were asked if we wanted more bread and we said yes. One server even asked twice. Another said, “Well you know what they say, If you want something done right...”We received the bread 5 minutes after we finished the mussels. The table was a mess from the lack of plates. The people beside us were given a small appetizer, compliments of the chef. We were not. At that point, we paid our $50 check and left. We will be back, but not for awhile.


We are very pleased that Octagon Porch not only reached out to us to discuss out poor experience, but changed the way mussels are served based on our review. We have since dined 3 times and had great food and service each time. It says a lot about a restaurant that admits they can improve and then listen and make changes. We are happy to change our rating and recommend the Octagon Porch. Try the steak and the mussels.

RV
Richmond
229 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Memorial Day lunch. Outside very hot, inside delightfully cool. Porch seating bright & cheery overlooking lawn, pools & golf. Menu was on light side, decor very Low Country whites & Grey's. Wine list very deep with many b-t-g plus full bottles. Turkey sandwich & turkey burger (No bread) fit the mood & time. Sandwich was thick with avocado & brie. Easily subbed sweet potato fries for menu suggestions.
Service was slooooow. Two wine glasses after ordering meals were served. Follow up shall we say "leisurely. With approximately 8 tables on porch seating I counted 6 servers. Maybe they also served dining room adjacent, but it was barely seated.
I will return, as interior bar looked inviting, dining room not so much. Too dark & too dated.
Enjoyed free valet parking and offer of ice water bottle in this early heat.

JR
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day

DS
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and our server was upbeat and proficient! First visit and won't be our last!

g
Savannah
14 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a lovely place to go for a special occasion brunch.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The restaurant is very nice. The wait staff is friendly and attentive. The food was delicious. The only issue was the wait time to get food.

OT
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinning experience from the moment you drive up to the building. Service was excellent and the food did not disappoint. The lobster pasta was delicious and my Cobia was beautifully prepared. We will go back many times.

g
Savannah
14 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We dine here frequently and love the attention that we receive.

e
Richmond
57 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience1

This past Saturday we had some trouble getting seated in the Octagon Porch per our reservation. It did take a few minutes but the manager did rectify the problem. As we sat down a group of 16 were also seated in the small dinning room. They were so loud you could not hear yourself think. It was a terrible experience. Why they were not seated in The adjacent bar or booked a private dinning room is beyond me.

However our waiter was very good and my hamburger was excellent.

JH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The hotel was very pretty, staff very good. The food was ok ,not exceptional like I expected it to be.
Overall a pleasant experience, just expected much better.

LJ
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little hidden spot tucked back in Palmetto Bluffs. I didn't realize the restaurants on the property are open to non residents and all we had to do was request a visitors pass to enter the gates.
The food was amazing! The Chef even came out to our table to talk about their farm to table concept, and shared some of the local sources for the restaurants recipes. Service was great as expected and there was live jazz music. I cant wait to go back when the weather is nicer and dine on the terrace.

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was excellent, but the price was too high. A simple drink that would have cost at most 11 or 12 dollars was $20.00.

WP
Columbus
20 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding including help from Sommelier Mary who helped us select a wonderful bottle of wine for a variety of dishes. We had a party of 6 and the pacing of the meal was perfect. The food was also excellent - we had the shishito peppers, salmon entree and the pork chop which was the most tender pork chop I have ever eaten! Don’t miss the beignets for dessert!

NY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s just a warm and friendly environment to sit and enjoy a meal or share a drink with friends and family.

SC
Melbourne / VIC
97 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful lunch at Octagon Porch. The service was excellent and the food too. I had the burger which was very well prepared. My wife had a vegetarian option with nice roasted vegetables. Great spot for lunch!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service, and delicious food! We could’ve not have asked for a better lunch experience!

H
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall3food4service5ambience5

My chief compliant is that the price expectations set by Octagon Porch's listing on OpenTable (I uploaded a screen shot from my smartphone) are way off the mark. Most entrees ranged from ~$40 to ~$60. Two options under $30 are the burgers $21 and a veggie dish. This is not a two dollar sign ($$), $30 and under dining experience. The menu was well varied, I enjoyed bison short rib and the gilled pork chop was great. The Inn setting was very nice (especially so with holiday decorations everywhere) with great service. All in, the bill for my wife and me was ~$200, including two beers, two appetizers, the bison and pork, a dessert and coffee (including tax & tip).

OT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing, some of the portions were small but the flavors we're all there! Delicious!

l
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Restaurant was told we were celebrating our anniversary. We were very surprised that a desert was not brought over. Prices are extremely high!

RH
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Shrimp Louis, which was agreed to be spicy, was beyond spicy... Replacement took forever and then it was served tastless. Ambiance and views impressive.... Hostess and food service quite slow and the restaurant gave the impression of being very understaffed.

CR
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The location was very nice. The dining is setup like a porch. Very cute. Service was good. Food could have been a bit better for the price. We had the pork chop and the roasted chicken. Very pricey. Attention to details, like cleaning off the dust from the bread basket would have been nice. Keeping our water glasses filled. There were only 2 other couples there at the same time. So it was not like it was busy. I would still recommend, the location is pretty nice.

AJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed our dinner here. We were visitors, not residents or weekend guests of Palmetto Bluffs. The porch was very pretty and the service was excellent. The chairs are impossibly heavy; older people will struggle with the chairs when leaving. Our hostess assisted with the chairs when we were seated. We enjoyed our entrees, which are pricey but tasty. You just need to be prepared for an relatively expensive evening especially if you plan on enjoying wine by the glass with dinner, averaging about $15. A nice wine list. Our only true disappointment was with the "Starters" selection. Only 1 salad option and not enough offerings for varying tastes. We had the smashed tomato appetizer and were expecting large heirlooms with fresh ricotta. We were disappointed with 10 or so peeled grape heirlooms with a few dime sized dollops of fresh ricotta. The portions are on the small side so the bread basket of a warm multi-grain bread and fresh jalapeno corn muffins with delicious butter were a hit. We had a 2nd basket. All in all an enjoyable evening but you may leave hungry if you pass on dessert. I should also note were traveled there by boat. We were instructed to dock by the chapel which is a considerable walk to the restaurant. Boaters may want to look into arranging for a golf cart shuttle when you make a reservation. It's SC, after all, and we were all perspiring by the time we reached the restaurant. I personally don't like to sit down to dinner still perspiring from the walk. Buffalo's may be a better choice if you're arriving by boat as it's close to the dock. Worth noting: For non-members/those not staying at the Montage hotel, your choice of dining venues is limited to the Octagon Porch and Buffaloes.

JC
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. From the valet to the greeter to the waitress everyone was kind, energetic and enthusiastic. Enjoyed porch seating very much. Lots of kids seated around us so the noise level was a bit much - but the parents were much louder than the kids. However it did not spoil our excellent experience. We will go again.

HW
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect cocktails, ice cold oysters, live music and always wonderful food! Highly recommend for a nice dinner!

JK
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! The food was delicious and the atmosphere is very warm and inviting.