The Front Porch - Leonardtown

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$30 and under
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The Front Porch is an intimate restaurant featuring creative Southern Coastal Cuisine located in historic downtown Leonardtown. Set within the Sterling House, we offer casual dining in a cozy atmosphere and our friendly staff delivers gracious service. We serve as a gathering place for the community where all are welcomed to enjoy fresh, quality ingredients at an affordable price. Our menu includes a broad selection of starters, soups, sandwiches, salads, and entrées. We offer daily specials, feature seasonal ingredients, local produce, and boast an ever-changing dessert menu. The “back room” at The Front Porch showcases over 40 varieties of wine, while our bar presents Specialty Drinks, Craft Beer, along with traditional cocktails.
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AF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate in the bar area; scallop crostini, steak salad, Cobb salad, steak gyro, Front Porch salad with added steak -- all delicious. Zach was the bartender and server; great job taking care of a rather packed area!

MB
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was unbelievably great. I had the salmon and crab scampi.

JF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service!!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service. Very pleased and will be back again.

GD
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

Great place to meet up with a group. Variety of plates and beverages. Reasonably priced and a great setting. Perfect for a ladies night out, date night or company get together.

AS
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

First time here but really enjoyed the restaurant. Great selection of food, though dessert choice was limited to three choices.

Great location with a friendly atmosphere, helpful staff and good service.

BS
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful day for brunch on porch. Waitress made sure to give accurate gluten free items and was very attentive to us!

A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a nice atmosphere and the waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable.

CM
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I have visited the Front Porch on several occasions with my sister and family. Sunday brunch was not the usual. An order arrived late, half of us were finishing up before it arrived. It was not correct, but it was obvious it had been forgotten, wether that be the server or kitchen. We made do and would still return.

KF
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, will absolutely be dining there again. Service was perfect.

KH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was elegant, tasty and well presented. The dining spaces are lovely, as is the porch.

CB
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We reserved a table for our guests as part of our reception. The food was great, the service was wonderful, and the location was perfect! We will definitely return!

S
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

No hostess. Poor newbie waitress didn’t “greet us” for almost 10 min, did not know how to work the computer system and never recognized or ask about our reservation. Seated handicap person upstairs.

M
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

We had made reservations for a Sunday. Unfortunately we didn't know that Sunday is only a very limited brunch menu. We ended up leaving without ordering anything due to lack of choices. Wait staff was very nice and understanding about it. Will try again sometime when we know the full menu is available.

OT
Grand Rapids
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went there for my 18 year anniversary dinner and was very pleased. Service was great and the food was even better. I will be going back frequently now as this way my first time eating at The Front Porch.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Birthday dinner

Food and Drinks were disappointing

SH
Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Server had too many customers- waiters inside should have been assigned some of his tables since they weren’t busy

SB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious brunch. Steak and eggs well prepared. French toast delicious. Crab Florentine excellent. Atmosphere lovely.

KG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, excellent menu choices, good price for quality food items. Great ambiance and friendly staff. Will plan another visit soon.

JA
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I wanted to try a local place while I'm here for work and The Front Porch was recommended to us. This place does not disappoint! We had the Brussels and Bacon appetizer (the goat cheese is a nice surprise), the seasonal soup (amazing), and our entree was the Rockfish Hemingway. Hats off to the chef who cooked those fried green tomatoes to perfection (not greasy at all). Our daughter also enjoyed the cheeseburger from the kid's menu. It was an amazing meal and pleasant experience. We'll be back next time I'm in town for work!

TK
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The wine was fine, but food was a disappointment. The rissotto(sp?) scallops was unevenly balanced as there were only 3 scallops swamped by the grains. In addition, it is the only instance for me where I had to chew the scallops. My wife had the salad with some steak added. The salad was very good, but the steak while tasty was tough. The desserts in contrast came off well -- the cheese cake with a soft coating was very good, and the multi-layer chocolate cake was good but a bit heavy -- a good dab of whipped cream would have helped it. The room was a bit tedious because noise, some quilting or some other fabric on the walls would help.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always! Food was delicious! Love the smoked Old Fashioned.

WD
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 2ambience 2

I have dined at TFP numerous times and always been provided delicious food, attentiveness to dietary restrictions, and great service! But, today’s experience at Sunday Brunch was a true outlier. My husband, infant, and I were not met at the hostess stand for nearly 10 minutes as the bartender and waitresses passed us by without acknowledging us even to tell us someone would be with us and we had a reservation. Once seated, the additional silverware and glasses were left taking up half the table and were not offered a sling or high chair or any chair even to place our infant car seat in. Once seated, we were not approached for drink orders until nearly 10 minutes later at which point I also informed the waitress about my food allergies and asked her to verify with the kitchen what menu items were conducive to my diet—as was aforementioned, they are usually very understanding with menu modifications. Once the orders were placed, we waited another 15 minutes for her to return and inform me that they could not do soy-free menu options and still did not have our drinks. At this point, we had been at the restaurant for 40 minutes and seated without even drink service for 35 minutes. My husband and I asked the waitress why service was so delayed and she responded she had a few other tables that had arrived at the same time. Saving grace: the manager met us as we were departing and provided her sincerest apologies and a gift card asking that we please return! I truly appreciated her understanding, apologies, and the gift card, which was unexpected and not necessary but showed true customer service! Will definitely return but will be weary of a Sunday brunch again as staffing seemed short handed and only minimal rooms are available so noise level can get a bit high and ideal/preferred seating preferences are likely not able to be accommodated. Overall, not a great dining experience, or lack thereof one, but great service provided my management staff.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Ambience very nice, very good service and food was above average

SS
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious especially the shrimp appetizer. Waitstaff was friendly, competent and attentive. It was a lovely evening to sit on the porch.

NS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server was so on-point with everything. She had the mindset of anticipating what we would want and in that way took great care of us. My wife’s meal, the chicken & waffles, was really good. I had a steak gyro that was not to my liking. The tzatziki tasted more like mayo than anything and became very messy. Meanwhile, the steak was flank (if I read correctly), but turned out extremely tough. The setting of the restaurant is extremely pleasant. That and the braised pork nachos bring us back again and again. We will return for sure for more of the great service and I’ll try something new.

p
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Good menu selections at reasonable price. Food was delicious at brunch. Will be back.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are always excellent here! Brunch is really good, with a nice mix of offerings. Family friendly too. Our go-to dinner spot with friends.

BV
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was the first time I’d been to The Front Porch. The service was excellent and our server was really good. The food was great, and since I have s peanut allergy I was able to get the pancakes without peanut butter. The portions were large and I wasn’t able to eat it all.

DV
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was amazing. Perfect way to treat my dad & boyfriend to for Fathers Day.

GC
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flawless reservation system,seated fast. Waiter exceptional. zGood drinks & wines. Appetizers great & ample. All 5 diners said entree was exceptional. Great dining experience.

d
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I have been to The Front Porch once before and was very excited to go back for brunch. However, the food was not nearly as good, I had the green eggs and ham and it was delicious buy dry. My mom had the french toast sandwich and it was just okay. I won't be going aback for brunch but lunch or dinner is a must.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had the following: Crab Dip appetizer (really great), the Big Cheese (over priced/not good; did not include items advertised, was essentially cuts of basic cheeses, pickled vegetables were pickled onion slices only), Salmon Salad (good), Jambalaya on special (was very tasty but should have included a side maybe spinach or fried green tomatoes). Overall the experience was good and we will likely return. The setting was nice and the service was good, but we were disappointed with the cheese plate for sure.

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was my birthday we had great service. Food was delicious.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food at a decent price. Quiet comfortable location and service

3
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was mine and my husband's first experience at the Front Porch restaurant and they did not disappoint! Loved everything about it, and we will definitely be back.

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening at the Front Porch. Steve our waiter was awesome. Made sure we had everything we needed. We would definitely recommend the Front Porch.

E
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Front desk man was particularly rude to customers and did not help create positive environment that matched the value of the food.

DW
Naples
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and great service. Highly recommend this restaurant.

SR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We took a friend who had come in town for a visit thinking it would be great to take her somewhere local for dinner. I order the scallops with risotto and was offered asparagus or spinach. I order the asparagus. I was served 3 scallops on top of another kind of risotto in a bowl that is probably used to serve soup. Everyone at the table looked at my dinner thinking it was an appetizer. The asparagus was crammed in next to the risotto. The scallops tasted good but it was not enough for a dinner. For $26.99, I thought I would get at least 4 scallops.

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