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The Front Porch - San Francisco

477 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
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Situated in sunny San Francisco, The Front Porch Restaurant invites guests to come and enjoy Southern comfort food, in a relaxing, and warm environment. The rich menu consists of Southern favorites, including, New Orleans style beignets with powdered sugar, chicken and waffles, fried chicken, and Dr. Pepper Braised Short Ribs. The Front Porch also provides patrons with catering options for both on and off-site events.

The Front Porch Restaurant welcomes guests to enjoy their meals in the cozy dining room or the outside on the patio. Decorated with mirrors, checkered flooring, and dim lighting the dining room provides a relaxed, and comfortable atmosphere. Outside, the patio is decorated with lovely landscaping and elegant gates.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Creole / Cajun / Southern, Comfort Food, American
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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.
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Phone number
(415) 695-7800
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Matt Marcus
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Cross street
Between Mission and San Jose St.
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Parking details
Bank of America flat rate parking lot around the corner at 3250 mission st
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Public transit
14 mission 24th street Bart station
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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.
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Special events & promotions
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.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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SFDiner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 7, 2015

Everything was relish.. Except none of us cared for the ham hock collard greens with our fried chicken.

vipBeverly (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on May 6, 2015

It's hard to get servers' attention to get drinks, refills, etc. This is a consistent problem. The food's good, although often a bit too spicy (spicy fried chicken??). But if you like southern comfort food, it's worth a try.

vipJaySF (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 3, 2015

My husband and I just moved here from NYC, a city known for a great brunch scene. We've been on the search for places that rival what we were used to and I think we've found it here. The food was great with a slightly different twist on things and the cocktails were definitely well crafted and unique.

Clouds (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 1, 2015

Some food experiences are capable of whisking you back to a childhood memory and this was one of those experiences for me. I can recall being a toddler living in upstate New York and going to a local poultry farm where they would slaughter, pluck and fry your chicken fresh while you waited. The fried chicken at The Front Porch took me right back there.

We sampled quite a few other items from the menu including the fried okra, shrimp and grits, biscuits and mac and cheese. While everything was amazing, the fried chicken has been calling me back. I can't wait to go back and devour a whole bucket - possibly on my own.

ajunebug (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 29, 2015

To-die-for fried chicken. Delicious house aiolis paired with hush puppies and fried okra. Would happily come here again. And again. And again.

Nico3 (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on April 29, 2015

Great food though most items were fried were typical bar food. Great atmosphere and our waiter was very hospital. A bit out of the way for me but if I were in the neighborhood, would def dine again.

Melinda (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 22, 2015

Do not let the unassuming appearance fool you - this is the best cajun meal I have had in San Francisco. The spicy shrimp and red eye gravy were incredible. The nutella bread pudding dessert with hazelnut and chocolate flavors was amazing. And the cocktails and wine menu are distinctive - just suited to the cuisine.

vipAuntimame1 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on April 19, 2015

The best grits ever, hands down.

vipAuntimame1 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on April 18, 2015

We went two days in a row, what does that tell you. Translation Don't miss this restaurant.
You must have the beniets

vipKimL (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 18, 2015

I came to this restaurant after many strangers recommended the restaurant, telling me how ridiculously good The Front Porch's fried chicken was, and the 2-day process to make the fried chicken. If that many people are all raving about the same place and same food, I figured I had to check it out! Inside was very laid back, relaxing. Staff was friendly.

We ordered:
- BLOODY MARY (delicious and had a great kick, I also liked how they added the pickled okra to it)
- FRIED CHICKEN AND WAFFLE (confirmed that this was as good as everyone said it would be! the skin was very crispy, the chicken extremely moist and well seasoned. This may be one of the best fried chickens I've ever had. I'm not a huge waffle fan but did like the fact they had bacon pieces in there - who doesn't like bacon??)
- SHRIMP AND GRITS (this was actually my FAVORITE -- even better than the fried chicken in my opinion! I've struggled to find delicious tasting, flavorful shrimp and grits anywhere outside of John Besh's Luke restaurant in New Orleans and this was an exciting find! The poached egg they added to the top of the dish was a nice touch and added creaminess.)

My mouth is salivating thinking about the food. Seems like I need to schedule another brunch at The Front Porch!