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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!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 17, 2015

Lovely food and service

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 12, 2015

Great place

vipAdie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 11, 2015

Fantastic place for brunch! The chicken and waffles will KILL you with deliciousness. Great staff and friendly service.

LOVE this place!

vipDrewPaik (Indiana)
2.0  Dined on April 11, 2015

In a city that is as crazy about brunch as San Francisco is, waiting for over an hour for a table is commonplace. So a brunch spot with a full bar in a chill neighborhood that takes reservations is a wonderful thing. Even though the food isn't the greatest, and the service isn't the most attentive, I'd rather get a reservation and eat on time than get slightly better food and waste 1-2 hours of my day.

Hawtree (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 8, 2015

A group of five of us went to Front Porch for a birthday dinner, each with very particular preferences in food, and there was so much variety of tastes and ingredients available on the menu that we all had plenty to choose from. Vegetarian friendly, teen friendly, everyone friendly. we shared a few dishes and hoarded a few others for ourselves! We shared some salads and appetizers, crawfish hushpuppies with spicy remoulade in particular were outstanding. We also shared a bucket of the incredibly mouthwatering and perfectly fried chicken, which came with ten pieces in a big movie style popcorn bucket with random popcorn thrown in for fun! Also well worth mentioning is the blackened Mississipp catfish, fresh and perfectly cooked on a bed of lentils and chicories, and the spicy shrimp and grits, with an outstanding andouille sausage red eye gravy, soooo moreish!
The staff were very friendly and attentive, food came quickly and piping hot, everything about our evening, including drink selection and being made to feel welcome, was delightful!

vipNoeValleyJim (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 5, 2015

Fried chicken is my favorite food and the chicken here is delicious: it is better than every other spot in town with the possible exception of Farmer Brown and even there it is certainly a worthy rival. It is also within walking distance of my house, so I come here often. But even though I come here weekly and tip generously, I often receive what can best be described as lackadaisical service. This visit was no exception: I arrived on time for my 7 PM reservation, was asked to sit outside while my table was being readied and waited. And waited.

After a few larger parties than me who arrived, my 9 year old daughter urged me to ask the staff what was going on. I feared the worst, that they had perhaps given away my table. But no, it was sitting there, clean and ready for me. They had just forgotten about us and left us sitting in the cold. Sigh.

They also cleared the table and started wiping it down while we were still seated at it. I know the place is busy, but c'mon guys! Nonetheless, I still tipped my usual 25%. The food is amazing and I want to always be welcome and the service is never rude or anything, just kind of clueless.

vipSFFoodLover (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 5, 2015

Others had raved about this place, so we finally went. We really enjoyed the atmosphere. The drinks were good - especially the margarita, which was very spicy. The food was good, but everything is very heavy. It would be great if there could be some dishes that aren't so heavy.

Krista (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on April 5, 2015

The Front Porch was such a perfect place for brunch. I ordered the sweet potato and pulled pork hash which comes in a mini skillet with grits and porcini mushrooms and is just generally delicious. I also ordered the porch swing, a not-too-sweet yummy whiskey cocktail. The friend I was with had eggs Benedict but the real star of her meal was the perfect breakfast potatoes that came with it. I had to try not to steal all of them. The servers and hosts were helpful, the food arrived in a timely fashion, and the environment was lively. I'll definitely be back!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on April 4, 2015

Food was great but we waited in line for 2 hours because we were a group of 5. Most of the tables are for 2.

vipGarcon (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 4, 2015

Looking forward to dinning here again soon. Thrilled about the eat at bar area, full bar, beer and wine. Food was excellent, portions were perfect - service was great as well.

OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on March 30, 2015

Good comfort food. Waiters are very friendly and competent. First time there. We were seated immediately because of open table reservations. Seamless service. I told waiter my food was cold and they fixed it immediately. Great CA beer. Highly recommend it.

Stephanie (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 29, 2015

It's in my neighborhood and it has great food, Great Brunch! I would go back again and again!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 27, 2015

Wonderful Louisiana style cooking and a funky neighborhood ambience combine to make a terrific dining experience. They have a diverse bar and great house cocktails. The cooks, the bartender and the servers are all top notch. Highly recommended.

vipKathyb (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 27, 2015

Had dinner at the Front Porch on Friday evening. Had made reservations and was shown to our table immediately. Service was on point. Had the crawfish hush puppies as our starter. Excellent. Loved the remoulade sauce. I had the shrimp and grits. My boyfriend the fried chicken. Both were excellent. Recommend to all that wants a good meal.

vipDJP650 (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on March 22, 2015

Disappointed by the service on our recent visit. We had a reservation, arrived on-time but were seated 20min late. Then our server rushed us and dropped the check when I was not even half-way through my meal! Not cool. The food was good, greasy/buttery, but that's what we expected for Southern food, but the service left a sour taste in my mouth.

iLoveBrunch (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on March 19, 2015

This place is great for groups. We were seated promptly ahead of our reservation, our server was great (attentive & helpful), and the fried chicken is goooooood. All around winner.

Lucyjunebug2 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 15, 2015

The staff was awesome, friendly and made you feel at home. Our food was delicious,
can't wait to try other dishes, hats off to the Chef.
The place has a great down home vibe. Fun and relaxed. Just a great experience.
Can't wait to return

vipchich (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 15, 2015

The menu is great all around but the highlight for me is the fried chicken whether for brunch or dinner. I've had other items on the menu and they have all been great.

vipBeverly (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 13, 2015

A bit more greasy & spicy than it needs to be... but I guess that makes up for the healthy places around SF.

GuterNation (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on March 13, 2015

Wonder food, great service and such a unique place!