The Porch Kitchen and Bar

3.6
93 reviews
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The Porch is the place to gather with friends and family to enjoy all that makes this island great. Located at the Beach House Resort, The Porch’s unique outdoor and indoor dining and bar areas highlight the fresh sensations of the resort’s beachfront setting. We take care of highlighting the fresh flavors of the region. The Porch menu is rooted in sustainable, artisanal and local ingredients fused together through the goodness of comfort food.

Specials

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Join us at The Porch for Easter Brunch by Executive Chef Tim Nelson and his team. In addition to pictures with the Easter Bunny, Charli's Critters will be bringing bunnies, chicks, gators, and more for Easter to remember. Two seatings available at 10:00am and 12:00pm.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We waited over 5 minutes to be greeted, even though we had a reservation and the restaurant was relatively empty. No sense of urgency at all! Server left us sitting for another 5, then took drink and app order. Another 10 minutes to get drinks. Apps never came. A different server brought our dinner out, which had most definitely been sitting in the window for a considerable amount of time.

It’s a beautiful restaurant in a great location. A storm was coming in and it was super windy and cold, even inside the restaurant. After about an hour, the bartender shut the door and the restaurant cheered. Seems like they should have done that much earlier. Family liked their food, but was icky due to how long it sat. The only apology we got was “thanks for your patience” and “I’ll go ahead and take those app off of the bill for ya”. Maybe it was just an off night? We definitely will not be going back.

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Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 2ambience 3

We had a Sunday night get away, and the food was less than impressive and the service was very slow. We had to ask for things multiple times, even from the bar tender, who was not the server. We saw other people in uniform, and they cared more about cleaning a table off than serving the waiting and existing clients. Overall, I probably wouldn’t eat at the restaurant event though we very much enjoyed the hotel.

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RR
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good experience. Good food priced right.

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J
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good, a place to go back to.

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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

We waited an hour for any food. There was an one loud drunk at the bar who would not leave. We were very hungry and left as soon as we could. We think they had kitchen staff problems.

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Charleston
41 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Full disclosure, it was Christmas Day so credit and thanks to those who prepared the food but it was not worth $36 a plate even on Christmas. Roast beef and ham was good but veggies were just fair. Carrots might as well have been raw. Al dante to the max. Mashed potatoes had more garlic in them than potatoes. Mac and cheese was not good. Anyway, it filled out bellies but can’t recommend this location for anything more than bar food.

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AE
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Slow, slow, slow, first not waitry rude
Not enough staff!!!!
Too expensive!!!!
Chick saltyyyyy!!!!!!!

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Thanksgiving Buffet

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J
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff and fun atmosphere. I will definitely be stopping by on my next trip through.

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SF
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Interesting food choices. Good quality and very convenient for hotel guests.

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JW
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The service was subpar. The young man waiting on us was not friendly. We sat for a good 5 minutes before he took our drink order. The calamari flavor was good but very over cooked and chewy. The burger was good. The wedge salad was very good.
For me the customer service and the humidity (open to the pool) overshadowed to food.

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R
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This place is not open table worthy. The first clue was the rude hotel parking guard telling us we could not park by the restaurant despite have a 9 person reservation, since we were not hotel guests. Table is at a poolside bar restaurant. Appetizers were good. Then the hour wait for food. Asked waitress and was told there was a six top ahead of us and then our food was next. Place was practically empty. Manager summoned and said she would check. Food then came out but manager never returned. Most of the 9 meals were ice cold like they had been sitting for a while. Summoned manager again and she just wanted to recook everything. This now 90 minutes later. She asked what she could do. We asked her what she normally would do. They did take a few items off bill. Remember the parking? Now a long walk across a dark lot then crossing a busy four lane highway to our off property parking NOT what we expect from open table.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Came for breakfast on the beach, was sorta on beach saw the ocean thru the pretty pool area, food uneatable dry over cooked no taste. $40 for nothing

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was slow but thought that the restaurant was understaffed + it seemed the management was not helping in any way just merely standing around. Also thought the drinks and bartender was not efficient at making the drinks. However the food and drinks were delicious + the view and atmosphere were perfect. Enjoyed the relaxation but just wished the staff was more attentive.

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ED
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent and we received large portions for the value. Money well spent, but the only down side was that our alcoholic beverages tasted watered down. I loved the life size games, such as connect 4, jinga, and checkers. My friends and I enjoyed it a lot.

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TG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

One of the worst dining experiences we’ve had on the island. Flies were everywhere, so much so that we had to cover our drinks with small plates. The quality of the food was awful, the servers were over seated & the atmosphere was not enjoyable as a result. To make it worse, the prices were quite high - dinner for two was $75. You can have a fine dining experience for the price. Don’t waste it here.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 1

It’s an open to the beach setting, so it was pretty hot and humid. We saw some critters running through Regardless, the food was terrific. I had the Low Country Shrimp & Grits. And some of their Brisket. Great tasting.

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CK
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We went for breakfast and dined outside. From other reviews I have read, the morning experience was quite different. It was quiet an no one was swimming in the pool at 8 am. Not busy at all. The weather was perfect, ocean view was amazing, and we were able to take a walk on the beach by exiting the restaurant right onto the beach. I can't say enough about the atmosphere! The food was just ok..nothing to brag about. The service was also just ok. Waitress was nice, but I didn't see her but once after we were seated. I had to ask for refills when I saw her passing by the table..it was not busy at this time either.

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JL
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome Space :) the food was outstanding!! new flavors :) It was a great time for the entire family!

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B
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Family get together

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Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was very good. But, it is basically a restaurant on a hotel pool deck. Screaming kids and half-naked people covered in tattoos were 5 feet from our table. Not very appetizing...

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l
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Cute spot, good food, rudest server we’ve ever had

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We booked this reservation for Father’s Day late brunch/lunch. The website and nothing else specified that they would not serve actually serve us any food except for small appetizers. The website or something needs to be specified that they do not serve meals until 12 or so. Poor on their part.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was fine although mine was missing avocado. Service was slow. Great location.

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R
Louisville
22 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Poor quality food. Poor service. We were a party of 11 - the food came out at 3 different times, not one right after the other, but some folks were well into their meal when others were just being served. And the last to be served was the six year old, who order mac and cheese which wasn’t special order, just spooned out of warmed pan.

Would NEVER go back.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

The manager that was seating tables was the most rude individual I’ve ever encountered in dining. He embarrassed my husband and myself in front of the entire restaurant and we will not be back because of this. We also will be contacting the hotel directly with our complaint.

We loved the resort but we will not be returning to The Porch if we stay again.

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Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was terrific with great taste and everything came out perfectly. Noise level is decent even with the pool being close by. Would recommend for anyone looking for a quick lunch or dinner with good food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Went there for a casual dinner on vacation. Most of the food was quite good & BBQ seasoning was good.

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FF
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Service friendly but very slow. We sat outside and we were attacked by bugs. The food was awful. Recommend for drinks only.

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TM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I would not recommend this place..horrible customer service..We arrived on time for our reservation only to be told that the band from the adjoining tiki bar was moved to inside because it was raining...sooo..if we wanted to eat there we would have to sit at a high top smack dab in front of the band. .not only that ...we would have to share our table with drinking patrons while we ATE!!...what???..when i reiterated that we had a reservation ..he said "we paid these guys alot of money and didn't really have alot of dinner reservations"...so RUDE!!! So at 7:30 at night we had to go out search for another restaurant to eat at on a holiday weekend in the pouring rain.

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J
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We were told to seat ourselves, so we went to the patio. No server ever came to the table. We moved to the bar... and after 5 minutes of sitting there, had to request menus. The fried food had a short window of good flavor- it was quickly saturated in grease and became soggy and tasteless. Really regret having spent my Mother's Day here.

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CG
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This place was great!!! The waitress actually made the stay wonderful!! One of the best waitresses we have had in years!
She made my husband, my daughter and my stay wonderful!!!
The food was great both for dinner and esp the front toast for breakfast ♥️

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AZ
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Extremely disappointed! Cheap margarita served in a plastic cup! We’re not at the pool! Both of our burgers were completely wrong. We were comped some cornbread and jelly while they were “re-made”. They came back out and my wife’s still wasn’t correct, but we were tired and hungry. Fries were cold - they didn’t even have the courtesy to throw out the $1 worth of fries and make a fresh batch. Waitstaff was somewhat attentive at times but more interested in chatting amongst themselves. We were then charged full price for our sub-par meal. We had planned to take a picture for our house celebration with the pool and beach in the background, but definitely did not want any memories of this meal. We left as soon as we could flag someone down to run my credit card.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We arrived on time for our reservation. No one at hostess stand. 3 different servers asked “how many” and said “just a minute”. Too loud to even talk without shouting. After 20 minutes of being essentially ignored, we left. VERY POOR in all aspects

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LR
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

We made a reservation and the restaurant was unable to seat us. There was no hostess on duty, nor was there a food runner or someone to bus tables. The restaurant was extremely understaffed which resulted in us waiting two hours for our food.

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Greensboro
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

It was among the few restaurants available taking reservations for lunch on Easter Sunday. Maybe it’s a bad sign when you take what is left at short notice. I will say the service was great, but we had a few disappointments which I will list here. The reservation was made days before. We kindly received a call the evening before from someone telling us that they would not be serving a special Easter brunch, just the regular menu. We appreciated that since some people had assumed this would be the case. We were fine with just lunch.
1- Our first concern was that we were not allowed to park on the premises but had to park in the Coligny Plaza lot across the street. Not a huge deal, but if you are a restaurant who takes reservations, perhaps there should be some allowance for guests.

Hostess and server were very happy to accommodate seating requests of outdoor or in. Our server was delightful and positive the whole meal.

2- We were unhappy 2 of the meals. I had fish tacos. The small amount of grouper was overly seasoned to the point all I tasted was salt and the seasoning. The corn tortillas were not heated properly prior to serving I believe because they fell apart after first bite (corn tortillas should be warmed in pan first before filling and they change consistency).

3- The second meal we took huge issue with was my son’s popcorn shrimp (on Kids menu). I asked him how he liked it and he said he wished the shrimp were bigger and that there was less breading. He offered us some, and upon biting into several, we realized there was NO shrimp inside any of these bites. They might as well have been hush puppies. We then tore open each of the remaining and the same...we mentioned this to our server and she comped the meal. Thankful for that, but it’s false advertising. We asked to speak to the chef if he wasn’t aware of the problem, but it was discouraged.

Not worth a spot on Open Table in my opinion.

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S
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Restaurant was just fair. The lobster roll was bland and needed more flavor. I asked for salt and pepper, but it was never brought to our table. We ordered a hamburger to be cooked medium...it came out raw. By the time we realized this no server ever came back to our table until it was time to pay the bill.

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BM
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed dinner here. The service was friendly and the environment was very relaxing.

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Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

They had a live band on Sunday. It was so loud I couldn't carry on a conversation. Service was good.

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Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was good but they forgot our appetizer. Drinks were well priced and they kept them full.

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