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Poogan's Porch

For some Southern fare and hospitality, bring Fido to Poogan's Porch. This charming restaurant is located one block off Main Street in Charleston's Historic District. Guests line up on the weekends for brunch dishes like chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, and crab cake eggs Benedict; so expect a short wait. Sip on a cup of coffee, glass of sweet tea, or a refreshing mimosa from the bar and enjoy a warm biscuit while you wait. Dogs are welcome to accompany their owners while they dine on the pet-friendly front porch, weather permitting. Visit Website

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Poogan's Porch has received a rating of 4.2 out of 5 bones by 36 canine critics on BringFido and 4.5 out of 5 by 7,893 guests on TripAdvisor.

  • Lisa
    Oct. 19, 2022
    Great food and Service with puppy

    we went for lunch and sat on the back porch. They had lots of options but not any pulled pork which I was hoping for so I ate the burger and we also had the Mac and cheese. both were delicious and the service was excellent.

  • Veronica
    Sep. 3, 2022
    Great restaurant!

    The porch is small but dog friendly! The food and the service was great and brought out a water bowl for my dog. One thing to note is the porch is out front of the restaurant on a small street with frequent horse carriages - if you’re dog isn’t “horse friendly”

  • Jordan
    Jun. 11, 2022
    Dog friendly got us a table and water

    we received seating immediately to accommodate her. and water and a bowl. dog friendly.

  • Sharon
    Aug. 4, 2021

    Great place to dine with your pup! We were seated on the rear porch within 10 minutes (highly unusual!) and enjoyed an excellent meal. All the staff were very friendly and accommodating. They immediately brought us a bowl of water for Max before we could ask for one. I think God was smiling on us today as the sky was overcast and only 73 degrees outside! That never happens in August in Charleston! We couldn't have asked for a better experience-exceptional meal, professional service, special treatment for our dog and incredible weather. You should go!

  • Corey
    Feb. 27, 2021
    Ask For Back Porch

    They have a back and a front porch, both look great but we were fortunate enough to be put on the back deck and it was super. They allow you to take the dog right through the restaurant. It was covered, it was quiet, our pup was so calm and happy. Staff and food were great, would return.

  • Rick
    Feb. 4, 2021

    We were excited about finding a dog-friendly restaurant with great reviews (my one-star review here is based on our personal experience - we are sure the food is great.) We were in Charleston for our first time ever on a long-distance trip and chose to stay downtown and go out for a special meal to celebrate an anniversary. We probably will never have another opportunity to visit this historic city. We arrived during an extended cold snap and I really didn't think we'd be able to bring our dog (who we couldn't leave in a hotel room) but was assured when I called Poogan's the night before that there are porches that would be comfortable despite the weather. We observed the next day that various local restaurants have protected porches with heaters, so we figured that would be the case at Poogan's as well. Instead, when we arrived at our reserved time, we were directed to the front porch which was wide open and exposed to a stiff breeze. There was no evidence that our arrival was anticipated (we had confirmed twice by text in advance) and the cold metal tables and chairs on the porch did not look like they were prepared for guests. It was 45 degrees and falling rapidly and there was no way we were going to eat an expensive and unheated meal outdoors with winter clothing on (we wouldn't even expect our dog to be out in the cold that long while we ate.). I wondered if some mistake had been made, but the hostess just shrugged and said she didn't know anything about the situation. We ended up awkwardly leaving and buying some inexpensive take-out along the street to eat in our room for our anniversary. We were totally disappointed and I called the restaurant to speak with a manager to ask why this happened. There was no answer (I had trouble getting through the day before, too) and left a detailed but very polite message asking for a call-back. Two days later, I haven't received one - thus this review. Bottom line: Poogan's Porch is not pet-friendly during cold weather, which is sort of what I assumed before I was told otherwise by the restaurant and persuaded to make a reservation that resulted in much disappointment on what was intended to be a special day.

  • Patti
    Jan. 26, 2021
    Great Food, Very Dog-friendly

    We were seated at a table on the upper balcony. It was the perfect place for our dog to watch everything happening on the street. The staff was very friendly to us and our dog. The food was fantastic! We had cheese fritters with a bacon jam and the chicken and waffles. Both are highly recommended. Great place.

  • Dawn
    Jul. 2, 2020
    Best meal we had on this trip

    We got here right as it was opening on a Monday night. They seated us right away on the front porch and brought our dog (Riley) a bowl of water right away. Dinner was great, food was really good, and they even made a chicken breast for Riley. Prices were good for such a nice meal. We will definitely come back again if we get back to Charleston.

  • Gianni
    Jun. 13, 2019
    Extremely Dog Friendly

    The servers were great with my Italian Greyhound. Brought him water and all were so friendly and wanted to say hello.

  • Jessica
    May. 11, 2019
    So Welcoming And Friendly To Our Fur Baby!

    Couldn’t be more pleased with how we and our pup were treated by staff and fellow customers!

  • Karen
    May. 8, 2019
    Southern Cuisine

    We had a yummy dinner here having authentic Southern cuisine for the first time. I had booked a reservation online and alerted the staff about our two dogs. They noted it in their system and sat us upstairs on the porch. Felt like a true southern experience. Porch and seating were a little dirty from bird droppings and a bit crammed. The food made up for it though and is on the pricier end.

    Recommend: pimento cheese balls, fried chicken, and pecan pie

  • Katie
    Apr. 24, 2019
    Great Brunch And Great Servuce

    I can’t say enough about that brunch we had at this place! The pulled pork eggs Benedict was mouthwatering. The service was great. We sat in the sun but they offered for us to wait and sit in the shade if we wished. Someone immediately brought out water for my dog and they were all so friendly to him. They pet him every time they walked by. I recommend making a reservation if you don’t want to wait for a shady spot. It seems like a busy spot and were there at 12:30 on a Wednesday. Apparently they have the best shrimp and grits in Charleston too, just a heads up. Will definitely go back there if we’re in town again :)

  • Michelle
    Apr. 21, 2019
    Great Place for an Evening Out!

    We went on Easter Sunday around 5 p.m. Our party of 6 did not have to wait. We were taken to a table on the back patio that was sheltered and shaded. The waiter brought Angel ice water almost immediately. We did not have to ask for it. Other dog owners were also enjoying the nice setting. We felt very welcome.
    The food was delicious, but the menu was limited. Entrees are a little pricey. Probably not a good choice if you have kids in your party.

  • Devan
    Mar. 16, 2019
    Treated My Dog Like Royalty

    We got a table for 2 within minutes, and were able to walk through the restaurant to the back porch. The area was shaded and the waitress brought my puppy water right away! Food was great and the staff made sure my dog was comfortable and happy!

  • Lisa
    More than a year ago
    Wonderful experience

    Not only was the food amazing but the staff made us feel so welcomed. Our pittie girl was treated so well!

  • Brian
    Jun. 23, 2018
    Great place for you and your best friend!

    We made reservations for a Saturday night and had a great dinner on the porch with our pups. This was our second visit. They were so great serving us and our pups that we made reservations for brunch the next morning!

  • Laura
    Apr. 30, 2018
    unfriendly, seems to begrudgingly welcome dogs

    For a place we chose simply because it was 'dog-friendly' it was a dissapointment. We were sat in the hot sun with no shade for the dogs and had to ask a few times for water for them. Ate up quickly and left as the heat was unbearable and we did not feel particularly welcome with the dogs

  • Lauren
    More than a year ago
    Great experience

    Good food and drinks. People watching. Front patio and porch dog friendly

  • Sheena
    More than a year ago
    Dog friendly Patio

    We had a great experience here! Went for brunch on a Saturday, no reservation and so we put our name on the list for a patio table and they texted us about 30 mins later to let us know our table was ready. While we waited we walked along King St. Waiters greeted us and our dogs and brought out water, food was very good especially the biscuits and whipped honey butter that was complimentary!

  • Bess
    More than a year ago
    Nice porch

    After enjoying a walking tour of downtown Charleston, my husband and I came here because we it is dog friendly. Did not realize that is only served brunch though. However we had the shrimp and grits and it was fantastic!. Angel was greeted warmly by the staff and given ice water to drink. Even the hostess came out to greet Angel!

  • Maggie
    More than a year ago
    Great food, okay atmosphere for your dog

    Poogan's Porch was my favorite restaurant in Charleston by far. I completely recommend it. However, I had called ahead when I made a reservation and explained I had my dog with me. When we arrived there was a spot for two on the porch. When I explained to the hostess that I had my dog she said "You should have called" rudely. I had to snap back at her and explain I did. Everyone else was fine, the waiter brought our dog water and he just sat under the table relaxing. I would keep the dog you bring under 35 lbs, there just isn't space for a larger dog. Overall amazing amazing restaurant that I 100% recommend but watch the bigger dogs!

  • Mary Vandiver
    More than a year ago
    Great experience!!!

    From start to finish, visiting Poogan's Porch was exceptional. The look of the restaurant is charming on steroids, the service first rate, the menu selection large and varied, and the food itself is beyond excellent. Thank you, BringFido.com for guiding us there! (Also, the wonderful manager brought our Lilly a bowl of water nearly immediately after we were seated on the delightful porch.)

  • M
    More than a year ago
    October, 2016

    Make reservations if you plan on dining here! Outdoor seating was very limited and cramped, the waiter had to step over my dog each time he passed. The food was quite tasty!

  • Karin
    More than a year ago
    It was hot!

    As I was with my dog Vienna, I had to sit on the patio, and it was an extremely hot day. Vienna was not offered any water, though the waiter brought me a second glass of water when requested, and I poured it into my travel bowl.
    I had the salad with chicken pieces, and there were only 6 pieces which I thought was rather skimpy. The jalapeno-mustard dressing was a bit spicy for me, so the waiter did bring me some balsamic dressing to add. Oddly, they did not have any plain honey-mustard dressing.
    The salad was tasty, and my cocktail was surprisingly strong. The waiter was very nice about adding more lemonade once I had drunk some of it.
    This was not the best restaurant for a dog on a very hot summer day.

  • Dave
    More than a year ago
    October 2015

    Saturday brunch was great. Not a bad wait time for outside seating with dogs.
    Worth the wait

  • Janie
    More than a year ago

    Made a reservation for 11 am. When we arrived at 10:50 am one of the staff said you know our kitchen doesn't open till 11, not a great welcome. We went because we had our dog. They did bring him water but sat us directly in the sun on a 90 degree day. Not friendly for dog or human. Expensive, average food and unwelcoming attitude. Would not suggest.

  • Michele
    More than a year ago
    Great restaurant

    We found the staff very dog friendly and we were able to sit on the front porch in slightly chilly Dec. weather. I think it felt even colder to the waitress than to us, but she was really nice. We had a delicious brunch- some of the best fried oysters I've ever had and they have good oysters in my home state. My husband loved the blueberry sauce with a kick that came with his chicken and waffles. This is one of the places we are most looking forward to revisiting when we travel in a couple of weeks.

  • Caleb
    More than a year ago
    Sunday Brunch Review

    We went for Sunday Brunch right when it opened and were seated immediately with both of our pups and no fuss. The waitress was extremely friendly and very attentive to our needs. We weren't brought a bowl of water, which I was a little surprised by, but we didn't ask for one either and it was a cool morning and the dogs were well hydrated so it wasn't at all a big deal.

    The Fried Green Tomatoes were an excellent starter. My wife's chicken and waffles were a huge plate, as was my platter of french toast. A little pricy for breakfast, but worth it for the setting, the service and the quality of the food and portion sizes.

  • Kristen
    More than a year ago
    good food & service

    Great brunch and friendly to our little Cooper. Would recommend bringing your dog here! :)

  • Sol
    More than a year ago
    Super friendly to our dog!

    The service and food was great. They seated us within 15 minutes and brought out a bowl of water for our dog.

  • Sandra Taylor
    More than a year ago

    I had eaten here years ago and enjoyed it. I had seen this place listed as dog friendly and one would think a restaurant with a dog buried in the front yard would be friendly to dog. My husband and I walked about 5 miles to eat here this Wednesday evening. We arrived about 5:15 pm. Only one couple was on the porch. There were at least six tables vacant outside. I went in to see about service for us. I was told that they were on taking any walk ins this evening. So not only were they not dog friendly, they were not people friendly. I was exhausted. One of the wait staff did get a bowl of water with ice cubes for the dogs as he was not aware that we would not be welcome to eat there this particular evening. While I might expect a place to have full reservations for a Friday, I certainly did not for Wednesday and it was obviously not full or even begun to fill when we arrived.

  • Pat
    More than a year ago
    Great Place

    We had an excellent time at Poogan's Porch. Our server, Jim, welcomed my husband, my dog, Coco and me. We were seated immediately and had a wonderful lunch. Very friendly staff and courteous and professional. Would return.

  • Pam
    More than a year ago
    Poogan's staff to the rescue!

    We had the most delightful dinner the other night at Poogan's Porch! We brought our year old dachshund, and the staff immediately brought out a silver water bowl for her to drink. After ordering appetizers, we noticed a few drops of water that ended up turning into a heavy downpour. The wait staff and manager immediately came to assist us and move us to the porch. We thoroughly enjoyed the food; it really was out of this world!! If you haven't been to Poogan's Porch, it's a must! (With or without your four-legged friend!)

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  • Dharma
    More than a year ago
    Four and 1/2 bones :)

    What a nice restaurant!! It's actually named after a dog and there's a little memorial to him next to the patio. My half-star reduction is only because it was very crowded & our table was right next to the front door, leaving Kismet precious little space to lay near us... she was squished under the table on top of the table legs. (that, and my salmon was a smidge undercooked, but I'm not a big salmon fan anyway- Kizzy LOVED it & I loved the glaze & sides) But ceiling fans kept the air moving comfortably on a hot night & the 3 of us appreciated the gorgeous atmosphere.
    The smoked gouda mac & cheese was too good to share with the dog and the bread pudding dessert was to DIE FOR. I'd go back just for dessert!
    They brought water for the dog (I carry a bowl but they'll give you one if you need it) and I think on less-busy nights or when they have enough staff to open the back porch it would be perfect.
    EXTREMELY popular place- make reservations for sure & let them know what size your dog is. LOVED IT!!

  • Kevin
    More than a year ago
    Great patio, great food

    We enjoyed great brunch with our JRT on the front patio. Delicious food. Thanks!

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