Porterhouse
Porterhouse

Porterhouse

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.porterhousesanmateo.com/
  • Phone: 6505795911
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: 7 Nights from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Lunch: Open for Private Luncheons & Receptions
    (Can accommodate private parties and luncheons on any day)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Douglas McGraw
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We will do off-site catering for intimate events and small local drop-offs
  • Private Party Facilities: PORTERHOUSE will accommodate your private party needs, whether they are large or small. We offer a private dining room with a separate bar, a gorgeous private patio, and a large lounge and bar that could hold your next cocktail party. We can also accommodate a buy-out for the entire restaurant.
  • Private Party Contact: Steve Ugur 6505795911
  • Special Events: We love to have special Pre-Fixe dinners with matching wine selections customized to your palate. Our outdoor dining room has been used for movie night or special themed party and the PorterHouse room set up for private poker.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: El Camino Real & San Mateo Drive
  • Public Transit: We are located 4 blocks from the Caltrain station in San Mateo
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: San Mateo offers a 3-level Parking Garage, located behind our restaurant, that stretches 3 blocks. (From San Mateo Drive to B Street).
A word from Porterhouse
The renowned art of dry aging finally arrives in San Mateo, as our new dry aging window is now completed. We are proud to be the only restaurant on the Peninsula (In between San Francisco & San Jose) to have an in-house dry aging facility.
Our new menu featuring these marvelous cuts of beef is now available. Tasting menus featuring these exceptional steaks will also be offered.
To accompany your steak, our Wine List celebrates the acclaimed wines of Napa Valley, Willamette Valley, France and Italy. In addition to our steak and chop offerings, our Chef provides for a daily selection of fresh fish and seafood.
Whether you are having a romantic dinner, entertaining some friends and family, having a business meeting, or hosting a private party, we will provide you with the ideal setting for your next outing.
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Porterhouse reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (22)romantic (14)good for groups (12)neighborhood gem (12)fit for foodies (10)notable wine list (8)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Good Food
    TandJ
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was our first time at Porterhouse and we enjoyed it and would return. Nice decor. We had the filet mignon and the prime rib, both of which were very good. The service was attentive and pleasant. I only have one complaint. On their website they say they have a prix fixe menu but this wasn't offered to us when we dined. But all in all it was a good experience and we would return. We went on a Saturday evening and they had a good crowd so I would make reservations.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent steak
    SM4JGB
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We feel fortunate that Porterhouse is in San Mateo, and not San Francisco. Since we live in town, this makes it very convenient. If you like steak, this is the place. At our recent dinner on a quiet Wednesday night, we started with steak tartare; it was my first time trying it. It was delicious. The special soup of the night was crimini mushroom and so umami good. So were the filets with bourdelaise and the prime rib served at our table with horseradish prepared three ways. The wine and service were excellent as well. Don't miss the bread pudding for dessert. It is warm and served with three different sauces. Delicious!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Steaks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed Porterhouse. Bone in Rib eye steak was excellent and service was supreme. Definitely would go back again. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Dinner
    StaceyVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had a fabulous dinner at Porterhouse. From the moment we walked in, we felt special and well taken care of. We could cut our steaks (one porterhouse and two filets) with our forks. The presentation was appealing and save room for the Grand Marnier Souffle. Outstanding! We will definitely return, and soon! Thank you to everyone at Porterhouse for making our evening so enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent service and quality food
    maggieVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I love this place!! The meat is amazing! The service is excellent. Good wine, excellent filet and Porterhouse steak. The Porterhouse Burger is delicious as well as other items on the menu. I've never had a bad dish here. Everything I've tried is wonderful. The owner and the staff are wonderful! The bread pudding and the gelato are amazing!!! My boyfriend and I come here often. I've also met a wonderful group of new friends here. I recommend this place to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WandaVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The only reason my overall score was just fair is because we went on a Wednesday night at 7:30. Out of the 5 or 6 steak choices, they were out of two - the rib eye and the porterhouse. The rib eye was what we intended to order. This is a steakhouse and the fact that they had a large party before us was not an adequate excuse. And, I think all steakhouses should offer a baked potato, although that is just my opinion. The potato that came with the meal was different but very good.
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  • Great Business Dinner
    AsIWanderVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Restaurant was perfect for business dinner. Food was excellent, but not gourmet. All courses and steaks were perfectly prepared. Dessert was AMAZING --- one of the best souffles I have ever had (including NOLA)
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good.
    TingerVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We have been to Porterhouse several times during the past years. The food quality and attentive service have always been consistent. This time we shared a cowboy steak, it was cooked to perfect medium rare and it was very tasty due to their meat aging process. Highly recommended for a good steak dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great steaks
    Cherly
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We were spending our last day in the San Francisco area. Since we were flying out early we spent the night near the airport. I used open table to find a steak restaurant. Porterhouse more than met our expectations for a good steak. The food was terrific. There were six of us and we were all pleased. We ordered filets, porterhouses and the cowboy. Each were cooked beautifully and delicious. I loved the twice baked potato, too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • After about 30 minutes (place was
    beriozzaVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    medium booked) we were served with rotten They were taken away at first request but nothing was offered instead. service was slow. stakes were overcooked (i a steakhouse!), there was a super loud party in a private room.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Liked it
    Koala
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We had a pleasant dinner at Porterhouse. Server was nice but we had to ask for our bread because they only had one busboy and he was overwhelmed. Great cocktails, especially the Cilantro Splash. Food was very good. Overall a very pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best filet I have had lately
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    First time here and the filet was so tender and flavorful! Definitely will try their ages steaks again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • will not be back
    foodie
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Waiter needs training in customer service. Ribeye was either over cooked or the wrong piece of meat.(rubbery) filet was cooked on the outside and raw/cold in the middle. Crab cakes were fishy. No child's menu. Never refilled drinks.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cold steak
    Joey
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Overall was very good for 2 of the 3 if us. One steak was beyond cool it was cold. When asked to heat up the steak it still came back cool. The other 2 steaks were cooked correctly but delivered to the to the wrong person at the table. I would give the place another chance. If they nail it I am sure the place is quite imprssive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SHAMEFUL
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    they messed up their signature steak, the porterhouse. i was so pleased to book a table at porterhouse for father's day. of course i hyped it up that he HAD to have their porterhouse steak. after waiting 80 minutes, our steaks arrive. both were ordered medium rare. the porterhouse was cooked well. there wasn't any hint of red anywhere on the steak. for $49 we were quite disappointed. the waitress was completely understanding and took it off our bill, but did nothing else to make up for their obvious faux pas. most establishments would also offer a complimentary dessert (seeing as now we are sharing one ribeye) or comp a drink or an appetizer. none of this happened. i understand they were busy. however, it is father's day. be prepared!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible
    Jeff
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We had 8 pm reservations, got seated at 8:35, no one waited on us until I asked. Wife's steak was over done, then rare and cold. Wine was the only thing ok. Spent over $200 and could not have been more disappointed. New to the area and checking all the places out - we will never go to this place again.
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  • RedheadDad
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Porterhouse is a fantastic Steak House. Great prime cuts cooked to perfection. Their creamed spinach was some the best I have had. Light, flavorful, not too filling. I would recommend the 1800 stuffed mushrooms and try the Rye Smash if you like whiskey cocktails.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cowboy Up!
    Ghaslam
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    In my opinion, the best steakhouse in San Mateo and one of the best on the peninsula. You have to travel to Alexander's in Cupertino or to the City to eat quality steaks. Personal favorite is the Bone in Ribeye, 'cowboy.' The French fries are also incredible - per my kids.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly great steak house!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    I don't eat a lot of steak, although I am a fan. Consequently, it took me a while to get around to hitting Porterhouse. The occasion was a business dinner and it had a great atmosphere for this event. I was impressed with the wine list and the diversity of the menu. My Cowboy rib-eye was cooked perfectly medium rare as requested and was delicious. I loved the stuffed potato which seems to come with all of the steak options. A great experience and I will definitely consider it the next time I want a great steak/business dinner experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 439 reviews are from the Porterhouse reviews archive.
  • Steak house?
    PeppattyVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The one thing you cook is steak right? It's in the name. Medium rare on three steaks are three different things. We sent back two for being cold and raw in the middle and the third was more medium than medium rare. A miss for us. Not even sure if the meat was choice grade level.
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  • Worth The Drive
    AnnieVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    I really wanted a steak and saw this on Open Table. Grabbed a friend who loves steak and off we went. The only negatives were I had to ask for the prix fixe menu (which I only knew about because I saw it on OT!) and the ambiance for me was lacking. What may have been lacking on those two points were well made up with the food. First, though was an excellent Manhattan. We opted for the prix fixe so we could sample the starters and share. The duck egg rolls and the house salad were impeccable. Very fresh and not over seasoned or salted. We both opted for the Porterhouse and I can say it was one of the best steaks I have ever had. What knocked my socks off, though, was the twice cooked potato. Never had it that way and it was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wabash21VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The steaks were wonderful, we both had the filet, cooked just perfect. Can't beat the 3 course dinner special. Service as usual was great.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steak ...Dessert - Very Good
    winendineVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The only place in San Mateo area for good traditional steak dinner. Reminded me of NYC steak houses - nice big private booths as well as a bright and sunny atrium like room. Baked potatoes, large size steaks (also petites) rich creamy desserts (Grand Marnier Souffle was excellent)and very good wine list. Mostly an adult crowd on Sunday evening - didn't see any meals for kids, but possible to split a dinner. A bit pricey but worth it.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dinner
    SanFranciscoVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Out of town guests and we thoroughly enjoyed the steaks and lamb. The service was outstanding and we could converse easily. Porterhouse is a real gem with excellent food and a lovely ambiance!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tough
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The entry display has slabs of beef hanging in keeping with a beef restaurant. While the prime rib is advertised as going quickly, "limited" supply, that would not be a problem for repeat visitors, since they would not order it again. We both had prime rib and both pieces we tough and fat. It would be surprising if the restaurant did not already know this, but serves it anyway. The side dishes were good, as was the rest of the dinner. Pricey for what you get compared to other restaurants. It is easy to know what the other diners are ordering, since a man shouts the orders across a counter just 5 feet away from the cooking staff. Reminiscent of an outdoor restaurant in Italy, but the shouting indoors does not add to the experience.
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  • Very good!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Took coworkers here and they all loved it. Everyone had a different steak and they raved. Mine was great, too. Caesar salad and oysters were excellent. Desserts were pretty good, not fantastic. Wine selection was good but they ran out of our preferred bottle. Would go back. Very good but somewhat serious bartender, too.
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  • Fabulous!!!!!
    Bill
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Thank you for making my Birthday party so special!!; Everyone had a fabulous time!!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always excellent
    PFoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    This place can compete with any high end steakhouse. I have eaten here several times and have never been disappointed.... and I consider myself a steak snob. My favorite is the filet with the scampi shrimp. You will not be disappointed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food - terrible service
    LJBizDiner
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Not a smile other than the person that seated us. With a restaurant that was not very busy it took 10 minutes to get water; our waitress seemingly wanted to take an order, but could not get away from the table fast enough, no validation of the orders; wine was poured with tons of cork in it, and then brought strainers to the table to glass by glass strain; and no offer to make good on poor service and a frustrating beverage experience. The steaks on the other hand were perfectly cooked and very nice cuts of meat. It has a great room for large groups so as to not overwhelm the restaurant with noise from such a large table. The food was good enough I would give the restaurant another chance.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Steaks and Lamb,
    wabash21VIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Wonderful Steaks and Lamb, great fixed three course dinner. Our waiter was Duman, and as usual he was the best. We had wonderful service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Love this place. Food is excellent, and they even have dishes other than steak in case anyone in the group doesn't eat red meat. Service is always good too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special occasion/mediocre evening
    Suzy
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    3 of us ordered the smaller Cowboy ribeye.... were told it was $29.... bill came.... $32.... Two of the 3 of us sent it back.... very rare... purple in fact. When open table reservation was made the restaurant was advised this was an 89th birthday for one of the guests. No one seemed to know this until the "END of the dinner when a very small scoop of sorbet/gelato was brought to the table with a candle Very disappointing evening.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Although it's in a shabby
    Jayfran
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Although it's in a shabby little mall once inside the ambience is good. Very good service and exceptional beef. The side veggie needed some work. Service was attentive although there were few others there at this relatively early time. Aside from the fact that it's in a funny isolated area it's a good steak eaters experience
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love Porterhouse
    JennCVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We have made many trips to Porterhouse. It has to be one of our favorite places. The steak is perfect and those double baked potatoes, fantastic. Each trip is wonderful and worth the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would go back again
    FoodLuvR
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Visted the bay area where our son lives and picked Porterhouse from a web search. The food, service, and ambiance were all great. Each of us had something different and everything was excellent. It also appeared to have a strong contingent of repeat diners. We would defnintely go there again and highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deeeelicious
    Charchar
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    I rarely ask for my steak medium rare, because I don't trust that many steakhouses. But Porterhouse always delivers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, decent ambiance
    Review
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Weird location takes away from the quality. Great twice baked potatoes with the steak.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Wonderful Place
    SharonVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    The service was great. Our meat was almost cooked to perfection (one steak was overcooked). The twice baked potato was delicious. Wish they served a bigger portion of vegetables. The mushrooms were fantastic. Dessert was very good. I really like the way Porterhouse cooks the steaks. You will not be disappointed if you dine here. The price is worth it. I've been here 3 times and have always left satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and conversation
    LynieRVIP
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Love this place...great food and the noise level is low...so you can actually carry on a conversation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I've dined out a fair amount and I found this to be a very poor experience. First of all we were seated 45 minutes late with reservations. The server took forever to help us. They overcharged me for the same drink twice. My porterhouse was over cooked at for $76 you think they would get it right. They ran out of baked potatoes and didn't tell us until they served us. The veg was a pitiful 3 pieces of rabe. Save your money; there are better steakhouses out there.
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