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Porterhouse Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.porterhousesanmateo.com
  • Phone: (650) 579-5911
  • 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 (650) 579-5911
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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.
Diner Reviews
  • " 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."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "First time here and the filet was so tender and flavorful! Definitely will try their ages steaks again."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Thank you for making my Birthday party so special!!; Everyone had a fabulous time!!!!!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Wonderful Steaks and Lamb, great fixed three course dinner. Our waiter was Duman, and as usual he was the best. We had wonderful service."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "I rarely ask for my steak medium rare, because I don't trust that many steakhouses. But Porterhouse always delivers."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Weird location takes away from the quality. Great twice baked potatoes with the steak."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Love this place...great food and the noise level is low...so you can actually carry on a conversation!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Great food and a wonderful violinist made the night extra special"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was well prepared and flavorful. We had the lamb, fish and chicken. The lamb chops were very fatty. Hard to get half a chop worth of meat from the four. Really disappointing. The Brussel Sprout chips delicious. Had the beat salad which was small but good. The oysters were excellent and came with several types of dips. Overall, plenty of food for the price. Very fun single bottle wine list is worth the trip. We ate outdoors. The servers were so so. The waitress was nice to all tables but her support staff didn't crack a sweat and didn't bring requested items like water and bread. Left our table and several others feeling ignored. They were not that busy inside or out to leave diners like that. The host was rude."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Took my family of 3 to San Mateo Porter House on Valentine. Ordered (2) cowboy porter house and one fillet. All were dry. One med rare was burnt. Ordered one seared and red inside ..inside was almost cooked and not rare. Fillet was dry. Bread is only served after the order is placed. Restaurant was busy and service was slow. Steaks took almost an hour. Did not look properly prepared. Waitress said cut into it and see. Was too embarrassed to return all three so we just ate them. Was definitely not worth $150 for (3). Spoiled Valentine for my wife and daughter. Normally go there for Valentine and other special occasions ...no more."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This was the worst steakhouse ever. Our steaks were not cook to our preference and two of the steaks were burnt. The service was so slow I wouldn't recommend it or ever go back. It a wonder how they stay in business."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We normally enjoy this restaurant and are willing to pay high prices for superior cuts of beef. However, my prime rib was stringy, underdone and very disappointing. I could only finish half of it. The advance preparation suggests they have a new chef or an older one who was getting too rushed in fulfilling orders. The side vegetables were overdone and tasteless, obviously prepared even before our arrival. We won't be going back here. I recommend Sundance in Palo Alto as an alternative."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I don't go out for steak very often. But, if you are in the mood, I can say that this place is excellent. The chef reall cares and all our steaks were cooked to perfection. 6 of us dined that evening. The veggies that come with the dinner were perfect too. The service was excellent too."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "This is a small restaurant and a hidden gem. Very small menu but if you are looking for a good cut of steak then its perfect. We had a romantic Christmas dinner here and the meal was perfect. Small delicious amount of veggies and a small half of a potato came with the steak. The cut are 8oz to 20+oz cuts. Cooked perfectly. They have a private back room that is fairly large for groups. Small bar/lounge area with nice ambiance. We had reservations for 8:00 but did not get seated until almost 9.....due to it being Christmas I assume. They opened early for Christmas and had been "slammed" all day, so they were out of a lot of the starters and sides. I would go back though for the steak."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Our server suggested the Porterhouse Steak for 2......WOW...it was great!!, Would definitely have that again. Our server, Duman, was very professional and accommodating...we enjoyed our dining experience."
    Dined on 1/4/2014