Best rack of lamb on the peninsula
Best rack of lamb on the peninsula without question. Service is attentive, and this is actually a restaurant where you can hear those in your party without having to raise your voice during dinner!!!
3/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great for meat lovers-not
Great for meat lovers-not too much, not too little--just right for satisfying meal--and deliciously prepared.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
We really liked that it was
We really liked that it was tucked away off the street. The ambiance was very nice; very relaxing. The wait staff was friendly and helpful as well. The pace of the evening was perfect, and our pre-dinner drinks were well made and strong.
My wife and I both had the prime rib which was very good, shared a side of creamed spinach which was delicious, and even the sides of vegetables and potatoes that come with the steak were all very good.
The wait staff was friendly and helpful as well.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food, wine, and service!
Looked like a great menu, but they have a 3 course fixed price special (incentive really) that I couldn't pass up. Romaine heart salad was great, nice simple portion. Medium rare, 8oz filet mignon was perfect (I held the bordelaise sauce and simply asked for crumbled blue cheese which was delicious). The included side was a twice baked potato in a clever presentation I've never seen on end before. Chocolate mousse with raspberry ended a perfect meal. Really liked the 2008 bottle of cab from Justin vineyard. Girlfriend had a feast too with the bacon wrapped porkchop - neither of us have ever seen one so large before. She enjoyed the creme brûlée, along with a fresh white peach sorbet (presented as a birthday treat). We'll return!
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Very good steaks - probably
Very good steaks - probably the best in San Mateo.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
We went for a business dinner;
We went for a business dinner; had a reservation for 6 people but they were able to accommodate a larger group upon arrival. The food was outstanding. We loved the choice of the Pre-fix menu.
4/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great cocktails and wine list.
Great cocktails and wine list. Dry aged steaks are awesome. Cowboy steak also a winner. Missed out on the prime rib. They were out by 7:30 so get there early. Nice that steaks come with sides which is great for a steakhouse. Bread is warm and yummy. Started with Beet salad and onion soup which were both good. Bread pudding was yummy. Service was great and friendly. Definitely a place to hang and not rush through dinner.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were a party of 6 and we
We were a party of 6 and we were seated in a large comfortable table and had excellent service! The food was good too. When we take our family of 6 (adults) out, more than not, we are crammed into a small table which really distracts from the enjoyment. Porterhouse was very accomodating! Also, the sound level was low so we were able to have a great conversation during dinner.
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Steaks were fantastic. I prefer my steak well done which can dry out the meat and make a chef cringe. The steak was tender and still juicy. The twice baked potato was amazing.
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
I set this up a a business
I set this up a a business dinner for a large group. The food was outstanding and the service was great. I will definitely have a large group go again or even just a small business meeting
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Food was excellent and
The Food was excellent and the service was fantastic. Wine list very good and the dry aged steaks were well prepared. Their fixed price 3 course dinner is an outstanding value. We will go again and again.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Not as exciting or vibrant
Not as exciting or vibrant as Town Restaurant, but the food is better!
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great steak, cooked perfectly... great service, our waiter was there when we needed him but did not hover.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fine Dinning Galore
Every time I've eaten here, it's been for special occasions with the family. This time I brought my girlfriend on our date night. When arrived, we were greeted by the owner. We were seated immediately and were attended by our knowledgeable waitress within seconds. Service - prompt & friendly. The food was absolutely delicious. We started off with the oysters. For the main course, I had the Porterhouse steak and my girl had the Third Ave Club Steak. Both were fantastic, tender, juicy, & flavorful. We finished it off with the Banana Foster for dessert. This was a dessert that was irresistible. The owner actually made it for us, in front of us. The combination of the fried, caramelized bananas, combined with the vanilla ice cream was amazing.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
A hidden gem.
You get a feeling that you are very welcomed at Porterhouse. The wait staff is outstanding and very accommodating to all of your wishes. I highly recommend Porterhouse to all of my friends.
5/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious as always
We always dine early and order the three course special. The filet steak is the best! Love the beet salad, and the chocolate mousse for dessert tops off a wonderful meal.
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
If you love a steak, this
If you love a steak, this is a great local place to go. Great early bird special, try it between 5pm and 6pm.
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Traditional Steak House Fare
Porterhose is a traditional steakhouse with all the expected favoirites on the menu from shrimp cocktail, to prime rib to baked potates with all the trimmings to chocolate mousse. This is a menu straight out of the past but it is exceptionally well done and reasonably priced. A wide variety of cuts and sizes of steaks are offered. If you like well-prepared steaks and prime ribs, this is the place to go.
I had the prime rib and unlike many places it was delightfully rare with no hint that it had been sitting under a warming lamp since being removed from the oven hours before. This factor alone is enough torate Porthouse fit for foodies in my book.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thank you, open table!
If it wasn't for open table we would not have found this place! Food was awesome, service was even better. Location is in an out of the way spot, but parking is easy. Great atmosphere! We plan to bring a larger group next time. The bananas foster is incredible!
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good steak house
We were a party of 6. Great service, menu, and wonderful dinners. Having dined here before, we have grown to expect the best, and never disappointed. Will be back again for sure.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
loved the food
The porterhouse was awesome. shared it with my wife and we both enjoyed it. There was one issue though. The table next to us had a party and was extremely loud. I was hoping the manager would do something about it. Like moving them to the bar via offering a complementary drink or something. Real disappointment by the lacking of handling that table.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
I came for the porterhouse; stayed for the rest. This was easily one of the best steaks I've ever had. Great cut, very little fat and the side of mushrooms were divine. Good wine selection and a big thumbs up for the Chocolate Mousse. Waitress gave just the right amount of service without being either too pushy or MIA.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
This has become my favorite steakhouse. You can always count on there steaks. Plus they have nice options for seafood, including shrimp cocktail - I great low-call starter! Nice place. I'd trust a steak here more than most SF joints!
7/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
We made a mistake by not ordering their signature steak, the dry aged porterhouse. We should have shared one. Our filets were good, but not great. Presentation was beautiful, steaks were cooked as ordered, but not as flavorful as we've had elsewhere. We will go back, but we'll order the porterhouse. Our waiter was very attentive and we felt very well taken care of.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Aged Steak
I've never had a good aged steak but Porterhouse was the exception. Great place. Tasty Steak. Tucked inside this building on 3rd it doesn't look open but once your inside there are good drinks and steaks. Really enjoyed the meals. Meat was done perfect. Forget Alexander's who suck or any of the Vegas Steak houses. They can't compare to this delicious dinner. Very good baked potato and tasty Mac n Cheese. Even veggies were fresh and well prepared. And they had Mousse to top it off.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
3rd time I have eaten there.
3rd time I have eaten there. Enjoyed every meal. The service is terrific.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Better than I expected
Given it's location in the back of a small shopping complex, I thought it was not going to live up to some of it's good reviews I had just read. It was already 9:00 PM, and we were hungry, so I was ready to accept the experience regardless of the quality. I was most pleasantly surprised when the service, and the food, from the soup to the filet and finally the desert were all excellent. They were excellent in both presentation, and taste. The fine service from the young and personable waiter was perfect. Attentive, but not hovering. He had a happy to be serving us demeanor, and truly was a joy to meet. I wish I could remember his name...
Don't let the location fool you, excellent food and service!
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
new favorite restaurant!
I love a good steak house and this place was amazing! in house aged beef and a nice selection of wines. you can even pick up a special aged cut to take home and cook how you like it. only downfall is its hard to locate but its well worth the search. this is a must for steak lovers!
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Steak Place in San Mateo
While we love many San Mateo restaurants featuring steak, we felt Porterhouse brings it all together with food, wine selection, service, and ambience. The oysters were perfect as an appetizer, the Porterhouse and New York aged steaks were cooked perfectly once we told our server that we like our steaks on the rare side. Loved that veggies came with the main dish too. The champagne sorbet was a perfect ending to a wonderful meal. We chose a Shiraz to go with our meal, from a long list of great candidate wines, and really liked what we chose, both price and taste-wise.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Like coming home
The staff is so welcoming when you walk in the door. When you head to the bar you get more great service, The bartender knows their way around making great drinks, as well as which wines are best. Then you go to the dinning room each time I have gone the food is better and better! The twice baked potatoes are so light they melt in your mouth. The beef is dry aged and cooked just the way I like it. The friendly atmosphere makes me ready to go this weekend.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
wonderful as usual, if you
wonderful as usual, if you love a great steak, you'll love Porterhouse.
Great service and food. Suggest the three coarse nitely special for $39.00.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Found this restaurant on Open Table when searching for a nice place to celebrate a birthday. I am from out of town, so I did not know the area. Loved it! Everything was perfect. It is a beautifully appointed restaurant and had soft music playing versus so many that have music obscure conversation. Meal presentation by the chef was 5 star. Gorgeous! The bar looked very nice and elegant as well for a cocktail or after dinner drink. Our waiter could not have been better. Very classy place without pretentions. One diner had the porterhouse and two had the prix fixe menu which was a bargain for such a generous and delicious meal. We were very impressed and would be back. Porterhouse is a wonderful, non-chain, steakhouse find. Don't miss it!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
I am not a "steak" lover and it was boys night out, and they let mom come. I don't care for steak and big cuts of meat, but went to be with my family. They teased me, "are you going to get fish at a steak restaurant?" I decided I was going to get meat, so I order the shaking beef which are small cuts of their AMAZING aged beef. I ate the entire dish it was so good. The teenage boys had the 22 oz Porterhouse and so did my husband, There was nothing left on any plate! It was beautifully prepared, and served. The service was also outstanding and very friendly.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is our favorite steak
This is our favorite steak house. We came for a birthday and it could not have been more perfect. The service was excellent and our steaks were well prepared; we ordered 2 cowboy steaks, and a New York strip steak, preceded by a delicious beet salad. My husband enjoyed his onion soup and lamb chops. The desserts were outstanding. We went a little overboard with the molten lava cake, bread pudding and the over the top bananas Foster, but we'd do it again in a heartbeat!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great steak, excellent services!
We had dinner for 8 adults. We all order something different. The aged meat was excellent. The shaking beef I ordered: meat and the favor were very good. Souffle was good. We enjoyed the whole meal and would go back again.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Consistent, excellent food
Pork chops, shaking beef, filet mignon crusted in bleu cheese was all delicious. Everyone came away happy and full.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
For our anniversary, we decided to try a steakhouse that was close. At first, I was debating to make a reservation based on the cost indicator but since it was our anniversary, we decided to try it. We are glad we did! I was skeptical as we entered the entrance on 3rd Avenue as you have to go through a hallway to the restaurant. Any doubts quickly dissolved with our first encounter with a team member, the host and the way to the servers (even those not serving us). The service was outstanding, the kitchen is very accommodating, and the food was extremely tasty. Another server took the time to come over to create an animal out of a napkin and made our child laugh. We would definitely return.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM