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Permanently Closed - Porter's Steakhouse in the Read House Historic Inn & Suites

4.1
387 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steak
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Chattanooga's original Prime Steakhouse. Located in the Historic Read House Hotel Inn and Suites, Porters features a varied selection of Prime Beef cuts, along with samplings of other flavors, prepared with care by our culinary staff.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steak, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Breakfast Daily: 6:30am - 10:30am; Lunch Daily: 10:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday -5:00pm-9:00pm; Monday-Wednesday- 5:00pm-10:00pm;
Thursday-Saturday 5:00pm-11:00pm.
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Phone number
(423) 643-1240
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Bill Thompson
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Private party facilities
Our Room's can accommodate groups of up to 30 people.
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Private party contact
Melanie Hadaway: (423) 643-1225
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Catering
Porter's Steakhouse can cater functions from 10 to 30 in our Private Dining areas. For larger events, Porter's Culinary Team works with the Read House Hotel Catering Department. Call us at 423-643-1371.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
MLK
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet for Guests.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.2
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4.1
service
4.0
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3.8
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1.0Dined on November 2, 2017

Terrible service! Waiter shattered glass all over us-clothes, shoes, etc. He did nothing to rectify the situation. A decent restaurant makes up for ruining your anniversary dinner. This restaurant is not worth your time or money. Food is over seasoned and over priced. We were really disappointed.

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5.0Dined on October 29, 2017

Delicious meal and great service. Good value and best Manhattan ever!

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4.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Our meals were excellent - every item was cooked to perfection. The service was friendly, but slow and disorganized — the biggest annoyance was that dishes weren’t cleared in s timely manner. In fact, there were so many dirty dishes on the table next to us that when they tried to make room for dessert on the table some dishes fell off onto the floor and broke. A little more attention to detail on service would have made this a 5 star experience all the way around.

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

Great food and great service. Steaks were cooked perfectly!!

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3.0Dined on September 22, 2017

OK Restaurant. Nothing special. Better options in Downtown Chattanooga for sure. Service was slow, food was just OK (My . For a "Steak House" it had very limited selection of cuts for meat. I had heard good things about this place and been looking forward to going. While it was a good restaurant, I was ultimately disappointed with the experience.

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Wonderful steak. I am looking to our next special occasion to dine there again.

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5.0Dined on September 10, 2017

la carne es una verdadera delicia. tanto el platillo principal que es in filete con costra de pimienta como el prime rib

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4.0Dined on September 9, 2017

Good dining experience...food was great...as was the service.

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4.0Dined on August 20, 2017

The food was very good, but the manager is slipping up as they were out of at least two items: Beef Wellington and Asparagus. When you're out of something, go to the grocery and buy more!

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4.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Great food in a local landmark. Old-school fine dining. Nothing terribly inventive, but consistently reliable. Closing Oct 1 for a complete remodel (along with the hotel.). Looking forward to what comes next.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2017

GREAT food and service. Highly recommend the Steak Caprese!

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1.0Dined on July 24, 2017

I am sure at one point this restaurant was great, seen it's better days. We left without eating. Dirty/stained table cloth, dirty/stained napkins and dirty presentation plates upon being seated. Made it difficult to stay and expect the food would be worth the price.
Someone needs to begin paying attention to details and cleaning the place up, too many better choices in the Chattanooga market.
Went to Rodizio Grill and spent less money and a wonderful dining experience.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2017

Awesome food, have never had a better steak in my life. The calamari and burgundy mushrooms were fantastic as well. Great server. Definitely worth the money for a special occasion.

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1.0Dined on May 30, 2017

Overpriced and under delivered. What a disappointing experience. Do not waste your money or time with Porter's.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2017

Great good!!! Great service. Highly recommend

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

A elegantly special restaurant with excellent food. The servers are well trained to take care of their customers. We were celebrating my husbands 61st Birthday and it was a lovely evening.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Everything was perfect! Great choice for our Mother's Day lunch.

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2017

Our waiter was fantastic but the food was mediocre at best. The steak marinated in peppercorns was overpowering in pepper. The flavor of the meat was lost in the marinate. We ordered a martini off the menu and they did not have the ingredients to make it. Would not recommend.

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1.0Dined on April 19, 2017

Wait staff lackadaisical and uninformed about menu items. Another patron paced through the dining room ranting in a loud voice on his cell phone and then conducted a conference call standing behind our table. Management did not address. Service was unprofessional for this type of establishment. Will not return.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2017

Was all around a great experience. The food was great.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2017

The food was delicious! I ordered the Ribeye with Spinach and Mushrooms. My wife ordered Salmon with Asparagus and Spinach. Both meals were cooked to perfection.

The atmosphere was quiet and relaxing. It was a nice restaurant but felt somewhat casual as well. You could wear anything from shorts and a collared shirt to a full suit.

The host was very welcoming and the waitress was very friendly and helpful! I look forward to visiting Porter's again soon!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2017

Had dinner before a concert. Chicken Marsala was delicious. Service was prompt and excellent.
No difficulty getting to concert on time!

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2017

Maybe expectations were too high but it was average at best.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2017

Steaks were cooked perfectly. Everything was delicious. The waiter and chef were knowledgable and accommodating regarding my food allergies.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2017

This is a traditional steak house with great steaks. Some seafood and an amazing chicken Marsala. Great large sharing sides, good salads, quiet refined atmosphere. Even my pescetarian daughter enjoyed it. I think they accidentally switched mine and my wife's cooking temperatures. Even so, my medium well lamb chops were excellent and she surprisingly enjoyed her medium NY Strip.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2017

They completely ruined our order. Then took mine away as I sat and watched my wife eat hers. Terrible experience for a Valentine's. How do you overcook a med rare beef wellington to the point it's totally beyond well done?

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

Amazing!!!

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2017

Worst food ever. Actually had to spit out the vegetables. It might have been the 3 whole cloves of raw garlic. Beef Wellington was covered in stringy raw dough. Sent back and chef said it would just come out the same so order something else. The "famous" steak, much better at any chain steakhouse. Mushrooms tasted like they were done in an A1 sauce reduction. Frankly I couldn't believe any of it would even end up on a plate. $100 later, left most of the food on the plate and went out for dessert to get the taste out of my mouth.
(She Crab soup was very good however). Wow, I heard that place was haunted, it must have been the ghost doing the cooking.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

my only complaint was that when I reserved a table the only time available was at
either 5:00 pm or 9:00 pm. we got there at 5:00 and left at 7:30 and the reasturant
was never fuller than 20 percent. we could not figure that one out. we would had rather
gotten a table at 6:30 but could not. there was only 6 couples in the dinning area the whole
time we were there.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

Wonderful dinner date for Valentine's day for my husband and myself! Our food was great, quick, and tasted delicious. The manager was a very gracious host and treated us like we were someone special. Our service was exceptional and the staff was very kind and conversational. We will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2017

One of the best steaks I have ever had! Would highly recommend the filet.

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4.0Dined on February 4, 2017

My husband and I along with our son had dinner at Porters and it was fantastic. Great service. My order didn't come out right but our waiter went above and beyond to correct the mistake.

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4.0Dined on January 28, 2017

Everything was wonderful as always! Porter's is one of our special places!

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2016

First things first, the food was absolutely exceptional. Just really great flavors, cooked to perfection, very yummy! Our reservation was perfect. We arrive a little bit early even and went right into a table. The servers were super friendly and very attentive. We had a really great evening there.

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4.0Dined on December 14, 2016

Went for lunch and we were the only table. 12:30 on a Friday during the holidays. Seemed odd, but the food was great, and it was easy to have conversation for our business lunch.

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5.0Dined on November 28, 2016

Absolutely amazing. Great meal, excellent service and fantastic drinks. Such a wonderful experience!!

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3.0Dined on November 25, 2016

The rolls used to be better (one of the best parts of the meal) and the steak had a bit too much gristle for our taste. The "creamed" spinach wasn't very creamy.

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3.0Dined on November 21, 2016

Food - fantastic. Service - meh. No one came and checked on us after food arrived. Never saw a manager talking to guests. At that price point, I would expect more from management and staff.

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4.0Dined on November 19, 2016

My wife and I enjoyed our dinner at Porter's before going to the Tivoli theater. Service and atmosphere was great.

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3.0Dined on November 13, 2016

Service was exceptionally slow. I think this could have possibly been due to short staffing? The wait staff were very nice and personable. Food and wine was good.

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