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About 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.

60 E. Third Ave
San Mateo, CA 94401
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Gastro Pub, Contemporary American

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)

Cross Street:
El Camino Real & San Mateo Drive

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 579-5911

Website:
http://www.porterhousesanmateo.com/

Catering:
We will do off-site catering for intimate events and small local drop-offs

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).

Public Transit:
We are located 4 blocks from the Caltrain station in San Mateo

Executive Chef:
Douglas McGraw

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Join us on Thanksgiving for a limited version of our full dinner menu and a special 3 course Turkey Dinner for $50 per person. Don't like turkey? No problem! You can order a la carte from a limited version of our dinner menu. We will be open from 1:00-9:00...make reservations now!

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Let Porterhouse host your Christmas Eve Dinner. We will be serving a limited version of our full dinner menu for you and your guests to order a la carte. Reserve a table now!

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Celebrate with us on Christmas Day! Offering a limited version of our full dinner menu.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Treat yourself to steak as your last meal of 2017! Join us for dinner on New Year's Eve before going out and celebrating the new year! Your steak awaits.

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Private Dining

Conveniently located in the heart of downtown San Mateo, Porterhouse offers 4 private dining rooms that can seat anywhere from 8 to 100 guests for lunch or dinner. Whether you’re hosting a corporate event, rehearsal dinner, birthday, or business presentation, we offer the perfect setting anytime.

Porterhouse Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

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92% would recommend it to a friend

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Romantic (14)
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Neighborhood Gem (13)
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Cozy (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Casual (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Authentic (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing steak dinner experience. E celebrate meat and good aides. Yummy appetizers too. Had the poutin and was delicious; shrimp cocktail was succulent. Steaks and chicken entrees of best quality. It’s a good steakhouse! And service was really outstanding. Professional, friendly and well timed. We were never waiting and never rushed.

Only downside - the outside patio type room is very chilly. Would not sit there again - we should have asked to move. So avoid that area if it’s cold out!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Good food, not great. Service awful. No evidence of customer care.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Porterhouse evokes a classic restaurant experience but with superior food and service. They made my birthday very special, and the drinks, meal, and dessert were memorable. I'm definitely going back soon!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

As always, Porterhouse was fantastic. Great food quality, prepared excellently and full of flavor.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

service was slow but food was good. the apologized for being short staffed

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Back for our favorite dry aged beef. We enjoyed NY & Cowboy steaks paired with bottle of 2009 Cinnabar Cab Alexander Valley. We learned that our favorite waiter moved to Phoenix. The bay area is too expensive no chance of buying a home here.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

We went here for a birthday celebration :) we were greeted upon arrival. The lighting is too low, warmer ambience would be nice to appreciate the plating of the food and the interior of the restaurant. We are served warm sliced French bread and buttercream. We tried crab cake and it was ok.... I order fillet mignon, and I enjoyed it! And the prime rib is good as well! :) the price and quality of the food is great! For all steak lovers this is the place for you! An alternative option of Ruth Chris/Morton’s. Overall, this is a good steakhouse!

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

This spot never disappoints when it come to their food. On this particular visit though, their staff was overwhelmed by a 50-person group being hosted in their downstairs area. Made for a very noisy/loud experience. Plus they were sold out of prime rib, and in the lengthy time it took to get our orders taken (20 minutes after drinks were delivered) they had sold out of their special (dry aged filet mignon). I’ll come again for sure (best steakhouse I trust in downtown San Mateo), but this score only reflects this visit.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Wonderful experience! Delicious food, worth the money!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Despite our reservation, we had to wait approximately 30-35 minutes for our table to be ready. We did not get the impression that they cared very much that we had to wait that long. As a matter of fact, after waiting at the bar 15 minutes in, the Manager downed a whole glass of wine before telling us from across the bar that our table would be ready in "2 minutes." 15 minutes later, we packed up our things and started heading towards the door, when low and behold, our table was miraculously ready. Food was nothing to write home about. Service was horrible. Will never go there again. I doubt they even care.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Most enjoyable!

Great food, attentive staff.
An Anniversary was celebrated,
And enjoyed by all.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Always love coming here, server was great but she presented the bill w/o asking if we wanted coffee. Will come back as we love his restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Our first time dining in this restaurant. Upon seating us the waiter brought us the daily menu. I remember seeing their three course prix fix menu and asked. They do have it but unless asked they seem to prefer to offer their daily menu. When comparing the prices I understand why. The prix fix menu is better value for money.
I had the bone in rib eye. My wife had the filet migneon butterflyed. My nephew had the bone in New York. All three steak were outstanding even though the sauce on my ribeye was extremely salty. I told our waiter about but did not insist on returning the steak.
Service was efficiebt and friendly. A gem of a find.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Fantastic steaks, amazing flavor, the sides are also amazing and the deserts to die for! Would eat there many times in the future.

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

Hidden gem in downtown San Mateo. Food here is spot on and the service is impeccable. If you're in the mood for a great steak in the Peninsula, this is the spot.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

A great restaurant for a special occasion and a good steak. Service is attentive and friendly. Desserts are delicious.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Fantastic restaurant. Great place to celebrate and bring someone special

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Their signature steak was just ok.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Steaks are all amazing--truly a steak house that knows what they are doing. Twice baked potato that comes with steak not that great. Great wine selection. 3 course Pre Fixe menu a good value considering menu pricing. Wine prices on the high side, but good selection.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

The chef was lousing cooking my Cowboy. It was the second time I sent the steak back. I don't think I will eat there anymore for the price they charge for the steak and the way they cooked it. Was very dissappointed for the money you pay for the aged steaks and what you got. They did recook the steak, but it was even more cooked than the first one I wanted, which the first one was cooked more than I wanted. I just ate it and said I won't come back here. At one point it was a treat, but Costco is better. Even Safeway's small steak are better. And cheaper. The hostess was not very pleasant. It's like they think they are entitled for some reason so they can treat customers as peasants. They 're lucky they have a job. Maybe they should fire the chef and get somebody who knows how to cook a steak. My barbecue grill does better. For $220.00 I can buy my own cow.

The waiter was lousy.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

This is a great place to dine. Always wonderful food, especially the steaks

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food is good. The only weird thing is the bathroom is outside of the restaurant. So for such a nice high end restaurant I thought this was weird.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Our Fantastic bartender named Tanya who made me the best filthy martini ever and another drink with vodka mint and less sugar hit the spot ‼️
Excellent REAL crab cakes for 3 people (bites)and a fantastic light bread pudding . Next time I'll ask for my meat medium rare 😉I asked for a medium done, my fault.
lol 😂 I loved the place so much I came back the next day with my husband and son and they also loved the drinks👍🏼 My son loved the drink Penicillin lol 😂!! They liked the appetizer polenta with cheese and meat sauce a lot😃We're coming back very soon 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Great food, great service

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Onion Soup & Prawn Cocktail Starters. Juicy Pork chop and 3rd Ave Club Steak. First paired with a 2000 Gattinara Nebbiolo, which only went with the Pork (Wine needed to be open longer). Paired ½ bottle of 2015 Ridge Geyserville Zin/Carignane/Petite Sirah Blend with the steak.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Prawn Cocktail, 20 oz T-Bone, 3rd Ave Club Steak paired with a Bordeaux aroma style 2007 Brutocao Cellars Hopland Cabernet from Hopland Ranches Mendocino.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Loved our salads and dessert - the bread pudding was delicious. Unfortunately the main reason we came to Porterhouse - the steaks - were a bit disappointing. The sauce they put on the steaks was too strong and overpowered my filet. My husband's cowboy steak (which he asked for medium rare) came too rare and then when it was replaced, it was medium. The server was very nice and accommodating, but service was a bit slow.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We had a nice meal with a pleasant server. We go here infrequently and found that this time was better than we had remembered in the past. Perfect prime rib and filet mignon.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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vip
 (London)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Still the best steak. Period.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Like having a great Steak House in the neighborhood, we have never been
disappointed with our meal or the service.
Had the three course for $48, chose the filet, soup or salad, and desert. Filet was cooked perfectly.
The service is always great. We look forward to going back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Their host and server made us feel very welcome. They were attentive to all the details. The steaks were delicious, especially their porterhouse. Desserts were amazing! Great food, drinks, and service!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Back again for our dry aged beef craving. Started with prawn cocktail followed by cowboy steak and 3rd Ave NY steak paired perfectly with a bottle 2009 Chateau Tournefeuille Lalande de Pomerol Bordeaux. Such a great wine list to choose from.

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·Dined on August 18, 2017

I made a reservation for a birthday dinner. Thinking there would be a birthday dessert included. I noticed another table got one, but our table did not. I feel like the server at the front should notify the servers of any special events going on.
Service was pretty slow here. The restaurant was not busy so I don't see why they spaced out taking orders, and bringing out the food. I think this place might be understaffed? Overall the food was good, but I don't see myself coming back to this restaurant.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Great service, great food and they treated my husband to a special bday celebration without making it too over the top.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We had a birthday dinner and chose the fixed price menu, which was a great deal with excellent food and service. The owner remembered me from the Bogies days.

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·Dined on August 10, 2017

From the moment we walked in we were treated w/ smiles and friendly staff.

We have been here several times before and have never had a bad experience. The bar area is spacious with a small tv for viewing.

This is a steak house and every cut is amazing ....but there is an amazing pork chop
Option as well. Chicken and fish choices too. They have a tasting menu w/ three courses and all the items are good (we have been there a few times).

Our server Emily was very sweet and attentive (not over bearing) and answered out menu questions easily and clearly. She was very understanding w/ some of our substitutions and served wine beautifully.

The food was cooked perfectly and the the twice baked potatoe is my favorite --the presentation Top notch. I really liked the roasted beer salad--the fried goat cheese ball was perfect (maybe add one or two more to the plate though). Prime rib was so good (limited) and the filet cooked perfectly.

Creme brule and choch mousse were so good.

The manager made his rounds too and again the whole staff was very friendly but not intrusive.
Excellent !!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

We came her for our anniversary, everything was lovely. My man is picky with salad and steak, he was really happy. I loved my steak. I would live to see a little more selection with the wines by the glass but the food was great, timing was ideal and the service was thoughtful.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Good steaks. Definitely good cuts and aged well. Sides could've been been more generous. Could've included a salad.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Date night out with wife. Needed a dry aged beef fix; Prawns, 20 oz T Bone, 3rd Ave NY Steak paired with bottle of 2010 Galante Cab Carmel Valley.

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·Dined on July 30, 2017

Porterhouse is definitely a neighborhood gem. Very uassuming restaurant in San Mateo but once you enter the restaurant, it is a warm and inviting locale. Our server, Dumon, really made the night. His service and personality was top notch. He was very warm, attentive, and his true care for his customers was the highlight of our evening. When we return, we will definitely ask for a table that is under his service! The food is top notch! My daughter relished in her filet mignon and the 30 oz porterhouse never disappoints. Highly recommend Porterhouse to anyone looking for a very special place for a special occasion.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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