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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.
San Mateo, CA 94401
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)
El Camino Real & San Mateo Drive
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We will do off-site catering for intimate events and small local drop-offs
San Mateo offers a 3-level Parking Garage, located behind our restaurant, that stretches 3 blocks. (From San Mateo Drive to B Street).
We are located 4 blocks from the Caltrain station in San Mateo
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.
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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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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