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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.
Extended Holiday Hours: OPEN FOR LUNCH FOR A LIMITED TIME! Monday-Friday from 11:30 am- 2:00 pm through December 22nd, 2017
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
I'm certain I had the best steak I've ever had. We shared the Porterhouse for two and it was amazing. The veggies and starters we ordered were also wonderful.
This place is great for a special occasion. Located in a very unassuming location in downtown San Mateo. There is a huge sign on the front of the building, but the restaurant is in a building with other businesses and getting to it isn't completely obvious. The best way I can describe it, is to wander to the back of the building on the street level.
Definitely worth the trip and $$. I still remember that steak.
Went to Porterhouse for a New Years' Eve dinner, and was impressed by the food and the service. We even were serenaded by a talented and humorous violinist. It is on the pricey side (though, compared to SF restaurants of similar quality, it's mid-priced). The bottom line: We have added this spot to our 'special night out' rotation of restaurants!
The steaks are the best, service always great. The filet is one of the best, and always cooked to requested level. We had all filets, from everything from rare to well done, and we were all pleased. I do have to say the vegetables served were disappointing, they usually have a baked potato, but we were all served a small portion of mashed and a stem of a cauliflower . This was for New Years so hopefully they will go back to a baked potato on a non holiday.
Second visit to Porterhouse. Came here to celebrate a
Birthday. We had a reservation for 7PM, arrived around 6:20 and were immediately seated.
The restaurant was pleasantly quiet with just a soft ambiance level of music and other people talking.
We both ordered steak which was beautifully prepared and the meat fell right off the bone of my 20oz Porterhouse, I was in absolute heaven! He equally enjoyed the Cowboy Steak. We were both a bit disappointed over the “Grilled Prawn” starter for $19.00, as it was basically a shrimp cocktail. The shrimp arrived cold and was plated with what ultimately tasted like standard shrimp cocktail sauce. I would recommend that the “Grilled Prawns” be Prawns and come out warm, to justify a $19 starter.
The evening ended pleasantly with our server bringing out a nice birthday gesture of ice cream and candle to help us celebrate. I was very appreciative of that.
Aside from the starter, this meal & experience was very nice and I do see myself visiting Porterhouse again.
I went there for a Christmas dinner with my daughter who was back from college. This is an excellent steakhouse with great dry-aged steaks and a fabulous wine list. We had filet mignon and a bone-in New York steak, as well as crab cakes. Each of the dishes was delicious, and the service was impeccable. We would definitely consider going back for a special occasion.
We were seated promptly and service was prompt and courteous, especially considering they were working on a holiday. My husband got his soup hot and before the meal something we have had problems with in other restaurants. Food was good, my prime rib perfect, and attractively presented. All and all a good experience at a place new to us and one we will probably repeat.
Food was bland, over cooked and small portions for the price. Good presentation and great service. The best thing on our table was the bread. Pork chops were very dry. Mac and cheese was salty and noodles under cooked. Mary’s Chicken and butter nut squash Risotto were bland. One out of two mojito’s (2 of the same flavor, for the same person), tasted different and took a long time to get. Waiter was cool and made us another (he said it was due to bar tender shift change). Overall, the bread and the waiter were the best part of the Christmas dinner. First and last time there.
It was Christmas Eve dinner, service was initially slow - from getting seated until they got our order. We felt like they forgot all about us. Service improved after appetizers. I hope this is just a fluke. I’ve been here a few times and service was always stellar. Food was great as always.
This restaurant has the best steaks in the area. The booths provided privacy and an intimacy rarely found in restaurants. The service here is provided by a knowledgeable professional staff. If you want great beef this is a good bet. They also have an excellent bar and an excellent wine list.
Porterhouse is one of our go-to places. The food is good and, frankly, consistent. We went on a Wednesday night and it was busy! This may have been a factor in the less than perfect service. The bartender was our waiter (!). We ordered the Porterhouse for two, and usually the dish is served with a "presentation," but, nope, not this time. Just plopped down by the chef. None of the normal fanfare. We will continue to patronize Porterhouse because of the great food and awsome bread pudding. Note to the wondeful Mr. Ugur, your placemats are showing wear and snagging our sleeves! Time to replace them.
Just did not feel like Turkey this Thanksgiving, even though Porterhouse offered the Traditional fixings. We were in a dry aged beef space and ordered 3rd Ave Club NY Steak and a Cowboy Steak. Prawn Starters with Martini’s. Paired bottle of 2009 Cinnabar Cabernet Alexander Valley with the entree. Restaurant was packed, and service was understandably impacted. The owner’s family all pitched in to handle the crowd.
Maybe it's just me. On a special occasion I tend to expect a special dining experience. Maybe I should just give that up because it seems special occasions (holidays) are exactly when the most experienced restaurant staff gets the evening off. The result is not bad. Just not special.
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!
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!
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