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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.

Extended Holiday Hours: OPEN FOR LUNCH FOR A LIMITED TIME! Monday-Friday from 11:30 am- 2:00 pm through December 22nd, 2017

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:
Richard Tamura

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.

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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.

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90% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (13)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Good for Groups (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Casual (7)
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Paleo Friendly (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Another wonderful dining experience. This time had the TBone & 3rd Ave NY steak and paired a bottle of 2012 Chateau Napa Martin Estate Cabernet. This wine did not have much aroma and did not connect. It was very high in alcohol percent 15%.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Celebrating my wife’s new job! This was probably the best experience we’ve had in a long time! Cheers to our server!!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

Porterhouse didn't honor my reservation and closed the kitchen one hour early at 9:00 pm, despite having listed hours until 10:00 pm.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Sorry...not impressed
I won't be back

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food and service is exceptional. Definitely a neighborhood gem!

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

My 12 yrs old daughter wanted to go to a steak house for NYE. A friend recommend the Porterhouse. Made reservations. She loved it. She ate the whole steak. And dessert.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Cozy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Real treat after successful surgery recovery. My sense of smell is back! Prawn Cocktails NY & Cowboy Steaks. Owner paired a bottle of 2012 Dry Creek Vineyard Meritage, excellent accompaniment. Merry Christmas.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

It was our first time to Porterhouse on Christmas Day. We had reservations and we were seated right away. Our server was very attentive. The food was excellent and we can't wait to return.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Terrific prime rib. Split prime rib and perfect portion for 2. Love the brussel sprout, squash and pomegranate salad.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

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.

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

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Not only me, my friends were very satisfied with the steak.
Especially, COWBOY steak is very good to me.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Was a really nice Christmas Eve dinner. Food was awesome and had a great time with family

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Prime rib is a large cut. Very flavorful and juicy. $38
Third ave cut is also a really good piece of steak. $41

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

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.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Fun, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly
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·Dined on December 12, 2017

Love this place. Always fulfill my steak cravings.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food and service was excellent! Reservation was made very easy for a party of 9. We were quickly seated upon arrival. Definitely coming back with the team. Thanks Porterhouse!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Comfort Food, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

always a good stop for special occasion. Service is good and the food is excellent. hors d'oeuvres and desserts are very small for the price they charge, forget about sharing on those items. Other than that, it is good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Place is not really nice. Food is good but not amazing, specially for the price you pay. Can’t really recommend it.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Good food and service. Melt in your mouth steaks. Nice place for a date. Great bar. Friendly staff.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Sports, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent food and fast service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had a lovely nontraditional Thanksgiving dinner of steak and shrimp although a beautiful full turkey dinner was available. The staff was exceedingly pleasant and kind for having to work on a holiday. We were very grateful.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Healthy, Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Remarkably consistent... high-quality and extremely well prepared steaks . This is as good as any of the best steakhouses in the city. The wild salmon was also perfect... and so was the Manhattan. All the sides are delicious. I love the place....

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

We went to Porterhouse to celebrate a birthday and were very pleased with our experience. The service was excellent, and the steak was amazing. I highly recommend the Wagyu steak.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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 on November 16, 2017

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.

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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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