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For 2
7:00 PM
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Booked 14 times today


846 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Steakhouse, Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
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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)
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Phone number
(650) 579-5911
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Richard Tamura
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Private party facilities
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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Private party contact
Zella: (844) 359-1948
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We will do off-site catering for intimate events and small local drop-offs
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Cross street
El Camino Real & San Mateo Drive
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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).
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Public transit
We are located 4 blocks from the Caltrain station in San Mateo
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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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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
What 846 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vip01Badger (London)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

My favourite. The cowboy is the best.

vipFrank (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Always excellent steaks! Very good and friendly service.

vipWaltH (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

In the mood for the great dry aged beef. 20oz T-Bone & Bone In NY steak cooked exactly the way we like. Asked owner for a good recommendation of wine to pair, he suggested a 2007 Cynthus Cabernet, which complemented the meal perfectly. I really like the extensive wine list at Porterhouse, many with decent age.

SanFrancisco (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

The steaks were good but the service staff kept forgetting us. The waiter was surprised that after a long cocktail “hour” we had not been served yet. Vegetables were dry. Wine list by the glass was limited. The acoustics in the “green house”, due to all the glass, means you can hear all the conversations at adjacent tables but not always understand the person opposite you. Some soft surfaces would help. I would recommend asking for the main dining room. Deserts were not remarkable.

vipWaltH (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 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%.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

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

vipEric (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 10, 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.

Randy (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on January 7, 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.

sjtony (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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