Porters

4.4
105 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Porters in Medford, Oregon is located in a lovingly restored brick railway depot which still boasts many of its original features, like the passenger ticket counter which now forms the center portion of the interior bar. Porters is a great place to socialize, with an extensive list of beers, wines and spirits along with hand crafted "martoonis." The "Get Giddy" menu, featuring a variety of light offerings, is available only in the bar or on the bar patio. One patio is smoke free, while on the other you can enjoy a fine cigar from the restaurant's humidor.



A full menu is available in the dining room. Starters include flash fried Brussels sprouts, chef's savory cheesecake and poached prawn cocktail as well as other tempting offerings. For your entrée, try the Columbia River Steelhead, Grilled Pork Tenderloin or Filet Mignon. Vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options are also available at Porters.

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Casual Elegant
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American, Steak
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Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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(541) 857-1910
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cigar Room, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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CW
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always!! Made reservations, showed up early and was still seated right away! Food was excellent, service was excellent. Had a wonderful visit!

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CM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

After making our reservations for Valentines Day on open table with a confirmation, the host could not find our reservation and after showing our confirmation, he said, “ oh we cancelled open table for valentines day, WITHOUT checking for reservations. We were seated in the bar “emergency” table and it was loud with a very over busy wait staff. Very disappointed. We felt rushed and ignored. Too many other places to try, will not repeat here. :-(

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D
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

As usual, Porters was great however, all of the food we ordered tasted like rosemary. It was way overpowering, and way too prevalent. When celebrating our 37th wedding anniversary and spending over 100 dollars for the two of us to eat, we expected something different other than all of the dishes to taste strongly of rosemary. The service was as usual very good.

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Portland
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice quiet place with that fine dining feel. Staff was very knowledgeable about menu and made sure everything was up to par. Great place to go on a date or just a nice evening meal. Prices aren’t that bad for the quality of food you are getting. Highly recommended.

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j
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Porters is one of the best restaurants in the Medford area. It exudes style and class combined with traditional, quality service. With one small exception, every food item over several visits has been prepared to perfection, beautifully presented and fit for an epicurean.

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AV
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

DO NOT go in winter! It is freezing inside and for some reason, the heating system does not work. Food pretty good, but my sweetheart and I had to keep our coats on the entire meal. Even the coffee and tea were lukewarm. My feet were almost numb by the time we left. (Of course, we are senior citizens, so take this review for what it's worth!)

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OT
New England
57 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely helpful waiter, so-so food.
Interesting place.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for birthday dinner and we all had great meals
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PD
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Delicious food and excellent service. What more could you ask for? Their drinks are too strong for me but I’m sure most people wouldn’t mind that.

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EW
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great place but a bit disappointed, a very small portion of under-cooked vegetables and a shared sundae, including a 15% tip was $115 for two people. While the food was great the entrée portions could have been better prepared. The cost prohibits us from making this a favorite restaurant for us. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to go out for a special occasion and who can afford it.

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C
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a winning choice! Wish you had an association with Alaska Airlines dining miles! we would visit more frequently!

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j
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an excellent dinner for our parting celebration. We were early so had a very quiet area at first, but as the crowds arrived we could barely hear each other. That was the cost of being in an older building designed for another purpose. That factor made the ambiance an excellent backdrop to our meal.
Overall this is a fine restaurant (perhaps the finest in Medford) with superb food, attentive service at all stations, and all at a reasonable price.

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SS
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wow, we were pleasantly surprised, at first blush Porters seems like just your average steak house, but every bit of food was perfectly executed by the kitchen. Service staff was friendly but seemed mismatched to the quality of food coming out of the kitchen. The duck breast and filet mignon were some of the best we have ever eaten while dining out. Wine list was pretty good, surprised us to see so much California wine on a restaurant in the midst of all that Rogue Valley and Oregon State has to offer.

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MS
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

For the dinner to be as expensive a it was, one would think the service would be great however it wasn't. on several occasion i had to ask for my servers attention.

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MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Halibut was excellent but just a tad under cooked. I like my fish rare but raw it was. Had to send it back.
Ahi is excellent but it wasn’t on the menu. Probably out of season. One of our favorite Medford restaurants.

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NC
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We have been here a couple of times and really enjoyed it. Tonight the experience in the bar before
Dinner was fine. We showed up for our reservation...which they couldn’t find ... and prompted tried to seat us in an area of pure chaos. Our dinners were marginal. Hubby’s fine (salad w steelhead) mine Fuitti de Mare truly marginal, a new “cook” now chef could have done a better job. Not a hard entree. Bland. Tasteless. On the other hand the Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc was good.

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RL
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was poor. Took a long time. Food quality was not great either. They were out of a few of their main dish items on a Friday night. Lighting kept flickering like an old house. Meat wasn’t very good cooked well. Over cooked a medium rare steak. Shrimp were small and not very tasty. Tasted like they thawed them in the microwave.

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SR
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Good good. Good service. Very busy. Nice rehabilitation of an old railroad station. Him I for restaurant - sharpen the steak knives.

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CM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have been here before and were not disappointed. We will definitely be going back. Come join us!

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RP
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative chefs turning out delicious flavor combinations. Absolutely delicious.

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JM
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious food great service great atmosphere..:)) portions could be larger for the price. Great overall dining experience

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RF
Dallas
30 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Business dinner. Good food and service. Nice selection of Oregon wines.

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WM
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A place of quiet, understated elegance with great food and service.
The occasion for our latest visit was our 50th wedding anniversary and it was everything we could’ve hoped for.

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TZ
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Service was wonderful. It was a bit loud, but we had a nice time

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G
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

It was good overall, but we were really disappointed in the food quality. The steak was well done and the oysters were just not good. I hate to be that person, but the evening we went it seemed extremely overrated. I would try again another time though.

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JB
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had the halibut dinner. The halibut was excellent but the accompanying potatoes and green beans were awful. I am surprised Porter's would serve something like that.

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PA
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our table was small and the area quiet. Just what we wanted. The service was attentive and friendly. Food was very good although my steelhead was a bit dry and lentils a little crispy. Dessert was excellent-lemon marionberry tart and because it was my friend's birthday, it was on the house.

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GA
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I went to Porter's for her birthday. I made reservations a few days earlier, and as always, Porter's EXCELLED. Porter's is our favorite go-to after work, so it made sense to celebrate her birthday there. Service was unparalleled; the drinks were original and generous; she had the night's special of scallops and I had the pork tenderloin. Both were superb! Since it was her birthday, Porter's treated us to dessert and the creme brulee and bread pudding were excellent! Porter's even left a birthday card on the table for my friend, signed by the staff!!! I love Porter's and have NEVER been disappointed. Friday night was no exception! Thank you Porter's!

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LA
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

4 5 mins. to take our order??? And: Another 45 mins. to be served. 30 mins. to receive 2 drink orders out of 3 - the 3rd. order of Pepsi, was received 45 mins. later, w/o the lime, I requested - it was delivered to our table 15 mins. later. Waiter failed to order 1 Ceasar Salad, & 1 Brussel Sprout Appetizer. When the food finally arrived, 2 out of 4 orders were cold...And, to Top that Off, our server, Craig repeatedly addressed my 67 year old wife, as “Young Lady,” which my Wife found Very Patronizing. Our waiter offered us a Complimentary Dessert, which was also Very Patronizing - an Inadequate Customer Service Response, given our Overall Negative Dining Experience...”Oh, Yeah,” our booth was extremely cramped, and shared a wall with a dishwasher, which the establishment billed as akin to an Old Time Railroad Car - and, if we didn’t feel that it was a Charming Feature, we could be alternately seated - Excepting that the restaurant was packed, and there was no other seating available = “5 Strikes & You’re Out!!!”

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TB
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it all!!!!! Outstanding in every category! I had the halibut and it was probably the best I have ever had! The wine was perfect and the service was second to none! We will return when in the area!

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Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service!

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CS
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We visited Porters for our anniversary dinner which is also my husband’s birthday. The food was amazing. The server was extremely friendly and attentive. Beautiful restaurant, bar, and patio. We happened to sit in a booth that had “simulated train noise”. It was somewhat annoying but not enough to move seats. There is a sign in the rail car booth that informs you that you can be reseated if it’s bothersome. I’d highly recommend this place for a special occasion.

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BH
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Decided to go to Porters as it had always been a pretty decent , though fairly expensive place. This time was different. Prices were very high and food did not come up to the old standards. I had what you called Prime prime rib. My wife had the lamb shanks. I ate about six bites of the beef and gave up as it was full of gristle. My wife's lamb was over cooked and dry. The children sitting next to us hollered the entire time we were there. Service was very good. Don't look to see us again as we can get bad food for a whole lot less!

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u
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The local pear salad was fresh and well made. The filet mignon and shrimp was excellent and cooked to medium rare as ordered. The prime rib was excellent and medium rare as ordered. The bread pudding was all you could ask for, but I thought the cheesecake was better.

To top it all off the waiter Craig was at the top of his game.

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DT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

While the service was beyond impeccable, we found the food to be less than stellar for the price with two exceptions: the Mediterranean lamb shank which was superb and the bacon wrapped pork which was succulent and flavorful. These dishes are outstanding and well worth the price. However the steak dishes were overpriced for the quality of the meat and the shrimp was almost an afterthought. The accompanying cauliflower was delicious as was the creme brûlée. Choose wisely and you can have a special night out.

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JA
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We especially appreciated being able to split a steak entree, with no extra fee, and with beautiful plating for each of us. Thank you!

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JG
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

Good service and good selection of Oregon and local wines. Good appetizer and salad. Lamb shank covered with too much "gravy" and a modest amount of meat. Vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, carrots) were non-descript and tasteless. Filet mignon and shrimp plate was OK but, again, vegetables were a noteworthy disappointment. With a final bill of roughly $150., not a memorable dinner.

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RC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Found this place via Yelp when looking for a nice place for wife’s birthday. It has great architectural and designer characteristics. Food was very good. Service was excellent on a Thursday evening, even though our waitress (obviously very experienced) had another large group and a couple smaller ones to attend to. The facility has a bit of a high end 1930’s clubby restaurant feel, with some booths with curtains. The bar looked inviting and well stocked. We’ll be back.

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OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was excellent

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AR
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Porters is quite the standard for fine dining in The Rogue Valley. Nice ambiance, with many private booths and dark paneling. Dark and comfortable. We had a surprisingly good California Zinfandel. Our party had fish and steak and everyone was delighted with the taste and presentation. President Clinton and Chelsea dined there once during Hillary’s first campaign for President. Quite a claim to fame.

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