We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
60 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4030 (El Camino Real & San Mateo Drive)
+1 650-579-5911
Website
Today
17:00 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

45 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 41: English reviews
San Mateo, California
Level Contributor
105 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Excellent food & service. Parking in big lot right next store. Owner & sons very nice. Will return..

Helpful?
Thank dcs1755
San Mateo, California
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

tried their dry aged steak. Did not seem similar or as good as other dry aged steak I've had. In fact, seemed worse than the steak and eggs you get at Denny's. Ambience is decent though. I'd go for appetizers and a few drinks again though

Helpful?
Thank lukkynine
San Jose, California
Level Contributor
12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Located in the ground floor of what appears to be an office building, as you approach the entrance, your first sight is of a meat locker where they are dry aging beef. This was a good sign. Upon arrival for my reservation shortly after the restaurant opened, we taken to our table right away with no wait. We were seated... More 

Helpful?
Thank Lee P
San Jose, California
Level Contributor
43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

We had dinner at Porterhouse this past Friday evening, and I must say I was unimpressed. For a steakhouse that charges as much as they do, I expected quite a bit more. When we arrived we were greeted at the host stand and taken to our table right away. Since this was an early dinner (5:30) this was as expected,... More 

Helpful?
Thank wwwdrich
Belmont, California
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Excellent cuts of dry, aged beef that you can see as you walk in. Great place on peninsula to get high quality steak.

Helpful?
Thank Dooglas99
San Mateo, CA
Level Contributor
189 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

We had a group of ten for a party and it was our first time there. A bit pricey but food and service were both great. Several different meals and everyone thought they were delicious. Will go back. Would give it 4.5 of 5 if available.

Helpful?
Thank DavenCarol
San Mateo, California
Level Contributor
105 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

A nice surprise. Not very busy as a very heavy rain. Daughters took me for birthday. Staff & owners very nice people. Food was very good. A little pricey but was worth it..

Helpful?
Thank dcs1755
Syosset, NY
Level Contributor
213 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

Tasty cowboy ribeye on the bone $42, but it really didn't look like an 18 ounce steak. Cooked right, medium rare. Waiter over-friendly/presumptuous (thought he was a comedy club Henny Youngman, but some of the insult comedy was funny and he was a nice man in his way. Risky with business customers at a steakhouse) In the end it was... More 

Helpful?
Thank SueSyo
San Francisco, California
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Great traditional steakhouse that I had never heard of before finding it here. And I live a half mile away! Does not have a storefront on the street, so you have to know it is there. Specialty is dry-aged steaks, which were terrific. Also has excellent service. Loved the truffle oil mac and cheese. Also tried their tagliatelle ragu, which... More 

Helpful?
Thank gwlkzl
Eaton Rapids, Michigan
Level Contributor
57 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

I am working in the area south of San Francisco and some colleagues and I wanted to find a good steak to eat. We were going to travel 45 minutes south but was pointed in the direction of the Porterhouse. When you walk in from 3rd Ave it is in the back of a building and you begin to wonder... More 

Helpful?
Thank trvlrz

Travellers who viewed Porterhouse also viewed

 

Been to Porterhouse? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 31 - USD 60
Cuisine
American, Steakhouse
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Takeout, Private Dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 22:00
Monday
17:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 22:00
Thursday
17:00 - 22:00
Friday
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 60 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4030
    (El Camino Real & San Mateo Drive)
  • Public Transportation: We are located 4 blocks from the Caltrain station in San Mateo
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-579-5911
Description
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.

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Porterhouse staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?