Cuisine: American, Chops, Steak, Fish & Seafood
Restaurant Features: Bar, On-Site Parking
Locations: Lakeville & Little Canada, MN
Addresses & Maps:
Lakeville-11211 205th Street West Lakeville, MN 55044 (952) 469-2995
Little Canada– 235 East Little Canada Road Little Canada, MN 55117 (651) 483-9248
Hours: Mon-Fri 5pm Sat-Sun 4pm
Links: Porterhouse Website * Porterhouse on Facebook
Atmosphere: The Little Canada location of Porterhouse Steaks and Seafood is located just off I-35E at Little Canada Rd. When you walk in the restaurant, the dining room is to the left, the lounge os to the right. The dining room is warm and masculine, with dark wood lining the walls, and deep booths around the perimeter of the room. The lighting is very dim and the room seems quite dark (it was a challenge to get good photos).
In addition to booths there are also a handful of tables that can be arranged for larger groups.
The lounge area seats about ten around the bar.
Menu: Appetizers at Porterhouse include Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna, Balsamic Sea Scallops, Smokehouse Shrimp, Shrimp Cocktail, Walleye Fingers, Spinach Artichoke ad Parmesan Dip, Grilled Chicken Satay Skewers, Blackened Sirloin Tips, Baltimore Crab Imperial, and Freshwater Split Prawns.
Soups include New England Clam Chowder and French Onion.
Classics and Lighter Fare include Cobb Salad, Beef Liver and Onions, Stuffed Chicken Florentine, Canadian Walleyed Pike, Boneless Pork Loin Chops, Top Sirloin and Petite Filet Mignon.
Porterhouse has a selection of fineAged Angus Beef with cuts such as Filet Mignon (9 or 12oz), Top Sirloin (12 or 16oz), Bone-In New York Strip, Porterhouse, and Ribeye (18 or 24oz). The signature steaks are the Black & Bleu Ribeye and the Tenderloin Imperial (filet mignon topped with crab imperial). Add-On options include Sauteed Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions, Bearnaise Sauce, Melted Bleu Cheese, Extra Potato, Vegetables, Walleye Filet, Smokehouse Shrimp, Lobster Tail, King Crab Leg, Prawns and Scallops.
Seafood and Fish dishes include Jumbo Freshwater Prawns, Jumbo Sea Scallops, King Crab Legs, Smokehouse Shrimp, Canadian Walleye Pike, Nova Scotia Lobster Tail and Daily Fresh Fish.
There are several surf & turf combos as well.
Price guide: Appetizers $8-12 Classics $14-23 Steaks $20-35 Seafood $21-42
What we ordered: We started with a few appetizers, including the Spinach Artichoke Dip. This dip was delicious, it was rich and creamy from the parmesan cheese and had large chunks of artichoke and spinach blended throughout. It was served with a loaf of hot baguette
We also tried the Cajun Walleye Strips, a serving of about eight nugget-sized pieces of walleye, lightly coated with flour and seasonings then pan fried. These were pretty good, flaky yet slightly crispy with just a hint of cajun seasonings. Served with tartar sauce.
The Smokehouse Shrimp also sounded good, so we got an order fo these. The order came with four large shrimp wrapped with bacon and coated with a smokey barbeque sauce then grilled. Mmm, these were great. I plan to make my own version on the grill often this summer.
After we finished our appetizers, a basket of bread and our salads came out. The bread was thick and dense.
My dinner also came with a salad and when the server explained the options, I knew immediately that I would be getting the Spinach Salad when I heard “warm sweet bacon dressing”. This salad was amazing! First of all, I think spinach and eggs so wonderful together and bacon goes fabulously with both. This salad had it all! The dressing was not like any I have had before and I instantly fell in love. It was served warm, thick and sweet with the true taste of bacon with a ton of crispy pieces of bacon on top of the spinach as well. I could eat a salad like this for breakfast or lunch every day!
This was my first visit to Porterhouse so I knew I would be ordering a steak and the Black & Bleu Ribeye is exactly what I was craving. They had two size options: 18 or 24oz. I thought these steaks surely had to be bone-in at those hefty weights and I ordered the big daddy at 24 oz. I typically order my steaks cooked medium but out server gave us the option of “plus” or “minus” since a steak so thick has a lot of room for cooking temps. I ordered mine “medium minus”. This steak was actually boneless and absolutely huge, a great value in comparison to other fine steak houses. I was already pretty full from appetizers and salad, but made room for a few bites of the most delicious, juicy, tender cut of steak. I was happy I ordered it medium minus, it was much more red than I usually eat it, but I found that I really enjoyed it like that. The bleu cheese that was melted on top was flavorful but not too overpowering. So good! Another of my companions ordered this same steak and also enjoyed the extremely tender cut.
The side I chose with my steak was the Parmesan Bacon Mashed Potatoes. These were delicious, with each the flavors of the smokey bacon and creamy parmesan coming through the soft buttery potatoes.
One of my companions ordered the 24 oz Ribeye with a side of mushrooms. This was the same size and cut of steak as what I ordered, but it was much thicker and much more grisly. All the while I was oohing and ahhing about how tender my steak was, this companion struggled to cut through this steak with ease because of all the tendons. I was happy to share some of my more tender cut. If this were the only example of our steaks at Porterhouse that evening, we would have been disappointed. Not sure why the cut was so inconsistent with the other two 24oz Ribeyes we had amongst us.
One of my companions ordered the Tenderloin with a baked potato. This steak was also tender with a beefy, robust flavor. The potato it was served with was very big.
Service: We had very good service at Porterhouse Steaks and Seafood. The food was timed perfectly and our the server was very good about refilling drinks when needed. I loved that when ordering our steaks the server suggested we use “plus or minus” with the cooking temperature to get it just how we wanted it. She made sure to check back with us to make sure everyone had their steak cooked the way they wanted it and offered to cook any steak longer, if desired.
Overall Impression: I am glad to finally have tried Porterhouse Steaks and Seafood. I was impressed with the size and quality of my Black & Bleu Ribeye but wish that all of the 24 oz ribeyes were consistently as tender. The menu isn’t huge but offers a nice selection of steaks and seafoods, I will definitely be back to Porterhouse again sometime for dinner.