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The Porter House
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Reviewed March 13, 2009

A great restaurant in an historic setting. The quiet ambience, warm decor, amiable service, excellently prepared food and reasonable prices made our tenth anniversary dinner a memorable one. It is our "go to" place for special celebrations from now on.

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Reviewed January 28, 2009

I have lived in the Bozeman area for 15 years and there is no place that comes even close to the Porter House in the state! Great service, almost never crowded, and the food is EXCELLENT!

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Reviewed May 18, 2008

It's really a shame that Gallatin Gateway Inn doesn't do more marketing for this quaint little restaurant, because it's uniquely Montanan and deserves the attention. The Inn itself is a great example of 20th century Spanish-style architecture, originally built for rail travelers. It's stately and grand, and inside, unlike modern restaurants or inns. The restaurant is set back in its own cozy area off the entry (much better than the original dining area, which is perfect for weddings and brunches but cavernous for dining), there are a few tables and one very popular bar at which you will find an assortment of locals and visitors alike. (If you're lucky, Mac -- a local fly-fishing guide -- will be your bartender). If you go in summer, request a table outside to watch the sun set over the green pastoral hills to the east. Management has changed hands a few times and service will at times reflect such bumpy transitions. The last time I went, the host made a nasty remark about our not having made reservations even though there were 10 available tables, and the server was sadly inept and uninformed as to the menu (hence the 4 stars). Hopefully with the new management, such kinks have been worked out. The food itself is consistently high-quality and rivals anything you might find in Bozeman proper without the pretense. A starter might be Warm Spinach Salad, Dungeness Crab Cake, a soup for $6, or the hedonistic Hazelnut Triple Cream Brie with Huckleberry and Raspberry Puree. You came to Montana for meat and specialties abound: Bison Rib Eye, Muscovy Duck with Cherry Sauce (my favorite), the requisite steaks, trout or lamb. On the less expensive side, the fish and chips and burger are on the appetizer menu and are excellent ($10). Dessert might be a Chocolate Mousse Trio or cheesecake. I really hope the new owners bring it on to get people in here -- it's a special place and they need our support! I could really see live music working in this venue, too: jazz, guitar, classical, etc. so people linger by the fireplace and chat with a hot toddy in hand. Here's hoping!

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Reviewed July 12, 2006

We ate at the Porter House during our one night stay at the Gallatin Gateway Inn. But we also recommend it to travelers passing through or staying at the local motels.

The food is delicious and wonderfully reflective of the local culture and tastes. My spouse had the bison meatloaf and I had the rack of lamb. The salads are all delicious, especially the tomato and basil. The kids gave high marks to the children's menu. The service was superb and friendly. Local staff and management, as well as some russians brought in through a global staffing service.

The wine selection was very decent and the décor was above average. The best part was the big open door to the back patio that let in the exquisite Montana evening breeze.

We will definitely make this our first restaurant stop on our future trips to Bozeman.

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