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“Must visit”

Porters - Dining at the Depot
Ranked #5 of 300 Restaurants in Medford
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $35
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Beautifully restored 1910 National Historic Landmark Train Station. Seating for several hundred, romantic outdoor dining and stunning craftsman style full bar. Happy Hour food specials. Dinner Entrees starting at $10.
Yreka, California
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Must visit”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

This is the second time we have visited Porters. This was our 48 anniversary, the last was my wifes birthday. Both times we had excellent food, with very little wait time. The service was fantastic. We sat in one ot the pullman boothes and were very pleased. We had drinks, appetizers, steak and the chefs pasta special. We also received a nice anniversary card and a complimentary dessert which was also great. We have also been in the bar area and had the same pleasant experience there. The atmosphere is as great as every thing else. Would definately recommmend. We will make this one of our favorites.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank D B
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PortersMedfordOR, Manager at Porters - Dining at the Depot, responded to this review, October 4, 2013
So happy to hear you enjoyed your visit. Keep coming back!

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Portland, Oregon
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great downtown Medford dining”
Reviewed October 1, 2013

The former train station ambiance is charming and romantic. The service was a little slow, but the food was local and well prepared. Good selection of beer and a reasonable wine list (two important items for us).

  • Visited September 2013
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PortersMedfordOR, Manager at Porters - Dining at the Depot, responded to this review, October 4, 2013
So glad you enjoyed yourself. Visit again soon!

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Happy Valley, Oregon
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131 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Excellent food, interesting reuse of space”
Reviewed October 1, 2013

Dining at the depot is just that, a converted train depot that now serves as a wonderful restaurant. There are locavore specials, and the regular menu offers local proteins and vegetables as well. Our food - local Chinook salmon and steelhead - was cooked to perfection, and the sides showed a respect for the vegetables and their pairing with the proteins. The wine list is largely from Oregon and offers an interesting array of possible matches to the menu. Prices aren't cheap, but worth it.

Our only complaint was the service. Our server seemed to be disorganized, with long waits for things that should be easy - like water.

Oh, and they also ran out of mashed potatoes - early in the evening!

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank docyjk
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PortersMedfordOR, Manager at Porters - Dining at the Depot, responded to this review, October 4, 2013
Thanks so much for the compliments and critique. Your suggestions help us to improve on what we're doing. Hope to see you again soon.

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Portland, OR
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356 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
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“Historic preservation AND nice food”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

Porters is an upscale restaurant and bar in the old train station. It has been sensitively rehabbed for these purposes, and the ambience is definitely warm, welcoming, and nostalgic. Some booths are curtained, providing a nice touch for an especially romantic evening. We arrived shortly after six on a Friday evening and got a table immediately without a reservation. By the time we left, the place was full, with folks waiting to be seated. This is definitely a happening place in downtown Medford, and I'd recommend making a reservation.

The food was good--straightforward pan-fried oysters and a good braised lamb shank, with customary trimmings. The beers were excellent, both local and European.

In good weather, there is outdoor terrace seating. The bar also has food service on two levels and is a wonderful period piece of bar architecture--probably none of which was in place when it was a train station.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank GeorgePortland_OR
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PortersMedfordOR, Manager at Porters - Dining at the Depot, responded to this review, September 29, 2013
Thanks so much for reviewing our business. We're glad you enjoyed the experience. Visit again soon!

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Chico
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182 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“Relaxing Outdoor Dining”
Reviewed September 17, 2013 via mobile

We went to Porter's last week for the first time. We opted for outdoor patio dining. We were seated at the perfect table for two along the ivy covered fence. There were two large families with kids already seated, and a few other couples scattered about. The atmosphere was both casual and romantic, with enough space between diners and plants and little lights to make it so. Our dinner was savory and delicious. My steak cooked to perfection. Service was attentive and friendly. Only complaint... flies. But what can you do? Summer outdoors in Medford... at least there weren't mosquitoes! We will be back again soon with friends and family!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Jodie D
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PortersMedfordOR, Manager at Porters - Dining at the Depot, responded to this review, September 22, 2013
Thanks so much for your review. Glad you enjoyed the experience. Hope to see you again soon.

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