About Firehouse No. 1 Gastropub
San Jose, CA 95110
Gastropub noun\ˈga-strō-ˌpəb\ : a pub, bar, or tavern that offers exceptional food in a casual and comfortable environment.
From succulent pork belly sliders to house made paté on our charcuterie plate and an incredible house-made burger - this is not typical bar food. Paired with hand-made cocktails, exclusive craft beers, and superb wines - Firehouse No. 1 Gastropub offers an experience unlike any other bar. Located in downtown San Jose in San Pedro Square
American, Gastro Pub
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: M-F 11:30am-2:30pm
Dinner: M-F 4:30pm-10:00pm
Dinner: Sa-Su 4:30pm-10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Free 2 hours parking across the street with validation.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine
Firehouse No. 1 Gastropub Ratings and Reviews
The food was great - shrimp, steak and ribs. We came to try their grilled octopus but unfortunately they ran out of it. The service started pretty slow - we had to wait a bit for our bottle of wine - but was OK in the end. The casual atmosphere was what we wanted.
Went here for Valentines Day and even though I'm sure they must have been swamped all day, the food and service were great. We go to Firehouse often for the bar (you can't go wrong with any of their draft wines btw) and this was the first time I got the chance to try the food. We got baked Brie cheese with apricot jam, a charcuterie platter, and a ribeye steak to share, and of course a chocolate cake for dessert. :) No complaints about the food, the steak was cooked perfectly. My only gripes would be that the menu said it was served with mashed potatoes but it was definitely something else. And the dessert seemed a little stale but I can overlook it especially on a crazy day for the industry such as Valentines Day. Overall lovely experience.
Booked here for a post-conference meal with a friend. Really liked the vibe and the menu had some nice twists to it. Overall I thought it was pretty good and I did recommend it to some colleagues. San Jose has some cool dining spots and this one fits into the mix nicely.
Sunday evening at San Pedro Square and revisiting one of my wife's favorites...... and I'm coming to agree. This was the second time we've had the BEST pork chops here and the new grilled octopus appetizer was truly terrific. The braised short ribs were also very good but I thought a little expensive at $29.
I've been disappointed in the signature mixed drinks in the past but tonight they were spot on! We'll be making plans to come back soon.
Service was great! We chose the pan fried chicken breast and the short ribs which was a special that night. Both the chicken and the short ribs was delicious! The garnish on the plates were not hot. I had the sweet potato purée and my husband had mashed potato. Both were just room temperature. Wish they had played the dish when the main dish was ready. Obviously it had sat for a few minutes.
Overall, a good meal.
On the smaller side for a San Pedro Square restaurant. The place was filled with Sharks fans having pregame food and drinks. A little on the loud side, even in the table area, but it was a game night. Food was ok, nothing to write home about. They do have small plates for those who are not so hungry. Pork chop was moist, but I would have preferred a plain pork gravy, rather than the chutney style gravy (forgot what they called it). Grilled octopus (whole) was unusual and charred for the bbq'd flavor. A dipping sauce would have been Beer selection was good, but they ran out of Bloody Mary mix, who runs out of mixes? Now that I've tried Firehouse No. 1 Gastropub, I'll be trying other restaurants before returning.
Innovative menu - I had an octopus salad that was outstanding. The person I dined with had the pork chop and said it was very juicy. Don't get the panna cotta for dessert though - it's not light but a bit more like creme brulee. The owner came around to the table to make sure that everyone was doing find and liked their meals - nice touch. The restaurant is small and very popular on Sharks' game nights so make sure you make a reservation!
Firhouse's parmesan shoestring fries with truffle aioli are swoonworthy. THeir burger is very good too, though this time the bun was served cold - not typically the case. Big, bright arugula salad with shallots made me feel a little less guilty for all the other deliciousness. This place is on of our favorites. Highly recommend.
Love the burger. Cohesive burger. Simple, but really tasty. I've also had the pork belly here, and while it's not the best pork belly I've ever had, it was good. It was definitely enjoyable, but because I've had better, I can't praise this one too much. My friend and I also shared the bone marrows. I liked it! The crostini that came with it were so good, too. Good service. Will be back!
We had a great meal at Firehouse No. 1. The service was really wonderful. Our server was friendly and knew the menu. We were seated near the bar and the bartenders were funny and would share information about the drinks they were making. I tried the Strawberry Shortcake for dessert and it was excellent. They had a surprise of banana's in the cake. Delicious. We had the Chicken, Pork Chop and Bangers and Mash. They were all delicious. If I am in the area again I will return.
Tried calling day prior for reservation and was told to call back (Open Table was done). Arrived at restaurant and tables were clean but dishes were piled up at end of bar - next to our table. Someone's Starbucks drink was also on bar in corner - work station. Waiter was prompt to take order. We asked for food to stagger since we were sharing and the table was small. Ordered drinks. Drinks never came and all of the food minus one item (forgotten) arrived at the same time. Food was like warm at best and looked as if prepared off site and reheated. Waiter never appeared after our order was taken and another employee had to cover. Reappeared at time of bill with excuses-I witnessed him taking shots with bar patrons during the dinner service. This was my second trip and my last. Experience was better the first time but behaviors the same. This is a reflection of poor management and poor expectations. Bill was far too expensive for the service and the food. Disappointment!
Been here a few times, and the food is consistently good. The menu is small, but everything is done right. I love their olives, great porkchops, very rich mac n cheese, and delightful raspberry cheesecake. Not a fan of their porkbelly, which was not crispy nor distinctly flavorful - how do you mess up pork belly?!? It's always loud here. Sat on the patio once, and smokers will stand right next to your table (not awesome).
Used Open Table to find a place to take the president of one of the companies that I represent along with one of our customers for lunch. It was a bit of a drive which I should have paid more attention too but the parking was very easy. Two of us order the steak salad and the third ordered a fried chicken sandwich. Fantastic! Great meal...service not so much. I suspect it was that they were a bit short handed. I would definitely come again.
The food was delicious. We had a big group so it was nice to be in an area away from the crowd and TV even though there wasn't a big crowd in the restaurant. We asked for a birthday candle in dessert; the dessert took a very long time and the server was gone for longs stretches of time. next time we'll order dessert when we order the rest of our food.
Since it is a gastropub, I was disappointed at the pedestrian fare that was served with the Cheese & Sausage Board. It was good, but not much beyond supermarket quality. (One exception -- the olives were divine!)
The cocktails were well mixed and well presented.
Worth trying again to give a second chance and dive a little deeper into their menu .
I was disappointed in the Spicy Bloody Mary; especially for $10. The mix didn't taste house made, and if it was, could use some improvement. The potatoes were pretty hard. Although the server was kind enough to bring out another order, they still felt stiff. Maybe thats just how the potatoes are served here?
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