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About Firehouse Restaurant
Firehouse Restaurant is a central and southern Italian inspired restaurant located in the historic Dekum Firehouse in NE Portland. We offer seasonable fare using sustainable fish, meats, and produce whenever possible. We use a wood-fired oven, rotisserie and grill that emphasize technique, seasonality, and a simple straightforward approach to food. To us, there are few things more beautiful than a well-prepared meal in a warm and inviting setting. We hope to see you soon!
Portland, OR 97211
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday to Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday, Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Sundays 5pm-8pm
$30 and under
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Please contact Steven at Firehouse Restaurant for more details. 503-789-7953.
We are located on our own city block and ample street parking is available surrounding the property.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Please contact Steven at Firehouse Restaurant for more details. 503-789-7953.
Beautiful private dining room located just above the restaurant can seat up to 44 for family style dinners or 70 for cocktail parties. The entire restaurant and garden is also available for buyouts and can accommodate large groups.
Firehouse Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Disappointed that the 3-course meal is now set instead of allowing customers to pick the 3 items in the past. Also, it is now a starter, entree and dessert instead of appetizer, salad and entree. I don't eat desserts so that means it doesn't work for me even if I liked the other predetermined items. There seemed to be fewer salads on the menu also. The beets were still good and the pork steak excellent, but doubt I will be as eager to return given the menu changes. I think the new owners should rethink these changes.
Portland Dining Month inspired us to try this restaurant and we will be back. The food is imaginative, delicious and in decent portions. The Dining Month menu offered a lacinato kale salad which even I, a kale non-believer, found delicious; crunchy with pine nuts and sweet from golden raisins. The entree was half a smoky chicken roasted over an open fire. Nothing pedestrian about this hen which was tender, juicy and intensely flavored. Dessert was a chocolate pot de creme confection with a skim of caramel over the top and peanut brittle and whipped cream gilding the lily. Took half the chicken and most of the pot de creme home. We requested a white wine to go with the meal and the suggestion of our waiter was perfect. Did I mention we'll be back? We'll be back.
I've had more business dinners and "casual with friends" meals here then I can add up and it's always been great. This last visit was a disappointment. They've changed some of my favorites off the menu (not great but to be expected) and when I asked to add sausage (understanding it would be an added cost) to a pizza, I was told the sausage station was not located at the pizza station (it was at the pasta station 4 feet away) and they could not bridge that gap. There were a couple of other strained moments as well which embarrassed me as the host in front of my guests. Not the customer service I've experienced in the past. I was entertaining clients from back east and had bragged about the food and ambience. The VP of our visiting company remarked, "Is it my imagination or was that server not very customer focused." I've spend thousands of $ entertaining clients there over the last few years and will likely choose a new go to spot for a while. In case anyone thinks it's just another "you can't please everyone" grouch venting in cyberspace, let me also add this is the first poor review I've written on yelp or anywhere else.
I chose Firehouse b/c of their menus for the Portland Dining Month $29 deal: when I looked at them through the Open Tale site, they showed 2 menus allowing choices from the starter, salad and entree menus.
When we got to the restaurant, the $29 'deal' allowed no choice, and it was starter, entree, dessert. Enforced combo did not appeal to any of us, so we spent a lot more money eating from the regular menu. (A strategy?) My beets were okay and the trout very good; olive-and-meatball friend enjoyed her meal; I think maybe the artichoke starter was not described as a half an artichoke, not a whole one, though I am going from friend's disappointment about half, not from a rereading of the menu; tagliatelle eater thought portion was a bit skimpy for the price.
This has been our favorite family restaurant for a long time. We hadn't been in a while and felt the quality of food had gone down. The portions were smaller, the tastes weren't balanced--it was inconsistent. That said, we love the space and the service was very nice.
Went to take a look at the private event space, scope out the food, and see if kids would like it. Overall, good food, but not necessarily the best value. Artichoke appetizer was OK. Faux-Caesar Romaine with lemon/anchovy dressing was very good but too small. Appetizers in general were a bit too small. Pizza margherita was quite good, but family's general observation was a slightly soggy crust despite some pleasant scorch marks on the bottom. Pesto chicken with dumplings was good portion size but sauce was too thin. Meatball entree was quite good. Small half-order of plain pasta for one of the kids was cooked perfectly al dente, but tasted as if the cooking water had been over-salted. Overall a near-miss for the first time out. We might try again and choose a few different items. One downside for families is no separate menu choices for kids. I think our search for family-friendly Italian food might continue, but Firehouse is certainly worth a try.
Went for a pre fix course for Valentines. Good selection of 6 courses (including desert), great wine pairing! Cauliflower soup was absolutely lovely. Some food was too salty, and laviola was undercooked, though. Good atmosphere but a bit noisy. Overall satisfactory place to visit for special occasions!
Had our Valentine Day dinner at Firehouse. Cool converted fire house but came with the common Portland 'vibe' (change the name/location - same atmosphere & food creativity). It was a set, five course meal - always a challenge to avoid the issues with 'cafeteria' style . Entree was a lamb shank which was way overcooked (the garnish was on fire at the table next to us) and the ravioli was way under-cooked (good if you like chewy, doughy ravioli - I don't).
For $40 more per person, there was a wine pairing. I passed, which seemed to annoy the server and we didn't see much of her after that - we had to wave people down to get more drinks. My wife's ice tea was flavored with what tasted like cinnamon (think of the candy red hots) so she set it aside. She mentioned it to one of the service staff and they removed it but didn't ask if she wanted (or offer) a replacement.
With all that, we'll likely try it again when the regular menu is offered but with so many great choices in Portland, that may be a decade away.
We were accommodated for gluten free on their fixed price menu for valentine's and we appreciate that. The food was good, although I am not a big oyster fan. The only complaint is that our table was right next to a service station so my view was of wait staff's backsides.
The wood-fired aroma of the place is always enticing. What was especially excellent this time is that I had the last-seating of the evening and the held the kitchen open until my friends from LA arrived, 30 minutes behind schedule.
The service certainly went beyond the call of duty!
Good variety of italian inspired food. A lot of their entrees and pizzas utilize the wood fired over which gives a unique smoky flavor. I would recommend splitting a few appetizers among your group before your entrees because their starters are my favorite part of their menu. Prices are very reasonable for high quality food. New owners seem to have kept the menu and atmosphere the same which is good to see.
We were celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. We decided on Firehouse because of our past visits. We didn't want anything too fancy, something more along the lines of casual, comfortable and great food. The Firehouse fits to a 'T'. We had a wonderful evening with great service, excellent wine and amazing food. Thanks again for never disappointing.
We will be back!
I was disappointed in the quality of the food. It was not very good. We tried the meatballs, a pizza and the pasta with clams. The pizza was good. Not great atmosphere like you would think in an old firehouse. Service was good. We are not planning on going back.
My girlfriends and I went for our friends birthday. The building was interesting and done well. Our waiter was below average on personality and interest in us, in general. We ordered a specialty cocktail for 10.00. It wasn't very tasty and even worse was it had about 2 tablespoons of cocktail with one giant ice cube. The funny part was, the ice cube was the best part. I ordered a 14.00 pizza that was fine, nothing special. The waiter asked if I wanted to add any addition topping which I did. When the pizza came my addition was not added. There was no mention of why not, until the waiter brushed by and told me they were out of arugula. Ok, well it was 5:45 and they were out? Curious. We ordered dessert and had a delicious pot de cream. We also had espresso pannacotta, that I would stir clear of. It truly wasn't the worst ever experience but nothing worth it either. Just another snobby restaurant not worth my time. Portland is full of awesome places and delicious food. This was not it. The building was super cool, however.
It's a neighborhood place I've never checked out because it's small & most often busy. I'm not one for a noisy or crowded restaurant experience. I also knew it is more on the pricier side of the spectrum. Decided to go, because today is my birthday, so why not treat myself. Absolutely glad I did! Food was great, service amazing, & it wasn't very noisy or busy. Mind you I did have an 8pm dinner reservation. Helps cut back on the over crowding & noise level. The building itself is a historic landmark, food is prepared fresh, & local, I will gladly be returning to this neighborhood gem!
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