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!
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
Good, but not great. Had higher hopes f ...
Good, but not great. Had higher hopes for the rotisserie chicken. Maybe I'm just lazy, but it seemed hard to get the meat off the bones. Pizza was good, but didn't knock my socks off. Best part was the ambience, and the photographs of the firefighters from the early 20th Century. And the service was prompt, and courteous.
Excellent meal; my husband had the chick ...
Excellent meal; my husband had the chicken and I had the true cod. Both were excellent. We also enjoyed the lettuce salad with Humboldt Fog (hum!). The best part was the dessert...pumpkin semifreddo...the perfect thing for this time of year.
They could definitely update the website ...
They could definitely update the website more often. I was disappointed this visit when what I expected to enjoy was not available. But overall, the Firehouse is a gem, I feel fortunate to have this restaurant in our neighborhood.
We reserved a table for two at 7pm on a ...
We reserved a table for two at 7pm on a Thursday. I specifically asked for a "good" table and mentioned that this was our first dinner as husband and wife and to please help make it special. We got a bad table. The waitress took 20+ minutes to bring us our drinks which took a good 10 minutes just to order. The food was good minus some artichoke appetizer that was not good at all. Our waitress didn't check on us and the restaurant was not that busy either. Such a sad experience since we've enjoyed dining here several times before.
I like the historic firehouse building, ...
I like the historic firehouse building, the wood-fired oven, and the location in Woodlawn, and I was looking forward to a special meal. Staff were friendly, responsive, and abundant on a Saturday evening. The menu sounded promising, but just didn't deliver.
We had dinners - small plate + salad + pizza; out of 6 dishes, only 2 were good (pizza bianca with chanterelles, green salad). Arancini were perfectly fried but almost entirely plain rice (salami and mozzerella were promised). Two other dishes were extremely over-salted and unexpectedly cold (roasted broccoli?). The sausage pie had the toppings piled in the center and came out soggy.
The food appeared promptly, the bake/fry and appearance were great overall, and the menu is interesting, varied, and includes actual vegetables. I would return if I heard about improvements, but at this price point, it would still be quite a while. Also, the missing cobblestones at the entrance are an accident waiting to happen.
I got the Cod plate. The fish was great ...
I got the Cod plate. The fish was great but the veggies were burned more than I like and I can eat some pretty black food. Also, to drink I ordered the house-made cream soda. Unfortunately, it had little taste to it and I regretted ordering it. The service was fine and was able to have a nice chat with my date so it was a good night.
My wife and I have eaten at the Firehous ...
My wife and I have eaten at the Firehouse Restaurant several times in the past and have always had great meals and good service. This particular visit we were very unimpressed with the food as well as the service. The pizza was very undercooked and the meatballs were extremely salty and overcooked. Going out for a meal away from our kids is a very special occasion for my wife and I and it was a real shame that on this particular night the food and the service at the Firehouse restaurant was below average at best.
Best to make a reservation, so you dont ...
Best to make a reservation, so you dont have to wait too long while you see and smell all of the food come out of their open kitchen.
Dinner was delicious, as usual. Some of the best wood fired pizzas we've found in PDX.
Ambiance can get a bit noisy when dinner service is in full swing. That's why the 4 rating.
Everything else is topnotch.
I recommend so much of this menu. But a few notable faves, crispy potatoes, mussels, pepper small plate.
Our group of four adults had a reservati ...
Our group of four adults had a reservation, yet we still had to wait approx. 30 minutes before being seated. After that, service was still slow and there was no attempt on the part of our server or management to rectify the situation. The food was good as always, but the unnecessary waiting left a bad taste in my mouth. I hope they learn that a reservation is always to be honored, and not something to be used only when it suits their "table turnover".
The only reason I gave ambiance only 3 s ...
The only reason I gave ambiance only 3 stars is because it is casual, cozy and small, no table clothes (who cares) with an open kitchen (fun) and tables are close together. For us it was an excellent choice, staff, food, wine, pace of the meal all wonderfully 5 star!
I made reservations at this establishmen ...
I made reservations at this establishment based on the menu options and the reviews. Sadly, it was a disappointment. My husband and I had just drove 10.5 hours to see our daughter and take her and one of her friends out to dinner (break from college food) and the waitress was just rude. Her attitude was so uninviting that I wanted to leave but we gave her the benefit of the doubt, which was a mistake. When questions were asked, her answers were cold and no alternative options were given, it was a bizarre experience. I ordered the Meatballs and they were so salty I could barely eat them, I would have sent them back but the waitress never came by to ask us how our food was. I was a server for 7 years, so I get clearing plates as folks finish their meals, but I felt like I was getting pushed out of the restaurant. We all wanted a sweet treat after dinner, however, I wasn't going to going to drive up my bill at this establishment, so off to Salt & Straw we went.
We go to the Firehouse often. It's alway ...
We go to the Firehouse often. It's always outstanding. It's a very comfortable place and it smells great from the food and the wood-fired oven. They have standards that have been on the menu a long time--rotisserie chicken, hanger steak--but the rotate in other dishes. Happy hour is a great deal as is their $30 3 course--small plate, salad, and main
Firehouse was wonderful as always. We a ...
Firehouse was wonderful as always. We ate outside for the first time and it was very pleasant. Our server was lovely...even saved our leftover pizza which we walked off without but soon realized we didn't have!
One of our 2 favorite restaurants in Portland!
We found this to be a great spot, with n ...
We found this to be a great spot, with nice ambiance and good service. Definitely must disagree with the reviewers who are down on the pizza. If you're not used to woodfired pizza being a big soggy in the middle then you should 1) Go to Dominos and 2) Avoid Italy at all costs. The pizza was just how I'd hoped, with delicious chewy crust and yummy toppings. All wines are from Italy. There are a few not so great tables but mostly the ambiance of this historic firehouse is great. Would definitely go back and worth taking a trip to it.
Firehouse has a fantastic menu! Especial ...
Firehouse has a fantastic menu! Especially their small plates. Our group tried four different small plates to start and all were inventive and outstanding. We also ordered a side of crispy potatoes that were heavenly. We ordered the mussels and were also very pleased. The Firehouse specializes in wood oven pizza. They are a nice size to share. Unfortunately ours came out wth the bottom crust soggy and not done. The server replaced it with a new pizza
but we still thought the crust was limp and soggy. Although the outside crust was fine.
This is a beautiful building that has be ...
This is a beautiful building that has been well maintained. The inside has a cozy feel and seemed welcoming as was the front of the house. That, however, was the end of the welcoming feeling. Our waitress was curt, dismissive, impersonal and downright rude. When we did not order alcohol, her rude manner grew even more noticeable. In the midst of our meal, we were told to scoot our table down to make room for a third chair at a table for two next to us. This meant that the man seated in that chair was bumping up against our table and very much intruding on our space. He and his party were not happy either. At the time, there were other tables available. Bcause of this, none of the four of us will, in all likelihood, ever come to this establishment again nor will I recommend it to friends. What a pity that one surly waitress can turn off so many cusmers in one evening!
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