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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), 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
It was the birthday of an out of town re ...
It was the birthday of an out of town relative coming to Portland to celebrate. We gave him a copy of the recent Oregonian's Best 100 restaurants in Portland and he chose Firehouse. Wonderful food in a very cool repurposed fire station. We were about 10 minutes early but they still found a lovely table for us. Great food and great atmosphere. The pizza were amazing and the meatballs were devoured quickly. Charming and welcoming wait staff. We hope to return with other friends and family.
it was a bad experience. we came for din ...
it was a bad experience. we came for dinner. 5 people. i have reserved a table 1 week ahead of time.
the table was next to a refrigerator and the toilet.
the service was slow the food is OK but overall experience is just not as expected from an Italian restaurant with 4 star average.
Firehouse is consistently good. We frequ ...
Firehouse is consistently good. We frequent here whenever we crave a good pizza. Never had a bad experience here and all their other food items are delicious as well. Check out their steak and rotisserie chicken! Potatoes and fried cauliflower a tad too salty this time but overall everything else was great. Wait staff is very attentive and although they don't know us by name, recognize us a regulars.
The restaurant was crowded so a lot of p ...
The restaurant was crowded so a lot of people obviously like it. We have been here a couple times in the past and it was ok. We had a fennel sausage pizza which provided a month's allotment of salt. Very salty. I had a pasta dish that was ok, again with too much salt. For dessert, I had a lemon custard with blueberries, and guess what, it was so salty I couldn't eat it. My bad day L guess.
We like the Firehouse so much that we pl ...
We like the Firehouse so much that we plan a reservation 2 weeks ahead to make sure we have a table. Friends from Denver who are very picky loved it. The ambience is amazing and the Artisan bread and pizzas from that oven are great! Very interesting appetizers!
Firehouse was highly recommended and I w ...
Firehouse was highly recommended and I was looking forward to the experience. I had a friend visiting from North Carolina and was excited to share a great Portland meal. The service was good enough but not friendly or personal. The food was close to inedible. Along with two romaine hearts salads (a Firehouse version of the caesar), we ordered a margherita pizza and the hangar steak. I had heard the salad is the very best "caesar" in Portland — it is not. The pizza was so soggy in the middle third that only the crusts could be eaten. The hangar steak tasted as if it had sat in teriyaki sauce all day. The flavor was salty-weird. Probably the worse thing was that there were flies in the window and buzzing our table. It was a very unpleasant experience. I will not be back and cannot recommend Firehouse for any reason.
Firehouse Restaurant was wonderful! My h ...
Firehouse Restaurant was wonderful! My husband and I came here after our elopement and we were treated very well! I forgot I had mentioned our engagement while making the reservation and our host treated us to a champagne toast! It was very sweet. Our server was extremely friendly and helpful and never made us feel that she was busy or rushed. She helped us to pick out some small plates. All of our food was excellent (some of the best we've ever had). We felt that the value, especially compared to the average prices we saw in Portland, Firehouse felt like a steal! As firefighters, we really appreciated the ambiance and the decor. It was nice to see a restaurant with a general "firehouse" theme that was still modern and very tasteful. We loved it and will definitely recommend it to anyone coming to Portland!
We've chosen Firehouse time and time aga ...
We've chosen Firehouse time and time again to gather with friends and have never been disappointed. Whether we sit outside or in the ambience is comfortable and the noise level allows a relaxed conversation. The service was excellent and all 6 of us were please with our meal on our most recent visit. Don't skip dessert!
I wasn't planning on writing a review, but I was asked. I believe one should complain IRL first, before writing devastating reviews online, which we only did half heartedly. We complained about the food being to salt. Not only the meat, but the pizza was too extremely salty. To a point were we couldn't eat it nomore. And I do like salt. So there, I will mention that.
There was more, but we didn't share that with the Firehouse, so I leave it at that.
Masterful Service - scrumptuous food!
We had two major spills at our table and the young male server and staff were absolutely gracious in how quickly and capably they handled it. One spill was the water by wife; the other was a glass of wine by granddaughter, age 4. The spills became a focus of laughter given how wonderfully our server and the staff rushed to assist and clean up! Then the food - wow - that food! I understand that Portland is a "foodies kind of town" but don't miss this neighborhood gem. Unique delicious small plates that truly satisfy the palate. We'll be back to Portland, and we'll be back to the Firehouse for sure!
Making a special occasion not so special
Made a reservation for a friend's birthday. Couldn't reserve an outside table. Day of, temps topped 100F. Couldn't reserve an outside table, or even request to be added to the promised "wait list" less than one hour before our arrival.
Arrived, and outside tables were only on the street, not on the regularly used and much more attractive patio. Tables were open on the street, so we got our outside table. Told the host it was my friend's birthday, and we received no special acknowledgment of any kind, not even a candle in our dessert.
So, thanks for all the attitude. While your offerings may once have been unique, you now have at least three competitors in the metro area that provide almost exactly what you provide (Lovely's 50/50, Fire + Stone, Nostrana, for example -- all of which have same or better quality food, service, and atmosphere).
You might consider dialing down the holier-than-thou affectations until you can dial up your offerings into an experience that merits the snobbery.
Looking forward to return visit
Firehouse hits all its marks beautifully. A terrific neighborhood place, with a decent range of choices for all eaters (though I would have liked maybe some other vegan options as entrees.) Service was attentive and unobtrusive for our party of 5. Lovely space, too, though the seats to the right after you enter have more charm. The five-star system is a little inaccurate: few places are "outstanding," but Firehouse gets an A for relaxed and delicious neighborhood restaurant.
Dinner with friends
I enjoyed the small plates especially fried califlower and the beets.
The pizza looked great and I was excited to try it however the middle/slices were soggy. The crust was perfect so not sure what happened to the center. I love a thinner crust but not moist. Waitress said that was how it is. I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere service was friendly and helpful. Cool vibe. Will go back to try other dishes , salads looked lovely!
My husband and I came here for our Anniv ...
My husband and I came here for our Anniversary dinner. The restaurant has a beautiful aesthetic, and our server was so nice, and even brought us a free small plate just because (we didn't tell her it was our Anniversary). The food was AMAZING! We did the 3-course meal, and I wish I could have tried everything on their menu. Everything was hot, well-seasoned, perfectly cooked, and beautifully presented. I would go back in a heartbeat.
This has been one of our favorite places so was a natural choice for my husband's bday dinner. I specifically asked for outside seating and mentioned it was his birthday when I made the reservation.
It is clear the restaurant does not read the notes, because they did not have seats outside for us and seemed annoyed when we asked o be seated outside. As well, the server could have cared less about us, was unaware it was a birthday celebration, and even when realized, could have cared less. Based on this experience we would rethink returning.
Rustic, cozy and loved that the wall at ...
Rustic, cozy and loved that the wall at the end could open to the outside on a warm spring evening. Delicious and interesting menu that offered a variety. All our orders were delicious, special and well prepared. Fit for foodies and enjoyed finding a new neighborhood of Portland to explore.
Too Good to Ignore Open Tables' Review Request
Truly authentic Italian dishes: starters, main courses, salads, desserts and after dinner drinks, each adapted to Portland's farm-to-table, seasonal and sustainable appetite. The flavors are blended exceptionally and the wood-fired oven and rotisserie make it even more special!
Wonderful Happy Hour and excellent wine ...
Wonderful Happy Hour and excellent wine selection! The cauliflower (which is often mentioned in Yelp posts) is as good as they say, but the fried olives taste exactly like some I had in Rome many years ago. It's worth the trip for the olives, but the pizza (Margharita, in our case), was so yummy as well. Total cost for much wine, appetizers and pizza was lower than you'd expect, and much more delicious than we could have found elsewhere.
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