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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: Sunday to Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm;
Friday, Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We are located on our own city block and ample street parking is available surrounding the property.
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
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 had been years since I'd been to Firehouse. I didn't remember having an amazing experience there years ago, but on a Friday night with no plans and openings on Open Table, I figured I'd give it a shot.
The restaurant was busy and we were seated in a corner. We were initially delighted to have our starters come out so fast (we were starving) - even before our wine came out (we ordered a bottle of Mouvedre that I love). Our waiter came with the bottle and poured and I immediately knew something was off - the wine tasted sour and acidic. The waiter exclaimed it must be a bad bottle but didn't offer to bring a second. It was a bit awkward really. The food was ok, but the whole experience was just sort of....off.
We would definitely go back. Good service from start to finish. We were seated upon arrival. Our wait person did a good job explaining the food choices on the menu. We all ordered something different and we all were pleased with our choices. The meatballs were delicious.
This restaurant has recently gained a high rating from the local newspaper for "best pizza in Portland". Tghs is our third visit and each time the pizza has been top notch. This visit was even better than the past. The romaine salad and margherita pizza are homeruns.
The food was so incredibly delicious! We ordered the artichoke as an appetizer- amazing. I got the hangar steak and my husband got the salmon. We were both very happy with our meal. I have been to firehouse 4 times and gotten the hangar steak each time. Each time it is slightly different from the previous time so I never feel like I am ordering the same thing. For dessert we got the ricotta doughnuts. I have never tasted a doughnut that delicious. We shared the plate but wished we each had our own!! Come to firehouse, you will not be disappointed.
We made it in time for a lovely happy hour outside as the sun set. We ordered one of everything except the salami pizza. Cauliflower was fantastic and the meatballs are still as amazing as the first time we had them a year ago. This was our first time getting a pizza and the margherita hit the spot, including excellent crust that wasn't tough or too done. Yum! Wish this was a little closer to home so we could go more often.
I love the Firehouse, food is always great with many items cooked in the wood burning oven. Drinks are also great. I also love the authentic vintage atmosphere. My only gripe is with the price of ala carte entrees. I don't think a pork chop (even a great one like at the Firehouse) with only a sauce and no sides should cost $28.00. I will undoubtedly still eat there since it's my only gripe, but...could there be a simple vegetable on the side to round it out?
Unfortunately we did not have a good experience. I have always loved the Firehouse but this night was a very bad restaurant experience. There were six of us. We all ordered two things. I was served my salad and my entree within 10 mins or so of ordering. Several of my friends also got their salads at that time. And then we sat. And sat. And sat. I tried to get the waitress's attention but to no avail. I tried to eat my entree slowly. End is story is that it was over an hour before the other five got their entrees. One couple had ordered both mussels and pizza to share. Those were brought together at the end. So while I had both my salad and entree at the very beginning of the meal, they had nothing to eat for over an hour. It actually was a horrible experience and I do not understand why this happened. Our waitress did not fess up nor did she apologize.
Seems like the service here has gone down. My wife and I had our wedding reception at the Firehouse 3 years ago and we have returned every year for the cauliflower and meatballs. Not only did the waitress not understand our question "What flavor soda's do you have?" The cauliflower was cold and the meatballs were so spicy I could not eat them.
Aside from the decline is service over these past few years, I would hope the had A/C, served cold water or that we would have been given the option to site outside at one of the three open tables. We did have a reservation, and were seated promptly.
Not quite sure if it was the management or staff but the food was not as good and the way the customer is treated is very different in a negative way from previous visits. I would not recommend Firehouse to anyone nor will I be returning. There are so many other choices in Portland where the customers are treated much better and more fairly. It's too bad, I always liked this place and was the one who chose it for this get together with a friend. I felt terrible with my experience this visit.
I really enjoyed our meal. Waitstaff were helpful and attentive. We ate outside which was lovely. Appetizers and desserts were highlights. Main dishes good but did not impress as much. Pizza tasty but so wet the crust was quickly soggy. I've been here before. Always enjoy myself.
Very good restaurant. Food was delicious and reasonable. Service was ok. Seemed a bit like regulars were wonderful and you were 'by the way'. My real gripe was that the kitchen had really lousy timing. First course came way too quickly after the appetizer. But what was really annoying was the entrees coming just minutes later. A table full of plates and unfinished courses. We could have been in and out in 45 minutes if we had tried to follow that pace but it's hard to eat that fast. There weren't people waiting for a table but there was a party upstairs so maybe that threw off their timing. They make an excellent negroni. I would definitely go back and give it another try because the food was great.
Excellent food served by caring waitstaff. Deserts are good but are very limited. The pot de creme is a bit too salty for my taste, but the dinners are all excellent. I've dined here enough times to have tasted many dishes, and a patron can't go wrong with any dish. I keep coming back and introducing people to this gem. Hors d'oevres are excellent. I like the fact that the scotch is limited to single malts. Access for the disabled is ok, but an old lady using a walker will have difficulty going over the broken and crevassed walkway to the door. This place is excellent.
It was our 1 year wedding anniversary so we decided to try something new. Everything was pretty good besides one interaction. My husband is a vegetarian and we ordered an appetizer that we didn't realize had meat in it (the description line was indented strange, so we didn't see the meat 'Ndjua listed). Definitely a mistake on our behalf, but we asked for a menu since he couldn't eat the appetizer. The waitress didn't pay attention to this or even address that we had a menu to order new food. We know that when we go out there will be meals that he cannot eat. It just wasn't dealt with in the best way. I know he walked away hungry due to this interaction or lack there of. At the end of the meal, my husband mentioned it was our anniversary. They ended up comping 2 limoncello's for us! It definitely made up for the weird interaction mentioned above. It is a cute charming little place and the food is unique. I would go back to try it again and definitely pay more attention to the menu.
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