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
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!
The food was excellent (especially the meatballs), but service was extremely slow. Took forever between our salad course and dinner, which meant the wine was pretty much gone before we got our entrees. We will return and hope to get better service next time.
Did they change hands or managers recently? This was our 7th dinner in 18 months (weekly for a while in the summer) at The Firehouse, and if it had been our first time we would not have returned. The service was slow and not very well versed for recommendations, the food was the least flavorful in 7 tries (and we ordered the same appetizers, entree and deserts each time) and it was served cold.
It will be a long time before we return.
Service for our party of four could not have been better! Appetizer menu was limited but we ordered two of the four offered and they were the best I have had in some time. Meatballs and hangar steak were very good. Only disappointment was the dessert menu.
The change in ownership has clearly had a negative impact. The same dishes on the menu lack the brilliant flavor and quality of before. New items are simply off. This was a favorite for the past several years. I doubt we'll be back for a long while. Maybe they will work out the kinks starting with making creme fraiche that isn't the consistency of water. So disappointed.
Came here in search of good neapolitan style pizza and was not disappointed. After traveling to Italy and living in NYC and SF, I was looking for a nice pizza place that could hit the spot and this place does. I like the pizza at Firehouse better than Kens or Pizza Scholls, and the vibe is fun. All of their food is great. I love their bruschetta, meatballs and their steak is awesome. Good happy hour specials for food and wine too!
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.
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, 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 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.
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