About The Firehouse Restaurant
The splendid ambiance of The Firehouse is enhanced by its reputation for excellence in food, wine and hospitality. The most award-winning restaurant in Sacramento, The Firehouse has earned the "Best of Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator magazine for 12 consecutive years and was voted "Best Wine List" - Best of Sacramento. The Firehouse has been rated as Zagat's Top 100, and has also been the recipient of the "Award of Unique Distinction" from Wine Enthusiast magazine.
Californian, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 6:00pm.
Closed Holidays 2016
New Year's Day, Staff Appreciation Party (Jan 31), Super Bowl (Feb 7), Private Event (Apr 11), Memorial Day (May 30), Independence Day (Jul 4), Labor Day (Sep 5), Christmas Day (Dec 25)
K & L
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
The Firehouse hosts a weekly wine tasting every Tuesday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for $15 per person. Each weekly tasting features a different theme. Please call the restaurant for more details about these events. Wine Events Contact: Mario Ortiz 442-4772
Valet and street parking are available. A City lot is located at Second and I Streets. A City parking garage is located one block over on Neasham and Front Streets.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
The Firehouse Restaurant is known throughout the Sacramento region for our dedicated special events department, and is host to a variety of events. The Firehouse is known as the premier wedding site in Sacramento.
Since 1960, The Firehouse has been the destination for guests that desire an exceptional setting to celebrate a special occasion, conduct an important meeting or host a memorable luncheon or dinner. The quiet elegance of the decor, including 7 private rooms, lends itself to occasions of all sizes.
The Firehouse Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Chris, our waiter and first level sommel ...
Chris, our waiter and first level sommelier, was fantastic. We had the chef's tasting menu paired with the wines and he gave us a lot of information based on us asking for a bit more information about the food, its preparation, the wine and its location and method of production. We learned a great deal and had wonderful food paired with wonderful wines. Truly a delightful evening. Highly recommended.
While the food was okay, the wine pairin ...
While the food was okay, the wine pairings were incredible. Sean, our server was knowlege, encouraged our quetions, and very patient,in short..incredible. There is NO fine dining in Sacramento to equal the service.
Wow....such a disappointment. The ambian ...
Wow....such a disappointment. The ambiance is pretty good but the service sucks!!! We weren't even asked if we want drinks aside from the wine & water offered. The young patron order goes with a soda & was not served & I have to remind the waiter the 3 course menu have a desert. I requested the desert to decorate it for my husband's bday....plate came undecorated🙁 Later, after paying the bill waiter apologized that he forgot to decorate the plate. I totally agree with the other reviews that customer service has to improve.
We loved the Firehouse and have lived in ...
We loved the Firehouse and have lived in greater Sacramento for 21 years and never been there except for a business function some years ago. That too was well catered. But our dinner--thanks to a gift certificate from a friend--was absolutely outstanding, excellent service--quietly achieved and not at all intrusive. The level of noise was absolutely what it should for a quiet evening of good food, good companionship and hours of conversation--very adult atmosphere and as such much appreciated. At last none of the everlasting pandering to children and their indulgent parents. Will most definitely go back and it will not take 21 years!!!
We have been to The Firehouse several ti ...
We have been to The Firehouse several times each time, it seems, is better than the time before. The service is always first rate and the food is wonderful. We had lunch on the patio and the ambiance was perfect. We enjoyed the fixed price 3 course lunch with a delightful bottle of wine.
Seating was fast, the time to order a bo ...
Seating was fast, the time to order a bottle of wine was a little long. We request to have our salad split, one plate was done correctly, the other they had to send back. 3 of the main course meal were served at 1 time, the 4th plate took almost 5 minutes to receive (waitress noted they needed to replate). One guest commented on his steak being cold. Desserts were very good. I thought for the pricing, it could have been better.
We are diners. We never rush through ou ...
We are diners. We never rush through our meals, and pace things quite slowly, so I have a standard speech that we give to all wait staff before we begin, essentially telling them not to fire the next course until we indicate that we are ready. The waiter that we had at The Firehouse was too arrogant to listen, and sent our order in far too early. The result was two cold dinner plates that had been sitting under the lights too long - my wife's sauce was dried up onto the plate, fully evaporated! We were sorely disappointed. The food was "okay", but not exceptional. I ordered the venison, and my wife ordered the Chateaubriand special.
I have to say that the appetizers were delicious, and well presented. The pork belly was among the best we have had. However, the amuse was a wee portion of tomato basil soup - not even enough to taste. It was average and uninspired.
I would not eat here again because I demand more of a "fine dining" experience. But I would not discourage anyone who wants a nice, simple night out with nice, simple food from giving them a try.
My bottom line - I think the chef here is not really trying, and I think the wait staff needs to listen to their customers.
The first time we went to The Firehouse ...
The first time we went to The Firehouse we were very impressed by the formal dining experience, excellent service, and great food. While the food was still very good, the ambiance and service was not up to the previous standards. It seems to me that the dining attire has gotten very casual and noticed a couple of men in hoodie sweatshirts, t-shirts, and blue jeans and many people sitting around on their cell phone. I also noticed that the table behind us was quite loud and several of them swore during their discussions. The wait staff was good, but they forgot to bring the sorbet before the main course and there were several times where we waited for service, such as to place an order or get our check. Based on the historic nature of the restaurant, quality of food, and price of meal, I would expect a better dining experience.
I have visited this restaurant for 40 ye ...
I have visited this restaurant for 40 years but our last visit was over a year ago since we now live out of town - boy what a difference a year makes. The menu has been whittled down to only a few good choices in each category ( meat, chicken, pork, seafood). So much so we actually had to order "off-menu" from a fantastic "chateaubriand for two" that we had ordered and loved on a previous visit. While they accommodated us on this special request, and it was delicious with a bearnaise sauce, the effort to find something different and tempting on the menu was disappointing. This restaurant use to have such a dizzying variety of menu choices that you could not go wrong on special occasions. To make matters worse - the meals are served with creamed corn, creamed spinach, whipped potatoes etc. - this was pitched as "fresh local ingrediants" but a restaurant of this caliber should not be serving such disappointing sides. Creamed corn ? Seriously ? To make matters worse they now have a no splitting policy. So if you want to order their biggest steak - too bad - no splitting -even for a charge. Past visits I have willingly spent $200-$400 for two but this forced policy will certainly make us think twice about coming back. If I want Sacramento's finest restaurant with such a rich history to resort to a la cart meal selections, no splitting and creamed vegetables I'll go somewhere else before I'll recommend this to friends. Sad really - it was a restaurant where two could linger for hours experimenting with new appetizers, main courses and desserts. I would now say "skip it"
Service staff is attentive and knowledge ...
Service staff is attentive and knowledgeable about food preparation and ingredients. It is a wonderful place for special occasions where the entire staff works as a team to make the dining experience memorable and delicious.
The firehouse restaurant is lovely insid ...
The firehouse restaurant is lovely inside especially the interior,it was our last meal at the end of a wonderful 3 week holiday travelling through California,but unfortunately my husband was very disappointed with his meal,he had a steak meal with creamed potatoes the meal was cold when it came to the table.The waitress asked us if our meal was ok when my husband said it was cold she said it could be warmed up,the meal should be hot when it comes to the table so the restaurant was disappointing with it having a lot of rewards for fine dining.
Our server asked the table next to us if ...
Our server asked the table next to us if they were celebrating a special occasion, but he didn't ask us. We were celebrating our 20th anniversary. We had our left over food wrapped up and they only included the filet, not the veggies with it? I was disappointed, especially since we spent so much for our dinner there.
Very nice atmosphere, excellent service, ...
Very nice atmosphere, excellent service, and the food was good. The entrees were bland. I expect more flavors and even some experimentation from very good restaurants. The meat was just cooked meat. Doubt I'll be back, but it was nice enough.
Its a little pricey but worth the $$$. W ...
Its a little pricey but worth the $$$. We had the 1/2 rack of lamb and the lobster tail, which were both absolutely amazing, and my wife had the filet mignon, and we both had the lobster mac & cheese. Everything was cooked perfectly as ordered, and it was all so delicious. We have never had a bad experience with the Firehouse. So good!
Poor service from waiter. The table buse ...
Poor service from waiter. The table busers were better .
They sat a noisy group of 8 next to my table of 2. We had to ask to be moved away from them.
The room is beautiful. The service level was so disappointing. I will not come back. It is too bad because we loved the extensive, high-end wine list.
Mediocre food and service for the price. ...
Mediocre food and service for the price. I ordered a drink with food but had to remind the server to bring it out after the first course. The gimlet was super sweet but I liked the lemongrass flavor. Took me as a good idea executed poorly. Pork belly was underwhelming with a tasty but overpowering sauce. Gazpacho was a collection of items that did not seem to complement each other at all. Grainy gazpacho had grapes dropped in it, oils drizzled on top and some tough lobster. I liked the smoky flavor of the lobster but it was not worth the chewiness of it. Lamb was perfectly cooked but the crust was without flavor and the chimichurri was super salty and took away from the lamb and did not complement it in any way. The frisée looked good but also added nothing to the dish. The side dishes of creamed spinach and wild mushrooms were inedible in my (and my wife's ) opinion. I cannot fathom how those dishes were deemed appropriate to serve.
The service was very friendly although somewhat inattentive. We planned on having dessert but skipped it as we went 0 for 3 with the earlier dishes and decided to cut our losses. I liked the atmosphere and really wanted to like the food but it was disappointing at best. It seems whoever is cooking the meat knows how to cook lamb and a filet but everything else was just plain sloppy food, more akin to Applebee's than a fine dining experience.
First time there in YEARS. I have to sa ...
First time there in YEARS. I have to say I was a bit disappointed, perhaps my expectations were too high? Wine selection is A+ though! Delightful chefs taster gifts and a wonderful palate cleanse with that amazing cucumber sorbet! The soup was disappointing, as was the caprese salad; very lackluster tomatoes. My steak was very good and perfectly prepared but my other guests were only so-so on the duck confit. The rack of lamb, the same; my husband said it barely made his top ten. Let me say, the food was good, but the price commands VERY good, so I felt the value was not there. We're the prices lower, my feedback would be different. The service was A+ also. We had a delightful time no matter the food quality! And what a beautiful historic room.
It was very busy for a Wednesday night b ...
It was very busy for a Wednesday night but we were seated at our reservation time.
The waiter did a good job of interpreting the menu and making suggestions for both the food and wine.
Service was timely and accurate. The food was delicious and plentiful.
The only bothersome point is that the tables are quite close together. The waiter at the table diagonally behind us would brush my husband's chair as he took the order, delivered the food, etc. Because of the number of people in the room and the high ceilings it was a little loud.
It IS a beautiful restaurant with good food.
I have been taking my girlfriend here fo ...
I have been taking my girlfriend here for three years now to celebrate her birthday. It has become one of our favorite traditions and each year as the day approaches we start getting so excited for the delicious steaks and tomato bisque! Although this time around, the restaurant is now under a new chef and we weren't able to enjoy the tomato bisque, there were notable improvements. Our food came out much faster than our previous times and our steaks were cooked even better! We finally ordered the souffle and it was our first one ever. There will be a very high bar now for any other souffle we have that isn't the Firehouse souffle. It was simply delicious!
Everyone there was a lot more talkative as well. In the previous years taking her here not many of the hostess or waitresses/waiters spoke or said happy birthday except for maybe once. But this time everyone who met her wished her a happy birthday which surprised her. Our waiter, on our way out even apologized for not wishing her a happy birthday earlier! I wish I could remember his name but he was extremely impressive. We both work in customer service jobs so it was impressive how he handled himself even though it seemed like he had a big group in the bar to serve as well-I'm not too sure what the situation was but we could see him moving fast to get to us and his other tables and he answered all of our questions about the menu as well.
It was, as always, a great experience, but each year gets better than the last it seems. We simply love the Firehouse Restaurant and will continue to come. We enjoyed the first course so much we might end up visiting sooner just for that yummy pork belly!!!
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