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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.
Sacramento, CA 95814
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: 3:00pm - 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.
The Firehouse Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
My wife and I celebrated our 50th anniversary and dining there was part of it.
Everything about our dining experience at the Firehouse was wonderful and added luster to our happy occasion.
We were warmly greeted, we were politely escorted to our table (reservation) where Cort (?) helped us to decide on an entre, which when served, was delicious.
The entire experience was fabulous and memorable - we could not have found a better place to have a celebratory meal on such a grand occasion.
I left the following as a private note to the restaurant a week and a half ago but never heard back so I guess it is now a review. Bummer.
Our waiter was amazing. Unfortunately, we thought notating (TWICE) that we were celebrating a birthday would have warranted something from the restaurant. Perhaps we've grown accustomed to something we should not.
Sad to say but the food was not as good as our precious visit. Either it came out much too salty (the salmon tasted like sardines and the salted caramel was like a mouthful of salt) or bland (one cheese literally tasted of nothing and the artichoke potato soup tasted like Campbell's chicken noodle soup blended). Also, the palate cleanser was unpalatable (maybe that was the point?). The pork belly was lovely as was the starter bread and butter.
The reason we did not initially leave this as an official review is that we did not inform our server and had we done so, we are positive he would have done something but the kitchen's lack in skill is not his fault. He was an exceptional server. But after hearing nothing from the restaurant after a week and a half, it is now an official review.
We may go back for another birthday celebration so long as we heavily lower our overall expectations to ensure we have an enjoyable time (as we did the first time we went). Sorry for the less than stellar words. Wish we would have heard something from those in charge. Truly sad.
Flavors didn't go well on both Salads that were ordered. There is fresh ingredients but the flavors lack chemistry. Tequila Thyme is probably one of the worst drinks I've ever had it tasted like if I were to take a bite out of an orange without pealing, leaves a terrible bitter taste in the mouth. Besides that, the champagne ice cream is very original and served in the perfect amount to clean the pallet. The service and ambient are remarkable but sadly the food quality certainly does not match the buck.
Second year in a row that our anniversary (30-31) fell into a time and we could not get out of town. Both times we did the chef's 5 course dinner - this time we did the wine pairings. The waiter and his team were fantastic. All five courses were prepared so beautifully and were delicious. My foodie wife's only complaint was that the tomatoes were too chilled - I survived. I'd give them five stars, but I just never do that.
Staff were very friendly an accommodating. We were seated at a table near the entrance in a high traffic area. Our request to be relocated was gracious and quick. Throughout the evening the manager stop by to assure that we were happy with everything about our experience. The scallops were just like they looked on the menu online, and we are hands-down the best I've ever eaten!
Even though I made a reservations months ahead of time we were not seated in the main dining area. As a result we were seated in a path of travel for patrons and employees.
Also your current menu does not have the reasonable priced dinner for two. Bad decision that
dinner for two drew many people to the Firehouse.
We loved everything! My only disappointment was that I had the black cod which was terribly over cooked and quite dry. I should have sent it back. Everyone else had duck or meat and their meals were fabulous. The atmosphere was fantastic as were the wait staff.
This was our first visit for lunch and boy, was it a special place! We live in Walnut Creek and whenever we are in the Sacramento area we try and eat at The Firehouse since it is so extraordinary. Lunch is served downstairs in the Courtyard, most of the diners were outside in the lovely tree shaded garden. It is pricey, but I think well worth it. The wine list is extensive and you cannot go wrong with anything you choose. We split a luncheon salad as a side dish, then the chicken pot pie and the pork chop. Both were tasty but I thought the meat was overdone, tho my husband loved the flavor of the pork chop and didn't find it too done. I was happy we saved room for dessert--ordered the frangipane cake with caramel sauce which was incredible! I would personally return just for dessert since there were at least three other desserts I would have liked to try. And an important comment, there was plenty of wait staff, which isn't always the case. Our waiter was very helpful, cheerful and knowledgeable, again this is getting rare these days.
I ordered a steak medium well and when I received it, it was well done. They brought me another one and it was medium rare. The third time they brought it, it was finally cooked right. In the meantime of me waiting for my steak they brought me a complimentary salad while I waited. At the end of the evening they were very apologetic and I received my meal on the house which by the way was very delicious once the cook got it right.
I haven't been to The Firehouse in a good 12 years, but thankfully, it only seems to have improved in that time. I came with a friend of mine for my birthday, and it was the BEST way to celebrate my special day! Everything we had was unique without being blown out of proportion with too many gimmicks, and executed flawlessly. Even our pre-dinner cocktails were incredible. I really enjoy the new (to me) style of cuisine that Chef Jay Veregge has brought to this Sacramento institution. It's modern, fresh, and definitely Sacramento, but what makes it so delightful is that it's not trying too hard to be something it's not. My duckling entree, for example, was the epitome of Sacramento fresh and local, with its nod to tomato season displayed in the heirloom tomato "pot pies" that topped off the tenderloins of duckling breast. The fava beans that everything was nestled upon were deeply flavorful and reminiscent of a good cassoulet. It was gorgeous to look at, and even more exquisite to taste. I still wish I'd taken some leftovers home, just to prolong the deliciousness.
Service-wise, you couldn't ask for a better team. Our every need was anticipated and attended to, without the hovering that sometimes happens in some restaurants. It was a pleasure to have the servers and bussers we had that evening. Even the staff that clearly read how lost I was when trying to look for the ladies room were courteous and helpful. Sometimes, those little things are the ones that matter the most to restaurant patrons (especially me, as I'm a HUGE stickler for impeccable customer service!).
Thank you to the crew of The Firehouse for making my birthday dinner a truly special and memorable occasion!
The evening started well. We weren't rushed to order. The first course was very tasty and picturesque. The second course, the Caesar salad, left a great deal to be desired...stale croutons and large chunks of anchovies. Would not recommend. The entree, I had scallops, was fabulous. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his steak.
The dessert was a complimentary creme brulee.
Our server was condescending and vacant. We had to search for him and flag him down on at least 2 occasions.
For such an esteemed restaurant, our server/service was definitely lacking.
Located in Old Town Sacramento, The Firehouse is an excellent fine dining experience. The menu was large enough to satisfy varied tastes and small enough to allow the chef to shine. We had the Halibut with crab & lobster risotto and duck breast. Both dishes were perfectly prepared and served hot. This was a great evening with fine food.
Still a standard in quality fine dining. The service is wonderful and you can't beat it for pre-event dining at Golden 1 arena. They offer valet parking that you can walk to the center after dinner, experience your event, then stroll back to pick up your car - for $5.00! Have a beautiful meal in a wonderful setting with great and professional service and then not have to move your car or pay upwards of $20.00 in parking? Why dine anywhere else? The scallops are divine and they have a sommelier's choice on wine specials.....Frank Family Chardonnay for $50.00!
I was worried I'd be disappointed but the food was excellent and the service friendly, relaxed, and attentive. Flavor combinations of the dishes we're amazing, particularly the pork belly starter. Halibut with crab risotto was also excellent. Beautifulatmosphere was comfortable not too quiet where you feel awkward. Overall a great night!
I had made my reservations through Open Table. We were 10 minutes late for our 7:15 PM reservations. They did not have any reservastions for us under Ginnie Mc Drew. I pulled it up on my cell phone to prove to them I had a reservation. So we had to sit at the bar until they could seat us. I have been to this restaurant many times and surprised they didn't remember me.
Anyway we finally got seated and had a lovely meal. Had my son and daughter-in-law with us
whom were from the Bay Area. Everytime I go to Ella's Restaurant they know who I am and always give me a very warm welcome. I was truly surprised with the Matrade`
I average one or two times a year, for about 30 years now- love the food, and atmosphere.
Disappointed in service this time with main waiter. Just because two women are dining I found the attention not the best. When i am with my husband, or drinkers, there was more attention. I found that troubling -
food is expensive and always delicious and worth the money.
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