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
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!!!
The initial presentation of the restaura ...
The initial presentation of the restaurant as you walk in the door is great and it continues as you walk past the well-stocked bar and into the heart of the main dining room. The wait staff is very professional appearing and the guys were wearing dark tux-like suits (very classy). Large, beautiful and 'old-appearing' paintings adorn the walls and are highlighted by the big hanging chandeliers and the dim lighting adds a little more ambiance to the place. It looks old, rich and beautiful. The service was most excellent and the food and wine menus were great. The drinks from the bar were large, well-made and reasonably priced. This place is on my list of places to go when in Old Town Sacramento again.
Thefoodandservicewereunbelievablyoutstanding. Therewerecomplimentarydelicacies toprepareorcleansepalatebefore, afterandbetweencourses. Kudostoafinechefandtoaprofessionalwaitstaff. BestmealI'veryhadanywheresincethelasttimeIwentonaHollandAmericacruise.
We've always enjoyed the Firehouse for s ...
We've always enjoyed the Firehouse for special occasions. This year my husband & I were celebrating our mutual 8/8 birthdays with another couple visiting from the Bay area. Having enjoyed a matinee performance at Music Circus, we arrived before our 5 pm reservation. We were invited to sit at the bar while waiting; however being elderly, we weren't certain we could balance our rear-ends on the bar-stools! After a short discussion we were seated at our table. We were grateful. As usual our service was superb. Our waiters pleasant, helpful with suggestions, and attentive. My husband and I shared a delicious beef fillet cooked to perfection. Our friend's venison arrived at the table "lukewarm" and was returned to the kitchen. The plate was cold. It was served once again with slight improvement in temperature. It was rejected. The manager was called; listened to our guest's concern, and was professional in attempting to rectify the situation. We were surprised that even in a respected restaurant simple mistakes happen.
I had the fish special, which was wild ...
I had the fish special, which was wild caught Coho salmon. It was nicely prepared, skin left on, very crispy, the fish was cooked just right. It came with a sauce, and mixed grilled vegetables. Everything would have been great, except it was very salty. I also had a whole leaf Caesar salad. The croutons had a nice texture but we're also very salty. The mise en bouche and cucumber sorbet were a nice touch. With 2 glasses of wine and tip the dinner was $90.
This is one of my very favorite places f ...
This is one of my very favorite places for lunch and dinner in Sacramento. It makes
any occasion special and special occasions
even more special. The food is consistently
outstanding and has been for the forty years
that I have been coming here. The menu changes with the times and seasons so it
is consistently outstanding. The staff are
This was a special reuniting with an ex ...
This was a special reuniting with an ex gf ~ it is just such a wonderful ambiance and the staff is so professional, knowledgeable and happy with what they are doing ~ we also had fun with an outstanding tasting menu based on Mario's 45th Anniversary at this venue ~~~ Not my first visit and it won't be my last ~~~ I would recommend it to anyone ~~
I had recently had Beef Bourguigon in Y ...
I had recently had Beef Bourguigon in Yountville and loved it, so when I saw it on the menu at the Firehouse I eagerly ordered it for lunch. I was deeply disappointed. First, it was spelled incorrectly on the menu (Bourgogne instead of Bourguigon). The meat was dry and stringy. There were no carrots or pearl onions, just a couple of plain potatoes, and the sauce/gravy was tasteless. And finally it was wayyy wayyy too salty. The cold tomato soup was delicious but I would not go back to the Firehouse again for lunch.
Their courtyard is one of our favorite p ...
Their courtyard is one of our favorite places to just sit and relax. The ambience is perfect for that special evening, and the food is exquisite. If you're looking for a place to celebrate a special event, give it a try… You won't be sorry you did.
Although we have been to Firehouse many ...
Although we have been to Firehouse many times, this was our first time eating in the beautiful courtyard. It was very nice, beautiful flowers, fountain and a great ambiance. Once again the service was impeccable and the food mouth watering delicious!
Thank you for making our 35th wedding anniversary special!
We have gone to the Firehouse for our an ...
We have gone to the Firehouse for our anniversary for years and have enjoyed the lovely abiance, excellent food, and impeccable service. This was my birthday so my husband wanted to take me to a very special place. When we arrived we were seated in the courtyard, as it was a Monday night and the formal dining room is closed. We didn't know this at the time of booking, but found the outside very lovely. We both ordered the filet requesting that it be pink in the middle. My husband's was perfect and mine was brown and I returned it. The waiter said he was sorry, but a little indifferent in his mannerism. In a few minutes, the next level of sever came to reassure me that my steak would be out shortly. After aabout 10 minutes the second steak arrived and with only a slight pink tone to it. I didn't want to ask for a third try and ate the steak. It was tender and delicious, but not to my request. My husband mentioned it was my birthday and the waiter said, "Oh, happy birthday" matter of factly. In the past we have received a complimentary dessert for special occasions. Nothing. I felt I might have been offered something for the inconvenience of having to sit and watch my husband eat his dinner while I waited. But nothing. We just may have hit a waiter who was having a bad day, but it did leave a sour note with us. We will think twice before going back and paying $120 for just a filet and one side dish. No salad, no drinks. We wishyou better luck than we had.
We were celebrating our 50th Wedding Ann ...
We were celebrating our 50th Wedding Anniversary. The Firehouse has always been our "go to" restaurant for special occasions. Although they were aware of this via the reservation, no one commented on it. The hostess did acknowledge our anniversary but I guess we thought 50 years warranted a special remark. Our dessert plates wished us a Happy Anniversary, but the server made an after thought congratulations as she walked away and still no one asked how many, etc. or made a comment. Initial service was delayed and not timely throughout the dinner. Not what we have come to expect from previous visits. The food, as always, was excellent!
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