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About The Firehouse Restaurant
The Hope Station building, which is home to The Firehouse Restaurant, is the oldest standing firehouse in the city of Harrisburg and is the second oldest in Pennsylvania. Most of the architecture is the original design; those areas in need of repair were restored to their original splendor. Along with the brickwork, all of the original sashing, window muntins, mullions and doors were retained in the restoration.
Harrisburg, PA 17101
American, Contemporary American, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
Friday- Saturday 11:30am-11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
The Firehouse restaurant can accommodate parties of 12 - 200 on the premises. There is no limit to events off-site. Catering packages and flexible menus are offered.
Street parking is available. Public lot available after 6:00pm.
Private Party Facilities:
2nd Floor private room is terrific for groups up to 15.
This room is ideal for business meeting, seminars, business lunches and a host of other business and private functions.
Our 3rd floor private room can do 20 to 100 persons at any time. The room features a full bar at one end, a stage at the other end, plenty of seating restrooms and room for dancing.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
The Firehouse Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Requested a booth didn't get it. When I called in to make reservation the lady whom name I won't use was not hospitable very rushed to get off phone , I was still talking and she hung up on me . We were seated at a table where the servers bumped into the table all the time because there wasn't room to walk through . Just not a good experience
The food is excellent; unfortunately, our visit to this restaurant got off to an odd start. This was our first visit to Harrisburg & we wanted to try a new restaurant. After reading the reviews on OpenTable in the morning, I booked a reservation for 3 people for evening an timeframe. There was lots of availability, so the booking process was stress free. When we arrived, we were seated in the upper level (very nice booth). Unfortunately, the A/C was on blast in that section (only 60F outside), so we asked to move across the aisle to another booth. The server was accommodating and moved us( she also volunteered to turn down the air conditioner. About 2 minutes later, she came back and said she would have to move us to another table because the one we were seated at was reserved. We agreed to move but were puzzled because we made a reservation too.
The table she moved us to was smaller and sandwiched between 2 other tables. This wasn't going to work as both my husband and son are more than 6 feet tall. We approached the manager about the situation and he repeated that the 2nd booth we had been reseated to was reserved and that there was a annual Fireman's Party about to get underway. His tone was brusque. I responded that we made a reservation via OpenTable and felt we were getting shuffled around. After a few minutes, the manager found another booth for us (lower level) and another great server... I believe his name was Jay. Evening was fine after that!
This was my first time at the Firehouse in five or six years. The decor is showing its age, but the food was very good and service excellent, much as I had remembered. I was with three other colleagues for a business trip. The menu has good variety - we all had some version of fish/seafood - the drinks are good and the wine and beer options very good. Everyone thought their dinner was excellent...no complaints about the food. The service was attentive but not overbearing, and well timed. I would definitely recommend for business meals or just a nice dinner when in Harrisburg.
Loud is not lively, nor energetic nor fun and the Firehouse was loud. I reserved a downstairs table for 2 for a date night dinner. What we got was an upstairs table directly next to a party of 30 people, all of whom were talking louder than the person next to them. The ceiling literally is too low to accommodate that many people and expect it to be manageable. The food was marginal at best. We tried an item from each "Alarm" and there wasn't one course that I'd consider coming back for. Our booth had torn seats and the table surface was chipped. The décor and ambience of the entire place seemed run down. We eat downtown Harrisburg often enough to know that we probably won't be back.
Okay, we were heading to the Hershey Bears game and it was my daughter's birthday, she picked the Firehouse to eat at around 4:30 before the hockey game. I read the reviews and they seemed to be all over the place. The bad reviews seemed to reflect two things....noise level and service problems. We were there on March 18th along was a big "after" crowd from the St. Pat's parade watching the Basketball game on tv. The crowd was lively but didn't disturb us. There was no music on since the game was on on. Also, our waitress was fantastic. Everyone's meal was delicious and we were very happy with the overall experience. However, since we were there to meet friends and catch up...if the music would have been loud...I don't think it would have as pleasant as it was. I would have loved to hear or read about the history of the building as well.
If I was a party-- type person this place would be fine. For me and our part of 4-- way too noisy; could not carry on a conversation w/o shouting. In addition-- I ordered a side of asparagus (extra charge)-- and all I got were the woody ends. And----$10.00 for a glass of wine! Really! I could buy a bottle! So-- will we go back? Not until next year sometime.
I definitely stop in when in the area and well worth the travel. Fire Bread, J.J.s Duck Cakes and Phoenician Baked Trout are some of my favs...Have never found anything quite like these at any other restaurant. Unique yet plenty on the menu to choose from to suit all taste buds!
Went on Vday and they had a special menu for the night. Ordered an app but had no silverware. The appetizer plates still had food on them. My fiance ordered a cocktail and it tasted as if it was all pineapple juice. Fiance ordered the prime rib and it came out cold and we had to send back. I ordered the $39 steak meal and it was cooked properly (medium) but seasoning was mediocre, at best. Our server apologized endlessly, was no fault of his, but then had problems with our bill. Server removed the one cocktail (that was not drank) on the first check ($91) but then after returning my card for the signed bill it showed $99. Had to have manager fix the issue. This may be a great place to grab a burger in the afternoon but not for "fine dining" on a special occasion. It may have just been their promotional valentines day menu but nothing about the experience was worth a $100(ish) tab
service started out good , then down hill. waitress forgot to put our salad order in, no salad. meal came. queen cut prime rib i had to saw threw with a steak knife, my friend had a pasta chicken dish, she ate the pasta, but the chicken was tuff. they offered a free desert which we took home. had to get out of there
I hope our waitress was new.
We stopped in during a road trip on the way home from dropping our daughter off at college in NC. I made the reservation online prior to arriving, and we were seating 15 minutes later, even though there were many open tables. When we were seated, we were upstairs in the very back corner.
My husband asked for a side of sauteed spinach. The full plate of spinach came out fried- charred and crispy. When we asked her to take it off the bill she responded by telling us that she told the kitchen to fry the spinach. I have no clue what chef would ever send out a dish looking like that- it was awful. Our steaks took forever, and they were over cooked. I asked for medium and he go medium rare. Thank god the Caesar salad was good, or I would have left there hungry and $100 poorer.
Overall this restaurant was a huge disappointment, especially after a long drive.
Loved the Firehouse Restaurant! The Polynesian trout with the orzo and fried spinach leaves was outstanding! Went for a birthday dinner. My boyfriend had the filet and crabcake and said it was so tender and the crabcake was all meat. Our server was very attentive yet patient. Will definitely go back again!
I don't know how this restaurant is rated as one of the top restaurants in Harrisburg. The food is mediocre at best, and that's being overly generous.
My husband and I ordered salads with shrimp and salmon - lettuce tasted old - no flavor at all,
The only plus was the hostess and waitress were very attentive and friendly.
Took my wife here for her 50th Birthday. We both got blackened salmon and it was great. The fish and chips was HUGE, but we all agreed it was a little lacking in the taste category. Not that the taste was in any way bad, it was acatualky good, gut we all just expected a little bit more taste. Fire bread was great and the service was excellent and very fast.
Restaurant was a little empty because of the holiday being on Monday, but still noise level was fine. Wife really enjoyed herself and was very thankful we chose the Firehoise place for her.
P.S. - I wish I could remember the servers name. Young black fellow and he was one of the best we ever had. Very enthusiastic and know how to take care of his customers. I had a chance to observe other servers at others tables and they were great too.
One sign of a good restaurant...? You can satisfy the "paying, service observant" adult customers along with the teenage picky eaters. Not an easy task but everyone at the Firehouse was able to get it accomplished. All around great experience for everyone.
We went here for our first time on NYE. I looked at the menu in advance so I would have an idea what I wanted to eat. Since it was NYE they had a limited menu so I was not able to get what I wanted from the regular menu. That was a little disappointing. The food was good and definitely looked and tasted chef prepared. The prices for the meals should include a side or salad, though. They really should have more than one stall/toilet in the restroom.
While my boyfriend and I enjoyed our dinner at the Firehouse on NYE, we did not feel that the cost of the food merited the food we were given. At $32, the crab cakes were tiny and only served with French fries. The frizzled spinach that I had was greasy and made me sick to my stomach. We had also seen inexpensive sandwiches and burgers on the menu, which were removed without explanation or notice on NYE, which was disappointing. Had we known dinner would be so expensive, we would have gone elsewhere.
The food was mediocre at best not bad but nothing to get excited about. Service, I would rate a C. Overall experience I would say was not bad, at the same time nothing to right home about. With that being said, I will not be returning unless there are some culinary changes.
Went to the Firehouse Restaurant for a business lunch and as always had a good meal and great service. Both of us had the tomato bisque, and we each had a different sandwich from the menu. The Cuban is more than enough on its own and usually half goes home with me. This will continue to be a go-to place for business and working lunches, and for a quick after hours check-in.
The hostess and waitstaff "Ed" were very attentive to our short time frame before the concert; drinks & food arrived timely and was delicious. Very accurate restaurant name, firehouse described the definite level of spicyness. Very reasonably priced.
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