About The Firehouse Restaurant
Harrisburg, PA 17101
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.
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
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.
Food and service were outstanding. Both the cold-smoked ribeye and Chicken Genovese were delicious, and the pork roulade special of the night was truly awesome. Our server was very attentive and helpful with several special requests and questions. We enjoyed the interesting atmosphere and history of the old firehouse building. All in all, a standout evening and we are very glad to have gone there for our anniversary dinner.
My husband and I had a guest in town for the evening and thought it would be nice to check out something new. The firehouse is an interesting setting, in an old firehouse and of course had a firehouse themed menu and decor. On a Monday evening it seemed quiet but the wait staff was attentive and friendly. Great beer menu, with several local brews. Large selection of food, everyone enjoyed their dinner choice. Cool bar seating as you come in though we sat in a cozy booth. A variety of people, a booth of young men hanging out, a young couple, a family of five that looked like they came in after a youth soccer game, an older couple, us older people 50's, 60's. We enjoyed our visit and definitely will go again.
Took our neighbors out for dinner as a thank you for helping us out the last couple of weeks. Our server was great. We all really enjoyed the bread. We each had a different entree and everybody enjoyed their meal. Get place to dine and even had some leftovers to take home.
Excellent meal, had the crab, spinach and artichoke dip for starters followed by the hook and ladder (ribs with shrimp), they were fall of the bone delicious. The coleslaw that was served with it tasted home made and was a perfect side. Great atmosphere and the staff was very pleasant and helpful!!!!
Arrived a little after 6 pm on Saturday evening, found a parking spot across the street, then noticed they were paid parking spots. Of course, you had to pay until 7 pm on Saturdays. With the tow truck literally half a block away, I began the arduous task of figuring out yet another government cash grabbing machine.
Finally entered the restaurant and headed over to the hostess who greeted me nicely. They escorted me upstairs to our booth as my partner had entered upon arrival knowing the government tax grabbing machine would take me a while to master.
Our very pleasant waitress came for our drink order and we ordered two Margarita's on the rocks. The menu listed the drink as El Jimador Tequila, Cointreau and sour mix. One taste of this told me the bartender must have measured the shot of tequila, put no Cointreau in it, and used the absolute cheapest, worst tasting Margarita Mix there is, Master of Mixes. I know a bad Margarita when I taste it, because it's the only drink I ever order. We're off to a bad start, and it didn't get any better as the food arrived. First out was the gumbo. It needed some salt, but was otherwise tasty. Next came the Caesar Salad, with frost on the bowl from where they just pulled it out of the cooler. I had asked about anchovies, but was told they were not available. Why do restaurants serve Caesar Salad and not have anchovies? They cost like $1 a can. Even Red Lobster doesn't have them available, and they're obviously a seafood restaurant. The salad was bland, and blah. The dressing was uninspired and rather tasteless. For my final offering of 25 steamed clams, I was presented with a large bowl with 27 clams that were overcooked, and bland. Now, steamed clams aren't the most flavorful dish, but when properly prepared, they do offer some interesting textures and subtle flavor. These clams were like little rubber balls.
The waitress took the two drinks we sent back off the bill and I left her 20%. Nothing was her fault.
Overall, not too bad of a restaurant. The decor is odd-lots and lots of red and black. The old fire equipment was interesting but not compelling. I had a Black Martini that was the best part of my meal. There were not a lot of vegetarian choices but the cheese plate was ok, the spinach salad pretty boring. The rest of my family enjoyed their drinks (margaritas) and meals (ribs, prime rib). Our server was pleasant and efficient.
The prime rib was to die for.... and the fish and chips, which my friend had, was a magnanimous portion. Can't wait to go back and try other dishes. We had reservations and were immediately seated. The area was quiet and nostalgic with a setting reminiscent of the old firehouse that was at the location in the late 1900's.
At first the ambience seemed nice until we notice all the food on the carpet. It looked like it hasn't been vaccumed in days. It was really dirty. The food was ok, but very pricey for the quality compared to other resteraunts within walking distance. I would not reccomend going here.
It had been about 2 years since the last time I was at the Firehouse and things have changed. It was dead on a Friday evening. The menu was smaller and not impressive. Our server was great and we were sitting in a very quiet area (as in, no one else was sitting on the entire floor expect out table), but the food was average. I'll go back but helpful for a better menu.
2nd time here and was very disappointed. Waited 1 1/2 hours from the time we sat down until our dinner was served. Although tasty the food was tepid at best. Wait staff did their best but there is no excuse for the long wait and then cold food when it did come.
At first glance it looked small but the place was larger than it looked. Relaxed atmosphere and the place was absolutely packed by the time we left. The decor looked like it was from back in the early 1900's (unique and beautiful) and the food was outstanding. Choices from simple to complex. A little on the high side for local prices but the food was very good. Felt like I was right in Manhattan in our little Harrisburg. Definitely worth a visit. Great impressive place to bring guests.
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