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.
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, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
The Firehouse Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Excellent meal, had the crab, spinach an ...
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 ...
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. Th ...
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.
This place is not just good food it is g ...
This place is not just good food it is good people. Everyone from the reception people the bar area and the table service are outstanding! All pleasant, friendly and have big smiles. You can tell they like working there.
The prime rib was to die for.... and the ...
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 ...
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.
Changed over the years
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. ...
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.
Great decor and food
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.
My girlfriend and I took our mothers her ...
My girlfriend and I took our mothers here for Mother's Day. My mom ordered a chicken dish and her chicken breasts came out rubbery and under-done. The wait staff was very apologetic and she was eventually brought a second-choice dish of a chicken-cheesesteak type sub. However, she had to wait approximately 10 minutes while the rest of us had our food. Our server was very friendly and apologetic, but the place wasn't all that busy (even given the holiday) for sloppy cooking like that. I would return, but I'd be leery on ordering chicken breast again.
The food on this particular visit left a lot to be desired. The shrimp in the hook and ladder combo were down right cold. The ribs also were not warm. This was a considerable step down from other meals that we have had here. For the prices, I expect better quality. We probably will not return after this meal.
The decor was interesting, but that is about the best thing I can say. The food was meh. Salad was straight out of a bag with some tomatoes uncut thrown on top. I could overlook the mediocre food if there was great service, but there definitely wasn't. The place has great reviews but I can't figure out why. Don't waste your time/money here.
Great Lunch in the Fire House
The Fire House is exactly that. A former city fire house, now converted to a bar and restaurant, with a menu laced with firehouse titles. The second floor puts you up under the reconstructed ceiling, which is charming. Our lunch server was quick and attentive - not obtrusive - and helped us get through a good meal in good time. The two of us had soups and sandwiches. A Tomato Bisque with a fully loaded grilled cheese, and the shrimp and andouille gumbo, followed by a Cuban sandwich. Both were excellent, and the Cuban was enough for two - we asked for a to-go box when we ordered it, and needed it. Great lunches, helpful service, and friendly bar servers. A good place for a business-like lunch with a bit of a flair.
Firehouse Restaurant in Harrisburg - Great Find
I was looking for a nice restaurant to take my son and fiancé near the Harrisburg bus station. My son came in from Penn State and we wanted to take him to a nice place for dinner before taking him home to Reading. Plenty of parking near the Firehouse. We parked on the street for free after 7pm. The décor is fun firehouse. Red and black tiles on the floor around the bar. Red walls. Fire truck models, fire truck pics on the walls, all sorts of fire memorabilia. Drinks were good. Food was delicious. Bar was at street level, eating area was several steps down behind the bar. The building is the second oldest firehouse still standing in PA.
This restaurant is overall a nice cozy fun place. However I ordered a pasta dish and requested no chicken. The dish came out with chicken so I returned it and it came back 60 seconds later. I said clearly the chicken was picked off to which the server insisted it had not. Knowing this was impossible in that time frame i kept this dish to not hold up my party. Of course there were still small pieces of chicken throughout the dish. Very unprofessional and dishonest
great place to have a surprise baby sprinkle!!
Our waiter Joe was just all out amazing, he decorated , he help load our cars and carry out gifts . I will remember him and will be returning for when we all need a girls night out.
Thank you Joe for all your help to make my best friends surprise special baby sprinkle fall in place.
Excellent steak and ribs!
The Steak Frites au Poivre was so flavorful and delicious. Large portion and cooked to perfection! The baked potato and mixed vegetables were the perfect steak companion. This was a good value for the portion size!! The barbecue ribs flavored with Vermont maple syrup were also very, very good! Our waitress was personable and attentive without hovering. We sat upstairs were it was nice and quiet.
Vibrant and fun place for dinner!
Love the old firehouse building and decor! Be sure to make a reservation because this place is really popular! We enjoyed an "all-appetizer" dinner that was just delicious. We had the calamari marinara, the jumbo chicken wings, and the lobster stuffed mushrooms - plenty of food for a light dinner for two. The staff was great and the service was spot on.
If you haven't had the opportunity to try it, head over. The environment is amazing,
The servers are great, and the food is delicious. Expect $100 at least for the meal if you order appetizers and entrees with dessert and drinks. Value was well worth it though. Highly recommended. We had the prime rib and salmon. Creme brûlée and meat and cheese board. Portions are big.
The food was way over priced and wasn't even great. The service was absolutely awful. It took over 2 1/2 hours from the time we got there till the time we left. We had a party of five (2 couples and a single) so obviously we had 3 separate checks but since we were a party of 5 they still added on an automatic 20% tip for each of our bills. The waitress also didn't want to honor the "birthday deal" where you get a meal up to $20 free with the purchase of another entree. (There is like 3 entrees that are less then $20) We had to pull up the website on our phones and prove to her what the website said. We won't be going back.
Great food in unique environment
My first time trying this restaurant, loved the converted atmosphere from old firehouse. The food was great, service exemplary. The staff was happy to adapt food choices to my taste., substituting potatoes with my steak meal. Two things, parking an issue, need to park and nearest lot is a few blocks away( important to know ), also, my husband ordered steak medium, but it was a bit more rare then he would have liked( need to be specific with what you want). This is definitely a " Do Again" for us.
We've been to The Firehouse numerous times. It has been a go to for birthdays, anniversaries, and Valentine's Day celebrations. However, this time I did not like the special V- Day menu, and my Prime Rib, supposedly, as stated, "The Best in Harrisburg" was very tough. Also, usually attentive wait staff, seemed to be occupied with other things, or maybe he had too many tables. All in all, disappointed. The highlight was the tangerine IPA on draft.
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