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213 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 396-6810
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Firehouse - Venice, CA
Firehouse - Venice, CA
Firehouse - Venice, CA
Firehouse - Venice, CA
Firehouse - Venice, CA
Firehouse - Venice, CA
Firehouse - Venice, CA


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AWESOME FOOD!!! I come here often for their delicious breakfasts. quick and pleasant service, nice atmosphere


My experience would have been better at the Firehouse if I hadn't parked on the wrong side of the parking lot, in non-Firehouse parking and gotten my car towed first of all... but...

Healthy & Delicious! 1/12/2012

If you're into eating very lean and healthy foods then this is the place to eat while in the Venice area. You can swing by here for a chicken breast, egg whites, yams, or a variety of other healthy dishes. Good atmosphere and pleasant service. Btw, they also serve awesome sushi. more

yum! 3/25/2011

AWESOME FOOD!!! I come here often for their delicious breakfasts. quick and pleasant service, nice atmosphere more

Packing Styrofoam Found in Our Protein Shakes 3/14/2010

We ordered a protein shake after a workout. My wife said it tasted funny after taking two big gulps. She then had berries stuck in her throat. I tasted it and began chewing one of the seeds that had a sponge like consistency... it was styrofoam. My wife now had the packing balls in her throat. When we showed the waiter he did not know what to make of it, as he struggled speaking English. He returned with a new shake... but it too had styrofoam. We asked to see a manager, and it took 20 minutes for Sean to arrive. Nice enough, but way too casual about the event. He investigated the kitchen and confirmed that they had a box filled with styrofoam stashed above where the shakes were made (points for honesty), and swore he had never seen that placed where it was before. This explanation does lead to further questions regarding how fresh the shakes are? Do they clean out their blender after each use if we were poisoned on two different orders? Ingesting styrofoam can cause all kinds of health issues, including overactive thyroid and cancer. Thanks for the great, healthy meal (see you in chemo). The manager comped our appetizer, but we paid for the rest of our $35 bill. We have eaten here for years, usually breakfast and lunch after working out, but no more. More than disappointing, frightening, and we plan on contacting the owners and the city so no one else experiences this type of reckless and dangerous service. Pros: Quaint turn of century Firestation Cons: Being served Styrofoam in our food more

omg i love this place 4/24/2009

WOW I love the firehouse. Now they have Stone IPA on tap. The eggs are as good as ever, the sushi ROCKS, and not only that, did I mention they have Stone IPA on tap???? Some of the waiters are kinda baked though. Pros: sushi, beer, eggs Cons: service more

Stone IPA! 3/26/2009

The Firehouse is the local hangout for the JibJab crew, primarily because they have Stone IPA on tap and the JibJab crew really, really likes Stone IPA. Pros: They have Stone IPA on tap Cons: Sometimes they don't more

Great Neighborhood Hang 2/26/2009

OK, yes, it's got a lot of hungry bodybuilders in it, but they're part of the neighborhood and its history, with Gold's and Venice Beach both around the corners. I've been going there since moving to Venice in 2002 and have always found it welcoming and warm, and the food delicious. It may be that it's a very 'inside' experience. The food (and portions) are geared towards bodybuilders, so the value is very good. The waiters and waitresses are extraordinarily and consistently warm and helpful, especially if you are starving, and I can only say that if there is an unconscious culture clash between patron and staff, that could account for some of the grumbling seen in these reviews. You don't go into a corner hash joint in a place like Venice or Silverlake and expect it to be the Ritz. Stuff like that can come across subliminally, if you'll excuse the Californianism. I think it's a sensational place, take nearly every one of my meals there when I'm on this coast. Think ""When in Rome"" and you may have a better experience. Try the tandoori chicken, it's just sensational. If you are a body builder or a health nut, you already know what to order. If you want something entirely boutiquey and high-end deli, the Rose Cafe is right across the street, and equally good in its entirely different way. Vive la difference!!!! Pros: Friendly, huge portions, fun Cons: Sometimes brunch is a strange melange of huge bodyparts and spoiled toddlers more

Thanks for the beer 2/24/2009

The beer is good and cold, my pizza is getting old. more

Way too much money for a stomach ache! 1/28/2009

All I wanted was a turkey burger with extra cheese and avacado....$3.00 for some slivers of avacado and a $1.00 for cheese...all together it came to like 14 bucks for a damn hamburger. Would never recommend firehouse again to anyone. more

Awful food, now we're sick.... 1/17/2009

So this is what we get for not checking citysearch first... Cons: EVERYTHING more

Fantastic, if ""Fantastic"" meant ""Very Very Awful"" 1/29/2008

As a sporting patron of Abbott Kinney / Main Street neighborhood eateries, I gave the Firehouse a second chance after a mediocre debut meal. I really am not one to complain, or even post on Citysearch, but in the spirit of self-entitlement, Larry David, and the Homer-Simpson-becomes-a-Food-Critic episode of ""The Simpsons"" (""Thar she bl***!""), I will posit the following indisputable facts: Pros: Location Cons: Everything else more

Prepared to be ill after eating here. 11/30/2007

The food here is horrible, it tastes old, and smells very strange. As if it were being reused. Cons: Food smells bad, walls and floors are dirty, and no paper or soap in toilet more

Hideous place in Venice!!! 10/29/2007

Yes, the Firehouse might have a terrible service, but the customers are worse, specially the bodybuilders and the owner's friends. They think they can behave like a herd and still get good service(alwys the same excuse: I'm hungry!!!!! well, the rest of the people are hungry as well!!!!!!!. They don't realize that from monday to friday, from 7 am to 11am three's just one server for 35 tables!!!!! Of course that's not the server's fault but the owner's. more

Firehouse not worth the money, time. 6/7/2007

My experience would have been better at the Firehouse if I hadn't parked on the wrong side of the parking lot, in non-Firehouse parking and gotten my car towed first of all... but that was my fault. Beside that, the $9+ omlette I got was oily and the service was very slow although friendly. Nice place if they would tighten up their ship a little. more

Don't get burned at the Firehouse! 5/23/2007

Sushi was good, not great. Service was attentive if not overly competent (I asked for water when we sat down; he brought me a glass of water, but not a glass for my date); then the waiter seemed confused about the difference between freshwater eel and sea eel. Pros: Relaxed atmosphere, decent food Cons: Waiter puts his thumb on the scales when preparing the check more

Really bad service and overpriced mediocre food 12/11/2006

I'd like to write a good review of this place. The location is great and the building is cool. Unfortunately, I'd have to dig for comments like ""Wow, the chairs are... aluminum,"" to manage a positive review of The Firehouse. I've been going for years and lately it's getting worse and worse. If you must go, show up during the breakfast rush. After about 11am, though, it all goes downhill with overpriced bad food and abysmal service. Seems like the less croweded they are, the more likely your server will botch your order and make mistakes on your check (usually not in your favor). I've had to wait 30 minutes or more for takeout orders when the restaurant was literally empty-- and still the order was wrong. Management should fix this place because it really used to be a great place to hangout and get a good meal. Not anymore. Pros: Cool building with a history in Venice Cons: Everything else more

Enjoyable atmosphere, Terrible Service, So-So Food. 11/20/2006

Came here for happy hour and was mildly content. The sushi was nothing to write home about (by any means)... and the server was absent. The wine was not included in ""happy hour,"" but was rather ""sad hour"" when we were presented with the check, after never receving a wine list. (wine was $9 a glass for mediocre wine). Literally saw our server 2x during the visit and the place wasn't even very crowded- it was a Monday night... Pros: ambience Cons: service!!! sushi, happy hour wasn't great at all more

Fun location, so-so food 11/13/2006

I've been here a number of times to meet up with friends from Digital Domain and the food just isn't good. Go here for the drinks and atmosphere but that's about it. It gets packed on a regular basis but there are usually visual effects artists hanging around which always make things interesting. Cons: limited parking more

Why sushi? 11/5/2006

I have no idea why the Firehouse decided to create a sushi bar, but I fell for it. I won't make that mistake twice. However, the regular menu is actually quite good and healthy, so take a pass on the raw fish and order something cooked - I love the chicken stirfry. more

mediocre food 2/24/2006

for the price, the food is not worth it, but the outdoor patio area is wonderful. Pros: patio Cons: food, parking more

firehouse is AWESOME YEAH VENICE 11/21/2005

love the the the sushi chef... bri~ SUper good Happy hour M-f 5-7 oh yeah! u can order sashimi and nachos! Cider on tap! Hot bartenders! cool managers! GOTTA CHECK IT! c u there! Pros: SERVICE , FOOD , HAPPY HOUR Cons: PARKING, NONE more
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  • In Short
    A crowd of many sizes gathers in the tree-shaded courtyard for quiet conversation away from the busy kitchen's clatter. A menu of lean proteins, calorie-conscious carbs and fresh...

  • 12/20/2006 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Mon - Wed, 8am - 10pm; Thu - Fri, 8am - midnight; Sat - Sun, 8am - 5pm
  • Payments:

    Visa, American Express, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Venice, West LA

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