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Firehouse Restaurant - 20 Reviews - 1112 2nd St, Sacramento, CA - Fine Dining Reviews - Phone (916) 442-4772

Firehouse Restaurant

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1112 2nd St
Sacramento, CA 95814
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(916) 442-4772
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Firehouse Restaurant - Sacramento, CA
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Firehouse Restaurant - Sacramento, CA
Firehouse Restaurant - Sacramento, CA
Firehouse Restaurant - Sacramento, CA

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Best

What a wonderful experience. We had the Chef's Tasting Menu with Paired Wines for $98. per person. Amazing and Delicious. Now, for the disturbing part: Apparently there is no need...

Worst

I have eaten at the Firehouse twice in the past year, and enjoyed the food, service and ambiance. So I thought it was a safe bet for a pre-Valentine's outing in one of the few pl...

The Firehouse--going back downhill 2/12/2012

I have eaten at the Firehouse twice in the past year, and enjoyed the food, service and ambiance. So I thought it was a safe bet for a pre-Valentine's outing in one of the few places in Sacramento where it is really worth dressing up and having high expectations fulfilled. Wrong! First thing was walking up the narrow stairway from the alley below with waiters emptying dirty dishes from tables pushing by us with absolutely no courtesy. Yes, it was busy, but they weren't delivering full plates just clearing dirty dishes. Okay, not that big a deal. Next was being seated directly under a vent blowing cold air which kept blowing out the oil lamp on the table. The repeated line about the fireman ghost quickly got lame as we shivered. It would have been a nice gesture to be offered a chance to move as the dining room started clearing well before we were served our first course. But, again, not a deal breaker. It was the combination of service and food that left me literally with a bad taste in my mouth. My companion first ordered the carpaccio which was good, and I ordered the salad, also good, and so was the palatte-cleansing sorbet served between courses--hence two stars instead of one. So far so good. She also ordered the fillet mignon, but our waiter didn't bother asking how she wanted it prepared. Come onj!! Even Sizzler asks how you want your steak prepared. When it was delivered, it was exceedingly bland and rare to the point of bloody (she asked for medium rrare--no thanks to the waiter. Who knows how it would have been prepared otherwise. She left half of it. I ordered the duck breast with huckleberry sauce. I love duck and I have had some wonderful examples prepared different ways from the south of France to NYC and San Francisco. Yes, duck is fatty, but this was exceedingly so to the point of that I ended up with most of it in my napkin. One of the grossest eating experiences I've had in a long time. Never once were we asked--while we were eating--how we liked our meal. Only at the end did I bring it up. Our waiter just shrugged. Interestingly, the night before we ate out at PF Chang's which I do not consider fine dining. We didn't have high expectations. We were just hungry after hours of shopping and it was convenient. The food was great, the service was greater. The Firehouse could take some pointers I've been around Sacramento a long time, and I knew that the Firelhouse had once gone into a big slump but had recovered and was now on solid footing. It's current popularity has apparently led to a slip back into sloppiness. And, what is it with so many diners in Sacramento--male usually--dressed in tee shirts and baseball caps as if they were visiting Hooters. I know it's more of a reflection of the lack of class of some Sacramentans, but come on Firelhouse don't you have any respect for your customers who do show a little pride in their appearance or yourselves? Are you that desperate for customers that you are afraid to have at least a basic dress code requiring something other than tee shirts and no baseball caps? more

5 Star / Except for One Thing !!! 7/18/2011

What a wonderful experience. We had the Chef's Tasting Menu with Paired Wines for $98. per person. Amazing and Delicious. Now, for the disturbing part: Apparently there is no need to dress for fine dining. We saw many parties dressed in White T-shirts, Cut-off Shorts and Fip-flops at many tables. When we jokingly asked the Hostess where they drew the line, she responded: No Swimsuits and No Tanktops. Amazing!! We lowered our 5 star rating to 3 star on ambience. At lease they were not serving ""Happy Meals"" .... yet. more

great place 2/6/2010

This restaurant is so nice! i love the outdoor patio. we had our company party here and it was nice to have a private party here and they even let us have a dj more

Firehouse Restaurant is on fire...... 9/1/2009

This is an awesome restaurant. The vibe is fun and it's a great place to be on a date or be with the family. The do have private areas for groups. Everything in the menu I had so far has been delicious. The prices are great and the staff is super friendly. I can't wait to visit my family in Sac again so we ca hit up the Firehouse! more

Lovely Bar 11/14/2008

My boyfriend and I were on the hunt for a chocolate martini, hey a girl needs her fix sometimes! We finally stopped by the Firehouse Bar as a last resort. It was about 1 hour before closing. They have this martini menu that is utterly amazing! I had 3: A chocolate martini, espresso martini, and a black forest martini. Now, I'm not usually into sweet drinks, the chocolate martini was a must, the espresso; well I wanted espresso, and the black forest: because I am a chambord lover, I probably wouldn't have the black forest martini again because it is dessert in a glass and while delicious, a bit too much for my tastes. \r \r The ambiance of this place is so far the absolute best in Old Town. It's beautiful, people are nice, dressed nice, etc. \r \r The bartenders were wonderful! I love chatty and nice bartenders and I had 2 of them. They were both sophisticated and (might I add), handsome. Very fitting for the beautiful bar. \r \r You must go for a Martini! \r \r OH, I guess I should say, you get what you pay for here, so be prepared, but it is worth it!!!! I think it may have been $12/martini, which for a good one, that's not bad AT ALL! \r Also, something at the top of the page talks about parking, if you park in a lot, most stores validate, just ask, and yes you have to buy something for validation! AND meters in old town run to 8PM not 6PM! Pros: Beautiful! Cons: Bring quarters for parking! NOT KIDS! more

Great Ambiance Good Food 7/2/2008

If your familear with old sacramento then you know to go there for the relaxing ambiance as well as the food .The firehouse has both and if you have never been there then you don't know what your missing . more

Spend your money somewhere else! 6/4/2008

I took my wife to this restaurant on Mother's Day. What a ""let down"". Horrible food, horrible service and the management doesn't care. I love to fine dine and see my wife loving where I take her. The Firehouse let me down. Spend your money somewhere else. There is allot of great restaurants in Sacramento. The Firehouse is NOT one of them.\r Old Sacramento is awesome though. Great location...just horrible food, prices and service. Pros: Your in Old Sacramento Cons: Over priced, Bad Service and the food is nothing special more

inconsistent with their food and service! 9/26/2007

This used to be one of my favorite restaurants where I would rave about it to my friends. Until last year October when my boyfriend took me out to dinner. We waited a while to order. The foie gras was about 1/2 of the size as last time and surely tasted mediocre. Salad never came. My entree I believe was the king salmon. (I have tried to block it out of my memory because it was so horrible.) It was completely raw in the middle, and toward one side. Trying to stay calm and mentioning it to the waitor in the nicest way, I asked the waitor if that was the intention. He shrugged it off, and did not do anything about it. This is something you do not do at such a heavily recommended place!! He said 'he didn't know'. My boyfriend got the lamb and said it was okay. Bad, coming from a guy who is easy to please. \r \r By the end of my meal which i had been looking forward to, I was so devastated with how it had turned out- I didn't even bother getting the chocolate cake i love there. Had it not been for me not wanting to upset my boyfriend then, I would have asked for the manager or made a bigger deal out of it. I just walked out biting my tongue. \r \r I chose to give them 3 stars based on performances the other times I have dined here. \r Also, to give them the benefit of doubt, I will give them another try sometime soon. Pros: nice historic building. usually competent waitors. and most of the time, good food. Cons: horrible service the on one occasion. more

An experience for the eyes and the palate 11/1/2006

Every room has a different look and feel, all the way down to the wine cellar (which has one of the most extensive selections of excellent vintages in CA). Very thorough knowledge among the wait staff of the wines and food pairings. Excellent cuisine, and a good selection. Don't wait too long (like I did), or you'll miss out on the patio dining which, for ambiance, is among the best. \r And... They have valet! Pros: Just about everything Cons: Parking. Use the valet. more

DON'T BOTHER 5/11/2006

Our waiter had a fake french accent that kept coming and going. The place is badly light, the food is substandard for the obscene prices they charge, and the dessert? Eee gad. Strawberries were unhulled, cakes were frozen. DIRT on the lettuce! The patio however is lovely if you want a quick glass of wine and a simple appetizer. Somehow I mind averge food less when the bill is only$20 - even if that $20 is only a nibble. Pros: romantic, courtyard Cons: prices are absurd, food is awful, waitstaff substandard more

Inconsistent 5/11/2006

Very good food unless doing a group function. Then the food quality suffers due to mass production. Generous bartenders. High quality atmosphere. Very disappointing in terms of outside eating schedules. I have only been able to eat outside for dinner once - one of the main draws of this restaurant (see how they advertise the courtyard on their website?). Every other time I have requested outdoor eating, I have been turned down due to some pre-scheduled party that has booked the outdoor area. The outside area should always be available to its regular dinner guests! Pros: outside eating Cons: lack ofoutside eating more

I feel robbed! 4/18/2006

Ive never written a review before but I feel compelled to save other Citysearch users from a gastronomic disaster. I went to The Firehouse after reading favorable reviews and I couldn't believe how consistently sub-par the food was. I started with oysters, which had grains of sand in them. Then I tried the caesar salad which was yellow, wilted, and boring. After two disappointments, I thought the filet special would live up to my expectations, but the ""medium"" filet was so bloody I couldn't eat it. To make matters worse, the waitress, who seemed to think she was working at a cheesy diner, cracked jokes the whole time. Do not go to this over-rated dinosaur of a Sacramento establishment. The Firehouse has clearly decided to rest on the reputation it has mysteriously built over the years. At the prices they charge, this is unforgivable. Pros: The decor Cons: Everything else more

I'm impressed 7/13/2005

Fine dining in Sacramento? Well, this is probably as fine as it gets. The luxurious interior oozes an aura of wealth and decadence which can be only match by the quality of food. Although the Firehouse tends to stick with more traditional and safe dishes, it excels with preparation and taste. The seafood was well grilled and memorable. Unfortunately the mash potatoes were luke-warm and the special butter was just that. Coming from Maryland, I have to say the crab appetizers were disappointing as well, but I have to admit Ive been spoiled by good Maryland blue crab. Overall a fine dining experience with attention to service and food. more

User review by carmilla11 6/6/2005

I took my best friend there for his birthday, and the food and service were divine! We brought out own wineand shared a couple of appetizers. The lamb entree is spectacular, and The Firehouse gave the ""birthday boy"" a complimentary dessert. I expect to dine there again very soon Cons: huge wine list more

Highly Recommend 7/25/2004

Bring your own wine and pay the $20 corkage. The Firehouse has one of the most extensive wine lists I've ever seen but it is ridiculously priced. Just the same, for a really special occasion, pairing the wonderful cuisine with their wines is a must. Their wine buyer, Mario, is extremely knowledgeable. Pros: incredible wine list, excellent service more

It's not all it is cracked up to be 9/10/2003

The Firehouse was overpriced for food that was barely edible. I ordered the sea scallops and there was still grains of sand in the scallops and the sauce had no flavor. We also had to wait 40 minutes for a table we had to reserved due to customers camping out at our table. The bartender was unfriendly. The Firehouse may have had their heyday but that no longer exists. Wait stff was cordial. Pros: Attentive wait staff, nice atmosphere Cons: sub par food, expensive more

Outstanding! 4/24/2003

Chef Irie Gengler has brought his own individual style and flavors to rejuvinate the firehouse menu and experience. you've never had seared ahi until you've tasted Irie's seared ahi. His Salmon is to die for. All of the food is prepared with the freshest ingredients and in the most aesthetically pleasing manner! The menu is outstanding! Equally phenomenal is the wine cellar! You must ask for a tour! The wines in the cellar are some of the finest in the world! Enjoy.... it's a great spot for Valentine's! more

Overated 1/13/2003

Out of towners that come to visit want us to take them here but the area is a bad location, alot of transients hang around begging if you go in the evening and parking is almost impossible. Pros: food tasty, service good Cons: bad parking, overpriced, very small portions more

mouthwatering 12/3/2002

Best steak i've had in years. toss the knife, it can be cut with a fork Pros: taste, quality Cons: no privacy more

delicious 8/12/2002

With exquisite food and ambiance... I was propose to.. and return every year. Never get tired of the place. more
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  • **Welcome**
    For over forty years, The Firehouse has earned its reputation for providing unparalleled ambiance in a truly unique and memorable setting. Built in 1853 and originally home of "Sacramento No. 3," The Firehouse was the first building in Old Sacramento to be restored and is designated a historical landmark. Dine in the elegant main dining room or lunch in the romantic tree-covered courtyard.

    **Extraordinary Tastes**
    Delicious food, beautifully presented - The Firehouse trademark. Trained chefs specialize in creating an extraordinary assortment of appetizers, entrees and desserts, perfectly complemented by an extensive wine list. A friendly and knowledgeable service staff ensures the excellence of your dining experience.

    **Versatility**
    The Firehouse is the right choice for your next banquet lunch or banquet dinner, business lunch, formal dinner, or private celebration. A variety of rooms provide the ideal setting for your event. In addition to its large dining rooms, The Firehouse also offers two intimate wine cellar rooms perfect for smaller get togethers. An experienced Firehouse staff takes pride in making sure your event is a success. From ordering flowers and booking musical entertainment to setting up audio-visual equipment, the staff makes sure no detail is overlooked. Stop by for a tour of our special rooms and let The Firehouse plan your next event. We look forward to serving you.. **The Main Dining Room**
    The Firehouse's main dining room and bar offers one of Sacramento's most sophisticated settings for hosting guests,ideal for business meetings and social luncheons with comfortable seating for 100.

    **The Courtyard & The Courtyard Grill**
    Guests have called the Courtyard Sacramento's most romantic dining spot. The bricked courtyard accommodates between 50 and 250 guests with room to dance,dine,and socialize.

    **The Golden Eagle Room & The Golden Eagle Salon**
    The Golden Eagle Room serves between 100 and 150 guests. When combined with the Golden Eagle Salon,up to 200 guests can be accommodated for receptions.

    **The Wine Cellars**
    If you are seeking a private room for a gathering or private business meeting,the Wine Cellar Room I offers a perfect solution. This charming room can easily accommodate up to 16 people. For business,political,and social functions,the Wine Cellar Room II offers a refreshing change of scenery,and can provide a co mfortable setting for groups up to 40.

    *Please Call for Additional Information Regarding Our Dinner Menu

Editorial

  • In Short
    Upon entering the main dining room of the small bar and restaurant, guests are transported to the Gold Rush Era as oil paintings, elevated ceilings and a fireplace create a fine...

  • 1/11/2008 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Saturdays and Sundays; On-street parking meters Wine Tasting Tuesdays Tuesdays from 5:30 ? 6:30 p.m. Only $10 per person?or win two free passes during our weekly Facebook Trivia Contest.
  • Payments:

    American Express, Master Card, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Old Sacramento, Central Sacramento
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