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Chicago Firehouse Restaurant
Chicago Firehouse Restaurant

Chicago Firehouse Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://chicagofirehouse.com
  • Email: jgabriel@mainstayhospitality.com
  • Phone: (312) 786-1401
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday & Friday 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm.

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;

    Brunch: Sunday 9:30am - 3:00pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Contemporary American, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Chris Turano
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The Chicago Firehouse can accommodate parties of 12 - 200 on the premises. There is no limit to events off-site. Catering packages and flexible menus are offered.
  • Entertainment: The Chicago Firehouse features the smooth sounds of Myles Hayes Jazz Trio every Thursday throughout the year. The Trio Takes over our stunning Patio in the summer. Come join us for dinner and a show!
  • Special Events & Promotions: Come join our Mainstay Rewards Program & earn points with every visit!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 14th Street
  • Public Transit: Michigan Avenue Bus - #4, #3, #1, #12

    CTA Red Line Train, CTA Orange Line Train, CTA Green Line Train - Roosevelt stop
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available for $9.00. Metered street parking available. Parking lot available at 14th and Michigan for $7.00.
A word from Chicago Firehouse Restaurant
The Chicago Firehouse restaurant is in an attractive turn-of-the-century building that formerly housed the Chicago Fire Department and was completely remodeled in 1999. The Chicago Firehouse Restaurant retained its charm with original tin ceilings, fire-glazed walls and brass poles. Just as the setting pleases your eye, the American fare will tantalize your taste buds.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Ive been a regular diner here for years, but this last Easter weekend they really missed the mark. 4 of us dined, 1 fish dish and 3 steak orders. The Filet trio was abysmal, poor cuts, poor taste, shocking. When I told waiter it was not up to there usual standards he ignored me. 3 of the 4 meals came out luke warm. Very disappointed, may never go back to this Chicago staple. Looks like there time has past."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We really liked the firehouse interior and atmosphere. However the food was very disappointing. I had the New York strip. It was charred very nicely, but the meat was very tough. The salmon was seasoned nicely, but over cooked. Then we ordered an Apple tart desert that was shamefull. Under cooked and unedible; it may have been microwaved. I don't have any problem spending high for a great diner, but nothing served here had the quality to match price. Service was okay. We may go back for drinks --it's really nice inside. However, I will not risk the menu again."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "This is always a great, go-to destination when I need a fine dining experience that works for many occasions. Glad this is one of my neighborhood favorites!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "I had a great afternoon dining at the Chicago Firehouse Restaurant. The food was magnificent. Steak cooked to perfection! The best Jumbo Lump Crab cake in town! And the dinner menu is spectacular as well. I've dined there for dinner before too!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Both of us ordered steak entrees. I ordered a bone in- rib eye, my wife a filet. They were terrible, not tender, gristle running through both steaks. We ate less than half of each, couldn't or wouldn't finish them! This was most disappointing. Our previous visits had been great. CFH is off our list of places to eat when in Chicago."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Quintessential Chicago steakhouse. Outstanding steaks and seafood. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Good food, attentive service, but it is the location in an old Chicago firehouse that one remembers most. Nicely appointed with just enough remaining touches of its past to make the interior inviting and interesting. A bit expensive for what it is, but overall a very nice dining experience."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We went on a busy Wednesday night. We waited about 10 minutes. The service was very good. Drinks and wine list were also above average. However, for the prices. It was a well below average food experience. I ordered the boneless ribeye, at $38 med rare. It was dry and a bit tough. It felt like it had been fired earlier and reheated. We also had the halibut special which was good. The short ribs were ovecooked. With all the terrific dining options, this falls way short of expectations."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I ordered the CFH Pork Chop - it was described as:barbecue rub, braised napa cabbage, green apple, sweet potato purée, dried cherry sauce. Well I received the pork chop. BUT the rest of the dish. NOPE I received something that tasted good, but looked like risotto with large chunks of ham; some carrots and maybe cooked in some kind of broth. The rolls we received were so tough that nobody at our table could eat one. HEADS UP CFH when you nuke bread it gets tough and rubbery. Better to just buy the correct warmer for it. This is the second time I had the experience with the bread being inedible. I didn't complain because I was there on business and didn't want to make a scene. Very disappointed, Very!!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Richly decorated space in a great building in a convenient location (for Southsiders). Friendly hosts treated people in suits and jeans equally warmly. Professional and knowledgeable waiters. The food was clearly a notch or two below the leading Loop/Gold Coast steakhouses. That would be okay except the prices were equal or higher than Gibson's and Chicago Cut."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "It was a very nice evening with great conversation and good food. French onion to die for!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "The Fire House is one of th best restaurants that I have visited in a very long time. The service was excellent, the food beyond anything that I expected and truthfully I would have paid more for the experience!!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We arrived at the Restaurant @ 5:15 p.m. party of 2. We sat at a table. The restaurant was not crowded at all. Of course the hostess sat two gentlemen right next to our table while the restaurant was completely empty!! The two guys moved their table over a bit since nobody was sitting on the other side of them. Five minutes later the same hostess seats a couple to the left of us. The seating in this restaurant is sorta close quarters. We ordered Calamari & drinks. After one glass of wine, I was informed that selection was gone. After having the close quarters of people around us plus not happy with the salad, we decided not to order dinner. Not happy considering it was a 50th Birthday Celebration Dinner! Would not recommend this place."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Chicago Firehouse was a great choice for dinner with my clients. All employees are very friendly, the service is very good and the food was a home run, not to mention the history of the establishment."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "The only thing better than the food was the service!!!! Best steak in town!!!!!!! Dessert was a tasty chesse cake wow!!!!!!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "OMG the food and services was wonderful!! I got the Halibut and lobster oh wow cooked perfectly my guy got the porterhouse and lobster perfect. Appetizer was calamari everything came so quickly expensive but was worth it."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "we had 5 people in our group everyone ordered something different. Everything was outstanding from the food to the service. I will certainly go back."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Chicago Firehouse has been a restaurant I have been meaning to try for awhile. Finally made it there and it did not disappoint. Great service. Specials were a great selection and the 2 we selected were delicious. Had the filet flight which was perfectly cooked and let you enjoy 3 different preparations of the filet. The gnocchi was top notch. Ended the night with a sinful apple tart. A little loud but great experience. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This place is an average restaurant. We had a good time. The food wasn't great, but it wasn't terrible either. Nice old building and bar area. There are certainly better places to dine in the area for the price point."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I have gone to Firehouse a number of times and have generally always enjoyed it. The service is very good and attentive but not overbearing. My "argument" is with the wine list, by the glass. They keep their reds too warm and after not finding one I liked (they did allow me to taste a few of them before commiting, which was very helpful), the alternative Chardonnay was no longer available and had been replaced with a far inferior option. This wasn't enough to ruin the dinner, which was very tasty, but it did limit the upside."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I took my mother to brunch here on a Sunday morning. Nobody was there except us at 10am. I think it was the cool weather outside. Loved the wee donut-like pastries and mini scones we received before our order came. Coffee was great. I ordered the french toast, which was very good. I would definitely come back. Glad I stopped in."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "This was my first time at the Chicago Firehouse. The food and wine were wonderful! The building itself was rich with history which was really cool! Can't find a single bad thing to say about it!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Came to Firehouse for a birthday dinner. The food was wonderful, as was the service. This was a Sunday evening which I thought would be quiet and not busy but the restaurant was fairly crowded and there was a high level of noise. Not too bad, but noticeable: large crowds at nearby tables having fun. Will go again if I am back in Chicago."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Nice restaurant in a historic old firehouse. Food and service were very good."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Dinner was enjoyable, the staff was inviting, and very thorough. We can rely upon a good meal"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We needed to find a restaurant rear by for a event we were going to, found the Chicago Fire House Restaurant on online. I am not a steak eater, But decided to have one that night. My steaks was perfect , restaurant was very nice also the bathrooms needed to be cleaned. FYI the restaurant is pricey but the service was excellent!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "As our server recommended, the majority of what we ordered lived up to her description of "amazing!!" We had the pork chops, kids' mac-n-cheese, and NY strip with lobster, au gratin potatoes and brussel sprouts. Loved the flavors, did not enjoy the lobster. Did not know/was not asked a preference for preparation; they grilled it and portions of it were tough. I prefer steamed. The dessert that we had was misleadingly titled "chocolate cake." It was anything but simple! It was incredibly light and flavorful and not a traditional hunk of too-rich chocolate. Overall, the meal, atmosphere and service were delightful. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. And liked hearing the history of the building and exploring each floor of the restaurant."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "What an enjoyable dining experience. We took a former firefighter friend of ours there for dinner and not only did he enjoy the meal, but was thrilled to know that this old firehouse is where they filmed the movie Backdraft. Highly recommend for a special occasion."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We loved the service. We had to move our reservations up to an earlier time, they warned us that they were booked for the next 2 hours. However, they were able to accommodate us after a short (10-15 min) wait. We were celebrating our 1st anniversary and couldn't have picked a better place for service, food & atmosphere. They even sent out a special dessert for the occasion. Will definitely go back again."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I still would like to try it for dinner - brunch wasn't exciting though."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "Six of us dined for a few hours. With reservations, restaurant was extremely accommodating to our plans. Service is spectacular and food is incredible. This is my third time at the restaurant - my wife and I have tried something new each time and it has always been great."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "My date and I shared the 22oz Porterhouse that was cooked to perfection. Our server was attentive but not overbearing. The entire wait staff was friendly and welcoming. I would definitely recommend Chicago Firehouse."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Beautiful 1906 firehouse. Would loved to have sat in the front bar room, but they weren't using it when we went and it was chilly. White tablecloth service. I had an omlet. It was good, but was a little overcooke (had some brown on it)."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Great service and atmosphere. Food was great too. Will go again next time in Chicago."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "When we arrived at the restaurant, it was not crowded. However, the service was slow. I found this odd since it was not crowded."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The food was amazing, but when we showed up for our reservation they made us wait over 20 minutes and sat 4 of us at a table for 2, while single couples were next to us sitting in booths made for 4. We found that a little odd, and considering how much we were paying for our food we would have rather been more comfortable. Despite that we had a great time! Lobster bisque was amazing, as well as the steak flight they had (may have been a special for Valentine's Day), and triple chocolate mouse cake. Beautiful venue, very cool, because it was an old firehouse, but just would have preferred better service. Honestly they made us feel like they didn't have to treat us nice, because the reputation was good. That's not a very good philosophy! :)"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Thought the atmosphere would be different but it was a bit stuffy! Great service, food was just okay nothing fancy. Make sure you specify which coffee you want because the 5 alarm has alcohol if you like Baileys. I just wanted a regular cup of joe. More family oriented restaurant where as I expected fun, exciting, more upbeat considering its an old firehouse. Disappointed!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "One of the best steaks I've had in awhile! Brussel sprouts were amazing too."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Took my wife here for Valentine's Day, (day b4, actually). Right off I must say that everything was excellent, food, service, ambiance & value. We were surprised to learn they still honored the restaurant week menu. We had two boneless ribeyes, both prepared exactly right & were delicious. I had lobster bisque, which I had had before ( & will again), and she had cream of mushroom. Both were outstanding. We shared a side of au gratin potatoes, most of which we took home because the steaks were big, and I highly recommend them She had crème brulee and I had chocolate mouse cake and again, they were great. Our waiter was friendly, helpful and attentive, couldn't have been better. Can't think of something that could have been improved"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Steaks were very good-on par with some of the 'best' around town. Service was phenomenal and made this a great place."
    Dined on 2/15/2014