Firehouse No. 1 Gastropub
Firehouse No. 1 Gastropub

Firehouse No. 1 Gastropub

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://firehouse1.com/
  • Phone: 4082876969
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: M-F 11:30am-3:00pm
    Dinner: M-F 3:00pm-10:00pm
    Dinner: Sa-Su 4:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Matt Close
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Santa Clara
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free 2 hours parking across the street with validation.
A word from Firehouse No. 1 Gastropub
Gastropub noun\ˈga-strō-ˌpəb\ : a pub, bar, or tavern that offers exceptional food in a casual and comfortable environment. From succulent pork belly sliders to house made paté on our charcuterie plate and an incredible house-made burger - this is not typical bar food. Paired with hand-made cocktails, exclusive craft beers, and superb wines - Firehouse No. 1 Gastropub offers an experience unlike any other bar. Located in downtown San Jose in San Pedro Square
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Firehouse No. 1 Gastropub reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
73% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (19)great for outdoor dining (17)vibrant bar scene (14)good for groups (14)neighborhood gem (8)great for lunch (7)late-night find (6)hot spot (5)special occasion (3)great for brunch (2)romantic (2)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Creative Chef Nailed It
    ShannahQuiltsVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We eat at Firehouse No. 1 frequently because the food is so good. The tables are comfortable, and the staff are friendly. This time, though, their special (which is always good) was amazing. The special was Ling Cod Fish and Chips. In my opinion, Ling Cod is the best fish for fish and chips anyway, but the batter they used was special. It clung beautifully to the fish, but was also tender and crunchy. My son asked for malt vinegar, and was pleased to get it in a cup for dipping. He loved that. The fries have a lovely herb and cheese combination on them - not overpowering, but very delicious. When you go to Firehouse No. 1, I would highly recommend that you learn about the specials and consider getting them. They're worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good For Lunch
    Hatehavingreviewnames
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We had reservations for lunch and were greeted promptly and given the choice of inside or outside. It was a nice day and we chose outside. The food was good and service was good as well. Overall a very nice experience for a Friday afternoon.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too loud!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We were looking forward to dinner before the Tom Petty concert. But when we got seated, the noise in the back was phenomenally loud - no way we could have talked to each other. If it had been a work environment, serious hearing protection would have been mandatory. So we left and found another restaurant that wasn't so loud.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor choice
    LandDVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Was too noisy, and it was way overpriced for average food. It was not a good place for a family dinner. We couldn't wait to get out of there.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Utencils
    CervezaLover
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Good food but bad service. We got there for our reservation and maybe it was my spanish name but our table had not utencils and no napkins. Then they took our order and when the food was brought over my wife food was brought incorrectly they supposedly had run it of buns for her burger and with out asking for a substitute on their own they decide to serve the burger on slice French bread what kind of service is that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food wasn't very good
    LizzieKath
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The salads were overdressed and the flavors just didn't work. Nothing was disgusting or anything, but I'd definitely skip this spot.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • luv2eatgoodgrub
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The only thing that surpassed the fabulous food was the superlative service. We stumbled onto this neighborhood gem. We had a group of 6 and we wanted a location that was spacious and moderately quiet so that we can enjoy a power lunch. It exceeded all of our expectations. The staff was personable, knowledgeable, energetic, and authentic. The food was hearty, tasty, and there was enough variety to satisfy even the most picky foodie! I'll end with three words that sums up my experience, "I'll be back!"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice location good lunch
    stephinnycVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Perfectly situated in San Pedro Square. Menu is pretty basic, food is okay, service cold be improved. One of the steal orders came put well done vs. med/rare. They also do not serve cappuchino/espresso - unusual. Outside seating area gets a lot of street noise. Unfortunately during our lunch a tractor kept going back and forth down the street moving dirt.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WE liked it
    Trev
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My wife and two sons went there for our 58th wedding anniv. We ate outside on a very pleasant evening and it was a very nice experience except for a bad trumpet playing street musician near us. The macaroni and cheese was wonderful as were the hamburgers, but the hanger steak, a cut I was not familiar with, had an unusual texture, but tasted good. The servers were pleasant an attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meh.
    cantthinkofanickname
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Food was ok - the wings were great - but service wasn't spectacular. It also felt a little over-priced for what it was.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cute Downtown San Jose Hotspot
    eatables
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I booked a reservation here for me, my husband, and 2 friends. I went out on a limb because we just moved here and I've never eaten at a restaurant in downtown San Jose before. I must say that I am very impressed with the food and service. There was a table available outside, so we were subject to whatever was happening on the sidewalk, but it was certainly entertaining! There is a parking structure across the street, which made it convenient to swing by for a quick dinner. Lovely food display, and service from a guy who truly loves the restaurant and was passionate about their food. Overall, a great place to swing by for a perfect blend of upscale and casual eats.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great (if you can stand the noise)
    SoCalTransplant
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The Mrs. and I wanted a romantic but informal place to eat downtown. Reviews of Firehouse No. 1 drew us in. It's a small place with seating outside, in front near the bar, and more in the rear. The place was packed. Originally put in the rear but the noise made it impossible to have a conversation. The waitress happily moved us up front where we could at least hear each other. Food was very good. Pork belly sliders were outstanding (loved the chili sauce), and the cheeseburger (topped with a fried egg) was among the best I've had. Prawns were a bit salty but still good to eat, as was the veggie salad. This is a great place for young couples and groups who thrive on the energy. As for my wife and I, we'll go back on a quieter day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Firehouse 1 is Hot!
    devenhsig
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Family and I made reservations and arrived at 8 pm after parking across street in garage - 5th floor. Nice perk that firehose1 validated parking. Noise in the back of building was too much for the family so we moved outside. Wait staff was gracious, prompt and attentive. Food was fantastic! I had the wedge and the angry shrimp. OMG it was good! Definitely will be back! Super Cool that the fire trucks kept cruising by and waving to the patrons.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Evening
    Kathy
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We were in San Jose for a family event, and didn't have a clue where to meet up with sister and husband for dinner. I checked for restaurants online and found Firehouse, as well as others. Kept coming back, rereading reviews, etc. and took a chance. Lucky for us! The service was great (thanks, Jennifer, et al)) and the food was very good. We reserved an inside table, but changed our minds and only waited about 20 minutes to grab an outside table. Lovely evening, fun to watch the passersby, and quieter than inside. I would definitely recommend this one.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Outdoor Dining in San Jose
    SMDTraveler
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Very nice restaurant. Great service. Very good wine and beer selection. The cheeseburger is to die for. Service excellent. Good for a date, friends, couples.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre-concert joy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Stumbled upon this eatery on OT and booked it for an early dinner before a concert down the street. Amazing small plate menu with creative cocktails and super friendly staff. Keep up the great work!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, unique food
    MistyVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Tried out Gastropub for the first time and had mixed results. The beet salad was fabulous. The angry prawns was very tasty but overwhelming without bread - you have to specifically request bread if you want it and this dish definitely needs it. The fish and chips had great fries, but the fish was not good. The cocktails were old-fashioned speak-easy style (gin, bourbon, etc) and were rather sour but good if you like sour. It was a nice evening for eating outside, but the inside was rather unappealing, so I'd recommend coming on a warm evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, but not for steak
    SelkiSkinVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    This was our second visit and some of it was not as great as the first time. I got the angry tiger shrimp which is very good, but my fiance ordered his steak medium rare and when they finally brought us our food (it took much longer than it should have) it was well done. He sent it back and after another long wait he got a new one, which was medium rare-ish on one end and on the high end of medium on the other. All the other food we've had here is great, but I guess they aren't good for steak. We'll still be back for their other food and the good cocktails.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 11 reviews are from the Firehouse No. 1 Gastropub reviews archive.
  • Fun Friday Evening
    garnetrose25
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Joined friends for dinner at Firehouse No. 1 Gastropub? We sat outside since the weather was great and it is fun to people watch. Our server was attentive and the food wonderful. I had the Tiger Prawns. It was so good I could have licked the plate! The Mac and Cheese was good also and the hamburger looked delicious. We had chicken wings for an appetizer and it fit the bill. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A really good hamburger
    MarkRVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    There wasn't much atmosphere (unless you're into the bar scene), but when I saw a rectangle around the Firehouse Cheeseburger on the menu, I simply had to try it. It was a tasty, juicy hamburger, and the fries were thin and had just the right level of crispiness. My wife had the chicken, also very good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for cocktails and food!
    SelkiSkinVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Very tasty cocktails here and the food was fantastic! I had the angry shrimp and they were just the perfect level of spicy. Not tongue searing, but enough to make me sniffle. The grits were probably the best I ever had. My fiance's burger was also very tasty! I highly recommend the Zu Mule. A great take on a Moscow Mule.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodieguyVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Seems like a nice place. The cocktails were very good. The night we were there the menu is small enough that it didn't appeal to me so we just had drinks...will try the food next time.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • nice dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Wife and I had dinner here. We had the warm brie appetizer, cheeseburger, and some steak. Food was all very tasty. Server was very friendly. We ate outside which happened to be quiet. Overall a good experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Friendly atmosphere
    Foodcloseandpersonal
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Walked in and it had this nice ambiance to it. Place wasn't too bright or dark, nor too loud or quiet. Was a nice setting for a relax Friday night. Food was good, servings were a build small but we made due. I thought the drink selection would be a bit broader but other than that, it's a nice place to go.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No disappointment here
    SavorySweet
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Early dinner, excellent and friendly service. Tiger prawns on polenta were surprisingly scrumptuous. Our daughter had the mac and cheese, which was flavorful. My husband had the pork sliders. Crafted cocktail specials make this a MUST do for dinner or lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The service was very good. We noticed that there was only one waitress and she had a lot of filled tables. She did a great job. The house made potato chips are very good. The pork chop was yummy and is highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Food was good. Not worth the price. Slow service. Maybe was a busy night? Won't be coming again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Phenomenal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    On the surface you wouldn't expect what appears to be a pub/sports bar to have such amazing food, but it does! Best food in San Jose hands down and the staff is amazing! And craft cocktails made to perfection to boot! I eat here every week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find in downtown.
    JudyVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Very good food, unique menu. I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate