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Jack's Firehouse
Jack's Firehouse

Jack's Firehouse Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.jacksfirehouse.com
  • Phone: (215) 232-9000
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Jack McDavid
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Jack's Firehouse offers catering services personalized to your needs. Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Jack's Firehouse has 2 private rooms. The Chief's Quarters accommodates 8 to 25 guests & the Grand Hall accommodates 20 to 80 guests. The entire Firehouse is available for 100 to 250 guests. We host great parties here - so whether its a private dinner for 40 members of your company or a brunch shower for 60 ladies celebrating the soon to be bride or 200 guests for a fun and different cocktail and dance party - CALL JACK'S FIREHOUSE for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Mick Houston (215) 232-9000
  • Entertainment: Call in advance to find out when Jim Smith and the Trailer Park Trio are playing their own version of fantastic 40's and 50's rock-a-billy here at the Firehouse. They always provide a shoe stomping, late night drinking and yelling, fun time for all. Shows ususally start around 10pm as the dinner crowd has made their way to the bar
  • Special Events & Promotions: JACK'S IS CELEBRATING OUR 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY - CALL ABOUT JOINING US ON APRIL 10, 2010 FOR A GREAT PARTY. PROCEEDS FROM THE NIGHT WILL GO TOWARD HUNGER RELIEF.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 22nd Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: A public lot is located 50 yards away, at the corner of 22nd Street & Fairmount Avenue. Street parking is also available in the area.
A word from Jack's Firehouse
Jack's Firehouse offers Jack McDavid's nationally renowned cuisine serving fish, meats, seafood & vegetarian dishes, a spirited bar with one of Philadelphia's finest Bourbon collection, 60 bottle Wine List, 15 different beers, private rooms or casual elegance in the 120 Year Old Fire House setting... A perfect choice for taking out an important client, favorite relative or special someone.
Jack's Firehouse - Philadelphia's premier American Restaurant.
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Diner Reviews
  • "My family and I wanted a good steak dinner after a long day looking at colleges, museums and walking around the city...Jack's was very friendly and enjoyed the recommendations from our waiter, Todd! Not only for the food but his college life at Penn! Great Experience!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "In my opinion, an onsite manager is needed to oversee performance of staff. 1. Bartender flinging the “f” word around as normal speech. 2. A fly was in a drink that the bartender didn’t catch. It happens, but not to immediately buy a round of drinks is inexcusable. In an attempt to redeem the situation, shots were brought over? 3. Biscuits tasted of freezer burn. 4. Boxed mash potatoes…seriously?"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This was our second time at Jack's and it wasn't as good as our first visit. Their BBQ dishes are GREAT!! It's the other stuff that's lacking. The catfish sandwich had way too much bread with a very thin piece of fish. The filet mignon benedict-which I fell in love with the first time- had tough filet and the poached eggs were rock hard. The next time, I'll make sure to stick with the BBQ."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The food was great as always but when the sun started to encroach on our table nobody could hep us. We tried tilting the umbrella and that didn't work. Then they asked if we wanted to move our seats inside. We said yes but then nothing happened. Also my mother ordered a salad and an entree and only received the salad. The entree was removed from the final bill. The food is still good and and we would return again because we have always had a good experience in the past."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "It was a late dinner, 10pm. The food, service, and atmosphere were good. We ate outside. No bugs! I would go again."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "I really didn't know what to expect but it was actually a nice experience with my husband. I would definitely go back"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We first went to this restaurant 20 years ago when Jack actually owned it. My husband raved about the meal he had there for years, so for his 60th birthday we brought him here again with our family of 10. The service was really great. I love the looks of this place. Most of our party had the steaks, all done to perfection. My daughter had ribs, but thought them a bit on the smoky side for her taste. I had pork loin, and did not care for it.. It was over cooked, the sauce accompanying it was overpowering, and the sweet potatoes were like soup. Still, I would give it another chance based on the reactions of the rest of the family. Regardless, we had a fabulous time there!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I love Jack's. Pulled pork nachos are terrific, as are homemade can muffins and biscuits. Ribs were a bit overlooked, but tasty. Great venue."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We met with 7 family members at Jack's on a Sunday afternoon. The wait staff was very attentive but waited until we had all made up our minds on what to order. They were also very accomodating with seating as well, giving us a choice of indoor or outdoor. Everything we ordered was delicious- the pulled pork and brisket sandwiches were outstanding and we loved the spicy French fries with jalepenos. We also devoured the huge plates of biscuits and corn muffins with sour cherries. Would go back there again."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Our server Stephan was one of the best ever. He delivered tasty and interesting food and was attentive without being intrusive. Servings were ample."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Located across the street from Eastern States Penitentiary (now closed as a prison but open as a fascinating tourist site), Jack's is located in a former firehouse (the pole is still in the ceiling) and has a charm that is unique and distinctive. Two sculls with oars attached hang from the ceiling, the front doors open completely in nice weather and a bar highlights the front area. But the food and service is what you come for. Ample portions, well prepared and served by an enthusiastic and efficient staff. This is our third visit (this time after a visit to the nearby Philadelphia Museum of Art) and the crusted salmon and lip-smacking ribs were wonderful. So too, the black-eyed peas and bacon soup. Just a real treat. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Muffins and sandwiches very good. Disappointed in the cheesesteak omelet, only half full. Fruit was fresh and excellent service"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The service at our brunch for 7 was superior. Server was personable, helpful, non-intrusive but on top of things. Food was excellent for 5 of us, french toast was dry and without taste for the remaining 2 but the accompaniments were very good. Bringing fresh biscuits to the table and cookies with the bill was a very nice touch. All around we agreed we would definitely return. Also, plenty of elbow room, good acoustics and nice layout. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Jacks has amazing food at reasonable prices. The service was personal, prompt & very accomodating for allergies & diet requests! The menu is small but has delicious options for meat lovers, small appetites & vegetarians. It was a perfect & delicious blend. The homade biscuits were a special treat! Later at night the bar scene picked up and ended the night perfectly. Its also across from the old gothic stone penitentiary which is an incredible view day or night. We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We had a great time. A bunch of us who had not seen each other for years and Jack's turned out to be the perfect place to gather. Oh, did I mention that the food was great, the service was equal to the dining fare, and the atmosphere was fantastic? We are already planning to gather at Jack's again."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I am not a big fan of ribs, but after trying out this place I changed my mind. Their ribs are DELICIOUS!!!!! The service was excellent, the food was great and the drinks were strong and good. Great place to eat and have fun with your significant other or a group of friends. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "My husband and I ate at Jack's Firehouse for the first time after hearing several great reviews from our friends. We were not disappointed. The service was terrific - and the food even better. My husband ordered the ribs and by far were the best ribs we've ever tasted. They literally fell off the bone and melted in your mouth. I had the pork loin and sweet potato mash - and it, too was very tasty. The chop was cooked just a notch more well done than I prefer, but it didn't take away from the overall experience. The dinner was finished with a complimentary cookie for each - a very nice touch. I'd definitely come back again - and probably will. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Was entertaining out of town relatives this weekend and they were impressed with Jack's great historic interior. The food and service were great as usual. Although we were a little disappointed at the lack of specials on a Friday night. No loss however, with a wonderful dinner complete with fresh biscuits and chocolate chip cookies."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We made a reservation at this restaurant because of its location close to the Parkway museums. After a stimulating visit to the Barnes Museum we enjoyed a great meal at Jack's Firehouse."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "We went to Jack's for Mothers Day dinner. The food and the service were excellent. I would highly recommend it. It is an interesting theme as it is an old firehouse."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Went to Jack's on mother's day with a group of 6. Everything from the food to the service was on point. It was a great brunch. The calamari was especially delicious. No one had anything but great things to say about their meal and the whole experience. I would highly recommend Jack's for any meal, especially brunch. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We choose Jack's for our families to meet and it was perfect. Great food, service dealt with us always being 5 minutes slower than we should because we all were chatting and setting was just right. The owner was even floating around and very welcoming and easy to talk to which is always a plus to see them involved."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "A fine place for a leisurely lunch, awesome mushroom soup! Service is polite, attentive and out of the way. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "After years of waiting to hit the Firehouse, we finally did and it was awesome! Amazing food and amazing service!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Went for our daughter's birthday. Sat outside and the cute little patio. The server was enthusiastic, friendly and very attentive. He did a great job throughout the entire evening. The food was yummy, especially the biscuits and the goey butter cake!"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Excellent food.all we'll prepared. Home baked muffins and biscuits with homemade jam. Catfish sandwich was super. A wide variety of gluten-free options. Excellent service. Love the repurposed building. One of my favorite Philly spots.. Walkable from Barnes museum"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "A great spot for dependable, delicious and affordable food in Fairmount. Solid beer and wine list to accompany a vast menu of american comfort food. The bread plate alone would make me come back for brunch. Loved being able to make a reservation and not wait an hour to be seated!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I had been to Jack's for lunch, but on this beautiful evening in early spring we were excited to find the fire house doors wide open to bring in the fresh spring air. There was a bubbly group at the bar, but at 7:30 we seemed to be between seatings. Got a great table with excellent service and outstanding food, but wished for more folks to complete the experience. At the same time we were ecstatic that we could actually hear each other talking! Great, restful atmosphere. Love this place!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Our goal was to celebrate our Inaugural LOVE Run with a Jack's burger and a great beer. This is definitely the place to come to have great, hearty and delicious food. One of my favorites away from the hubbub of center city dining but being in the city."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Clam chowder and other soups are always a hit. Ribs & other BBQ so delicious year round! Excellent service. I always feel welcome."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We brought our children and grandchildren for brunch on Sunday and everyone enjoyed the experience. Food and service were good and we were happy with the brunch menu. The kitchen even prepared something for one of the kids that was not on the menu. Our server was very interested in helping the kids have whatever made them happy, which was so nice."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Mom and I had a great Sunday brunch date. The food was great and our waiter was very polite and efficient. I would definitely recommend it. And the peach tea cocktail was delish!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "After a visit to the Barnes, this is a great place to relax and discuss art."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great food, great service, great atmosphere!!! You can't ask for anything more...except that the bar menu be available in the dining room."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Took our Temple kids to Jack's for a nice brunch. Love the interior decor, lots of conversation starters. Brunch food was great, with vegan options for our picky eater. Service was good, we were not rushed through our meal. Great time."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The room is wood paneled with high ceilings, tablecloths help dim the clatter, service was attentive, portions were substantial, prices fare, and most of the food good, cauliflower soup was excellent...but the "signature" ribs were awful, dried out and tough, couldn't cut them with the steak knife provided much less chew the meat"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Jack's Firehouse always delivers. Brunch or lunch the selection is wonderful and the service the best."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "If you're looking for some good BBQ, this is the place to go. They have a fantastic BBQ platter with ribs, pulled pork and brisket. In addition, their salads are fantastic and big enough for a full meal. But the best part is the complimentary biscuits with sour cherry spread, and chocolate chip cookies for dessert!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "BBQ Platter was amazing. special soup too. but it's over priced and service was slow. good food though..."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "My family and I ate at Jacks and enjoyed our meal. Waiter was no frills and very Philly like--direct. Food was good. I had the catfish which was yummy and healthy. My son really liked the huge piece of chocolate cake which we all shared. Good coffee. Beer is served in bottle so ask for a glass. Great decor. Would love to return and sit at bar with friends."
    Dined on 2/16/2014