Jack's Firehouse
Jack's Firehouse

Jack's Firehouse

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.jacksfirehouse.com/
  • Phone: 2152329000x
  • 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: Steak, American, Barbecue
  • 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 2152329000x
  • 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: 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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Jack's Firehouse reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (26)great for outdoor dining (25)good for groups (18)great for brunch (17)great for lunch (15)fit for foodies (13)vibrant bar scene (9)kid-friendly (9)hot spot (8)scenic view (7)special occasion (7)late-night find (6)romantic (3)Show More
  • Haven't been there in a while,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    Haven't been there in a while, and I was extremely dissappointed witht he quality of the food. It was just okay,nothing special. I'm sure it's fine if you live in the neighborhood and want an outdoor place to dine, but it wasn't good for my client lunch.
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  • Looking for ribs!
    Cigarman
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    We came to Jack's to celebrate our anniversary with friends. I requested outdoor seating because it was a beautiful night. The guys ordered ribs because this is Jack's specialty. The ribs were dry, and hard to bite due to being overcooked! Also not much pork on the bones! The salmon and crab cakes, however were very good. We were seated on the side next to the garbage area. We couldn't see it but we could certainly smell it! We asked to move one table over. It was a little better. Our waiter was very accommodating. Very disappointed with the dry ribs!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food and service were right
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    Food and service were right on and the atmosphere is nice and cozy
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simple yet great!
    pickyeater
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    Firehouses are known for good food and good times along with the difficult job that those stationed there do. Jack's has once again not disappointed and provided a great meal at fair prices. Service was attentive and the outdoor area was great for a small business lunch meeting. I find the place great for these types of affairs, not far from my office, convenient parking and always a good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2013
    There were two aspects of the meal that really stood out- the service and of course, the food. The waitress was very attentive and never left us alone for too long. With their dinners, they serve complimentary corn muffins and biscuits, complementary sides (mashed potatoes and collard greens) and complementary chocolate chip cookies for dessert. The entrees themselves were fabulous- we had the potato crusted salmon stuffed with crabmeat- crispy on the outside, buttery on the inside, and the strip steak with Gorgonzola butter. Delicious! The manager even came over to check on us during the meal. Overall very positive experience. Also, I appreciate their support of the Philadelphia Fire Department.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    The atmosphere and service was very good. The food was mixed. Members of my party raved about the fantastic crab cakes. I ordered the NY strip steak and while it was cooked as ordered, it was tough and tasteless.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    The food was delicious and the service was good. Dining outside provided a nice view of the Eastern State Penitentiary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food & Friendly Service
    DONALD
    Dined on 7/22/2013
    In addition to the unique ambiance that Jack's offers, the menu is great for every palate and the wait & bar staff and service is friendly and exceptional!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing restraunt all around. Food
    BreannaVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2013
    Amazing restraunt all around. Food - A+ had the chicken and mac and cheese. My date had the potatoe crusted salmon. WONDERFUL! Great bread and cookies! Service- A+ Welcoming and friendly
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Deal
    Dined on 7/7/2013
    Loved everything. Highly recommend. The brunch was amazing and a great price for the quality
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/4/2013
    Went for Husband's birthday. Great location being across the street from Eastern State Penitentiary. Smelled the food and couldn't wait for our reservation. Experience was great. The food was amazing, we couldn't stop eating. The food was a little pricey, but definitely worth it! Would go there again without hesitation.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/3/2013
    Overall the food was very good. However a few plates did not quite hit the mark. Great ambiance (old fire hall), our service was great & the establishment has excellent staying power as a restaurant that (i understand) started 20 to 30 years ago. We dined outside with a view of Eastern State Penitentiary. The exerience was a little pricey for what we got.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2yrs Starting off Right
    DrwLntini
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    I've been with my current girlfriend for 2 years, its the longest relationship I've been in and I needed this night to be great. I've heard of Jack's firehouse through friends and it turned into an amazing night. The food was perfect! They had an amazing Banana and Peach Soup which my girlfriend died for, I enjoyed the fresh Tomatoes and Mozzarella. The waiter stopped by everything 5 minute just to ask how we were and to refill our water and drinks. The main course and Hot and cooked to our liking. The ribs had amazing flavor and the chicken was so juicy. I planned on coming back to Jack's at least once a month.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best BBQ
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/23/2013
    Best BBQ we've ever had and we've been everywhere they make BBQ across the United States!! The pulled pork is out of this world. Can't wait to go back and try more of this phenominal menu. Thanks for a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a mixed experience
    FoodFlowerVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    Salmon entree had a fried crust and mignon was a poor cut of meat. Squash was delicious, as was the recommended pear salad. Lemon cheesecake dessert was okay, but grew on me to be delicious by the end. Service was rushed and omitted an offer of dessert.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Great Food, Great Atmosphere
    Hardcorefoodie
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    I had the delectable opportunity to take advantage of Jack's Firehouse Brunch menu. It was both eclectic and homey, with just enough choices to make it tough to decide. I had the apple salad with roasted salmon and my lunch guest had the same salad with chicken. My only criticism was the dressing - I could not taste the vinaigrette, but the greens were fresh, the salmon lush, and the service great. The atmosphere was lovely and I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jack's is always a good choice.
    Cissy
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    Jack's is always a good choice. We often take visitors here because we have never had a bad experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time at Jack's Firehouse!!
    Pammb
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Our family had a great brunch on Saturday (5/11/13). We had a large party (22) and everyone was so pleased with the food, the atmosphere and the service. A special thank you to Stuart and the entire staff that helped manage our growing numbers! The brunch menu offers excellent, high quality, and affordable choices if you are looking for something that is not a chain restaurant. We managed to find great food for our party - toddlers to senior citizens!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall experience was great!
    Luv2Dine
    Dined on 4/30/2013
    Overall experience was great! I really I enjoyed myself, I will defiantly be returning.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thoroughly enjoyed our evening
    bbebVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    Thoroughly enjoyed our evening as the staff is very accommodating. Both our salad and main course were split for us in the kitchen which we really appreciated. The pecan crusted catfish was very good. Nice touch of chocolate chip cookies at the end of the meal.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Felt very welcome and that
    Toby
    Dined on 4/23/2013
    Felt very welcome and that there were glad we were there and to be of service to us. Food and presentation was excellent.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Had a wonderful time! The
    Yummy21VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    Had a wonderful time! The manager is great and friendly. The waiter was terrific! Food very good and they did not rush us which was wonderful!!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding service, wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/7/2013
    Outstanding service, wonderful atmoshire,good food and friendly people. Tucked away in Philadephia neighborhood, in an old firehouse, Jack's is worth a visit. I will be back.....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jack's is a true neighborhood gem
    JayeP
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    We walked to Jack's after visiting the Barnes Foundation and enjoyed the walk through the neighborhood. Jack's location is convenient to any of Philadelphia's art venues. The service was very pleasant, and the atmosphere lively. The food was very good, and the assortment of breads that were served with our meal was a delicious and pleasant surprise - as were the cookies at the end of the meal. Jack's was a great find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Two of our four entrees were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    Two of our four entrees were terrible - The catfish sandwich and BLT caesar salad. Bad food obscures anything else good about a restaurant. Very disappointed!
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  • It has been a while since
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    It has been a while since we visited this restaurant and we remember our last visit as being a much better experience. The food and the ambiance has dropped off a bit
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  • Great first time to this place.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Great first time to this place. The food was excellent and service was good. The one thing I noticed is that it took a bit to get our drinks the first time. Soda and water should be out quickly while people look over the menu. Overall it was a great time for our first time at this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All five at our table had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    All five at our table had the Easter special menu. The choices were numerous and three of the five liked their entrees. The lamb roast was extremely tough, but this was a holiday and often holiday menus are not as good as regular fare. The desserts were outstanding, the service excellent....pleasant and efficient. I would return...but I would not order the pancakes or lamb. The almond caramel torte was the hit of the meal...outstanding!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As always the food, service
    Joannee
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    As always the food, service and atmosphere were great..........
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Firehouse Needs More Fire
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    The restaurant has a nice feel to it if you like a barroom atmosphere and a woody interior. The reason for my poor review is two-fold. Our party had a number of questions about the local beers and menu items. Our waiter was completely uniformed stating that everything was "excellent" but gave very little information that would help us select food or drink. At one point he admitted to never having tasted a menu item after telling us how good it was. The second problem is that the food is just not that good. There were six of us and everyone was in agreement that our dinner was sub-par. The filet mignon was below average, the ribs were tough, I could go on. Simply put this restaurant must do a much better job or just stick to bar food
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  • Lots of steaks were ordered
    Jojo
    Dined on 3/19/2013
    Lots of steaks were ordered and one came out not done to specification, they were very accommodating in making change offering an appiizer while she waited. Overall very good experience
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • enjoyed our dinner with our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    enjoyed our dinner with our extended family. the bbq food is particularly good as were the crab cakes.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great classic place in good
    benamin
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Great classic place in good location for locals and tourists. Been there a long time, still consistently interesting and reliable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good location/setting, boring food
    JennVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    Good location, near the art museum and the Barnes, and fun setting inside an old firehouse and across the street from the Eastern State Penitentiary. But the menu was uninspired and the food was only ok.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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  • Thought it would be crowded
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/25/2013
    Thought it would be crowded at lunch hour so we made a reservation. There were only about 8 people in the whole place!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very pleased with everything.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/24/2013
    Very pleased with everything. Received a gift certificate from our daughter. We were dredding driving to the city, since we live in New Jersey...Well what can I say..Can't wait to come back! BTW..our server was terrific!
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  • We really enjoyed our meal
    SuzieB
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    We really enjoyed our meal at Jack's. The waitstaff were knowledgeable, professional, and friendly, and the food was great. Would definitely eat here again!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great service
    PhillyBizVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    It had been quite a while since we’d last been to Jack’s and that’s quite a shame, as we were reminded last night. The firehouse is a funky, yet warm and welcoming, setting with a plethora of visual delights. The menu is rich and full of great options. Portions are quite generous and very nicely presented. Our server last evening was Stewart - a charming man who clearly enjoys making diners comfortable. He’s generous with his attention and ready to offer suggestions and opinions. We couldn’t have been happier with the whole evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simple food cooked perfectly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    Simple food cooked perfectly and priced reasonably. I wish Jack's was in my neighborhood. I'd be there all the time. Great service too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's been 20 years since we
    fskelly
    Dined on 1/27/2013
    It's been 20 years since we were at Jack's -- the service and ambiance were fabulous... but I am sorry to say the food quality wasn't what we remembered. The hot Shrimp Fritters appetizer was tasty - but overwhelmingly batter-heavy; the brisket and catfish were way too dry - a sign that something was cooked early in the day and left to reheat. That's not the Jack's I remember. Even the breadfelt a bit stale. Local beers on tap were a nice surprise - but the mulled cider was lukewarm and didn't pack the punch it promised. We have a lot of heart for this place - and hope it comes back up to its former self ...
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    kid-friendly
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