The Firehouse Restaurant
The Firehouse Restaurant

The Firehouse Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thefirehouserestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (717) 234-6064
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
    Friday- Saturday 11:30am-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: The Firehouse restaurant can accommodate parties of 12 - 200 on the premises. There is no limit to events off-site. Catering packages and flexible menus are offered.
  • Private Party Facilities: 2nd Floor private room is terrific for groups up to 15.
    This room is ideal for business meeting, seminars, business lunches and a host of other business and private functions.
    Our 3rd floor private room can do 20 to 100 persons at any time. The room features a full bar at one end, a stage at the other end, plenty of seating restrooms and room for dancing.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State St
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available. Public lot available after 6:00pm.
A word from The Firehouse Restaurant
The Hope Station building, which is home to The Firehouse Restaurant, is the oldest standing firehouse in the city of Harrisburg and is the second oldest in Pennsylvania. Most of the architecture is the original design; those areas in need of repair were restored to their original splendor. Along with the brickwork, all of the original sashing, window muntins, mullions and doors were retained in the restoration.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
The Firehouse Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
70 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (37)good for groups (33)special occasion (25)fit for foodies (23)great for lunch (17)hot spot (15)vibrant bar scene (15)kid-friendly (8)late-night find (7)romantic (6)notable wine list (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Great Food
    Jess
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The food was absolutely delicious. The offered original food that most restaurants do not. The service and atmosphere were great! Cannot wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was Ok
    PatfromPA
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The service was decent. I'm not sure what it was but I just didn't see anything on the menu I wanted to get for the prices. I ended up getting a dozen wings and a bowl of gumbo. First of all the gumbo was fantastic. Best I have ever had. The wings were just ok. You could tell that they were precooked. They were dry and the sauce tasted like every other buffalo sauce. Nothing special.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Good Bet on 2nd
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The Firehouse always has stand out food and inventive drinks. It has been my go-to when ever I'm in Harrisburg. The service is friendly and prompt. However this trip was tarnished a bit because, even though we had a reservation, we had to wait for a table. Two other parties came in after mine , all with reservations, and all of us had to wait. Thankfully we were not in a hurry, but it was a little disappointing. Other then that hic-cup our evening of celebrating my husband's birthday was very enjoyable from drinks right through the obligatory birthday cake!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome service and great food
    cami
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Every time I go to Harrisburg I always make a point to go to Firehouse for dinner and am never disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and Interesting
    Ldyletter
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Being the wife of a volunteer firefighter I am always intrigued by "firehouse" in the name of a restaurant. This place is actually a converted firehouse with a spiral staircase and all!! The interesting decor added to the interesting menu. I had a salt encrusted trout.........brought to the table solidly cased in salt and opened, skinned and placed atop cheesy orzo with frizzled spinach on the side. It was spectacular!! Moist, tasty and steaming hot. My sister had the beef stroganoff which proved to be the epitome of comfort food...........presented with a full sprig of rosemary spiked into a rolled pickle slice. Our server was amazingly attentive and extremely helpful in explaining all the reasons to try each signature dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place
    Henrietta
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We liked the old pictures and all the fire patches on the walls. We just had calamari, salad and hamburger but it was all very good. A bit loud for our taste but it was a Saturday night and we were probably the oldest ones in there. Do check it out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tough time at the Firehouse: Smokey
    ssaccolitiVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I really can't rate the food. Did eat any of it. Seated on the 2nd floor of this 3 story restaurant. There was a large party of 58 people on the 3rd floor. Apparently all the attention was directed there. None paid to us on the 2nd floor. Placed drink order (Iced tea & a Stella). Ice tea came almost immediately. 25 minutes later, still no beer. We ordered the Filet for my daughter and 2 small plate dishes for me. Asked the waitress to have everything brought together. Actually asked twice (and got an eye roll for thinking she didn't understand). You guessed it. Both of my small plates were delivered. No entree and, alas, still no beer. And - quite frankly, no waitress. Waited another 20 minutes. No entree, no beer. No customer. Good Bye.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • aschrine
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I took my sister here for lunch, and the selection of food made it hard to decide on an entree. Many unique items on the menu, and the food was very tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Use of Old Firehouse
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    If you are looking for a different experience than the chain restaurants try the Firehouse. The food was very good, great menu, lots of history in the downtown Capital District. We were in Hershey for the car show and decided to try something different. Our choices on the menu were the crab dip, Cajun pasta, and prime rib. We enjoyed them all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Meal with Interesting Decor
    Meff44VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Nice restaurant with good food. Unique decor with the fire station theme.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • interesting place, deserves a look
    googleit4urself
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Good food, great service, you will enjoy your visit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    ktbug1508
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We enjoyed everything from the drinks to the food to the service. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant with character
    AmyLVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The FireHouse looks like an old firehouse (which I believe it was). Very cool interior. Their food is also very good. I have had both lunch and dinner here, and have attended group events on the third floor. There are no complaints. I recommend the steak and calamari salad!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful feel
    MPaulJCVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This historic building has such warmth and coziness. It just makes for a better dining experience. The pork tenderloin is not to be missed. My boss raved over the ancho chili Mahi Mahi ... In Harrisburg!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food good, atmosphere super loud
    BrendaLVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was delicious, the service was good, but the atmosphere was too loud. When making my reservation, I specified I wanted to be on the lower level because 1 of the members in my party has difficulty walking up steps. I got there, she said, oh let me take you up to your table and I indicated that I specifically requested to be downstairs to which the hostess promptly replied - well there is nothing available down here... OK then....the upstairs was loud and smoky - something in the kitchen was either on fire or created quite a bit of smoke. It was bothersome to my eyes and to my allergies, but we stayed. The food was excellent - our waiter Zack was attentive and friendly and knowledgeable about the menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor, poor Poor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Service lousy. Tried to serve our entree before appetizer. Waited for a correction after complaining and still nothing. Finally walked out.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good place
    mismac
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Good was very good and wait staff did a great job!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the food
    HarrisburgFoodie
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I love the Firehouse. Great place for lunch or to meet after work. Try the potato soup - it is sure to please.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Firehouse Restaurant
    Pandora4512
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food is simply delicious and a nice variety. I've already recommended several people as a must experience spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • TRY THE TROUT!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The Phoenician salt encrusted trout is delicious and a fun experience as the server brings it and prepares it at your table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the firehouse!
    Diana
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The lunch prices have gone up I think, but I don't go there often so I don't mind - plus the service is amazing. We had a group of 5 for lunch, made a reservation and faxed in our orders. As soon as we walked in the restaurant they were just setting the last plate of food down so we were able to eat and chat with enough time to get back to work before our lunch breaks were over!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great special occasion restaurant
    tgcatmr
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Had a wonderful meal at The Firehouse. My daughter is a firefighter and so the fire memorabilia and the fact that it's in an actual firehouse was perfect. The staff were all wonderful. I have celiac and the staff were allergy-friendly and knowledgable about gluten free menu items. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FIRED UP FOR FOODIES
    gershVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Charming repurposed firehouse offers a friendly atmosphere, good food and drink and decor that rivals any we have ever seen. Surrounded by firehouse reminders, mementos of the past, this charming 3 floor building was once an operational bastion of this community, now a community haven for those seeking out a welcoming climate, good food and drink and nostalgic decor. a must when in Harrisburg.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Food was good and waiter was great. It was a little expensive for the portion size but it was real good food
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed Dinner
    54beads
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    While this was only our second time there, we enjoyed it. We came there for my birthday dinner. Everything we ordered was excellent. I can say we will be back again, and again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love The Firehouse !
    Belwegian
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I have been to this restaurant 3 times. Each time the server was genuinely friendly and made us feel welcomed and relaxed right away. All the food has been really good, but I especially love the sweet potato fries and mango mojitos! This is my favorite place to eat when I visit Harrisburg.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 44 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 36 reviews are from the The Firehouse Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Unexpected and great!
    Carguy
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were a group of 6 attending the Mecum Auto Auction from the NYC area. I picked the Firehouse after reading reviews on line but quite frankly didn't know what to expect. The food (salt encrusted whole fish, lasagna, salmon for example) was excellent! The atmosphere (a retired firehouse) was cool without being over the top. Service was excellent as well. Both a bachelor and a bachelorette party was upstairs so it was loud, but it added to the fun for us. We would go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!
    mwink
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Went with a group of friends. We made reservations, sat immediately, great service & the food was amazing. We were shocked at the amount of food, worth the prices.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Jamie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I went on a date with my boyfriend. Service was great and meal was excellent portion for the pricing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    KabobKats
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food here is very good. We especially enjoy the Chilean Sea Bass, and go back to this restaurant every time we are in the area for that specifically. My husband ordered a filet and there were problems with how it was cooked, but it was comped in the end. We miss our favorite server who left, however, which put a damper on our visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a Find
    sassy
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    While visiting Harrisburg we enjoyed a Great Dinner at the Firehouse. We recommended to 5 friends before our dinner was over. Can't wait to get back to this area and have another fantastic meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Busy Friday night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The family ate here Friday and the service was much different than wating here a year earlier. Food was good. Service was slow. The server was polite as was the manager.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and family friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Easy to make our reservation on line. We walked from the Crown Plaza and it was a very nice walk. Our waitress was excellent and very friendly. The food was wonderful. A very nice non-chain experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Firehouse Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Made reservations didn't need them for Tuesday eve. Bar was crowded and loud (World Cup)restaurant was dead. We were seated right next to the waitresses podium which was an odd bad seat. The waitress said as we came in "I was waiting on you guys",not sure if she was serious as we were at least 10 mins early or just joking. The rest of the night she was fine though there was a long lull between getting our food and being asked if we needed anything. I got a chicken dish that was ok but didn't have the flavor promised just basic bbq and the chicken was tough. The mashed potatoes were not good and almost tasted boxed. My husband got the filet and crab cake which was very good but they were served over the mashed potatoes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    It was my first visit to the Firehouse Restaurant in Harrisburg, PA. Service was terrific, Food was outstanding. A bit pricey, but highly recommend.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too loud
    Rrkaren
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We were seated upstairs with a very large group having a baby shower. There were 3 of us stuck at a corner table trying to celebrate a late Fathers Day and we could hardly hear each other talking! We should have been seated downstairs away from this large group as I had made advance reservations. I felt like we were intruding on the "private" baby shower.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice Evening
    Robert
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I picked this place because of its historical location. The service was good. The waiter refilled my soda without being asked. The prime rib tasted good but was a little overcooked for my taste (rare). Definitely a nice place to go for the evening. Unless you want a quiet place. The hard walls make it a little noisy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad we chose
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We couldn't get a reservation for 7pm at 4pm at a restaurant of equal quality about 15 miles away, so my wife suggested the firehouse and I made the reservation online. This was the first time I had made a dinner reservation online. I could not get 7 so I settled for 730. I then called directly and they fit us in at 7. I was very happy to meet the owner when we were being seated and although I chose something else he made a suggestion that he liked. It was a nice touch. Wendy our server was light hearted and friendly from the second she approached the table, very down to earth and knowledgeable about the menu choices. I will now make the other restaurant 15 miles away my second choice to the firehouse in the future.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Geat Dining Experience
    SAnd
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Food was awesome, the waitress was knowledgeable and didn't need to write our orders down-good sign of a great waitress. Wonderful experience, we will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Good and friendly service. Food wasn't what I expected for the price.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate