Chicago Firehouse Restaurant

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2840 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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About

In January 2000, The Chicago Firehouse Restaurant opened and became an integral part of the changing South Loop neighborhood. On December 10, 2014, a devastating fire started at the restaurant. Thankfully, all employees and firefighters were safe. Matthew O’Malley immediately vowed to rebuild.
Over the course of two years, the restaurant was redesigned and rebuilt. The redesign includes a larger bar area, the addition of a solarium with floor to ceiling windows for increased seating, enhanced private dine rooms and a beautiful 2nd floor veranda. Guests will now enter through the Firehouse’s original entrance on 14th Street.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Seafood, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Bar
Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri 4:00 pm–12:00 am
Sat 3:00 pm–12:00 am
Sun 10:00 am–11:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
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Phone number
(312) 786-1401
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
Plan your event in a historic landmark building. Originally built in 1905 and located in the South Loop at the corner of Michigan Avenue and 14th Street, The Chicago Firehouse Restaurant offers turn-of-the century charm with a variety of unique settings to host your special event.
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Private party contact
Maria Dacy: (312) 786-1401
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Catering
Options range from formal seated dinners, lively and quality buffet stations, to a festive cocktail reception! Contact our private dining manager for more information on how the Chicago Firehouse is the perfect venue for any event.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
South Michigan Ave and 14th Street
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Parking details
Meter parking available on South Michigan Avenue and 14th Streets.Valet available 7 days a week. ($13 per car up to 3 hours, $16 for 3+ hours)
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Public transit
Michigan Avenue Bus - #4, #3, #1, #12

CTA Red Line Train, CTA Orange Line Train, CTA Green Line Train - Roosevelt stop
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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VP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I had the most wonderful experience celebrating my father’s birthday dinner! Outstanding food and amazing staff!

JD
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Went for a work dinner. Waitress was odd. Seemed overwhelmed and not super friendly. Food was good. It's pretty noisy but the atmosphere is great.

CL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful, tasty and tasteful buffet for mother’s day. Really family friendly, yet elegant.

JG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for the Mother's Day brunch buffet. It was fantastic all the way around.

KK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The combination of the food and atmosphere is outstanding. Add to that the location, which is away from the crazy crowds on North Michigan Avenue, it is an relaxing place to spend the evening.

ON
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

I was called by the front desk asking if i was going to
Show up for dinner when i eas alteady seated in the dining room. The waiter brought a drink that was not ordered by our table. However the food was delicious. The prime rib was wonderfully tender and juicy. And yes I would go back

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance and a great way to celebrate a special occasion

E
New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Service wickelte die Gäste ab! Das Steak war GsD in Scheiben geschnitten und trotzdem hätte man es erst noch weich reiten müssen. Es wurde nicht darauf hingewiesen, dass French Fries mit serviert werden, dann hätte man sich Baked Potatoe schenken können!
Ambiente interessant.....

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NN
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful dining experience! Ambiance is terrific with 3 different dining rooms to please everyone - all very tastefully decorated. Front room is more casual - an upscale bar/gastro pub feel, middle room very comfortable with circular booths and tables and an old world feel and back room bright and airy and contemporary. Menu same for all. So many great options on the menu. We were a group of 5 and everyone raved about their meals. Their signature lobster bisque bowl comes with a puffed pastry top, salads are fresh and inventive, steaks and prime rib first rate, delicious halibut option, signature cocktails and service that is attentive, professional and relaxed at the same time. A real gem. Will definitely go back - so many other great menu items to try and highly recommend! Great for celebrations and business dinners!

PC
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Decent food. service was hit and miss. Overall, for the cost, not much value.

DD
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff made our daughters 21 birthday great, they made sure she was treated like the Princess and the team was fantastic! Thanks for making our day great.

OT
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about Firehouse! Food was delicious, staff was amazing and the decor was beautiful.

t
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Beware the holiday buffet.

We have had many good experiences at this place in the past, but this Easter was not one of them. In making the reservation, I missed the fact that this holiday event was going to be a buffet. I was aware that they have been doing this for special occasions for years, and, when we walked in the door and saw the extensive layout I thought, well, let's give it a try. Maybe I just made the wrong choices, but I don't think so. David, our server, was attentive, but the food was not up to house standards. We will be back, but not on holidays.

ND
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We were there for a Sunday brunch on Easter. There were no breakfast selections. It was more like a lunch buffet. I was disappointed in the food selections and the desserts. Given the limited food selections, the price for the brunch was too high. No one in my party really enjoyed the meal. I felt scammed.

SJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

ChIcago Firehouse is excellent. Great service, good food and friendly staff. I always look forward to going.

HC
London
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

The Chicago Firehouse was recommended by a friend but disappointed us. Perhaps we were unlucky as on arrival we discovered it was an Easter Buffet. We were placed upstairs in a corner with no atmosphere whatsoever. The buffet food selection was average albeit of good quality and the service was attentive but at $60 a head very poor value. Instead of an enjoyable a la Carte relaxed meal we found ourselves finished after one hour or so and given the lack of atmosphere left the restaurant. Had we been informed it was a buffet at the time of booking we would not have visited.
Sadly the fire burned out very quickly for us and we were left very disappointed, poor value for money.

L
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

We went to Chicago Firehouse for Easter Brunch on Sunday and were pretty disappointed. The brunch itself was a nice spread of food, but for the price everything else fell flat. We were constantly in search/running down a server to get coffee mugs, beverage orders, salt and pepper for the table, and finally our check. For $60 a person, we shouldn't have to be in search of a water refill. As South Loop residents, we have frequented this restaurant over the years but will not be returning anytime soon.

K
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I gave our Easter dining experience 3 stars. It was good, just not great. The food for the most part was good. We weren't excited, however, by any of the desserts. To be honest I was expecting more. I had wanted to try the restaurant for years. Maybe I need to go back and order from a menu.

T
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our first time back at Chicago Firehouse since they have reopened. We appreciated the more casual feeling in the bar area and upscale but not stuffy dining room. The most memorable part of the dinner was the wait staff, they were friendly, knowledgeable and genuinely worked to make our evening out enjoyable. My husband, who loves steak, was very happy with his NY strip, charred on the outside but perfectly pink inside. I ordered the short ribs which were good but underwhelming, there were probably better choices on the menu. We don’t drink and for dinner with starters it was about 75.00 a person, so not inexpensive but will definitely a lovely restaurant to keep on our special evening out list.

KS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

THE FOOD WAS DELICIOUS, THE LAMB LOLLIPOPS WERE SO GOOD DEFINITELY GOING BACK SOON

P
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

What a delight to have the experience of re-visiting the Chicago Firehouse! I remember the day I heard about the fire and felt that I had lost a wonderful, reliable place to dine in Chicago. But, this visit restored our old friendship.

The new space is magnificent... open aired bar and dining area, closed in dining area and outside area too. Comfortable chairs. Even, a bar that you'd want to have a drink in before dinner.

Our main server, Hustis, was excellent. He was very attentive; his partner was not always secure. However the menu was diverse...NOT like a regular steakhouse although all the choices are there.
One must start with the Lobster Bisque..absolutely light and creamy, but not heavy, topped with a light, flakey pastry. And, my party enjoyed various appetizers before delighting in delicious prime rib, double cut pork chops, and a magnificent Dover Sole. The petit filet was exactly that... petit.... needs a little dressing to pick up its appearance.

Although dessert seemed promising, the coffee service was confused, and fearfully, mixed up. (The other server)

But, welcome back Chicago Firehouse.

D
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing (filet mignon / scallops/ brussel sprouts) and the drinks very tasty, especially the Aviation (I had two). Wait staff was friendly and knowledgeable. I will definitely visit again.

d
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Could have been a perfect five, except...there were 5 of us at a round table. It was so very loud - with tile walls and high ceilings. The space is beautiful, but it was impossible to carry on a conversation. That was a sad disappointment. My advice? Get rid of the round tables. Do something with the walls to quiet down the chatter that bounces off the tiled walls. Great food and service.

YA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Celebrating a birthday. Called in advance to make sure they were aware and a desert and candle were promised. This never happened. In addition, the service was very slow, items on the menu were not available, and the food was not cooked or seasoned well for the price. The waiter disappeared for over 20 minutes. Overall, not a good experience for such a beautifully adorned restaurant.

DH
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. Nice restaurant. If you're visiting Chicago - or even if you live in the Chicago area - you should eat at this restaurant. The only reason I gave it a 4-star rating instead of 5 is because the service was slow the particular night I ate there.

TV
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The steak was terrible. We got the cowboy for 2. It looked like it was for one. It was extremely tough. And we left hungry. Such that 2 hours later we went out for deep dish pizza. I was there before it burnt down. It was great. Now never comming back.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Anniversary dinner

MK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food delish - steaks are great but loved the halibut! The back sunroom is a beautiful setting for a group lunch or small party or a wedding shower perhaps. Just lovely!

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ambiance with fantastic food and service.

DS
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was real good portions were a little on the skimpy side.
I expected more of a firefighter theme.

MD
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Service was good, but food came out very fast. Quality of food was good, but not great.

OK
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Although the venue, menu and food was very good and enjoyed by guests that had not been to the restaurant before, there were multiple mistakes with our orders (5 people), the coordinated delivery of courses, and the attention to flatware need, plates, etc.

1
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

My friend and I went to Chicago Firehouse on a spur-of-the-moment decision. We love the ambiance there. The bar and dining rooms are beautifully redecorated since they reopened. We both had the tomato basil soup to start as it was a chilly day. It was delicious. My friend had the lamb lollypops, which she loved and felt she had had just enough meat. I had the crab cakes; they were very good. We loved that a curtesy bread basket was served.

It would be lovely if more options were available for special diets. I am on a diary-free, pescatarian diet to lower cholesterol. It was difficult to find anything on the menu to accommodate that need. The bread basket was served with butter, but no oil. The fish options were prepared in butter. The waiter suggested asking the chef to prepare it in oil, but it would have been much more than I could eat. The soup and crab cakes contained some dairy, but ....

The service was very slow. We waited 15 - 20 minutes to get our initial drink orders.

MI
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service...glad we made reservations.

CM
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely LOVED this restaurant! Went with two girlfriends and had the crab cakes and bacon wrapped dates as an appetizer.Amazing! And shared the salmon and blue cheese fillet. Also Amazing! The specialty drinks were perfect!
We were SO surprised to hear they’ve been there 18 years! I can’t believe we haven’t been here sooner!
Definitely plan on coming back!

TH
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We eat at the Chicago Firehouse irregularly and have generally had a very positive experience. There must have been something unusual this Wednesday. With two servers and only five parties in the main dining room, our server seemed to be AWOL. I finally had to ask a busser for a glass of wine. Perhaps there was an event in one of the upstairs private dining rooms.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

I’ve been here several times. The food is decent and the ambience is very good-best in South Loop. My problem is the service. There is consistently straight up bad service. Do not let the white jackets fool you. This last time I actually spoke with a manager, stating that if it had been the first time, I would understand.

MS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, and the brunch was delicious and the prices weren't expensive.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great the New York strip was cook to perfection the lobster Mac and cheese was a great quality. The service was consistent and they showed they care. Will go at least 100 times more.

PG
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I will never understand why a restaurant would put a table for two just two feet away from a table with a very loud party of 8. I didn’t know what we were in for until we sat down. I think the hostess knew but didn’t care. We had to shout to hear one another! There was one particularly loud and obnoxious Russian guy at that other table and it just made for an awful experience. I just wanted to finish my meal and get out! The food was good, although everything was too salty. This was our second visit here. If there is a next time, I’ll ask to be reseated if there’s another noise issue. For the price point, it should be a pleasant experience, not with noise levels akin to a Denny’s after the bars close.

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