Jack's Firehouse

4.0
826 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Barbecue, Steak
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 3pm - 9:00pm
Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(215) 232-9000
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jack McDavid
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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.
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Private party contact
Mick Houston: (215) 232-9000
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Catering
Jack's Firehouse offers catering services personalized to your needs. Please call for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
22nd Street
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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.
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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
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.0based on all time ratings
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4.1
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4.0
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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped here for brunch before our guided tour at Eastern State Penitentiary. It was absolutely delicious. I got the filet mignon eggs Benedict on a biscuit and it was perfection. My husband got the pulled pork and said it was a little too salty but not

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PS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Poor food and worse service. Took 15 min for the server to show up, and 35 minutes for the food to appear - which was a mixed blessing given the poor quality. Place needs to shape up or close.

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is always an A+. We brunch here every time my mom visits, because it’s her favorite!

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A FIND for Philly museum visitors. Great menu. Superior service. Delicious food. And delightful extras—especially those biscuits with cherries. Yum!!!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Food was expensive and over cooked. No one in my party really enjoyed their meal. I was embarrassed that I took out of town guests there.

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G
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

very disappointing....had always wanted to go to Jacks and when we finally did, found the found very average.....and the atmosphere was somewhat dingy and felt dirty.

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j
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and 29 year old son and I had dinner at Jack's last Saturday night. Knowing Jack's barbeque background, we ordered ribs, pulled pork & crab cakes. Everything was delicious. We told the waitress that we had to get to a show at 8, and she was very accommodating and quick. Can't wait to go back.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me & a co-worker had the pumpkin soup & the catfish sandwich. Both were excellent.

The homemade biscuits were very good, too.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I thought the food was very good, and the people were extremely nice.

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PJ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

An average place overall - ok food, weird tasting drink (the Strawberry Bellini). However, there was a mouse scurrying about the dining room so we got our food packed up and left pretty quickly.

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TD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

This is the coolest little place. I've been for dinner before and have absolutely loved it. I went out on a whim and tried brunch there. The food was ok but I think I will stick to dinner or lunch. A wonderful little gem, however, that everyone should check out.

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AR
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We made reservations for 11 am on Sunday after the CHOP walk. We were 30 minutes early. The staff kindly say us by 10:45 before the bar and restaurant opened. Service was great and food was delicious. Recommend the pulled pork with corn chips appetizer as well as the calamari. All six in our party ate or shared everything ordered. Will definitely go back!

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E
New England
32 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always enjoyable. Loved eating outdoors. Food and service is terrific.

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LP
Philadelphia
76 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Jack's Firehouse is always a good choice when you just want some good comfort food in a casual setting with friends. This last time, the burgers were perfectly cooked, the crab cakes were deemed "excellent" by one of our group, and the vegetarian risotto was a hit with another. Service was spot-on and friendly, as it always is.

For the first time, we ate on the side patio. Other than some biting gnats, it was very comfortable and cozy, with its twinkling little lights in the trees and moderate noise (which allowed us to have a good conversation without yelling across the table).

At this time of year, it gets a little crowded at Jack's, with the old Eastern State Penitentiary and its "Terror Behind the Walls" haunted house events going on through Halloween, directly across the street. So you might want to make a reservation.

The restaurant is easily walkable from the Parkway and Art Museum area (+/- 10 minutes from 22nd and the Parkway or the Kelly Drive side of the Art Museum). There is usually street parking to be found.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Seated quickly...waitress nice and helpful...ware glasses dirty...salad bland...crabcakes and mashed potatoes cold/room temp and bland...best thing were the cookies at the end....very disappointed...not what I expected!

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SB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall, we had a very good experience. Good food and good atmosphere.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, and atmosphere were amazing. We will go to this restaurant again.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place... Food was great and so was the service. I would recommend.

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M
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Fairmount. Food is consistent and excellent! We have dined here many many times and will be back.

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OT
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

overall great experience whether I'm going for a night out or business lunch. Never disappoint.

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BM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local establishment Great service and fun people! Try the mojitos and crab cakes!!!!

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a neighbor hood gem. We had a great time celebrating my birthday. I had the tea cocktail and it was so delicious. The food has a southern flair. I had the catfish sandwich. It was a very large portion! The fish and chips was enjoyed by my 12 year old.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I had the brisket sandwich and it was amazing! I also tried the Big burger and it was cooked perfectly!
The bread is extremely fresh and is made in house. Great place for brunch

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HW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

I took my wife to Jack's Firehouse for a date night with high expectations and in hopes that this could be a go to spot since it's in our neighborhood. My food looked great but was tasteless. The chicken didn't seem to have been seasoned with anything, not even salt and pepper, and the same goes for my bacon mac and cheese which seemed like box craft mac. I doubt we will go back there again, and will most likely try some of the other restaurants on the block.

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Houston
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and a great casual vibe. I had the ribs and fries, but they also served complimentary collard greens. I felt like I was back in the South!

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Always a good spot for taking out of towners.

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B
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful night with friends. Food and drink delicious. Waiter was the best. Quick, friendly and very attentive person. Would highly recommend. We sat outside on a beautiful night. Thanks to all.

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HJ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A nice find very near the Philadelphia Museum of Art, well priced and nice menu.

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D
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Looking for a close by spot that wasn't a chain. We caught them about two hours before close. Got nice seats outside on the patio. The biscuits were tasty and all the food came out timely. My daughters salad looked at tasted delicious.

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m
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 2

HOT 🔥 date😝

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e
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Flies around us. Hope they weren't in kitchen. Nice waitress. Food average.

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k
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We enjoyed our drinks and the Calamari appetizer at Jacks. The bbq sampler at $40 however was just borderline ok. Chicken was rubbery, pork was average. Fries tasted old and dry. Ribs and the brisket were the best on there but doubt we would spend that much again for BBQ.

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

We had a delicious meal after spending a few hours at eastern state penn for Father's Day. The biggest problem (not your fault) was there was a black lives matters protest right outside for the duration of our meal. Needless to say, my husband, a Philadelphia police officer was very distracted. Otherwise, we had an enjoyable meal.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Went to Jack's Firehouse for Mother's day - were delayed in making a reservation so by the time I called around, there were almost no restaurants with seating available in Philadelphia. We had been there years ago and I remember having a pleasant experience, so I was happy with the reservation.

My experience wasn't quite as nice this time. To be sure, the ambiance is very cool. However, the food was mediocre at best (and I'm not that picky), and the service was definitely very slow and not terribly attentive. I was still grateful that we were able to get seating anywhere in the city for Mother's Day, but I probably won't be back - there are much better restaurants in Philly than this one.

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SC
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We ate here once before, and enjoyed it. I was slightly disappointed by my entree (pecan-encrusted catfish), but our shared appetizer (pulled pork on corn chips) and sides were delicious. The complimentary biscuits and corn muffins, with a tart-cherry conserve, were warm and fresh, and the fries are first-rate. It was a surprisingly warm, sunny afternoon, on Mother's Day, and we were able to enjoy dining in the open air. The service is fabulous; it's a friendly, inviting place.

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N
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service! Everything was delicious. The waitress provided excellent service.

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MC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been coming to Jack's for a few years now and it is one of my favorite restaurant in Philadelphia! Such friendly staff and amazing food. Never disappoints!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place! Server, Luke, the best! Needed to unwind and relax. We weren't rushed. Food was great! Drinks were great! Will be dining there again next time we're in Philly!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Jacks firehouse great place. The ribs were awesome.loved the sauce, ribs fell off the bone.pulled pork nachos yum.will b back.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely good food. A little pricey but we'll worth every penny. The service was excellent and this will definitely be a place we'd come back to again and again.

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