Jack's Firehouse

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$31 to $50
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Saving the farm one Southern dish at a time inside a Firehouse built in 1871. Open daily for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Proudly showcasing new Executive Chef Johnathan Vargo's take on comfort food with influences from former Executive Chef Jack McDavid's nationally renowned haute-country cuisine.

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MarianneW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great time. First had some drinks at the bar then went to our table for excellent Prime Rib.

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Darl
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was gourmet quality, with interesting combinations and seasonings. The service was spot on for timeliness, checking back and friendliness. Though the acoustics are not the best (loud) we were able to hear each other in conversation. Go there. Good food and fun atmosphere!

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vipJennifer
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The food was extremely salty. Cool vibe and everyone was nice. The food wasn't terrible just very salty.

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vipLoveGoodFood
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The food was not as good as it used to be. The pork belly had way too much sauce that was overly sweet. The ribs were salty. Service was also disappointing. The crab cakes were very good though.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The main reason we went there was for the ribs but they were out at 730. Disappointing. The steak was a bit overcooked. Just ok.

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vipRich
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food Pleasant atmosphere. Wonderful service

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food was mediocre which was a disappointment. The lobster Mac sounded really good, unfortunately it was incredibly bland. I had the pork shoulder for my entree and it was overcooked.
The savior of the night was our waitress Jade. She was incredible.

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SmoothReyn
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative menu with excellent choices from starters through entrees. Solid portions, good cocktails and very comfortable ambiance for conversation. Definitely added to my Favorites in the city🍽🥃😊

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time. First time there. Will be back.

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Candace
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their selections. The filet was perfectly cooked. the sauteed brussels sprouts are some of the best in the city. Definitely save room for dessert.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience2

We had to send our Mac and cheese back twice because it came out cold. When my mussels arrived, they were overly fishy and had likely gone bad. The “broth” they were supposed to have been served in was over-reduced and painfully salty.

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WilliamM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was the perfect place to stop after a tour of Eastern State Prison. Food was good we all had a good mix from their menu. Lots to choose and good beers. Filets were cooked perfectly, just as we asked for and cut like butter.

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vipLadydi
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner there this past weekend. The place itself is very cool, the food was great and our server was incredible. Would definitely go again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Ok local option, not something I'll keep going back to.

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JudyA
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was awesome. Drinks had a nice kick and we’ll work the price. And we enjoyed the price fix menu selections. Great experience!

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MichaelS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and great service. I miss the chicken dinner with bacon mac and cheese! Where did it go?

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CMSA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!

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EdMcD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great building and great food.

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ReneeP
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best service, food is excellent and the bartender is the best.

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ThomasJ
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Lovely setting but the main courses disappointed.
I had fried chicken which was way to heavily breaded.
My wife had ribs which were way too salty
First course-salads were very good
Deserts- mouse were excellent
The $30 prix fix dinner would have been a good deal IF the main course was better

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TimK
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here with my uncle who was visiting town. I had the cornflake catfish po’ boy which I had been looking forward to for a few days and it did not disappoint. Crowd was a little sparse but it was cold out and we got there just after it opened. They also have outdoor seating in the warmer months and I’ve seen it packed at other times. Our server was pleasant and helpful.

The restaurant is located on Fairmount Ave in Philly’s Fairmount neighborhood which also has shops, coffee shops and is very close to the Art Museum, the Barnes, etc. We took a tour of Eastern State Penitentiary across the street afterward and all in all it was a great morning and afternoon. Highly recommend.

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vipCathy
Philadelphia
75 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very nice evening at Jacks. My husband enjoyed the pulled pork poutine and his pork chop. I had the fried chicken and dumplings. It was very tasty. Nice addition to the menu although I do miss the roast chicken and Mac and cheese.

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vipMelissaZ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The bison burger was mostly filler. The food could have been warmer

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vipLikegoodfood
Kansas City
24 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choices of food, ease of reservation and seating, chose to eat at the bar, bartender was very attentive, chose apple salad, lobster Mac and cheese, vegetarian omelet. All was well prepared and tasty
Highly recommend the lobster Mac!

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DavidB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

There service was extremely slow and poor. The hot spiked cider we ordered was lukewarm not HOT as it’s name would suggest. It took an extremely long time for our order to arrive, approximately 30 to 40 minutes. This could have been due to the fact that the servers were on a coffee break, considering I saw 2 employees enter with 8 to 12 cups of coffee and the entire waitstaff went to the back...or they were just all nursing a hangover.

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JanetF
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had been a regular patron Jack's for years but avoid it now because there is no accessible bathroom. Sending patrons who cannot handle the steps to a place down the street is just not acceptable in 2019. I enjoyed my recent visit but don't expect to return if I can find an alternative in that area.

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vipSteaks1
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Unfortunately, service was terrible. The waitress was apologetic but it took 2.5 hours for us to get our meal. She indicated they had to go to the store to pick up items as someone forgot to order the food!!! They were out of burgers and many other items.
They Really should have offered us a complimentary drink, appetizer or something!!!!

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vipFrankM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. We starred with the jerk Brussels sprouts and the fried calamari bot was excellent. The St. Louis ribs were very flavorful. Service was excellent.

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vipFoodie
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent menu with some interesting cocktails & seasonal offerings. Service is friendly & helpful.

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KevinK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The Apps were great, we had the Calamari and Brussel sprouts. My lunch was just ok those, I was disappointed by the Catfish Po boy, very thin slice of meat that was a little over done, then placed on thick roll that was falling apart.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Bathrooms were out of order. Other than that, great experience.

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Tequilas
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The food was ok not spectacular. I’ve been there in the past and it was awesome so I had high expectations. I had the Brussel sprouts and the lobster Mac. The Brussel Sprouts were seasoned well but were underdone. The lobster Mac was good but I think I would have enjoyed it more if it was made with a white cheese rather than yellow. It messed with flavor.

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LynnT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first visit was 30 years ago. This week I wanted to take my companion somewhere special for his birthday. Wow Jack's was the perfect place! The food was excellant! The best calamari ever! Entrees were perfectly done and delicious! Service was outstanding! We will return very soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service

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vipJaneenL
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Jacks used to be good has since gone down . Other than the great waitress we had food was just ok

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Victoria
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

On a hot summer Sunday, with the firehouse doors open rather than air-conditioning, this place was unbearably hot and swarming with flies. Our waiter forgot our appetizer, sandwiches and an omelette took forever to come out and the food was just fair. Jack's has been around for a long time in this Fairmount neighborhood, but it is letting the newer, trendier places pass it by.

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AndrewC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Jack's three times and would definitely recommend it to a friend. There are great beers including IPAs on tap. We had fried calamari and pork belly for appetizers and both were great. Two of us ordered crab cake sandwiches which we loved. The neighborhood is so fun and I would recommend Jack's to anyone.

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vipDouglasD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Was in town for concert at MET. Pre-show dinner then walked to the MET. Parking along the street saved me $40.

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vipRich
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

My meal at Jack's was a business lunch with five participants, four of whom had never been in that part of Philadelphia. They enjoyed the firehouse setting, and they were intrigued at the looming Eastern State Penitentiary (now a tourist attraction) that they saw across the street. Server couldn't have been better -- she left us plenty of time to talk, yet she paced the meal effectively. Food wasn't spectacular, but there was a good selection for people having a working lunch, including one strict vegetarian from India.

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vipElizabethM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience3

I was very excited about having dinner at Jack's Firehouse with friends who are in the fire department. Unfortunately we went there on an evening in July and it so happened to be 95 degrees outside. There is absolutely no air-conditioning in the place. We hardly even ate our dinner because it was so ungodly hot. We had sweat pouring down our faces! I will never go to Jack's again during the summer. I like their food and it is a nice place, but wow, uncomfortable.

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Jack's Firehouse offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 232-9000.

Jack's Firehouse is rated 4.2 stars by 906 OpenTable diners.

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