Jack's Firehouse

4.6
840 reviews
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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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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

3 for $30 Pre-Fixe Menu Available. Please visit Jacksfirehouse.com for more details.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a perfect lunch..... The food was great, the service was excellent and the atmosphere was conducive to good conversation. The music was in the background, as it should be. I live in the neighborhood and have not been to Jacks in years. I will go back more frequently for sure. Thanks to Jacks for a very nice afternoon.

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SE
Yosemite
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. I had not been there for probably 30 years and it was as good as I remembered.

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p
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server JT was great. Very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. Complimentary corn muffins with cherry preserves and honey butter to start were excellent. Poutine appetizer could easily be a meal for two. Entrees very good. Halibut special was very good. Ribs and steak also very good. Then complimentary fresh chocolate chip cookies. What’s not to like? Went on Sunday evening so not very busy. Enjoyed very much and recommend.

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KE
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was great! Very attentive and kept our waters full on a warm afternoon. The food was good and we enjoyed the surprise corn bread appetizer and delicious cookies complimentary! The outside garden area was very pleasant.

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DR
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Sat at the patio and it was just adorable. Food was great and our server was extremely friendly.

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LP
Philadelphia
76 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We love Jack's Firehouse. It's kind of our go-to place when friends and family are in town and want good food in a casual setting at a place we can walk to. The noise level inside is often too loud for us, especially on weekends, but outdoors the sound dissipates and we can have a conversation while we're eating. Service is always excellent, even when they're busy, and the servers are friendly and efficient.
The food is always excellent and it isn't your ordinary pub food. Everything is a bit upscale with a twist. My adult son polished off a huge plate of brussels sprouts (I don't eat them, so I can't describe the taste) and a giant portion of ribs. My daughter-in-law, a vegetarian, said her cauliflower steak was one of the best she had ever had. I just had the burger, but it was nicely cooked, enormous, and came with excellent house fries. My husband must have loved his ribs because he ate them all. Really good alcoholic beverages, too. The only thing is that I wish they wouldn't ask, when you're making the reservation, if it is a special occasion, because whenever I say it is for a birthday or an anniversary or whatever the reservation is for, once we're there, they don't mention it or do anything at all. So they shouldn't ask in the first place. One more thing --- for years, they've given us a plate of scones with preserves, as well as homemade cookies at the end of the meal, and this time we got neither. I don't know if that's a policy change or they just forgot. But anyway, we always return.

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MM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Philly classic revisited after a very long time. Food still very good and perfect brunch/lunch spot.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bartender and server were OUTSTANDING young men that went out of their way to help make my daughters 21st Birthday dinner special.

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JB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly service. Good menu choices and specials. Food was excellent!

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a
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Cool atmosphere and very attentive service.
Decent cocktails as well. Food was just ok.

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MA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely setting with amazing food and excellent service. We were there early-ish on a Sunday night, so it wasn't overly busy. Our waiter was very attentive and good natured and we enjoyed a great meal.

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

Food and service were perfect

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Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was stellar! Food tasted good, one entree came out cold, no problem they heated it up and it tasted wonderful! Overall I would go back

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JT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, interesting menu, attentive staff

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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
London
4 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
6 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
23 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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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
7 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
36 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
77 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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T
Philadelphia
2 reviews
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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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
5 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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BB
Philadelphia
8 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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A
New York Area
4 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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OT
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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