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About Jack's Firehouse

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.

2130 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Barbecue, Steak

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

Cross Street:
22nd Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 232-9000

Website:
http://www.jacksfirehouse.com/

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

Catering:
Jack's Firehouse offers catering services personalized to your needs. Please call for details.

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.

Executive Chef:
Jack McDavid

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.

Private Party Contact:
Mick Houston: (215) 232-9000

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

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.

Jack's Firehouse Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

3.9

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

85% would recommend it to a friend

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Authentic (2)
Cozy (2)
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Late-night Find (2)
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Good for Anniversaries (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 4, 2010

This place is unique. It is airy with high ceilings, a good air flow, friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere. I ordered the 4 for $40.00 chefs special and my husband ordered the lamb shank medium rare. The Calamari special in a mustard dressing, and the Scallops in a buttery pesto sauce were excellent. I had a sampler of pulled pork in a vinegary sauce (okay), a firehouse rib (excellent) and a slice of smoked brisket (too smoky). My entree was 2 grilled center cut pork chops in a Jack Daniels Sauce - it was inedible, they were severely over salted and dry. My husbands lamb shank was overcooked and very tough. They did offer to make us something else but we declined. We will give this place another chance in case this was an off night.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 3, 2010

food was not outstanding but was good. service and ambiance very nice.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 25, 2010

It was pleasant enough, but honestly just kind of okay. Nothing was bad, but then again it wasn't very memorable either. A bit of a strange "sports bar in the front, white linens in the back" kind of vibe. A bit pricey for what you're getting - particularly the wine list. We had dinner there Friday and ordered a bottle of $35 Blanc de Blanc, and the very next night went to a different restaurant where the very same bottle was $23. The server was working hard, but had a pretty big section all to himself and we went through some long stretches without seeing him. Again, not a terrible experience but doubt I'll be back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 21, 2010

I was disappointed the air conditioning was not turned on even though it was a very warm summer evening.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 20, 2010

The staff at Jack's was nice, but the food was very mediocre -- very heavily salted, not hot, overcooked. Although it's a cool looking place, there are tons of other places in the city to choose from. We're sure we won't bother going back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 20, 2010

The place was clean and seating was quick. Problem came when booking online, we signed up for a much advertised Father's Day Special...25.00 per person,. This was not the case, waiter explained that it was only for brunch, and our time was for dinner. This was not clear when we reserved. So instead of 200.00, dinner cost 400.00. Never again. Staff was friendly, but the promotion was too misleading to ever go back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 20, 2010

I took my husband here for Fathers's Day Brunch. The food was very good. My husband had the clam chowder,said it was some of the best he's had. I started with the smoked salmon & mixed greens,very tasty. My husband's entree was pan-fried catfish and said it was cooked perfectly, served hot out the pan.It came with herb grits & sauteed spinach.I had the chicken breast w/mushroom sauce that was moist inside and had a nice sear & crunch on the outside.This came with bacon mac & cheese and green beans. The sides for both were ok, nothing spectacular. Desert was triple chocolate cake and apple crisp. We enjoyed both. Our waiter Jim was great. Very informative and also attentive without being overbearing.Nice place, we will be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Houston)·Dined on June 20, 2010

Did their menu come right off the Sysco truck?? Bland, boring, nothing exciting. Hint to restaurant...if you have to use bagged lettuce for your salads, at least refresh it with a dunk in cold water to revive the leaves. Nice patio dining and good service but the food quality wasn't there. Would only go back for drinks.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 19, 2010

Great food. The ribs are the best. Special extras - Homemade jam, biscuits and cookies.
Brought our family for Father's Day brunch.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 19, 2010

Jack's was EXCELLENT! We found this plce through Open Table and thought we would give it a try for a Father's Day lunch. Food was really GREAT, especially the BBQ items.

Highly recommend this eatery. Thanks!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 12, 2010

The service was sooooo slow (again)!!I've been to Jack's before and had slow service but wanted to try again in case they were having just a bad day. Well now I realize that it's just bad service and poor managment.

It took over 20 minutes for my table to get water served to the table after we sat down. Then, the food came out finally and it was not even good. I got a pulled pork sandwich and it was very dry.

I'm never going back there again.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 11, 2010

We had a perfect outdoor dining experience at jacks. The food was great ( I had the special buffalo ribeye and my husband the flatiron steak). We were sat right at the door with a beautiful view of the prison and along with the fast service ( we ate in an hour) and delicious food we had a fantastic night in the city. And even after a night of great food and people watching we enjoyed a complimentary fresh baked cookie on the way out. Bravo Jacks! We will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 29, 2010

Great ambiance and view of the old Eastern State Penitentiary across the street, well lit up at night. Very good service and food, esp the BBQ. I asked for a table near the front and by the street and got a great table for four with linen tablecloths! Well recommended, especially for meat lovers!

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 29, 2010

We liked it very much, the food was excellent and the service was great. We were there early (5:15) and chose to sit inside, at the time most of the other guests were choosing to sit out doors. The restaurant has plenty of atmosphere and the waiter was very agreeable when we ask for a bit of history on the building.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 27, 2010

It was good - been their a few times.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 13, 2010

Service was terrible at first (no one came to our table for about 15 minutes) but food was good. When we were served the waiter never (!) came to check on us. I have been there for lunch before and it was great in every way. We were there to celebrate Temple graduation for my son and it was unusually disappointing in the service area.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 10, 2010

This was one of the best dining experiences I have ever had. The staff members were incredibly accommodating and pleasant. Our waiter was so knowledgeable and very nice. The restaurant is huge so you don't feel like you are on top of other diners. I didn't have to scream over the table and I was able to cruise through the Chef's Special at my leisure. Speaking of the Chef's Special! Four courses for $40 is a steal. The portions were ample and the food was delectable. You can actually taste the freshness of everything that comes across your palate. Jack's Firehouse has made a life-long friend in me. I will definitely be back for more and more and more. Incredible!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 9, 2010

Jack's is normally a trustworthy place to go. This dinner was only ok. The steaks were very over done and the lamb was a bit too fatty. The service is always great though and they ate great with kids.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 8, 2010

We've been to Jack's on many occasions. This past Saturday was very noisy (a lot of graduation parties) and so the experience was a little different. However, the waitstaff are always pleasant, the food portions are generous and the location is great. I just wish the chef's tasting menu was offered on brunch days!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 2, 2010

Took our daughter and her roommate there from Temple to celebrate the end of term. The front of the restaurant was rowdy at the bar, but our table in the back was not bad. Our salads were delicious (enormous portions), and the bread with fresh jam was great. As for entrees, I thought my salmon was somewhat dry, but everyone else in our group raved about their meals. We'll be back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 1, 2010

We had not been in quite a while -
We were very happy we made the choice to try again -
Everything was delightful including our waiter -
The place is very upbeat - great music - you can hang at the bar first if you want -
Food was great - will definitely go back -
You can't beat the chef's special menu and the best part is - they don't tell you what it is -
We had a great time.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 29, 2010

Very good menu with classics as well as more "exotic" items. Service was good. Cool atmosphere in the old firehouse with the giant front doors open to create an indoor/outdoor environment.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 25, 2010

Overall, we were full when leaving, the food was fresh and filling. But our expectation was different in that we were looking for a buffet style experience for brunch!

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 24, 2010

Wait service was attentive but kitchen took their time to prepare our meal for four.

Excellent salads and appetizers. Entrees were good. Risotto tasted like ordinary side-dish rice, not creamy enough. Side vegetables of mashed potatoes and broccoli were ordinary...garlic or herbs would have made them special.
Nice biscuits and spread for the table.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 21, 2010

Overall, a great time for a casual business dinner. The BBQ Sampler appetizer was a hit with our clients from North Carolina (and everyone else, too)! My only complaint would be that my Filet was overcooked -- I ordered it Medium, but although it was still tender, there was no red at all on the inside. It seemed like Medium Well -- based upon that experience I would order it either Rare or Med. Rare in the future.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 18, 2010

The service was prompt & friendly and delivered by competent folks. When asked questions about specific dishes she was knowledgeable and it didn't seem like a bother to answer our questions. The food was great and not the same as you would find in other places.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 18, 2010

Good experience, good food, good service. I would return.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 18, 2010

Fabulous Sunday brunch. Will definitely return!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 18, 2010

This was our first time dining here, even though my mom has lived a few blocks away for years. It was for Sunday Brunch, right at opening. Service was quick, friendly and efficient, even though it filled up rather quickly. (I take this as a good sign) The food came out quickly, and was hot and delicious. The portions were more than sufficient. I recommend the Banana Stuffed French toast. I do wish I could remember our server's name so I could compliment her as well.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 17, 2010

The main ingredient for meal out is good food. The food here was delicious. I would definitely go back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 16, 2010

we had such fun! our waiter was great!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 16, 2010

Nice place, a little on the expensive side for what it is. We sat inside downstairs on a cool, rainy evening. The dim lighting was right for a romantic dinner but the clientele at 7:30PM was a bit too boisterous for that. The front wall opens up, which is probably nice when the weather is good, but that night it made it cold in there and allowed cigarette smoke to waft in. There is an extensive selection of spirits, but only a few house cocktails. Menu selection was good, but there's not much to eat for vegetarians. The lamb was excellent, as was the Mahi-Mahi (not overcooked!). I enjoyed the extras - biscuits with jam and chocolate chip cookies after dinner. I'll return on a special occasion.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 4, 2010

The food and service were excellent. The prices were very affordable. Our waiter was outstanding. The The catfish with cheesey grits and scrambled eggs wonderful. the triple layer chocolate cake was amazing.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 3, 2010

Dinner was great. Our waiter was outstanding.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 26, 2010

This is my 5th time here and will keep returning! We took my boyfriend here, he is from Arkansas and has never been there before. He absolutely enjoyed himself and wants to return as often as possible. I would recommend the $40 be well spent by ordering the chef special, It willl take you on a culinary adventure you will never forget! WE RECOMMEND THIS PLACE HIGHLY!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 13, 2010

The food was ok. I liked my appetizer, but was not crazy about my entree and my wife didn't like er soup, but did like her entree.

The atmosphere was fun and different.

It took about 40 minutes from the time we were ready for our check to track down the waiter and to pay. He was frequently in our area, but we still could not get him.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 11, 2010

Clever name ... was an old firehouse converted into a restaurant. Service was great and so was the beer! Food was delicious. My husband had steak which was prepared to perfection. I had the trout. Yum. Met friends there and stayed past dinner. I would highly recommend a visit and revisit.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 8, 2010

Jack's Fireplace has not changed for the perhaps last 10 years providing same quality service and food. It is always fun for me to sit at the bar and have few drinks with friends and I am sure summer time it would great when they open the side patio.
The pretty lady who served us was very kind. Everything was on time and delivered hot. The wine list is very weak though so go there to have some beer.
The linens and glasses give the impression to an upscale locale but the prices are reasonable and the food is good especially if you are not expecting a gourmet lunch or dinner.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 6, 2010

After visiting the flower show with my mother, we went to this restaurant for (9:30reservation)some drinks and apps. We had been wanting to dine here since the summer, and thought it would be a great time to check it out. The food was wonderful- the homemade soup was flavorfull and the apps, especially the brisket that is prepared there was a delight. The woodwork and architecture was so beautiful and unique. We will def be returning in the future.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 5, 2010

My fiance' and I had filet. It is by far, the best steak I have ever had. The only thing I was slightly disappointed in, I figured we would see firehouse memorabilia inside the firehouse restaraunt. We are both fire fighter and found the restaraunt online prior to attending a conference.

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