The Columbia Firehouse
126 years later, Alexandria’s Neighborhood Restaurant Group relaunched this historic and beautifully preserved property as Columbia Firehouse, a sumptuous modern American brasserie and bar located in the heart of Alexandria’s Old Town.
Columbia Firehouse stands as a historic, beautifully preserved piece of Old Town’s heritage. From the street, the building has changed little while the interior has given way to sumptuous dining rooms on four levels, an atrium an outdoor patio and an exquisitely detailed barroom.
Very good food, server was very attentive. Would definitely go again!
Everyone loves to dine out. Columbia Firehouse had awesome reviews, so I decided to give them a try. First off, I was asked to sit at a tiny table against a wall in the back and I asked to move to a bigger table. The waitress was very polite but forgot a lot of stuff throughout the night. I ordered the prime rib special and my date ordered the roasted salmon. The food came out very quickly. The prime rib came with mashed potatoes and green beans and au jus gravy on the side. There was no flavor whatsoever with my meal. I used more salt than ever before to try and eat my meal. The Roasted salmon came with brussel sprouts and parmesan cous cous. Which included a vingarette dressing. That meal as well was plain, the salmon was mushy, no flavor anywmehee to be found. So that meal wasn’t even finished. We were in and out of the restaurant within 45 minutes. Anyone should expect more from your meal given the price.
Columbia fire house has excellent service, good food, and is broken up into several inviting dining rooms. A good place for date night.
Great atmosphere , great for a date night overall one of the best in Old town
Ambiance and Service both excellent but the majority of the food was rather flavorless. "Hot chicken" hardly spicy at all, and everything underseasoned.
Food is decent but overpriced small portions. Bring a scarf and mittens in the winter because it’s poorly heated in the main dining room.
Excellent service and wine recommendation from our server. I will definitely recommend it.
Fabulous special event: wine dinner!
The selections were perfectly paired—both red and white, and from three continents. One did not need to be a wine connoisseur to enjoy. Whether novice or expert, all could learn and enjoy the tastes.
Wine pourings we’re generous as well.
The food was delicious and do plentiful. Beautiful fois gras starter, savory scallops second, the two following entrees to enjoy—wonderful pork tenderloin and then strip steak, both with lovely vegetables—locally sourced ingredients —all so plentiful. Milk chocolate mousses with strawberry compote. Can’t wait for the next winedinner!
We had such a great waiter! He was exceptionally kind and helpful.
Great chicken and waffles!
I had to send back both the prime rib and bbq rib entree. The dishes were overcooked and not edible. They took the meal off the bill which was expected.
Great food, service, and wine! Love them mussels! I’m
Wonderful, amazing experience. The waitress had excellent table side manner. The ambiance was terrific. The food was first class.
We were deciding where to eat for Alexandria Restaurant Week and upon the recommendation of a friend, we chose the Columbia Firehouse. NO REGRETS. First of all, the location is absolutely beautiful. You can see the remnants of it being a firehouse in the past. Gorgeous vintage-like decor with brass and wood. We were seated in the dimly lit left bay.
Our waiter took very good care of us. The biscuits were heavenly - literally melt in your mouth. I loved how they were a bit savory and paired well with the honey that it came with. We actually asked for another order because they were that good.
We ordered the Restaurant Week special: BBQ duck grits, smoked fried chicken and winter creme brulee. The grits were blue corn and white cheddar grits topped with pieces of duck smothered in bbq sauce. They were okay - not much flavor, too saucy for my liking. The smoked fried chicken was delicious and crispy; paired very well with the jalapeno honey that it came with and the succulent collard greens! The creme brulee was a miss; burnt sugar top, the custard was overcooked to an eggy texture and flavor with little citrus flavor.
We also ordered the Prime Rib Special since it was the weekend - THIS IS A MUST HAVE. Best thick flavorful prime rib we've ever had. It came with mashed potatoes and green beans. Amazing! Definitely the highlight of our meal.
We also had the house made lemonade and a passionfruit juice cocktail, Passion of the Crush. So good.
Overall, we had an amazing date night and really enjoyed this restaurant. We plan to come back in the summer to sit outside :)
Went to brunch to celebrate my birthday and had the Southern Eggs Benedict. While the sausage gravy wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, everything was delicious and the service was excellent. If you’ve got room for dessert, definitely try the Crème Brûlée.
The food is really good and Brian the chef is a master on the smoker! I look forward to returning, this time for dinner.
Side note: Happy Hour is 7 days a week!
Amazing service and delicious menu items.
We love this place! The menu is simple, yet well played with a few surprises. A great farm-to-table dining experience in an historical local setting. Inventive cocktails, too.
The wedge salad has too much dressing, the calamari was greasy, nearly soggy. The French fries were good, the steak was cooked correctly. Actually, the food was better the last time we were there a few years ago.
Exceptional brunch food! We really enjoyed the eggs Benedict and home fries.
It was our first time at Columbia Firehouse and we will be going again soon! The brunch menu was fantastic as were the bacon infused vodka bloody Mary’s. The converted historic firehouse is a gorgeous venue and perfect place to enjoy a meal.
Went for Alexandria Restaurant Week. Found the food to be a little to pre-prepared and the service rushed. This is normally a fabulous restaurant, so I will attribute this slight disappointment to restaurant week. The desert was the best part of the meal, really excellent!
Extremely friendly service. Came during Restaurant Week and got an incredible 3 course meal for a really reasonable price. The interior is just gorgeous, especially the glass-enclosed alleyway. Love this place.
Everything we had was very good and service was excellent!
We loved visiting the Columbia Firehouse! The ambiance was phenomenal, and the food was delicious. I had the mussels; my boyfriend had the steak frites. We were blown away! The brussel sprouts and oysters rockefeller were excellent apps and easy to share. It was a great meal and good company.
The atmosphere was great and the servers very attentive. The tuna tacos and calamari were terrific. In general the food was good. One in our group complained that the hamburger was dry. And a vegetable substitution due to a personal diet restriction was unnecessarily costly, in my opinion. In general the laid-back atmosphere,great service, interesting menu and wonderful locale will bring me back. Great spot.
Pricey for brunch in this area; food was not great and some of the seafood seemed as though it had gone bad and should not have been served.
I was so excited to try this place because of the history behind the space! But the amazing service, food, drinks, and ambience made it one of the best restaurants we’ve been to in recent history. I highly recommend coming for dinner and/or drinks, and in the summer, using the patio! We will definitely be coming back often!
Food greasy, change oil
Good and service were excellent. It was borderline unomfortably chilly in the restaurant though. Take a jacket, great unique place.
This was the first time we visited the Columbia Firehouse. We were seated quickly- the location was quiet and comfortable. The service and food was excellent. Definitely recommend this restaurant.
Waiter was nice, food was very good though expensive.
Great food and enjoyable atmosphere. The biscuits and honey were amazing, and the cast iron shrimp and brussels sprouts were fantastic. We ordered the steak frites, seared scallops, and seasonal risotto with scallops and it was all incredibly delicious! The cocktails and wine selection were also great!
This was one of my favorite restaurants in old town for many years. The food does not seem to be as good as it used to be. It seems like there may be a new chef.
Amazing service. Ok food. Outstanding drinks. Adorable ambiance.
Attentive service. Food was OK. Wine selection and recommendations were nice.
Nye—We received exceptional service and the food was outstanding. Excellent experience.
NYE dinner with friends
Great place. Awesome food. Timely service. Waiter was a little nervous because he was new. Other than that, pleasant experience.
Have now been to CF a few times. The ambiance of the space is truly fantastic both in the bar and dining room. For omnivores, the large menu is sure to please. Beer and wine selections were also diverse and tasty.
One wish - my wife is vegan, and there is hardly anything for her (other than the soup of the day, which she loved). There was only one vegetarian entree (the risotto) which, according to the chef, could not be made without butter. We would be here more frequently if there was a reliable, interesting entree for her.