The Columbia Firehouse

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$31 to $50
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In 1871, the City of Alexandria introduced the Columbia Steam Engine Fire Company. The outfit initially occupied Star Firehouse on the east side of the 100 block of South St. Asaph Street until 1883, when a new station was built for Columbia just across the street at 109 South St. Asaph.

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.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

We will be open for lunch on Christmas Eve from the hours of 11:30am to 5pm.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Thanksgiving dinner. It was a limited, but excellent menu.

HR
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Highly recommend to everyone.

LR
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Despite a reservation, we were directed to a comparatively poor seat. As in at least one other review I’ve seen, the atmosphere is lovely but there needs to be just a little bit more light. The food was terrific. Our one problem is that our drinks were not served until several bites into our meals, and even then we had to ask to get that done. When delivering them, the waitress said everyone decided to “close out” at the same time.

JP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Good muscles in Thai curry, brussel sprouts, and truffle fries.

N
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

I was very disappointed with the poor service and the mediocre food. Really this place is no more than a very nicely appointed bar with pretty standard fried, cheesy food. Not impressed.

K
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We've lived in Old Town 20 years, but always overlook this place, so we thought we'd give it a try. The ambiance is lovely with lots of warm wood paneling throughout. Really beautiful. Very warm, esp on a cold evening. You walk into the Pub which has a couple of TVs showing games at each end of the bar. (While the paneling is lovely, this place could use a little refresh on the other finishes. It smells like the carpet has been there for years). The restaurant is big with several different dining rooms, each with their own feel. The atrium looked lovely with its twinkley lights above. Then there were large parties in the lower level and the 3rd floor. We sat up on the 2nd floor which was nice for a date night. White table clothes and lots of room between tables. There were several large parties near us and the noise was moderate but not terrible. This place seemed to attract celebrations and large parties. Our server was very nice and friendly. The food was average but acceptable. This is not the place to go if you're a real foodie. However it was perfect for a burger and shrimp with pasta. Overall I would say this place is fine for a burger and beer at the bar, or a simple meal in the restaurant . The food was ok. They need to keep the beautiful wood paneling, but refresh the paint and flooring. It's time for a little deep clean and refresh.

B
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful service

JV
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service. Great ambiance.

n
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

My company has business dinners here occasionally. So I decided to try it out with my husband. We ordered the Tuna tacos, steak etc which were all decent. Our waiter was great too. But the table that's seated in view of the kitchen is terrible. We had to move, because every time the door swung open the light was not bearable. The hostess and bar staff were just okay. Wasn't a very friendly or welcoming vibe. Felt uncomfortable. I probably won't be back unless my company has a dinner there. Good for business dinners.

m
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Reliable food in casual atmosphere. Great place for burgers and drinks.

R
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I celebrated my birthday here over lunch and it was perfect. Wonderful, fresh food. Great wait staff and atmosphere. Low noise.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The place had a musty smell when you walked in but disappeared after my nose got acclimated to it. It has a very rustic ambiance which I liked. The food was so-so at best and I think they need to upscale the menu.

K
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Cool building in that it’s a refurbished old firehouse, but the only way to know anything about it is that we happened to have a congenial, and not very busy, server who offered to give a us a tour. Carpets dirty, lighting is glare-y. Food is so so. Definitely didn’t feel like a place I’d go for a “special” dinner, feels like just a family restaurant.

AB
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We have come back to this restaurant several times when we are in the ALX area, great food!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We made a reservation, were greeted by name and sat right away. The restaurant is beautiful and the service was excellent. My husband really enjoyed the cocktails from the bar as they were well made and properly chilled. The food was lacking. My steak (ordered Medium) was cold and dry. I opted for the potatoes and side salad. The potatoes were cold and overcooked as well and the salad was a plate of arugula with a side dish of dressing....very underwhelmed. My husband ordered the Baby Whale seafood platter and was not impressed. He was not expecting the same quality and presentation you would receive from a chain restaurant but that is what he received. For $56 it was more like a low grade appetizer rather than a meal. We ordered dessert and again were underwhelmed by the cookie cutter quality; tasted like a slice of cake found 1/2 off at Safeway. Overall not impressed with our dinner for a recommended restaurant in Downtown Old Town.

k
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!!!!! Food is great. Service was wonderful!! Highly recommend!!!👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

L
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Filet that I've had in years. We made reservations because it was a busy evening in Old Alexandria. There's a parking garage within a block. Good friends, good eats, good wine, and a relatively calm environment. About a $100 per person. We've dined here before and will do so again.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Food was Luke warm and steaks overcooked. Bill wasn’t split appropriately and waiter rolled his eyes when asked to correct it. I’m so disappointed because I’ve been coming here for years when In town and always loved it! The ambiance is super cool in an old firehouse but .... won’t be going there next time!!!

NQ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place, great food. Will be back!

HD
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabian was our waiter and he was great. He made the whole experience very pleasant. Food was good and we will be back.

M
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great server - Fabian
Meal came quickly.
Steak and Dinner Salad very good.
Gaspaso was way too salty.

SW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The location and ambiance was great... but the restaurant failed to deliver on quality food and service. We were given chipped coffee to drink out of (only half full with coffee); when we asked for refills, the coffee we received had “floaters” in it, which forced the brewing of a new pot... but not clean nor fresh mugs! The food was of the quality you might find in a well run dinner. It came with fancy titles, but lacked the pizazz. All in all, it was a mediocre showing and not something that bears repeating.

DS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was absolutely lovely! The food was incredible. Will certainly return.

T
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Service and ambiance was good. Disappointed with food. I had shrimp cocktail, garden salad, and shrimp fettuccine. All of it was very bland and tasteless. My spouse had the shrimp cocktail, salad, and pork chop. She indicated the pork chop was good. So overall/or in comparison, we were not impressed with taste of the food. The next night we ate at Patsy in Tyson, no comparison, Food was much better.

BK
St. Louis
13 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had great service, and our meal was solid. I would certainly recommend this restaurant. Also got to explore the VA wines

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabian was excellent!

B
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great atmosphere, our server Chris did a great job explaining the menu, and making recommendations, we came for my friends birthday, and they said they haven't been to a restaurant of this quality in, they don't know how long. Absolutely loved it

L
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Filet Mignon I've had all year. Perfectly good, amazing taste. Service was great, menu had great variety, but not too many items. Perfect night.

EP
Atlantic City
12 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the good food and service. This is an area that has lots of dining places This is one of them.
I will return.

A
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Columbia Firehouse had amazing service and good food. Our waiter went above and beyond to make us feel special on our anniversary.

MK
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Reliable for varied and appetizing menu. The staff are consistently friendly and attentive. The bar area gets a bit crowded and lively. The main dining room is spacious and comfortable with a pleasant ambiance and moderate noise level that makes conversation easy. Highly recommend.

J
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service! Loved the Oaxacan mezcal/tequila cocktail and well chosen list of wines by the glass. Beer list is solid too. Tasty entrees, shared calimari app just ok. Like the cozy look of the booths in the atrium but the A/C was blowing right on us...Brrrrr!

s
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time! Steak and fish and chips were spot on. Very quiet and for awhile we had the room we were in to ourselves. Loved the cast iron shrimp appetizer

JC
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

beautiful Restaurant, service was excellent, food was very good

E
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was friendly and food was delicious. Good choices and the atmosphere is always cozy.

JT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was good limited menu

R
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was excellent as was the ambiance. The food choices and drink selections were nothing out of the ordinary. Love the ambiance of the place though.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tuna tacos appetizer and salmon entree were great!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our son’s 24th birthday. It was a great brunch.

FS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice but not too fancy, good menu, food was very good, quiet enough to have a conversation, service was good.

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