Housed in a landmark 1883 building in the heart of Alexandria's Old Town, Columbia Firehouse offers sumptuous private dining space for events of sizes and styles. From an intimate dinner for 12 to a gala for 150 we have a unique, historic, and beautifully preserved setting for your next event.View Private Dining Details
I live near by so have been here several times and always a delicious meal. Cozy, fireplace type ambience. Its an interesting menu, comfort food but foodies will enjoy it also.
Living in Old Town and went to Columbia Firehouse for a Valentine's Day dinner. Promptly greeted and taken to the table. Very nice upscale atmosphere and decent menu. However, couple of suggestion for improvements are in order:
1. Although the waiter was very prompt and attentive, you would expect somewhat more upscale service for an upscale venue - Main Entrée (Steak) was delivered while we were still enjoying the appetizer and it was not as hot as desired by the time we got to it. I would have rather waited for couple extra minutes rather than feel rushed.
2. The steak was ordered Medium, delivered Medium Well (very) at best, almost crispy outside.
Overall a very decent experience but could be even better!!!
Not sure what's changed recently, but the service was lackluster at best. Stood at hostess stand for a good few minutes as they fumbled with phone and general appeared disorganized. The table service was adequate, but not to comparable to the level of service of other Old Town restaurants. While it was Valentine's Day, it was not at all crowded.
We have been to Columbia Firehouse several times over the years. The meal this time was average, but our server was excellent and took care of any of our concerns quickly and with great attitude. Cheers.
Service was great! Food was a disappointment for the price we paid.
My boyfriend and I went to Columbia Firehouse for an early Valentine's date. We chose this place based on the reviews from others and was not disappointed. The architecture and ambiance is very authentic and unique. We felt very much welcomed by the staff and enjoyed the delicious food. We took a chance and tried steamed mussels as an appetizer, which were extremely good. The rest of our dinner was well cooked. I definitely feel we would try this out in the future as a romantic date night.
Disappointing. The service was ok, but the food was poor. Under cooked, small portions and over priced.
Excellent staff. friendly attentive not intrusive. At $39.00the prime rib was pretty much run of the mill. Raw oysters were nice, but again at $34.00 a dozen over priced for the area.
Worth the drive from anywhere. Absolutely beautiful atmosphere and the food was amazing.
The food was really great and loved the atmosphere. We were there celebrating my birthday.
Our brunch was fine but one of the entrees came out cold and had to be sent back to kitchen to warm up
Service slow. They are in need of a chief. Expensive.
Would not return.
Absolutely horrible experience we were seated near the door (inside area) - although the door was closed there are had a very close breeze. When we asked to moved to another table the hostess had absolutely no interet in assisting us or finding a solution instead told us this is all that is available despite the fact that there was several tables free - we left and went somewhere else - absolute shame that one member of this restaurant can ruin our first time experience at a place we heard so much about
The restaurant week chicken choice was so over cooked, my husband and guest were glad they had water to wash it down. My husband has heard too many horror stories about what happens to food returned to a kitchen to ever send a meal back. My salmon choice was well cooked, the fennel was good only for decoration. The wine recommended by our server was good as were the crab sliders, the strawberry salad and creme brulee. We chose this restaurant because of the mention in DDD. Unfortunately, we won't be hurrying back. The hamburgers looked good, maybe we should have stuck with that.
Great as always.
very nice setting. Service was exceptional. We sat upstairs where noise level was down and we didn’t have trouble hearing each other. Food was served very timely with nothing sent back for a redo.
Made for a great meeting with friends.
Just got off a stressful day of flying coast to coast and this was both delicious and relaxing!
I chose this because it was Restaurant Week for a lunch with a work colleague. We were quickly seated and our water glasses were filled. Because it was Restaurant Week my choice was limited so I had the chicken. It was a boneless breast with the wing attached and it was fork tender and delicious. I also had a salad and dessert. The only hitch was that when my salad was cleared, my silverware was not replaced. After several attempts at flagging a waiter, busboy and even a manager, I finally got up and took a set up from another table. Otherwise service was attentive without being overbearing. This was my first time at Columbia Firehouse and I will go back again. It's a unique place with good food.
We had a fun girls night with wine during Alexandria restaurant week! Delicious food and Brooklyn Oenology Chardonnay!
Menu was not the same as listed on OpenTable. Brunch menu has been scaled down considerably. The $6 childrens waffle was exactly the same as the $14 main menu waffle.
While they tasted good, they were not any noticeably different than what we could easily make at home.
It seems like every time we've been here in the past few years there's something off. One time the service was terrible, another time the food was bad. Now the menu was shorter and the food seemed overpriced.
Will most likely check out a new place next time.