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“Overpriced”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Columbia Firehouse

Columbia Firehouse
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Ranked #45 of 752 Restaurants in Alexandria
Price range: US$31 - US$60
Cuisines: American, Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Old Town
Cross street: King St.
South NJ
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Overpriced”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

The food was okay, but don't come hungry! Everything is a la carte. I ordered the sea bass. It only came with a handful of lima beans and corn, no starch. The steak my husband ordered came with nothing. Maybe if this meal cost $50 I wouldn't be so disappointed. But our dinners, salads and 4 drinks (2 ciders and 2 wine) = $125 before tip.
Nice atmosphere, but mediocre food.

Visited November 2013
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New York
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85 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Good points and bad points balance out the rating”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

Columbia Firehouse is a quirky funky restaurant with an interesting menu and a good vibe. Our server was really nice and funny, not the most efficient server but very friendly and quick to make up for any mistakes he made, so definitely likeable and forgiveable.

The food was, for the most part, good. Everyone who ordered the mussels raved about the bread and the broth that came with it, the chef's sausage selection was interesting but not terribly memorable, the frisee salad with pork belly was delicious and unique. Unfortunately, many of the items we wanted to order were unavailable - we came in at 8:30 on a Sunday night and they are supposed to be open til 1am, but they had an awful lot of unavailable menu items. It might have been helpful if the staff had informed us of the unavailable items BEFORE we sat and perused the menu and then ordered.

The one overriding aspect of our meal that downgraded this restaurant from 4 to 3 stars was the hamburgers - four of us ordered the Firehouse Burger, all four of us asked for it medium rare, and all four of us got in medium well to well. Because we were hungry and tired, we decided to just eat them, and they tasted pretty good, but would have been much better had they been cooked the way we asked for them.

Columbia Firehouse is not an accessible property. There are two small steps leading up to the dining area but no ramp. Restrooms are up half a flight of steps.

  • Visited October 2013
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great food and fantastic atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2013 via mobile

Ate here recently with colleagues while on a short business trip to the area. This Columbia Firehouse was recommended by both a colleague and the customer we were meeting at it did not disappoint.

The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The whole experience made even better by the fantastic venue we were eating in which retained much of the charm of the old firehouse. I would definitely come back if I visit the area again.

Visited November 2013
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Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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130 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Very Good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2013 via mobile

Just finished having dinner at Columbia Firehouse! This place is great. You can tell the food is prepared fresh, in house. We had the ahi tuna starter (very good), portabella mushroom club (delicious), sea bass (good) and banana cream dessert (delicious). The building is beautiful and historic, its probably worth going for that alone. The service was a bit slow but in a leisurely kind of way. I would got back again.

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New York City, New York
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146 reviews
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“Terrific atmosphere and food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2013

Good food, service and atmosphere. All at reasonable prices. My first time to stay in Alexandria while visiting DC. Just happened on the Firehouse while walking. Nice variety on menu. Will definately go back.

  • Visited October 2013
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