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“Outstanding steak!”
Review of Columbia Firehouse

Columbia Firehouse
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Ranked #52 of 767 Restaurants in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$31 - US$60
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Old Town
Cross street: King St.
Reviewed 10 December 2013

I just had the NY strip this evening with the bourbon bacon butter, it was one of the best steaks I've ever had. Paired with the mushrooms and shallots, combined with the decor and atmosphere, made for a wonderful experience. Thank you!

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Reviewed 30 November 2013

If you look through the reviews, it's pretty unanimous that the place looks great. I completely agree. But the food reviews are inconsistent, and that's pretty much what we found. The food tended to be good, but not really above average. The fish was a bit overcooked, and the 10 ounce prime rib came out served warm,not hot. The prices were a bit higher than I think was warranted by the food. So all in all, worth a try, but try to match your expectations with the reality.

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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.

Thank Kelly W
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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.

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Thank ciocio1
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

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.

Thank Kishore S
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