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“When the other restaurants are full” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Firehouse Restaurant

The Firehouse Restaurant
Ranked #26 of 94 Restaurants in Florence
Cuisines: American, Soups, Bar, Seafood, Pub
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Good for: Kids, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Florence, Oregon
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115 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“When the other restaurants are full”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

Bay Street in Old Town gets busy in the summer. There is a reason the other restaurants in Old Town are full...great food & service. Having just returned from a mini vacation and finding our favorite restaurants with a waiting list we opted for this one.It had been a year since we were here. I told my husband there is a reason there are so many empty tables. Although the decor is great, especially for firefighters and wanna be's, the service can use some improvement.

Two other tables were occupied (one with five people and one with two) when we arrived. We checked the menu and decided to stay since we both wanted seafood. We had decided upon our entree and wanted to order without seeing the wine list. Our server wasn't familiar with what wines they had so we waited for her to bring a wine list. She wasn't sure what the soup of the day was so my husband opted for salad rather than wait for her to check.

Our salads were delivered and the lettuce was crisp and fresh though otherwise unremarkable. About five minutes later she arrived with the wine, two glasses and a wine chiller. After a great deal of difficulty opening the bottle she succeeded!

The dill flavor of my husband's salmon was a bit overwhelmed by the lemon slices that had been cooked on top of it. I had cedar plank salmon which needed the lemon for flavor. The fresh yellow and zucchini squash was a tasty accompaniment that was cooked just right. The fish was cooked just right...but could have used a little flavor.

We definitely didn't feel rushed once our huger needs were met. Our server finally arrived to ask if we would like dessert and we declined. When she left to ready the bill I asked her to bring a toothpick for my husband too. She returned with the bill and headed to another table. When she finally returned to pick up the payment I asked for the toothpick again. Returning with our receipt she finally brought the toothpick.

Though she was sweet and personable her server skills can use improvement. For our dining out dollar we do expect service and our tip is commensurate. This is NOT a 15-20% tip-worthy restaurant.

If only these young people would realize that doing a good job would get them places!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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62 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great food, atmosphere and price”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

This unpretentious place is in the Old Town of Florence, along the river with a view of the art-deco era bridge that carries US 101 over the mouth of the Siuslaw River on the southern Oregon "Dune Coast" 60 minutes north of California.

The room is set up like a pub, with live music, a bar, and tables, but good lighting and air, and clean floors and tables. The walls are decorated with logo T-shirts from hundreds of fire departments in North America.

The food was really well done - we had sauteed Coos Bay oysters and chicken with prawns and sweet potato fries. The salad and clam chowder were really good too, the latter voted the best in region recently.

The Friday night two man band played standard CW covers but in good humour and to danceable rhythm and speed. Their ironic rendition of Okie from Muskogee was done just right, not too right or left. They let people they know jam with them too. There's karaoke on Saturday. The regulars were very friendly and inclusive.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LLvcrbc
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Florence, Oregon
1 review
“Fun Locals in Florence!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2014

Good food & fun while you eat! Highly recommend to everyone! Don't forget to wear your leather vest!!!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Vacancy999
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Florence, Oregon
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Dining”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2014

The place is filthy and needs a restaurant makeover. Chose not to eat dinner there. The flooring is dirty sticky unsanitary carpeting and should go away ASAP.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Lucmae
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Eugene, Oregon, United States
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66 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Splendid chowder”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2014

Very special chowder here, plus you gotta love THAT much firehouse memorabilia, from all over the world. Other dishes not so interesting but that CHOWDER is as good or better than the swankier, more popular restaurants in Florence. (and I've spent some time comparing!)

Visited January 2014
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1 Thank Dawn L
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