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“Nice atmosphere, great service, above average food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Columbia Firehouse

Columbia Firehouse
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Ranked #56 of 724 Restaurants in Alexandria
Price range: $31 - $60
Cuisines: American, Gluten Free, Bar, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Business meetings, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Old Town
Cross street: King St.
South Orange, New Jersey
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82 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Nice atmosphere, great service, above average food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

This is a big eatery, and we landed here because we couldn't get reservations at choices 1 (Gadsby's) or 2 (Majestic) and wanted a good meal. Everyone was satisfied. We'd been at Mount Vernon all day and were hungry. The kids enjoyed their selections, my steak was appropriately medium rare, and the wine and beer lists were good. Service was efficient, and the atmosphere quite nice. For families, it is a good compromise. A nice atmosphere and good selections for the adults, but also a decent menu for the kids.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank njmotherof3
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English first
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Overrated”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

It's a great space but very noisy. Food is average - service is very good. It's definitely overrated however...

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank Chollis7
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Fairfax Station, Virginia
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Sat. Apr 6, 2013”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I attended a private dining experience and we were able to select from two menu choices. I had a starter of carrot and ginger soup - which was delicious. The second course was a grilled breast of chicken over green beans and mashed potatoes. It was just average - with basically no flavor. The chicken breast was thin and dryed out and the beans and potatoes were bland. The dessert was a pear and apple crisp with ice cream and that was pretty good, but the crumb topping overpowered the icecream and fruit filling. The price tag for this meal was $32. I left disappointedin the food. The service however, was outstanding! The decor and atmosphere was also very lovely. Perhaps I'll go back for another try and see if the food is better when ordering from the menu.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank cmsue
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Syracuse, NY
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Decent but certainly not great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

Went there Easter Sunday for dinner Open Table for reservation basically walked in and was seated within minutes of arriving. Placed order for drinks received glass of wine $9.00 probably 1/4 full where we are from $9.00 would bring 2+ glasses of wine (similar brand) same amount. Bottom line food order was similar if your looking for decent size drinks and modest food portions this is not the place to visit. Food was well prepared but small portions

GREAT decor lots of fine wood and stained glass for my pocketbook just a little over the top

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars
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1 Thank roadrunner04
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dallas/fort worth
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere and food.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

We got the mussels. Yum! Loved the fries and bread that came with. Overall experience was wonderful. Historic and beautiful building. Highly recommend.

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Thank morethanjustok
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