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“Beautiful Building - Good Food” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Columbia Firehouse

Columbia Firehouse
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Ranked #47 of 748 Restaurants in Alexandria
Price range: $31 - $60
Cuisines: American, Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Brunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Old Town
Cross street: King St.
Alexandria
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76 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Beautiful Building - Good Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2013

I visit this restaurant frequently. The food is very good, the service is excellent but I must admit it is the building that keeps me coming back. The flooring, the light fixtures, the woodwork are all breathtaking. This truly is an old firehouse but the décor and atmosphere is late Victorian/Art Deco without being stuffy. They have many different styles of dining rooms. The atrium for brunch is a favorite although I recommend coming here for any meal. This place is run by the prestigious and innovative Neighborhood Restaurant Group. They pay great attention to creative food and fun cocktails. Go.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Lancaster, NY
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50 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Happiest First Anniversary”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2013

My husband and I chose the Columbia Firehouse for a special dinner to celebrate our first wedding anniversary, while spending Labor Day Weekend in Old Town. We had traveled to Old Town many times in the past, but had never been to this restaurant before. We were attracted to the stunning architecture and historic decor. We had such a memorable experience! We noted in our reservation that it was our Anniversary, which was smart. We were greeted warmly by the hostess, and seated at a great table towards the back of the dining room, which allowed for a beautiful view of the candlelit restaurant. While reviewing the menu, we were served two complimentary glasses of champagne, and congratulated on our anniversary, which was truly unexpected! We appreciated that the staff was enthusiastic about creating a special experience for our celebration. It was restaurant week 2013 while we were there, so we each had our choice of an appetizer, entree and dessert for only $35! An incredible value! My husband's appetizer was the Tuna Tartare, which was fresh & flavorful, and presented beautifully in little taco shells. My appetizer was the chicken fried oysters, which were large, tender, fried in a very yummy batter, and served with a unique spicy bbq-like sauce that was absolutely delicious. My husband's entree was the NY Strip Steak, which he ordered medium rare and the chef nailed it! Very good. My entree was the Braised Pork Shank served over creamy polenta, with extra jus in the bowl, and fresh gremolata. Honestly one of the most delicious meals I have ever had in my entire life. Really incredible! Could have licked the bowl if I weren't trying to look pretty and sophisticated. For dessert, my husband ordered the Summer Berry Sundae, which was SO GOOD, and topped with baby basil, an interesting but delightful twist. I ordered the Chocolate & Strawberry, which was also very good. Apparently it took a long time for our desserts to come out from the kitchen (we didn't notice because we were happily enjoying our full bellies and the glowing ambiance), so our waiter brought us another glass of complimentary champagne to pair with one dessert, and a complimentary glass of red wine to pair with the other. This was also very unexpected, but really thoughtful and made for the perfect ending to a perfect experience at Columbia Firehouse. Our waiter was very, very good at his job, provided us excellent service throughout the night, really made us feel taken care of. A+ experience!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 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 Rebecca P
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River Forest, Illinois
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Dinner”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

Just an average dinner restaurant but a tad expensive. There are many other better choices in Old Town Alexandria.

Visited August 2013
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DC
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364 reviews
223 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Fall off the bone braised pork”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

Went here with some friends last friday night. If you do go and you dont want to sit in the dark area in the back and it can be dark ask to sit on the left as you walk in. the place is an old firehouse and the part on the left is the garage i believe. Very open and bright. there are some seats on the patio but those fill fast and people do wait for those. service was great and very helpful and knowledgeable of the menu. started off with onion rings and a sausage and cheese appetizer. chicken sausage had a little kick but we sent both platters back empty. We had four different entrees. the pork was exceptional, my wife's steak was cooked to perfection. she likes it well done, and they did it without burning it. I would also highly recommend the beef ribs stroganoff. Again the meat just fell off the bones. So tender. Dessert was also great. They have a sample platter that has 6 large bite size desserts on it. easy to share for a table of four but we also ordered a couple full desserts as well. the chocolate Pot De Creme. it was like a fancy pudding. Excellent

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mad155
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New York City, New York
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588 reviews
225 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Great menu, food and decor!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2013

Right off of King Street.in an old firehouse.
Huge menu. Great food. Bar service was right on.
Moderately priced. Can bring children here..

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Scouternurse S
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