The Columbia Firehouse

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In 1871, the City of Alexandria introduced the Columbia Steam Engine Fire Company. The outfit initially occupied Star Firehouse on the east side of the 100 block of South St. Asaph Street until 1883, when a new station was built for Columbia just across the street at 109 South St. Asaph.

126 years later, Alexandria’s Neighborhood Restaurant Group relaunched this historic and beautifully preserved property as Columbia Firehouse, a sumptuous modern American brasserie and bar located in the heart of Alexandria’s Old Town.

Columbia Firehouse stands as a historic, beautifully preserved piece of Old Town’s heritage. From the street, the building has changed little while the interior has given way to sumptuous dining rooms on four levels, an atrium an outdoor patio and an exquisitely detailed barroom.
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Shreveport
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our time at Columbia Firehouse.

NJ
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a fantastic meal here. Catered to all of our different tastes and prices reasonable. The ambiance is awesome and the bar is stunning.

D
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was fantastic and the food was delicious.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu! Food was delicious and the hurricanes were on point!

JK
Columbus
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious, service was average. Would go again but not in a rush to do so.

c
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter and food were both fantastic. Martini glasses should be a little larger.

LV
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Have been many times - enjoy the menu and the ambiance. This was the first time we have had poor service. We waited 30+ minutes before the server came to take our drink order and by the time she came to take it, we ordered everything at once. We ordered only one appetizer, which took 20+ minutes to arrive. The server came by the table at about the 20-minute mark and did not seem to know we had not received it. Food was good when it finally arrived. The restaurant was busy, but did not seem busier than normal for a Saturday night. We could not figure out a reason for the service. May have just been our particular server was overwhelmed.

X
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I reserved a table for my husbands birthday and haven't been seated upstairs in over 20+ years. It was a busy Saturday night but it was way too loud and impersonal. I'm used to sitting in the side room and was looking forward to a nice quiet dinner with my family. They were out of the beet salad and I'm GF so didn't have a ton of choices. My daughter ordered the ribs with green beans which came out once she was finished eating. They did give us a free brownie with ice cream which was very nice but overall I won't be eating here for a while.

MH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our third time here and it has been excellent every time. The restaurant itself is stunning. I had the scallops and they were the best I have ever had. My husband had the chicken sandwich and loved it. Our server was attentive without being intrusive. We will definitely be returning.

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoy this place. The food, atmosphere and service is always great!

SC
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All staff courteous, friendly, courteous, and professional, excellent selection of foods, great taste, good servinging sizes.

OT
Mobile
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect! We had a great time. Food came out at appropriate intervals. And a great, long meal. It was awesome!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Beautiful date night spot! Loved the location and the food was great. My boyfriends steak frites was a little undercooked but other than that everything was tasty! Would definitely come back

m
Pinehurst
9 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service by Fabian. Food was delicious.

JA
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On Saturday daytime they offer a menu of lunch/brunch options that are a good variety. I had a delicious Chicken Cobb while my friends opted for a vege burger and eggs benedict - all members of the clean plate club. The food was fresh, served at the right temperature and properly cooked.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went out for date night with my husband, the food was very good. I had the boneless beef ribs and it was amazing.

FP
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was absolutely scrumptious, but one of our appetizers was initially delivered to the wrong table. Additionally, though our server was extremely knowledgeable and helpful regarding my Celiac disease, the service was a tic on the slow side. Still, we had a fantastic experience and would definitely recommend it to friends as well as dine there again ourselves.

CK
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Went to dinner early (have a little one), restaurant was empty. Took two hours from the time we sat down till the time we left. This was annoying for the adults and very difficult for the child. Service was spotty, waitress wasn’t present, and everything from drinks to food took incredibly long to arrive. The food was marginal and overpriced. Not a good experience, first time visiting and will be the last.

NB
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The waitress did not come around until 7 minutes of having been seated. Then, the drinks too forever to come. Then, the food was served by someone else who was very polite, but the waitress didn’t come back to check up. We ran out of water and drinks and she never came to ask or refill. On top of everything we got sooo sick from the food. Something didn’t seem right with the chicken and waffles, I regret eating here and spending my money on a meal that’s was not good and the service was terrible.

AI
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food was fine, but nothing outstanding. They went verrrry light on seasonings/sauces. Especially on the tuna tacos. The service was awful. We often waited 30 minutes between visits. The restaurant is very beautiful, but dated.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was ok, the sitting area was small and confined. The drinks were weak and left a lot to be desired.

KM
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The food was good...but not hardly even warm. The fries, truly hand cut , had the potential to be amazing, but were almost cool. The eggs Benedict, perfectly cooked egg, tasty sauce, but luke warm. The wings...were just bad. Too much sauce, cold, tasted like somebody reheated some old cooked wings. Really good blue cheese. Normally I would ask to have the fries hot or one item fixed, but it was the whole meal. The Bloody Mary was good.

YU
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time here. Have been passing it forever.
DeLicious food Had the corned beef hash and delectable.
My friends loved their food as well.
Will definitely return

FD
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

It was late valentine’s evening 9 pm reservation. Service was overall poor, but for the order taker herself. From a less than welcoming host/hostess to completely inadequate table service - dirty dishes / glasses from one course left, second course provided while still finishing first course, soup spoons not provided with the soup, wine/beer served well into second course rather than when requested. We had to ask for some plates to finally be cleared - when asked, people were responsive and friendly. Our server went out of her way to see if she could accommodate a dish preference. But for her, it was a less than charming evening.

T
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I was pretty disappointed in the experience overall. I felt the food was not worth the price. My husband and I had the three course Valentine’s Day. The tomato bisque I had would have been good as a pasta sauce, the chicken entree was a little over done and the sauce was a bit much. I wished the chicken came with some kind of starch to balance out the rich flavor. The desert was overly sour and the cake was hard. The service was poor. Our server was friendly, but there were multiple people bringing us food, and they brought us the wrong table’s food more then once. I gave this place 3 stars because my husband did enjoy his food, and we still had a nice time. I think if the food wasn’t priced so high, I would have lowered my standards.

T
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Visited on Valentine's day, One ordered the set menu one alacarte. The service was a little sparse, servers with too many tables. Food was excellent. Music was slightly loud for a romantic dinner.

F
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect venue for a romantic dinner. Service was bar none! Everyone from the front of the house manager to the wait staff were excellent. Great food and overall experience. Can’t wait to return. Highly recommended!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Went on Valentines Day and they had a limited menu. I ordered the Pork chop and it was great. My Husband ordered the surf and turf - the steak wasn’t seasoned and the crab cake wasn’t either. However, the customer service, drinks and ambiance were great!

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Pretty atmosphere, food was less than medicore. We were very disappointed overall. With all the phenomenal restaurants in Old Town, there's no reason to go here other than grabbing drinks at the bar. Definitely do NOT do dinner. I can beat compare their entrees to a catering hall wedding.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Highly disappointed with my Valentines Day meal. We were seated upstairs and told while being seated the heat was “spotty” and being worked on. It was a cold Friday night outside which means cold inside too. The complementary biscuits and honey were nice, but were cold upon delivery (probably because the top floor had yet to warm up).

Appetizers (wedge salad and beef tartare) were great as were the first round of drinks. Main course of surf and turf was overwhelmingly bland, lacking flavor in the sides (mashed potatoes and green beans). Second drink ordered had a bug floating around and had to be sent back. Was replaced promptly which I appreciated. Desserts were cool/cold upon delivery.

I’ve been here before and have only had great experiences so this was really disappointing. A manager did offer a $25 gift certificate for our experience but after we spent $200+ tip on a meal that was mediocre at best, not sure how quick we’ll be to come back and use it.

RB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new menu, delicious food and nice ambience. We’ll definitely be back!

JA
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and great service. Just wish they had fish and chips

MH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another amazing experience at Columbia Firehouse. The service and food are amazing. Our water glasses were never empty, the Chesapeake Benedict was amazing for brunch and the value for our money was great. Highly recommend once again.

T
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This was our first time, for both couples. Pre-theater dinner. Website indicated dinner served from 4pm... we had a 6pm reservation, but got there about 5:15pm; was told they "don't seat for dinner until 5:30pm"; strange since dinner starts at 4pm. OK, no biggie...we waited. When we were escorted to our table...it was for a party of 10...not 4. OK, again, no biggie, as this dinning room was empty. Brought to an appropriate table, but alas..with only 3 menus. Moving along... our server was very friendly, but probably should have popped a mint in his mouth after his smoke break.... All the food was delicious and all dinners came out hot! Our initial cups of coffee came out barely warm (advised our server who returned with two hot cups; and the tea...well, served without any hot water... Remedied once the server was made aware... A little comic relief...LOL We will go back for another visit in the future, as the food was really tasty; perhaps this was just a hiccup. Cheers!

TW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The menu listed on Google is not accurate. The food was good. The front door crew didn't really seem to know what was going on.

DL
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Had a reservation but the host had a difficult time finding my name. Maybe the noise level was too high. Took us to a very dark table. I asked to be seated at a booth but was told the rain was leaking from the ceiling onto the table. I saw no evidence of that. The manager came by, knowing we were unhappy but there was no point in discussion. The food was just okay and the corn fritters a big disappointment. With all the options in Old Town I would try many others before I returned.

PF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Seldom write reviews, but room was very cold despite moderate outside temp. (Many people kept their jackets on while eating). Waitress kept messing up beverage selections (available/then not available). Finally, my biscuits were raw, eggs overdone, salmon for another meal was over cooked- unlike reviews - this was not one of the best places for brunch in Old
Town.

EK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

At first, it was way too loud, but we asked for a quieter table. Columbia Firehouse accommodated us and all was well. Very very cool building!!

BN
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place with great character. Food is very tasty and service was excellent. Sitting downstairs was quieter and we could easily have a conversation with feeling the need to shout.
Highly recommend.

RD
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chris is a superb server. We enjoy it every time he is able to take our table. Personable, attentive, and knowledgeable. He adds to the already great atmosphere and food quality.

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