The Columbia Firehouse

4.2
1948 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food, Bistro
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Hours of Operation
Lunch
Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3 pm

Dinner
Monday: 5:30pm - 9pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 5:30pm -10pm
Friday&Saturday: 5:30pm - 11pm
Sunday: 4:30pm - 9pm

Brunch
Saturday - Sunday: 11am - 3pm

Barroom Hours
Monday: 4:00 pm - 1:30am
Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 1:30am
Saturday&Sunday: 11:00am - 1:30am
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Phone number
(703) 683-1776
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Private Party Facilities
Housed in a landmark 1883 building in the heart of Alexandria's Old Town, Columbia Firehouse offers sumptuous private dining space for events of sizes and styles. From an intimate dinner for 12 to a gala for 150 we have a unique, historic, and beautifully preserved setting for your next event.
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Private Party Contact
Sarah Melby: (888) 328-5253
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Catering
For those who have enjoyed dining at Columbia Firehouse and wish to have us cater your next event, we are pleased to partner with 550 Events & Provisions, a chef-driven, full-service catering and events company. As a member of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s family of award-winning restaurants, 550 possesses an unparalleled depth and breadth of experience, as well as culinary talent. For inquiries and more information, contact 550 Events & Provisions at inquiries@550events.com.
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
King Street
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Parking Details
There is street parking available, in addition to public lots. Unfortunately, we are not able validate parking.
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Public Transit
20 minute walk from the King Street Metro station.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Take Away, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 1948 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.3
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4.0
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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M
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

After we got sat, everything was fantastic. The server was very attentive, the drinks were always kept full, the meal was delicious and my friends and I had a great time. We will be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Had a reservation for 730 and were not seated until after 8pm, which was fine but opentable showed many available tables so maybe something wasn’t registering in the system?
All of the food was lacking flavor. I’ve dined here many times over the last 5 years and this was the worst the food has ever been. I was surprised actually as I’ve only ever had good experiences. Onion rings lacked salt, the seasonal risotto was overly oily and pretty bland. The skillet cookie was burnt to the bottom of the pan.
Again, I love this restaurant so maybe it was just an off night?

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DR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Wonderful staff and in a great, walkable location in old town. Food was top notch and pace was relaxed for a weekend brunch.

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DS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the decor and overall ambiance of the place. Food was exquisite, oysters especially, shrimp, steak tartare, mixed drinks and wine also above par. But the very best was the service-Bianca is to be commended for making us feel special. Will return and make note to all our friends that this is a place to visit.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always their service was amazing. My fiancée and I love Columbia Firehouse. The food is delicious and we are always treated there with the utmost care and respect.

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C
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Rough start but in the end management made it right. Nice place. My wife and I eat here 3 to 4 times a year. Food is great.

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OT
8 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Decent food, excellent service, a tad overpriced, nice decor and ambiance. Would probably go again.

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JH
4 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Love the Reuben Rolls!!!

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ML
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 4Ambience 2

Nice brunch menu. Caesar salad was warm and wilted. Served Eggs Benedict with wrong sauce that I discovered after pouring it on. Sent back. Server assured me I would be getting a freshly prepared platter. Minutes later, I was re-served the same wrong food, ice cold, with the correct sauce over the original wrong sauce. Potatoes were cold and extremely salty. Water glasses were unclean and had an odd smell.
I don’t usually leave poor reviews but this experience was truly abysmal although server was attentive and courteous. Food like this should’ve never left the kitchen. Note: Manager gave me a gift certificate and acknowledged my issues, but the stench of that meal remains.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

The restaurant was wonderful with regards to its appearance. I ordered the wedge salad with a side of hanger steak. Instead, I was brought a wedge salad with an entire entree of hanger steak, which cost an additional $20. I mentioned the issue and was still charged for the entire entree. Then, when drinking out of my glass, I realized that my glass was dirty. Not just dirty, but chunks of what I’m assuming to be food and grit stuck to the inside of the glass. When I told the waiter, he just brought a different drink (which I didn’t even want to drink at that point). I ended up being charged for and paying for the drink as well. Also, the wedge salad was great, but the hanger steak was poorly cooked. For the amount I paid for the experience, it was underwhelming and there was no attempt to right the wrongs. Unfortunately, I will not be giving the restaurant another shot in the future.

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D
28 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful place. We started at 5:30 and the ambience was very nice. At some point they started the music and it was harder to talk. I tried to order the ribs but we were an hour too early. They were on the grill outside and wouldn't be ready for at least an hour. That was a disappointment, but they gave us our dessert for free.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

We came for a Sunday brunch. Our primary server was good; however, overall service was inattentive and insufficient. We sat with empty plates on the table too long, had one offer for coffee refills about 15 seconds after we received our coffee, then didn’t get a refill again until we asked for one at the end of our meal (the lady refilling coffee just kept walking by our table and we couldn’t get her attention otherwise). The most frustrating part was that it wasn’t busy considering the day. 1:00 PM brunch date for 3 people, and maybe half the tables had people siting at them.

Overall it was a decent experience and the food was good, so we’ll come back. However, if it’s anything like the last time, it will be our final visit.

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MT
5 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Got seated in a crowded nook, with a persistent draft from an open door from the service area. Server forgot to enter one of our dishes, and we weren't able to let him know until we had finished dinner. The wedge is overpriced for its size. Entrees always delicious.

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J
75 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Very nice interior, except for the table I was seated at. It was next to a table on a higher level without a partition and I anytime looked that way I was looking at those diners' legs. Pretty weird. Food was fine. Wedge salad excellent. Service was pleasant, and timing of the salad and main entry was proper. Recommended, but don't let them seat you at the table I was given.

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JC
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had a fantastic evening! The ambiance was beautiful...although I thought lighting was a bit bright.
Lucky for us, it was 1/2 price wine nite! The wedge salad was fresh & Crisp...The scallops were phenomenal!!!
What a terrific find for two out of town folks on a rain evening n DC! Loved It! Will be back! Have already referred friends n the area!

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CH
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was perfect. I had brunch with my son it was not busy. The environment was unique It can be good for a date too

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PF
25 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Our server, Dennis, was great. The entrees were very good (steak frittes and beef bourguignon). My friend loved the Bees Knees cocktail. We were not crazy about the dessert - it was a supposed to be peaches with some crumble and ice cream. Peaches were a soupy consistency and a scoop of ice cream on top- just not what we expected. Otherwise it was a lovely dinner.

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YD
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is delicious, the atmosphere has a retro feeling but elegant, and customer service is outstanding. Manager, Roger, was very pleasant and went out of his way to make sure my family had a great dining experience. Our new favorite spot to eat for sure!!!!

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BP
13 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food was excellent. I highly recommend the scallops. The woman at the table next to us said the half-chicken is worth ordering, too (and she, like us, said she would typically never order something like a roasted chicken, which she could make at home). The service was attentive.

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e
10 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great wine list! This restaurant offers menu items featuring many local ingredients from area farms - which I love. The wines are also fabulous - they offer many specialty/local wines by the glass, not just by the bottle!

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GB
8 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The menu listed on OpenTable does not reflect their current menu. The choices were scaled down and the food was fine. However, it’s not at the level that’s normally rated this high on this app. Service was fine, ambiance was ok. But this isn’t a special event type of place.

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LS
14 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were blown away by our experience here. The setting was charming. The service was fantastic. Jules has a wonderful personality and goes the extra mile to make sure everything is perfect. The food was outstanding. The biscuits and honey started the meal off so well. The shrimp small plate was incredible. Everything we ordered was perfectly prepared and delicious. We are so glad we chose this restaurant.

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MF
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

We were served quickly but then the waitress started to ignore us. She stopped at a table directly across from us about three times but never glanced our way to see if we needed anything. I believe we waited a long time for our check, too. That being said, we did enjoy our meal.

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JM
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

If you go, you need to sit in the bar area and ask for Jules. I eat our quite a bit for work, and she is one of the best servers I have ever had in a restaurant. She took care of everything we needed, was extremely friendly, very engaging and had the best attitude. Made the dinner a fantastic experience!

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SL
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

The ambiance was great. Food and service was typical of a restaurant. Enjoyed the history of the firehouse.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time dining experience for a family of four at this place. Very pleasantly surprised. Cool interior. Great friendly service. Menu selection was varied. Food came out promptly. Was done really well. The complimentary biscuits with honey were a hit! Also accommodated a food allergy simply and gracefully. Will be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Although the food was good, it wasn’t great, especially for the price. The restaurant itself was nice, clean and the service was good.

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S
3 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 4Ambience 1

The floor was filthy. My shoes stuck The the carpet and the carpet was black. The table was sticky. I had to ask someone to come clean off the table. I had heard great things about this restaurant and was so disappointed.

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OT
5 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The waiter was very good!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic as always!

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MA
8 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Best Wedge Salad with tomatoes, bacon and blue cheese I've EVER had!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious, our waiter was very kind. The drinks tasted great. We had a great time there. The atmosphere of the restaurant was great for family night outs.

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JD
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Columbia Firehouse is a great place to go for a steak. The prime rib was huge and cooked perfectly. My girlfriend's filet mignon was well worth the trip. Plenty of beer and cocktails on tap, and make sure you try the onion rings.

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K
4 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

I enjoy Colombia fire house. The beautiful setting and Art Deco flair is so special. Our service was great. However I didn’t find any real value to the food. I found it over priced for what we got and we also had oysters that were mushy and flavorless. We didn’t enjoy them at all. I think we’ll try somewhere new next time.

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KT
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Food was good and while the servers were very friendly, we couldn’t figure out who exactly was our server. We had about 4 different people coming by our table yet none were consistent. Anytime we needed anything we had to flag somebody down and then it would take a while to get what we had asked for (at least 20 minutes just to get a side of horseradish for the prime rib). It was also absolutely freezing in the restaurant and we ended up having to ask them to turn the AC down because we were so cold. We came during restaurant week and we got a great deal. The jerk chicken with saffron risotto was amazing but VERY spicy.

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JT
18 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, delicious food. Loved the outdoor seating area ... very romantic.

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DM
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The steak is to Die for and the service is outstanding.
The place gives you the distinct feel of old town Alexandria was built on!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The restaurant was too cold I couldn't enjoy my dinner because I was focused on my goosebumps

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PA
6 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Service was outstanding. Was catching up with an old friend and couldn't have selected a better spot. Good menu and great bar.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service is exceptional. My wife and I love to eat dinner here for a date or special occasion

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