The Columbia Firehouse

4.2
1921 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Neighbourhood Gem
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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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 1921 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.4
Service
4.3
Ambience
3.9
Value
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3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
16 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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f
4 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Food was great, however the restaurant needs new carpet. It is old and musty smelling.

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

Went for brunch. Corn beef hash was oily and the potatoes and veggies were over cooked. Children’s burger was hard and over cooked, we actually returned it and weren’t charged for it. My wife’s meal, Californian Benedict, was great. Service and ambience were good, just a little disappointed with the food.

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WC
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

For an early Sunday evening the service was incredibly slow. The server was attentive but she could not make the kitchen any faster. The food itself was ok to awful. I had the ribs and they were tasteless, dry and the sauce was unremarkable. My wife had the salmon and it too was dry and over cooked. The corn bread served with the ribs was dry and tasted like it was a day or two old. All in all a poor meal. We would never return or recommend the restaurant to others.

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PP
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Servers hovered over table too frequently. Food was mediocre and wine prices were expensive.

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HH
14 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We went for a quick casual brunch on Saturday and what a pleasant surprise. As tourist we thought this was going to be a tourist place but it was heavily frequented by locals and families. Service was on point and food was a great value. I had the burger which was a mouthful and well executed. My wife had a waffle which was crispy and fluffy. Our only complaint, and our fault, was the waffle was listed as coming with seasonal fruit. It had a generous dollop of blackberry jam on it. Should have asked. Nonetheless good, quick, tasty and service was good. I would definitely recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great meal, everything was perfect and our waitress Jules was awesome! Super helpful when we had questions and was on point with her suggestions. Definitely will be back

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k
17 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

While the scallops and farro dish was wonderful, the risotto had very little flavor and just plain boring. Our drinks arrived just a few mins before entrees, likely due to no appetizer and an empty restaurant on a Saturday night — but still could have been spaced much better.

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S
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very nice place with great character. Great service. Food was delicious and very fresh.

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AG
7 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Dined here with another couple after an event at the Lyceum (5 minute walk) . We made a reservation (late, 9:45), but didn't need it -- the place was NOT full. I was surprised because it is incredibly charming. Maybe more of a happy hour place? Really lovely physical space. Staff was friendly but not polished, which is fine with us. Food was quite good, but didn't knock me over, considering the prices. Seafood heavy menu, which I love. Because it was late and the kitchen was not backed up, our food came out incredibly fast. The server was trying to put down our entrees before we were done with our appetizers. We had to rush through our appetizers and hand our plates over so there was space for our entrees. No time for a second glass of wine, we were moved through dinner so rapidly (good for my waistline, but not good for the revenue of the restaurant). Overall, though, it was perfect for our occasion.

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R
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was incredible at Columbia Firehouse. Even though the birthday girl was too full for desert, they still went above and beyond to make her feel special at the end of our meal!

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HM
10 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Waiter was excellent. Hostess was hesitant to move us when we said we were freezing under the air vent.
Food was average, not great for the price. The decor is very nice.

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The server was great, but the food was slow to come out and the ceasar salad had more lemon juice than dressing so it was super sour. I would not eat there if you are in a hurry, but if you have a lazy night enjoy (just avoid the salad).

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ES
8 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Steaks were delicious!

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JB
37 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

We went on National Fried Chicken Day - but they took the fried chicken off the menu I guess! My steak was nice, but companions “hot chicken sandwich” wasn’t. Cheese and hot sauce, oily, overwhelming. Pretty expensive. Our waitress was very nice and helpful. The space is wonderful.

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BT
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food and service were very good. The only negative was the temperature - too chilly - but the server nicely adjusted it when asked.

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OT
6 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Good variety of food, food quality good, a bit expensive

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SC
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good and we went at a good time! This was our first time there for brunch. We previously went for dinner for a birthday and had a great time.

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W
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went to see the venue spaces for our upcoming wedding and it is perfect! But we wanted to try the food to see if we would like it and it was exactly what we wanted. If you need a unique place for a lunch and/or dinner, I highly recommend this place for it. Roger was great and so happy to answer all our questions. I am so excited for our wedding !!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Food was good the first time, but the second time I went, it wasn’t good. Service is great, but food inconsistent.

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DC
102 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Columbia Firehouse is a great place for brunch or dinner....conveniently located just outside the downtown Old Town Area, parking is easy and the location is central to many Old Town activities with just a short walk....attended a special Scotch tasting event and the Chef developed a five course meal that aligned with the drinks....awesome job.... great service, great food, terrific ambiance...

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DE
3 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

1/2 price bottles of wine on Mondays added value

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t
18 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We have eaten at the Columbia Firehouse many times in the past. The food has always been delicious as it was this time. This was for a after church brunch with my wife and a friend. The noise level was so loud that we asked to be moved the bar area because we could not hear each other talk. I am 80 and my wife and her friend are in their mid 70. All 3 of us have hearing aids.

It is no pleasure to eat in such a loud environment as we are now finding most restaurants in Alexandria where we traditionally have Sunday brunch. Not only can we not hear each other, it give us a bad case of indigestion. Please send me suggestions for nice quiet establishments in the Alexandria area.

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OT
40 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband loves the chili and baked macaroni and cheese they serve. He usually orders both as his meal.

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OT
6 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambiance and food.

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t
26 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Columbia Firehouse is consistently good dining. The service has always been excellent, the servers know what they are serving, and their recommendations are spot on. The wines sourced locally are also very good, and the servers will be able to make a recommendation. The bar area is also good and open quite late, we have gone there past 10:00pm and able to order a good meal.

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BD
16 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Took my parents here during their visit. Great food and awesome service.

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AG
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service was excellent as it usually is. We love coming to Columbia Firehouse.

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