2010

The Firehouse Restaurant Review, Sacramento

Posted by Foodnut.com

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

The Firehouse

1112 2nd Street (Between K and L Street)

Sacramento, CA 95814

916-442-4772

The Firehouse Website

Book Reservation

The Firehouse Sacramento exterior decor

The Firehouse is a fine restaurant in touristy Old Sacramento. This restaurant opened nearly 50 years ago and is located in an old firehouse. We were passing by the area and stumbled upon this restaurant after doing a little research. This area is filled with tourist traps, something we definitely wanted to avoid.

The Firehouse Sacramento Garden courtyard patio

Decor, Vibe – The Firehouse has classic old-school decor with huge paintings, elegant chandeliers, and classic booth seating inside. Lunch was being served in their garden courtyard covered by majestic trees. Walled off with tall brick walls covered with ivy, big band music played on the speakers. Diners included many tourists and older locals that were probably regulars. The California Chamber of Commerce is having a power lunch here.

Menu

The Firehouse Sacramento menu

Menu has a wide variety of items with a vegetarian option.

Signature Dishes – The Waiter stated seafood items are their specialties.

Website The Firehouse Menu

Full image set

Picks:
Nice warm basket of two kinds of bread.

The Firehouse Sacramento honey Balsamic chicken sandwich

Honey balsamic chicken sandwich ($14) marinated chicken breast, grilled with a sweet and tangy barbecue glaze, sliced prosciutto, provolone cheese, and pickled onions served on a fresh roll, served with a choice of fries or mixed greens was a huge sandwich with a large piece of meat. The sourdough bun was dripping with all the barbecue sauce, making it a little bit messy. The side salad was pretty big and had a very nice dressing.

The Firehouse Sacramento mahi mahi fish entree

MAHI MAHI Lunch Special ($20) pan seared with honey garlic cumin glaze on a bed of greens was slightly salty, but cooked so it was juicy and solid quality wise.
The included vegetarian heirloom tomato risotto was very tangy and thick providing a meaty contrast to the fish is.

The Firehouse Sacramento cheeseburger

Kid’s Cheeseburger ($9.95) Char grilled with American Cheese, Served with waffle fries, fresh fruit, and a Soda at the same huge bun as the chicken sandwich but a smaller patty of course. Smothered in cheese, this was a decent burger but not spectacular.

The Firehouse Sacramento kids butter pasta

Kid’s Pasta ($9.95) butter sauce and a soda was a good-sized portion of wide egg noodles with fresh Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top. Better noodles than most places.

OK:
None

Pans:
None

Service – The Firehouse had fierce service that was pretty relaxed and not around very much.

Value – Prices are in line with fancier sit down places in this area.

Verdict – The Firehouse is a solid restaurant located amid tons of touristy restaurants. If you find yourself visiting this area were passing by on the way back from the mountains, give it a try. They validate city parking lot tickets. Kid’s menu available.

Firehouse on Urbanspoon

The Firehouse Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Very Good)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Full Bar
Attire:Casual
Hours:Mon - Fri 11:30am - 2:30pm, Sun - Th 5-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5-10pm
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes
Prices:$12 - $22 (Lunch)
Posted on September 20th, 2010
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