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.
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 has a wide variety of items with a vegetarian option.
Signature Dishes – The Waiter stated seafood items are their specialties.
Nice warm basket of two kinds of bread.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.