Jack's Firehouse

Jack's Firehouse

American Restaurant and Bar$$$$
Fairmount - Art Museum, Philadelphia
  • Dutch U.
    "Eastern State Pennitentiary."(2 Tips)
    Christopher B.
    "historic East State Penitentiary!"(2 Tips)
    Gerardo G.
    "Try the crab cake - @JacksFirehouse (via @Foodspotting)"(4 Tips)
    Kara K.
    "Catfish sandwich was dry though."(2 Tips)
68 Tips and reviews
  • eastern state
  • state penitentiary
  • brunch food
  • good for groups
  • outdoor seating
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  • Jennifer H.
    Jennifer HaveyMay 4, 2013
    The pulled pork is to DIE for! Ribs and the pear salad are also favorites. Mack was a fantastic server. On my "best of" list for Philly.
  • Leah W.
    Leah WilliamsJuly 16, 2011
    Great atmosphere and service! Chicken breast w/ bacon mac n cheese in mushroom sauce is awesome...ask for their cookies at the end - chocolate chip pecan - so good!
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineDecember 6, 2010
    The complimentary buttermilk biscuits to start, the warm chocolate chip cookies to finish, and the heavy-on-the-horseradish Bloody Marys is what makes brunch here memorable. Read more
  • Melissa D.
    Melissa DispenzaJuly 1, 2010
    Little pricey, but the food and atmosphere are worth it! They give you a decent portion, the menu has great dishes, and they even give little chocolate chip cookies when you pay! Love it!
  • Ashley V.
    Ashley VelazquezOctober 27, 2013
    Only worth it if you wanna eat out and go to the penitentiary; nice package available. Limited menu, horrid decor, and I'm pretty sure the water was from the tap. Um, 4 outta 10.
  • Desiree G.
    Desiree GertzenJuly 2, 2013
    Good food...bar menu reasonable dinner menu a little pricey...very nice wait staff...fun atmosphere!
  • Jon C.
    Jon CJune 2, 2013
    If you are leaving the eastern state penitentiary you should grab lunch here. Get the crab cake appetizer
  • Mike M.
    Mike MyersAugust 27, 2013
    Great service. Decent menu. Absolutely epic Bloody Mary's (Secret ingredient is Jägermeister)
  • Eric L.
    Eric LawsonSeptember 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If your at the bar...be aware that beer prices change from night to night and bartender to bartender with random taxes SMH ......
  • Christine N.
    Christine NolanJanuary 27, 2013
    Crab cakes and pulled port with chips are excellent! You will not be disappointed :).
  • Tanas H.
    Tanas HaydaJuly 3, 2013
    Mussels were fab, the sausage is a great pairing. Enormous portion too!
  • Josh R.
    Josh RaabOctober 25, 2013
    The ribs fall off the bone so you know they do them right
  • Christopher B.
    Christopher BonkMarch 23, 2012
    Great place to enjoy a draft and gaze upon the historic East State Penitentiary!
  • James R.
    James RobinsonSeptember 18, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Be wary when ordering drinks at the bar and paying cash. Prices don't include tax, but they tend to round up to the nearest 50 cents, resulting in an automatic tip. Sheisty to say the least.
  • Gwen W.
    Gwen WrightAugust 15, 2015
    Good appetizers and great outdoor seating
  • Lauren R.
    Lauren RinaldiDecember 7, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Host desk straight back to the right of the bar, somebody will seat you. Try the buttercake, it's so good.
  • Bridget C.
    Bridget ChilaFebruary 17, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Great food, great staff, Great bar. Matt and Dean are the best.
  • Stefanie J.
    Stefanie JumpJuly 31, 2011
    The BBQ pork is fricken amazing! And the bus boy is rockin!
  • Norie W.
    Norie WrightAugust 16, 2015
    Great view. Wonderful appetizers. Love it!
  • stephen h.
    stephen harrisJune 7, 2012
    Great service and food. Cool place. Recommended
  • Dylan K.
    Dylan KoutskyAugust 15, 2014
    Great music at night. And delicious brunch.
  • Diana
    DianaNovember 14, 2014
    Great atmosphere near The Art Museum
  • Vinayak M.
    Vinayak MDecember 16, 2013
    Really expensive place to go for dinner. The bread is amazing though
  • Nate M.
    Nate MMay 27, 2016
    Cool views,but food is awful (our group had burger, crab cake, salad) Service not great either - brought out 4 tables food at the same time!
  • Kara K.
    Kara KronenwetterFebruary 16, 2015
    Look classier than it should be, but the prices are very reasonable. Catfish sandwich was dry though.
  • James G.
    James GittoJuly 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The bar tender on Friday nights is awesome!
  • Gerardo G.
    Gerardo GarciaNovember 21, 2015
    Try the Philly Cheesesteak Omelette - @JacksFirehouse (via @Foodspotting)
  • Brett B.
    Brett BertolinoSeptember 4, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Get the Skittles shot! #tastetherainbow
  • Eric L.
    Eric LawsonSeptember 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Tip the waiter named Ed, Best dude ever !!!!
  • Cher F.
    Cher FerJuly 8, 2012
    I know from a good source this place doesn't serve fresh bread. If a customer doesn't eat it they serve it to the next person
  • Andrij H.
    Andrij HarasewychAugust 25, 2011
    Best BBQ in Fairmount. Hands down. Try the ribs. Read more
  • Andrij H.
    Andrij HarasewychAugust 25, 2011
    Best BBQ in Fairmount. Hands down. Try the ribs. Read more
  • Dom
    DomJune 30, 2013
    Great drinks. Great atmosphere
  • Serena R.
    Serena RichardsonOctober 12, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Matt, Ed, and Josh....tip 'em well!!!! They're awesome!
  • Laurie M.
    Laurie McKittrickJuly 29, 2012
    Dean is the greatest. Amazing bartender.
  • Gerardo G.
    Gerardo GarciaNovember 21, 2015
    Try the crab cake - @JacksFirehouse (via @Foodspotting)
  • Megan S.
    Megan StephensOctober 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The warm spiked apple cider is the best!
  • Scott G.
    Scott GrossMarch 17, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    There IS a host stand that usually has someone behind it. Look to the right near the back of the bar when you first come in.
  • David F.
    Great food. Great service.
  • Dutch U.
    Dutch UmbrellaApril 29, 2010
    Great outdoor space with a view of the front of Eastern State Pennitentiary.
  • Tanas H.
    Tanas HaydaJuly 3, 2013
    Oh, AND they play iron & wine? +1 :)
  • Kristen S.
    Kristen SweeneyFebruary 18, 2013
    Have brunch after cheering on the runners in the Philadelphia Marathon at Jack's Firehouse.
  • Sarah F.
    Sarah FergusonSeptember 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If your waiter is Ed, tip him well.
  • Brian B.
    Brian BAugust 31, 2015
    BLT salad is excellent
  • Dom
    DomJune 30, 2013
    Get a 007 ! Awesome drink
  • Nick T.
    Nick TaylorApril 10, 2011
    Ask for Emily...she"s the best!!
  • Andrea C.
    Andrea CrewsNovember 20, 2010
    Crab-cake sandwich worth slappin your mama...so good!
  • JoShaun G.
    JoShaun G. H.January 10, 2012
    May not look open but it is..... and til 2am
  • 💕Linds💕
    💕Linds💕July 21, 2015
    Catfish sandwich was just OK. Service was stellar though.
  • Bob Z.
    Bob ZamrokJuly 4, 2012
    Awesome service and food!!!!
  • Chris M.
    Chris MartinezOctober 10, 2011
    Firehouse manhattan is where it's at!!!
  • Kim
    KimSeptember 5, 2014
    The food and the people.
  • Alex L.
    Alex LuriAugust 11, 2013
    Cherrys for free!
  • James S.
    James Stewart Jr.June 4, 2012
    Hanna should be your server.
  • David R.
    David RunkleJune 4, 2011
    Bartender is the most beautiful thing in this place!
  • Stefanie S.
    Stefanie SpatolaMay 6, 2010
    Brunch with homemade jam & pecan chocolate chip cookies for dessert!
  • Brian J.
    Brian JonesJune 7, 2014
    Rude service to tourists and they let you sit outside and THEN tell you about these made up rules that are found nowhere else. Plus the food sucks.
  • Brendan V.
    Brendan ViolaAugust 6, 2014
    BARBECUE get it
  • Chef Dennis L.
    Chef Dennis LittleyAugust 18, 2013
    Pulled Pork was dry and salty
  • Neil K.
    Neil KAugust 11, 2012
    This place is weird
  • Andrea C.
    Andrea CrewsNovember 20, 2010
    Great vodka & cranberry
  • Cedric
    CedricOctober 29, 2012
    Ribs were awful! Waiter didn't seem to care. Best tip is to skip this place.
  • Liz C.
    Liz CaseySeptember 10, 2012
    Don't eat here. There's rats crawling on the floor and their water is 7$. Save your money and go somewhere that isn't pure shit.
  • Patrick C.
    Patrick CasadyMarch 21, 2010
    Brunch is the best!
  • Joshua V.
    Joshua Van DreelAugust 23, 2010
    Food is average....waitress was smokin'!
  • dawn b.
    dawn brickerOctober 9, 2010
    Dinner was only ok. Service was the same. Too expensive for the quality
  • Mike E.
    Mike EsslApril 3, 2010
    Avoid the BBQ. This is not pulled pork.
  • Doug B.
    Doug BellengerAugust 28, 2009
    climb the pole at Jack's Firehouse
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