Firefly Restaurant

4.8
2078 reviews
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We serve food that, more often than not, accesses that part of our deepest soul where genuine expression can flow forth. We have always tried to give our food and service our best selves, as honest and vulnerable as we can muster. We strive to be a place where you might actually have a real connection; maybe with your server, maybe with your food or maybe with your possibly dorky host who is ACTUALLY glad you’re there.

Oh, you wanted a restaurant description? Sorry. Can’t really help you there. We’re not so big on labels. Our food is hard to nail down as we are constantly evolving and entirely seasonal and personal. We’ve used “Food you eat” as a tag line on occasion and that remains accurate. We could also describe it as “Food we really want you to eat”. When you’re here, tell us what you would call it.
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JK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Firefly Restaurant has been one of the best restaurants in San Francisco for a long time. My partner and I have enjoyed meals there on special occasions since the year 2000. The food and service are exceptional. We have never had a disappointing meal at the Firefly.

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ST
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as usual. Loved the Trout and the Cauliflower dish.

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L
New England
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Corn chowder and Smores dessert were delicious.

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m
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food especially the chicken and tatones. Will go again!!

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HA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were so kind.

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T
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was delicious. Our waiter was lively and made some great suggestions. Yes I hope to return in the near future.

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NC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It had been a while since I had dined at Firefly. I remembered how good it was and loved the ambience so I booked a table when company came in town. It is even better than I remembered! Server was energetic and knowledgeable. Seating was comfortable and noise level was perfect for conversation. I have big respect for a restaurant that offers more than one option for a vegetarian entree. There was a wide selection of tasty appetizers that made it hard to choose just one. Wine list had great selections under $60!

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R
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oh Firefly, how we love thee! Thanks for making our anniversary special, like you do with all our celebrations!

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r
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my go to! Gf and a lot of fantastic vegan dishes.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s just such a great restaurant...the food is innovative & fresh. It’s probably the most welcoming fine dining experience in the city.

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SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Been here several time and the quality and variety of food options does not disappoint.

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PI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Firefly for 20 years, and this was the best meal we've ever had! Absolutely fantastic!

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SH
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good value local restaurant. Delicious food as usual - I had the friend chicken - and very friendly service. I had a vegan guest with me and they were able to find several options (the menu is also very good for GF folks). Only downside was the lack of AC on one of the warm days in SF (but this is not a general problem :)

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C
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful birthday meal for a dear friend. Thank you!

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F
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Firefly is one of our all time favorites. The ambiance is lovely and the staff are professional, helpful and friendly. The food is extraordinary and the presentation equally elegant. We are visiting the area from the east coast and chose Firefly because of the outstanding dishes we experienced on earlier visits. We found it is also a perfect place for folks with Celiac or a serious sensitivity to gluten. There was only one dish on the menu that contained gluten and there was a very tasty GF alternative. We noted delight with our entire experience and the Chef came to our table to introduce herself. She is not only superbly talented and creative but also very gracious. We are already planning a way to fit in a return to Firefly during our next stay in the area.

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f
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

I would definitely recommend this restaurant. The food was delicious, the dishes were were innovative and you could hear your table mates. Atmosphere & service were just adequate & not a ton of choices on the menu, but all in all, definitely worth going to.

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HP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful neighborhood gem with great food, service and ambiance

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have an awesome experience celebrating my wife’s birthday with our 2 teenage kids. Our server, Jane, was awesome. Server does not do her justice, she was more like our food consultant. We could not have asked for better service. Food was extremely delicious as well. Definitely a repeat !!!

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LC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The menu is interesting, but rather limited. Not all of our guests were able to find something on the menu that appealed to them. Also, the menu sounded better than the food tasted. Our server was reasonably attentive but not warm or friendly.

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OT
San Joaquin
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will be back! Everything was very tasty and not the same old same old! Fantastic food!

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JC
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

An oldie but a goodie! Same great neighborhood vibe, and great creative food. It’s still got it!

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely ambience, pleasant staff, comfortable for dining alone as a solo widow, delicious food, a little pricey but a nice way to treat myself

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OW
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time at Firefly. So many of the items are gluten free, but they don’t need to be labeled as such — it’s just good food. It was a cozy atmosphere and we will definitely be back.

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IS
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t miss. Pork chop, The okra vegetarian dish, the fried chicken; all tasted fantastic.

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S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always!

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Y
Philadelphia
104 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal. Fantastic, fresh foods. Lovely wine selection. Terrific service. real gem of the neighborhood.

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T
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious! Amazing all dishes are gluten free. Loved the pizza, fried chicken, and especially the desserts. What a treat!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Birthday. Our waitress was not the friendliest...

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JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for dinner with friends in an area closer to their place as a matter of convince. We had and amazing server and that made us love the place. Food and cocktails were great, but the service and out waitress was downright amazing. Hope we get her again sometime.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and experience and service were amazing. The bites were a little pricey for what they were but I didn't mind paying it for the quality

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AK
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining. Healthy options. Go to eat, learn, and enjoy.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite spots in SF. Consistently delicious food with friendly and unpretentious service. A local gem for sure.

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GG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was delicious and the service was super pro and super friendly. The real surprise was how vegan friendly it was.

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d
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a great time at Firefly. Great food, varied menu, friendly staff all around. Yummy

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve always wanted to come here and it did not disappoint. Everything was cooked to perfection and seasoned perfectly. No wonder Firefly as been around for a while. Delicious! I’ll be back.

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e
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had a reservation for 645pm. Our other two thought it was 730pm, so we sat at the table for 45 minutes till our guests arrived. They were pleasant and reassuring that it was fine. Our server, Jane, was terrific, and smiled the whole way through our meal. We had a very good experience and would definitely go back.

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s
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

originally put off by specialty menu when i got there, it had enough options that it was fine . the food no matter the occasion was good.

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LD
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great neighborhood restaurant that always delivers good food and great ambiance. It makes the dining out experience a little bit special especially with some good friends.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner, esp with Firefly’s special menu for Passover

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

We arrived 10 mins before our reservation time and waited over 40 mins to be seated. Other than that the service was good and food even better.

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