Firefly Restaurant

4.7
2013 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, great food. Loved the trout and the okra dish. Service was also great. 5 stars all around. Neighborhood gem.

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JB
Denver
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always all ordered was delicious and great service!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neighborhood gem

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely delicious meals with a beautiful selection of wines from different countries. Superb service and most everything is also gluten free. Highly recommend

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible ambience and service.

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BH
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite neighborhood restaurant. Amazing food. Wonderful staff. Plenty of vegetarian/vegan options. Just the best. That’s all.

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

This restaurant is a neighborhood jam it's small and artisinal. They obviously care a lot about their food and beverages. Staff is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. There are lots of vegetarian and gluten-free options. If you are a wine geek they tend to have some rather esoteric wines on their list. This is a great restaurant for a great dining for a great date

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RR
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As the saying goes, good food, friendly people. It's always been that way for me, for more than 25 years.

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HR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing run-of-the-mill about the menu nor the food. Very delicious.

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OT
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Waitress was really personal and easy to work with!

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BA
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful time. Our server was in a bind needing our 4top spot (we were 3). He asked us if we'd move for some free wine making it a win-win for everyone. Well handled and we had a wonderful meal too. I love a professionally run restaurant.

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k
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Firefly is our favorite San Francisco restaurant. We go there on "date" nights, with friends and family and even for work group dinners. We are never disappointed. Our server, Jane, was exceptional making our latest dinner at Firefly another delicious and delightful experience.

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San Francisco
153 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our family favorite for over 20 years; many happy occasions celebrated here, with never a letdown. Our daughter is a vegetarian, & eats as well as we do here — the vegetarian options are fully realized & not an afterthought/even tempting for carnivores.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this neighborhood gem for 25 years. It has quintessential San Francisco charm and an eclectic ever-changing menu so you never tire from its delights.

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PA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was great. Service was not attentive.

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a
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful little spot for a date or meet up with a friend. Not overly priced. Beautiful, healthy food, and cool atmosphere. The service was fantastic! You don't have to spend a fortune to have a special night in the city. Loved it.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the braised lamb, brussel sprouts and the chocolate crepe with banana ice cream. All 3 items were amazing! The braised lamb was so tender and soft and the sauce that came with it was nice and creamy. Will definitely come back for all 3 items again.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and atmosphere at Firefly is always amazing. I love the daikon radish cakes and brussel sprouts are 2 favorites. Dinner with old friends-we were able to hear each other easily, and our waiter was understanding as we took a long time to look at the menu as we caught up. A neighborhood gem!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family was all in town so we had dinner together- it was amazing! Loved the service too.

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LD
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delight to eat there with friends. Great ambiance and delicious and satisfying food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have celiac and got to eat fried chicken for the first time since I was diagnosed! Food was great our waitress was very knowledgable about celiac and her friendly personality added to the great dinning experience. Thank you!

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FR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a marvel! So much of this experience was perfect! First, the environment - cozy not cramped, just the right amount of sound, and lighting that is so embracing and soothing! The service was so welcoming, focused and kind, felt like the best part of being home! The food was truly special. 4 of us ate a wonder of food, everything was perfect. The Japanese sweet potato tostones were so very special, especially for me who grew up eating Cuban tostones, these were a world of delicious apart! The Moqueca Baiana was a warm delight for a cold day! When desert time came, nothing could be more perfect than that not one but ALL of the deserts were gluten free! Again, the attention to craft in the kitchen is stunning, this is a very special place.

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C
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We live in Noe Valley and have been customers of Firefly since it opened. Our dinner on Thursday night was excellent. Firefly continues to serve interesting healthy food in a very comfortable friendly setting.

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B
San Francisco
73 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great bartender and delicious food !
Nice neighborhood spot!

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WH
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect! I asked for a cozy spot in the restaurant and we were seated at a table that resembled a kitchen nook with pillows in the window. It was perfect for a cozy/comfortable evening, and the staff made great suggestions for dinner and wine. It could not have been any better!

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JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love this restaurant. The food never fails. Amazing appetizers, desert and the best fried chicken!

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FD
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Firefly comes off as a neighborhood hangout/restaurant, but that implies its "simple". Every dish they make is consistently delicious and impressive. I am happy to have this in the regular rotation. If you have any dietary restrictions (gluten/dairy/etc..), they are super helpful and make sure you leave full / happy.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and great team!

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OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the absolute gems of neighborhood dining in SF.

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TC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Lots of gluten free options.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love you, Firefly.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Valentine’s Day

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HB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really happy with my Valentines Day date. It was busy which was to be expected and the food was all really tasty. A few hiccups about the timing of the appetizer/reminding the waiters what we ordered but a good experience overall.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious! Almost entirely gluten free menu.

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SG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This cozy Noe neighborhood spot is officially a favorite one of mine, after my recent, third trip there - this time for Valentine’s dinner with my husband. Playful artwork, candles, (plus rose petals everywhere this visit) as well as branch sculptures and twinkle lights create a romantic glow that complements the creative menu. The approachable and knowledgeable staff gave highly accurate descriptions of our wine options. Rotating, unique (but small) dishes incorporate lots of rich vegetable and fish options. Written menu has whimsical touches, adding to the casual vibe - but food is complex and beautifully presented.

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L
Seattle
108 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines dinner....greeted by rose petals in the entrance on the ground, front of house staff all wearing pink shirts, and the magical combination of warm, caring service matched by delicious creative food.
Squash soup, complex flavors paired with orange Greek wine
Seed bread with “yummy” spread
Crab cake, arugula and fennel salad
S’mores dessert
And, the entire meal was wheat free!

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KK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place and try to go whenever I come home to visit my Dad. Food is superb, and waitstaff is wonderful.

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AN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We held a business dinner (faculty recruitment for a position in our School of Medicine).
The table though small still held all 6 of us, and the noise level was not too loud, which allowed for thoughtful business discussion.
Food accommodated 3 who are vegetarians in our group.

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MC
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Firefly is a nice neighborhood restaurant. The food was prepared well, but some of the portions were skimpy, especially for the price. For example, we ordered the crab cake. The crab cake was really really small and it cost $18.00. The servers were not overly friendly nor dismissive. They were rather neutral. Overall, it's a cute restaurant that prepares food fairly well but it is pricy. I would not return because there was absolutely nothing really outstanding or compelling about the experience, food, or wait staff.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neighborhood gem! Service and food are outstanding. The most gluten-friendly, too.

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