Firefly Restaurant

4.8
1944 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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San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and friendly staff. The best, most reliable gluten-free, Celiac-friendly food in the Bay Area.

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

This was our first time at Firefly since moving to the neighborhood about 6 months ago. Everyone and everything was perfect. The owner/host was so sweet and gracious. Our waitress Molly was so sweet, helpful, and cheerful. The food was yummy!!!!

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G
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They make the best fried chicken with biscuits.
Our server was very up beat and friendly. She was a rarity among servers.

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EW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to firefly on Sunday night with a friend & we both had a really lovely time. The food was amazing, we shared the crab cake for starters, had a main each, I had the moqueca & my friend had the enchiladas. Then we shared the brownie & scoop of fig ice cream for dessert. They have a huge wine list & the waitress helped us select the perfect bottle. After dinner we added some more glasses of wine as the atmosphere was so nice we didn’t want to leave. Would definitely recommend & will definitely be back.

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S
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food as always was amazing. From the vegan option to the meat n potatoes. Desserts are a must have too

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f
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is my new favorite restaurant in San Francisco! Brilliant menu, incredible service. Warm, lovely place to be. Could have spent the whole night there eating everything on the menu. Wonderful new flavors, plentiful, diverse, fun. Came away very impressed and still talking about it. Do you have a cook book? Wish I could make some of the dishes again this evening -- particularly the daikon cakes with mushrooms and the amazing cauliflower bread with lentils. Many thanks for such a thoughtful, delicious meal and most importantly a wonderful experience for us all.

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CG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our all-out favorite neighborhood restaurant - and first choice for any special occasion. The last one was my husband's birthday. The food was absolutely scrumptious and so unusual! It's a menu that changes frequently, but I do hope they never ever do away with the brussel sprouts or the Japanese sweet potato tostones appetizers.

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I
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waitress. Fabulous food’

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Such a nice neighborhood restaurant. Good food and nice feeling

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O
Edinburgh
149 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

this was an affirmatively bland meal which is unusual for this restaurant. The fried chicken tasted great but the sides were dull. The beef short ribs were well cooked but the meat had no flavor and the spatzle were the same. The sauce was nice on that dish. The cauliflower flat bread was saved by the sausage topping. I expect better from this restaurant. Sunday night problem perhaps?

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Firefly for years and the quality has always been superb! I love that it caters to gluten free people. It is hard to find great, truly gluten free restaurants. LOVE THIS RESTAURANT!!

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t
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had not been there for quite some time and it was a joy to have such a nice experience.The service was as excellent as the food.

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RB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Fresh ingredients, great atmosphere, fantastic people. Every friend I bring loves it too and becomes a patron :)

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LM
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

It was our first time and we were pleasantly surprised but the ambiance and great service. However the meal was okay. The fried chicken was crispy but lacked flavor and my husband's short ribs (or meat dish) was on the dry side. I think the kitchen might have had an off night. We might try it again...

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

The Acme bread and spread was delish. Fried chicken did not disappoint. Comfortable atmosphere, feels like family hen you walk in.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Greats service, nice atmosphere, not loud. In a nice neighborhood.

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Portland
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Small table for 6 people with a reservation. Otherwise, great service and food.

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FR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year’s Eve.

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F
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special place for an early new years eve dinner, offering great wines by glass and half bottle and many enticing food choices.

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AH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love it @ Fire Fly. Delicious. Nutritious. Friendly.

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LG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A veritable institution in Noe Valley. The food is great, the service attentive yet low-key, and the space itself is beautiful. Good vegetarian options, too.

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D
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Locals place in Noe Valley where we used to live. Food was still good but it’s more casual than special in terms of creativity and service!

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Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had wonderful service with a delightful waitress! We enjoyed all our food choices, and there were great choices for vegetarians. I love coming to Firefly and have never been disappointed.

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A
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

There wasn't a lot on the menu and it was quite expensive. Most of us got the ribs or the chicken. The ribs weren't the tastiest, I felt like my friend could make something better. The chicken was just standard fried chicken... I could have gotten KFC or airfry my own chicken. Overall, the ambiance and service were nice but the food was eh. I wouldn't go back again unless someone wanted to.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Lots of veggie and vegan options! Service was great!!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful neighborhood restaurant with exceptional dishes, choices and ambiance

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JE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

A unique and delicious menu. A real neighborhood gem.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

Overall the restaurant offered a variety of dishes. The waitress was very pleasant and told us they were known for Mary's Chicken so my friend ordered it ,not quite a as good as the Way fare Tavern in S.F.

I opted for the crusted Ahi Tuna accompanied by sauteed veggies and a bed of spinach, one of the best dishes I have ever eaten . I would go back again, but not to recommend the chicken with so many more exciting dish's on the menu to chose from.
Service was excellent.

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KS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We've been enjoying Firefly for 20 years now (!). While the prices have definitely gone up over that time, the food quality and overall experience remains consistently wonderful. The evolving menu allows diners to try new options (amazing kale/potato/cremini enchiladas verde!), while still saving old favorites (yummy spread with bread!). The atmosphere is comfortable and cozy, but refreshingly unpretentious. Always a great choice for a memorable night.

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P
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get the Japanese sweet potato tostones best thing on earth.

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MR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't say enough about Firefly! The food has always been creative. While they have always had at least one vegetarian option, recently I was impressed with the number of vegan options throughout the menu. Why is this important? At a time when we know that avoiding meat and dairy products is the single biggest way to reduce our environmental impact on the planet, I will support restaurants that promote vegan alternatives. The daikon radish cakes and kale salad were both amazing, as were the enchiladas verde. That the chocolate cake was also plant based was delightful. Thank you Firefly!

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GS
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife and I had a memorable anniversary dinner at Firefly. They were SUPER accommodating of our kinda quirky requests in terms of food choices and they were one of the most attentive staff we've seen.

The chef is a wizard! It doesn't matter if you are a vegetarian/vegan, I highly recommend that you try their lentil, walnut and plantain kugel!

One of the few restaurants where everything we tried was amazing and the entire time we were there, we had a fantastic time. We highly recommend Firefly for your next dinner!

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DL
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, friendly staff, and always good food with seasonal choices. Always a pleasure to dine there.

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B
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

For the 1st time in several years, owner Brad was there at opening at 5:30pm & as host, greeting customers himself. He wasn’t very engaging, I guess energy & warmth fades over time? Food was good, but definitely slowly slipping. Even advertised Hanukkah latkes not as good as those we made at home just days before, not very warm or crunchy. Salad yummy but not unique. Menu Mahi Mahi switched to Sea Bass that night, a bit fishy even. We skipped desserts as none seemed worth the calories. We got a $3 yummy & memorable brownie minutes later down the street. Oh well, the old days...just memories nowadays. Maybe some new energy there would help...

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f
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Firefly is one of my favorite San Francisco restaurants. The food always tastes great!! The chef constantly changes the items on the menu. The menu is always varied, with choices no matter the individual's food preferences. The dishes are inventive and well presented.

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JM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gr at food and such nice people. We always love coming to this farm to table locally owned restaurant! The menu changes all the time so always a surprise! Highly recommend

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing brussell

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j
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I really enjoy all dishes i tried, food was great. Only bad thing was that our server was not friendly or approachable at all. Very sad because I had the opposite experience when me and my husband ate at the bar last time.

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JM
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Will be back next time we are in town.

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