Firefly Grill

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firefly grill is modern farm & table roadhouse. Our approach to food is simple—source the best ingredients possible and stay out of their way. We like to know our food intimately—where and how it is grown, raised, foraged, fished or harvested. The fewer fingerprints and carbon footprints the better. That’s why we have our very own on-site farm and buy locally whenever we can.

Our menu is a showcase of our philosophy with an ever-changing selection of creations from Chef Niall. firefly offers indoor/outdoor seating on the water, lounge seating by the fire, dog friendly seating in the warmer months, several private event spaces, fish feeding, a mindful children's menu and other activities for the kids to enjoy.
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LB
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our servers were very well trained and very warm and friendly. We love The farm to table experience.

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DK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

First we got flip flop with waiters ordered with one that would never came back had to order again with the second one and then it took a long time. Second I ordered one of their steaks that was recommended I asked for it dry with nothing on it it came back with sauce on it 3 I ordered brussel sprouts if you can get through the Charlie that I was given you can find little garlic size morsels of Brussel sprouts underneath that really taste good but pretty much burnt. Atmosphere was amazing love the concept the police work with your shifts and waitresses and Waiters to get that situation figured out

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BB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding and service was great! Only note of caution is be aware of the wine prices.

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H
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is absolutely amazing! On that alone it ranks 5 stars. Service was good but it was slower because of the place being packed. Beautiful modern meets vintage barn atmosphere. Imagine the outside is beautiful in the warmer months.

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CM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, service was amazing, and the restaurant was so beautiful! We will definitely be going back.

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N
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the time we walk through the door till the time we leave it’s always a great experience.

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ML
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Food is fresh and the service is excellent. The wait staff is knowledgeable about the menu and takes time to explain the dishes. This is a fantastic restaurant.

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LS
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The special valentine tasting menu has been a tradition for us since it started and it never disappoints! Every course was our favorite, until the next came along. The tasting courses are so unique, exquisite and absolutely delicious. I would highly recommend this night for anyone looking for more than 'steak and baked potato', and is open to trying new and different flavors.

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KS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was excellent! Great wine pairing. We enjoyed our time here.

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HH
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I recommend the Firefly Grill to everyone I can. The atmosphere is classy, comfortable, and fun. The staff is always on point; from their knowledge about the menu to their helpfulness with your needs. I do wish they knew more about the drink menu, or at least offered more without being prompted. The NYE and Valentine’s Day tasting menus were phenomenal, especially with the wine pairings! You can tell the chef takes his time preparing each course. The soups always stand out to us. The Tahitian Butternut squash soup was so good!! The curried chicken meatball...mmmm! I always get the filet as my entree, as it’s always a perfect cut, cooked to perfection...not to mention the amazing mashed potatoes that come with it. Last Valentine’s Day (or maybe 2017), they served a Cracker Jack dessert, and I almost didn’t get it because of the name-I’m not a fan of caramel corn. Thank goodness I branched out. It was my favorite dessert I’ve ever had there! We go time and time again, and we cannot wait to go back!! Thank you, Chef Nial (sp?) and staff!!

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

A bit pricey, but the food and service was excellent. Will definitely go back for special occasion dates.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Firefly never ceases to amaze with a diverse, interesting menu. Top notch execution of dishes and service. Would highly recommend for any occasion.

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

I attended the Valentine’s Day tasting and it was wonderful. Great food options that are unique and well put together. I love coming here for a dinner you won’t soon forget!

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a
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This review is for the Valentine's Day special event held at Firefly. The food was, as usual, excellent. My wife and I were there for the 4-course option, with wine. What we found undesirable was the fact that we felt rushed through our meal --- and this happened at each course. Before we were finished with our soups, the salads came out; then before we could finish the salad, the entree came out, etc. For a special event (with corresponding special price), diners should be allowed to finish each course before being rushed onto the next!

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

Perfect Valentines Day dinner. We opted for the 4 course. Staff were great! As busy as they were I expected it to be a bit louder and hustle bustle atmosphere...however it was not loud at all. It was a very relaxing, enjoyable evening. Will definitely dine again on Valentines Day! Make reservations well ahead as they book up quickly!

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CH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A most amazing Valentine's Day experience! Chef Niall's tasting was absolutely delicious and surprising, from start to finish. Excellent service. Loved it!

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

We went for Valentines Day and chose the four course meal. The food was delicious. The waitress was very nice and always on top of anything we needed. We loved it!

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JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

My wife's wedge salad had more blue cheese than a person should eat in a lifetime. We both got a pizza, and the crust was tough as leather. Couldn't even cut it with a fork. My wife only ate the toppings. We're not going back.

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DL
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere. Excellent service. Highly priced .

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KT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you ever find yourself in Effingham Illinois - this is the place to eat. Great food, wonderful wine selection and very friendly staff.

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KR
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I live in Effingham and enjoy going to the Firefly for their fabulous brunch on Sundays. Our cousins from Ohio enjoyed their first visit to the Firefly saying it was a very nice dining experience and the food was delicious. We enjoyed visiting with them in a wonderful place.

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m
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great quality food and excellent service. Visited Firefly for my husband's birthday. We will definitely be back.

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KG
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is out third time here. It’s a must when we go to EIU to see our daughter. Love it!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Service, food and atmosphere. Was my wife’s birthday and the scoop of blackberry ice cream was perfect!

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RW
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our anniversary at the Firefly. Experience was excellent as always. Food was great, Jordan was an excellent server, very attentive. The roast pork chop was fantastic, could have cut with a fork.
Would recommend wholeheartedly as a great place for a special meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We drove from Springfield IL and our kids drove from Kansas City and Chicago to meet us for dinner. An amazing evening of dining for our family! This is the kind of place for special gatherings! Firefly always exceeds our expectation!

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NB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites spots to enjoy dinner
The best in southern Illinois, maybe even the state!

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J
Austin
16 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another great meal at the firefly grill. They were closed for a couple of weeks to do some updates and boy did we miss them. I especially missed their 6 oz. filet and green beans. The steaks there are really good and I like to eat fresh and healthy so the smaller steak and vegies is a good choice for me. Soooo delicious. My husband really missed the poutine which is crispy french fries, sausage gravy, Marcoot creamery cheese curds, and fresh herbs. Yes it is even tastier than it sounds. He just discovered it recently and now he is obsessed. If you are passing through Effingham you have got to stop and try the firefly.

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JC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our party really enjoyed the New Year’s Eve tasting 8 course menu with wine pairings! Food was phenomenal and service very good with exception of a hiccup at the start of 15 minutes without even water. All was well after that and all the staff were attentive. At $125 a person, it’s not for everyday, but is a wonderful experience for special occasions!

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CH
St. Louis
12 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year's Eve tasting is a must! Well worth the drive.

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HH
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have been to the Firefly Grill on several occasions. It never disappoints. The wine list, signature cocktails, dinner menu, and service are almost (sometimes the servers could be a little more knowledgeable) always on point. We drive almost two hours every time and it’s worth it. The filet and whipped potatoes are a solid choice. When they have a tasting menu for events such as NYE and Valentine’s Day, go! We have done both, and the creative dishes make me feel like I’m a judge on a Food Network show! The White Sangria is refreshing and not too sweet. The beer flights are reasonably priced and ever-changing. I can’t wait to go back...as usual.

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s
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We absolutely enjoyed our experience and the food !!!! We are still talking about how much fun we had that evening and how the tasting menu was fabulous!!! From the perspective of someone in a wheelchair I would have liked to be seated closer to the front of the house. I was seated in the very back room behind the bar which made it very difficult for me to get to the bathroom. I had to get past the servers at the bar placing orders and the servers going in and out the porch door. When I made it to the bathroom there were stacks of highchairs in the way ( which my sister moved) and then I couldn't reach the door to open it to get in the bathroom because the wall is inset on the same side the door opens. The next time I'll ask to be seated in the front of the house.

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JM
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot. Exceptional meal

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J
Austin
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy the tastings at the firefly. They normally have one on New Years Eve and one on Valentines Day and we always try to go. In case your interested you should make a reservation way in advance because these are very popular and fill up quick. Tastings are a chance to try a number of different foods that you normally may not get to try. It is an 8 course meal if you do the whole program. Otherwise they do have the 4 and 6 course available. You can look at their website to see all the courses that were served last night. They were all prepared the firefly way and every one of them was delicious. I never order duck because I’ve had it before and it was greasy and not good. The duck that was served at the tasting was prepared in such a way that it was really tasty. Just like all the courses. We had such a good time. This is something that every foodie will love. Check their website soon to see if they are offering this on Valentine’s Day.

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GM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding, though perhaps a bit on the small side, portion wise (I had the fried cod sandwich). Service was very friendly, but slow.

All in all, definitely worth the trip; far, far superior to nearby chains and fast food places.

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B
Hawaii
30 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here several times and it is always enjoyable. Great for dining any time, especially for special occasions. We are quite fond of the shrimp cocktail and Bloody Mary garnished with a huge shrimp. Although just a minor complaint, we ordered a lettuce wedge and halfway through the wedge we realized that it had no bacon. A wedge without bacon ? We thought it was a mistake and were told that bacon was optional and an additional cost. Really ?

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T
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is always interesting and well prepared and we stop every chance we get. This trip, the wait staff performed exceptionally well.

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R
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, as always! Great food and wine! Love Firefly!!

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GT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT NIGHT at the Firefly! Thanks! Enjoyed the night.....team did great!

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SH
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is exceptional... the cozy ambiance, the incredible food, and the accommodating wait staff (Sara was wonderful!)... we will definitely be back, and soon!

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