Firefly Grill

4.7
1899 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Way over priced for the food you get. The small portions wasnt a huge deal. Nothing had flavor though. My burger was bland. My garlic fries didnt even have a hint of garlic taste to them.

A
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

When our travels take us through Effingham we always stop at the Firefly Grill. The food is always delicious, the service is attentive and subdued. When fully occupied the room can be very noisy, but that has not been the case on our last few visits.

Firefly Grill
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for the great review! We appreciate your continued visits with us, and hope to see you again soon for another delicious meal. Cheers!

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing! I drove from an hour away to go here for my girlfriends birthday. The look was very modern and elegant, and the food was perfect. Everything we ate was cooked to perfection. The steak was done exactly like I like it. I will definitely be coming back.

Firefly Grill
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks for the great review! We are so glad you enjoyed your date night at firefly grill... We hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!

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DB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Second time customer. We like the restaurant but it is pricey.

Firefly Grill
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Daniel - Thanks for returning! We appreciate your feedback when it comes to pricing. Our philosophy is simple... Find the best ingredients, and get out of our way. What we can't grow ourselves, we find the best farmers & foragers to track down for us. This drives our pricing as we want simply the best of the best. However, we understand sticker shock and will take your review into consideration with our team.

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LS
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Firefly Grill never disappoints and this trip was no exception. The fried green tomato appetizer and stuffed squash blossoms were so seasonally fresh and perfect. I order salmon for my entree. It was, hands down, the best salmon I've ever eaten.
Funny thing, I didn't think I liked salmon. I only ordered fish so I wouldn't feel so bad about having dessert. LOL. Now I can't imagine ever liking any entree as much as I did this salmon dish. My husband and I shared peach cobbler for dessert. Normally I get something chocolate if I get dessert, but this cobbler was so good, I didn't regret my no chocolate decision at all. Firefly Grill is still one of my favorites!!

Firefly Grill
Responded 5 days ago

WOW! Thanks for the great review, Lisa. We are so glad you got a bit adventurous and order the salmon. It's also one of our favorites this time of year as it's topped with a delightful sweet corn relish. We are also glad you enjoyed our fresh peach cobbler. It's recently back on the menu, so we love hearing feedback especially when it's good. We can't wait to see you again soon for another meal with us. Cheers to you!

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RS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My date had not been here and has wanted to go for a long time. She loved it!

Firefly Grill
Responded on August 9, 2019

Awesome! So glad you enjoyed your date night with us. We hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!

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SM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant was crowded with people going to a nearby concert. My husband and I had to lean into each other to converse. That was the only negative of the evening.We started with the Fried Green tomatoes, made with ingredients grown in their restaurant's garden. It was tasty. We both had the mushroom ravioli, and oh my---it was divine. My spouse had the corn chowder soup and it was so creamy. This is "the" restaurant in our area to measure all others! Love it.

Firefly Grill
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for the great review, Sue! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience... Especially our mushroom ravioli and corn chowder which are current chef specials! In the future, please note you would like a little quieter area, and we will do our best to help with noise control. Thanks for stopping in, and we hope to see you again soon - Cheers!

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DN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

While three people liked the filet in pastry a lot, said the corn was good and greasy but found silk and husk pieces so poorly cleaned. Two that had corn chowder said it was excellent, however, the crab cakes were lacking salt and crab inside, but overstuffed with breading and celery. The breading coating and frying was great but inside, a bland disappointment! Waitstaff a bit slow bringing our tickets and our wait for food was a bit lengthy. Otherwise, a pleasant experience.

Firefly Grill
Responded 5 days ago

Hi DotN! Thank you so much for your review and honest feedback. We hate to hear you didn't enjoy your food and you felt the service was a bit slow. Please know, we take reviews seriously, and will be researching how we can make your experience better in the future. Thank you for your support, and we hope to see you again soon!

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DW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming to Firefly. The food is creatively delicious, the atmosphere comfortable and the service wonderful. We live in the Chicago area and any time we are driving through Effingham, the Firefly is an automatic stop.

Firefly Grill
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for the great review, David! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience, and appreciate you continuing to travel to come see us. Hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!

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LG
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Great food & drinks! Friends from out of town praised Firefly also

Firefly Grill
Responded on August 6, 2019

Thanks for the amazing review, Lori! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience. Hope to see you and your out of town friends again soon - Cheers!

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p
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Patio dining area was beautiful menu prices were a little more expensive than we expected for the area

Firefly Grill
Responded on August 6, 2019

Hi Paula! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit with us on our patio... and thanks for the review! Our pricing is driven by our farm fresh, beyond organic ingredients from our on-site farm. We also use several farmers & foragers to source ingredients we can't farm or find. This process drives our pricing a bit, but allows us to bring you the best. We hope you can come give us another try very soon - Cheers!

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MN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic evening for my wife’s birthday. From the bar staff until we were seated we were treated great-considering my wife was 3 weeks removed from a total knee replacement. Shrimp cocktails were perfect followed by fantastic filets and a blackberry cobbler with a glass of port - what an evening! Must do it again-soon!

Firefly Grill
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thanks for the amazing review, Michael! We are so glad we could help make your wife's birthday a memorable one. Thank you for choosing firefly for your celebration, and we hope to see you again soon for some more shrimp cocktail! Cheers!

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LG
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Ordered a medium-well steak that came out burnt. My wife and I spent $100 on a meal and left hungry. Waitress name was Theresa and she was great tho.

Firefly Grill
Responded on August 2, 2019

Hi LocalGuy! I hate to hear you didn't enjoy your steak when you dined with us last. In the future, please let your server know right away. We are more than happy to remake your steak or get something different for you. There are so many things we can do real time to make your experience better. We will be sure to share your kind words with Theresa... And hope you give us another try in the future.

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SS
New Orleans
67 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Driving thru Effingham with hubby would no doubt be my favorite restaurant.

Firefly Grill
Responded on August 1, 2019

WOW! Thank you for the amazing review & compliment... We are so glad you enjoyed your experience, and hope to see you again very soon. Cheers!

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good! Found it from a billboard during a long road trip! Amazing to have vegetarian well prepared food!

Firefly Grill
Responded on August 4, 2019

Thanks for the amazing review... We are so glad you found us on your travels! Hope to see you again very soon -Cheers!

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r
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 4

Been here before and had great experiences. This one had all the makings of a great evening as we celebrated my son and daughter in law's 20th wedding anniversary. All was going well until our server realized that her did not enter the entrée orders correctly. @ entree's went back to the kitchen and one was corrected and emerged from the kitchen quickly. The other arrived when all of the other guests had completed their dinners. He apologized, but it sure messed up the flow of the dinner and nothing was done to compensate our party for the error.

d
St. Louis
27 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A gem of a restaurant in east central Illinois where I-57 & I-70 meet. We plan our travels through this area to stop and have dinner, lunch or brunch. This past time we noticed they upgraded their steak selections and mine was exactly done as ordered and very flavorful. My wife was disappointed in the crab cakes, more filling than she hoped and expected. Outdoor seating when weather is good is wonderful, or back patio overlooking pond.

Firefly Grill
Responded on July 30, 2019

Thanks for the great review, Dekin! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us, and love hearing that you plan your stops around firefly. We can't wait to see you again very soon - Cheers!

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BD
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was the first visit for my wife. I had lunch at Firefly that day. Our dinner meal was delicious. Everything was very fresh and the wait staff was very good. We had fried green tomatoes, the corn chowder, my wife had the beef pastry dish and I had the fried chicken. The meat was very tender and the vegetables that came with the entrees were very tasty. We had the banana cake and ice cream. The cake was a bit stiff (perhaps that is the way it is supposed to come) and we would most likely not order that again. But overall, the food and service were great. Effingham has a real gem of a restaurant with Firefly grill. If you are in the area, stop and have a meal. It is well worth it.

Firefly Grill
Responded on July 29, 2019

Thanks for the great review, Bill! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience, and hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!

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F
Naples
33 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant!! One of my favorite places and I travel the world!! Always great service. Food is always great too. Such great choices and unique dishes. We had peach bellinis that were so tasty and refreshing. Both of us had the pork shank with fresh peas and lentils and mushrooms. Absolutely delicious!! Sat on back deck on a beautiful summer night. Recommend highly.

Firefly Grill
Responded on July 23, 2019

WOW! Thanks for the amazing review. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience including our chef's special pork shank. We can't wait to see you again very soon!

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DS
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

This was our first time visiting the Firefly Grill. Overall, it was a great experience. My husband had the 6 oz. filet, and he said it was very good. I had the salmon, because I hadn't had salmon in quite awhile, and it is one of my favorite dishes. I was kinda disappointed, as I could not cut through the skin, so had to remove the whole skin from the filet, and the salmon just tasted ok. The rest of the meal, including the Caprese salad and vegetables were very good. The Ice cream was excellent!!! Service by Clara was exceptional. She took very good care of us, answering our questions and she even came back and told me that the vegetables would be served in a side dish, as I had explained that I wasn't fond of peppers. Well, the succotash was very good! The rest of the staff were friendly and helpful. Thank you for a very nice first time dining experience!

Firefly Grill
Responded on July 23, 2019

Thanks for the great review, DoriS! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience. Please know, we will look into the salmon issue and see what is happening there. We will be sure to share your comments with your server, Clara. We hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!

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MW
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ate at Firefly Grill for the first time and was beyond impressed! This is a central Illinois GEM! I had heard wonderful things but even still it exceeded my expectations!

Firefly Grill
Responded on July 22, 2019

Thanks for the awesome review, MorganW! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience, and hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!

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F
Detroit
33 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food at Firefly is wonderful, as always. Casey was our server. We came in early, with 2 kids (who were perfectly behaved), and she continuously rushed us — even going so far as asking our last guest what he wanted to drink as he was walking into the restaurant!! The entire meal was that way, despite our efforts to slow her down, A $170 meal to 3 adults should not take 45 minutes!!

Firefly Grill
Responded on July 22, 2019

Thanks for the review, Foodie1020! We hate to hear you felt rushed during your experience. We will be sure to chat with our front of house staff to make sure this isn't an issue in the future. It sounds like have some training to do! Thank you for the feedback, and we hope you give us another chance to "wow" you in the future.

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B
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We plan our trips thru Illinois to stop in Effingham and eat at Firefly. Great atmosphere, food and service.

Firefly Grill
Responded on July 18, 2019

Thanks for the amazing review... And for stopping to come see us so many times! We appreciate you!

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WB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great find for us traveling to St. Louis from Chicago. We enjoyed everything from start to finish, pretzel bread, morel mushroom app, caprese salad, scallop risotto, a full bodied cab and a lighter red blend for our wines. No room for dessert, however. Next time perhaps because we will be back! And our server, Jordon was great! Extra kudos for growing their own produce :0) Thank you for your hospitality!

Firefly Grill
Responded on July 18, 2019

Thanks so much for the great review... We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us! It sounds like you ordered the full firefly experience - Yum! We will be sure to share your kind words with your server, Jordan. We hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!

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SD
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My experience at Firefly was very good. The atmosphere is wonderful and peaceful. The food was delicious and unusual. All 3 of our party was impressed with the food and decor inside and out. We will go back for Sunday brunch or dinner soon.

Firefly Grill
Responded on July 23, 2019

Thanks for the great review... We are so glad you enjoyed your experience, and can't wait to see you again very soon!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped here after seeing articles and reviews on our way back to Chicago from Orlando. Right off 57 and easy to visit. It lived up to the hype. Delicious food. Great restaurant and great service and super fresh ingredients. Got a bunch of different items to split and try - All were fantastic and especially the caprese salad was amazing. Will make a point to stop back whenever we’re traveling this way.

Firefly Grill
Responded on July 17, 2019

Thanks for the amazing review! We are so glad you found us on your travels through Effingham... And even more excited to hear you enjoyed your experience with us. We hope to see you again soon for another caprese salad - Cheers!

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F
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff was very friendly and accommodating. Our dinner choices were amazing. Halibut couldn't have been any fresher, wedge salad (make sure to add bacon) was amazing and the filet was one of the best I've ever had. Well Done! We'll recommend FF to everyone!

Firefly Grill
Responded on July 16, 2019

Thanks for the great review! It sounds like you enjoyed every dish you tried, and that makes us so happy! We hope to see you again very soon for another round of halibut - Cheers!

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We really enjoyed eating on the patio at Firefly grill. They have a great selection in their menu and everything we had was fresh and delicious. I highly recommend the curry meatballs and caprese salad. The ambiance is great for a date night or weekend on the patio. It is definitely on the pricier side, would be good for a date night or special occasion. I would venture to say this is the best restaurant in Effingham. If you’re driving through, it’s worth your time to stop and enjoy some great food!

Firefly Grill
Responded on July 15, 2019

Thanks for the amazing review! We are so glad you enjoyed all of the great dishes you tried as well as our ambiance and service. Thank you so much for your kind words, and we hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!

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MF
Memphis
14 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Back again. This is one of the best restaurants we have been to and may make us consider more road trips . Scallops with corn & risotto was phenomenal, caprese salad was fantastic, home made ice cream.... everything is top notch.

Firefly Grill
Responded on July 15, 2019

WOW! Thanks for the awesome review... and another visit! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed so many of our favorite dishes including the caprese salad - YUM! Thanks for the multiple visits... Hope to see you again very soon, Cheers!

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BN
Des Moines
8 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting my mother for several days. Was here three times and always had a great experience with great service and food. Atmosphere is great for kids - eating outside so they can feed the fish. Thanks!!!

Firefly Grill
Responded on July 15, 2019

WOW - 3 times?!? That's amazing! Thank you so much for the multiple visits and great review! We are so glad your family enjoyed their visits with us. We hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!

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JJ
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time at Firefly in 1 week after many, many years of driving through Effingham on our way to STL and central Missouri and NEVER knowing it was there - amazing find (saw the billboard) and amazing food, service and ambiance. We will keep coming back! Highly recommend the Pork Burger and Fish Tacos.

Firefly Grill
Responded on July 10, 2019

WOW! Thanks for the amazing review... We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us, especially our pork burger & fish tacos. We can't wait to see you again on your travels through Effingham. Cheers!

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AI
Brazil
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and lots to choose from! Will be stopping by again!

Firefly Grill
Responded on July 10, 2019

Great review! Thanks for stopping in!

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JM
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our third trip to Firefly and each has been outstanding. Everyone is friendly. The waitresses are knowledgeable and willing to engage in conversation. Food seasonings are right on. The ribeye is amazing. We live an hour away but will go back. Time to try some of the other entrees.

Firefly Grill
Responded on July 10, 2019

WOW! We are so glad to hear you had an "outstanding" experience with us at firefly grill! We can't wait for you to try other items on our menu very soon.

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C
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great all around resturant. Food is always exceptional. Menu has plenty of options. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable about menu and restaurant in general. A little out of the way but well worth the trip.

Firefly Grill
Responded on July 10, 2019

Thanks for the great review, Chipper! We are so glad you found us and had a great experience. Hope to see you again soon - Cheers!

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KJ
St. Louis
14 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Unimpressed and not worth the drive from St. Louis. The bar has a good bourbon selection and wanted to order a Manhattan. The only vermouth they had was an inexpensive Martini and Rossi. Good bourbon derseves an good vermouth. The Montana Mignon was served with a bbq sauce, really!

Firefly Grill
Responded on July 10, 2019

Hi Keith... Thanks for your honest review & feedback. We hate to hear you didn't enjoy your experience with us. Please know, we do take reviews seriously and will be reviewing our bar selection to hopefully make you the perfect Manhattan in the future.

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JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On our way home from vacation we stopped to have a late lunch, early dinner. We received great service and the food was delicious! I wish we lived closer so we could come more often!

Firefly Grill
Responded on July 10, 2019

Thanks for the great review, Jennifer! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience, and can't wait to see you again soon - Cheers!

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

Hands down the best road trip meal we’ve ever had. Fine dining right off the interstate? Yes, please! food, service and ambiance were all on point; wish we could go back! Will definitely do so if we’re ever traveling that area again in the future.

Firefly Grill
Responded on July 8, 2019

WOW! Thank you so much for the great compliment and review. We are so glad you found us on your travels, and hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!

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VP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I had put in a special request for my son's birthday via the OpenTable reservation, and they did not acknowledge it. Every other restaurant I've used has taken the time to read those requests. I could have gone to Fridays and spent less money for the same experience. I only chose this restaurant to make the evening special. For the cost, customer service should be a given.

DM
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and the atmosphere perfect. We were there for our anniversary. Had a quiet corner table. We split dishes so we could try more things and they asked each time if we wanted it played on two plates. Scallops we're melt in the mouth and the New York strip was cooked perfectly. Can't wait to go back!

Firefly Grill
Responded on July 3, 2019

WOW! So glad you enjoyed your experience with us... Thank you so much for the amazing review! We hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!

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MF
Memphis
14 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We happened upon this place while driving to Michigan. It is 5 star.... FANTASTIC.

Firefly Grill
Responded on July 1, 2019

Thanks for the amazing review... We are so glad you found us!

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