Firefly Restaurant

4.8
2122 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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AF
San Francisco
75 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

For 25 years firefly at the top for taste, quality and service.

AC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some favorite appetizers not available, Brussels sprouts & seafood dumplings! However the bread and spread were great, as always. Reluctantly I tried the grilled daikon radish cakes, encouraged by my wait person. Love it! Wine and entrees were excellent. Proposed marriage to my parter on out 18the anniversary with the support of wait staff. At 69 I needed a pad to kneel on and a helping hand up. Desert came with candles to blow out, as did the daikon cake. The desert & desert wine was on the house.

We have celebrated anniversaries, birthdays and special occasions here for 18 years. Thanks for making this anniversary and marriage proposal special.

JS
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this neighborhood restaurant. Great service, food and atmosphere. The cauliflower crust flatbread was amazing.

KT
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food. Great wine recommendation. Can’t wait to come back!

DB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

We were super disappointed. I think this place is seriously overrated.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! From the wine selection to dessert and service!

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

Excellent food and the service was high quality. Highly recommended!

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

Always terrific. Easy parking, nice people, great food. Will return soon.

G
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Split a heirloom tomato salad. Both of us had Fried Chicken with a buttermilk biscuit. Then split a dessert. Very good. We will be back.

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

Went with some friends for their birthday. Great seasonal food, really tasty.

JD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

Very expensive for a neighborhood restaurant with mixed results for the food. Pork chop was $32! My trout was overseasoned and not very hot by the time it was served. A limited menu, especially if you eat meat. Two glasses of wine hit $30 and there was not a dessert, which we shared, for under $12. This restaurant has been around for at least 25 years which is a headscratcher. We struck out trying to get i a reservation with short notice at a nearby favorite of ours, so we figured we would give Firefly a chance. The last time we went there was 15 years ago and it might be just as long a wait before we make it back.

J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super special! This is one of my favorite restaurants! I'm gluten free and can eat almost everything on the menu, and it is superb. The staff are friendly and relaxed, and the atmosphere is very romantic! The first time I went there with my boyfriend, when we first met, and it was very romantic. Then I went there for my birthday because I like it that much, and got the same seat! He's a vegetarian and there were many options he liked.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was recently diagnosed with Celiacs and I’ve been coping with the fact that it’s difficult to eat at most quality restaurants. Our dining experience at FireFly completely debunked my belief. We’re still talking about the quality of everything we ate. Every single one of our dishes was great. Appetizers: Rock Shrimp and polenta, Sweet Potato Tostones (Amazing!!) entres: Fried Chicken (some of the best fried chicken I’ve ever had!), and the fish stew which was delicious. Finally, the dessert... the s’mores are a must. We paired the s’mores with the corn ice cream which I’ve been thinking about for the last few days. Make sure you get it if it’s available! Overall A+. Can’t wait to go back.

SF
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite places in SF! The food is amazing! The menu changes with the season and offers great variety! The staff is very knowledgeable about the food and wine, and they are very attentive! The fried chicken is to die for! But this trip I had the pork chop!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little gem of a place! Try the seed loaf you won’t regret it. It’s a great place for GF folks!

MC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I hadn't been to Firefly in many years. It was a great place to meet with two friends and chat. The noise level was a non issue - which is refreshing. The service great. The S'mores bite for dessert, I'm still thinking about one week later! It's incredible this restaurant has been around approx. 28 years!

KM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It might have been a off night
but usually food here excellent
I have been contacted by management
who expressed interest in my disappointment
the evening I came in


Will be back again as the rotating menu is
a nice change

DB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live in the neighborhood and frequently host both personal and business meals here. Great place!!

AD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food, great ambience and perfectly tucked away in a quiet spot of the city.

KK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service is always attentive and top notch. Great wine selection. Food is impeccable.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible good. Perfect for anyone gluten free. Fried chicken was amazing!

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

Food and wine were delicious. Service was friendly and quick. Interesting and cool ambience!

E
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Every dish was delish. Loved how I was able to taste a couple of wines before deciding on what I wanted. What was especially great was the waitress we had -- she was a gem.

TK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We arrived early and were seated promptly. The wait staff was super attentive and had great recommendations as this was our first time. I would definitely recommend the corn and Japanese sweet potatoes as starters. The shrimp and grits could have been bigger as well as the pizza however they were both really delicious and flavorful. The roasted cauliflower was roasted to perfection and filling. I would highly recommend Firefly.

m
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Mexican corn and the ocean trout were both amazing!

w
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Firefly is one of those neighborhood restaurants that offers the perfect dining experience for any occasion—from a weeknight post-work meal to a special night out. The food is always outstanding, the ambiance warm and inviting, and the staff always works hard to make sure every guest gets just the right amount of attention. We are so lucky to actually live in walking distance to Firefly, but we’d fight traffic and inclement weather to have a meal here.

R
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

you just can’t go wrong here, food, service, ambiance - Firefly has it all. I love everything about this restaurant and you will, too. Don’t miss this place! Eat here if you have the chance, it’s the neighborhood gem every neighborhood wishes they had.

ED
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife has celiac disease. She was so happy to have a menu full of choices and the whole family thought their food was delicious!

L
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a celebratory dinner for a new family that moved into Noe valley. Everything was amazing from the service, food and ambiance. We will all definitely be back soon!

B
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and friendly staff! I will definitely be returning.

D
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was good. The customer service of the waitress and waiter/busser could have been improved to be elevated with the dining experience. Brusk, rushed and not attentive service received.

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

I love Firefly for all occasions, special and daily.

OT
San Francisco
71 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Coming back from three weeks in Europe and countless restaurants, Firefly was the perfect choice. Delicious inventive combinations of farm to table choices. The best corn chowder ever, fried chicken to die for, luscious bass and house made ice cream with unexpected flavors.

An outstanding waiter who was accommodating, personable, articulate, friendly and funny to boot. Who could ask for anything more?

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

Every time we are in town we dine here. Best food!

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

The food and service is always perfect. It’s our favorite restaurant in all of SF

s
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Though being our family go-to for various celebrations for many years now, on our last visit it did not live up to our expectations. The menu was not broad enough and the servings were too precious. Good food does not need so much elaboration, and bacon is not necessary on many dishes. And still no espresso machine. Good wait-staff though.

L
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Our “go to place” for all special family and friends occasions. Our favorite, for years!

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

Delicious food and fantastic off-the-beaten path wines! We love Firefly!

RQ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant - great food, friendly, attentive service, awesome vibe and ambiance

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