Firefly Restaurant

4.7
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2258 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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Chrissy
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and inclusive menu with lots of options for non-alcoholic drinks, gluten-free, and vegan food. Excellent customer service and welcoming restaurant with a lovely ambiance. Great for a date night / special occasion!

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SlamFrancisco
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Firefly. They never disappoint. Creative menu, beautifully prepared. Excellent wine list that features unique wines from smaller, lesser known wineries. And the service is always friendly and attentive.

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EleB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I've been to firefly for several celebrations, and never had a dish that wasn't absolutely delicious. Also, the waiters and waitresses are really knowledgeable about which wines will taste good with your meal.

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vipStellaW
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Excellent fried chicken dinner. Terrible carrot cake dessert.

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vipKateD
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm not a vegan (or even a vegetarian) but ended up eating an entirely vegan and gluten-free dinner simply by the dishes I chose. They were SO good! While I will continue to come back and enjoy everything they offer as an omnivore, all vegans and gluten-intolerant folks should know this place is a true find!

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vipnoname
San Francisco
199 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Disappointed! Used to go to Firefly frequently, but move out of the area. Now that we are back thought we would check it out. The crab cake was very good but also very small. The fried chicken was ok as were the enchilladas. The pork chop was uneatable. The tiny s'more was tiny. The wine was overpriced as was the food. Will not be going back. Too bad it used to be great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still my favorite restaurant. The staff here are incredible, and the food is always delicious (even for a vegetarian!).

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vipMandyS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I rarely leave restaurant reviews, but my dining experience at Firefly was so exemplary that I had no choice! The staff was attentive, friendly and did an incredible job accomodating the dietary restrictions of my party. Everyone who came by our table had a great attitude and the food couldn't have been better. It's a warm, intimate neighborhood spot and a worthy destination for anyone coming from afar. 10/10 would recommend and will definitely be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Two hours to get food

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LocalFoodieNeighbor123
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I come here all the time because it is near my house. The food is good but slightly overpriced, the service is mediocre, and the music is terrible! But the ambiance is still nice, the lighting is lovely.

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Dorothy
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it here. Great service and yummy food. Their fried chicken is always a favorite as is the warm bread and veggie spread.

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George
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fried chicken was great.

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RazDaz
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredibly delicious food that just happens to be gluten free. We had the pork and pumpkin stew which was OUT OF THIS WORLD. Great ambiance, perfect for a date or special occasion. Love this spot!

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JennieW
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 3rd time here and possibly the best. Food and service were amazing as always. Wish I could give the carrot cake 10 stars - it was so good I almost cried. Will definitely be back again!

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vipPRMAVEN
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in SF, for all the reasons you dine out. Food, ambiance, service, wine, ...

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ChristopherC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have dined at Firefly a number of times over the past 20 years. I am always pleasantly reminded why Firefly has been in operation for close to 25 years. The quality of the food, menu selections, accommodations with food allergies/ sensitivities, ambiance, location and service are top notch. Id highly recommend Firefly.

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vipAmiR
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!

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vipRWfoodie
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic neighborhood gem in Noe Valley! Great food & wine, service, and ambiance. And don't forget to try the desserts - highly recommended!

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vipSandyD
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner and great service
Would highly recommend

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DaisyCC
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A cozy, warm and inviting restaurant with delicious food and friendly service. The noise level allows for conversation, a rarity these days. Highly recommend the gluten free bread, mosqueca, the fried sweet potatoes, the cauliflower flatbread to name just a few of the excellent dishes.

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vipNancyB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love our peeps: Lydia, Jay, Molly, and Brie💕❤️💗

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Egbert
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service. It was very relaxed and casual -- a neighborhood restaurant suitable for a nice occasion.

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TaniaL
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I've loved Firefly for a long time, and have seen them go through changes over the years. I've never had a bad meal there, although there have been a few dishes that have not wowed me from time to time. This past time, we had a great (albeit a tad small for $12) chopped salad, and I had a beautiful salmon dish. My dining partner had the fantastic fried chicken which is always on the menu. Our desert was merely okay- a somewhat dry sticky toffee carrot cake that tasted a bit like baking powder- but desserts there are usually creative and delicious. Their staff is always warm and welcoming, and the setting is both comfy and special.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Some dishes great, others ok. Lamb main course and crab cake appetizer excellent. Service was below par the night we went. Some waiters friendly, others seemed to not be too thrilled with their job.

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micheleS
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love this quaint little spot that offers a wide range of vegan options. It's one of our favorite SF restaurants!

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manishao
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food and ambiance were fantastic. The servers and staff were friendly and efficient. I have already recommended this place to a friend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant on 24th Street. Always delicious and interesting! Great wine list with classic and offbeat selections. Warm ambience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and Molly was so helpful with all her suggestions.

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OpenTable Diner
Poconos
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love coming to Firefly for the amazing food, chill atmosphere and friendly folks working there. There are options for any type of dietary restriction and everything tastes great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service

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DaveJ
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best salmon I've ever had! Service is excellent, friendly staff. The epitome of a neighborhood gem!

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vipJohnF
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Service was courteous and attentive. Sweet potato tostones were well done. All entrees (lamb stew, fried chicken and salmon) seriously lacked seasoning despite having great ingredients. The roasted root vegetables were well done. $25.00 plus entrees should be better than average. Would have passed on this place but for getting a gift certificate. This experience will not bring us back. It just misses the mark.

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Sfeatergirl
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here regularly, and in over a decade of visits, there’s only been one meal that was average. The food is always phenomenal, creative, delicious. Staff are always so friendly & down to earth. This is my go to place an San Francisco

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vipAndreaP
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food delicious and innovative without being precious. The staff is one in a million, the service impeccable and warm.

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vipKado
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the intimacy, the great service and food - and most of all how they are so gluten allergic friendly and have gluten free fried chicken! It’s the best whether you’re gluten free or not.

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vipJKSF
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous dinner out with friends and just loved this neighborhood gem. Our server was awesome and highly knowledgeable throughout. The food was truly unique and every dish delighted, all the way through the sticky toffee dessert. We would absolutely return no one had their face buried in their phone and there was no needless chatter about Instagram.

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ArleneH
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

For the most part the food was very good with the exception of the two desserts that we tried...the carrot cake was a disappointment and the combination for the grape and cocoanut sorbet just didn't work. The ambiance was very comfortable, but the noise level was too high (especially since a member of our party was hearing impaired), and wasn't able to hear much of the conversation. The staff was excellent and very helpful. We would certainly dine there again since we live in the neighborhood and generally the food is consistently good and they have an excellent wait staff.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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CityGirl
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

What happened to Firefly? It used to be our favorite restaurant, but after the second disappointing dinner there, I doubt we'd ever return. The appetizers were fabulous, and kept our expectations high for the main course dinners, but they turned out to be costly and unpalatable. I would give 5 stars for the appetizaers and one-two for the main course.

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RickM
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a gem of a find, it was our first time going there. My wife and son are gluten free and they found the gluten free fried chicken to be outstanding. I found the menu to be interesting, I enjoyed some fantastic vegetarian enchiladas. My two daughters who are not gluten free also loved the GF fried chicken. The service was impeccable. It was my wife's birthday and Firefly was everything she had hoped for.

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