Firefly American Bistro
Firefly American Bistro

Firefly American Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fireflynh.com/
  • Phone: (603) 935-9740
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: David Becker
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: near Elm & Lowell Streets
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private parking (no charge) in adjacent lot available on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as weeknights after 5pm. Weekday lunch: metered parking available on Concord and Vine Streets. Victory Garage (current rate- 75 cents per hour) located less than one block from restaurant entrance.
A word from Firefly American Bistro
Firefly American Bistro & Bar is a casually upscale American bistro situated in the heart of Manchester"s downtown district. Firefly embraces the concept of comfort dining by offering inspired classic American fare in a warm, inviting atmosphere. Firefly's extensive wine list, craft beer selections, and creative cocktails compliment the time-honored yet innovative creations of Chef David Becker's seasonal menus, which burst with flavors from around the world. The uptown atmosphere is accentuated by downtown hospitality and friendly, professional service.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Firefly American Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
90 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (42)neighborhood gem (36)good for groups (34)special occasion (32)romantic (22)vibrant bar scene (22)hot spot (21)notable wine list (15)great for lunch (13)great for brunch (10)late-night find (10)kid-friendly (9)great for outdoor dining (6)Show More
  • Hit and Miss
    SteveP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    When my wife and I arrived, we were promptly greeted and shown to our table. Appetizers were absolutely amazing and set out expectations high. The Srircha Pork Meatballs were one of the best dishes I've had in quite some time and my wife raved about the crab cakes. Entree course was disappointing for both; I had hoped my bacon wrapped bistro steak would be crisped on the outside, with a drizzle of barbecue sauce. Received a steak with so much barbecue sauce, I couldnt even taste the bacon, or appreciate the flavor of the meat. Sides felt under-developed. Asparagus was steamed and overdone instead of grilled, mashed potatoes lacked seasoning. The shrimp scampi seemed like it was under a warmer, the sauce congealed with an abundance of lemon. Dessert returned us to the caliber of food we had expected after our appetizers. The tiramisu was creamy and the cake executed perfectly. My wife gave me a bite if cheesecake and I almost stole her whole plate. Would go back for appetizers and dessert; entrees need some serious rethinking.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tracy
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Varied menu, great food, good service, and a hip vibe. Excellent in-city location, with parking!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice night
    Gary
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Everyone in our party was completely satisfied with our dinner at Firefly. I don't remember the server's name, but she was very firiendly and helpful. Food was great. Wine list was solid. Will keep it in mind for future night's out in Manchester.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    The food was excellent, enjoyed everything. Service people were very friendly and professional, which really added to our dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bland
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    My wife and I went to Firefly for her birthday. They have a parking lot (no mention on website) we found out after parking on the street. When we arrived they had our table all ready for our reservation. For the appetizer, we ordered the "Go-Go" bread, a kind of gorgonzola fondue. The bread rounds were nicely done but the fondue had no gorgonzola flavor at all. For entrees, my wife had the filet and I had the bacon wrapped bisto steak. Her filet was just ok, not melt in your mouth and came with soggy asparagus. My steak's only flavor was the BBQ sauce. The brocolli looked like frozen microwaved. The waitress was fantastic though and had the kitchen write Happy Birthday in caramel sauce with our dessert for my wife. Disappointingly bland.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great lunch spot!
    CallistoVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    We had excellent sandwiches prepared with delicious, fresh ingredients. (Mine was a $5 special!) Tables are nicely set apart for private conversation.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great, Every Time!
    Rhondi
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We frequent this restaurant and have been pleased with everything, every time! Menu has something for everyone, food always prepared perfectly. Kudos to the kitchen! Already looking forward to the next time . . .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Edluvtoeat
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Outstanding, chef David has outdone himself again and again. The glaze he made for the Filet was so outstanding I could not believe how it enhanced the meat and made even the fussiest eaters happy. The stuffed haddock was perfect the stuffing outstanding. Have never had a bad meal at the Firefly they have all been outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Time @ Firefly
    65birthday
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Celebrating a birthday. First time visit. Food was EXCELLENT - less the out of season tomatoes on the Caprese but that's minor. Noise level increased to the point of shouting to each other toward end of meal..bar was full. Noisy. But we were ready to go - and quite satisfied. Waitress, "Paula" was wonderful. Friendly. Attention. Took our photo. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent menu
    Fish
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    A wide variety of food choices. There were four in our party and we each ordered a differen t entree. Everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Service & Atmosphere
    Azivar
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The service was outstanding, the wine menu was well thought out and extensive. Great ambiance, food was cooked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our 'regular' restaurant
    DiningEnthusiast
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We join the restaurant every week - they know our drink and food orders. Always consistently great and very appreciative.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice meal
    homeisbestVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We had had a late lunch here several times and had found it good. This was the first time for dinner and my initial impression was that with the main room almost filled it was too loud. We each had two appetizers and a nice glass of wine which made for a comfortable meal. My wife had a good French onion soup and good calamari. I had the smoked salmon rangoons and sriracha pork meatballs. The salmon cream cheese filling was wonderful but the wonton wrapper made up 3/4 of the rangoon and was overcooked and too heavy. The meatballs likewise were delicious but the bok choy slaw was not as good as it sounded. We did have a nice meal and will be back to try again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food. ..a bit pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Food was wonderful. ..nice atmosphere for a dinner with friends. The high back booths give you some privacy and make it easy to converse.The waitress ,well she was ok. She just didnt really have a friendly demeanor but she got the job done.. The dinner prices are a bit high considering they dont include salad etc. So not a cheap night out! Overall it was a nice place and we would return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!
    Rosko
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Always a good experience! Bit noisy, but more the fault of loud group next to us! Had the filet & scallops. Both were awesome!! Tried the siracha meatballs too & really enjoyed!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice little place
    TravelinMan
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Food was pretty good. I had the spice rubbed pork tenderloin with served on a bed of hash butternut squash, brussel sprouts, bacon and other things. Service was ok, the waitress was kind and informative, if hard to find at times.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Try it!
    Lilli
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    this was a welcome find with parking right next door! Food was great, staff very friendly and welcoming. Great martinis and wine list. Filet was awesome
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good rolls....but
    atdine
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Good rolls.... it went downhill from there. The GO-GO bread was supposed to be the bomb. Not…. I quess you really need to like gorgonzola cheese. It tasted like low quality bland cheese sauce. The Fish & Chips were terrible. The Fish was not great and the breading was like a no name grocery store fishstick. The only good was the poor mans pie, which was actually very good, but the brownie dessert was only Ok. It needed French Vanilla Ice cream. Sorry just to much money for to little taste
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  • Vick
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We are here Saturday, group of 6. Our waitress was awesome and we all enjoyed our meals.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BirgsVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Lobster stuffed haddock nice blending of flavors and very generous with lobster pieces! Shrimp and scallop scampi also delicious, fish nice and fresh. Must love garlic though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent neighborhood gem
    karenaa
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Sat at the bar for our meals, nice selection of beers on tap, had the fish n chips which was tasty and lite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food and Friendly Service
    Craig
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Family of 4 -Saturday night. Food was really good. Service was attentive abdominal friendly. No real complaints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    foodforcathVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We have eaten here several times. Have always had a great meal. Food is delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No show waitstaff
    PTcruiser
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We arrived for our 6:15 reservation, they sat us. 20 minutes later no one acknowledged us for drinks, or to check in. Many different servers walked by and not one came over to see if we were being helped. After 20 minutes of waiting, by the way this was our 20th wedding anniversary, we decided to leave. What a waste of time. I can't really comment on the food, never had the opportunity to try it and I don't think I will be going back any time soon.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved it
    ekelly5
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Tried to get in here a few times and it was always booked! It was a little hard to hear across the table, but not too bad. Great food, great service. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, but a bit noisy
    Barkers
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We went early on a Friday night. The food was excellent and the menu includes some non-typical items. The food was presented attractively, and the entrées were nice and hot. The service was very good, even though it was quite busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    EntrancedHiker
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I love coming here, great atmosphere and fantastic food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The three of us had different entries. One fish, one beef and one veal/ beef. All were superb. First time st FireFly, will most assuredly go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NHrocks
    NHrocks
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Found Firefly through Southwest Rapid Rewards Dining for a pre-concert dinner and drinks. Easy to find, quick service, great food options, and mixed drinks. Would recommend it the next time you're in the neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love it
    Marlarachel
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    After a very bad experience I stayed away for over a year. Decided to give it another chance. It was super! I'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible food, friendly service
    fooooooood
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We are brand new to Manchester but wanted to celebrate my husband's birthday with a really nice dinner. We happened to walk by Firefly on a tour of downtown and decided to try it - and we couldn't be more glad that we did. From seafood to steak to pork, all our entrees were incredible! They have a nice beer list, and my Bellini was excellent. I'm looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, great service
    Monica
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    this restaurant has something for everyone. great drinks, great comfort food choices and you must try the gogo bread! make sure you make a reservation or you might not get a table on the weekend. the service is very good too
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good lunch experience!
    takikim
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Ambiance was nice, service was pleasant, and the lunch time crowd was subdued. Perfect for a business lunch. While the lunch menu was limited, the gorganzola cheese dip with garlic infused bread was fantastic. My BLT came without the promised chipotle mayo, but was still good enough to eat. Looking forward to visiting again for the dinner menu!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The BEST
    Dingz
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The Service, the Food, the Location...all the best. Been here multiple times and will keep going back. BTW...sounds odd, but the BEST mashed potatoes I have had anywhere!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant.....not on Elm St.
    ynkyfan
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Some of the best restaurants are not on Elm Street and Firefly is one of them. Visited for dinner and was not disappointed. Menu, although not very large has something for everyone. Great place for that special occasion or for a relaxing cocktail and appetizer. They have an extensive craft beer wine and cocktail menu as well. Ambiance is comfortable although it can get a bit noisy as the restaurant fills up. Prices are what you would expect to pay for fine dining but not unreasonable, portion size and quality of the food makes it all worth while. Service was top notch, wait staff was very friendly and very attentive. We will definitely plan another visit to Firefly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always A Pleasure
    Marlene
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Firefly is always a great experience for us. Everything is top shelf. We are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    nhfoodie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Although the food was fantastic, we were disappointed at the end of our dinner when we tried to use prepaid Open Table credit cards. We were surprised to find out that the restaurant would not allow us to use the full amount on the card for our meal - it only allowed us to use 75% of the amount. The explanation given to us was that the card does not account for tip. We have used these cards before and have never had a situation like this. Very disappointing that the restaurant would do something like this. No restaurant should dictate the amount left for tip.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very quiaint
    stomachfiller
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    service was reasonably fast, service was excellent. very warm and friendly. salads were fresh, but nothing special. the whole menu was very classic, and theres nothing wrong with that at all. people love tried and true flavors, and Firefly does them well. the only thing i could find "wrong" with the whole experience was that my friend wasnt asked how she wanted her salmon cooked, and it came out medium well. she was fine with that, and in new hampshire this is basically the standard, so thats really just me being picky. but all in all a very good restaurant, ill go again.
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  • Sunday Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great location for Sunday brunch, especially with the Bloody Mary bar that allows you to add whatever accompaniments to your Bloody Mary -- from the traditional olives, lemons and horseradish to the eclectic Slim Jims, pepperoncini, hot sauces, raw egg, and many other items. Menu selection might be a bit limited, but they offer both breakfast and lunch items. Had the turkey club wrap which was delicious and my wife had the Monte Cristo which was awesome. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice night out
    Maddog
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    For a rainy wednesday, the restaurant was quite full, and for a good reason. The atmosphere of Firefly is very warm and enjoyable, but the noise level was a bit high. (Understandably due to the smaller size of the building). This did not take away from the pleasant experience I had, especially due to the food. The diverse menu kept me scanning through constantly to make a decision from many mouth watering entrees. I ordered the crab cakes to start the meal, and they were amazing. For my entree, I had the pork tenderloin. The pork, topped with a curried apple chutney, was delicious. Great seasoning and not overcooked at all. To finish, I ordered the warm brownie dessert, a popular choice that night that I saw. Great food, highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.