Firefly at the Dana Mission Bay
Firefly at the Dana Mission Bay

Firefly at the Dana Mission Bay

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thedana.com/
  • Phone: 6192252125
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 3:30pm - 9pm Fri & Sat 3:30pm - 10pm Cocktails: Sunday - Thursday 3:30pm - 10pm Fri & Sat 3:30pm - 11pm Happy Hour: Everyday 3:30pm - 5:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Eric Manuel
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Ande Cogsdill 619-225-2125

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  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from Firefly at the Dana Mission Bay
With a contemporary atmosphere and innovative cuisine unique to the California region, Firefly is the perfect destination for a relaxing meal or an end-of-the-day cocktail. Beautiful views of Mission Bay and Sea World's summer fireworks are available from all outdoor and most indoor tables. An excellent choice for a group or a romantic evening for two. Chef Eric Manuel, a San Diego native, creatively presents the area's best seasonal, local ingredients in a modern style that is sure to please a variety of tastes. Many items are designed to be shared. We offer many wines by the glass, wine and local micro brew tasting flights, and happy hour everyday from 3:30pm - 5:30pm. Visiting us reminds you why it’s so good to be in San Diego. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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Firefly at the Dana Mission Bay reviews from OpenTable diners
18 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
72% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (12)scenic view (9)special occasion (4)kid-friendly (4)fit for foodies (3)romantic (3)good for groups (2)neighborhood gem (2)great for lunch (2)late-night find (1)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Firefly
    sdamanda
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    My sister and I met for dinner. We sat outside and the weather was perfect, birds were chirping, people were playing in the pool. We had a good glass of wine then soup and then our entrees. Both were fabulous. She had pasta and I had the short ribs. Everything had such good flavor. Our waitress, Victoria, was great too. Very attentive and helpful with all of our questions (we had many since it was our first visit). I was impressed that everything is made fresh to order. I like that in a restaurant. I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All Food Way Too Salty
    60thcelebration
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We ate at Firefly for dinner (3) times during our stay at the Dana On Mission Bay - for convenience. Each item was way too salty! From a salad to steak sandwich. Each of the 4 in our parties commented on this as well. They need a new chef. Not a "cook."
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Convenient and tasty
    americatrip2014
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Having a restaurant in your hotel like Firefly is easy plus the food was really good! Definitely go check it out!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DoccVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Kitchen and bar seem quite slow and the service didn't attempt to make it a special dinner. The scallops were quite good but overall the price seem a bit high for this type of restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Loved the scallops and the risotto! The calamari was divine and my girlfriend loved the heirloom salad.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceeded expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Good wine list and reasoably priced; good craft-local beer list; braised short ribs and sea bass entrees were outstanding; attentive and polite service;
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We never got served!
    kfamily
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    After booking our reservation for 8 pm, the three of us arrived at 7:55 pm and were seated promptly by the hostess. She was the last staff member we were able to catch the attention of until 8:16 when we decided to just leave. Our table was in plan view right off the walk way and directly across from the hostess station but we were unable to flag down any of the five staff members who were helping the tables around us. The family who was seated after us (without a reservation) was taken care of immediately and served beverages before we made the decision to leave. We waved at them as we left. It is a shame that such a pleasant looking place has no service for us.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful service/Delicious food
    kak6
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This is our second trip to Firefly. This time we ate outside - it was much quieter than indoor seating but both times the food was superb and the service outstanding. We had a waitress from Argentina (I'm sorry I forgot her name) and she did everything in her power to make our meal experience outstanding. She refilled drinks quickly, often without even needing to be asked. We couldn't have asked for a nicer experience for our out of town guest!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was awesome....
    webfeet
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Our waiter was frequently absent and was way to late to take our order. He forgot we asked for the heater to be turned on. Food came out on time and great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 182 reviews are from the Firefly at the Dana Mission Bay reviews archive.
  • Disappointed
    Raysar
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Our group expected a relaxed meal with skilled service. None of this panned out. Our dishes/utensils were sitting in the middle of the table for us to take on our own. The table wobbled. The drinks were "cloudy" for some reason. The Raspberry iced-tea was from a sugar mix, rather than being an herb or fruit infused beverage. Our server appeared and disappeared with no clear plan, never asking about our meal. One dish sat on the counter for 10 minutes before being brought to the table. The waitress brought our check and disappeared. We had to ask someone else to collect our check and card. The atmosphere was touristy, with hotel guests walking in and out of the small space in towels as they left the pool.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Great Easter brunch. My only complaint is I wish they would have put us outside.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Firefly at Dana
    bsc1200
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I loved Easter brunch here. I could have sat there watching the boats on the bay all day long. It was very serene and the buffet was amazing. I'm so glad I chose to have our brunch there.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wen here for date night with
    SDSUMonkey
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Wen here for date night with my girlfriend, and was pleasantly surprised--the foo was outstanding at a reasonable price, and they had a considerable (and delicious!) wine list. I'm normally iffy on restaurants in hotels, but Firefly sure made the grade!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific service
    AlDeepCreek
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Lovely spot with a great view and great food. Service was terrific - our server brought a sample of wine when my sister-in-law was uncertain about the bottle she was about to order. The sample and the bottle were superb.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow start, fine finish
    cprfoodie
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Nice atmosphere with slow service at the beginning of the meal. Somehow our waiter didn't know we were his table. :-) Once we connected and we ordered, the meal was served at a comfortable place and the food was very good. The Brussels sprouts appetizer was excellent, wonderful salads, and they had very nice fish entrees.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we went there on a quite busy night
    sandiegofamilytrip
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    It was Friday night, restaurant is busy, packed in and out tables, so it was quite slow on ordering and serving. A bar-dining mixed restaurant, so don't expect you have a normal dining environment, it is pretty noisy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediocre food & way slow service
    JohnG
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    20 minutes to get a servers attention, 20 minutes to get my beer. Very understaffed and I got the feeling that they don't care much about it. The servers were pleasant enough once you had their attention. Food was hit and miss. The good first-Kobe burger was very good. I would recommend it highly. The scallops were awful! Whatever sauce and "vegetable" the served them with was bitter and off tasting. Scallops under cooked somewhat. The flatbread filet mignon had almost no meat on it, literally 4-5 very small pieces on a very generous portion of flatbread. Not worth the money. Wine list on the menu was unreadable, like the printer ran out of ink. Do yourself a favor and go off property for your meals.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gluten Free Options and Delicious
    LydiamiaVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Almost everything on their menu can be prepared gluten free, which is a rare treat. The shoe string fries and sea bass were delicious, and the wine list was notable, but reasonably price. The view was beautiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    taboth
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Planned to have Valentines day dinner at Firefly. Arrived on time for reservation but were asked to wait because the hostess was really busy. The restaurant wasn't that full, but there was an event happening which seemed to slow service drastically. Food was pretty good (although not nearly as good as the price would have indicated), but the service was incredibly slow, and our waitress completely forgot one of our courses. We had dressed to sit outside, but because we had been sitting so long in between courses, we were really cold. We asked the waitress if it was possible to have the heater turned up or moved closer and she never got back to us. All in all, the experience was disappointing. We will not be returning.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food ad resonable prices
    bigigor
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    From the New England clam chowder served in a sourdough bread bowl to the filet, the food was really good. My wife had the filet and it was served exactly as she requested. My New York strip steak was also perfectly presented, although I could have used less "greenery" on the top of it. The seasoned shoestrings were excellent with just the right amount of cheese and season. My daughters trout was cooked to perfection as well as the vegetables. Our waitress recommended that we order a side or two as the accompaniments with each dish were not abundant. They even accommodated my daughter's request to serve their tomato bisque in the sourdough bread bowl, which she enjoyed greatly. Overall, a great dining experience and great personal service.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner Outside
    Dennis
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Very nice find to meet a business associate in a quiet setting. Well presented dishes, portions not too large. Unexpected pleasure to dine outside near the firepit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely
    KimS
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We had a reservation and enjoyed a nice evening. The food, service, and atmosphere were great. I'd go back again, especially when it's a bit warmer to sit outside!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a pleasant surprise
    PEfoodieVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    This was a last minute choice of convenience and we all thought it was very tasty.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice but...
    jess
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Our first time at the Firefly began a little rough. We made a reservation but arrived about 15 minutes early, and the place was packed. We were offered a table walled in on two sides with the 3rd side abutting one of the adjacent table's patrons. The host ditched us there and sat a couple without reservations at a much better table. We actually had to point this out to the host. Fortunately, the food was delicious and although the kitchen was clearly overwhelmed, our server was friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Late Morning at the Firefly
    Leestguy
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    We recently dined outdoors at the Firefly and enjoyed a relaxed, unhurried, dinning experience with friends we were catching up with after not seeing them for some time. The lunch/pre-lunch menu is small, but sometimes that is a good thing. All of us were happy with our entries - from breakfast sandwiches to fish and chips to tuna salad sandwiches. Our server, Carla, was demure, but professional: unobtrusive, but appropriately attentive, recognizing our desire to relax and socialize with long-time friends. We are looking to returning to the Firefly!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • stylish but not snooty
    lkcguamVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We had nice unhurried lunch. Food was good quality and well prepared. Not unusual. Prices are what you would expect at the beach.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice dinner
    biker109
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Had dinner on December 27th with my wife and sister and brother in law for our 20th wedding anniversey. Not overwhelmed with it. Food seemed overpriced and my burger came out very well done and not medium as requested. The wait staff was very good and saw to all our needs. The prices are to high but it is at a fine hotel.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Firefly First Time Experience
    luv2dineout2
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Overall everything was very good to excellent. Atmosphere, food, service, etc. The only "minor" thing that bothered us somewhat was the noise level. When we first arrived it was very noisy. After a while either we got used to it or it just settled down a little when a group that we noticed left.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ok but no stars
    eatalot
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    Food was fair water tasted bitter veggies were old
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Bayside Dining
    Gandalf
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    We had a pleasant dining experience at the Firefly. The setting, with outdoor dining overlooking the marina, is very nice. The service was fast and accommodating. The food was good, not spectacular. Our only complaint would be that the cappuccino seemed watered-down.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Burger
    Oliver
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    We went during restaurant week and was unfortunate to pick a night when they also had a wedding going on next to the restaurant. The area was crowded with people and loud , so we choose to eat in side. Inside not much better since the large screen TV was on football and there was a large group of people cheering for there teams. That being said the food was good, but the burger was the highlight of dinner. The burger was better then my filet or my husbands scallops. But, I do not think we would return just for the burger.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and patio dining!
    Dontliketocook
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    We had a wonderful experience at the Firefly. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu - she knew how the food was prepared and how it could be altered to deal with food allergies. She was also very friendly and accommodating. We sat outside near the firepit, and it was lovely. Food was excellent( had the short ribs and fish) and wine recommendation was perfect. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place to eat outdoors
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/28/2013
    We ate outside on a beautiful summer night and had a view of the pool, with the marina off in the distance. The menu was not very extensive, but seemed to have a little of everything. One thing I found slightly annoying was that some prices on the menu were a little higher than displayed on their website. We had salads for starters which were well assembled and decent size, but the dressings could have been a little tangier. The entrees were very tasty and well presented and the portion sizes were adequate although the accompanying vegetable was pretty meager. Three of us had seafood and one had steak. All of us were pleased with our entrees. The desserts were very good. Our waiter was pleasant and the service was adequate.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent apps, good food & cocktails
    GoodeaterVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2013
    ... But horrendous wait time. Located in the very nice Dana Hotel complex in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Diego, this small restaurant has a trendy look and comfortable inside and outside seating. For convenience alone, this is a good spot for people staying at the Dana or Hyatt Regency. I have never experienced slower at any restaurant as I did at Firefly. I used my iPhone to time the visits, seriously. After 25mins of being seated, we were first seen. 18 minutes later, we got our partial drink order. Food and drink orders were constantly "forgotten" and the staff checked in at intervals of no less than 12 minutes. Based on this visit, I would never re-visit this restaurant, but I hope you have a better experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Firefly
    NJP100
    Dined on 7/21/2013
    Excellent, friendly service. Food was outstanding. Great wine list as well. Tempted to have dessert which delicious and not too much or too sweet!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great SeaBass and vegetables!
    chanson
    Dined on 7/15/2013
    Great SeaBass and vegetables! Seared crunchy on top and a great flavor. Prepared very well. Kudos to chef.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing experience
    SitdowncomedyVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2013
    Food was fair, at best. Service amateurish and no ambiance.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/27/2013
    Our service was great, and the food - even better! We are from Colorado and will make our way back I'm sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place...try the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/24/2013
    Love this place...try the Brussel Sprouts with ranch dressing! ...awesome! And the salmon is awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This was a nice surprise.
    Santa
    Dined on 6/18/2013
    This was a nice surprise. This place is very small on the inside, if you're going you need to sit outside to enjoy it. Inside its mostly a bar with about 10 tables, with much more room outside with heaters and some "fire tables". Dont let "bar" scare you, great menu, service was very good, food was also very good with generous portions... I didnt get any of the main dishes but ordered several appetizers and could not finish (thats saying something). Gorganzola Au Gratin was excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate