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Firefly at the Dana Mission Bay
Firefly at the Dana Mission Bay
  • Address:
    1710 W Mission Bay Drive
    San Diego, CA 92109
    Mission Bay
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Firefly at the Dana Mission Bay Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thedana.com
  • Phone: (619) 225-2125
  • 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: Contemporary American, Global, International
  • 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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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!Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Great Easter brunch. My only complaint is I wish they would have put us outside. "
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "This was a last minute choice of convenience and we all thought it was very tasty."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "We had nice unhurried lunch. Food was good quality and well prepared. Not unusual. Prices are what you would expect at the beach."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Food was fair water tasted bitter veggies were old"
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/19/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 9/14/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/28/2013
  • "... 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."
    Dined on 8/19/2013
  • "Excellent, friendly service. Food was outstanding. Great wine list as well. Tempted to have dessert which delicious and not too much or too sweet!"
    Dined on 7/21/2013
  • "Great SeaBass and vegetables! Seared crunchy on top and a great flavor. Prepared very well. Kudos to chef."
    Dined on 7/15/2013
  • "Food was fair, at best. Service amateurish and no ambiance."
    Dined on 7/8/2013
  • "Our service was great, and the food - even better! We are from Colorado and will make our way back I'm sure!"
    Dined on 6/27/2013
  • "Love this place...try the Brussel Sprouts with ranch dressing! ...awesome! And the salmon is awesome."
    Dined on 6/24/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/18/2013
  • "Dinner at the Firefly was absolutely EXCELLENT !!!! LUNCH POOLSIDE.....NOT SO MUCH. Food served in "boxes"???? Please use paper plates or at least the plastic covered food size containers which would hold a decent sized salad. Lunch food quality and presentation needs to be improved. This is a five star restaurant "if" the lunch menu and presentation can be upgraded."
    Dined on 5/24/2013
  • "We had very nice dinner my sea bass was excellent would go again"
    Dined on 5/21/2013
  • "Often the restaurant at a hotel or resort relies on its captive guests in order to slide with mediocre food or service. The Firefly has great food and a topnotch wait staff. Highly recommended for both brunch, lunch and dinner."
    Dined on 5/18/2013
  • "As we were staying at The Dana Hotel we ate on three separate occasions at the Firefly. Frankly, one was more than enough but there weren't many dining choices close by. Each time we were there we had to change our menu selection as they were out of several items. No Calamari available anytime we were there, their special Mother's Day brunch special - can't have that, steamed clams - nope, eggs - oh, we're out of eggs too! Really?? They did manage to come up with a brunch quiche for me which was mostly crust and very little filling. And the filling was dry and tasteless. The staff that we spoke with were nearly as frustrated as we were and the back of the house seemed not to care. Too bad as the hotel itself was wonderful!"
    Dined on 5/12/2013
  • "Great service, amazing food, and fabulous ambience!"
    Dined on 5/11/2013
  • "The Fire Fly was outstanding. We planned to eat just one dinner there, but after trying it, we had all three dinners and lunches there! Excellent seafood choices (especially the sea bass) and excellent service. Especially enjoyed the cocktails by the outdoor firepits."
    Dined on 4/24/2013