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Firefly Grill & Wine Bar
Firefly Grill & Wine Bar
  • Address:
    251 N. El Camino Real Suite B
    Encinitas, CA 92024
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Firefly Grill & Wine Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.fireflygrillandwinebar.com
  • Email: jim@fireflygrillandwinebar.com
  • Phone: (760) 635-1066
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Paul Rinaudo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Parties from 10 to 200. Each menu customized for every party.
  • Private Party Contact: Jim Barrasso (760) 635-1066

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mountain Vista Dr.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Firefly Grill & Wine Bar
North County's Sexiest Place to Sip. Seasonal menu featuring local ingredients. Award winning wine list featuring 30 wines by the glass with an additional 100 by the bottle.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "Food was great. Really liked the appetizers. Good wine and reasonably priced. Chef was willing to chane out a couple things for our child."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We found a great new gem in Encinitas. Great food and outstanding service. Definitely a new spot to hang out with some great wines"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The Weekend pairing menu was fabulous! Food great and wine great!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We've been coming to Firefly since they opened, have always enjoyed the food and atmosphere. We brought out of town guests for dinner to show off this local gem. Service was attentive as always, and our mains were delicious and well prepared. With great anticipation we ordered 2 desserts for 3 of us - cappuccino creme brulee and gingersnap winter fruit crumble. Sadly, the creme brulee was sent back - it was cold and watery and not very good. The fruit crumble was very dry and the gingersnap crust was too soft. Instead of creme brulee we got a Choco Caramel Shortbread, recommended by our server. Great idea, but the caramel was SO hard you couldn't cut it or chew it! Could have been great but too much caramel made it impossible to eat."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner. Menu is not extensive but starters and entree were flavorful. On the pricier side. Service was good."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "My husband and I decided to try somewhere different in Encinitas and I remember a friend telling me about this place a while ago. We were both pleasantly surprised! We had the wine and food pairing dinner menu where we got four courses and four tastings. Our first course was the endive salad, second course was the sea bass, third course beef cap, and fourth course was a chocolate mousse. All of the courses were absolutely beautifully presented and the wines were outstanding. I wrote down some of the wines because I want to purchase them for home. Our waiter Jason was attentive and gave me a substitution of the dessert wine because I have a bad reaction to port. Thanks for a wonderful date night!!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Traveling from the Pacific Northwest, we met friends for dinner at Firefly. The staff was friendly and very accommodating to our being a bit early, and to our extended conversation at a prime table in the middle of the dining room. Among us, we had a variety of appetizers and entrees, and all were very nice. The prices were reasonable, and overall, this was an excellent experience."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "was surprised to find this restaurant in my neighborhood; in a strip mall that I never ventured in though drove by many times. Food and service suburb. Definitely will return!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Once again the experience was amazing! My scallops melted in my mouth while my husband enjoyed the short ribs with a glass of one of their high quality Malbec's. We have recommended this place to many of our friends and business associates. You got to go and see what I mean. You will not be sorry!!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "In the middle of Encinitas off El Camino Real.. It's not bad. Surprisingly bigger than what you might expect. Hubby & I went here on a date. The food was decent. Nothing we were really excited about. While I can't put my finger on anything in particular, our experience was just ok. It's not an amazing restaurant that we would be dying to go back to. The waiter was nice & the hostess was sweet. If you're looking for a restaurant that feels more new, interesting, hip, fun.. This isn't it. It's fine for what it is: a nicer than average neighborhood restaurant."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I wanted a quiet romantic spot. The happy hour menu was amazing. I have Celiac and didn't feel restricted."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Fantastic in every way, don't miss out on this local gem! Better than the very expensive restaurants in Del Mar and Rancho!!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Met with a crew for some business chat. Found out there is WiFi available, and rather than have them wait in thier hotel - we met earlier and enjoyed those killer fries and cocktails outside on the patio with laptops open and pre-meeting review. Jim was great to ask if we might want a table in the back to talk business, and we took him up on that. Nicole was outstanding with both her service and recommendations. One of the Silicon Valley visitors commented that he was eating 'the best steak ever!', and a finicky local gluten-free application engineer was stoked with his accomodation. Our Merryvale Profile '09 was outstanding. Coffee was perfect, no rush, great all around experience!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "We always enjoy our dining at this restaurant. The food and the wine are both wonderful, and the presentation beautiful."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We've been to Firefly a couple of times and have never been disappointed with the service or food. The short ribs are fabulous - they are tender and just fall of the bone. They're served with mashed potatoes. The salmon is very good too - served with couscous. Our friends liked and said they would definitely come back."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "When we go out on a special occasion we enjoy being where we are comfortable and the people are friendly...thats the Firefly"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had a very good experience on 22 Jan, but this time the culinary execution was a mixed bag. Conclusion: This restaurant is inconsistent in the quality of its dishes."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Service, food and ambience well all above our expectations."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Nice place. Unfortunately, our waiter, wasn't attentive. We had difficulty getting his attention while he was within a few feet of us. It became ridiculous. He didn't glance at our table whenever he was near us to serve others, or while talking to other waiters (with his back to us) at the kitchen serving area. At one point, I'd had it, got up, walked across the room while he was standing there, and asked him to come and take our order. We had reservations, asked for but weren't given the available booth, one side of our given table was under lights, so I moved our place settings for more privacy. To his credit, the owner noticed, quickly helped, and dimmed the lights, which we very much appreciated. Soup, salad, delicious."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "My friend and I came for happy hour and ordered appetizers and wine. Service was great and the food was delicious. Will definitely come again."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Wife said short rib was good. I had wild bore.I would go back."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Great choices on Firefly's Restaurant Week menu...the roasted beet salad and apple pot du creme were my favorites...the pie crust shard were to die for! Jim and his team make any evening at Firefly a very special event. Restaurant week continues through the 31st....don't miss it!"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Our first time here because of the restaurant week promotion even though it's literally within walking distance from our house. We arrived promptly at 7:30pm on a Friday night for our reservation but had to wait for more than 30 minutes to get seated. The hostess comp'ed us with a drink while we waited, which was nice gesture. The ambiance was cozy and romantic with dim lighting. The food was great with sophisticated tastes. Overall, I would come back again."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The Restaurant Week offering was a bit pedestrian. The Pork Shoulder was mushy and the desert was like a Hostess Cupcake with a dab of ice cream."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Surprisingly creative dishes. Great taste combinations. Chef is imaginative in combining flavor elements with perfect balance. Rates very good+ on all criteria. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "I always enjoy going to Firefly. The food is consistently good and everyone is always nice and knowledgeable about the menu and the wine. This time we tried the prefix menu (Restaurant week) and added n the wine paring. It was the perfect amount of food and wine."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "This is the second time we enjoyed a three course meal with wine pairing. I would be nice if the servers provide some information about the choice of wine paired. Good food and service. Happy Hour is great!"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "The food was good, but the wine pairing was kind of off."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "The restaurant accommodated a request. The ambience is great. The service spot on. And the food, wow 2 of us had the short rib, amazing. The other had the Wild Boar, delicious and tender, and great flavor. This restaurant a keeper. Will be back often, our office is just up the street."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "We selected the restaurant based upon closeness to Oceanside, food type and access. We were pleasently surprised with food, ambiance and wine list. It met our requirements and will now become a Neighborhood Gem. The evening was after 8:00 pm on a Tuesday, we were the last customer to arrive and leave. The staff were quick to seat us, get us oriented to the menus and point out the nice wine list. I like to think of myself as knowing a few wineries, but the house has an eclectic taste that we enjoyed with our appetizer sampler. The best part of the appetizer was the bacon wrapped dates. The entrees were both beef, filet mignon and New York. The meat was cooked to order and arrived hot from the kitchen."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "This place was inviting from the outside and cozy on the inside; A great place for a romantic night out. You had several wines to chose from and a drink special list which had tasty cocktails. The food was time perfectly between the apps and main course. Even though our reservation was at 9p and the closed at 10, nothing was rushed. Firefly is a cute place, I will go back."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Firefly has become our traditional New Years Eve spot. As usual selections were interesting and preparation was wonderful. No idea what was going on with the service. There were four of us and each course something was delivered to the wrong person. In one instance, to the wrong table. We have notice d this before that there needs to be more attention to detail when good brought to table."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We have dined frequently here as a twosome, with large and small groups. Love the atmosphere and the food is excellent. It is great if you want to have a conversation and dine leisurely. New Year's had a great prix-fix menu with or without wine. They also have a great happy hour in the bar!"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Very good job with their pre-fix diner & wine pairings"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "As usual, dining at Firefly was wonderful. There were six of us who all ordered different meals. Everyone thought theirs was the best. The wine lovers felt there was an excellent selection."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "Honestly heard about this restaurant from Chopped TV show as the chef participated and got to 2nd place, plus, the fact that its close to our home. So we decided to check it out and so worth it. The service was good and the food was excellent, we went for brunch and will definitely go back."
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "We are always pleased with our dining experience at Firefly, from our initial greeting at the door to the final morsel! Thank you."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Excellent dinner at Firefly. I tried the Baby Kale Salad for the first time, and it was superb! My husband had the tasting menu, always a delicious choice. Great to chat with Jim, and Jake did a fine job, as always."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "I've eaten here a number of times and it seems like the menu doesn't change much. I'm gluten free, so my options are significantly limited, but I've had the exact same entree the last four visits, and I am pretty much over it. The short ribs are good, but nothing about this dish has changed. I really appreciate restaurants that change up their menu occasionally, or that offer evening specials. I think that there are likely better options for a truly great meal in this neighborhood."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "In all the years we've been dining at Firefly, never ever has anyone had even a minor complaint or not finished everything on their plate. We've taken many people with varying palates over the years. Portions are the perfect size, the menu is always interesting and current. Fun cocktails and a great wine list. Just go, experience it personally. We don't go often enough!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013