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Firefly Grill
Firefly Grill

Firefly Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ffgrill.com
  • Email: info@ffgrill.com
  • Phone: (217) 342-2002
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm;
    Friday & Saturday: 4:00 pm - 10:00pm
    Sundays: Brunch 11:00am - 3:00 pm
    Dinner: 3:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Niall D. Campbell II
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Firefly Grill offers private dining for small parties and large events. Featuring such amenities as personalized event planning, customized or a la carte menus, AV equipment, data port connection and much more.
  • Private Party Contact: Cara Milewski (217) 342-2002

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Keller Drive
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Accessible on all levels.
A word from Firefly Grill
Firefly Grill is a modern roadhouse restaurant located on the shores of Kristie Lake. Chef Niall Campbell and his wife Kristie own and operate this oasis of American fresh cuisine in the heart of the Midwest.
Firefly's menu changes daily and boasts fresh seafood, oak fired steaks and brick oven pizzas. Firefly uses local ingredients whenever possible and fresh herbs and vegetables straight from their very own garden! Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "One of the best dining experiences of my life. The Steam Bun appitizer flavor was amazing. My wife's Greek Salad was so pretty she didn't want to eat it but she was so glad she did. The duck breast was cooked perfectly and had wonderful flavor. The only problem is that's it is 90 miles from our house. The setting over the lake is beautiful and adds to a very lovely overall dining experience. If you are in the area you must stop and enjoy this wonderful restaurant."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We drive to and from Florida every year and work out our trip so we can stop either for lunch or dinner at the Firefly Grill. The food is fabulous. Chef Naill does a fabulous job. We have a hard time deciding what to order but whatever we decide is always delicious."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Effingham IL, as nice as the good people who live there are, do not deserve such a nice place to eat. Great setting supported by very good food and equally good service is usually found in much larger communities that can support adventuresome entrees and somewhat spendy prices. We always stop here on our semi annual drives to PHX."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Great, fun atmosphere in the middle of a fast food and gas station exit in central Illinois."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We were at a table against curtains and the sun was shining in our face the whole time. It seemed very crowded."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I drove to Effingham from Champaign to meet my daughter, who is in grad school in St Louis. We've dined at the Firefly Grill before and had great experiences each time. This visit was no exception. We enjoyed the lovely ambience, terrific food and lively conversation. What a special place!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I always enjoy dining at Firefly, but this time it was a little less than satisfying. The Greek pizza with the liquid-like feta cheese topping was somewhat glutinous. My wife and I split the pizza, and did not care for it that much. We thought it might be better if the feta was applied as a dry crumble rather than a liquid-like gooey topping. Our calamari and spinach salad were outstanding, though. We will be back."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Everything about the Firefly Grill is carefully planned out. From the sincere greeting at the front door, to the impeccable service by the staff, to the absolutely delicious food cooked the way you want it, this is a culinary experience that is extraordinary. We went for lunch when we were passing through Effingham to pints further west. So impressed were we with the lunch, we decided to stay overnight in Effingham on our way back and take in the dinner menu. Best decision we ever made even if the severe thunderstorms pounded us the next day. The evening was so pleasant from beginning to end and Chef Niall has produced a great menu with tempting choices - too bad we weren't staying for a week! P.S. - The sauce for the jumbo shrimp is great"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Overall OK - very slow refilling tea and coffee though."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We stopped in while traveling. The price seemed very steep for the amount of food we got. Also, all of the entrees had one or more accompanying sides that we did not like. Unlike either of the main courses, one house salad was enough for both of us and was the best part of the meal. The bill with tip for two was about $85 without a dessert."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We had a surprise "sprinkle"/Birthday Party for my friend. They put us in the back section which was PERFECT. We were able to have our own little party but with a great setting! The only thing I would have changed was make it a little lighter back there just for the party, I know the setting is for the rest of the restaurant and I love it...but just for the party it was a little dark to see. Our waiters and Waitresses were GREAT! The food was wonderful! We had a really great time! Thanks so much for everything. I will for sure pass the word onto my friends! And I'm sure I will be back with my husband for "date nights"! Thanks!!!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Food is always great! Waiter was friendly and knowlegable! Love the ambience."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "My husband and I visited the Firefly Grill this past Saturday night. It was my first time dining there and it was absolutely the most delicious dinner I have eaten in a very long time. The service and quality of food is every bit as good as dining at an upper scale restaurant in Chicago. It is a little pricey, but when you get the quality of food and service that you can expect at this restaurant it is a price that you won't blink an eye at. You will leave feeling like you have just experienced some of the best cuisine that you have ever had or could ever hope to have! We will definitely return to this location and I hope it will be sooner rather than later!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Had a great date with my husband here. We also do our company Christmas party here every year. The staff is AMAZING and the food is so good!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This is a great restaurant to celebrate any special occasion at. The Fire Oven Pizzas are the best!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Firefly is at the top of my list for favorite restaurants. The dining experience was wonderful. Jordan, our waiter, was knowledgable and eager to assist in finding the perfect dinner options and accompaniment. I had filet of sole with spaetzel. Delicious! We started our meal with flash fried oysters in Panko breadcrumbs . Oysters were cooked perfectly. Breaking was light, oysters were tender and flavorful . A lovely homemade dipping sauce brought even more flavor to an already enjoyable dish. Our meal topped off with chocolate cake covered in a chocolate shell and served with strawberry slices. YUM! I was in Effingham for two days. I made Firefly my destination for dinner on both days. It made the drive from Chicago worth it!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "I ordered the sole and my girlfriend ordered the chicken and waffles. Both dishes were flavorless. Drove an hour and half and was disappointed. Atmosphere was great but the food did not live up to the ambience."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Consistently GREAT food, GreAT atmosphere and GREAT service...... every........ single.........time. <3"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "The service was slow and errors were made. The food was great."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This is the best restaurant I have come across in the Midwest. I live in West Central Indiana and it is always a treat to make the trek to Firefly. We often meet friends from St. Louis there, who find it worth the 1.75 hours drive from there! I cannot recommend it highly enough. The food is elegant, fresh, delicious, and just the right size servings."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Best restaurant in Illinois, bar none, and Chicago included. Excellent creative delicious food, incredible fresh ingredients with flare. Love the atmosphere and friendly personell. Simply outstanding! ....and for the Valentines menu, the lobster bisque with creme fraise foam on top, tarragon oil and paprika sprinkles made this the BEST SOUP I have EVER tasted!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The tasting menu was outstanding! We go to Fierfly quite often and they never disappoint, but the special event tastings raise the bar even higher."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Real food & good service, an oasis in this truck-stop town."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "One of our favorite places to visit, Firefly Grill does not disappoint. The staff is friendly, and the chef creates delicious and creative meals. The crab cakes are so tasty!! I have never had a bad meal there."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We have been to the Firefly before and have had a great experience. Great ambience, service caters to your every need, great drinks, food was overpriced. I do not mind paying $25.00 + for an entree, I just want it to taste like a $25.00 + entree..."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The food our table ordered was all delicious. Expect to pay for it however. Quite pricey but very good."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "This was our first time dining at Firefly Grill. The food was excellent and the wait staff took good care of us. Looking forward to a return visit!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "If you're driving through Illinois, be sure to plan a meal at Firefly Grill. It's a pleasant surprise in the middle of Illinois. The food was delicious and incredible service."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "The food was amazing. The staff was very informative and helpful. We had a wonderful experience!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "My wife and I had hear so many great things about this restaurant that we finally took the opportunity to go on Friday, January 17th. Wish we hadn't! We heard that they had a great selection of steaks, it wound up being they had two steaks and one rib selection! I ordered the New York strip which was overly seasoned to say the least. The best thing about the steak was the garlic butter. In addition my wife ordered liver and onions and what was served was one hunk of liver with some onion rings on top. By the way, the onion rings were the best item on her plate. One small strip, one hunk of liver, two glasses of water and $70.00 later we were finished."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Have been there twice now and both times was very good! Everything was great. We'll be back."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We felt a bit rushed between courses and had to prompt server for courses for some of the members of our party. Other than that the food was excellent and it was an enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "$55 on NYE for 4 course meal with 2 oz steak----salid good---soup poor----2 bites of steak---poor desert----I know small portions are in vogue but an 6/8 oz steak would have been more appropriate----service 5 star"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The Firefly menu is always interesting and diverse. The meals are beautifully presented. New Year's Eve the special menu was excellent with each course meeting the restaurant's high standards. Firefly is a favorite 'special night' place to go"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Easy reservation system including a reminder 24 hours before! Helpful manager who assured me that my requests would be honored (paying for a party that I would not be attending, locating table for easy access by elderly, attentive service, etc). I expected a few bumps but in fact, my aunt's party was perfect! She told me the meal was so special - tasty, large portion, excellent server, great location, festive ambiance, and she never saw the bill! My expectations were exceeded!"
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "overall I liked their dining experience. However I thought the food was a little pricey and would offer either a side dish at no cost or a little less costly entrees."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "We scheduled our Firefly visit to coincide with our St Louis trip, as we now make it a priority to "make the Firefly stop work" if we can! This is a fabulous gem of a restaurant that competes with the best of the best in any city. It's setting is idyllic. It's ambience truly special (I loved the Christmas version!). The food and service are always terrific -- and this visit did not disappoint! Our party of four enjoyed appetizers, salads and wonderful entrees. Kudos to the Firefly team."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "When you want to say "Thank You" to your colleagues....Take them to the Firefly for a special holiday party in the Wine Room. Not only was the room decorated beautifully for the holidays, but the view across the lake during lunch or dinner isn't bad either! Match that with outstanding service and great meals by the Chef, and it makes for a very special day for my associates."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "We were at the Firefly on December 17th, celebrating our daughter's birthday. The atmosphere was so pleasant. It was busy but we were well cared for in a non rushed manner. Although the restaurant was full the noise level was not overwhelming. We could enjoy pleasant conversation at our table. We enjoyed the holiday decorations. They were simply done but very festive and appealing. Overall a lovely dining experience!"
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "We had a small group but received all the attention we needed. It was a great experience at a great restaurant."
    Dined on 12/14/2013