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Firefly Grill
Firefly Grill

Firefly Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.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: Cayla Horsey (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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Great food, wonderful wine, spectacular setting...the perfect pre-theatre dining spot. About twice a year, my sister and I attend shows at EPC and look forward to dining at Firefly."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "We discovered Firefly Grill when we were on the road moving from Virginia to Texas 2 years ago. We have since had several opportunities to find ourselves again in Effingham and have made it a point to go back to Firefly. So far, they have been consistently excellent on all accounts.....great service and delicious fare fit for foodies. :-) We also love that they try and use many local ingredients including some from their own garden. An absolute must if you are near Effingham. Cosmopolitan taste in the heart of Illinois farmland."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "This was our second visit at the end of a days driving from Pennsylvania, and it continues to delight! Food from the garden favors many dishes. Charming setting and very friendly staff. Thoughtful wine list too. I still dream of the pretzel hamburger buns!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Food was top notch, squash blossoms alone would keep you smiling. The quality of food is very apparent. Only bad thing is I will probably never be near here again since I live in Chicago."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Dining at the Firefly Grill was truly a unique experience. The wait staff was superb, the ambience was good, and the food was absolutely delicious! Don't expect to find your ordinary everyday type of food. Many unique and interesting items on the menu such as the Smoking Goose sausage entree."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Excellent food, knowledgable waiter. Great suggestions. Two of us split halibut and steak. Delicious. Blackberry ice cream and fruit for dessert. Wonderful!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Every time we are in Effingham we have to stop here to eat. We were on our way from Chicago the last time we stopped and even after amazing food all weekend this was still wonderful. My husband says that their cheeseburger with egg is the best burger he's ever had. I've tried several different items and they are always very good. Don't forget to ask your server for some food to feed the catfish and koi. Their deck over the pond is a great place to finish your drink after your done eating."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "nice change of pace because of use of fresh local produces."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Firefly grill is eclectic and interesting. It can get a little noisy at night which doesn't bother me at all, but might bother some. They use sustainable and local ingredients as much as possible which makes the food taste even better :) the service was great, I would recommend the Dungeness crab purses for an appetizer, I get them ever time, but all of my food was great."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "What a gem! After traveling all day, we were delighted to find "Firefly Grill". The service was great and the food was was wonderful. We also loved seeing all the produce and herbs that were used in our selections. We travel often and this is one restaurant that we will come back and enjoy."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Could not be happier with the Fire Fly Grill! Food was absolutely fabulous, services was excellent and our reservation was honored as soon as we walked in the door."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We had wonderful food and excellent service! The menu is unique and inventive. Pricey but worth every bite! A terrific hidden gem!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Our Columbia River Salmon entree mixed with pasta and seasoned vegetables was terrific. The house cabernet was good, but above the desired serving temperature. No ice with water was disappointing. Service was a little inattentive during a not so busy time. But overall a very good restaurant."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We found Firefly Grill on our drive back to Nashville on Open Table. I was surprised at how nice it was when we pulled up since it is conveniently located right off the interstate. It was pretty busy for lunch, but our service was never hurried or rushed and we were sat right away. Everything we ordered was hot and delicious. For some reason they left the croutons off my Caesar salad, the waitress offered to bring them, but we ordered so much I didn't need them. The crab purses and calamari were great, the sweet creamed corn was awesome, and the pizza was perfect."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Beautiful inside and out, food was delicious, little disappointed that we weren't allowed to substitute a side for another side."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Having a very nice restaurant in a very rural area is so exciting, however, the service was horrible. He would take orders and then disappear.. We had to ask other staff for drink refills,etc."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Very charming atmosphere with beautiful landscaping. The building is so unique and tastefully decorated. Love the old barn boards with multiple colors. The blue drinking glasses and the touch of fresh flowers on the tables were a nice touch. Everyone who served us were enthusiastic and were knowledgeable in the menu. We were there for brunch and they had a very nice selection to choose from. I loved looking at the pond with the water lillys blooming and the sunflowers in the field. The gardens with the vegetables and flowers were a very nice touch. I like that they have such fresh produce. My four friends and I had a great time and will return. Mojito and sangrias were awesome! Thank you for such a great time."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Every time I travel on I-70 through this area, I make reservations for an early supper on the enclosed back porch seating area. There is a small lake with Koi and Catfish, etc. to watch. At the right time of the year, there is a beautiful sunset. Entrees are excellent, however in the $28 to $34 range. An enjoyable meal can be made of lots of other selections. Great atmosphere. Friendly staff. An unexpected dining experience at this exit, full of the usual eating options. Try it for a change! Enjoyable."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We learned of the Firefly Grill on a St. Louis PBS cooking show & thought it looked interesting. We live 1.5 hr drive from Effingham and the food was totally worth the trip. Everything was very fresh, right from their large on-site garden & tasted wonderful. Menu was loaded with interesting thing that made it tough to make a choice. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great place. Central Illinois premiere dining experience."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We drive across country twice a year and make a point to stop in Effingham. Food is delicious, inventive; their own garden supplies fresh herbs. Good crusty bread. It was a busy night (Fri) and all the staff pitched in to keep pace smooth."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The server was insensitive, the food portions were extremely small & too expensive"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We heard so much about this place and have read a bunch of reviews (mostly good, some bad). Overall, it did not disappoint. It is a good restaurant. We loved the interior and the patio area. We had the onion ring appetizer, Caesar salad, kid's chicken and fries, pork chop (unevenly cooked - one part was tough and the other part was raw), short ribs (nicely done), chocolate milk, a cocktail, and a glass of wine - all for a a little over $100. Our child enjoyed feeding the fish in the patio. Other than the pork chop, everything else was good. The mashed potato was vey tasty. We'd come back and recommend to others as well."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We loved the concept of the Firefly. The setting, the landscaping and the decor all lended to the farm-to-fork feel. My husband devoured the signature hamburger on a very yummy pretzel bun. (He was kind enough to let me taste before it was gone!) I had the meat pizza which was baked in a wood fired oven. Although it was smoky and meaty, is was also super salty and I think I would have been happier with a different choice. Our waitress was nice. I think she was trying to be helpful because the couple who sat next to us had a disruptive toddler. They were seated and ordered well after us but were served and left well before us which I'm sure everyone in the restaurant appreciated. Very savvy if that was what was intended."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Beautiful setting, outstanding chef, and quality ingredients, a combination not usually found in a town of this size."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "as good or better than advertised.. The food is awesome the sevice is splendid,, the prices are high but you get what you pay for."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Service was good despite a tent wedding reception going on at the same time. Although we arrived early, we were seated immediately. Some listed foods and wine were not available. Otherwise food was very good."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Effingham may not be thought of as a dining destination, more like where highways meet, but the Firefly Grill proved to be a real find with creative cuisine, knowledgable servers, and just a delightful place to celebrate our wedding anniversary two days early in the middle of a road trip. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Lovely location, excellent food, great service, but noisy inside and we found it hard to carry on a decent conversation."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Good place for a first date! Little $ but good food."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I love this place, make it a must when traveling for work to arrange it so that I can go to the Firefly. Always exceptional food, friendly people, and a great view!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "If you are passing through Effingham you have got to stop at the firefly and grab a bite to eat. This award winning restaurant is my favorite. Just returned from Austin TX where we ate at many great places but not one of them were as good as the firefly. The service is over the top and the food is excellent. If you are looking for a quiet experience you should eat outside and enjoy the beautiful view. Love this place!!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Nice restaurant, but quite disappointed in my steak. If I do return, I definitely will not order your steak again. Tough meat, and I'm confident that my steak was cooked well over my medium rare request. Maybe it's due to the grass fed cows you use? But whatever it is I won't be having steak again as I don't think the price matches the quality. Outside of that, it is a very nice restaurant and I thought the staff was courteous and professional."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This is not our first time at Firefly Grill and again it did not disappoint. The food is always fresh, the service is fantastic, and just a nice place in general. The smoked salmon was excellent as well as the appetizers of calamari and crab purses. The grilled ribeye sandwich melted in your mouth and even the greek salad had it's own unique flavor with the peppadew peppers and blue cheese. We were able to bring someone with us who had not ever been to Firefly and they were impressed as well. We will definitely be dining there again soon."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We had a belated Mother's Day dinner there and everyone loved it. Food was great, as well as the service. It was nice eating out on the porch, not nearly as noisy as inside."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I grew up an hour south of Effingham. Every time I go home, I eat here. The food tastes great and most of it comes from local sources. For the first time, we sat on the screened in porch and had a nice view of the fountain, pond, and the koi fish."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "There o is no question that this is the best upscale restaurant in Southern Illinois. Although no one there knows us they always great us as if we are returning friends. Seated promptly in the section and table of our choice. Their excellent locally grown produce and meat products from local producers is always fresh, prepared as ordered and served promptly. We have been there a few times and will go back often."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The wait staff was super. The food was incredible. The entire night and experience was wonderful!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We love the hour road trip to the Firefly several times a year because we really do like this place. But every time we go there it is something that always leaves you a little less then impressed. For example... we met another couple there Saturday early (right after 4) to visit and have some drinks outside. There were less than 8 people in the place that early and we had to bug our server twice to check on our drinks as they took forever. When we get seated they go through the specials .... their bone-in ribeye jumped off the menu. But there were only 4 left. At 5:00 on a Saturday nite? I can't imagine how many people got that pick turned down before the end of the night. How can you have a special on a menu with only 4 available? Weird."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Crab purses were very good, that's the only good thing I have to say about firefly. We made reservations, the place has great a view unfortunately we sat behind one of only 4 walls in the place. The food was ok but I can make much better at home for a lot less money. The service absolutely sucked! The bus boy was the only reason we got 1/2 of what we had. I will not go back and would strongly recommend anyone who does to make it known up front you better get good service and food. You should never have to say that going into a restaurant hince the reason I'll never go back. Good luck. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014