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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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Diner Reviews
  • "The wife and I have been a few times. The food is great , good servers , really friendly. It is a bit pricey but worth it."
    Dined on 10/11/2014
  • "This is a must go to restaurant. Amazing for a small town. Menu covering many items with specials very night. Steaks & fish are wonderful & prepared perfectly. Try the fired green tomatoes----like you have never had before! It is expensive but oh so worth it."
    Dined on 10/11/2014
  • "Atmosphere was peaceful and welcoming. The food was great and the prices were overblown."
    Dined on 10/11/2014
  • "I asked for a substitute for my accompaniment with my entrée & was told no. My husband's steak though flavorful was tough. We were prepared for the prices but were not prepared for the less than excellent food and service. It was our 30th anniversary and we would have liked a little more intimate setting not elbow to elbow with strangers. When I made the reservations I said it was our anniversary and we told the waiter when he seated us. One thing that was excellent (and the reason the waiter received a sizeable tip) was his attentiveness to my husband's nut allergies. THAT was awesome, but no we won't be back for diner and we won't recommend. Sorry."
    Dined on 10/11/2014
  • "Very disappointed this time. The service was great but the food was way overpriced for the boring quality and taste. Ordered the scallops and received 4 medium scallops that were bland and boring for over $30. Wanted to order the ribeye but it was $65!!! This is more than St. Elmo's in Indy. Will not be back anytime soon."
    Dined on 10/7/2014
  • "We were in town for just one night ... after reading the reviews decided we had to try Firefly! It was dark and raining hard, so we can't speak for the views and outside dining ... but the food and service were perfect. A great wine list, reasonably priced. My wife had the salad and I tried the fried green tomatoes and corn, which was excellent. We both decided on the halibut entree, a great choice. Perfectly prepared, not undercooked or too dry, and served with exquisite ravioli ... a meal that would compare favorably to one at some of the finer big city restaurants. We even shared a dessert, the brownie with accompaniments added table side. A huge thanks for a great meal!"
    Dined on 10/2/2014
  • "This is our third time at the Fireside Grill. We initially found it by accident on our way back to Ohio from a trip out west. They have a great selection of wines, buy locally raised chicken and beef and have their own gardens for fresh produce. The food is creatively prepared and wonderful. The wait staff is attentive, but not overly so. They have a closed in porch that sits over a lake. This is a beautiful place to enjoy a meal and watch the weather or the night sky. The inside of the restaurant is candle lit and intimate."
    Dined on 10/2/2014
  • "The view of the pond and fish make for a good scenic water view especially in central Illinois farmland. The vegetable gardens are beautiful and knowing how fresh your vegetables are is fabulous. The service is impeccable and the food is among the highest quality 5-star restaurants I have ever been and I enjoy fine dining. We live near Chicago where fine dining is critical and the choices are many. Cooked to order, even deserts like the Molten Lava cake with homemade blackberry ice cream make every bite a pleasant surprise. My only regret is that I only make it to Effingham about three times a year. I never miss dining at Firefly when in Effingham."
    Dined on 9/30/2014
  • "My fried chicken was over cooked and not really served with anything but a corn relish. For the price you should at least get some potatos or something with it."
    Dined on 9/27/2014
  • "We come here often as there are very few restaurants of note in the area. The food is always delicious and the service is always impeccable."
    Dined on 9/27/2014
  • "great meal and great service. everything was the best. we love this place."
    Dined on 9/21/2014
  • "Finding a restaurant of this caliber at an interchange of two major highways is very unusual. Surrounded by chain restaurants and hotels, Firefly stands out as a gem for foodies on the road. We enjoyed the shortribs and the fried chicken with sweet corn vichysoisse. The wedge salad with the in-house made blue cheese was wonderful and easily shared. The wine list is exceptional albeit a bit pricey. Before ordering a glass for each, compare the price to the bottle as it was just a few dollars more. Firefly has its own garden and uses mostly locally grown and raised ingredients in its menu. We would go back in a heartbeat."
    Dined on 9/20/2014
  • "Fresh ingredients make everything amazing! Fantastic food, great service, and good drink selection. We drive 1.5 hours to this place and it's worth it every time."
    Dined on 9/20/2014
  • "If you have not eaten here, you are missing a real gem! Firefly is one real treat to visit."
    Dined on 9/19/2014
  • "Great food, great service, great atmosphere. Love it!"
    Dined on 9/19/2014
  • "Our server was Alexi. She was excellent and attentive. Food was delicious! A wonderful experience."
    Dined on 9/19/2014
  • "We started out with the Fried green tomatoes and the tomato and fresh mozzarella salad both were outstanding. Our next courses were the Braised Short Ribs and Pan seared Flank Steak which looked more like a Filet Mignon and ate like it as well. Again tops . We finished with the Tiramasu and believe it or not a chopped salad. Over the top again. Prices reflected the quality of the food. This was just a huge treat. The menu was exciting and hard to make a choice and would dare to say that every entrée would be as well as the next."
    Dined on 9/19/2014
  • "We met our St Louis-based daughter for a lovely dinner date at the Firefly. This place is extraordinary -- and never disappoints. The fried green tomatoes appetizer set the stage -- and the entrees were each wonderfully prepared. Wine selection perfect. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. We love the Firefly!"
    Dined on 9/19/2014
  • "We have been coming to Firefly for the last four years. Every year at Fun Fest time we book two nights for dinner. Every year the quality of their food and service just gets better and better. It's hard to believe that they could improve, but they do."
    Dined on 9/18/2014
  • "This is the second time we have eaten at the Firefly Grill and we were equally thrilled both times. The service is so special and the food is amazing making a special day so much more special."
    Dined on 9/16/2014
  • "Took my lady to dinner here and I was very impressed with how nice the place was. Very calm and relaxing. The food was great. The service was top notch."
    Dined on 9/14/2014
  • "We enjoyed a nice brunch in a beautiful setting last Sunday. The food was fresh and tasty. The service was below par for the caliber of restaraunt this is. We repeatedly had to ask for drinks to be refilled. We were not thanked for our visit which to me is poor service!"
    Dined on 9/14/2014
  • "Food was excellent as well as the service... Had to change our reservation. You were very accommodating! Thank you can't wait to come back!!"
    Dined on 9/13/2014
  • "Having eaten at many great restaurants around the US and Europe, it is wonderful to find great food here in Effingham. We come through here about once a year and will plan on returning every year. Loved it."
    Dined on 9/13/2014
  • "My husband and I traveled 3 hours from our Chicagoland home for the specific purpose of dining at the Firefly Grill. I had read about it some time back and put it on my bucket list. It is rare that the experience exceeds the anticipation but Firefly Grill did not disappoint. The menu reflects a great deal of their farm to table philosophy. We brought guests to join us for this delightful 'field trip' and they were as pleased as we were. We'll remember this visit for a very long time and will recommend the Firefly Grill with four enthusiastic thumbs up!"
    Dined on 9/13/2014
  • "We ate in this restaurant 2 years ago while visiting Effingham for the Crossroads Classic Volleyball Tournament. While making plans for the tournament this year, we decided we had to make it part of our weekend again! It was just as wonderful as we remembered. We love everything about it. Wish we had one in Naperville!!"
    Dined on 9/12/2014
  • "Definitely my favorite place to dine!!! The service is top notch and the food is always fresh and amazing. It is definitely unique and not something you normally get to experience in a small town. Everyone passing through should give it a try."
    Dined on 9/9/2014
  • "Our group of 4 were celebrating 2 birthdays. First time to this restaurant. Food was great! Had the fried green tomatoes, halibut, and scallops. Also had the lavender martini which was wonderful! Brought us a chocolate tiramasu for our birthdays and it was delish too! Only negative was it took awhile to get our bill and payment squared away. Other than that, it was a great evening and meal; we will be back for sure."
    Dined on 9/6/2014
  • "From the appetizers, through the main entrees, and topped off with dessert, we had a totally awesome dining experience. The service was outstanding as well!!!👍"
    Dined on 9/5/2014
  • "Tried to get over for the last 2 years it was better than I could of imagined."
    Dined on 8/31/2014
  • "We celebrated a birthday and were quietly provided a dessert compliments of the Grill. Not the loud type of all waiters and servers gathering around and making a scene, just a happy Birthday from the waitress and wait staff and a delicious piece of Lava Cake with Ice Cream and fruit."
    Dined on 8/31/2014
  • "Was surprised to find this gem 12 hours into my road trip from the Northeast to the Midwest! Best food I've ever had, excellent use of homegrown herbs and local produce and amazing prices! We had appetizer, dinner, desert and a drink for two for $55. Excellent, attentive, knowledgeable servers. Thinking of planning a trip out that way again just to be able to go back!"
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "Great Wedge salad & the Pork Porterhouse was amazing! Kids enjoyed feeding the huge catfish!!"
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "Had an overpriced fillet that did not taste as good as it cost (but was by no means bad). Asked for medium well. Got something between medium rare and medium. My wife and I each ordered one glass of wine. Each came no more than 1/3 full. My wife said at first she thought she was being served the wine to taste whether it was satisfactory, but no that was the serving. We have been here several times and until this time, it was one of our favorites. I told my wife, it would be a while before I would come back and my wife said she was not sure she ever would. Hiope others have had a better experience. I am being honest about ours."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "This is a delightful place. The food is good. The service is attentative. It would be good for either a special occasion or a casual meal."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "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
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