Firefly Grill
Firefly Grill

Firefly Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ffgrill.com/
  • Phone: 2173422002x
  • 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 2173422002x

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!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Firefly Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
103 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (72)special occasion (66)scenic view (59)great for outdoor dining (46)neighborhood gem (39)romantic (39)good for groups (31)great for lunch (29)hot spot (19)great for brunch (14)notable wine list (14)kid-friendly (13)late-night find (9)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful setting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining in Effingham
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous
    Jules
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    Sandking
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mr & Mrs B will be back!!
    back4more
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    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!!!👍
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worth the wait
    bdoll
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Tried to get over for the last 2 years it was better than I could of imagined.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bing
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unmatched anywhere
    LVfoodie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!!!
    TLWEffy
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great Wedge salad & the Pork Porterhouse was amazing! Kids enjoyed feeding the huge catfish!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK at best
    decatur1
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the trip
    Zazie7
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite spot for sister and me
    HappyTogether
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A restaurant gem
    Hew06
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious gem when on the road
    JAMsGems
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply put...perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dining experience!!!
    goober
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal - perfect!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the 45 minute drive from home
    FoodieAtHeart
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food was good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    nice change of pace because of use of fresh local produces.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always love this place!
    Livetoeat
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We will be back!
    woogieVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, pricey
    cpstew
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last minute surprise
    NicNac
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Beautiful inside and out, food was delicious, little disappointed that we weren't allowed to substitute a side for another side.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Firefly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Charming and Unique
    tsm1964
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • well worth a drive!
    EffieEats
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    delores40
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Great place. Central Illinois premiere dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Returned again
    Betty
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Riley
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The server was insensitive, the food portions were extremely small & too expensive
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • It did not disappoint...
    AsMo288
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A charming gem in the middle of Il.
    YumseekerVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best in 100 miles
    GregVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Beautiful setting, outstanding chef, and quality ingredients, a combination not usually found in a town of this size.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent
    TheBrowns
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate