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Reserve at Firefly
223 Petronia St
Key West, FL 33040
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$31 to $50
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Hours of Operation:
Brunch Daily: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine
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Modern Southern cuisine in an upscale-casual environment.
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This was our favorite of all the
restaurants we ate on our visit to Key West. Yum fried chicken."
Dined on 8/29/2014
We thought we would try firefly
because of the good reviews on Opentable. Also because santiago's was closed. We were seated on the upstairs balcony which was a nice surprise. They have wonderful seating areas here inside and out. The place is clean. Our waiter seemed out of place and almost like a last minute fill in. I was also dissappiointed by the few menu choices. I can understand this for a new restaurant though but i just couldn't seem to find anything i really wanted. I am not sure about the "southern" food they offer. Not sure it will go over in KW. I hope so as the atmosphere was excellent, but the food was just average."
Dined on 8/22/2014
Southern fried cooking at its
best. It is always quite obvious when the owner/chef really care about their product. My family and I were in Key West on vacation and found this restaurant by mistake. We were glad we did. We sampled our way through the appetizers from pigs ears to green fried tomatoes and never even got to the entrées. Take my advice tried all you'll be happy."
Dined on 8/19/2014
We dined 2x during our week in Key
West. Once for brunch and once for dinner. We were lucky enough to have the same fantastic server. He was knowledgeable without being pretentious, suggestive without being pushy, and attentive without being invasive. Our meals came to the table hot and well timed. The presentations were clean and graceful. The flavors were well balanced and counterpointed elegantly. While the food was delightful and most certainly worth returning for, the professional yet genuinely friendly service truly made both of our experiences all the more memorable. My only regret is not remembering the name of our server so as to offer him a direct compliment and a huge thanks!!"
Dined on 8/12/2014
Live music at brunch on Sundays,
I'm vegetarian and while mostly meat options, staff always work with me to make special great-tasting meal options, great drop biscuits and fried-green tomato sandwiches"
Dined on 8/10/2014
Excellent Service. Friendly
hostess. Great food! Enjoyed my experience!!"
Dined on 8/2/2014
great ambiance on outside veranda
overlooking the up and coming bahama village neighborhood. very expensive entrees, pretty good, not great southern cooking. fascinating place that my under 25 age daughters enjoyed greatly. Jordan our waiter could not have been better. he was charming and attentive without being intrusive. will be interested to hear other reviews. I would like to see this place succeed."
Dined on 7/24/2014
Touted as a southern eclectic
restaurant, the restaurant doesn't rely on southern hospitality nor sweet tea to make its claim. Like any other restaurant in key west you won't get a bad meal. What sets this place out is its adaptation of southern comfort food into nice night out dining. The gumbo, cornbread, fried green tomatoes were really good. The shrimp and grits were perfect except fort the green tomato pie stuck in the middle. And please cut the tails of the shrimp. You never know how clean any tail every really is. Otherwise nice selection of beer and wine to support the nice but limited menu."
Dined on 7/23/2014
We had 3 meals here in three days
best food in Key West❤️❤️❤️"
Dined on 7/19/2014
We had heard about Firefly and had
a reservation this past Friday night. The food was absolutely fantastic! The tastes were amazing (we had quite a few appetizer type of plates, so we got to try many dishes). The tastes were wonderful and the food was very reasonable. I had the skirt steak as my main course, it was done perfectly (med rare) and the flavors were spectacular. We were wishing we were spending one more night in Key West so we could have dinner there again. I would recommend this restaurant for everyone!"
Dined on 7/18/2014
Found this gem on trip advisor,
read the reviews and I must say I was totally impressed. Staff was friendly, attentive, food was just awesome. Fried chicken was outstanding and the gumbo perfect. A must dine!"
Dined on 7/16/2014
This is definitely Southern fare,
but with a delightful twist. The managers are long-standing restaurateurs in Key West, and they have filled a gap with many items you won't find in most Key West restaurants (e.g., grits and pork belly) paired with local delicacies (the freshest shrimp and fish). Knowledgeable wine list, too."
Dined on 7/9/2014
We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner
at Firefly. The staff was friendly and accommodating. We ordered fried green tomatoes, beet salad, and gumbo, all prepared to our liking and nicely presented. The gumbo was especially satisfying, made from a rich, dark roux with ample shrimp. We happened to be there on a Saturday evening when they had a talented musician playing, who we also very much enjoyed."
Dined on 7/5/2014
Food is tasty and well-prepared.
Menu is somewhat limited, but is from the southern food tradition, as advertised. As a non-southerner, it becomes a bit of a culinary culture shock to dine here, but that is the deal. All staff are very cordial and easy to talk to. Give it a try. Musician playing softly on the deck is a nice touch."
Dined on 7/5/2014
This place is really great. The
food was amazing and the staff was very attentive!! The sweet tea... Perfect."
Dined on 6/22/2014
Great southern cuisine. My
husband LOVED the gumbo. Friendly and attentive service. Would definitely recommend."
Dined on 6/2/2014
This was our first visit and we
did not leave with a favorable impression. We were seated on the 2nd floor outside balcony which was nice. The fried green tomatoes and kale salad were really tasty. We were warned the gumbo was a little spicy but what we received should not have been served. Presented well but it was so spicy hot we could not eat most of it. Mentioned to server and the only reaction was "I'm sorry". The server was also a little chatty, almost to the point of annoying, but was still attentive to our needs. I'm willing to try this restaurant again but it won't be at the top of the list during our next visit to Key West. "
Dined on 5/24/2014
A bit late for the res due to
parking On Memorial Day wknd but the hostess was very understanding. Sat us on the patio which we'd heard so much abt. Was light & breezy, despite a few tables up there it wasn't noisy at all. They have an appealing craft beer & cocktail selection & you can even get mead! We had the puffins which were actually on the lighter side & just the right amt of food plus the pecans & syrup on them were the perfect touch. The biscuit fried chicken w/ghost pepper cheese was made w/ peppers grown out back & biscuits baked that morning. Oh & Pls try the key lime cake! So good. Our server, Erich, was very friendly, gave us great recommendations on everything, even bars to hit up in the area. We'll be there again soon!"
Dined on 5/23/2014
We will be going back. A Key West
gem!! The food was amazing and the service was great. I found the menu interesting and everything we ordered was perfect. "
Dined on 5/17/2014
We had such a wonderful evening!
Food, Service and Ambiance was exceptional! "
Dined on 5/16/2014
This was chosen because of a
referral from our scuba captain, he recommended it so we went. We were truly grateful for his recommendation, it was great!! Wonderful ambience, no crowds (but that should change), outdoor dining upstairs, electic neighborhood, but most importantly, great fried chicken and gumbo. Plus our server was very attentive and chatty, but not overly so."
Dined on 4/30/2014
We had an outstanding meal, the
staff are knowledgeable. The food is very different from other local restaurants, a wonderful change"
Dined on 4/26/2014
In Bahama Village and a decent
spot if upstairs and on the porch. Food was disappointing for a group of Southern Girls who know good southern cooking. Gumbo was cold and had to go back, the taste was just ok but not traditional gumbo. The special which was crawfish and shrimp on grits was inedible. Would not go back. Also a little worrisome that there were only two tables of diners there."
Dined on 4/22/2014
Great find. Will visit every time
we are in KW. Went for dinner. Ate upstairs - good view to watch street come alive. Shared the pork appetiser, mains of gumbo and pork loin were outstanding. "
Dined on 4/21/2014
Sleek and modern feel in what has
to be a very old house. Food was phenomenal-- try the buffalo pig's ear! Not sure that Key West is foodie enough for this place, but I hope so."
Dined on 4/17/2014
We dined on the Firefly upstairs
balcony and watched the evening unfold on Petronia Street in the heart of Old Town Key West. Life in the neighbors of Key West is much more interesting that life on Duval Street (and the bar scene). The service was warm and friendly, the food interesting and superb. My husband raved about the Gumbo; my 'bronzed cod' was perfectly cooked and presented. We shared the Banana Cream Pie - a hint of chocolate, a lovely cream filing - not too sweet; and a generous amount of bananas. The vegetarian selections are just as interesting; well thought-out and generous portions. We know we will be frequent diners - next visit will be Brunch!"
Dined on 4/15/2014
Found Firefly looking for
gastropub-esque like venues off the beaten path in Key West. What a great little restaurant! Located just walking distance from Truman Annex, this placed offers a fresh look at comfort foods, southern comfort foods to be exact. Their fried green tomatoes were a fantastic starter and the gumbo was a very well done. The key lime cake (not pie, mind you) was the perfect finish. The bar offers a good selection of craft beers/wine and the staff were very knowledgeable and friendly. I'll definitely be back on my next trip to the Conch Republic."
Dined on 4/12/2014
Great flavors prepared from
scratch. Creative twist on the comforts of home will want you coming back. We stopped for brunch and had the shrimp n grits and the waffles and chicken. Only regret is we didn't have enough room or another day to for a second visit."
Dined on 4/8/2014
My boyfriend and I were in town
for the weekend and didn't want the usual burger-type food that's on Duval St. This place was wonderful from the moment we walked in! Its casual attire, but the food is upscale and the atmosphere is chic. We ended up sitting at the bar and talking with the various staff members who were all friendly and very enthusiastic about their jobs and the type of food/product they were providing. They are a beer and wine only, but managed to come up with creative combinations that felt like you were drinking a martini. I had the sea bass special which was AMAZING and very flavorful! Dessert was an awesome and creative chocolate chip biscuits with chocolate gravy masterpiece! If you're in the Keys this is a must!"
Dined on 4/5/2014
Firefly offers diversity on a
Fresh Fish Island! From South Georgia bbq to New Orleans catfish platters to a Charleston-Savannah shrimp and grits feast....Fire Fly has you covered. Enjoy Southern cooking from grandma's cabin in a Caribbean Island Community with deep historic Spanish roots."
Dined on 3/30/2014
Delicious food, and we tried a lot
of it! We couldn't have been more pleased with the food, service, drinks, and location! Really the best food we have found in the Keys."
Dined on 3/26/2014
Great food, unique preparation,
fabulous service, a must stop."
Dined on 3/24/2014
Only great high quality and
upscale southern restaurant in Key West. Great spicy fried-green tomato sandwich. Modern classy take on chicken and waffles. Quiet upstairs seating is best."
Dined on 3/23/2014
Delicious! Got the buffalo pigs
ears & homemade beef jerky for appetizers - the ears had good flavor & the jerky was interesting - not too salty, great dipping sauce & the Worcestershire salt was a nice touch. Needed cornbread to go with the pig's ears so got the bread basket,. Glad we did! The oversized biscuit was fluffy, hot & pretty darn delicious. The corn bread was more traditional (i.e. not too sweet), nicely browned around the edges. Entree special was cornmeal crusted catfish fillets on top of gumbo z'herbes - fantastic with real depth of flavor. My friend ordered the regular gumbo, seasoned and cooked perfectly. Incredible beer list & nice assortment of wines. Friendly & accommodating staff. I'd recommend Firefly highly!"
Dined on 3/17/2014
As a new restaurant and visitors
to Key West we found Firefly to be a great place. The fried chicken and gumbo were just what we needed after a busy day! GREAT PLACE!"
Dined on 3/16/2014
This restaurant is tucked into the
side streets of Key West and, thankfully, very much off busy Duval Street. Our party of three enjoyed a very good, fresh meal on the outside patio after we requested to be moved because of the much too loud, and inappropriate, music playing from the ceiling speakers inside. Hard rock does not a peaceful brunch make. To their credit, they did offer to turn it down. Our food was fresh, tasty and plentiful. The garlic fries were very good but much too salty to enjoy. Service was friendly but very slow, but this is Key West after all. The servers had to be reminded we needed sugar for the coffee, which was excellent, three times. We will visit again, but with plenty of time to wait."
Dined on 3/16/2014
Outstanding example of southern
food gumbo is a must!!"
Dined on 3/15/2014
Walking by I thought Firefly
qualified as a "hole in the wall". So I was surprised to see that its actually quite an elegant place with an absolutely wonderful 2nd floor eating porch. In addition, our server was exceptionally well-informed, efficient and, to boot, a hoot. Oh, and by the way, the food is tremendous!"
Dined on 3/13/2014
We had a great time, waiter was
great, food was awesome. Wee already told friends about our experience."
Dined on 3/8/2014
Great food, great service and you
can get a table...because it is not yet discovered! Walk just beyond Blue Heaven, and you will find this gem."
Dined on 3/8/2014
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