Firefly - Panama City Beach
What a GEM!This restaurant is a must if you visit Panama City Beach. Fabulous menu, including early dinner dining specials. The service was impeccable. Be sure to check out the "Martini" menu too and ask for the She-crab soup.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMA must stop!Every time we're in Panama City Beach we make Firefly a must. We love the food and the service is excellent.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMBrunch not is good as dinnerI love going to the Firefly. This was the first time I had brunch there and it was ok. The only major problem I had this time was the service. It may be small for some but my drink was not refilled or tended to until I asked. The other was I had a question regarding my choice and I had to ask again for my answer. I never had a problem with service so maybe it was a one time thing.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Mother's Day LunchOur family enjoyed a wonderful lunch on Mother's Day. My children (ages 12 & 3) discovered they LOVE she-crab soup! Our meals were beautifully prepared and presented. Our server, Jennifer, went out of her way to make sure we all enjoyed our experience.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMMother's Day LunchGreat service, great food, ease of making a reservation on line.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMthe waiter recommended thethe waiter recommended the crab soup - which the restaurant was none for5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMBirthday DinnerIt was my daughters 16th birthday dinner and the night was perfect thanks to the Firefly staff. Our reservation for 13 was at 7pm and our table was waiting on us. The service we were given throughout the night was fantastic and I would not have done enything different. The food was great and cooked as ordered, not over or under done. The only issue I have is the overview of the pricing online said an average meal with drink and gratuity would run $30 however I believe it should be closer to $40-$45/person.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMBetter even than I had hopedBetter even than I had hoped it would be very nice ambiance, romantic, the food was incredible I had the fillet mignon with a red wine demi glaze chefs potato and veggies added some grilled shrimp and Wow truely delicious my lovely girlfriend had the same we both loved it if you get the chance Go ! The service was top notch as well !5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMVery fancy and great atmosphereSince this site will not allow you to give a detailed review (which I feel this restaurant deserves), I will hit the high points without explanation.
1. Firefly is a little hard to find with a GPS. Had no idea it was in a storefront
2. The exterior betrays the beauty of the interior. Safely one of the most attractive restaurants I have ever been to
3. The service is amazingly responsive without being annoying (a hard balance to find sometimes)
4. The presentation of the food is first rate. Almost too pretty to eat
5. Portions are small as most fine dining places are
6. Food is good, but not great....especially considering the above average prices
7. Definitely the place to take someone you want to impress
8. Try the she-crab soup. Amazing5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMMake This a Date NightThis restaurant has always been to me a special occasion kind of restaurant. It's the one night in Florida when you don't want to wear flip flops and baggy beach wear. You want to dress up a bit to fit into the ambience of this restaurant. The food is fabulous from the first course to dessert. The crab cakes were amazing, the she crab soup was to die for, and the filet was melt in your mouth delicious. I took my creme brulee' back to our townhouse to have as a little bed picnic later that night.
This place is not inexpensive. But it's special, and we pay a bit more for the special things in life.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect for anniversary!We went to Firefly for our anniversary May 6th, and had a phenomenal experience. The service was fast, attentive, and very pleasant. My wife requires a gluten-free diet and the kitchen is more than able to accommodate. There's no gluten-free menu, but if you let them know, then the kitchen and wait staff will work around your requirements, substituting sides or modifying recipes, and the food was absolutely amazing! I had the boar shank, my wife had the veal chop. Both absolutely amazing. Also, the place maintains a romantic atmosphere, with a big tree in the middle of the restaurant mimicking an outdoor patio. It seemed a bit loud for a Monday night, but certainly not a deal breaker. Overall: a little pricey, but worth every penny.5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMFine dining without stuffiness.Atmosphere is perfect for either jackets and ties or blue jeans. The baked brie appetizer was delicious, not spectacular. The Caesar salad was delicious, though the crab gave it a slightly fishy taste, (great if you like anchovy in Caesar). The butter lettuce salad was spectacular. The real star was the entree. The stuffed filet is the most delicious steak I've ever eaten, and even medium-well, as tender as cake. Even the potato hash side was to-die-for. The desserts shine just as bright. The creme brulee is the finest I've ever had, and the bread pudding (mine was chocolate), was so decadently rich I couldn't finish it. Service was 5-star but very friendly and not stuffy. I HIGHLY recommend Firefly. It was fantastic!5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMLUV FIREFLYSwonderful evenin the atmosphere wa the atmosphere was awesome ou and the service was ex and the service was exceptional love everything about the restaurant definitely will be back5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful place....!Wonderful food. Wonderful atmosphere. Wonderful service.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways goodWe were greeted by the friendly manager, Trish. I had prime rib (I know it's a seafood restaurant!) but you just have to try the other entrees sometimes....it was outstanding as was the beef tenderloin topped with crabmeat.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMbest in fine diningTook my girlfriends family for her birthday. DELICIOUS!!! Highly recommend the scallops or stuffed filet mignon!5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMFrom the table setting toFrom the table setting to the presentation of the server packed leftovers, it was a treat!! She crab soup was divine!4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMWent for the early bird andWent for the early bird and it's definitely a good value. The She-crab soup was rich and flavorful, although light on crab meat. Had the Shrimp and Crab Newburg which was a delightful mix of creaminess and spiciness (from the Jalapeno corn bread). Really enjoyed that dish. The desert was an add-on for $5 but was definitely on the small side. Had both the Bread pudding and the White Chocolate Creme Brulee and I found the Bread pudding to be more unique.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Birthday DinnerVery good dinner...the crab cakes and the creme brulee were my favorite...will definately return. THANK YOU!4/26/2013 12:00:00 AM5 stars AGAIN!!!This was not our first visit to Firefly. It is always wonderful and this visit was no exception. The She-crab soup is simply fabulous and our entrees were amazing. The preparation of the food is lovely and the taste delicious. We will certainly go back again.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMWent as a business group andWent as a business group and everyone was very pleased with their order. Service (hostess to waiter) was exceptional.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMMOST AMAZINGFirefly was absolutely the most amazing restaurant I have ever had the pleasure of eating at. It was our Honeymoon Dinner and the service, the food and ambiance was more than we both expected. We will definitely be back.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMSuperb again!We took a friend visiting from Manhattan. She was impressed with her dinner and declared Firefly a top new favorite. I had shrimp and grits although I always say I'm going to order something different.....I can't.....it's too good to pass up. Our guest and my husband had the grouper special which they both raved about.4/22/2013 12:00:00 AMA little bit dark in the boothA little bit dark in the booth for being able to read the menu and see the food presentations. But do love the tree.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat dining experience, excellentGreat dining experience, excellent service, food and preparation. She crab was perfect hot temp, brie appetizer was fabulous! Really miss the large, high back arm-chairs; current chairs feel cheap and are uncomfortable--crazy how the current cheap-feeling chairs have taken away from what used to be the perfect dining experience.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat service, great foodGreat service, great food and a wonderful atmosphere. Of special note is the She Crab Soup - very rich, so much so that it could be a meal in itself, but don't miss the rest of the bounty.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMMy wife and I went for ourMy wife and I went for our 10th anniversary and it was spot on service was so nice and helpful and ffriendly the food was to die for my wife had the duck and rice and it all would just melt in your mouth seasons where right on and the temperature of the duck was perfect myself I had the Lamb chops and it was first bite heaven so tender and cooked so perfect no down falls from our visit we will be back and if you haven't be and if you are looking to be pampered then this is the place to go you won't be disappointed.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding MealThe Sauteed Grouper and Scallops were outstanding. If fact the Grouper is the best I have eaten in over 12 years.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMOur first time in Panama CityOur first time in Panama City Beach, great restaurant!! Food was fanatastic. Have recommended Firefly to others that were in Panama City Beach with us.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMVery elegant evening. GreatVery elegant evening. Great food and great service staff.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWe visit Firefly at leastWe visit Firefly at least once with every visit to PCB.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMAs always the food is excellentAs always the food is excellent here... we have to get the she-crab soup every time and they never disappoint!4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was one of my most favoriteThis was one of my most favorite restaurants of many that I have visited. Food was superb, wine list was of high quality, and they know how to take care of people. Lance was outstanding in his service. This is a gem in Panama City.4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMNicest restaurant in PanamaNicest restaurant in Panama City Beach.. Excellent food4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food. The bartender'sGreat food. The bartender's are some of best I've experienced!4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of our favorites in PCBThis was our third visit to Firefly. We don't live in Panama City, but Firefly was recommended to us by a "local", and we now make sure we include an evening at Firefly each time we visit. The servers are always excellent- Jennifer did a perfect job this visit.4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMSushi is AwesomeAll the food was very good. The sushi is especially good. If we went back, we would probably order several sushi rolls for our entire dinner. We had the Sunset Roll as an appetizer and it was awesome.
The only drawback is that the tables have an open view into the kitchen where a lot of plates are stacked. That gives the otherwise fine ambiance a cafeteria like feel.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect for Romantic EveningsRelaxing and romantic getaway for my husband and I on our anniversary. We love being seated under the tree! The waiters and waitresses always know exactly how to fix the table and are extremely polite and professional. The she-crab soup is absolutely AMAZING, I highly recommend it! He got the pepper crusted filet and I got the cold water lobster, both were delicious and artfully arranged when they arrived. Be prepared to spend about $150 including tip for a relaxing evening for two with a few drinks. Love this restaurant!!!!4/6/2013 12:00:00 AM#1 for a reasonStaying at Edgewater and looked on Trip Advisor for a place nearby to eat. Firefly which is conveniently located across the street from our condo was ranked #1 for Panama City Restaurants. Food was awesome!!!! Chef's Grouper with corn was incredible. We had takeout twice during our stay and ate at Firefly once. Sushi was great and fresh, loved the banker roll. Don't skip this place. It's top notch!4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMVery nice atmosphere. GoodVery nice atmosphere. Good service. Escargot appetizer not too good; little flavor and tough. She Crab Soup excellent; extremely rich. Salmon overdone and little flavor. Stuffed filet very good. Vegetables good. Very nice complimentary crème brulee for our anniversary. We will return.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMGREAT evening, GREAT foodWhat a FANTASTIC evening we had. The food was phenomenal. Every item from the house salad to the celicious creme brulee. We are so pleased we found out about Firefly on this trip to PCB. We will definitely return when we come back to our condo. Thanks for wonderful service and a spectacular dinner.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was a great break forThis was a great break for us, we were in PCB for spring break with our son and this was a great place to get away from all the crazy kids! Food was good, would definately go again. In fact we went there twice!4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMOur visit to Firefly was aOur visit to Firefly was a total success! We were three diners, and every dish was excellent. The service was friendly but professional. We will definitely go back.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMWe eat at many high end restaurantsWe eat at many high end restaurants and this one was a close 2nd to my favorite Union House in Wisconsin.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful food hard to findWonderful food hard to find fine dining but we truly got lucky great night out I have already recommended it to adults by the pool3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMfood was excellent with afood was excellent with a good choice of different types of food not just seafood.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMBest seafood and atmosphereI cannot say enough about the quality of this restaurant. Elegant atmosphere, superb food (the grouper, caught fresh every day, was outstanding - melt-in-your-mouth perfect). Service was attentive without being intrusive. Truly enjoyed every minute and every bite. It is one of those surprises hidden in a strip mall! Went to Saltwater Grill as well - and this place beat Saltwater hands-down. If you only have one place to spend $$$ on a "fancy" dinner - this is the place3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Best in Panama City BeachAbsolutely the best fine dining in the Panama City Beach area. Both the seafood and the beef are without equal, and the desserts will make anyone want one of each (perhaps 2 or 3 in the case of the white chocolate creme grille and the chocolate bomb). The service is excellent because of an efficient, attentive, but not intrusive staff. This is the perfect place for a special occasion, or when you want to pamper yourself, or you just want an outstanding dining experience.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a wonderful diningWe had a wonderful dining experience at Firefly. The moment we walked in the door it was great. Service was on point and the food is always the best. I wish that they would restring the tree with the small lights as it first was.The large few lights dont seem to have the same appeal. But overall it was a great dining experience!3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMAbsolutely great meal andAbsolutely great meal and service. If looking to have a great meal for a little less they have a discounted menu until 6:30 that was great also.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AM