Firefly - Studio City

Firefly - Studio City

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://fireflystudiocity.com/
  • Phone: (818) 762-1833
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 1:00am.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Paul Shoemaker
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Colfax
  • Public Transit: Universal City
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Firefly - Studio City
In January 2002 Firefly Restaurant opened, one of Studio City’s most unique and respected dining and drinking establishments. Firefly seamlessly melds refined and rustic, vintage and contemporary. The "Library”, the bar, the outdoor dining and multiple patios offers a space that is warm and inviting, comfortable yet lively. We embody the sophistication of a fine dining restaurant and the personality of a neighborhood establishment.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Firefly - Studio City reviews from OpenTable diners
51 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (36)great for outdoor dining (28)special occasion (27)fit for foodies (27)vibrant bar scene (20)neighborhood gem (19)good for groups (16)hot spot (15)late-night find (11)notable wine list (5)scenic view (2)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Nice place!
    luv2dine
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    About 30 friends and I had a celebration at Firefly. Everybody had a great night. Staff was friendly and service was amazing!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    Boomer
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Very impressive menu. The chef has put a lot of thought and talent into these dishes. Flavors and combinations that were amazing.One of the best dining experiences I've ever had. Great service as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome experience
    lovefood
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Went there last weekend with friends. Made reservations and mentioned that it was our first time there. They gave us a cabana style table, what a nice surprise!!!! The staff was impeccable from the moment we walked in. The food was not only presented beautifully, it was delish. Hightly recommend and am looking forward to going back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No good
    Nothx
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    B/c farm to table, the real menu (VERY limited) was very different from the menu posted online. It wasn't noted anywhere on the website that could be the case. The portions were SO small. The menu described the salmon entree-- said it came with brusselsprouts. There were about 6 halves of Brusselsprouts (about 3 total). The halibut (described as coming with spinach) had about 5 spinach leaves around it. It's not just about the small portions -- the food wasn't even tasty, enjoyable. The desserts were horrible -- the options were basically different flavored ice cream/sorbet. The coffee was cold and burnt. It was a VERY disappointing meal. And a total waste of money.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Gem
    Like2chat
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Totally unique, classy, pretty, we'll run, spectacular food and ambiance. Great service as well
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ChefBrandon26
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Food was little pricy for portion size also little under seasoned I loved the idea of the dishes they offer just need to be Execute better!! Beautiful restaurant maybe I'll give it a try again!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OH SO romantic spot
    Janey
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Excellent execution of food on your plate. Service is fast and servers are very friendly and well attentive on your needs. Food has a unique twist on each dish that i had especially the Unagi risotto. I will definitely come back to taste more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the Best on the Valley
    FilmSaavyVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    The San Fernando Valley is a wasteland when it comes to great bars and restaurants, but every now and then a gem like Firefly pops up and lessens my aversion to living here. The decor is perfect (I love the library bar) and the food exceptional. Phil, the mixologist in the back, makes a mean barrel-aged Bourbon Old Fashioned, as well as a tasty Congac Sidecar. I've had the salmon (cooked to perfection), New York Steak, Gnocchi and free range chicken. All wonderfully prepared and served by a delightful (and non invasive) waitstaff. There are two bars (a traditional long bar in the entry with plenty of standing room and a smaller, more intimate bar in the back) and plenty of dark little nooks for a romantic evening. I love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely but expensive
    RaylafVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    This was a great find but very expensive. There should be more moderate wine choices. Food was very good and ambiance was suprisingly enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    My only complaint is that the restaurant is too dark.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique and awesome
    nutmegg
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Our table in the dimly-lit dining room was very private and intimate. The four of us all had exquisite dishes - each of us loved our meals. They were all unique and special. It was a great way to celebrate a birthday, and we will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OMG
    Andiamo
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Amazing dinner from the time we were greeted at the front door to the time we walked out. Servers and staff all smiles! Was over the top. I had UNI tossed in housemade pasta! The best. We od'd on the horsduerves (sp). FIREFLY has jumped to the next level with the new CHEF. The tastes were amazing. The staff looked so happy and enjoying what they were doing unlike so many dining spots these days. Something has happened at your restaurant and it is so good! Thank you for a wonderful evening. To all the foodies that are reading our review. I would recommend going on a weeknight which was busy but the weekend must be crazy busy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great atmosphere and wonderful food
    DuplexVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    It was great and the food was wonderful. If I had to make any negative comments I would say that the lighting is quite quite dark difficult to read the menu and the portion size are quite small and every dish
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luvgoodfood...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Place was nice, good service all around, food is a little skimpy and overpriced. Left the restaurant and headed for another restaurant for more solid food. If you are hungry, eat something before you dine here.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • JeffLfromTO
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great testing food, unreasonably expensive and none of it other than the bread was ample. The bread and accoutrements were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice experience, but not stellar
    FiLA
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I took my partner here for dinner to celebrate his birthday and the ambience was just what I was looking for - romantic but not too pretentious or stuffy. The farm to table type of food seemed right up our alley, however, for the price and portions, we weren't impressed (we had the fig salad (nothing special), gnocchi (this was the best dish and was really good) and seafood risotto (something was off, and overly flavored). Our server was nice and very attentive even though she got sat a few tables right after one another. Overall, we still had a nice experience because of the environment and service but we probably won't be back anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ewok
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Wonderful experience. Atmosphere and service were really excellent. Food was also excellent. Will go back again
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Romantic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My hubby and I went there for his bday and had a nice time. It's def more casual then we thought, some people even in their shorts and tshirts, but the bull had nice tops and jeans or dresses on. The food was good, def different and a lot of foam if you like that. The drinks were great and out waitress was very good in describing them for us. Overall a good time but not sure if I'll go back anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    WorldwideDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I've been a fan of Firefly for many years but hadn't had the opportunity to visit in a while. This most recent visit was quite disappointing...the prices went up, the portions are much smaller, the service was incredibly slow & overall it was a huge disappointment based upon what Firefly had been in past visits.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Della
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Way too loud. Made a reservation for 10:00 didn't get seated until 11:00. Food very good. Too noisy on the weekends.. My mistake.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hidden Courtyard
    Gravia
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I'm not from the LA area, and colleagues from work recommended this place as a great spot for either a few drinks in the evening or a business meal. The service was great and the courtyard dining area in the evening was excellent. It is somewhat noisy so if you need quiet conversation this may not be the spot for you - apart from that great food in a great location.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dissapointing
    Birthdaygirl
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Saw photos and reviews of Firefly and decided to try it for my birthday. While the food was good (not, great) and the atmosphere very nice, overall I can't say it was worth the price. The menu was limited, portions were almost ridiculously sparse, the patio area sultry (no a/c or fans that I could see) and although the servers were very pleasant, the service itself was spotty. Best thing about the evening was the ice cream cone with little silver pearls for desert. If not for the bread and desert, I think everyone would have left hungry. Don't mind paying for a good dinner but I felt overcharged and will not be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    No good entre options for vegetarians. In fact, maybe none at all? Chef did a veggie pasta plate that was way too salty and dominated by pearl onions, which is not the kind of vegetable that works well as a main fuel in an entree. Seasoning, yes. But there were no other significant veggies, except onions. Not satisfying.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The space is very cool, but the pricing is way off for a valley location. The food was okay, but not as good as the price point would suggest. I was also disappointed we had to wait a half hour before someone asked us what we'd like to drink. I was on a date, so it was a little embarrassing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Food was very good, and service was even better! Not typical a contemporary and "hot" restaurant has good service, but Firefly breaks the mold in that area!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • love this place
    psg14
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My third time, always special occasions. Never disappoints. Great new seasonal menu and wonderful service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
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