Firefly
Firefly

Firefly

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.fireflyrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4158217652
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30 - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Brad Levy
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Douglass
  • Public Transit: 48 Quintara stops right out front. 2 blocks from 24 Divisadero (Castro St.) Visit our website for more detailed transit information.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Pretty easy street parking (for San Francisco), but give yourself a few extra minutes.
A word from Firefly
Firefly is the manifestation of the dream of a couple of idealistic romantics, and we’ve spent the last 17 years pursuing the realization of that dream. Our mission is to provide a dynamic neighborhood restaurant with excellent and sustainable food, rooted in the familiar with world touches, and genuine service with intention and generosity.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Firefly reviews from OpenTable diners
210 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (173)fit for foodies (130)special occasion (87)romantic (86)notable wine list (40)good for groups (32)kid-friendly (17)hot spot (14)late-night find (7)great for brunch (5)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Lovely evening
    MarHeWannaEat
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Not only was the food quite good, the service was exceptional! I just put a note in the "special comments" section of the reservation that we were celebrating my partner's becoming a finalist in the San Francisco Comedy Competition, and our server came out with a candle on our dessert! That was such a lovely touch... As for the food, do NOT miss the chocolate custard...!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • 1st time back in 20 yrs, fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    we used to live in the neighborhood and ate at firefly quite often. we decided to go back for our 21st anniversary, GREAT food (I had the sea trout), wine was AMAZING (helped by our fantastic waiter), FUN atmosphere. I was a bit hesitant cuz didn't want to be disappointed and ruin my memories, but not at all. After all these years, this place is still the best!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good go to intimate treasure
    luv2luvfood
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Felt welcome and well served by bartender, host, and the knowledgeable, accommodating staff. The seed encrusted trout and the apple date cake with creme fraiche ice cream were delicious. While the food, ambiance, and service were great, it was rare and refreshing to be able to speak with friends without straining. Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fried chicken no longer the best
    FollowtheliedeVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We live close by and used to love coming to the restaurant with its friendly atmosphere and staff. A neighborhood gem. However, they recently changed one of their sought after dishes, the fried chicken. It is now only dark meat and only 2 small pieces. This coincided with a general lack of consistency in the food in recent months. We used to be proud to take guests from out of town to dine there with us, but we are now forced to break up with Firefly.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Main courses were disappointing
    JollyVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We ordered two mains. One was the braised lamb which was a small chunk of "very" dry meat. The other was flank steak. Although flavor was good and perfectly medium rare, there were only 3 slices of rather chewy beef. For $26, portion was on the small side. It was my first visit to this restaurant and I don't think I will go back.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • I love Firefly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The food is reliably good, the service is wonderful, the people kind. No wonder it is always packed! Even my difficult dietary needs don't bother them. They aims to please!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Firefly lights it up
    Sfeatergirl
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Food was again fantastic. The squash with risotto dish the Mahi Mahi with tomato and butter beans ... The poblano stuffed peppers were a great start. And the chocolate nob cake with sorbet a delight. Service was not as exceptional as usual but fine. Firefly never fails
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Off The Beaten Path Gem
    winewisedon
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Once again we 'dined', the operant word here, rather than 'ate'. Service cordial and efficient. Menu is small, but well thought and executed. One of my favorites id SF.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Noe Valley
    Nick714
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Firefly is an small intimate place in a quite part of Noe Valley with consistently great food. The staff clearly love good food and work hard to provide an enjoyable dinner experience. I have been going to Firefly for years to celebrate special events or have a romantic dinner. The menu changes frequently but is always full of variety and beautifully prepared food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A True SF Experience
    foodee
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great restaurant in a quiet part of Noe. The wine list was well rounded, and we chose an Unti Syrah that was perfect for all 4 of us. The fried chicken comfort food was as advertised and the hunter steak was very professionally presented and tasted wonderful. Service was attentive without being smothering. Small venue - two dining rooms on two levels with warm wood tables. Definitely choose this for a low-stress, great neighborhood experience.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was expecting more.
    Rosie
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Had been to firefly years ago and the food was great. The atmosphere is good. Filled with locals in a very nice venue. Our server was good but the gentleman that took care of our wine was outstanding. It was a special birthday occasion and my wife and I were very excited to be there. The shrimp and scallop pot stickers were wonderful. I had the fried chicken which was good but not great. The vegetables were cold but the mashed potatoes and gravy were also above board. My wife had the trout appetizer which she indicated was a bit fishy and the flank steak main course which she described as ordinary. For dessert we split the pannicota which was awesome. We hope to go back and have a better culinary experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great place for dinner
    Garpe
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I probably shouldn't write anything too positive since that's only going to increase the people that visit and I think it's busy enough as it is - I don't want it to become really hard to get a table here! I've been here a few times and it's probably my favourite place to eat. Sure you can pay more elsewhere for a really fancy meal, but everything just fits together perfectly here. The service is excellent, friendly and warm. The price isn't over the top and the food & wine is top-draw. The ambience is lovely for a meal with your partner and we'll continue to come back on a regular basis.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    easthamsfinestVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    All the dishes were delicious and unique. They also treated us to some sparkling wine for our anniversary which was a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gluten-free at its best
    WineSQN
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Since one of us has a gluten intolerance we searched for a restaurant that offers gluten-free meals. Firefly is a special spot for people who enjoy and appreciate healthy food. Highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • So impressed!
    MostlyWheatFree
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We have been making a special trip to Firefly from Sacramento for my Wife’s birthday for 3 years now. My wife became celiac this year and we decided to risk having a great meal without the pasta/bread/desserts which typically have to be avoided. The server let us know that the chef has become celiac herself and has merely found alternatives to using wheat gluten in most of the recipes. We had access to 90% of the menu. It was delicious. My wife had not had fried chicken in over a year. It was so perfect! Thanks for making this day even more special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood charm always delivers
    RocketMan
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Have been returning to firefly for years because the food and service is consistently excellent. Warm atmosphere makes this place a cozy getaway from the SF chill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not as good as in the past
    MariaElena
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We took out of town visitors because we have enjoyed Firefly so much in the past. But it has been over a year since our last visit. The appetizers were great: salad and the seafood potstickers. All of us, however, were disappointed in our mains. The "fried chicken you dream of" was good but not outstanding. The Yellowtail fish that two of us had was nice, but could have been cooked SLIGHTLY less, and the reddish sauce with cranberry beans did not really augment the fish, it was too strong a flavor. The lamb that another diner had was a bit stringy. We were sorry to have taken them to "one of our favorite restaurants" only to find it is not as outstanding as it once was. However, we all liked the ambiance and the closeness to home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • Unpretentious quality
    Freqsfdiner
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Enjoyed the simple but uncommon food in an atmosphere that was understated and original. I enjoyed the lamb and roasted vegetables, and a bread pudding with a subdued sweetness and just-right texture. I will be back.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Joeeats
    joeeats
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Another great meal at Firefly. 4 of us were seated promptly when we arrived - we skipped the appetizers and went straight to the main courses. The chicken is to die for - the biscuit with it is phenomenal - two of us had that. The other two had the flat steak which was also delicious. Great place.
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    jl55VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Came here for my husband's birthday with some family members and everyone enjoyed their dinners. The fried chicken was outstanding! Overall a cozy neighborhood gem. Will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As always....
    SupperClubSFVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Dined there many times and it is one of my favorite places to eat. It was as good as always!!!
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  • Consistently great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I have eaten at Firefly several times over the years. It is at the end of the Noe Valley 24th Street shopping district, perched up on the hill. The chef takes particular pride in both the description of the menu items as well as the use of locally sourced ingredients. Being August, the menu had several items using fresh figs and peaches, which were outstanding. While the interior is simple and plain, the dishes are complex and balanced in their blending of various tastes and textures. The chef is truly an artist in the kitchen.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Dining in Noe Valley
    KerryLogan
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    As always, we thoroughly enjoyed our wonderful meal. There is always a new surprise, like the fun chopped summer salad, and the tried and true pot stickers. The fried chicken was the crispest and juiciest ever made and the steak with Hunter sauce divine and perfectly portioned. Yummy Broken Road Chardonnay made the dinner perfect!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Great meal
    joeeats
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We went on a Thursday because my partner wanted their fried chicken which he thought was only served on Thursdays. Turns out that it is now on their regular menu and is served nightly. It was delicious - the potatoes with it were perfect and the buttermilk biscuit was superb. I had the white fish which was served in a tomato broth and was outstanding. The entire meal was memorable and I look forward to a prompt return.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!!
    SFRHC13
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    been here twice now and have not been disappointed!! excellent food, always a veg option, terrific service. a bit spendy for my budget but great for special occasions. i will be back !!
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An off night?
    food4thought
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We used to love Firefly; it's right in our neighborhood. It still has a warm, inviting atmosphere and attentive service, but sadly the food has gone downhill. The sea bass was perhaps the most poorly prepared fish I've ever had -- overcooked, dry, more of a "fish brick." Dessert crepes were also in keeping with the theme of "dry and tasteless." We took our out-of-town friends here and didn't feel like we had chosen well.
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  • Always good
    OceanView
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I hadn't been to firefly for quite some time & was very pleased to revisit. The corn chowder was excellent! We enjoyed everything we ordered & I love the friendly, casual attentive service. A perfect meal at a reasonable price v
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yes :)
    Olivefood87
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This was a great restaurant for catching up with a friend! The food was great, the ambiance was romantic, and the wine was fabulous. Service was spot on. It was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Friday night dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We had a good experience at Firefly. The service was attentive, the food was well prepared and the ambience was nice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yummy small portions w/ big price
    foxtroting
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The process were a little high for the amount of food served. The sea bass was delicious but small, spinach treated but so good. The fried chicken was scrumptious bit again too much money for fried chicken. Great place for a special occasion.
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    special occasion
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  • Consistent quality
    MayC
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I have eaten at Firefly since it open, a restaurant does not stay this successful unless it is good,very good. The menu continues to change but the food is interesting, creative, healthy and beautiful. Nice balance between casual and "serious about our food".
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal
    Chris145
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We loved it again, food service and space, even a pretty view of the neighborhood in front
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    exnewyorker
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I have been to Firefly many times. It never disappoints. It didn't this time either. I especially love, and look forward to having their fried chicken with gravy, mashed potatoes and home made biscuit. Sooo good. It's one of the first places I think of when visitors from the east coast are in town, or when a special friend is having a birthday.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Neighborhood restaurant is a gem
    Andrea
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We heard about Firefly from our friends in San Francisco and we were amazed at how delicious our dinners were. Our attentive waiter brought us a delicious white bean and tomato spread for the bread that was addictive. My husband said his tender, juicy fried chicken and corn chowder were excellent and I loved my black bean and corn gordita surrounded by gazpacho. Unfortunately, we were too full for dessert but all the selections looked creatively scrumptious. All in all, a perfect meal.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and food
    Steakhouse
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    A must for those who want something that doesn't have that wannabe feel. Great people
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Tasty
    Crescentcookie
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The entrees were tasty. I had a black bean gordita in gazpacho that was fresh, crunchy, and flavorful with a little kick to it. My husband had sea bass that he thought was flavorful. The service was quite slow. They forgot our salad. The dessert was interesting and tasty: warm pecan apricot upside down cake. In a town with so many other wonderful choices, I'd give it a B+. By itself, it was very tasty.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    this is my go to first/second date spot. the ambiance is amazing and the food is delicious ESP paired with the affordable prix fixe price! literally my fave spot.
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Respectable, not special
    BannerSCWT
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I'd prefer giving this 3 1/2 stars. Some dishes were very good...I had a corn chowder as fresh tasting as one could imagine and a catfish filet that on a bed of incredibly flavorful rice and flat green beans. My husband's meal was less successful...pot stickers appetizer was tasty, not special. Same for the "Fried Chicken of Your Dreams"...a testament to being careful naming a dish. The portion was enormous. The chicken was well cooked...moist inside. But there was nothing special about it, no interesting flavor. Mashed potatoes were good, not special. Collards were very well done...pork fat rules. Pleasant spot, good service. No complaints. If we lived in the neighborhood, we'd likely visit again. There are better options in SF.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Noe Valley's best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We regularly eat at Firefly whenever we have an occasion to celebrate. And whenever we have house guests or friends visiting. Or just when we want to have a great meal. It is by far the best restaurant in Noe Valley and we love it. We have never been disappointed.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood destination restaurant
    howardnoe
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I live in the neighborhood and have always been sublimely pleased that Noe Valley has a destination neighborhood restaurant. Alas, I was somewhat disappointed by Saturday night's dinner for six that we ate. Cold soup with pistachios and creme fraiche was ill-conceived, the flavors did not work together and was returned uneaten by three of us diners. My white sea bass was excellent except for tiny broccoli florets which were scattered as garnish but were totally inedible. The rest of the plates — appetizer, entree and dessert — were up to the usual Firefly standards. Especially the fried chicken, a classic which never disappoints. The service was a bit inattentive, too, but I will certainly be coming back to one of my favorite restaurants.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.