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Firefly Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.fireflyrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (415) 821-7652
  • 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, Contemporary American, Comfort Food
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We found the firefly by accident one night when walking in the neighborhood looking for dinner, and went back the next night when we had a friend in town!! It was that great!! I would come back for just the friendly staff but the food was amazing!!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "we live an easy 10 minute walk away and finally made it to Firefly. we moved from Atlanta 2 years ago so we know good comfort food when we taste it. the fried chicken is AMAZING and the biscuits are one of the best I've ever had. I also loved the lamb tenderloin. our server was sweet and knowledgeable. we'll be back soon!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I love Firefly for its relative quiet setting for an SF restaurant and its interesting Cal cuisine. All dishes I have tried there have been superbly prepared and were delicious. On this visit I had the black bean gordita with grilled green tomatoes and it was amazing! This restaurant has stood the test of time and never disappoints."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We have never had a less than great meal here. The lamb was phenomenal. I would have rather had anything but polenta as a side, but nonetheless, it was great. The chocolate desserts are fantastic too."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Dishes just need to be revised. Need more love. Tasting food before it goes to the guest."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We've been coming for years and the food has slipped into mediocrity despite some recent positive reviews. It's significant when you look at a menu and nothing sounds particularly good. Everything we had was bland and uninspired. Sorry to see Firefly go down hill as it's still a great location, and the service is always excellent, but mediocre food is mediocre food."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Firefly, and the wonderful staff, never disappoints. : )"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Wonderful atmosphere, friendly servers, delicious food."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Every dish just right. If you need to be gluten free, you can count on a rare gourmet experience. And if you love to pound down the flour, be sure to order some bread. Our waitress was as good as it gets--gracious, kind, knowledgeable, responsive. Decent space for tables--feels like a neighborhood place without being on top of the party next to you. Nothing precious, just solid dining experience."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "we enjoyed our dinner very much. The staff was helpful and friendly. Parking is difficult in the area, but otherwise it was a lovely evening and dining experience."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "My family celebrated at Firefly last Tuesday night! We were reward with fabulous food & service starting with the carrot/fennel mash that was served with the bread. The meal were veggie friendly and perfect for all of us! My sons had the fried chicken with mashed potatoes, biscuit and collard greens (& they ate the greens!). My daughter and I had the fish with veggies. Our dish was substantial yet light! Just perfect. The fixed prix meal option allowed us to order dessert as well which was amazing! My parents are foodies and we all LOVED it! We'll be back for sure :)"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "we're so lucky to have such a nice place on sleepy 24th St. whenever guests are in from out of town, I make sure to go here. the service is outstanding and the food delicious."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Been going here since they first opened years ago. Always bring visiting family and friends. Creative, changing menu, good proportions, friendly staff and something yummy for everyone (vegetarian, GF, meat, fish). Not too precious like so many trendy SF restaurants today! Two people can even enjoy dinner and drinks at the cozy bar!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Highly recommended. A small, charming spot with extremely attentive but unpushy, professional service. The menu offers an excellent range for all tastes, including vegetarian options. Everything was beautifully-prepared and seasoned, but the desserts were particularly good (a thyme-seasoned fruit tart was one of the outstanding choices)."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "There are too many things that I love about Firefly to mention, but it is all summed up by the option on the beer list to buy the kitchen a round. This is such a fun and humble, yet absolutely spectacular restaurant. A true gem."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Our waitress did such an amazing job. She entertained all my thoughts and questions. Never forgot anything always suggest the right thing. She even notice I did not like my wine and brought me a new one. Totally made it worth every penny for a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Had an absolutely wonderful time at Firefly. I brought a gluten free friend and a vegetarian friend to dinner with me and the menu was amazingly accommodating. 90% of their menu is gluten free - and that includes the fried chicken. Everything was delicious and our server was friendly and on point. I honestly cannot wait to go back."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Amazing home made bread makes good first impression but the ret of the meal disappoints. Steak comes out overcooked, pork bucco is dry and the flavor isn't there. It's been many years this place has been on my list to go but it will not be on the one to return."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "In every way. I had trout, hubby had osso bucco. And the grilled peaches with prosciutto and goat cheese appetizer is to die for."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "After years of dining at Firefly it remains a favorite w/ a high quality, ever-changing menu built on seasonal ingredients. I had fish (cod on braised leeks - lovely), which they consistently do well. Their salads are always interesting, fresh, creative and the perfect starter. Last night: gem lettuces, roasted golden beats and, I think, hazelnuts - great. We indulged in dessert - a chocolate "cake" and a panda cotta (another regular offering), both quite good. Based on last night years of dining at Firefly I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who expects excellent, fresh ingredients well prepared, a charming, relaxing venue, and friendly, professional, attentive service."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "My wife an I had come here when we were dating 9 years ago. It's nice to know that it is still the special great place after all these years."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Dined here on a Sunday evening and it was pleasantly calm and inviting. The food was excellent and the staff just friendly enough and very efficient. This was the second visit for our trio, and we plan to repeat soon."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We had a great dinner here last week. The Shrimp and Sea scallop appetizer and English pea appetizers were great. The trout and coconut corn was delicious. The staff were very personable and efficient."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Menu changes frequently, but the scallop and shrimp potstickers are always amazing. The fresh pea latkes didn't sound exciting, but we're great. Chicken, halibut and steak all done to perfection as usual. Great wine by the glass. We are in the neighborhood and have loved it for years, but now I will take my foodie friends. Forgot how good it is."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Too much checking our table, trying to remove plates, interrupting conversation. Trying too hard to get us moving along so as to turn the table. Success must be handled with more care! Great Tuesday fried chicken plate. Overpriced."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "I often take out-of-towners here for a more intimate dining experience. Feels like the very small neighborhood spot that it is, but it's still quite sophisticated in that casual, San Francisco way. I really appreciate the fact that they offer fresh, healthy entrees."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "menu is ingredient driven and well executed. deserts are FANTASTIC. Wine and beer selection is great. Bar service is some of the best I've experienced. so glad to live nearby, we will be back as often as time and money permits."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Our party was immediately greeted by the friendly host who offered seats at the bar while we waited for our table as we were 15 minutes early. He and the bar tender both offered their expert beverage advice and got us situated with a bottle of red wine and a few choice draft beers. The red wine was transferred from bottle to decanter and after appreciating the light and welcoming decor, we were shown to our seats. An ever changing menu that ensures the most seasonable ingredients did not disappoint. From appetizers to aperitifs we couldn't have made a bad choice. We are slow diners and we were welcomed to take our time and even after receiving the prompt bill we felt no push from the staff. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Order the shrimp and scallop potstickers, which came highly recommended. They were pretty boring. The smoked trout was really good, but the ginger pork had no flavor at all. This restaurant is okay, but I probably wouldn't visit again. The service was really good and I liked that they served humus with their bread."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We had a reservation for a group of 5, but when we showed up, the groups ahead of us hadn't left yet. In these situations, there's only so much that a restaurant can do to placate unhappy diners - and Firefly did it all. They gave us a place at their "stand-up bar", opened a bottle of wine we had brought and waived the corkage fee. When we were finally seated, they immediately brought out several free appetizers, since it was late and we were hungry. All of this was accompanied by sincere apologies and enough attention that we knew our dining experience had started before we even sat down. Then we proceeded to enjoy the always-delicious food (I highly recommend saving room for dessert!). My parents loved it. Thanks again, Firefly!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I love this place! We both had the Steelhead and it was perfect. The tasting menu is a great value. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Fresh food. Unexpected combinations that work. Definitely worth a visit."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Firefly is one of our favorite San Francisco restaurants and a go-to whenever we visited family in the City. Even though they have moved north we plan our flights from Florida to arrive in time so we can stop in the city for a dinner there on the way. Truly gourmet food - delicious, artistic presentation, excellent wine and friendly, professional service. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "We have been coming here off and on and the food is excellent although occasionally there are some hiccups - the last two times our food had to be sent back because it was not hot enough - but overall, continues to be outstanding."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "We are a mixed couple, vegan and omnivore, and found food we were both very happy with. Our waitperson, Sarah, was very knowledgeable about the food, kept everything flowing and did this all with grace and a smile. Firefly has a prix fixe menu Sunday through Thursday and I'd rate that as a great value at $38. For a relatively small kitchen, the food flowed very well, with a harmonious staff keeping it all moving. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Returned to Firefly for the our 20-year anniversary. Past experience with Firefly (years ago) was fabulous for food, ambience and service. Last week, only the potstickers remained the same high quality. My partner's beef was "tough and tasteless - mystery meat." My own fish dish was simply OK - nothing unique or inspiring. The service was fine. The vibe was fine. The food was very disappointing."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "My wife and I like Firefly because the food is eclectic and very good. Well, the last time we went the food was still eclectic, but it tasted better that it had before, and that is really saying something. Usually we order one entree and split it, with a couple of appetizers. This time we ordered two entrees and two appetizers, expecting to take the leftovers home. Well, there were no leftovers. We shared the entrees and appetizers, and we ate it all. It was so good. We did take the dessert home though, for breakfast the next day."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Came upon this restaurant at the recommendation of a friend. Food was phenomenal, the draft Belgian beer was awesome too. The wait staff was knowledgeable and friendly. Definitely will come back."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I absolutely adore Firefly. Food is always fresh and delicious, the menu is never stale. They really make an effort to put flavors and textures together superbly. Desserts are out of this world. The staff always provides excellent service. Friendly, helpful and attentive. Definitely one of my favorite spots in SF. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "We've been coming to Firefly for many years. Each time there is something new and exciting to try. We have never been disappointed and are eager to try new things. The Spicy Lamb Meatball appetizer was outrageously delicious, as were the tried and true Potstickers, which my husband has been ordering each time he comes. His Chicken with Andouille Sausage and rice entree was a four-star dish, with the chicken so moist and tender and full of flavor. The rice was spicy and crisp. I was so happy he would share. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014