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Firefly

Firefly Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.fireflyrestaurant.com
  • Email: info@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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "The host is incredibly rude. I called before to inform them that I would be late and asked if I could move to a later reservation. They were unable to move us so I informed them that I would be a little late. I arrived 20 minutes after my reservation and they gave our table away. It was not crowded at all. I asked the host if the table was given away to someone with a later reservation in the hopes that a table would open up shortly. The host told me that he "gave the table to someone that wanted to eat," reminding me that I arrived 20 minutes late. Rude. We waited for another 20 minutes and we were seated. The whole thing was unnecessary. We got appetizers and they were salty, unimpressive, and overpriced. We decided to leave."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Firefly is an elegant, out of the way neighborhood restaurant that shines well above its location! It is a gem and the wait staff as well as the kitchen were helpful about my dietary requirements, giving me several options [I am a vegan who can't eat tomatoes]. We have gone there several times. Last year in November and then Friday-simply the best and one of my favorites. it is a rare gem that can accommodate a vegan and a carnivore with variety for both!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I got there 30 minutes early, they seated me early so I had a great glass of wine and the delicious pot stickers to start. Then I jumped into a great glass of sauvignon blanc and had the halibut. Everything was yummy! The staff was sweet, knowledgeable and very patient (I can be a pill sometimes). Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Firefly has been around for a really long time, and it's always innovative, fresh, scrumptious, and with a charming cozy vibe."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Always a great meal with friendly staff. The manager/host is not always smiling and seems angry/ too busy, but after you're seated you never have to deal with him. Always worth the wait."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Firefly is one of our favorites! Consistently good. Cozy and comfortable. A real local, neighborhood choice that has excellent service with efficient, friendly staff. It is just ALWAYS great....."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Good basic food. Great service. A nice relaxing night out with good foos."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I will definitely come back here again. the good was delicious, from the appetizers to the dessert."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Can't praise Firefly enough. Consider ourselves so fortunate to have this gem in our neighborhood. Every dish I've tried has been delicious."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Fire Fly is very good, service,food and ambiance was very good, pricing is a bit off and only reason for 4 and not 5 star,"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Fried chicken to die for? It was really good certainly in the top three in my experience in the USA. But the kale salad was the best I haver ever had....a neighborhood gem indeed"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Our Portland Oregon guests loved Firefly as we knew they would. We will be back soon!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "By far, my favorite restaurant in SF! Has been for close to 14 years now. Never disappoints. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "The servers are all terrific and seem to genuinely enjoy their jobs. The appetizers are all interesting-to-adventurous, the menu changes often but maintains a couple of old standbys. Do NOT miss the fried chicken. We recently had our 29th anniversary at Firefly, which I had mentioned in the reservation process, so they covered our drinks! It was very nice to be treated so politely by management and staff. We will return over and over again. MW"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "I've been in the neighborhood a while and have visited Firefly a few times over the years. I was a little disappointed this time. The wine we had was wonderful and the asparagus and farro salad was delicious. The beet salad was boring and my spearfish entree was poorly executed (overcooked) and bland. My companions both had the fried chicken, which they seemed to enjoy. Maybe I ordered the wrong thing, but given the brevity of the menu, I expect everything to be a good choice. Given all that, I would still recommend Firefly, but maybe take more time to get the waiter's opinions of the options before ordering."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "We love Firefly. They always have something for the vegans, so it's a good place to go when you have vegan diners eating with non vegans. I had a fabulous crispy quinoa cake with perfectly cooked vegetables. The salad was also delicious - perfectly dressed. I love Firefly."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Two of use in a group of 6 are gluten intolerant, and we all had lovely dinners. I had the swampy kale gumbo (which wasn't what I would call gumbo, but delicious none-the-less). My friend had the fried chicken with GF cornbread. The waiter was knowledgable and helpful about navigating the menu, and the food wasn't a compromise (Unlike the all-too common "oh, you can have the salad. And the...salad.") I, for one, am now a Firefly Fan (though next time I may succumb to the temptation to go dressed as Kaylee :)."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "My husband and I bring visiting friends and family here whenever possible. Great, inviting ambiance and consistently fabulous food and service is what brings us back time and time again. It is comfortably classy yet maintains a down-to-earth feel. Always happy to patronize this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We ordered the Ono fish, mahi mahi and pork. The last two were very tasty and used some creative combinations. Unfortunately, the Hawaiian Ono couldn't keep up and was a bit too salty. The waitress was very solicitous and apologetic and she comp'd us a dessert. Overall, we enjoyed the experience!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "To me this restaurant is overrated. My fish was overcooked and my friends pork shoulder was almost cold.....The combination of ingredients was interesting & ambitious although the outcome less than stellar. Overpriced for decent food......they seem to have lost their way."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Food is consistent, service is good, the orders from the kitchen a little much, they asked the servers to advice us that there are no substitutions, however they did accommodate one change for my 8 year old, after all she ordered a regular dinner. It is a little pricey and the place starts to look a little off-date, but we still like it and had a great time, they don't rush you to get out and you can have a nice pace meal and enjoy the company and a great meal."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. All three of us ordered two appetizers as small plates and shared tastes. Wonderful desserts. All in all a very pleasant and enjoyable dinner. Firefly is still a great restaurant after all these years. Never disappointed and pleased by new items and preparations."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "hadn't been to firefly in a while and it was as outstanding as i remember! food was wonderful and our service was perfect-friendly, helpful but not over-solicitous. the $38 prix fixe with app, entree and dessert is a great deal too. more foodie guests coming to town and i will absolutely bring them here!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "I had made our reservation almost 2 weeks ago. However, we were offered one end of a communal table or 2 single tables attached together. The fact this, you dont feel special in a communal table or made-of-table, not when you reserved beforehand. I liked my beef but neither my husband nor his father liked their chicken: the inside was not cooked enough for their opinion. My mother in law, who also ordered stew; liked it but thought it was too small. Indeed, it looked 1/3 of the chicken. I was fine since i love your spread and bread; but the guys also thought it was way too little of a portion. But, many thanks for the birthday jest in the end: even i had forgotten that i had made a note for it: but the staff remembered :) Thank you so much!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "excellent on all counts, as usual. I've yet to have a bad experience at Firefly."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Our trio knew we could order boldly -- the food is always thought through with knowledge, imagination and skill. Dishes are balanced and fully realized. Ingredients are fresh and high-quality, their use inspirational and varied. As usual, we ordered prix fixe and shared, however crass that may be. Everything was excellent and rewarding (yummy brussels sprouts). The desserts were delicious but we are not fans of this presentation -- the smears, dabs and spread-out ingredients. Pretty but hard to appreciate all the tastes and textures. The service was, as always, very professional and thoughtful without being intrusive -- so important. The reservations system works reliably well. Thank you!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "After the great experience first time around we took some friends to Firefly. They had changed the menu (they make changes every week per our server) and the selections were still very interesting. Food was outstanding - flavorful and very well prepared. Excellent restaurant! We will be back!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Had a 2 college friends and my dad visiting. Went here for a group dinner of 5 and it was wonderful. Food was delicious, wine was delicious and the company was great. Everyone enjoyed their meals and the restaurant very much. The staff was nice, helpful, and very attentive. I will keep firefly on the top of my list for group dinners."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Ticked away way up on 24thst, firefly has bee a neighborhood spot for over 20 years. The menus, which now has many vegetarian options, with lots of Mediterranean twists, is dynamite. The wine list is varied and reasonably priced. All around good fun."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Food is fresh and well prepared and tasty. An excellent, low key and relaxing experience."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Firefly is a real neighborhood gem. The starters and salads are better than the main courses. The desserts are some of the finest in San Francisco. I will be back."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I always remark how we do not go to Firefly enough. They always have later times available on OpenTable. The service is top notch and the food is always delicious and inventive. Next time we won't let so much time pass between visits! Highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We arrived 15-20 minutes ahead of our reservation time & were told that our table for 4 would be ready shortly. 45 minutes later we were seated after having watched later arrivals being seated first. No explanation or apology was given for the wait."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Firefly is our favorite restaurant. The ambience, food, service are all excellent and never disappoint"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "The menu was very creative and tempting. The bread was served with a pea spread that was excellent. The onion and green garlic soup with chile oil had the perfect amount of smoky and hot. The steak was cooked a perfect medium rare and the chicken was very flavorful. We will need to go back to try the other items!"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "The good: We had a great evening at Fireside. The place is really sweet with tasteful decoration. The service was superb and right for the venue, knowledgeable, genuine, and very friendly. The food was good and the menu thankfully short yet comprehensive and suitably delectable. The ambience was nice and cosy. The food was pretty good, but could use a refresher on attention to detail. Need to fix: My partner had such a good evening that she waited for the uber home to tell me the tuna entrée was so perfectly cooked but was actually very dry like it'd been resting for ages or in the freezer too long. The espresso machine was broken. "Grrrr" Pro tip: Go early! Quote of the night "mmmmm Potstickers""
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We ordered the pork shoulder, sea bass, and steak dinners. The hummus with paprika and sea salt was bland but the bread was great. The ceviche was good, the chestnut and parsnip soup needed more parsnip and seasoning, and the potato/pea crepe was bland. The meat in all cases was cooked perfectly, however the pork and steak were bland with only a hint of pepper. My pork was accompanied by white beans and veggies. The veggies were pickled, actually nearly all of the veggies were pickled (maybe the pickle juice spread to the other veggies) which was fine for one of our group who likes pickled things. It was not pleasant for the rest of us. My friend loved the sea bass. Desert all around was good."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Had date night here with my wife a few weeks ago. Wasn't very familiar with this place but was very impressed by how good the food was. Not a very big menu but what we had was very good. Definitely check it out."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "This place is sometimes very good but sometimes falls short of its pretensions. Recently my wife ordered a mushroom ragu which she greatly enjoyed. I ordered Mary's roast chicken which was OK but part of my reason for ordering it was the promised flatbread accompaniment. As served the "flatbread" was a few strips of pita with some grill marks. I won't be returning any time soon."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Firefly's been around for a while but still brings on the charm. It's a very comfortable neighborhood restaurant, the perfect place to treat yourself to a nice Friday dinner after a hard week of work. The decor isn't the most cutting edge, but that's a good thing-- you can actually have a conversation here. The food is very very good, and may I even say healthy? There are lots of veggie/fish options in addition meat entrees, each plate filled with creatively cooked and delicious veggies."
    Dined on 2/7/2014