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Date
Sun, 4/22
Time
8:30 PM
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Firefly American Bistro

4.6
897 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Casual
Firefly American Bistro & Bar is a casually upscale American bistro situated in the heart of Manchester"s downtown district. Firefly embraces the concept of comfort dining by offering inspired classic American fare in a warm, inviting atmosphere. Firefly's extensive wine list, craft beer selections, and creative cocktails compliment the time-honored yet innovative creations of Chef David Becker's seasonal menus, which burst with flavors from around the world. The uptown atmosphere is accentuated by downtown hospitality and friendly, professional service.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm;
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm;
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm,
Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm,
Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(603) 935-9740
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
David Becker
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Cross street
near Elm & Lowell Streets
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Parking details
Private parking (no charge) in adjacent lot available on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as weeknights after 5pm. Weekday lunch: metered parking available on Concord and Vine Streets. Victory Garage (current rate- 75 cents per hour) located less than one block from restaurant entrance.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Treat your mom to Firefly! Serving our full brunch & dinner menus menu, in addition to distinctive, seasonal specials. Brunch served from 10am - 3pm, and dinner served from 4pm - 10pm. Reservations very strongly recommended.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 897 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Fantastic food. Scallops cooked to perfection. Great atmosphere. Easy to reserve spot through Open Table.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Second time at Firefly, this time was brunch. It's quickly become a favorite place for us!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We visited Firefly with my mother for a late Valentines Day celebration. Firefly has a diverse menu with a nice selection of high end meals as well as several ‘ classic’ items. We chose a mixture of both and were not disappointed. The Steak Tips (a classic) were cooked medium rare as ordered and were tender and well seasoned. I had the grilled salmon. I would normally choose one of the more interesting options but the salmon was presented with two vegetables and no heavy sauces so met my desire for a lower calorie choice. All were well prepared. Overall, our food was quite good and the other meals I saw others eating left me wanting more. The wait staff was friendly but either they or the kitchen were understaffed as it did take longer than it should have for drinks, bread, and food to arrive. Not too bad though. I’ll try to come back!

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The food was delicious, and the menu had extensive gluten free options. However, we sat at our table at 8:45, but didn’t get to put our drink and appetizer order in until 9:15, and the drinks didn’t come out until 9:30, appetizer at 9:45, and our meal until after 10. Our waitress was very nice, it just took way too long to even put our order in, and to get what we ordered. Perhaps it was short staffed that night? Not sure if we will be going back or not.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Relaxed dining over excellent food. Friendly staff.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Food menu , bar options, service and quality of food are all excellent. Wine list is good, could be a little better, but that's us. We're wine freaks. Would return again and again.....a trifle difficult to get there, as you have to deal w/downtown Manchester traffic, special events,etc and figure out how to get in there. Once done, however, it's for sure you'll love it.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

This place was great. My wife and I went there for Valentine's day. The ambience was great, the staff was warm and professional, the menu was very creative, and the food was delicious. Definately the place to go for good food at a reasonable price for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent service. Great food.. would definitely visit again..

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Went to Firefly with my wife for Valentine's Day. Food was terrific, portions were great, and the drinks were excellent. Fairly expensive, but no more so than any other nice restaurant. I would definitely go again.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Wonderful atmosphere, great food, and excellent service. 5 stars in my book!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Fire fly is the best place for a special occasion. It’s a favorite for us. Always s great experience.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Our first time there and we were very pleased!! Great food, service was exceptional and drinks well made!!! Will definitely go back!!

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Great restaurant, too many chocolate options on dessert menu, I was with someone who is allergic to chocolate. The food was great. Was disappointed when a local craft beer I chose was no longer available because ‘the chalkboard artist’ wasn’t available. We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Great place

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

My wife and I were heading to Manchester area, and decided to do dinner too. We booked Firefly because the menu looked interesting - my wife has some food restrictions. We were seated as soon as we arrived -- good idea to have reservations because it was definitely full at 6:15 on a Saturday night.

The service was excellent -- and our server told us the food is all cooked to order, which meant even more options for my wife. She had the short rib over risotto, and I had a cajun pasta dish , swapping the fettuccine for bowtie pasta. Both dishes were excellent.

Cozy place, lots of old exposed brick and high ceilings. We'll be back!

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

steak was a bit over cooked but husband food was wonderful. Went out of their way to provide chocolate covered very large strawberries for dessert with sparking wine.. Loved it . wait staff very sensitive to timing. Will go again and again

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

This is our “umpteenth” time at The Firefly since our move to NH in the Spring of 2016. This restaurant is by far our favorite place to dine in Manchester. Everything is great, plus the atmosphere and wait staff are nothing short of awesome. We have NEVER been disappointed at The Firefly, whether is it just the two of us having Sunday brunch, our entire family from NH, TX and MA having a group vacation treat. In our opinion, you can’t go wrong at The Firefly!

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Visited last Saturday with some local friends. Food selection and presentation was good. Service was very good! Overall it was worth our hour long drive to get there and would recommend it.

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4.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent food. Good value. Server was friendly. Nice atmosphere inside, but wow does it get LOUD during brunch! I suspsect its because everyone is drunk on Bloody Marys and its a small place with a lot of seating. It was almost obnoxious. Couldnt have a conversation at our table without yelling. Next time we will try coming during dinner. We all really enjoyed our food and that alone will bring us back.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Great service, food, and drinks - as usual! I highly recommend Firefly if you get the chance. Fine dining, but comfortable, cozy, and affordable.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent meal and awesome service. We had an amazing server who made wonderful suggestions. We loved the creative and extensive cocktail menu. Great find!

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Great food. Friendly and attentive wait staff. Cozy atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Great food and the special was delicious. Service was slow though-not the usual attention that we are used to.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

We love this restaurant. It's our "go to" but you do need a reservation.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

The show I went to got out late so I was late for my reservation. I was thinking I was going to have to wait but I didn’t have to wait. Very impressed that we were seated right away.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

We were fortunate to have Lindsay (sp?) as our waitress. She's always so cordial, friendly and helpful -- our favorite. Lunch was excellent as usual, and our friends for whom we'd bought a gift certificate for Christmas enjoyed it very much. This was their first visit to Firefly.

Can't say enough about Rachael. She's always so welcoming.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Been here many times and never had a bad meal. Quick service! In & out in an hour!

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1.0Dined on January 14, 2018

So disappointed tonight! We ended up leaving after sitting at our table for 30 minutes having not even had our drink or food order taken. The host and server visited the three tables around us three separate times and stopped to tell stories, but wouldn’t meet our eyes or raises hands in an attempt to get their attention. What a bummer because the food is very good and we have been regular customers. We are seeking out a new restaurant tonight so our celebration isn’t entirely ruined. Our advice, skip the reservation and sit at the bar for some semblance of service.

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Ask for a table near the windows. Larger space and looked wicked comfortable.

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2018

What a great evening!! The service was great, adult beverages were on point and the food was fantastic !!!

We are always please with this restaurant :)

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2018

We have been going to the Firefly twice a month for the past 18 months, ever since we moved to Manchester from a major city in SW United States. In short ...it was a great find for us which translates into our favorite restaurant in NH. We have never been disappointed. The Firefly is a “must” destination on a regular basis. Enjoy!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

I went out with my family to celebrate NYE. The food was excellent as always, drinks were spectacular and the service and staff were absolutely amazing.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

I have been to Fire Fly a few times. I did make a reservation but I was disappointed to see many booths open and we were seated next to the window with a huge draft on our backs causing us to wear our coats during dinner. I did ask for the booth once we were seated and was told "no sorry they are reserved'. This isn't the first time I have been seated in unusual seats when warmer/booths are available. First come, first serve with a reservation seems unfair to me to not be able to select a booth with a party of 4 yet we sat at a table for 6 leaving 2 chairs open... When I left the booths were still open.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

We love Firefly! Always happy with service, food, and atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

We had a very enjoyable dinner, the service was excellent, the cocktails were great, my wife had the pineapple margarita and i had the Sterling Vineyard merlot.

The calamari and onion soup appetizers were delicious and served piping hot which i always greatly appreciated!!

My wife had the seared tuna and I had the steak tips. Both meals were delicious and once again served hot!

The meals were so large we had no room for dessert, and had leftovers.

The noise level was a little high but it was New Years Eve weekend so people were out celebrating!!

We plan to visit again in the near future.

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

Met some friends for a get together- came up from mass- they are from no NH. Great atmosphere- good drinks- reasonable wine list prices. Nicole was our waitress- terrific! Attentive, but not overbearing. Food was good comfort ‘eats’! Will be back, thanks

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

The Firefly is, by far, our favorite and most-frequented restaurant in southern New Hampshire. It does not disappoint!

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

The four of us walked over to Firefly from the SNHU arena where we went to see the Boston Pops. I loved how easy it was to find. We were greeted by a very friendly hostess who promptly seated us. The menu choices were great. Everyone had something different from scallops to lamb shank and we all loved what we ordered. The salads were fresh and delicious. We didn't have room for dessert unfortunately but we had a fresh brewed pot of coffee. The service was impeccable. I highly recommend this restaurant but make sure to make a reservation early as it fills up fast!

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4.0Dined on December 14, 2017

Overall a good find. I selected this restaurant for the separate gluten free menu as I have Celiac. I was disappointed that they even listed french fries. There was an asterisk and thankfully I noticed. The note was that they don’t have a separate fryer. That means these are absolutely not gluten free! I ordered a vegan pad Thai and it was quite bland. Everyone else enjoyed their meals.

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2017

Met with friends before a show at the Palace Theater. The wait staff were all helpful and informative. Presented the specials and made recommendations. Our appetizer, Go Go Bread and drinks were served quickly and we enjoyed them before the meals came out. All our meals were prepared as described and were so delicious. The special Mahi Mahi was the best. Others enjoyed the Salmon and Steak Frites. We all shared the chocolate cake for desert. Moist and chocolatie. With red wine made it the best.
We will go back again.

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