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About Firefly American Bistro

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.

22 Concord Street
Manchester, NH 03101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American

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: 3:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
near Elm & Lowell Streets

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(603) 935-9740

Website:
http://www.fireflynh.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
David Becker

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Firefly American Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New England)·Dined on February 13, 2016

Overall experience was exceptional. Food was delicious, service was excellent, great selection of food and drinks. Menu is relatively small but very diverse. Very busy - night before Valentine's day - service was prompt, bar service especially. Food was prepared perfectly - my Boston strip steak was a perfect medium rare, fiancés duck was moist and tender. Crab cakes were prefect as usual. Even the veggies were worth mentioning - truffled fingerling potatoes and broccolini were delicious and cooked perfectly. The shrimp bisque was heavenly. The ravioli (accompanied the duck) was a little too spicy for her tastes, though I thought it was a nice pairing of spicy and savory. Desert was equally excellent. Crème brûlée was some of the best we've had. Lemon cake was light and delicious. Can't say enough about the place! We've been 3 times now, never been disappointed!

The only thing to complain about is that I left the leftovers on the counter! What a waste!

Final note, it's not cheap, but for some of the best food I've ever had I think it's a relative value.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on February 13, 2016

We were disappointed with the food, especially for how much it costed. Bland flavored and underwhelming in general. However, we enjoyed the vibes and drinks. Not sure I would *highly* recommend, but, eh, it's okay.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on February 13, 2016

Everything was so good. The Lobster ravioli was amazing. Service was very attentive. We'll definitely be back!

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 (New England)·Dined on February 13, 2016

Food and drinks are NEVER lacking. A lot of places in town are over priced and they don't deliver. This is not the case with Firefly.

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on February 13, 2016

My wife and I frequently come go to firefly every time the food is outstanding servers are friendly . my favorite is beef short rib a must try.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on February 13, 2016

Turkey burger with avocado, yum. Valentine's special cocktail, yum (plum....something). Bar area has nice atmosphere.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on February 12, 2016

Food was great. A little noisy, but overall great dinner.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2016

Loved the food. Great chef and reasonable. It has a outdoor space for dining , which is probably great in the summer. Highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 31, 2016

We chose Firefly to meet old friends we hadn't seen in some time. It turned out to be a perfect choice. The food was great, the staff attentive but very patient with our spending nearly two hours over brunch catching up with our friends. We've been to Firefly on several other occasions for lunch and dinner. This was our first time for brunch. It never fails to deliver. Excellent restaurant!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on January 30, 2016

Went for first time last weekend. Go Go bread is to die for and so was the pork tenderloin! Boyfriend had steak that was also excellent. I pulled the (super) waitress aside to say it was my boyfriend's birthday. After the meal, she brought a slice of the most decadent chocolate cake ever with a candle in it! Love this place and will be going back for sure!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on January 29, 2016

Unique drinks

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 24, 2016

This place has a nice breakfast menu and super lunch menu. I've never had a bad meal here. Service is always friendly and proactive. Bloody Mary bar is expansive. Pleasant atmosphere - close to the Palace Palace Theatre so it's great before or after a performance. Reasonable prices. Would recommend!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on January 23, 2016

We dined at the restaurant with another couple who had not been to the restaurant. We were greeted warmly, shown to our table immediately and met by Alicia a very friendly and attentive waitress. It was a great evening overall.....a little pricey but worth the visit.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2016

Firefly Cafe was everything as described, great food at a great value. Nice list of local beer and substantial cocktail menu. The best feature to this restaurant is the amazing service! Keep up the great attitude!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on January 8, 2016

First time at this place. Had been recommended by many friends. Was everything that they said and then some. Excellent server and host.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 8, 2016

My steak was not cooked to the way I liked it , I don't eat steak much, but they recooked it and it was fine.

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 3, 2016

Great service!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 2, 2016

Went with 7 friends in December and did not find it as noisy as this weekend. The food was good, service ok. We were 5 and was given 4 rolls. It stupid stuff like that, that disappointed me.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2015

Most of our party of five's experience will hopefully be forgettable. The service was so-so, but after 10 minutes of one of us brining delivered the wrong dish, and we had to send someone to find the waiter, we decided the service was less than desirable.
I had the blan murray's chicken - not recommended. The chicken was tasteless, the cauliflower base was tasty , so not all bad.
The pad Thai was so-so, not recommended.
Steak tips had a very unsuspected sweetness to them, and rather tough, not recommended.
Bacon wrapped steak. Underdone bacon and tough steak- not recommended.
The best part of the meal? Appetizers! Crab cakes very nice. Shrimp/grits was very tasty and a table favorite. The crawfish some liked and some complained about the richness.
Overall, we won't be back any time soon.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2015

The large menu makes it hard to decide on what to order, but you just can't go wrong... everything is good. Desserts are equally good, and the coffee was delicious. It's a pretty place with the exposed brick walls and nice lighting (with Christmas lights added for the season). My only complaint is that the booth seats aren't too comfortable. They sit low as if all the filling has worn out. Since I am short, my mouth was just right for shoveling in the food, but I'd rather be a little higher!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 19, 2015

The food was great and the service impeccable! Ever have one of those dining experiences when everything was perfect? From the appetizer to the dessert, recommendations were spot on, never rushed or left waiting, attentive and friendly waitress. ...highly recommend!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2015

We went for brunch and all of us thought the food was fantastic. Great atmosphere. I wouldn't bring my kids, but I would definitely go back for a date night!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2015

The food was very good. Even though we had a reservation there was a bit of a wait. Bar service was not quick.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2015

We had reservations for 5:30. No problem being seated a bit early. The food was delicious although not for finicky diners like my daughter. I would recommend though that they dust more often as the pictures near our table were overdue. Otherwise, worth a return visit. Good job Erika

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 (New England)·Dined on December 4, 2015

Excellent service and food.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2015

We took an out of town friend there for dinner. Everything was great! The service was excellent and the food was wonderful.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 28, 2015

Great experience all around!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 28, 2015

We ate here before attending a concert at the Verizon Center. We came in from out of town and chose this place based on Yelp reviews and its proximity to the arena. We all (4) loved it very much! Our only complaint was the service was a little slower than we had anticipated. The tables around us seemed to be tended to in a much more timely manner. Our server was very friendly and pleasant but a bit on the slow side. Consequently, we were about 15 minutes late for our show. BUT......we would be back, most definitely. The food was absolutely outstanding!!!! The ambiance was charming and comfortable. Parking, well, is challenging and confusing at best. Would recommend better parking instructions and directions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 27, 2015

One of my favorite local hot spots offers great atmosphere, food, and service. Never disappointed :-)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 27, 2015

Firefly is very noisy, but we know that. Our waiter did an excellent job, and we always enjoy our experience and food there. Thank you.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 15, 2015

A very good meal and the waiter was helpful trying to get my wife an old martini they used to serve. The only negative was very loud due to people yelling in the bar over the stupid Patriots game

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 (New England)·Dined on November 14, 2015

We love the food at Firefly. We have been here several times and have never been disappointed. There are always new imaginative dishes loaded with flavor on the menu. The only thing we are not crazy about at this restaurant is the noise level. Depending on where you are seated and how full the restaurant is it can be very loud. The service is always exceptional though and when we asked if there might be a quieter table our server was very gracious and found us another open table that was not quite as loud. We will continue to go back for the excellent food, drinks and service!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on November 7, 2015

After show drinks and appetizers were very good. Crab cakes, smoked seafood chowder and shrimp and grits were more then enough for two when we added the small Caesar salads.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 7, 2015

This was our second visit to Firefly. We celebrated my sister's birthday as a foursome. Cocktails are unique, inventive, and delicious. Draft beer selection is very good. Food selections range from ordinary to extravagant. Our table ordered the ahi tuna appetizer, baked haddock with lobster stuffing, scallops, bacon-wrapped steak, and duck. All were very good. Service was slightly less attentive than we would have liked, and the food was considerably slow coming out of the kitchen. Atmosphere is somewhat noisy. We will visit again.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 7, 2015

Food was fantastic but the speed of service was awful. We got sat at 7:45. Our reservations were for 7:15. We left the restaurant at 10:15 due to slow service. Disappointed as I have eaten there many times but the people in my group had not b

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 (New England)·Dined on November 7, 2015

...and the food and atmosphere was excellent. The lamb shank was delicious. They thoughtfully wrote "Happy Birthday" in chocolate syrup on my tiramisu plate for dessert! A classy ending to a marvelous meal. Go there, you won't be disappointed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on October 31, 2015

Great service. Very attentive. The food wasn't as good as it's been in the past but we'll be back anyway.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 31, 2015

We enjoyed our night out at Firefly! The menu has something for everyone and is a cut above the norm of local restaurants. Everything was prepared as we asked and the service was attentive. Overall we were very pleased. Defiantly will be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on October 30, 2015

Based on our last visit , it seems that the portions have become much small with the entrees and drinks. Prices have also gone up.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2015

Loved the food and service! Short rib and lamb shank were outstanding! Noise level was very high!! Almost ruined the evening and it was only 6pm!!

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