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Firefly American Bistro

4.6
896 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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 896 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Just a great time.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Went for Sunday brunch and it was absolutely perfect. Had the Eggs Benedict with a side of absolutely perfect corned beef hash. Very busy, but with our reservation we were seated immediately. Service was impeccable and the breakfast was great

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

It was awesome. I asked for a quiet comfortable table and we got one of those quiet round booths in the corner. The food was great. Calamari app with the hotter sauce was delish as was everything. Drinks were perfect. Definitely heading back for date night again.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Great food, everything was cooked as ordered most imprortantly my medium rare steak came out that way.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

My wife and I had an enjoyable dining experience at Firefly with some good friends recently. The martinis were perfect and my filet mignon was delicious. My wife and her friend enjoyed the salmon and my friend loved his cheeseburger. We have dined at Firefly many times and we have never been disappointed. The service was attentive and very personable, and we will return to Firefly's in the near future.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food and service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food and service is always great

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food was excellent and service was great. Would recommend making a reservation, which we did for a Saturday night 6:00pm dinner. When we arrived there was a 2 hour wait but we were shown to our table right away.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I had a birthday dinner with my mother...we made reservations ahead of time and asked for a booth. We arrived 10 minutes early and our booth was ready. It was a nice cozy half moon booth in the art section of the restaurant that allowed for quiet conversation on a busy night prior to the theatre performance of Mama Mia. Tess, our service professional was amazing and greeted us enthusiastically and quickly. We had sea scallops with a garlic cream sauce and Salmon with a pesto sauce. Both were amazing. The walk from the restaurant to the theatre was only five minutes. Definitely make reservations as some who showed up had a 2 hour wait. A great value for the quality of food and hip atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Good food - very noisy on Easter Sunday - make lamb a lamb chop please

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter brunch was fabulous as always

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

They sat us quickly but then forgot about us. We finally had to flag someone down to take our order. Service was fine after that though.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Waitress, food and ambiance was great. Try the short run taquitos!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Our first visit, and I assure you it won't be our last. Close to The Palace Theatre, we went to a show following dinner. Parking was not an issue, we parked on the street but there is a parking garage. N.F

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Took long time to get food. Felt a little closed in where our table was located

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great atmosphere, comfortable seating, TVs to watch sports near the bar, fully wheelchair accessible, great Gluten Free options (including english muffins / bagels / bread!!!!!), and a menu full of fresh food options.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We had ladies brunch and it was a blast! The food was phenomenal and the atmosphere was fantastic. Will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Saturday night was my second visit. I enjoyed the atmosphere and food every bit as much the second time as the first. I will return sooner this time.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Everything about Firefly is wonderful - Never had a bad experience. Love it here!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Great service every time! Food is delicious!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Sunday brunch was great! Delicious food with a "Cajun" take on some dishes--so savory! Subtle, flavorful cocktails! Definitely a "destination" dining venue!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Brunch was great. Eggs Benedict and Greek omelette were superb

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Excellent, as always. The Firefly is a “must do” restaurant in Downtown Manchester. Our overall favorite restaurant in NH!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Had a great meal on St. Patrick’s Day. Noise level a bit high, but it was very busy so that’s to be expected. Jennifer, our server was very good, professional and attentive.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

very crowded (St.Patricks Day - not intentional on our part). Appetizer & dessert (and wine) were excellent - entree was good/average. Service was outstanding. Fun night - would definitely go back.

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Cute place, and cozy atmosphere. I ordered the Filet mignon, and it was literally the worst steak Ive been served. I asked for medium rare, got well done, it was sent back (waitress seemed put out) came back 15 min later well after my friends were finished eating and was still a very dry,over cooked awful piece of meat.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Waitress was very friendly. Food was great

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Wow! What a find... totally booked this last minute based on good reviews on line. We drove from the Upper Valley in NH (1hour) and our friends drove from Newton MA in traffic (1 1/2 hours) to meet us so I was a little nervous. Pleasantly surprised to say the least with atmosphere, cuisine, and Jess... Jess is a gem!!! Only con is parking which is a challenge but it is most places you go in Manchester so no biggie. Will go again for sure!!!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Firefly is lunch option for us quite often especially for a larger group from our office. This visit was a birthday celebration so we went for Sunday brunch. What a tasty treat! Food was delicious and we weren't rushed out the door and were able to relax, catch up and have a nice time.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

This has been a favorite for both me and my wife for five plus years! Always good food and pleasant atmosphere, with pleasant and assistive wait staff.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We had our usual fantastic dining experience. Our waitress was friendly and efficient. She catered to our every need. We also appreciated having our special booth reserved for us. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

It had been a long day of travel and we decided to eat at Firefly Bistro. I had been there before, however my daughter, who just returned from China, had not. She just wanted good American food. Firefly Bistro did not disappoint. We both got the filet mignon cooked medium rare. It was absolutely perfect. We also had the Go-Go Gorgonzola appetizer. It was to die for; it was so good. The hostess was incredibly accommodating. After a 20-hour day of traveling we requested a booth so that we could be comfortable. Even though the place was crowded, the hostess worked hard to find a booth for us. We had to wait a tiny bit but it was minimal. Our server was delightful. So, I couldn't say more positive things about this restaurant. Although it was my daughter's first time there, I've been there several times, even taking guests from other parts of the country. We have been very happy with the food and the service every single time. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

We had a lovely time and will be back!

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Always a great meal and service!

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

This was our first experience at Firefly's. Everything, from the soup (smoked seafood chowder) and salad (asparagus panzanella) through dessert was delicious. Great atmosphere and interesting menu choices.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Excellent food and service. We both had the smoked seafood chowder and it was heavenly. Lots of chunks of fish, shrimp, potatoes and carrots.
Kind of noisy -- a couple of large group tables who were celebrating.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

I thought the bar area was a little loud. Everyone in my group except for myself loved the food. I had the fish and chips. The fish did not seem that fresh and the coating was way too heavy.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

As always everything was great...
Food, Service, Atmosphere... AWESOME!!!

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3.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Incredibly noisy. There are absolutely no noise mitigating features on the brick walls. Whenever we come to Firefly, we try to dine early in order to have a shot at conversation. We had asked for a quiet seat and were told our reservation came in after they had set the reservation seating. We were offered a "take it or leave it" option to sit in an uncomfortable booth at the back of the bar or climb-to-dine seating (which we never choose) on the other side of the bar. The bar area itself was involved in a raucous birthday party that was in progress when we arrived and showed no sign of slowing down when we left. We were not offered seating in either of the dining rooms because those were allegedly all reserved. The hostess' attitude was appalling but Firefly is always busy so maybe they don't need to care. Since we had made a reservation, we didn't have a "Plan B" and settled for the uncomfortable booth in the back of the noisy bar area. There were several empty tables in the dining rooms when we came in and a few were empty when we left. So clearly, the hostess wasn't on her game.
Our waitress Amanda did everything in her power to make our dining experience a positive one; she was great. The food was great. The noise level and the way our reservation was handled by the hostess were very disappointing for a restaurant where high-dollar entrees populate the menu. We aren't likely to return any time soon, although this has been one of our "go-to" spots for years. There are plenty of spendy restaurants in Manchester that offer good food and good service with ambiance and customer service to match.

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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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