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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

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (40)
Special Occasion (34)
Casual (28)
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Cozy (27)
Romantic (23)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Bar Seating (21)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Comfort Food (16)
Great for Lunch (14)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Great for Brunch (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Authentic (11)
Business Meals (11)
Fun (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Great Beer (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Healthy (2)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

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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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined 3 days ago

Relaxed dining over excellent food. Friendly staff.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

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

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 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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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great place

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 (New England)·Dined 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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined 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

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Tulsa)·Dined 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!

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Great for Brunch, Casual
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 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.

Tags: Cozy, Happy Hour, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined 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!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 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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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find
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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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

Tags: Late-night Find, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Casual, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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

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 (New England)·Dined 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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 (Tulsa)·Dined 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!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined 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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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Tulsa)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined 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!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Great Beer, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Date night for a show at the Palace Theatre so chose Firefly for its proximity to the venue. Hard to find their parking lot but parking garage close by, with reasonable rates. Started with crab cake appetizer but drizzle on top did not look too appealing, although we were pleased that there was no taste of Old Bay seasoning to be found! Selected the mahi mahi special with parmesan risotto and could get the fish without the blackened seasoning. Risotto very rich and creamy, too large a portion to finish in one meal. Lobster stuffed haddock also covered in a rich sauce which did not make it appealing to the eye, but enjoyed by the diner. No room for dessert other than cappuccinos as the meals were so filling.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Spicy, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Bar Seating, Cozy
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