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Firefly at the Dana Mission Bay

244 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining (323)
  • Scenic View (242)
  • Fit for Foodies (152)

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With a contemporary atmosphere and innovative cuisine unique to the California region, Firefly is the perfect destination for a relaxing meal or an end-of-the-day cocktail. Beautiful views of Mission Bay and Sea World's summer fireworks are available from all outdoor and most indoor tables. An excellent choice for a group or a romantic evening for two. Chef Eric Manuel, a San Diego native, creatively presents the area's best seasonal, local ingredients in a modern style that is sure to please a variety of tastes. Many items are designed to be shared. We offer many wines by the glass, wine and local micro brew tasting flights, and happy hour everyday from 3:30pm - 5:30pm. Visiting us reminds you why it’s so good to be in San Diego. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary American, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Breakfast buffet: Sunday - Thursday 6:30am - 12:00pm
Fri & Sat 6:30pm - 12:00pm
Brunch: Sunday - Thursday 9:00am - 3:00pm
Fri & Sat 9:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Fri & Sat 5:00pm - 10pm
Lounge: Sunday - Thursday 6:30am - 10:30pm
Fri & Sat 6:30am - 11pm
Happy Hour: Everyday 3:0pm - 5:00pm
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Phone number
(619) 225-2125
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Eric Manuel
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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3.8  based on all time ratings
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Newportdiner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on November 12, 2016

We were staying at the Dana this weekend. Ended up having dinner and brunch at the Firefly. Saturday night dinner on the patio was great. The atmosphere was nice, the food great and they had good live music which was an added bonus! Sunday brunch is nothing fancy, but they have an omelette bar and lots of other food choices available. Fruit and pancakes were great too.

Foodie (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on July 17, 2016

We sat inside because we didn't want to sit in the sun or next to a big noisy group. It was loud inside. The blenders were startling loud and annoying. The small plates and appetizers were delicious and surprisingly a great value compared to the entrees. They were very pricey. We ordered one to share, the sea bass for $26! It was delicious, but very expensive compared to the other small plates and appetizers. The view was the crowded pool scene. I was impressed with the food and decor, not the location and the annoying bar noise.

vipopentablefan (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on July 6, 2016

What a find - a great location, amazing happy hour menu simply delicious regular menu and reasonable.
Enrico and Sydney are fantastic servers - they made our two experiences even more delightful.
Dog Friendly too.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on June 10, 2016

I never would have picked this part of town or a restaurant in a hotel for a date night, but I discovered that there was live music at the Firefly that night and took a chance. It was worth it. The atmosphere is beautiful, with the bay and boats in the background. It's a bit playful, since there may be hotel guests in the nearby pool, and kids on vacation eating a late dinner, but that added to the experience. The waitstaff was on point and friendly. The live music was a bonus, I don't think it is always present. The menu was safe and predictable, but the execution was flawless and delicious.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on May 24, 2016

We had dinner here at the end of a business meeting. While the reviews were good, my entree of sea bass with the mushroom risotto was underwhelming. The risotto was light and flavorful but the sea bass was severely over cooked and had the texture of a swordfish and had minimal flavor. Sea bass is supposed to be moist and flaky. The worst sea bass dish ever. Then, we were informed the credit card machine broke and the waitress requested cash for our meal, directing me to an ATM in the hotel lobby. The only reason I'm giving it two stars is because the blood orange cheesecake was excellent.

There are much better options elsewhere in San Diego.

vipphyl (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

We usually avoid hotel restaurants but were so glad we found this one! Our first visit was when my cousin was staying there. We meet and had a great meal. We went back last week and had an exceptional dinner. The sea bass was perfect and all of the sides were great. We ate outside with live music (on Saturday and Sunday from 7 to 9) and had a fun time.

OpenTable Diner 
1.0  Dined on April 23, 2016

My wife and three teenage children went to Firefly for dinner to celebrate the end of a great two week holiday and were very disappointed. Food was average quality and the service made us feel very rushed. There was also music by a performer who kept playing his own (very average) music. Someone needs to tell him he needs to learn some covers!

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on April 9, 2016

Food and service was good. It was nice to hear the acoustic guitar outside. The interior has little ambiance, however. It was mostly families with kids when we were there for dinner on a Saturday night. Our server was delightful and all the food was good. I also thought the wines by the glass were reasonably-priced.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on April 3, 2016

Great food

vipDanS (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on March 25, 2016

Slow service and so so food