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About Firefly at the Dana Mission Bay

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!

1710 W Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA 92109
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Global, International

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

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 225-2125

Website:
http://www.thedana.com/

Executive Chef:
Eric Manuel

Additional:
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

Firefly at the Dana Mission Bay Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

Overall Rating

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food

3.9

service

3.8

ambience

3.8

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (323)
Scenic View (242)
Fit for Foodies (152)
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Romantic (140)
Special Occasion (133)
Kid-friendly (110)
Good for Groups (81)
Neighborhood Gem (78)
Great for Lunch (71)
Notable Wine List (63)
Great for Brunch (45)
Late-night Find (28)
Vibrant Bar Scene (24)
Hot Spot (19)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 27, 2012

The Kobi burger I ordered was mushy and taste less/

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 (Portland)·Dined on June 16, 2012

Not impressive, service was just okay, both of our $30 entrees were not cooked properly and had to be recooked (and we hate sending back food, but they were just so far off) and we didn't even get an apology from the manager (after watching the server go show him and explain what was going on). It's a bummer because the location is great, but we won't return for dinner again.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 14, 2012

The food was good but the service wasn't that great at all...For such a small place theres no reason my server should have waited 26 to come back to our table after dropping of our appitizer. And there was a kid next to us being loud and was on a date...

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 24, 2012

My family and I truly enjoyed the food. The restaurant was small but very nice. I will recommend d this place to my friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 19, 2012

The food was priced right and the service was on top of its game. We were able to watch a wedding and reception, the sunset over the water and enjoy the company of our family. Priceless.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 16, 2012

The food was very good and reasonable. The menu is too limited.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 14, 2012

We love this little place and consider it a great "find" that's a couple of miles from our house, yet we feel like we're on vacation every time we go. Cute atmosphere, decent eats and friendly service -- what's not to like? We'll be back soon.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 12, 2012

The reason to go there would be for the view of the boats in the bay and nice walk after dinner to see the boats and the bay. Food was good, nothing exceptional. Probably best for a brunch or lunch rather than dinner.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 9, 2012

Maybe because of the lacking of language skill and knowledge about the regional food, I couldn't realize anything so special to be highlighted...

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 6, 2012

We received outstanding service from Amanda and the rest of the Firefly team. The food is always excellent, and you can't beat the view of sailboats on Mission Bay. The fried calamari with frisee, thinly sliced flash-fried garlic, and chipotle sauce was absolutely great, and a highly original version of this often poorly done dish.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on May 5, 2012

Enjoyed a great meal ... the salmon was fantastic and the sea bass also. I would generally rate the noise level as "moderate", as the four of us were able to have great dinner conversation; however, a large group was seated directly behind us about half-way through our meal, and from that point on, conversation was quite a challenge. The server did offer to move us, which was appreciated, but unnecessary, since we were nearly done. And the large group was just having a good time in a small restaurant. Nobody's fault, nothing to be done but enjoy the evening, which we did!

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on April 28, 2012

Staying at hotel and thought we'd try restaurant. Service was good, although a bit slow considering there were only 2-3 other tables seated. Had linguini and clams-pretty bland. My son had the Kobe burger. Good fries, but burger was overcooked and dry. He asked for medium and got well done. Dessert made up for it-excellent cheesecake and presentation

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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 8, 2012

My family and I went there for Easter Brunch and the experience was fantastic. The buffet was presentable had anything you could want. The food was delish and the ambiance was perfect with the water next to you. The service...where do I start! The next time you're there, you have to ask for LYLE. He's the man! He made our experience even that much better. He was very attentive and hospitable while serving us. Thank you LYLE. We will be back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on April 1, 2012

Although this place was quite small, you didn't really notic it once you were seated. The view of the marina was nice. Excellent appitizers (the portions were quite large). Had the warm brie plate and the tomato bisque w/grilled cheese, yum! Was able to bring more than half the cheese plate home for a snack the next day. The kobe burger was thick and surprisingly well cooked and still juicy. The filet mignon was done well and still tender, flavored excellently. Fresh green beans and neat fingerling potatos mashed with cheese. For dessert we shared the tropical napoleon stack which was so light and refreshing after the large meal. When you break the thin cookies the small diced fruit pops out like colorful confetti on the plate.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on April 1, 2012

Excellent seared scallops dish. Husband had catch of the day, which he said was very good as well.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 26, 2012

The filet mingon just meleted in your mouth and the flavor was phenomonal. It was my best dinner while visiting San Diego for 8 days. It was great to have a wine flight. We had the red and white combo, which was excellent.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 20, 2012

We were celebrating an anniversary last night and all 6 of us were very pleased with the experience. All of the food, which was varied in our group, was delicious - the filets were outstanding and cooked to perfection. The front corner table got a bit drafty when the door kept opening, but otherwise the room was comfortable and hospitable.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 20, 2012

The restaurant was a delight as was our server plus the food was about our expectations!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on March 11, 2012

The food was great. Not busy the Sunday night we went.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 3, 2012

The appetizer (calamari) was good. The main courses were also good except for the short rib. I got four pieces of meat, and 1 1/2 pieces were already pure fat. I meant they were literally just fatty white stuff and no meat. Other than that, the filet Mignon and sea bass were terrific. The desert (chocolate hazelnut panna cotta) was good as well. Not too sweet, just the right taste. Take flight offered 4 different types of local beer in small glasses.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 20, 2012

great night great food great experience!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 18, 2012

I took my husband here for his birthday. It was candle lit and we sat outside with a heater near our table. Dinner was great, dessert wasnt for our taste. Great restaurant.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2012

Nice casual food selections, warm atmosphere high ceilings, outdoor dining poolside overlooking bay with headlamps if needed. Wait staff was very efficient food delicious, we had a steak sandwich and penne bolognese.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 28, 2012

We truly enjoyed the meal and service, but arrived too late to get the sunset.
So, make a point to arrive before dark, if that is your thing. A bit higher prices at dinnertime, so
will not be a place we frequent-- but will keep it for special occassional dining.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 16, 2011

Wine flights are a great value!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2011

Nice small restaurant and bar as part of the Dana Resort

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2011

Although the food was very good, the service was not good at all. This was not the fault of the waitress as she was obviuosly chasing up the kitchen on a regular basis. In the end we left without our deserts as we were fed up with waiting. An otherwise nice meal spoilt by poor service.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 29, 2011

We felt the food was good. I enjoyed the outside heaters. I've never seen ones like that and I thought they were very cool and did the job pretty well.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 23, 2011

Great setting w/ the outdoor seating. Food used to be so much better! Recent meal was average. Presented well, but did not taste outstanding. Desserts were awful. Very pleasant staff though.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 21, 2011

My husband and I went for Restaurant Week solely based on their pre fixe menu which looked far better than the others in the area and price category. Other reviews have complained about portions being too small, however we found that they were actually perfect individual sizes. My husband and I can never finish food at restauarnts and usuall end up sharing and appetizer and entree so this was the perfect amount for us individually. The food was fantastic, cooked to perfection and beautifully delivered. The wait staff were very efficient and engaging.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 20, 2011

Was not aware it was at a hotel. Only other people there were hotel guests.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 3, 2011

They do not do brunch, just a very skimpy lunch menu.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on June 26, 2011

limited menu and our waitress was MIA most of the time.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 25, 2011

The menu was eclectic but the food was just OK. There was a wedding reception on the patio near us but not sure if that contributed to the inconsistent service. We had two groups in our party of 10 & 12 that were next to each other and serviced by two wait persons. Our waiter did a great job of keeping up with drinks and meals. However, the waitress working the second group disappeared frequently. Our table was finished with dinner before our other table was even served dinner.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 18, 2011

We had a birthday celebration dinner that included 2 children. While it was not an extensive menu, we all had something different and everything was delicious! They were most accomodating to the children's needs, the service was personal and prompt and the pricing for the amount and great quality of the food was very reasonable. We had an enjoyable evening!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 8, 2011

Just had brunch on Mother's day and we loved this place! The food was great, the setting was perfect, and the staff was friendly and accommodating. It's a shame there weren't more people there enjoying the brunch (better for us, I guess!), since this place is a bit tucked away. The restaurant is not very big, with a few tables outside. The decor is modern but warm, and the resort appears to be renovated, so it's inviting. The food included standard buffet brunch fare, with high quality ingredients. I'd definitely try this place again.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 5, 2011

The menu is very limited with everything made with seasonings and spices I normally don't use. The pork chop and steak dishes seemed the safest choice. They were both very good.
The service was fantastic and very friendly.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 24, 2011

As we keep visiting at least once a year, we are glad to not be let down. The firefly can romantic, or it can be a great place with all the family. Keep up the great service.
Tommy L.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 22, 2011

The calimari was not good and overall our entrees were just ok.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on April 18, 2011

My wife and I were expecting a larger restaurant with many more tables. However, just minutes into our dining experience we were so impressed with the wonderful service and helpful wait staff that the size of the room no longer mattered. The food was excellent, and they were happy to accept the Sign On San Diego food voucher. We of course went over the voucher amount, and left a generous tip for the memory of an excellent dining experience.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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