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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Slow service and so so food