Firefly - Panama City Beach

4.6
3303 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Casual Fine Dining at it's Finest! Firefly specializes locally caught seafood, mouthwatering steaks seared on an 1800 degree broiler, wild game, fresh sushi and artisan pizzas. Named one of OpenTables Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America, and winner of Florida Trend's Golden Spoon Award, Urbanspoon.com's Top 250 High End Restaurant and Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence, quality of food and service is Firefly's mission. The atmosphere is more like New York City than Panama City. Firefly is the locals choice for a romantic night out, or a special occasion. Firefly has also played host to Country Music Stars, Heisman Trophy winners and the President of The United States. We want it to be much more than dinner, we want to treat you to a unique dining experience!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(850) 249-3359
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Derek Langford
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Private party facilities
Private rooms available for groups of 10 to 50. Full audio video capabilities with large HD Projection Screens. Great for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners or board meetings.
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Private party contact
Tricia O'Quinn: (850) 249-3359
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Catering
Catering available for all size groups and budgets.
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Cross street
Front Beach Rd.
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Parking details
Large lot. Plenty of parking.
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Entertainment
Call for entertainment schedule.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.0Dined 2 days ago

I heard it was an excellent restaurant for a special evening; it was our Anniversary. We made our reservations and arrived at 8:15 PM. We both ordered steak, I ordered the 16-ounce Rib-eye and my bride, the smaller Filet Mignon, both medium rare. I prepare and sear steaks at home perfectly, every time. We both ordered wine, and our steaks were in front of us. Mine was fine, but honestly, I have prepared better. I asked my wife how it was, she said, it's not like yours. Isn't that the truth. She ate about half and could not eat anymore. I said, what's wrong, I lost my appetite. I looked at the steak and it was nearly raw! I asked for the manager. She came over and said she would bring over another steak, my wife had lost her appetite. I requested that she take this steak off our bill, it was over $50.00. She returned and took off $8.00! Pitiful! There was also one table that was so loud, I guess they felt entitled to ruin everyone's quiet ambiance. IF you go, check your steak, make sure it is correct! In my opinion, IF they can't make a steak, they should CLOSE!

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Excellent service- very attentive!

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

One of the best places ever! Everything was beyond perfect. Food exceeded our expectations.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Very good! Stephanie was the best waitress ever!!

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

When we travel we typically like to eat at least one meal at a restaurant that is local and not a typical chain. Firefly was recommended to us by another guest at the resort where we were staying. We are so glad we took their recommendation.

The atmosphere, staff, and food did not disappoint. Actually, the food was phenomenal! Specifically recommended was the she-crab soup and I especially loved it.

Should we travel back to Panama City Beach, we will definitely visit Firefly again.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Dinner was exceptional. I got the Sazerac was almost as good as Hotal Monteleone in New Orleans. The Pork Shank was succulent and tender and my wife loved the Seafood Pescatori. We will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We were early, ordering from the Sunset menu - which provided a delicious selection of options. Our server, Garrett, was attentive and warm ... and the creme brulee was the perfect finish!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

The food is wonderful! The service and atmosphere are great!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Our waiter Jeff or josh I can’t remember his name was wonderful. !

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

We have been here many times. Not pleased with this visit. Waiter was a great guy, but very, very green. Never once asked if anyone wanted another drink. The other young gentleman worked himself to death filling our water glasses. Sorry Dave but the Grouper was fresh frozen, not fresh as promised. I would of had a steak if they had been honest with me. I am sure this review will not mean much, because the place was packed. Christo's will get a visit next time we want fresh, not fresh frozen fish.

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3.0Dined on June 18, 2018

My husband and I dined here with our two kids for Father’s Day. My husband ordered the peppercorn filet mignon (an 8 oz. steak so we were told), which oddly came out with two 4 oz. steaks stacked on top of each other ... needless to say, he was very disappointed. I ordered the Grouper, apparently a dish they are “known for”. This “signature” meal was dry and had very little flavor. If you enjoy phenomenal food and have high expectations, this place isn’t for you. On top of this, I can only assume our waiter was fairly new, as he did not understand the concept of clearing plates as we finished our appetizers etc. I would not recommend this restaurant to family or friends.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We visited Firefly for our Father's Day celebration. Everything was fantastic...the food, the service and the atmosphere. Our service was one of the best we have ever had. We look forward to our next occasion to return.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

This place was great! I want for my birthday this past weekend and the experience was much appreciated! The food was unique and delicious I would totally recommend this to someone for a night out!!

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

The food was great. The atmosphere was awesome. Only one issue which was small, apparently the hostess sat my wife and I in someone else’s table, but that was overcome by great food and top notch service.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

The place is nice and upscale. The Pineapple shrimp is great and so is the hydroponic salad. The grouper is good too. The pasta is not good.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Firefly consistently offers great food, service and atmosphere. It is well worth the 70 mile drive for us and is always our special occasion choice. We like the seasonal menu and especially enjoyed the unique BLT soup this time. Can't say enough good about Firefly!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

THe service and food is always excellent, and everyone treats us as valued customers -- even friends. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We come every time we visit the area and love it! Best filet !

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

She crab bisque is wonderful. My filet cut like butter. Very expensive but worth it. My daughter loved the crab claws I. Vinegar brine but her shrimp and grits were so so. We made reservations several days ahead and were seated immediately. Waiter was pretty slow. Could have been out of there at least 20 minutes faster.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Patrick was a top notch server. Food was well prepared and everything was delicious. She Crab soup is a must. The dark chocolate Nutella cake was the best dessert I’ve ever had there.. actually one of the best ever from anywhere!

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

We were delighted with the restaurant. It is a new find for us and we will definitely be back. Our food was fabulous and our waiter, Troy, excellent. We liked the fact that the tables were not too close together so we could have a nice and private conversation.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

This was our second visit and it was as great as the first. Very nice place.

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Great time was had here. Everyone was friendly, and the food was quite good! Definitely, a nice place in the middle of the merry bedlam of the Summer vacationing.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Food was delicious, but very expensive. I would recommend it to anyone going to Panama City Beach, as long as their wallet could stretch that far.

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3.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Not impressed...calimari was not even cooked, sunset dining mahi was three bites. Why offer a sunset dining menu and have the customer ask for it??!! You get what you deserve here...food in a strip mall. No thanks will not be returning

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Every time I come to Panama City, I make sure to stop ab Firefly!

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Great date night spot with amazing seafood and sushi! Would recommend the Van Halen roll and prosciutto wrapped swordfish!

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

First time eating here. Food and service was exceptional. Highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Our server, Lance, was outstanding. The food was average. The she-crab soup was like Paste.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

5:00-6:00 sunset menu a big plus. She crab soup is awesome.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

I love this place. Feel like I am in Europe when I eat here. Love!

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Enjoyed very much. Will be back.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We dine here each year when we are in the area. This place is very relaxing and the food is wonderful

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We dined here with another couple and it was delightful! The ambiance was on point, and the service was excellent. I had a cocktail that was so good I reordered the same. The presentation was great, and the food tasty. The timing on appetizer-soup-meal was perfect. My friend's filet that was ordered medium-rare came out well-done, and the waitress handled it better than I ever experienced. It was a lovely and delicious date night!

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Celebrating seeing my son that is stationed at the Navy Diving and Salvage Center for the first time since he graduated from boot camp.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Ambiance is nice. Food is very expensive bur nothing special. I’m sure you can find better food with better price

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Peppercorn stuffed filet is SUPER PEPPERED. The steak was good after I tried to scrap all the peppercorn off. I wish the waiter would have pointed that out when I asked his opinion.

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3.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Great service and atmosphere. Sushi was awesome . Always go when at the beach

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Restaurant was beautiful. Our service was great, and the food was phenomenal!!! Hubby had the filet and lobster tail. I tried the She-crab soup and the grouper. Everything we had was delicious. We’ll definitely go back again!

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Loved the look of the restaurant and staff was perfect. Great experience!

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