Firefly Restaurant

4.9
2338 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
We serve food that, more often than not, accesses that part of our deepest soul where genuine expression can flow forth. We have always tried to give our food and service our best selves, as honest and vulnerable as we can muster. We strive to be a place where you might actually have a real connection; maybe with your server, maybe with your food or maybe with your possibly dorky host who is ACTUALLY glad you’re there.

Oh, you wanted a restaurant description? Sorry. Can’t really help you there. We’re not so big on labels. Our food is hard to nail down as we are constantly evolving and entirely seasonal and personal. We’ve used “Food you eat” as a tag line on occasion and that remains accurate. We could also describe it as “Food we really want you to eat”. When you’re here, tell us what you would call it.
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside in the parklet booth which was kept warm and cozy despite the typical foggy SF evening. Our server was amazing, and the menu had so many exciting options we had trouble choosing. We ordered a number of things to share, the tostones, the elote, the salad with new potatoes, shrimp and grits, vegetable enchiladas, and fries green tomatoes - it was all so delicious and the portions were perfectly balanced and not overloaded. We left with happy bellies and glowing hearts. Such a wonderful experience

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vipTawniaL
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Dining in the parklet was perfect. The heater made it warm and convivial even though it was a cool, windy evening. The food was very good and the service was impeccable.

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HakeemS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girl friend has been dining here since 1998, and I've recently discovered Firefly, the food is always consistent and outstanding to the point we asked about the ingredients and was given a printout of the recipe. The best overall dining experience and service.

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HappyRegular
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is always outstanding, never ordinary. We dined in the parkette and it was toasty and warm.

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LeonieG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole family loves Firefly. Friendly service and such a wonderful, flavorful, ever-changing menu. Brings us back whenever we are in SF! Thanks Jay!

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vipNancyB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will miss the incomparable Jay Beaman!❤️

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was really nice and staff are so attentive.

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LeslieW
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Firefly is one of the two best restaurants in Noe Valley.

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vipPabs
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great neighborhood spot. Excellent, non-pretentious service/atmosphere and quality food that could/should at least be Michelin recommended.

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JanetB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was impressed with how many dishes they could make vegan and everything we tried was outstanding...!!!

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PeterW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Fun atmosphere. Can’t wait to come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having dinner at Firefly was such a treat!

I was looking for a restaurant that would have vegan options, but that would also be a nice place to celebrate a birthday. Everything we ate at Firefly was delicious! There are *plenty* of vegan or veganizable options. Even vegan desserts! (Not only sorbet, which happens often).
The tostones were great, the tomato and (vegan) ricotta was one of my favorite things, and the daikon radish cakes were delicious. The enchiladas were very good too! (And I am Mexican and usually feel unimpressed—not the case here).

Service was impeccable and the place is lovely. Great wines too! Overall, it was a lovely experience and we look forward to being back. :-)

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NValleyian
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish I have had at Firefly has been superb. Fresh ingredients, almost everything is GF but they don't make a big deal of that, delicious flavors and great textures, friendly & authentic staff. It is my favorite restaurant in the city, as well as my neighborhood restaurant. Most recently I sat outside and was totally comfortable in the parklet with big heaters. The outside is quiet vs the inside which is moderate noise. Must order: tostones!

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vipSparks
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for folks that have gluten sensitivity or other food allergies. The staff was so informed and accommodating. We had a great mud-day date here and would definitely come back again!

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vipbugzie
San Francisco
165 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family favorite — we celebrate all occasions here, they’re so creative & delicious, they work for her omnivore parents as well. Welcome back, Firefly!!!

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DanielP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food. Really charming local place.

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vipAFCINC
San Francisco
78 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is creative & delicious as it has been for 20 years. We don't live nearby anymore so it's a bit of a trek to but always worth it.

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VaVisitor
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice neighborhood spot. The menu is short, but the food is delicious. Great short ribs, fried chicken and Brazilian fish stew. Good, attentive service. Prices are reasonable for the quality of the food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We actually didn’t realize the restaurant was total gluten free and that chickpea based flour was in almost every dish (my partner can’t eat chickpea), so we had trouble finding things on the menu that would work. Service was great and they accommodated and made us something without the flour and gave us a dessert gratis. I was able to eat more and it was very good!

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Elle
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was perfect. Food was AMAZING. Can’t wait to come back and eat inside the cozy indoor restaurant space.

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Joseph
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, great service

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vipneighbor
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As good as always. The best service. Outstanding food and wine.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant. Delicious food. Attentive and fun servers. Great neighborhood dining.

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SamP
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The food was pretty good but I don't think that it was worth the price. Not a bad experience just not what I expected.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing, the tomato and peach salad was fire. Will be going back for the salad alone. The fried chicken was excellent. The biscuit was soooo good. Solid dining experience top to bottom. We will be making this a regular date night spot.

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rachelc
New England
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was DEElicious!!! And the service was exemplary.

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funhappyhour
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Been coming to this neighborhood gem for 20+ years. Food continues to be excellent - inventive, creative, super attentive to food allergies, and delicious. Every dish, every time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband has Celiac’s and is an utter food snob. He was bowled over by how delicious the fried chicken was. If Firefly is reading this, is there any way I could get the recipe???

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sophieb
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For delicious, comfort food and very good wine, try Firefly

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Gluten free heaven!

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JustinH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, delicious and fun food! Our family of 7 ordered one of every appetizer and they were all great. You really can't go wrong. The corn, radish cakes, buns, soup, etc. are all very yummy and combine flavors to make this menu very unique. We shared three of the entrees and they were also all great. The chicken, the enchiladas, and the short rib. Also the desserts were very yummy. Really, you can't go wrong here, and in fact, everything is pretty awesome. Highly recommend!

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MichaelR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have loved Firefly for years. Always dependable and innovative food. Some favorites remain on the menu (their fried chicken is the best!) and other new items get added regularly. Friendly staff, casual atmosphere, a Noe Valley gem!

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pebblegirl
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Julia was our server and she's the best! Made our date night! :D

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HenryP
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner at Firefly has always been a special treat on our trips to San Francisco, but it had been several years since we had been able to get there. I can say that this favorite hasn't missed a beat. Tasty, innovative dishes and a homey ambience, along with the greatest service on earth will keep us coming back again and again.

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MarkB
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our anniversary dinner at Firefly and it was wonderful! Great food and great service.

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SteveM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I have had in a long time. There wasn't anything on the menu that we didn't want to try. The staff were great and the two young chefs are rock stars. Definitely will visit again next time we are in San Francisco.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Super cold inside. Glad they had blankets! Food, service, and ambiance were great!

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vipShellyN
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and top notch service. A true gem

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JENNIFER
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant. I love the staff, the food, the ambiance. I will definitely be back

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vipCarolS
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been regulars at Firefly for years, and it never disappoints. We ordered takeout regularly when they reopened during the pandemic shutdown. Qe just had our first outdoor dining experience in their parklet, and it was wonderful! They have brought some of their indoor artwork to their parklet dining "rooms," we had a relaxed dinner with friends with some privacy in our dining "room" in our parklet, and our meal and beverages were delicious as always. Even though it was foggy and windy outside, we didn't even need to turn on our heater because they did such a great job constructing their parklet dining space. Highly recommend!

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