Firefly Restaurant

4.7
1982 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the absolute gems of neighborhood dining in SF.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love you, Firefly.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious! Almost entirely gluten free menu.

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SG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This cozy Noe neighborhood spot is officially a favorite one of mine, after my recent, third trip there - this time for Valentine’s dinner with my husband. Playful artwork, candles, (plus rose petals everywhere this visit) as well as branch sculptures and twinkle lights create a romantic glow that complements the creative menu. The approachable and knowledgeable staff gave highly accurate descriptions of our wine options. Rotating, unique (but small) dishes incorporate lots of rich vegetable and fish options. Written menu has whimsical touches, adding to the casual vibe - but food is complex and beautifully presented.

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L
Seattle
106 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines dinner....greeted by rose petals in the entrance on the ground, front of house staff all wearing pink shirts, and the magical combination of warm, caring service matched by delicious creative food.
Squash soup, complex flavors paired with orange Greek wine
Seed bread with “yummy” spread
Crab cake, arugula and fennel salad
S’mores dessert
And, the entire meal was wheat free!

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KK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place and try to go whenever I come home to visit my Dad. Food is superb, and waitstaff is wonderful.

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AN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We held a business dinner (faculty recruitment for a position in our School of Medicine).
The table though small still held all 6 of us, and the noise level was not too loud, which allowed for thoughtful business discussion.
Food accommodated 3 who are vegetarians in our group.

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MC
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Firefly is a nice neighborhood restaurant. The food was prepared well, but some of the portions were skimpy, especially for the price. For example, we ordered the crab cake. The crab cake was really really small and it cost $18.00. The servers were not overly friendly nor dismissive. They were rather neutral. Overall, it's a cute restaurant that prepares food fairly well but it is pricy. I would not return because there was absolutely nothing really outstanding or compelling about the experience, food, or wait staff.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neighborhood gem! Service and food are outstanding. The most gluten-friendly, too.

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L
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambience. Delicious lamb and crab cake. Wines are reasonably priced. Service was attentive.

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r
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Firefly is always great.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good food you can count on

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RH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Almost the entire menu was gluten free - as a celiac that meant I had choice. Even the majority of the desserts were gluten free. We had a great birthday celebration. We will definitely go there again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Rediscovered Firefly after many years. Not sure why we hadn’t been, but happy to be back! We went for belated Christmas dinner celebration. Jay was an outstanding server, affable and attentive. The crab cakes deserve their nearly famous branding - I’m not a Hughs crab fan and I loved them! So fresh. My husband was underwhelmed by the fried chicken but the rest of us really enjoyed our meals. Dessert was a treat for us gluten-free weirdos! We will be back.

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RA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never had a bad meal or bad service there. Been coming for years. Everything is always exquisite. Service is always professional and warm.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal. Cozy setting. Perfect.

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K
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place warms you up as soon as you walk in the door. The staff make you feel like you're a valued guest, but with a familiarity as if you are a friend. The food is consistently delicious, and the wines selection is a great variety of solid choices. I have joined friends here for years as this place makes me feel relaxed and joyful and it's a lovely setting to gather a chat in. Thanks for another wonderful meal Brad and Jennifer, and your whole team.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food!

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j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Firefly is consistently excellent-creative cooking, great staff; reasonable prices. A gem.

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B
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had forgotten about this Noe gem until a friend mentioned it last month, and I finally had a chance to dine there this week with an out-of-town guest. She remarked several times about the ambience and friendly service. The food was great! Crab cakes were mostly big pieces of crab, mahi-mahi was cooked perfectly (not too dry), and veggies tasted fresh. A 1/2 bottle of Chablis topped it off. I’ll look for another chance to come back!

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e
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I dine out fairly often and Firefly is one of my most favorite places to go, not only for people who are familiar with it, but to introduce people who know and appreciate great food in a friendly setting to a place they are likely to return often.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect birthday dinner from start to finish. Excellent food in just the right portions. Service was flawless and friendly.

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w
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best meal we've had in some time. Fantastic.
Cauliflower flatbread, crabcake, seeded bread, brussel sprouts, apple galette -- all were wonderful.
A cozy unpretentious neighborhood spot.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came to Firefly for a weekend dinner date with the SO. Ordered the Fried Chicken as a main and small bites of sweet potato and brussel sprouts. Was impressed by every single dish and left with a great palate and full stomach.

Highly recommend for lovers of California food fare.

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C
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here twice and both times extremely impressed by the food - particularly how healthful and delicious, simultaneously. Even if we weren't health-conscious, we would eat here. Staff is also hospitable, helpful. Our waitress very thoughtfully supplied recommendations for wine and entrees. It's a calm, warm and chic atmosphere all at once. An underground fave : )

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t
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A little expensive for what we got but overall was nice.

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KC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jane is always awesome and Emily is new. She gave us royal treatment for my friend’s birthday dinner. Truly stellar, always.

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S
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious and very allergy friendly. It was great to be able to eat just about everything on the menu and enjoy my dinner just as much as my husband who has no food allergies. The menu was creative and fresh and the service was very good-- friendly and helpful. The space was cozy and inviting, the perfect date night spot. There was so much on the menu that I wanted to order, so I will definitely be going back!

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JW
Glasgow
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

If the people of San Francisco think that a friend chicken drumstick and a thigh with a scoop of tepid mashed potatoes is good value at $28 before taxes, then this is the place for you.

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San Francisco
118 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

This is a tough review for me to write, because I love Firefly and have loved it for so many years, but this was not our best experience at the restaurant. The fried chicken dish was underwhelming, only two small pieces of chicken with what looked like your mom's frozen peas and carrots on the side, and a dollop of mashed potatoes with gravy in the middle. The chicken did not taste as good as it used to, and the overall presentation did not match the price point. The short ribs and spaetzle were tasty, but also underwhelming and nothing out of the ordinary relative to the price point. The wine options seem to have gone downhill since the last time we were there, but we enjoyed the carignane and also very much enjoyed our friendly server. I will still give Firefly another chance, but it may be some time before we return. This is bittersweet because we have always adored this neighborhood gem, but feel the food quality and presentation suffered substantially compared to the last time we were there (over a year ago).

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KS
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another wonderful meal at Firefly, our local gem of a restaurant ! Can’t wait to return !

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C
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and friendly staff. The best, most reliable gluten-free, Celiac-friendly food in the Bay Area.

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p
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great fresh food with enough variety to manage most palates. Great service and friendly neighborhood vibe. Sound management was clearly thought out here and the space allows for great conversation levels, even for larger groups.

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JS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were perfectly accommodating to our group and the food was superb.

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SB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant far exceeded our expectations and we are serious foodies. The ambiance was great, the food fantastic and the waiter (9 years there), she was wonderful. Would go back in a heartbeat. Don't miss the Mhi-mahi....ummm.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm atmosphere with delicious food carefully prepared and elegantly presented. Great informative wait staff.

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p
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We hadn't visited for several years when we recently went for dinner with an out of town friend.
The meal was very good and the server did a great job of steering us to some very good drinks. We really enjoyed the feeling of being in a lovely neighborhood restaurant that didn't try to be too overly trendy.

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San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Firefly since moving to the neighborhood about 6 months ago. Everyone and everything was perfect. The owner/host was so sweet and gracious. Our waitress Molly was so sweet, helpful, and cheerful. The food was yummy!!!!

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AW
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I needed a small, intimate restaurant with amazing food and service for a last minute dinner I was arranging. I had an old college friend visiting from the UK, and wanted to introduce her to some of my close friends in SF. Since it was last minute I wasn’t sure if there would be 3 or 5 in our party. They were very accommodating, communicative and flexible - which I appreciated.

When we arrived food, ambience and service was great, I really couldn’t have asked for more!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, ambience and service. And you can talk with your table mate.

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