Firefly Restaurant

4.8
2035 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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YM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently awesome! We absolutely love this spot!

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LR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am new to California and did not have a sedar to go to. I took my son to this marvelous restaurant with a cozy environment and great home cooking. Not only was the food delicious but I ended up getting to meet the wonderful chef and walk away with the recipe for the best kugel I have ever eaten. What a great memorable experience!

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k
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

The lighting was so poor we could hardly read the menu. It was pretty loud. It was difficult to have a conversation

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s
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Only problem was having to wait for a table with a 6:30 reservation. Small problem.

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CJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Firefly is my Go-To for special occasions. Love that I can assume everything is Gluten Free, and if it's not, it will be posted.

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JG
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at Firefly just seems to get better and better---imaginative and delicious. And our experience of a recent dinner was enhanced by the good judgment, efficient service and charm of our server Jane. Firefly is across town for us, but street parking remains easy and it is well worth the trouble to drive across town to dine at this gem. I just wish there were a little less noise---this could be achieved by adding a little soundproofing.

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s
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter is gluten intolerant but the rest of us aren't and it was the best restaurant we have gone to where everyone is happy. The food was delicious and the service wonderful. Thank you for making my daughter's 30th birthday amazing.

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BT
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been going to Firefly for years and have never been disappointed. It's one of our favorite restaurants. The meal we had the other night was superb from salad through dessert.
Barbara

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AT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always exceeds expectations!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful neighborhood spot that keeps its menu fresh and interesting but always has the house specials. This is where I take guests when they come to town.

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AD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary with our daughters. We have been coming here since 1996! Love it. Wait staff is always courteous, food first rate - not stuffy or snobbish at all!
As a business owner myself, I’ve always appreciated how business is conducted here!

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H
London
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great host, great food and a down to earth atmosphere. Would highly recommend.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent suggestion for wine choice, very enthusiastic and attentive service. Food delicious !

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S
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our server, Jane, and had an incredible meal - so original, yet comforting. I could hear my companion without having to strain. Yay!

The staff at Firefly is 100% top-drawer people.

Favorite restaurant!!

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DH
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood restaurant. Ever changing, creative menu...a combination of Asian fusion, farm-to-market American cuisine and comfort food (great fried chicken and biscuits) - where would you find that combo anywhere else?

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EC
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for a family birthday dinner. Everything was delicious!

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LD
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hate to say how much I like this restaurant because I like to go there often and I want to be able to make a reservation. The food is always good and the service is excellent. It does get a bit noisy, but they have tried to dampen the noise with a fabric ceiling. Still I wish they would do more, since I like to eat there often with friends.

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P
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our evening at Firefly - server was delightful, food was both delicious and wonderfully celiac friendly. It is a gem of a find and one we will definitely come back to again.

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DD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Firefly is a regular favorite. Excellent vegan options make it the go-to spot in San Francisco for us.

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OT
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only complaint we would have is that they served us red wine from the refrigerator. When we mentioned it they exchanged it for room temp wine. So all was good. Red wine shouldn’t be ice cold unless you ask for it that way. Thanks.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I love to go to Firefly. Excellent food and wine. Very friendly staff.

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t
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, great food. Loved the trout and the okra dish. Service was also great. 5 stars all around. Neighborhood gem.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good. Outstanding service. Eat here.

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JB
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always all ordered was delicious and great service!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neighborhood gem

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S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely delicious meals with a beautiful selection of wines from different countries. Superb service and most everything is also gluten free. Highly recommend

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible ambience and service.

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BH
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite neighborhood restaurant. Amazing food. Wonderful staff. Plenty of vegetarian/vegan options. Just the best. That’s all.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a neighborhood jam it's small and artisinal. They obviously care a lot about their food and beverages. Staff is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. There are lots of vegetarian and gluten-free options. If you are a wine geek they tend to have some rather esoteric wines on their list. This is a great restaurant for a great dining for a great date

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RR
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As the saying goes, good food, friendly people. It's always been that way for me, for more than 25 years.

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HR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing run-of-the-mill about the menu nor the food. Very delicious.

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OT
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Waitress was really personal and easy to work with!

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BA
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful time. Our server was in a bind needing our 4top spot (we were 3). He asked us if we'd move for some free wine making it a win-win for everyone. Well handled and we had a wonderful meal too. I love a professionally run restaurant.

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k
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Firefly is our favorite San Francisco restaurant. We go there on "date" nights, with friends and family and even for work group dinners. We are never disappointed. Our server, Jane, was exceptional making our latest dinner at Firefly another delicious and delightful experience.

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b
San Francisco
153 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our family favorite for over 20 years; many happy occasions celebrated here, with never a letdown. Our daughter is a vegetarian, & eats as well as we do here — the vegetarian options are fully realized & not an afterthought/even tempting for carnivores.

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H
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this neighborhood gem for 25 years. It has quintessential San Francisco charm and an eclectic ever-changing menu so you never tire from its delights.

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PA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was great. Service was not attentive.

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a
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful little spot for a date or meet up with a friend. Not overly priced. Beautiful, healthy food, and cool atmosphere. The service was fantastic! You don't have to spend a fortune to have a special night in the city. Loved it.

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the braised lamb, brussel sprouts and the chocolate crepe with banana ice cream. All 3 items were amazing! The braised lamb was so tender and soft and the sauce that came with it was nice and creamy. Will definitely come back for all 3 items again.

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S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and atmosphere at Firefly is always amazing. I love the daikon radish cakes and brussel sprouts are 2 favorites. Dinner with old friends-we were able to hear each other easily, and our waiter was understanding as we took a long time to look at the menu as we caught up. A neighborhood gem!

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