Firefly Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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Good Vegetarian Options
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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AC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious meal with excellent quality ingredients. Service was wonderful throughout, except long delay being greeted at table and very slow for ordering 1st drink. Restaurant was busy. Would like a few more clean, less rich entree options.

It is a wonderful neighborhood gem and always great!

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience. Firefly checks so many boxes. I would describe their food, service, ambiance as extremely thoughtful.
Well done.

M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Firefly has been my "go to" restaurant in my neighborhood since it opened in 1993! Food is always delicious and excellently prepared. Another real plus is that they always have a vegan and a vegetarian dish and have gluten free options - very helpful for my many guests. The restaurant itself has that comfortable feeling, which makes it so enjoyable.

C
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great neighborhood spot for a date night. Excellent food with a diverse and seasonal menu.

SA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. Great food. Outstanding service and attention to detail. Highly recommended.

SR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was my 3rd visit to Firefly and it was wonderful. The staff is very attentive, nice, knowledgeable and perfect hosts. The drinks are excellent and the food very, very good. I had the chicken this time and it was good (I have had the pork chop before and would rate it better than the chicken). My wife had the Atlantic char and absolutely loved it. Also, by all means get either the arugula salad or daikon cakes with shiitake -- they are fantastic! The place itself is beautiful and though a little noisy, you will love it and the beautiful neighborhood in which Firefly resides!

e
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Firefly is one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco. The food is consistently delicious (and nearly all gluten free), the atmosphere is a rare throwback to the days when neighborhood restaurants were unique and heartfelt, and the service is incredibly friendly and professional. Of all the restaurants I've visited (and as a food writer for 30 years in SF, there are many), this one has a stronghold on my heart. Don't miss the flatbread and the s'more.

B
San Francisco
107 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Like always, good & strange foods, a bit too much bean & kale & vegan themes, odd & unusual servers.

No owner Brad around at night too.

Room about 1/2 full on a Tues night.

JM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Noe Valley for many years, the Firefly serves delicious California cuisine in a cozy, welcoming neighborhood atmosphere. The staff is totally friendly and professional.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alway a great experience. Always has been.

KJ
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place for vegetarians. The food is always fantastic and the service is lovely. This is a great date spot or special occasion spot. Everything on the menu is curated perfectly. You can tell the chef truly wants everyone to have a great experience. One of the best restaurants in SF.

R
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We live nearby and would love to love this place. Unfortunately, our one and only experience was not great.

Two of us dining, and In both of our meals, the sides were random and didn’t go together, for example my Arctic char came with black lentil hash, beets, and celery root cream. And, unfortunately the char arrived lukewarm.

The tostones (sweet potato fried nuggets) were great, the Acme bread and spread was so-so, like the service.

The music was puzzlingly random, from acoustic guitar folk, to classical, to punk. All nice tunes, but jarring to hear back-to-back and failed to create any kind of ambience or experience.

C
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the dinner - the service staff was excellent, and it is an attractive space, and of course the food was very good too.

MB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A gluten free diner’s dream... Must. Come. Back 🙌🏽

AV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The wine list was overpriced, need more choice below $60.00. The server seemed not interested in our
orders.
The food as always was delicious.
I've been there often and was disappointed this visit.

AP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Firefly is one of our faves. Food consistently excellent, and interesting. The staff is exemplary- warm, attentive, knowledgeable, and always simply spot on. Cannot go wrong at Firefly.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious and great people.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely and romantic out of the way spot in Noe Valley...food is very GF friendly, and well prepared...small room with terrific atmosphere—great wine list...would recommend...

JF
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's our favorite place for special occasions. We come for every family birthday. We have never been disappointed. I tried something completely different this time--kale and plantain enchiladas! They were terrific!

CM
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Cozy, hygge neighborhood feel with fantastic food.

T
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son and I went there for the first time. My brother recommended it and................it was FABULOUS!!!! I did read your history, but that didn't compare to how great it really was to go in person. We shared different dishes and had the kale salad with persimmons followed by the brussel spouts and our entrees were the fried chicken with mashed potatoes and I had the arctic char, which was dynamite!
We will definitely be back there many more times. Thank you for your friendly and wonderful service. We felt like we went home for dinner.

SA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyable atmosphere, especially for a Sunday night. And good food. Would come back.

KB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Such a cute, cozy place. And I love that it is a little beyond the "no parking" zone in Noe Valley. The waitress was exceptional. She was friendly, gave enough space and time. And best of all, generously gifted me with a biscuit when I couldn't choose between that and cornbread. That little gesture really scored points! I used to own a restaurant and what a better way to entice a customer and to help them learn your menu on a deeper level? As always, it was a relaxing, satisfying dining experience. There is ample space between tables so folks can visit and be comfortable.

t
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot, 3rd time going there, they always hit the mark. amazing food and service. will keep coming back!

JB
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant - every time I have a fabulous dinner with delicious food and great service. Thanks Firefly for creating such a nice restaurant. I look forward to my next meal with you.

ZS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

GREAT food that just so happens to be celiac friendly. The story behind the chef, food, and restaurant are fantastic. Amazing selection of both food and drinks. You won't be disappointed!

JR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our FAVORITE restaurants in
SF.! Can be a little noisy but good friends and fine food over come that.

s
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always enjoy Firefly. The menu is changed often. Food is always great.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great options for NF, GF, DF diners along with choices for those with no dietary restrictions.

c
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was our first time to the restaurant. Mywife ordered the salmon and it was served too rare. My vegetarian entrée was OK. The brussels sprouts appetizer was bland and the beat salad was fair.
We may return in the future but going would order different dishes then we selected.

LC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Coming from the south Bay Area, I really love finding restaurants that give me a real San Francisco experience. Firefly had unique ambiance and fantastic acoustics (lively but not loud). They have a beautiful autumn menu right now, including a delicious lentil-stuffed delicata squash, and my husband loved their Brazilian seafood stew. We will definitely return.

C
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at Firefly and I will definitely return. The atmosphere is warm, the food is amazing, the service was 5 Star and the kitchen was very gracious in accommodating my many allergies.

KB
Phoenix
30 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE firefly-the cute neighborhood, the amazing food, and exceptional service make it our true “go-to” every time we’re in SF. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, and if you can, order the fried chicken. You will not even know it’s gluten free. Simply delicious. Japanese Tostones are an appetizer hit. The wine list is quirky and interesting-we always find a new favorite when we come. And the service. Everyone there is great, and then there’s Jane. She makes your experience memorable in all the best ways. Can’t wait to get back for more delicious fun!

JV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Casual, stylish yet cozy, and friendly staff. Service was prompt, friendly, and just the right level of attentiveness.
Ordered the pork chops - delicious and just the right portion for a hungry guy. The restaurant was pretty well occupied, yet I had no trouble hearing my dinner dates conversation. We both really enjoyed our meal. New favorite spot in the neighborhood. Definitely recommend this place for a date or special occasion.

C
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Firefly is one of those restaurants that can span the casual night out with a friend at the bar, a special occasion with that someone special or a group. The staff is lovely, the food meshes amazing and sustainable. FYI, the vegetarian options, whether or not you're not a veggie, are delicious. I like it because I'd never make it at home and it's that good. The space is both intimate and fun. The wine list is amazing. Love it.

K
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Liked pork chop dish but fried chicken was so so

ML
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We haven’t been to this old favorite in a little bit. We went for our third anniversary and we fell in love again. We had the fried chicken with the biscuits and the pork chop with the corn bread as an extra. The biscuit and the cornbread were delicious with the honey and butter that it’s served with. The pork chop was amazing but the veggies we’re a little lacking. That was ok as my husband dove into the beans with my fried chicken. We will be going back with friends soon.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing Gluten Free options! Fried Chicken was so good!

KJ
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food was very good. However the woman who was our wait person was not very friendly; in fact she seemed to be in a bad mood.

When I asked if they had Diet Coke she flipped over a menu and replied “if you look at the back of the menu you will see our drinks for people of all ages”.

She was not unfriendly with the other two people at my table, who unlike me are men, so maybe she has a problem with women of a certain age. But her attitude colored my experience. It is a fairly high priced meal to be insulted at the very beginning.

DM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to firefly restaurant a number of times. Their food is delicious, and their menu is always interesting we also love the ambience. We would definitely come back here.

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