Firefly Restaurant

4.9
2286 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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food: fresh, flavorful, vibrant dishes. Firefly never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect everything

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EastBayMom
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food - so creative and delicious. Very warm and welcoming staff, love the outdoor parklet and hope they are a permanent fixture. Great place for food with friends, catching up post pandemic.

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rebeccas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Newly constructed outdoor seating was very pleasant, well attended by staff. The heater was very effective, indeed, I rapidly turned it to "lo".

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AdrienneC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had such an amazing dinner at Firefly. The food is so terrific and it just happens to also be gluten free (but you'd never know!). The staff were so friendly and accommodating - we were celebrating a graduation and everyone walked away from dinner happy!

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vipellenl
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome in a word!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and impeccable service!

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Nico
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

my friend and i booked on a last minute whim and were pleasantly surprised. All the flavors were delicious, and the completely GF menu was a treat. I am a vegetarian and my friend is a meat eater, and they did not even notice we had a completely plant-based meal :) The staff were super friendly, and the outdoor heaters worked well to keep us warm. Not only do i highly recommend this place, i cannot wait to come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They brought a dessert with a candle for my partner’s birthday. So sweet!

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veggie
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is so comforting to know that Firefly is open for outdoor...and now, indoor dining..
They have worked so hard to stay alive during this very stressful time. They have succeeded in keeping the high quality of the food, and the unique flavors of each dish as fresh and exciting as always. And they strive to serve each diner with the same friendly and warm manner as ever. I feel so fortunate to be a part of the Firefly family and friends...
Thank you Firefly.

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viphungrygal415
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMG! That rice pudding dessert was out of this world. I don't even like rice pudding but it was soooo good. I have never had anything like it. Overall the whole meal was amazing, as always...

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viptryitonce
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fresh, local delicious food. Lots of vegetarian options, too.

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MichaelC
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy New American. Always make a special experience.

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vipNoeResident
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Firefly is always great in every way. It was my first time sitting outside and it was just lovely. Same great service, same great food, different and lovely atmosphere. Heaters work great.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked our reservation because an out of town friend with a gluten allergy was coming to visit. Our dinner at Firefly was the stand out highlight of the weekend. By the end of the night she was in tears out of joy at the experience of being able to share a family style meal with friends and not worry about gluten.

Our server Jay felt like family, he helped us chose 2 bottles of secret wine. (Sorry Jay I’m spilling the beans.) We ordered one of everything on the menu and did family style. The food was beyond outstanding, one of those unique meals where the food is elevated beyond a meal to an experience you won’t forget. “I can’t believe this who meal is gluten-free” or “even if it wasn’t gluten free this meal is exceptional” was said on repeat, so much so that we had to stop ourselves, we were obsessed.

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CourtneyG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and experience. Our favorite restaurant in San Francisco.

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TeejMajal
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a gem, such a gem I feel compelled to delete this review just so other people don’t know about it. The less people that know about it the more I can bask in the greatness that is the complete Firefly experience.
As phenomenal as the cuisine is at this establishment I’d be pressed to say the staff may be the stars of the show. They’re clearly a family and a cohesive unit that all works together to make you feel warm, fuzzy welcome and excited about your dining experience. I see minimal to no rotation in staff over the years I’ve dined here and I don’t think any of these fine folks have lost any exuberance for the food they serve nightly.
Then there’s the food! Oh and wine too! Food simple, sophisticated yet exotic. Recognizable recipes executed flawlessly. More exotic dishes served in a way I would imagine a grandmother in that recipes native land would serve it. Sprinkle some passionately curated wines that perfectly harmonize with the current dish line up and the experience is complete. This food fills my heart and feeds my soul. The waiting staff gives me the afterglow and gentle nudge to send me floating home satiated and enamored every time.
I’d work here if I wasn’t a clumsy oaf and I’d eat here every night if I were rich. Please don’t read this lengthy review so I can still get a table at the tap of my life’s blood. Or do read it and support the most worthy restaurant in all the land...

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We came for my partner’s 30th birthday celebration and loved the experience. The staff is super friendly and courteous. The food and drinks were delicious—they offered all gluten-free options. The only exceptions were the biscuit and a few non gluten free beers. Great spot for those with gluten intolerance. The staff also kindly put a birthday candle on top of our dessert, which was a nice touch. Will definitely come back :)

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Denise
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating warm on a cold, windy day. Delicious food and great service.

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KimberleyJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even in these pandemic days, Firefly has maintained excellent culinary standards! All three of us were delighted to dine so well.

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viprienme
Central Coast
35 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food delicious and creative. Service knowledgeable, efficient and personable. If there were more stars, I would give them.

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sfsf
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, wine, and service. Outdoor booths were delightful.

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KatH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow wow wow - my first trip out to eat since COVID, and it was absolutely amazing. As someone with celiac I wasn't afraid to eat anything at all, and there was no fear of cross contamination. Server was very kind and understanding and friendly. A+++++

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Melissa
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in SF, hands down! The food is amazing, the staff is so kind, and it truly feels like a neighborhood restaurant while also being a foodie destination.

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vipKristaK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of my favorites, and still true with its pandemic Parklet!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal with fantastic service! The fried chicken and trout were cooked perfectly.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Making the most of the situation, Firefly has done everything they can to make their outdoor dining experience as comfortable as possible. The food is on the pricey end, but absolutely delicious, and it’s a wonderful refuge for celiacs and other GF eaters. Staff were great as well. We would/will definitely return.

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LeslieC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at Firefly is back! The staff was warm even if the weather wasn't! Firefly has partnered with their business neighbor Philz to build lovely outdoor seating that protects patrons from Upper Noe's fierce winds. Food was impeccable (and we are vegans but/and very happy).

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Chrissy
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and inclusive menu with lots of options for non-alcoholic drinks, gluten-free, and vegan food. Excellent customer service and welcoming restaurant with a lovely ambiance. Great for a date night / special occasion!

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SlamFrancisco
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Firefly. They never disappoint. Creative menu, beautifully prepared. Excellent wine list that features unique wines from smaller, lesser known wineries. And the service is always friendly and attentive.

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EleB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I've been to firefly for several celebrations, and never had a dish that wasn't absolutely delicious. Also, the waiters and waitresses are really knowledgeable about which wines will taste good with your meal.

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vipStellaW
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Excellent fried chicken dinner. Terrible carrot cake dessert.

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vipKateD
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm not a vegan (or even a vegetarian) but ended up eating an entirely vegan and gluten-free dinner simply by the dishes I chose. They were SO good! While I will continue to come back and enjoy everything they offer as an omnivore, all vegans and gluten-intolerant folks should know this place is a true find!

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vipnoname
San Francisco
199 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Disappointed! Used to go to Firefly frequently, but move out of the area. Now that we are back thought we would check it out. The crab cake was very good but also very small. The fried chicken was ok as were the enchilladas. The pork chop was uneatable. The tiny s'more was tiny. The wine was overpriced as was the food. Will not be going back. Too bad it used to be great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still my favorite restaurant. The staff here are incredible, and the food is always delicious (even for a vegetarian!).

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vipRachelS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I rarely leave restaurant reviews, but my dining experience at Firefly was so exemplary that I had no choice! The staff was attentive, friendly and did an incredible job accomodating the dietary restrictions of my party. Everyone who came by our table had a great attitude and the food couldn't have been better. It's a warm, intimate neighborhood spot and a worthy destination for anyone coming from afar. 10/10 would recommend and will definitely be back soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Two hours to get food

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LocalFoodieNeighbor123
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I come here all the time because it is near my house. The food is good but slightly overpriced, the service is mediocre, and the music is terrible! But the ambiance is still nice, the lighting is lovely.

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Dorothy
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it here. Great service and yummy food. Their fried chicken is always a favorite as is the warm bread and veggie spread.

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George
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fried chicken was great.

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