Firefly Restaurant

4.9
2417 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.

Safety precautions

Protective Equipment
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 2417 people are saying
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vipDougH
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was great.

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iney
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely fabulous as was the service!! I highly recommend this restaurant... we cannot wait to go back!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner on the patio and enjoyed an extraordinary spread of vegetarian-friendly gourmet cuisine. The staff were incredibly kind, as we brought our dog - they even brought her some treats! The patio was warm and inviting, and the menu included some non-alcoholic beverage options (a local NA craft beee and a couple of NA rieslings), which we appreciated.

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MarvelleK
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful from beginning to end!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Innovative and tasty food

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vipveggie
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Firefly is always at the top of their game with the creativity, taste, and presentation of their food.
Everyone who is associated with Firefly, including the chefs, prep cooks, waitstaff, and maintenance employees, is friendly, knowledgeable, and upbeat. It is obvious that they are happy and fulfilled with their work. And that says a lot ...especially now...And it is a testament to the owners, with their caring and loving nature, as to the kind of neighborhood restaurant Firefly is.

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FranM
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was superb! Our waitress was a little curt, but whatever! She was a pro did her job well.

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lauries
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food was excellent. This was out first time in the parklet and it worked great, cozy and warm. It was all very sweet, the evening was mom and dad's introduction to a new friend of my son's. Everything was perfect including our very friendly, attentive waitress who added to the relaxed vibe of a lovely evening.

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JoJo
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent meal and service at Firefly. Everyone was happy with their choices. In particular the daikon radish cakes, lentil and sweet potato soup and the moequeco biaina and dulce de leche pot de creme were standouts. I confess I have this secret theory that a well thought out restroom means EVERY detail is given careful consideration in a well run establishment, and the speaker on the wall hidden in a tiny garden was a delight. There I did it - put the restroom in a restaurant review. Ooopsy!!!

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TMW747
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fabulous place: High-quality food, accomodating servers, and talented chef Haley Sausner, a relaxed homey atmosphere, lovely aesthetic, and generosity of spirit! My favorite restaurant in San Francisco!

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vipNancyB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the peeps and food!

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vipStevenB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing!! Food was great! They have a great parklette!
Highly recommend this place!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and service, but surprisedly disappointed with some of the dishes. The curry lentil soup wasn’t hot and too thick in texture and the pork chop was over cooked and really dry. We really enjoyed the brussel sprouts and gem salad and had a great bottle of wine.

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vipPapaDariush
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic neighborhood restaurant with creative delicious dishes and friendly and efficient service. We loved it.

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Christine
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was utterly scintillating with such care and creativity in each bite. The service was beyond what my partner and I have experienced in the past couple of decades, at least. Thank you to the chef and to all of the staff who made our evening extremely special.

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vipsusbuzz
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The menu always has something unique along with the standard fried chicken. Food is excellent.

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Chris
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is a reason they've been there 20+ years...still going strong...

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AnnaB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Almost all Gluten free, many great things to choose from . The rockfish was so good!

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Emma
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in SF, a true gem. Finest healthful food I know of.

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

Great food and great service

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SarahG
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such a lovely experience! Delicious food, highly recommend. It’s hard to find a place that has gluten free and vegan options that are both amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful as always

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KCZ583
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

It would have been polite for the hostess to remind us about the table time limit before our meal. Our party was getting ready to gather ourselves to leave when the same hostess came to our table to tell us very rudely that the next party was waiting for our table. We left feeling very offended and won’t be returning.

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Hools
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great outdoor dining experience at Firefly. We had reserved an outdoor table for four in the evening, and were promptly seated at a large, comfortable booth protected from the fog and wind and with its own heat lamp. We ordered three appetizers/salads, three mains, two desserts and various beverages, and everything was delicious. There were plenty of vegan options on the menu for our teen. The servers were friendly and attentive.

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Jimbo
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good service and extraordinary food! Our sever was great with explaining the menu and everything arrived hot and in a timely manner. Our son is vegan and he always finds plenty to choose from on their menu. Probably our favorite restaurant in SF.

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TeejMajal
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t get enough of this place. It’s the complete package of a restaurant!

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nobody
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Felt weird being carded even though I was one of the first to be vaccinated. I've been going to this place since it opened, so they're gonna kick me out on the street if I don't have my card? I'm fine with the vaccine but I'm against excluding people or in some cases firing them because they made a different choice than me. Rules like these are meant to be broken. Ask people if they're vaccinated and if they say yes, leave them alone! Or better yet stand up against divisive, repressive laws that disproportionately victimize the poor.

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Marie
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in SF. Been going there since they opened.

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AndrewJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely neighborhood spot that always delivers on excellent food and service.

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AlenN
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, great experience. The entire menu is Gluten Free. Will definitely be back!

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vipKeithJ
Palm Springs
23 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Entering this restaurant is like receiving a warm hug. It continued with comforting food and wonderful service. The vaccination requirement also made for a relaxing evening. Just go!

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Melz
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So accommodating to dietary restrictions and allergies

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Used to be one of my fav spots. Food last night was completely lack luster. The menu is complicated without being inspired.

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JennieW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambience, great food, friendly and excellent service. Love that there are so many gluten + dairy-free items, and appreciate the care the kitchen takes to avoid cross contamination. We sat in the outdoor patio and loved the intimate feeling. Will definitely be back.

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Jess
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ate in the outdoor parklet with a dear friend. The waitperson and kitchen were SOOOOOOO accommodating to my dietary needs and were patient and super helpful. I am on an elimination diet doesn't allow for: nuts, dairy, grains, corn, soy, sugar and there were several options available. Most of everything on the menu is already gluten free, and can be made vegan. The food was effing delicious as well!!!! Thank you!

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MichaelW
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite neighborhood restaurant in Noe Valley.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good seasonal produce/menu items. Riding the line of over salted, but very flavorful. Presentation was nice.

Mains and Dessert were the best. Creme brûlée was the best I’ve had in a while.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything they said it would be! Great food, cozy ambiance.

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esky
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Cozy restaurant good food and limited menu and wine by the glass. Only 3 choices of white and 4 of red. The wines we chose were excellent and reasonably priced.

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Shirl
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious, including the service!
Especially liked the many gluten free options. We will return!!

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Firefly Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 2417 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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