Firefly Restaurant

4.9
2334 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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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JanetB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was impressed with how many dishes they could make vegan and everything we tried was outstanding...!!!

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PeterW
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Fun atmosphere. Can’t wait to come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having dinner at Firefly was such a treat!

I was looking for a restaurant that would have vegan options, but that would also be a nice place to celebrate a birthday. Everything we ate at Firefly was delicious! There are *plenty* of vegan or veganizable options. Even vegan desserts! (Not only sorbet, which happens often).
The tostones were great, the tomato and (vegan) ricotta was one of my favorite things, and the daikon radish cakes were delicious. The enchiladas were very good too! (And I am Mexican and usually feel unimpressed—not the case here).

Service was impeccable and the place is lovely. Great wines too! Overall, it was a lovely experience and we look forward to being back. :-)

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NValleyian
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish I have had at Firefly has been superb. Fresh ingredients, almost everything is GF but they don't make a big deal of that, delicious flavors and great textures, friendly & authentic staff. It is my favorite restaurant in the city, as well as my neighborhood restaurant. Most recently I sat outside and was totally comfortable in the parklet with big heaters. The outside is quiet vs the inside which is moderate noise. Must order: tostones!

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vipSparks
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for folks that have gluten sensitivity or other food allergies. The staff was so informed and accommodating. We had a great mud-day date here and would definitely come back again!

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vipbugzie
San Francisco
165 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family favorite — we celebrate all occasions here, they’re so creative & delicious, they work for her omnivore parents as well. Welcome back, Firefly!!!

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DanielP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food. Really charming local place.

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vipAFCINC
San Francisco
78 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is creative & delicious as it has been for 20 years. We don't live nearby anymore so it's a bit of a trek to but always worth it.

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VaVisitor
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice neighborhood spot. The menu is short, but the food is delicious. Great short ribs, fried chicken and Brazilian fish stew. Good, attentive service. Prices are reasonable for the quality of the food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We actually didn’t realize the restaurant was total gluten free and that chickpea based flour was in almost every dish (my partner can’t eat chickpea), so we had trouble finding things on the menu that would work. Service was great and they accommodated and made us something without the flour and gave us a dessert gratis. I was able to eat more and it was very good!

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Elle
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was perfect. Food was AMAZING. Can’t wait to come back and eat inside the cozy indoor restaurant space.

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Joseph
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, great service

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vipneighbor
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As good as always. The best service. Outstanding food and wine.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant. Delicious food. Attentive and fun servers. Great neighborhood dining.

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SamP
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The food was pretty good but I don't think that it was worth the price. Not a bad experience just not what I expected.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing, the tomato and peach salad was fire. Will be going back for the salad alone. The fried chicken was excellent. The biscuit was soooo good. Solid dining experience top to bottom. We will be making this a regular date night spot.

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rachelc
New England
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was DEElicious!!! And the service was exemplary.

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funhappyhour
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Been coming to this neighborhood gem for 20+ years. Food continues to be excellent - inventive, creative, super attentive to food allergies, and delicious. Every dish, every time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband has Celiac’s and is an utter food snob. He was bowled over by how delicious the fried chicken was. If Firefly is reading this, is there any way I could get the recipe???

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sophieb
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For delicious, comfort food and very good wine, try Firefly

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Gluten free heaven!

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JustinH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, delicious and fun food! Our family of 7 ordered one of every appetizer and they were all great. You really can't go wrong. The corn, radish cakes, buns, soup, etc. are all very yummy and combine flavors to make this menu very unique. We shared three of the entrees and they were also all great. The chicken, the enchiladas, and the short rib. Also the desserts were very yummy. Really, you can't go wrong here, and in fact, everything is pretty awesome. Highly recommend!

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MichaelR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have loved Firefly for years. Always dependable and innovative food. Some favorites remain on the menu (their fried chicken is the best!) and other new items get added regularly. Friendly staff, casual atmosphere, a Noe Valley gem!

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pebblegirl
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Julia was our server and she's the best! Made our date night! :D

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HenryP
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner at Firefly has always been a special treat on our trips to San Francisco, but it had been several years since we had been able to get there. I can say that this favorite hasn't missed a beat. Tasty, innovative dishes and a homey ambience, along with the greatest service on earth will keep us coming back again and again.

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MarkB
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our anniversary dinner at Firefly and it was wonderful! Great food and great service.

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SteveM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I have had in a long time. There wasn't anything on the menu that we didn't want to try. The staff were great and the two young chefs are rock stars. Definitely will visit again next time we are in San Francisco.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Super cold inside. Glad they had blankets! Food, service, and ambiance were great!

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vipShellyN
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and top notch service. A true gem

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JENNIFER
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant. I love the staff, the food, the ambiance. I will definitely be back

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vipCarolS
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been regulars at Firefly for years, and it never disappoints. We ordered takeout regularly when they reopened during the pandemic shutdown. Qe just had our first outdoor dining experience in their parklet, and it was wonderful! They have brought some of their indoor artwork to their parklet dining "rooms," we had a relaxed dinner with friends with some privacy in our dining "room" in our parklet, and our meal and beverages were delicious as always. Even though it was foggy and windy outside, we didn't even need to turn on our heater because they did such a great job constructing their parklet dining space. Highly recommend!

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scenewright
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

As a longtime celebratory place to go for my family's events Firefly once again did not disappoint. The menu was inventive, delicious and warm upon arrival. We are leaving Noe Valley for warmer climes but will always miss this place, our favorite Noe Valley restaurant, and of course be looking for a replacement in San Marin. Which will, of course, be impossible.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything about this place is great. Homey. Lovely attentive service. A small but divine menu full of interesting flavors that one can’t imagine are really, for the most part, gluten free and vegan. The menu says that the chef has magical powers. Indeed.

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GlutenfreeFoodie
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a gem! We ordered a lot of food so that we could try a lot of things. Our family of five has three members with Celiac Disease, and it’s so nice to have a yummy gluten-free dinner in a nice restaurant with a cool vibe. Most of the menu is gluten-free, although a gluten eater wouldn’t know it (or miss the gluten). It’s just delicious food with attentive service and a fun atmosphere. We will definitely go again next time we’re in San Francisco.

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Leslie
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love firefly! We loved it pre-pandemic, we savored their takeout during lockdown and we just went there for the first time since they opened. We bright out two little kids and had a blast in an outdoor heated booth! Delicious and relaxed!! We can’t wait to go again!

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veggie
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THEY ARE SO CREATIVE AND FRIENDLY AND ONE OF THE BEST REATAURANTS IN THE BAY AREA. THEY HAVE THE UNIQUE ABILITY TO CREATE RICH AND SATISFYINGLY SCRUPTIOUS DISHES. THE SERVICE IS SUPURB WITH EVERYONE PITCHING IN TO HELP. AND THE SERVERS ARE EXTREMELY EFFICIENT, ACCOMMODATING. AND VERY KNOWLEDGABLE, NOT JUST AOUT THE FOOD, BUT THE WINE LIST TOO.
THIS IS SUCH A NEIGHBORHOOD GEM. WE ARE SO FORTUNATE TO HAVE THEM.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was so so friendly and warm, the food was great and just a lovely experience. Can’t wait to come back.

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Tiffy
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and incredible food. Seating outside has powerful heaters and you are sectioned off in a way that feels super intimate and special. Cannot recommend enough.

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RandallF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent upon arrival to the host prepping our table, to our outstanding service with Molly and others who I didn't catch their names. Food and Beverages were all amazing. The 5 of us each had a different entree and they were all delicious. Cheese bread ball appetizers were to die for! Hadn't been in over 15 years but was very, very happy with our selection of going back to Firefly

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AmeliaR
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Firefly food is scrumptious and the service personable and excellent. Daikon radish cakes are to die for. Seriously everything we ordered was delicious, only some serious restraint kept me from licking the plates.

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