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.
Fried Heritage Chicken
with Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Horseradish Slaw and a Damn Fine Buttermilk Biscuit (or Just As Fine Gluten free Cornbread for the Intolerant)
Griddled Daikon Radish Cakes
with Mushroom and Scallion Stir–fry
Japanese Sweet Potato Tostones
with Spicy Pineapple–ginger Glaze
I was impressed with how many dishes they could make vegan and everything we tried was outstanding...!!!
Amazing food. Fun atmosphere. Can’t wait to come back.
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. :-)
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!
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!
Our family favorite — we celebrate all occasions here, they’re so creative & delicious, they work for her omnivore parents as well. Welcome back, Firefly!!!
Great service, great food. Really charming local place.
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.
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.
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!
Service was perfect. Food was AMAZING. Can’t wait to come back and eat inside the cozy indoor restaurant space.
Incredible food, great service
As good as always. The best service. Outstanding food and wine.
Lovely restaurant. Delicious food. Attentive and fun servers. Great neighborhood dining.
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.
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.
The food was DEElicious!!! And the service was exemplary.
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.
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???
For delicious, comfort food and very good wine, try Firefly
Gluten free heaven!
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!
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!
Julia was our server and she's the best! Made our date night! :D
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.
We had our anniversary dinner at Firefly and it was wonderful! Great food and great service.
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.
Super cold inside. Glad they had blankets! Food, service, and ambiance were great!
Excellent and top notch service. A true gem
My favorite restaurant. I love the staff, the food, the ambiance. I will definitely be back
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Everyone was so so friendly and warm, the food was great and just a lovely experience. Can’t wait to come back.
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.
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
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.
Firefly Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 2334 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.