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Sat, 2/24
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Firefly Restaurant

1722 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Contemporary American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30 - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(415) 821-7652
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Brad Levy
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Cross street
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Parking details
Pretty easy street parking (for San Francisco), but give yourself a few extra minutes.
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Public transit
48 Quintara stops right out front.
2 blocks from 24 Divisadero (Castro St.)
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 1722 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7  based on recent ratings
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

After not visiting this lovely neighborhood gem in years , I found out the evolution of Firefly to accommodate people with gluten allergies and veggie / vegan people . Absolutely lovely and delicious .

MaikeS (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

Always love to come back here on special occasions, or to take visitors out to one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants.

vipGFCVV (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Almost all the dishes are gluten-free. Even better, they are celiac-safe, which not all GF items are. The food was delicious and it was so great not having to worry about whether the food was safe for me to eat. I will definitely be back!

Jsquared (New England)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

This seems like a great neighborhood gem. We were on vacation and a local friend took us here for dinner. The wine list was excellent, food was great, and I enjoyed the fact that it was quiet enough that we could hear each other talk. We got the fried chicken, pork chop, and a flatbread. I noticed that every single dish seemed to have kale in it (did they get a ton in a CSA and needed to use it up?), which wasn't the most optimal for the kale haters in our group, but it's easy enough to just eat around that.

vipThumbsWayUp (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

One of my colleagues has celiacs so I wanted to be extra considerate of his needs. I searched for hours to find a GF-friendly restaurant and I think Firefly hit it out of the park. Everything we ate was incredible. We tried the cauliflower flat bread and we were blown away by its flavor and crispness. I don't think you can go wrong with the fried chicken or anything for that matter.

The interior is beautiful and candle-lit. I got some great inspiration for my own home here! The ceiling is draped with fabric which adds to the soft vibes. I will definitely return the next time I am in SF. It is worth the drive to Noe and there is street parking. It is so nice to find a restaurant in the city that isn't full of tech bros drinking themselves to death on expensive, artisanal cocktails. There is so much hype in SF that Firefly is a welcome escape of authenticity and great food.

Philmoreliz (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Great enchiladas.
They are a little enthusiast about kale. I like kale but in moderation. And cooked.
Loved the daikon appetizer.
Good service.
On the expensive side but what is not in Noe Valley?

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

I've been going to Firefly for about 25 years, and it's still a joy. Good food, friendly people.

neil (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

I liked our food as did my companion. The wait staff was very good. Just a few issues.

Very dimly lit. We were seated near the door. It was cold outside and cold at our table. I would suggest more drink options that don't have alcohol. In a way, this restaurant was a place to drink that happened to serve food instead of the other way around.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Always enjoy eating at Firefly Restaurant. Friendly service, great food and wine, what’s not to like? Just wish their fried chicken and cornbread wasn’t so darn good. I’d like to one day have room to try their desserts. :D

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Perfect fit for our Valentine's meal. Candlelit ambiance but not overly romantic, just right. Loved the food, wish we left room to try one of the desserts as they sounded delicious.

vipKathrynL (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

This was my second visit to Firefly, and I fell a little more in love. We have had the levain with yummy spread and sweet potato tostones both times and they did not disappoint. The waiters have been extremely knowledgable and on-point with wine and beer recommendations each time, and I have had some delicious and unusual offerings for wine and cider. I am vegan and my boyfriend is an omnivore, and we both have so many options to choose from. To top it off, the desserts are OUTSTANDING and they always have a vegan option. This time I had a vegan chocolate peanut butter mousse that was ridiculously good. We ate very well!

vipStacyA (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Loved the vegan choices and vibe of the restaurant.

vipKatieBee (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Was on my culinary bucket list for our SF visit. When you haven’t had fried chicken in 10 years, your expectations are ridiculously high. Firefly did not disappoint! It was delicious-the chicken was so moist and flavorful and then the coating...crunchy and seasoned perfectly. I’m not a potato person, yet loved not only the potatoes but the gravy too. Cole slaw is the bomb! We all enjoyed everything out of the kitchen. Extra points for a great wine list-we love so many of the smaller wineries available. Can’t wait to go back!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

One of our favorites!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Wonderful service and the best pork chop I’ve ever eaten.