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About Firefly Restaurant

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.

4288 24th Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30 - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Douglass

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 821-7652

Website:
http://www.fireflysf.com/

Parking Details:
Pretty easy street parking (for San Francisco), but give yourself a few extra minutes.

Public Transit:
48 Quintara stops right out front.
2 blocks from 24 Divisadero (Castro St.)

Executive Chef:
Brad Levy

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wine

Firefly Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (54)
Creative Cuisine (42)
Local Ingredients (40)
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Fit for Foodies (40)
Special Occasion (40)
Good for a Date (39)
Comfort Food (37)
Cozy (36)
Good Vegetarian Options (36)
Good for Anniversaries (35)
Gluten Free Options (30)
Authentic (27)
Romantic (27)
Good for Birthdays (27)
Healthy (24)
Seasonal (24)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Casual (20)
Worth the Drive (19)
Organic (17)
Notable Wine List (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Fun (13)
Vegan (12)
Hot Spot (10)
Paleo Friendly (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Business Meals (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Kid-friendly (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2017

The food is delicious. The gluten free options are better than anywhere. Prices are on the higher side for a neighborhood restaurant and the chairs are hard to sit on comfortably as they are just wooden. Overall though the service and food is excellent so I will always go back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Terrific creative gluten free and vegetarian options.
The fried chicken is an outstanding choice for carnivores, whether or not they are gluten free.
There is an underlying noise level, that in my opinion, adds to the convivial atmosphere.
Although it is not quiet, you can still carry on a conversation.
The prices are rather high (for instance, the fried chicken entree is $27).
However, that price does include a nice horseradish coleslaw, mashed potatoes & gravy (or you can substitute another vegetable), and a biscuit or cornbread.
The following is written on their menu:
"SUSTAINABILITY OF BODY AND PLANET IS OUR PRIMARY GOAL WHEN CHOOSING INGREDIENTS. GOOD TIMES IS OUR PRIMARY GOAL FOR EVERYTHING ELSE."
This commitment is evidenced in the food, staff and presentation.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Lovely atmosphere and great service. Food was really tasty.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Each time I go to Firefly I'm very impressed. The cuisine is creative, fresh and vibrant. I am an omnivore, but we had a vegan + gluten free guest with us. Despite that, there were so many tasty and creative vegan and gluten-free options on the menu that the entire table could share, tapas/family style, and we did not feel that we were sacrificing flavor. The wine list is very good. You can hear conversation on your table, so it is great for catching up with friends.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic
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·Dined on September 7, 2017

Excellent food, great by-the-glass wine selection, and all points of service expertly hit.

Tags: Vegan, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Back to this great neighborhood spot for our anniversary. Fried chicken and mashed potatoes were wonderful as usual, brisket we hadn't tried before was equally good. Don't forget to order the wonderful bread and spread. They brought us a free dessert for the occasion. Good service and good wine, sometimes hard to park after 7, but worth it!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 5, 2017

Excellent restaurant, excellent food, pleasant location. Main reason I ate there was their mostly organic, gluten-free menu. But they surpassed expectations.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Romantic, Organic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 5, 2017

Outstanding restaurant. Wonderful creative twists on some old favorites. Excellent desserts.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Great meal to celebrate a birthday and a new job. The sweet potato tostones with the tomato/ricotta salad were superb for starters. I wondered if the fried green tomatos were going to be enough, but not only was it enough... very very tasty. I definitely will be back.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 3, 2017

This place really stands the tests of time. Food was fresh & lively. We were so pleased with the veg-vegan offerings & their take on seasonal dishes. I love this spot.

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Organic, Vegan, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Out of town guests

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 (London)·Dined on September 1, 2017

One of my favorite local spots. The menu is always changing so there's always new dishes to try alongside the best sellers. Recommend booking in advance as it gets busy pretty much every day of the week.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Organic, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Had a get-together with friends. Service was great and food was good. My partner and i decided to order two entries (we usually just split one) as we wanted to fried chicken meal to take home "for later". So we ate the other meal and left the chicken, mashed potatoes and biscuit to take "for later". When we got our meal home we found out that they did not pack the mashed potatoes with the chicken and biscuit. I was very disappointed that when we say we wanted the remainder to go that they would not pack the mashed potatoes. Considering the price I have no idea whey they did that. This upset me especially after I paid over $300 for the meal for the 4 of us.

Tags: Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 29, 2017

I've been going to Firefly ever since it's opening night and it remains one of my favorite spots in SF. All these years later the food, ambience and service shines through with quality, charm and authenticity.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Always delightful!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

The best. Period. Molly, the bartender, is the BOMB.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Have never had anything but a GREAT meal here -- our family favorite for over 20 years!

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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Great place for dinner excellent food really good wines I will highly recommend we had a great time enjoy it . I will recommend their desserts

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Went for a special birthday celebration for my out-of-town sister. We chose Firefly because she needs gluten free and dairy free (for legit health reasons, not fad), and we wanted her to have a great meal without worrying. Wow, were we not disappointed!

It was a great gift for her just to go out where nearly the entire menu was open to her--and the food was delicious! Everyone loved what they had, from the small bites to the appetizers to the desserts, thoughtfully prepared and really good. Wine list had interesting selections, well chosen. Service was attentive and warm, but gave us lots of time to enjoy each other and our meal without ever feeling rushed or ignored--even on a Saturday night, we were given space. Sister's needs were attended to without ever feeling patronized. And the check was actually not that bad, with two bottles of wine and lots of food.

Thanks, Firefly, for helping to make our evening fun, delicious, and memorable. Highly recommended, and we'll be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We have been going to Firefly for years. It is one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. The food is always of high quality and portions are ample. The service is always attentive too.

Tags: Organic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Nothing out of this world food. Took a long time for main course ( 45 min. ) Amiable service. Noisy. Wine list expensive .

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on August 24, 2017

Lovely place for a high-quality meal. Creative use of local ingredients -- just fancy enough, and just elemental enough. Knowledgeable and patient wait staff. Quiet enough for a good, long conversation with a friend that didn't feel like it would be overheard by everyone in the place. Eager to go again!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Love this place. Always a great meal. Great food quality. Service was outstanding. All the staff were on it every minute and our server was adorable and attentive.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

In my opinion, this is the best restaurant in San Francisco. The menu is relatively small and changes regularly, and the chef utilizes the fruits and vegetables of the season. The food is so delicious and creatively prepared. Every mouthful is a delight. To top it off for me, the menu is almost completely gluten free, so I can eat without worry. The staff is very sensitive about any dietary issues. Love, love, love Firefly.

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2017

I've eaten at Firefly many times and it's always wonderful.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Healthy
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·Dined on August 17, 2017

The food was incredible! The pork chop was all that was promised and more! It came with roasted baby squashes that were incredibly well cooked, as was the chop. Our table shared several salads before our main dish and each was unique and well-prepared. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone, especially if they need a gluten-free alternative but have others in the party that are not restricted in that manner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Love this restaurant! We came in from the East Bay just to eat here again and weren't disappointed. Almost everything is gluten free (the 2 items that aren't either have a replacement or possible modification) and all of the desserts are gluten free! We shared the gluten free seed loaf (so delicious) and also the radish cakes and a salad (both yummy). We each got our own order of the pork chop and consequently are looking forward to some delicious leftovers. We can recommend both the chocolate mousse and s'mores. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed ... we really had a lovely evening.
I was too busy eating to take pictures ...

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

My family is gluten and diary free. They have a great selection of gluten free items including their seed bread and fried chicken. I haven't eaten fried chicken in year so it was a special treat to have this. Their heirloom tomato and melon salad was outstanding. They have a large number of wait staff who kept an eye on everything and made sure we had what we needed. We'll be going back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 3, 2017

We had the pork chop and it was the Best Pork Chop Ever. Tender, moist, flavorful, and with delicious whole grain mustard. Firefly is now my mother's favorite restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal
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·Dined on August 2, 2017

The meal: exceptional, showing subtlety around formula. The wait staff: efficient. The hostess: disinterested and slightly off-put by my smiling presence in front of her, but OK, you're busy, and the guy ahead of me was difficult. This place is great overall and I'm pretty sure I'm unlikely to experience it on a slow night, ever, but I'd certainly like to.

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·Dined on August 2, 2017

While the food was amazing and the service excellent the noise level was more than distracting. The tables are wedged so tightly together that loud talkers dominate the entire evening and squeezing into the booth seats was challenging at best. Maybe lunch would be a better option but for the price of dinner the experience was disappointing.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Always wonderful! Take all our out of town guests here, and family for special occasions.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Normally the service is fantastic and the menu always superb (never disappoints!). On this particular night the food was perfect as usual but the service was terrible. Our server was unprofessional, forgot our food, and didn't seem to care much about our experience. It was still a great night because I love this place, just wished we had better service.

Tags: Casual, Seasonal, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Firefly doesn't disappoint! I hadn't been back for two or three years, and wondered if the menu would still have some gems amidst a solid selection of good choices. And it did! The heirloom tomato, melon and cucumber salad was spectacular. I didn't know vegetables were grown to taste so good. Fried chicken and mashers did not disappoint. Who knew a biscuit could actually be flaky? The wine list was nice, though pricey. Firefly is a bit on the expensive side in comparison to like dining experiences in SF if you go all out with three courses and vino, but in my view, worth it.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Combination of inventive dishes and more standard options with everything on the menu gluten free except for 1 bread and 1 biscuit option but they had very good gluten free substitutions of GF seed bread and GF cornbread. Meal servings are large. Wife got the fried chicken since rarely would one dare to get fried food from a resturant if need GF so been looking for a while for this and was not disappointed. I had the sea bass and fish was well cooked and came with pesto sause. I thought I didn't get enough spinach and vegables. Split desert of corn crepe with maple and blue berries which was delicous. Will go again when in the city.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Organic, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2017

It has been several years since I've been to Firefly, and this restaurant is now even better than I remember it! The pork chop entree still has incredible flavor, and the daikon radish cakes were superb. It feels like we're home when we dine at Firefly, with such a warm inviting atmosphere and the most incredible, casual and friendly waitstaff. I truly love this restaurant - it is a neighborhood treasure!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Fabulous in every way.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Wait staff is friendly and efficient. Food is healthy, fresh and delicious. Many vegetarian choices. Great for a table of four birthday celebration.reasonably priced good wines and sparkling wines.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

"Anger's my meat. I sup upon myself,
And so shall starve with feeding."
Online menu specified several items of interest: cakes,curried corn and scallionated as well as corn crimini and tofu skewers.Neither was offered in situ. I was disappointed. I ate the bread and Japanese Sweet Potato Tostones with delight., altho my dining companions enjoyed their pork shoulder and Moqueca respectively. The dessert of mousse with cake and Ice cream, nuts, and cherries was nice.
Music was Mothers of Invention and Lucinda Williams.ho hum.
I have eaten here many times, entertained many times, and they used to :
1) serve interesting cocktails with strange liquers. I understand the need to streamline and stay in business.
2) be more formal. Not as dressy as it used to be. More elderly wrenching about.
Sadly, I will think again before attending in future.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Seasonal
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

I've been going to Firefly about five times a year since it opened a million (20+) years ago, and I'd say 9/10 meals there are outstanding. It's my favorite restaurant in San Francisco. Occasionally it's a miss, but much more often a home run.

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