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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.
San Francisco, CA 94114
American, Contemporary American, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30 - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Pretty easy street parking (for San Francisco), but give yourself a few extra minutes.
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
Firefly Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
"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.
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