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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (48)
Fit for Foodies (35)
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Cozy (33)
Local Ingredients (33)
Good Vegetarian Options (31)
Comfort Food (30)
Creative Cuisine (29)
Special Occasion (28)
Romantic (25)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Authentic (21)
Seasonal (21)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Casual (20)
Healthy (20)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Notable Wine List (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Gluten Free Options (13)
Fun (12)
Vegan (12)
Worth the Drive (10)
Organic (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Business Meals (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great for Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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People Watching (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

I've gone to Firefly many times over the years and each time, I keep hoping for more. It's a quaint restaurant in a lovely neighborhood. I want to love it but the food is just okay. Not great, not terrible. We had the crab cakes...which is actually a single crab cake...for $18. We also had the kale salad. Meh. And the pork chop. It was overcooked. The chocolate crepe dessert was delicious but couldn't make up for our disappointment over thee rest of the meal. For the price, it should be amazing. If we're going to spend $150+ for 2 people to eat, we want it to be great.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Great date night spot with oodles of vegan and non-vegan options.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Firefly never disappoints. Delicious, fresh, healthy food, great vegetarian options, riffs from the owner's family recipes, seasonal dishes, and great Passover menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Vegan, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Bar Seating, Healthy, Good for a Date, Organic, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2018

A neighborhood gem!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Excellent tasting food and great options for small and large plates. Nice wine list.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on January 15, 2018

we LOVED it. food was perfect and the service was exceptional: the staff was attentive and happy. a unique experience!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Excellent food. Lots of great choices. European type cuisine. Great vegetarian choices.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great neighborhood place with excellent food and super service. The wait staff is personable and attentive and so enthusiastic about the food that it makes dining especially pleasant. Highly recommend this place!!!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 11, 2018

My wife and I are frequent guests at the Firefly, either as a pair or individually with friends or business partners.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Firefly never disappoints…always good choices from an ever-changing menu with local ingredients and fresh options. Nothing goes unnoticed and the service is terrific. A complete gem that is slightly hidden, but seek this out and enjoy a delicious and appropriately priced meal. Loved the s'more for desert - just right!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

Cheerful friendly service. Delightful food - brussel sprouts and the potato sides were excellent as were the salads, soup, the Brazilian seafood stew was truly excellent, fried chicken and pork chop also.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Fantastic and fun dinner!! A real neighborhood gem. Delicious, creative food and top notch, friendly service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

This was my third visit to Firefly over the last several years, and another "best-of" dinners in my memory. The menu is creative and accessible with many gluten-free options (which are not second-best to the other choices). My guests and I enjoyed every last bite of our meal and left happy. I love the friendly and casual, yet professional, vibe in this cozy neighborhood restaurant. Will definitely be dining here again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

This place has a fantastic gluten free menu! Amazing fried chicken. We will definitely come again!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Love this restaurant. It's our go to for special evenings. Very nice without feeling too fancy or stuffy. Our server on this last visit was fantastic, I'm just sorry I didn't get her name.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Vegan, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great food and they were very nice about adding to the reservation.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Intimate and cozy place with fantastic food and service! Great for any occasion. You will not be disappointed.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Firefly, continues to be a very good restaurant with an innovative menu. There are excellent vegetarian options. Given the quality of the food and the space, prices seem high compared to other similar restaurants and just as high as at higher end restaurants. Appetizers and some desserts seem to be particularly high. Overall I still recommend the restaurant

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Really delicious gluten free options throughout the menu, thoughtful wine list, good service throughout. Will be coming back many times.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We had two people with varying food restrictions in our party and the staff was fantastic at working with us to accommodate!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food was delicious and our server was attentive and fun.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Our evening at Firefly was lovely!! We have some dietary restrictions and were entirely satisfied with the range of choices from aperitif to dessert! Because I am gluten-free, rarely do I have luscious warm bread to nibble with my salad! Not so at Firefly! Dining at Firefly has never disappointed! It's always a treat!

Tags: Vegan, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 11, 2017

We found this adorable place while visiting SF and were so blown away by the service and food!
Our waitress Jane was adorable. The food was outstanding. BEST pork chop I've ever had. Desert is a must!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Our service was really unpleasant. No sense of pleasure in the wait staff, they were brusque to the point of rude, my food was whisked away while I was still eating, there was a sense that we were not wanted there in that restaurant. Very unpleasant. it saddened me as it gave a tinge to our holiday celebration that was not nice. I would not go back there which is sad to me since it is a lovely neighborhood joint. Brussel sprouts and sweet potato starters were delicious as was the porkshop but other stuff was salty.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

We had a reservation last Sunday at 5:30 pm. The waitress rushed us since the beginning. When we ordered our food, she told us right away that the food that we ordered wasn't enough for the 4 of us without asking her opinion. We were enjoying our dessert, and she just took our plate without asking if we finished it. We will never come back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

They did not accept our OpenTable gift card which was very disappointing!

Tags: Vegan, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Wine by the glass is wildly overpriced for bottles likely purchased at Costco. Food was delicious, but they charge for bread. They sat us at a table closest to the front door despite being early arrivals. Entrees were overpriced. We split everything, bread, salad, brussel sprouts and enchiladas and our bill came to 90 bucks with tip. They also add an additional surcharge that seems unique to SF. Food was delicious, but we were disappointed in the lack of attentive personnel.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Love this place. Food is excellent. Severs are the best! Knowledgeable and perfectly personable.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Love Firefly. They never disappoint and OMG, the enchiladas!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Authentic, Vegan, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Birthday dinner

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Our server was fantastic. Patient with my son, great suggestions, and very attentive.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Inventive vegan options were very tasty and greatly appreciated

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Love this place! Always delicious, always good service. And we can walk there and back, so we don’t feel so guilty ordering the yummy desserts! Hope they never take the daikon radish cakes off the menu!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent and creative food-craft; inviting decor, design and layout - however, the actual ambiance and service experience would prevent me from returning. This was a special occasion and I flew in from NYC to SF to surprise my dearest friend for her birthday.

I read the "story" of Firefly online & how the founders "...dreamed of a restaurant where the customers felt like they were at a friend’s house for dinner . . ." I thought - perfect place for two life-long friends to celebrate. For us, it wasn't.

First off - the food really was very good! We shared Crab cake - which was hearty, mostly crab (yay!) and delicious! Secondly we shared a lovely Kale Salad with cranberries and persimmons. Lastly, my friend had the Kabocha Squash (w.hominy, kale chili, maitake mushroom, marinated cabbage topped with a brown rice cake); and I had the Lemongrass pork chop. My pork chop was outstanding! Truly.

For desert we shared the Pumpkin Brioche Bread Pudding, served warm with rum crème anglaise and sprinkled with pumpkin seeds. This was absolutely exceptional! Paired with an excellent cup decaf. coffee - we were in desert heaven.

However, while the food was great - it in no way matched up to the overall ambiance, music or service experience. I will not return. When we arrived the music was some kind of grunge / alt. rock - you know the kind of music you might find in a punk / hip coffee-house, but was really strange in a dining setting. It created a very edgy atmosphere that was hard to relax in - as well, it was a quite loud.

The biggest thing was the strange energy from Service Staff. With the exception of the hostess -
- throughout our entire meal it felt like they were trying to "hurry" us out. The place was busy, but by NO means full. Our Waiter was very efficient (almost clinical), but completely disconnected, no real warmth, and fully dispassionate. In this case, unfortunately, it really came across to both of us and just wasn't enjoyable. A sour note for sure.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

It was all good. Portions could be larger.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Very relaxing and relatively quiet with nice ambiance. One guest's pork was quite rare, and upon request, they graciously cooked it more. Lovely staff.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We love Firefly. It's such a comfortable dining experience. It's my happy place!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Love the restaurant, great service and very very delicious food. My only disappointment was a special request was put in during time of reservation via opentable and that request (dessert + birthday candle) was forgotten.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Incredible food, wonderful service, seasonal, local, organic. Delicious, creative menu. Consistent. LOVE this place!

Tags: Comfort Food, Seasonal, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Vegan, Organic, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Healthy, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2017

I used to really love this neighborhood standout but on a recent visit it seemed the food was just fine (but not memorable) and the restaurant was looking a bit tired. I remember coming here when the restaurant first opened and thinking how lovely and airy it felt with its tent like cloth covered ceilings. Now it just feels poorly lit and dingy. In addition, the tables are quite close together so be prepared to share in your neighbors' conversations. On the plus side, the service was excellent.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options
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