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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

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (53)
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Local Ingredients (39)
Creative Cuisine (38)
Cozy (37)
Good for a Date (37)
Comfort Food (35)
Good Vegetarian Options (33)
Good for Anniversaries (30)
Romantic (28)
Gluten Free Options (28)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Authentic (26)
Healthy (24)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Casual (21)
Seasonal (21)
Worth the Drive (19)
Organic (18)
Notable Wine List (16)
Bar Seating (13)
Vegan (12)
Fun (12)
Good for Groups (10)
Paleo Friendly (9)
Hot Spot (7)
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 for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (Sacramento)·Dined 4 days ago

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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

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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·Dined on November 13, 2017

All three of us LOVED this place... the ambience, the waitstaff, the food! Also, some great vegan and gluten free options. Much appreciated!

Tags: Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Authentic, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Healthy, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Great food, wine and service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Had a wonderful birthday celebration for a friend who has been going to Firefly for 17 years.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Very welcoming and unpretentious place. A tiny bit fancy without letting it go to their heads.
My date felt very included though she doesn't drink alcohol, the waiter took the time to give her a great experience ordering grape juice (which was delicious).
Great food. Got some potatoes, some Brussel sprouts, some salmon and some seafood stew. All very nice dishes, perfect for sharing.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Food was excellent. Service not very attentive. A large group seemed to overwhelm the staff.
I will return and will recommend it to my foodie friends.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

My friends from Kentucky where very pleased with my "local" dinner suggestion. My wife and I have been coming here for 20+ years, ever since we dated! The food and service is still any bit as good, even without Brad behind the stove!

Tags: Disabled Access, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

I hadn't been to this restaurant in years. The food was fantastic, the service great, and we had a very cozy table. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Romantic, Authentic
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Firefly accomplishes (seemingly effortlessly) that combination of high cuisine and happy coziness that both aspiring and established spots reach for. Perhaps it is that balance of a constantly creative culinary team that has been successful for decades and still finds ways to surprise.
The atmosphere is only topped by the incredible wait staff. Their attention to every detail of our experience made it a night we are still enjoying and talking about.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Authentic, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Casual, Healthy, Organic, Vegan, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great food, but felt rushed by the hostess early in the meal, since one couple in our group of 6 was 15 mins late. Next next seating was 2 hours away. FYI we finished dinner 45 mins early and skipped dessert.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Comfort Food, Healthy, Cozy, Organic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Had a 9:00 reservation and when we arrived in time and sat down our sever immediately greeted us by telling us the kitchen closed at 9:00. We apologetically ordered quickly and then we felt rushed to leave because multiple waitstaff hovered to clear our half eaten plates. The same staff immediately sat down at the bar and started eating their dinner while diners were still in the restaurant. Felt like the priority was then closing early instead of providing service to paying customers. Will not be going back. Sadly the food was really good!

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·Dined on October 24, 2017

I just don't get the hype! The food was fine enough, but not worth the prices.

The service was stilted and awkward. I felt like we were a bother to him.

Won't be returning...

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·Dined on October 23, 2017

LOVE their gluten free organic fried chicken! And the daikon radish cakes are amazing. Very flexible in accommodating my special dietary needs. Haven’t had anything bad.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Have been to Firefly many time. Always a wonderful evening. Very good food, friendly service and a good variety on the menu to everyone. Highly recommend the desserts, as well. Look forward to my next visit.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

I met someone very special recently and I decided to reserve a spot for dinner here for our third date. We both very much enjoyed the conversation, food and service. Great veggie and seafood options. I'm sure we will be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We had a winnng day at the Cow Palace and this was a perfect celebration place, good food, wine, and had better beverage choices than usual.

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

One of the best meals that my wife and I have had in years! This was our first visit together in San Francisco; we made a reservation based on the fact that we were staying in the Mission district and were impressed by the on-line reviews. We were not disappointed! If we are ever back in SF, we will certainly visit Firefly again.

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Delicious meal with excellent and friendly service.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Organic
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Food was great and the service was excellent. The perfect place to have an intimate dinner where you don’t have to shout over noise from other diners in order to have a conversation.

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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Best Fried Chicken and Crab Cake
in San Francisco. Ate here twice. Excellent both Times. Food can take a little extra time to get to Table. Worth it!

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Great service. Not a lot of good options for kids.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Eight of us went there for my daughter's birthday. Her and a friend are vegan, the rest of us like it all. Their menu did a nice job of offering quality options no matter your preference. The execution from the menu to the table was really great. Kudos to the chef who balanced flavor and simplicity with each dish. As noted, we were a table of eight, but the kitchen had no problem with timing. They were spot on. Our server was really nice and easy going. An important note because it was my daughter's 21st birthday (sash and all). That would cause eye rolls from even the least jaded server out there, expecting the worst from "that kind" of group. Instead she was gracious and cool and helped to set the tone by being fun but in an easy, casual way. All in all, a great time with excellent food and equally excellent service. I hope to come back sometime soon.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Seasonal, Vegan
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We had gone to Firefly for my birthday in July and vowed to return for our son's birthday in October. We are not planning to come back in November for my husband's. We requested a cozy table in the window and were delighted that it worked out. The food was awesome, as always. It's our happy place.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Casual, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

You'll definitely have a good meal at Firefly. Everything we tried was excellent. We had Brussel sprouts to start, the fried chicken and the pork chop as mains. Although it's a bit out of the way, and the wait for food was a bit long between app and main, we would return to try their other dishes.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Pork and chicken was under cooked. Very limited vegetarian menu. The chef wore a tank top,which I find gross when dealing with food

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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 7, 2017

I've been going to this restaurant for a couple years now and just learned that he whole menu is gluten free!!! Goes to show how wonderful the dishes are that I didn't even suspect anything out of the ordinary! My suggestion is to try the Fried Chicken!

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

I have been to Firefly three times and this by far was the best experience I have had. I had a friend in town who is vegetarian and has Celiac so there were very few restaurants that we could go to. Not only were there many options but our waitress was SO knowledgable and helpful with selections.

The only issue we had that night was that it was warm outside and it was even warmer inside. It got hot! But the food was great and the wait staff was AMAZING.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Romantic, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

We went for a double birthday and family visit dinner. Had the tostones, the fried chicken, and both the fig and the chocolate pudding dessert. It was all amazing, delicious and the service was great.

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