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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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