Firefly

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347 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Firefly Kitchen is a taste of Chicago and New York in the north shore. New York transplant and Executive Chef, Dean Salerno and his wife, Mia, have teamed up to create a cozy, casual style dining destination.
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AF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Easily one of the worst meals I've ever had. Took a friend there for a birthday brunch. She ordered a salad and it was so bad she didn't touch it after 2 bites. We were both disappointed. Our first clue that it probably wasn't going to be good was that it was empty at 11am on a Sunday. Good breakfast spots are packed at that hour. Go somewhere else.

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c
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very good - Risotto was excellent. But it was very noisy even though it was only 80% full.

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A
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Service was excellent. Nice atmosphere. Would recommend it!

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SL
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was exceptional. He gave us lots of attention, helped us choose the right drinks, and answered questions about the menu. The meal came without delay. Our food was delicious! We will definitely return.

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MP
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really creative drink list, friendly service, great food

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S
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Cute place. However, they must have been short-staffed. Sat for about 20m before anyone even noticed us. We never really had a waiter - just used the person floating by. Food was average/good; nothing special and bland. Tried Firefly 2yrs and left feeling the same, just blah.

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S
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our table had the mushroom risotto..was very good. We added chicken for protein. One diner at our table and the pork shank...was way to dry for him.

There was a draft where we were sitting and it was quite cold.

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AR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Made reservations for a group of six women on a Friday night. After being seated right away, no one acknowledged us or came by the table for a good 15 minutes. The small dining room was pretty full yet they seemed to be short staffed and didn't have a bartender. Once we finally ordered a round of Moscow Mules, we were given vodka with soda, no ginger beer. When we inquired about the lack of the main ingredient, the manager (who was also acting as bartender) told us it was a watered down version since he mixed club soda in it. Turns out, later in the evening he admitted they were actually out of ginger beer -- which was a main ingredient in most of the mixed cocktails on the menu. He never once apologized or acknowledged that he not only tried to get one over on us, but lied about it. Thankfully the food turned out to be decent but we will never return. We closed the place down at 9 pm on a Friday...as the staff stood there waiting for us to leave.

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Very slow service. Food was plain. Could use more flavor. Tiny restaurant we were on top of table next to us.

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TE
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Firely is our "go to"neighborhood restaurant. The cocktails are the best! The appetizers and entrees are interesting and tasty. Offerings are updated seasonally. My favorites are the fig appetizer, poached pear salad and the truffle mushroom risotto. I will definitely go again.

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RE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Saturday night I discovered one of the worst restaurants in the Chicagoland area. I bestow this honor to Firefly in Wilmette. Maybe it was the weather, but it was obvious from the start the help didn’t want to be there. From the overly salty artichoke dip, the raw in the middle scallops which by the way tasted like they came out of the Chicago River, to the shoe leather and tasteless hanger steak the meal was beyond appalling. The one star is for the waiter taking the scallop entree off the bill. With so many restaurants on the Northshore their is no need to give this another try. Never again!

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RT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The decor is just missing something. Feels a little cold, particularly the floor. Candles on tables maybe?

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The crispy pork shank is NOT fork tender.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Completely impersonal “maitre d” (too fancy a word for him) started the evening off poorly. But more disappointing was the food. The date appetizer was good, but the bread served with it was so-so. Soup was not hot and waiter was huffy when we asked to have it warmed up. Entrees were very so-so (risotto and black bean burger). Apple tart dessert was delicious. We were celebrating a special anniversary and had picked this restaurant because of reviews - but we were very disappointed.

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S
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I visited Fire Fly for Sunday brunch. Upon entering , we were greeted immediately with a smile and given the option to sit near the window. The waiter really knows the menu as well as the wine and cocktail list. His recommendations were spot on. We really enjoyed the Moscow mule beverage and the homemade Turkey breakfast sausages. Yum ! I'm still dreaming about the lemon ricotta pancakes. Can't wait to return !

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GT
Chicago
142 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

4 of us for dinner. We started with a shrimp avocado toast that nicely presented and very tasty. For entrees we selected the scallops, skirt steak, and a pear salad. The scallops were a picture to behold. Our waiter Danny was very pleasant and helpful

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TB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always consistently good. We really enjoy eating there.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, a very chill atmosphere, and good drink options make this a no brainer for anyone looking for a relaxing night out. Highly recommended; lamb meatballs, burata, and the crispy pork.

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MP
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It took us ages to figure out what to order because everything on the menu looked so good. We ended up ordering five dishes for two people (way too much food, I know, but we couldn't decide!) Good cocktail and wine list, just a really great place to go out and have dinner. If you haven't been- you are missing out. Duck fat French fries with herbs cured me of my nostalgia for Hot Dougs.

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DS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

I thought the food was great but it was strange that they ran out of chicken and lamb meatballs and coke. I get that they are trying to keep things fresh and constantly changing menu but it’s unfortunate if you eat there later in the night that they run out of main items.

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KJ
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Initially, we waited 20 minutes to have our drink order taken. Also, we were disappointed when we asked for a simple request (to combine our fries and chips onto one plate that could then be placed in the center of the table to be shared) and was told that the kitchen was busy with a private party upstairs. They did honor this request, but we were put off by being told that really a private party took precedence over our table - especially for such a simple thing. The food was fine and our waiter seemed to sense our frustration and tried to make up for it. We were just under impressed with the whole thing.

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c
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great dinner at Firefly- there were so many delicious starters on the menu that it was hard to decide what to order. The black fig starter was superb - really nice flavor combinations. Service was very attentive and welcoming. We will definitely go back.

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CM
Chicago
82 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I don’t know why more people aren’t going there. Easy parking, interesting menu, great food, convenient location.

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RS
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The Lobster Scramble and Smoked Pastrami Salmon Benedict were delicious, as were our drinks. Unfortunately, whether by plan or accident, one very busy waiter ran as fast as he could to serve the entire dining room. He succeeded amazingly well but we would have enjoyed more coffee and a little more attention.

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C
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great meal, nice wine selection.
VERY EARLY crowd though... place emptied out by 8:30.
Great choice if you need last minute dinner reservations on a Saturday night at 7!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pork shank was fantastic. We’ve been here maybe 4-5 times, but this was our best meal yet.

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k
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We started with two appetizers, the figs with blue cheese and bacon and the shrimp spring rolls. The flavors were delicious and everything was really fresh. We also ordered the mushroom risotto with skirt steak, the salmon with faro and the buffalo chicken with blue cheese sauce.

We were all pleased with our meals. We will go back again.

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r
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delicious. It is pricey but the food is excellent and service was very good. I’ve been there when it was crowded and a bit slow - but it wasn’t this time. It is really a neighborhood gem.

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B
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good meal again. Ran into friends also having dinner. Our first time inside as we usually eat on the patio in the summer. Lively crowd and chef was walking around chatting with guests. Scallops were excellent as was the shrimp spring roll app. and they let us share the poached pear salad which was definitely too big for one but delicious.

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BL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food here is really creative and delicious. They have made the most of a modest storefront on a busy street -- the ambiance is not great. But it was a lovely dinner -- the wine was delicious and our server brought out the bottle so we could take a picture. It is a neighborhood gem, and I hope it thrives.

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K
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was delicious and nicely plated. Service was excellent and attentive. Bar and wine selections were very good.

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NL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

We ordered:
steak sandwich - cold meat, yesterday bread the only good about was side of fries
lamb meatballs - very hard and chewy
mac and cheese - was good

Overall, we felt food was not good and that is plainly the reason why we won't come back to this place.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Yummy fun menu. Different than our “usual” Fun night out as a couple. Will definitely be back!

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L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, the food and the ambiance was all top notch. We will surely be back soon.

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KQ
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Nice casual option for the North Shore. Food was very good and while ambiance was nice, brightish lighting and lack of tablecloths or least cloth napkins seemed underwhelming with $26 entrees-- especially for a Saturday night out.

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h
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food served in creative ways and first-rate service. As the evening warmed up, the room was loud.

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MM
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Waiter forgot soup order and seemed to be overworked and less attentive for this caliber of restaurant.

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CJ
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Ambiance - lovely little neighborhood place, owner came out and chatted with us...wish the server had as much personality.
Service - slow to start but picked up, nothing outstanding.
Food - good selections, just needs salt. My wife almost ordered the scallops...good thing she didn’t because we could smell them two tables over. Duck fat fries and apple crisp were awesome!!
I’ll be back.

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MC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Slow service, but when we finally were served our food they knocked it out of the park. Everything was delicious, even the dessert. Many delicious things on menu, so we will come back to try them and hope for better service.

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PD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered was outstanding! I can’t wait to go back. Truly delicious!!

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