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Firefly Grill

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1501 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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firefly grill is modern farm & table roadhouse. Our approach to food is simple—source the best ingredients possible and stay out of their way. We like to know our food intimately—where and how it is grown, raised, foraged, fished or harvested. The fewer fingerprints and carbon footprints the better. That’s why we have our very own on-site farm and buy locally whenever we can.

Our menu is a showcase of our philosophy with an ever-changing selection of creations from Chef Niall. firefly offers indoor/outdoor seating on the water, lounge seating by the fire, dog friendly seating in the warmer months, several private event spaces, fish feeding, a mindful children's menu and other activities for the kids to enjoy.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm;
Friday & Saturday: 4:00 pm - 10:00pm
Sundays: Brunch 11:00am - 3:00 pm
Dinner: 3:00pm - 8:00pm
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Phone number
(217) 342-2002
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AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Niall D. Campbell II
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Cross street
Keller Drive
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Accessible on all levels.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Looking for the perfect space to hold an event? Stop searching and discover firefly events from corporate and pharmaceutical dinners to baby showers, bridal showers and anniversary parties we’ve got you covered.

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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Word to your mother. Treat her to a special Mother's Day Brunch at the Firefly Grill! The menu features some fan favorites including a French toast stack and iron skillet frittata. Reservations encouraged.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 1501 People Are Saying
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4.7
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

I have been wanting to try this well reputedfarm and table restaurant for some time and had opportunity when travelling back from short vacation south. Service was exceptional - attentive , friendly and knowledgeable - food was delicious and nicely presented. Wine selection ok but overpriced for brands. Overall pricing and quality comparable to one star Michelin in Chicago - somewhat overpriced - BUT- a lovely meal and experience.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

I had possibly the best rib eye steak that I have ever had! I am from NYC area and that steak beats anything I have had there. I travel across country every year and I make it a point to stop at the Firefly Grill in Effingham each time. Everything about this restaurant makes it a must stop.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great atmosphere, friendly service and delicious food

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We found Firefly Grille last year on our way home from Florida to Wisconsin. We did not hesitate to stop again. We loved the atmosphere, wait staff, food, etc. This year we sat next to a very nice, interesting gentleman who was just passing through as well. Had an after dinner drink with him at the bar with the very nice, fun bar staff. We will be back next year, if not sooner!

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The entrees were very disappointing for Easter Brunch. The Salmon dinner was 95% salad 5% salmon. The eggs benedict offered the tiniest sliver of meat, the tomato was thicker than whatever pork was included. The ‘mimosa’ tasted like club soda and orange juice...MAYBE a splash of champagne. For $31.95 each, it was EXTREMELY disappointing. The server was pleasant and attentive.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Firefly Grill is a wonderful destination after long hours on the road. The food is such that it could hold its own in any major metropolitan area. Whenever we are driving from Chicago to and from Tennessee or Georgia, Firefly Grill is a must dine.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

We reroute in order to eat at this place. Normally we are there for lunch in our travel between Chicago and St Louis. This time we arrived after lunch time serving and were surprised at the dinner menu prices. The food was good as usual but the prices are WOW high. Love the little shooter desserts.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

This is perhaps the most delightful restaurant stop along any interstate highway in the US. The quality of good, service and menu choices is outstanding. This is one of our go to places during our semi annual road trips to our winter place in Phoenix. A real gem not to be missed.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Very cool place to get together for a drink or a nice romantic meal by the water

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

This was an absolute treat to find on my trip from Colorado to Pennsylvania. Being a bit of a foodie I can only give top recommendations food presentation tremendous service if you have a chance 2 eat care I would highly highly recommended wish I lived closer to attend more often

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We had a great time celebrating my fathers 76th birthday.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The service and food was excellent. We had such a good time and I cannot say enough about this place!

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Top notch service and food! Amazing quality!! Worth every penny!

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

AMONG OUR TOP 10 FAVORITE RESTAURANTS GOOD FOR ALL OCCASIONS. SPECIAL TASTING EVENTS ARE OUTSTANDING.. WINE LIST COULD GO UP A NOTCH. CALIBER OF LIST DOESN'T MATCH FOOD PRICING.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Celebrated an 82nd birthday here. The Birthday Girl declared the filet and martini the best of her life. And, as she shared with the waiter (Hayden, you rocked!), she’s had A LOT of filets and martinis to compare! I believe she would have been offered a special dessert, but we had plans following dinner. We drove 1.25 hrs., but it was soooooo worth it! We will be back, and will reserve a porch seating. The view was lovely.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

This would be a "must stop and eat" no matter where it is.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

My husband & I have been here several times. Always excellent food & service. A must-go for special occasions. The garlic rolls are to-die-for! The owner/chef comes up with yummy ideas for seasonal dishes. They grow much of their own herbs & produce & buy from local farmers. The restaurant is built from old barn materials that they have salvaged & is really one of a kind. The website is very nice. Check it out! You will be glad you did! Bobbie R, St Elmo, IL

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Awesome food and service! Love this place!! Would recommend for any occasion!!

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2.0Dined on February 21, 2018

We went at dinner time, so this might not apply to lunch or earlier. The dinner menu is not what it once was, and items on the other menus are not available. Best, in my opinion, not to hand someone a list of items she can't order.

The food was good, but not to the point to justify the expense. Appetizers should come before the main course-- if the main course arrives first, the patron should be asked whether the appetizer is still needed. Presentation was bland. As were sauces. The table next to ours sent food back.

Tables are really packed in-- I don't see how a someone with a walker or a wheelchair could navigate. And the noise makes it impossible to hear your waiter even if he is right next to you. You'll eat in silence or shout the whole meal, as will the fifteen people within 6 feet of you.

This place used to be great, but apparently the owners couldn't make a profit on great, so now it's, well, maybe a really good Outback Steakhouse but at 2-3 times the price.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

I had read about Fire Fly several years ago in the Illinois magazine and thought if passing through Effingham in the future that I would love to have dinner there. Well, my husband and I were on the last leg of a 20 day road & cruise trip with friends. We all agreed that we wanted our last dinner to be special, and it was. FireFly did not disappoint!Our server,Josh, was excellent. Attentive but not intrusive and knowledgeable about the menu.
Would definitely return and recommend if in the area.
Thank you

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Great place with wonderful food. You won’t be disappointed!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We love the special Valentine menu. Fabulous food and spectacular service.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Fantastic experience on Valentine’s Day. The dining and wine selections at Firefly never disappoint. Service was a bit slow, but they were packed. Overall a great experience.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Fantastic meal and fantastic service. I’d go everyday if I could afford it.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The pre-fix menu for Valentine’s dinner was outstanding for 7 of the 8 courses. Though the presentation of the lobster tail was exquisite, the texture was not outstanding though it tasted ok. Service was outstanding once we settled in. At the beginning of the meal there were several miscues in short order, but the everything settled in it and it was a truly memorable evening.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Took my wife there on Valentines day. We were both really impressed with the food and service.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Sunday brunch at firefly is always amazing! The weather kept people home so the restaurant was quite, which we appreciate. We had a great meal and took a pizza to go for dinner!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Wow! I didn't expect much for a restaurant in the middle of nowhere. I was wrong! Food and service was fantastic. Probably the best Crab cakes we have ever had and we lived on the East Coast for several years. You are killin' it! Thanks.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The atmosphere was amazing....the entire staff was top-notch and the food off the charts. An overall excellent experience.

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2.0Dined on February 10, 2018

First visit on a busy Saturday night. People were waiting but we had a 6:00 reservation and were promptly seated.

Service and ambiance were poor. The tables were very close together and our table seemed to be along a turnpike (if only I could have charged a toll!) used by all the wait-staff. My chair was bumped repeatedly by the careless among them. Our server seemed extremely determined to get us out of there as quickly as possible. We were in no hurry but she sure was. We exhibited no desire to order and just wanted to enjoy our cocktails in peace, but after the fourth visit to take our order we capitulated. I also later learned by eavesdropping at a nearby table, served by a different server, that there were off-menu specials that our server failed to mention. I guess that might have taken too long. The tables do not include a table cloth and the napkins are paper. If you spend $46 for a steak I think linen should be included. The kitchen is in full view of the dining area and since we were very close to the kitchen we could see and hear all the banter between the cooks and staff. Some may like this, I do not.

Drinks: My wife ordered the apple-cinnamon martini concoction and she liked it enough to order two of them. I had the Manhattan. It was a very good Manhattan. However, it came with one of those giant ice cubes. I removed the ice cube and observed a very tiny amount of actual Manhattan. Imagine a thimble-full of bourbon, that's what you get for $10.50. I despise the giant ice cube. I had a glass of the Chianti and it was quite fine.

Food: My wife ordered the pork shank w/Brussels sprouts . The Montana filet includes a tiny filet, as advertised. But the bacon cheese mixture was also tiny making a very tiny entree. We both agreed the whipped potatoes were blah. The apple crisp we had for dessert was excellent.

Evening started well, ended well, not so good in-between.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We ate here before a show at the Effingham Performance Center. The food and drinks were outstanding and the service was great too. I had the salmon, my SO had one of the steaks. I highly recommend Firefly Grill. Make a reservation--it definitely fills up on show nights, and we were very glad we booked ahead of time.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Had a wonderful meal ans for a
Very special occasion ... we got engaged !!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Great atmosphere and great food! The service was wonderful too!

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

I made reservations for me and my sister to have a "girls" night out. We had such a great time. The service is always excellent and the food was amazing. The dessert and drinks were out of this world. Can't wait to go back on Valentine's Day.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

We love Firefly! Brittany was our server tonight; she is our favorite! She is a natural communicator and always makes you feel like a friend. She remembers our preferences and calls us by name. And then there’s the food...which was amazing as always. Currently, they are preparing the salmon over spaghetti squash in a butternut squash purée. It essentially tasted like their butternut squash soup, which is amazing! My husband had the fried chicken, which is always very good. We always get a cappuccino, which they do a nice job with, and we got the white chocolate bread putting. I loved it, my husband not care for it, because it didn’t have chocolate.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

We ate here because it was close to the Effingham Performance Center. It was an excellent choice. The menu was unique and the food was delicious. I would definitely return.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Dinner reservations prior to show at nearby venue. Excellent service especially from our server who made the meal even more enjoyable. We each had a fish entrée both of which were very good. Timing was great as we were able to eat at our own pace prior to show. Definitely need reservations on show nights.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Love this place

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4.0Dined on January 29, 2018

My food was delicious, but I found the lunch options limited for someone like myself who doesn't eat beef or spicy foods.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

My 9 year old son loved it. His first time there and he still talks about it

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