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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We had a group of six adults and a 1 year old for Sunday brunch at 1 p.m. We were put in a side room with a window wall that had a view of the lake. No other tables were filled in that section so the 1 year old was entertained and could walk around until the food arrived. Everyone enjoyed their food very much. The fried green tomato BLT was excellent. The only minor disappointment was the gluten free dish. When asked if the Shrimp and Grits was a gluten free dish, we were told it was. When the dish arrived it was just the shrimp because the grits are actually fried in a fryer that is not solely gluten free. The waiter made up for it by offering a different side, and the mashed potatoes that were chosen were very tasty. The one year old loved feeding the fish in the lake after we got done eating. There was a nice fall display in the front yard where we were able to get a family photo. Always enjoy the Firefly Grill for its unique and fresh menu!
Thanks for the great review! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us. We apologize for the gluten-free situation. Our brunch menu is rather new, so it's sounds like we need to do a bit more coaching especially for allergy awareness of our dishes. However, we are so happy to hear the guest was offered a different side. We appreciate your feedback, and hope to see you again very soon for another opportunity for farm fresh fare, and to feed our fish! Cheers!
We had a memorable meal in a cool and casual environment. We enjoyed drinks, appetizer, entree and dessert, and everything was perfect. The service staff was beyond friendly, answering all of our questions and making us feel welcome. We look forward to dining there again!
Thanks for the great review, Ann! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit with us, and that your server was able to answer your questions. It's experiences like this that make us smile. Cheers to you!
The food was delicious. My wife and I had never been to such a nice place. The techno music was great!
Thanks for the great review, Shane! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit... and the music!
Excellent food and service, albeit a little pricey. Wine list is about 30-50% greater than it should be. Typical restaurant wine lists run at roughly twice retail price for the wine, theirs was closer to three times. Meals were similarly priced high. No complaints about the food, just think they are a little too proud of it. Service was excellent. We were in early on a Friday and it was noisy, but tolerable. High ceilings and a lot of echo, I suspect that with a full house it might be quite loud. Enjoyed it, but don't feel driven to go back.
Hi Rich! Thank you so much for your feedback. Please know, we take reviews seriously, and though you enjoyed your experience, we will be taking a deep dive into our wine list pricing. It is something we always struggle with, but are working on getting more in line. We hope you give us another try, as we would love to opportunity to really "wow" you. Thanks again for your review!
Excellent lunch in our first (of many more) experiences at the Firefly on our way to St Louis. We both had excellent meals as well as great service, which makes this eatery so special.
Thanks for the great review... We are so glad you found us on your travels through Effingham! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience, and can't wait to see you again soon - Cheers!
We enjoyed the food, the view, our drinks and our server. We looked forward to coming again when we are in Effingham.
Thanks for the great review! We can't wait to see you for another great experience very soon.
This was our third or fourth visit to the Firefly Grill from St. Louis -- almost two hours away. The food and service have been consistently excellent and well worth the trip. This restaurant delivers a total experience -- not the least of which is a unique sense of place. The restaurant is located conveniently off Interstate 70, but you would never know that once you settle into this scenic out-of-way spot that is pure prairie in its look and feel. The visual interest of the restaurant, inside and out, makes it a worthy destination restaurant. Its vegetable and herb gardens, its seasonal decorations, its inventory of firewood stacked neatly in bins against the exterior wall all suggest the folks who stand behind this have been thoughtful and deliberative in its creation and cultivation. All of which applies to the food and drink, as well. I tilted toward seafood this time and was not disappointed. I had mussels in a light red sauce and then an Eggs Benedict innovation with a crab cake perched on top. My wife had the crispy crab purses which were rich (hoisin cream cheese) and tangy (chile dipping sauce) and fun (served in little dumpling wrappers or "purses"). The filet and mashed potatoes suggest the midwestern meat and potato thing is appreciated here as well. The staff and servers have a relaxed attentiveness, offering advice and suggestions in a breezy way: "Want a shrimp with that Bloody Mary?" or "Maybe a scallop or two with that filet?" -- we said "yes" to both). Locals and visitors converge compatibly at this spot. It's a total experience that both relaxes and delights. The offerings here, which are really quite diverse, have the capacity to either excite or reassure, depending upon you particular preference or mood. This wonderful dining experience is made all the more enjoyable by that special ingredient: authentic hospitality.
WOW! WOW! WOW! Thank you so, so much for this great review. We are so glad you got to enjoy a full firefly experience, and an outstanding one at that. We appreciate you continuing to make the trip to see us, and hope we can serve you more seafood and firefly favorites very soon. Cheers!
Awesome as usual!!!
Thanks for the awesome review!
The food was very good! I was a little taken aback by being charged for extra rolls! They were so delicious,, that I wanted to enjoy them more! Waitress was very attentive and cordial!
Thanks for the great review, SUER! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us, and hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!
Thanks for the great review!
I’ve eaten here a few times. Seating is very comfortable and decor is interesting. With many hard surfaces, it can be a bit noisy. This time the filet mignonwas tender and delicious, but it was cooked beyond the temperature I requested. Salmon was cooked perfectly. House salad with house white balsamic was excellent. I was disappointed in the caprese salad - very little sweet basil; tomatoes were not very flavorful considering this is a prime time of the year for them. I sent the decaf coffee back - it was not flavorful and was weak.
Thanks for the feedback, Shopaholic! It sounds like we really missed the mark on your most recent visit, and we apologize for that! We will take your suggestions into consideration to make your next visit even better... And we hope to really have a chance to "wow" you.
We were celebrating my wife's birthday and we were not disappointed at all. Yordan our server was outstanding, she went beyond making our experience the best, to include taking a picture a group picture outside. Thank you again, oh by the way my first experience here but not the last!!!
WOW! Thank you so much for the outstanding review! We are so glad you enjoyed your first experience with us, and will be sure to share your kind words with your server, Jordyn. We are so lucky to have her! We can't wait to see you again very soon... Cheers!
We went for lunch for our wedding Anniversary, It was very nice and the food was delicious. We will definitely like to return again for another special occasion.
Thanks for the awesome review! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience, and are so glad you chose firefly as the destination to celebrate your big day. We hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!
Excellent-we eat here every time we are in Effingham.
Thanks for the great review... And for coming to see us anytime you are in Effingham! We truly appreciate your kind words and support. Hope to see you again soon - Cheers!
Best place to eat in Effingham, Period! If you have not tried eating here, you will kick yourself for not trying it sooner. The seasonal corn is to die for, as are the specials they do out of the garden they then for the restaurant. I just wished it was closer to enjoy more often.
Thank you so much for the great review! We appreciate the kind words and are so glad to hear you enjoy our farm fresh fare... Especially our seasonal corn - YUM! We hope to see you again soon for another great experience. Cheers!
lovely venue with great food. Special Birthday celebration and they brought a bowl of ice cream with a candle.
Thanks for the great review! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us. See you again soon - Cheers!
We live in San Diego, CA and we often visit my wife's Mom who lives in Casey, IL - which is a very small, restaurant challenged town about 35 miles away. I'm constantly looking for decent places to eat and we often head to Terre Haute to find a restaurant. Last Thursday, I took the group to visit the "Cross at the Crossroads" and found Firefly Grill on OpenTable - glad I did. The food, service, ambiance were fantastic - the fresh farm-to-table was so welcomed and fresh!! Also, the nice view, coy pond, etc were a great touch. We enjoyed it very much and are so happy we've found our "go to" place when we are in that part of IL.
WOW! Thanks for the great review, Curt. We are so glad you found us on your visit to Illinois, and even happier to here you enjoyed your experience. We appreciate your kind words, and can't wait to serve you again soon. Cheers!
So enjoy every meal we have at Firefly. This was a Girl's night out with grandma, mom , daughter and daughter in law. Everyone had a most wonderful time. The food was excellent as always and our server went above and beyond to make our meal special. When grandma left her credit card by accident at the table, our server ran out into the parking lot to return it ! Our meals consisted of fried green tomatoes, pretzel bites, wedge salad, Caesar salad, steaks, fried chicken, mashed potatoes and our most favorite seasonal side dish of corn (it really is something special) Everyone was much to full for dessert, but next time we decided to give up our salads for dessert haha, even though the salads were wonderful too.
The food was excellent, the waiter did not checked on us at all, my husband had to go find him to get the check
Thanks for the great review of our food, Martha! But we hate to hear our service wasn't up to par. We will be doing some checking on your server to offer additional training and guidance, as this isn't something we want to happen to you the next time you join us. We hope to see you again soon for another chance to really WOW you!
As I am not from Illinois I was looking for a great meal for the night. This fram to table restaurant was perfect for my solo evening. Ceasar salad is my favorite salad and this one did not disappoint. A very healthy portion with DELICIOUS croutons. The Halibut entree with the pappardelle and squash pureé ended my dinner on a high note!!
Thanks guys!! I will return if I'm ever in the city again. Eyeing that dry age N.Y. 🤤🤤🍽🔪
Thanks for the great review, RonaldG! We are so glad you found us on your travels through Effingham, IL. It sounds like you truly enjoyed your experience, and that makes us smile big! We hope you can come see us soon to try that NY Strip, because WOW, it's delicious! Cheers to you!
Fabulous food and excellent service. A gastronomic gem in the middle of Illinois.
Thanks for the great review, Jerry! We super appreciate it, and hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!
We met on the enclosed porch this time. Fully air conditioned and heated. Much quieter than in the regular dining room. We were warmly greeted and made welcome. All food from the appetizers through deserts were outstanding. Alcoholic beverages were generous pours.
Thanks for the great review, Bing! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit with us on our Sunset Porch, and hope to see you again soon for another great experience. Cheers!
Montana mignon was a disappointment. Beef was tough, very small portion and the sauce was too sour. Only two very small, cold rolls for the bread service. The stuffed squash was small with too little stuffing. Service was not very attentive. We had dinner at about 3:30 and this might have been our mistake. Probably understaffed for that time slot. Might try again, but not much to rave about.
Thank you so much for your honest review... We hate to hear you didn't receive top-notch service as we always strive for. No matter what day/time, our servers should be attentive to all of our guests and it sounds like we truly missed the mark here including that you didn't enjoy your food. Please know we take reviews seriously, and will be training and working to resolve this in the future. We hope you can give us another chance very soon.
We had a fabulous romantic dinner! It was so nice to eat food straight from the Firefly garden!
Thanks for the great review! We are so glad you enjoyed date night with us, and hope to see you again soon for another farm fresh meal - Cheers!
The Firefly Grill is one of our favorite places to go. We love going on Sundays so we have the choice of all of the menus. Great food and even better service.
Thanks for the great review... We appreciate your continued brunch business! Hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!
First time here. We were visiting friends on Lake Sara and came for dinner. Sat outside on front porch. Perfect evening. We all enjoyed our meals. We had salad with shrimp, bruschetta salad both excellent. Tomatoes were delicious. Melas were crab cakes, pizza and the crispy chicken dish. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Dessert was brownie sundae and peach cobbler. We will definitely return when we are in town.
Thanks for the great review! We are so glad you enjoyed some of our seasonal favorites as well as some of our signature dishes like crab cakes. We hope to see you again soon if you visit Effingham, IL. Cheers!
We live a couple of hours away but whenever we are nearby we make an effort to stop at the Firefly. We’ve traveled xtensively overseas and never experienced such wonderful setting. Its is a unique place for central Illinois and would be unique no mater its setting. The menu tends to be heavy on the meat side but there are dishes for vegetarians and if you give them a heads up before arriving they can accommodate requests.
WOW! Thanks for the amazing review... We are so glad you enjoy our spot, and appreciate your continued visits. Hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!
Great find on a road trip.
Thanks for the great review, Scott! We are so glad you found us on your travels, and hope to see you again soon - Cheers!
My wife and I meet with at least two other couples annually at Firefly. The location is convenient for all of us. The food is always good. On this trip we sat in a private room which made the trip even more enjoyable. Thank you to Firefly
Thanks for the great review, John! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit with us. Sometimes when we are busy, our private spaces are used as a complimentary upgrade... We are so glad you enjoyed the treat!
Food was very good. We sat outside because it was a cool day. No bugs or flys. Nice.
Thanks for the great review, Jean! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit with us and got to enjoy our outdoor dining!
We stumbled on this place coming back from the south as we live in Illinois/Indiana. I was shocked how good this place is and this place could be anywhere in a bigger location and fit very well. It is a gem that my family will attend anytime we are in that area. Loved the food and the scenery. Glad my wife found this by a simple Google search during a long trip. I was very skeptical at first but was ecstatic after we went there the first time, we came back about a month later after another trip.
Thanks for the great review! We are so glad your wife urged you to try us, and can't wait to see you all again very soon. Cheers!
I love Firefly for lunch. They have great sandwiches, fries, salads and pizzas. However it seems every time I go for dinner usually for a special occasion I have been disappointed.
My husband's meal was very good. Mine, was not. The meat was over cooked and the puff pastry was soggy. The butter squash soup tasted like flour rue with just a hint of butter squash in it.
Usually the service is pretty good but this time the waiter did not seem like he was really at work. We asked for more rolls which were really good. But they were never brought. My husband asked for the rest of his meal to be boxed up but it never came back.
The last time we went for dinner we had a similar experience. It is pricy. I don't have a problem with that as long as it's good. I love the concept of the restaurant and the atmosphere but I won't be going back for dinner unless I want salad & a pizza.
Very good, great service, beautiful setting, kinda pricey.
Thanks for the great review!
The poke bowl salad was incredible! Our server talked me into it and it was soooo good! So glad I got it. I did want dessert but our server didn’t ask and just brought us the check. So I was a little bummed by that because the peach cobbler sounded yummy. Other than that, delish!
Thanks for the review, Jennifer! Love to hear you enjoyed your poke bowl, but hate to hear your server missed the opportunity to bring you dessert. We will make sure to add that to our training for the week, and hope you can come enjoy a dessert with us very soon - Cheers!
What a pleasant surprise in Effingham! I found you on my iPhone maps app when looking for lunch spots. We’ll be back. We sat outside on your lovely patio.
Thanks for the great review, Carolyn! We are so glad you found us. We can't wait to see you again soon for another lunch on our patio - Cheers!
My new favorite restaurant in Effingham. Lake Shellbyville is now on our yearly list to visit and so is FireFly Grill! LOVE the ambiance and outdoor seating.
WOW! Thanks for the high remarks! We are so glad you found us on your adventures at Shelbyville Lake, and hope we see you again very soon - Cheers!
Great farm to table restaurant, good wait staff, excellent food. Love it.
Thanks for the amazing review, Ken!
This was our second time to dine at here since we live in Houston. We once again had a good experience and would recommend dinning here. The only item that I found off was the portion since of my Halibut. It was very small in size but still the taste was good and the pasta served with it could have used some pizzazz. Their homemade tomato soup is EXCELLENT!
Thanks for the great review! We hate to hear you didn't enjoy your halibut dish, but will be working diligently with our chefs to make improvements. We appreciate your feedback, and hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!
We love Fire Fly Grill. Drove 90 minutes to enjoy those wonderful fried green tomatoes!
Thanks for the great review! We appreciate the time you took to travel and see us for our delicious fried green tomatoes - YUM! We hope to see you again very soon. Cheers!
Friend told us we had to try this place. Stopped there on our way back from dropping son off at college. How could a place in the middle of nowhere, USA be any good? Wow. A beautiful restaurant. Great vibe. Incredible service from start to finish. Jordyn was especially attentive. Fresh food. Enjoyed the mussels, crab ragoon, friend chicken, fresh mozzarella and tomato salad, small steak and wonderful lava desert. We thought we had been transported to LA, NY or SF. It's definitely a place you would expect to find in a big city in all aspects. We will be back.
WOW! Thank you so much for the amazing review! We are sure glad your friends recommended our space to you, and appreciate you taking the time to find us. We appreciate your kinds words, and will be sure to share you review with your server, Jordyn. Thanks again for the review!