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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.
We're so glad you're here!
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Clean menu provided to every guest
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
Mushroom & Sausage
caramelized onion, button & portobello mushrooms, house-made sausage, mornay
Shrimp & Grits
blackened jumbo tiger shrimp, peppers & onions, polenta cakes
My boys and I went out for Sunday Brunch for my Birthday. We had a great time. The food was amazing and the service was exceptional. I highly recommend the Firefly for your next celebration.
Thanks for the amazing review, Tonya! We are so glad you got to celebrate your birthday with us... especially with your boys! YAY! Thank you for your continued support, and we hope to see you again very soon. Cheers!
The Firefly Grill is a spectacular restaurant. Every meal I have ordered is delicious and the service is great! The chef serves the freshest food. If he can't find any item on the menu at market that does not meet his standards it is off the menu for the day.
WOW! Thank you so much, Susan! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and love our concept. We can't wait to serve you again soon - Cheers!
It was very busy and a little short staffed but overall good experience. Excellent food.
Thanks for the great review, Susie!
We live 3 hours away in Chicago, where there are countless outstanding dining options but we always enjoy dining at Firefly Grill and plan road trips around stopping here. The dining room and enclosed patio provide a pleasant dining experience and the service is always fantastic. But the food is what draws us here, creative menu options and always fresh. On our last visit, my Faroe Island Salmon was so utterly delicious and cooked perfectly, something a lot of restaurants don't get right. Firefly is a true gem of a dining experience.
Thanks for the amazing review, CarolL! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit especially our salmon - YUM! Thank you so much for your continued visits, and we hope to see you again very soon. Cheers!
We love the Firefly Grill and plan driving trips so we can stop there. They have never disappointed us!
Thanks for the amazing review... and your continued visits! We super appreciate it, and hope to see you again very soon. Cheers!
The service at Firefly Grille was excellent. Our waitress was very attentive and kind. The decor was very well put together and achieved a rustic yet modern look that was fitting for the area. The food was good, although the creme brulee could have been better. The chef chose a dish that was much too deep, which allowed the liquid ingredients to separate slightly from the egg base. Other than that, Firefly lived up to my expectations in full.
Thanks for the review! We love that you enjoyed your experience with us and appreciate your kind words about your decor and your server. However, we hate to hear you didn't enjoy your creme brulee. In the future, please let us know real time when you aren't enjoying a dish, and we will make it better for you when you are on site. We will be looking into this issue and working with our team of chefs to make sure our creme brûlée is how we intend it to be. Thank you again for your review!
Great place to stop when traveling ,we always stop when hiking in Southern IL. on our way down from Chicago. Restaurant has open concept can watch cooks ,lots of windows with great views of pond .
nice bar , good drinks , food is good along with a energetic wait staff .
Thanks for the review, jamesb! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit, and that you appreciate the firefly concept. We hope to see you again soon on your next hiking trip in Southern, IL! Cheers!
Everything was fine. The rolls are outstanding.
Thanks for the review, Kyle! We hope to see you again very soon for another round of our famous pretzels rolls - Cheers!
We live in San Diego and my wife's mother lives in Casey, IL (about 35 miles away). For years we have been trying to find an excellent restaurant - we exhausted Terre Haute and Charleston long ago! This is the second time we've been to Firefly and I only wish we had one of these near us in Carmel Valley (San Diego)! Service, drinks, food - all stellar. It was my mother-in-law's 86th birthday and the staff treated her like a queen. Please keep up the good work and we will visit every time we are in the area. And, we are sending more folks to you who also visit the area. Thank you!!!
Hi Curt... Thank you so much for the amazing review! We are so glad you found us and enjoyed celebrating your mother-in-law's 86th birthday with us - What a milestone! We appreciate your kind words, recommendations, and all the glory... We can't wait to see you again very soon - Cheers!
We were excited to try this unique restaurant on a stopover visit through Effingham. Great service. I'm sure it is wonderful when warmer, to sit outdoors. The food disappointed. It was good, just not great. Maybe that was due to our expectations. Hubby ordered the pork osso buco special. We knew it was different than regular osso buco. He said it was good - and certainly hearty, but not even close to osso buco. Looking for something different as well, I ordered the fried chicken piccata. Even had the waiter describe to me. Interesting. Different. I ordered it. Uh oh. The crunch from breading only lasted two bites, before the sauce made it mushy. It was undercooked to the point of a raw pink middle on the chicken breast. The guy next to us had what looked like an amazing burger. Stick to the basics and this is probably a great restaurant. I'll rethink my adventurous side though.
Hi DebraAnn! Thank you so much for your honest review. We hate to hear you didn't enjoy the pork dish or our chicken piccata. These are two of our signature dishes, so it sounds like we must have had a really off night. In the future, we encourage you to let your server know right away when you aren't enjoying something. We like to take care of these issues real time, in hopes of making it right. We will be working with our kitchen staff to ensure this is better in the future. Thank you!
Wonder yeah to end our vacation! The meal was excellent!
Thanks for the awesome review! We are so glad we could be your last stop on your vacation... And even happier to hear you felt like your food was 'excellent' - RIGHT ON! We hope to see you again very soon.
Superb food and awesome service! We’ve eaten here several times and are never disappointed.
Thanks for the amazing review, cardsfan! We appreciate your continued visits and kind words, and can't wait to see you again very soon. Cheers!
I live in Sullivan and my best friend lives in CreteIL. When she visits we always come to Firefly- she has to eat gluten free- and the staff has always been extremely helpful and most food items are adaptable.
We come for the creative menu, the , the fresh ingredients, the lovely venue overlooking a pond with gorgeous koi fish and the well- trained staff.
For my birthday 2-23 I had lobster risotto and my friend had seared scallops risotto, we shared a lettuce wedge with incredible blue cheese dressing w/ bacon and mimosas. The dessert menu is out of this world.
We are so fortunate to have this outstanding restaurant in central Illinois. 10-10-10 across the board every time! Thank you Firefly!😘
Thanks for the amazing review, Ellen! We are so appreciative of your 10-10-10 score across the board - RIGHT ON! We appreciate your continued visits and your kind review. Thank you again, and we hope to see you very soon.
Food was very good and the New York Steak was a true Prime Cut of beef. Food was very good and presentation was excellent.
Thanks for the great review, Russ! We are so glad you enjoyed your NY strip and your visit with us. Cheers!
We had a reservation. We were given a so so table. Our order wasn’t taken for the about 20 minutes. Our waiter was busy, she later explained she had a table of 10 that she had to deal with. We understood, and she was very sweet and went out of her way to make amends. Nevertheless, it’s a high end restaurant, they should have had it figured out, they didn’t. Food was good, overall experience was average. We are from Philadelphia and the Jersey shore, we eat at good restaurants regularly and are used to professional service. Although not the fault of the waiter , the overall experience was lacking, I blame the management.
Hi Jeff! Thank you so much for your honest review. Sometimes these can be hard to read, but they make us better as a team. We hate to hear about your experience, but will take all necessary steps in making sure this doesn't happen in the future. We are glad you enjoyed the food and though it sounds like you aren't in the area often, we would love the opportunity to really "wow" you in the future. Thanks for your visit!
We love the Firefly Grill, service is warm, friendly and professional. Our compliments to the chef! His food is outstanding. We stop off in Effingham just to eat at the Firefly.
Thanks for the amazing review, Joe! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us and will be sure to share your compliments to the Chef. Thank you for your kind words, and we hope to see you again very soon!
From the time we walked in the door to the time we left, amazing experience. Wonderful courteous staff, servers were amazing, food was delicious and the menu options all sounded delicious. My wife had shortribs off the dinner menu, I had crab cake benedict off the brunch menu and my mom had Huevos off of the brunch menu and all were delicious. Quick service. Could not have asked for a better brunch on a Sunday Morning.
Thanks for the awesome review, Troy! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us including our short rib, crab cake benedict, and huevos - YUM! Thank you for your visit, and we hope to see you again very soon.
Food was excellent and service was fantastic! The menu has nice variety. Perfect for those wanting to try something a little different.
Thanks for the amazing review, Scott! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience, and can't wait to see you again very soon. Cheers!
Food was excellent as always, Creme brûlée deserves to be wrote home about! The staff was friendly and efficient, everything we’ve come to expect of the Firefly Grill. Absolutely a personal favorite and worth the drive every time. Thanks!
Thanks for the amazing review, Halo! We will be sure to share this awesome review with our staff. And that creme brûlée is honestly what dreams are made of, but of course, we might be biased. Thanks again for your visit and awesome review!
Dinner at as excellent from beginning to end. We were seated at our requested table, our waiter
Thanks so much for the amazing review! We super appreciate you and are so glad you enjoyed your visit with us. Hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!
The food and service were great! This is not the first time eating here and definitely won’t be the last. They are supposed to be known for their steaks, but, I’ve always tried one of the chef’s specials and it has never let me down.
Thanks for the amazing review, Steve! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit with us. We can't wait to see you soon for another round of farm & table fare - Cheers!
The food was wonderful, as usual. I had a bit of an issue at the beginning since the waiter assigned to my table did not see me, but once it was brought to his attention, the service was impeccable. I had fried green tomatoes and French onion soup. As I had a cold I treated it with one of the Firefly's great Irish coffees. All in all, another great experience, and I will be back to try some of the newest additions to the menu.
Hi Rochelle, thank you so much for the great review! We hate to hear you had to wait for a server to see you, but we are glad we could turn the situation around and really impress you with our service and food. Especially since you got to end your visit with an Irish Coffee - YUM! Thanks so much for your review, and we can't wait to see you again very soon - Cheers!
Told everyone I talked to you yesterday about how great Firefly is. Delicious Curry Goat!
Thanks for the amazing review, Chris! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience... especially the Curry Braised Goat - YUM! Thanks for your visit, and we hope to see you again very soon. Cheers!
My wife and I enjoy the firefly for both special occasions or just a quick stop for a drink on the deck in the summer. Staff is always great and food is wonderful. We were a late reservation for Valentine's Day but were not rushed, food was perfect and the waitress was as engaged as if we were her first customer's that night.
The valentines tasting was absolutely amazing! Great service and great food
Thanks for the awesome review, LanceS.! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit with us on Valentine's Day and appreciate your great review. We hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!
This is the second year that I have taken my boys to The Firefly Valentine's Tasting. I absolutely love The Firefly and this is the first year that my boys (ages 18 and 13) did the tasting. They loved it!! They want to continue doing this tradition every year. I can't say enough great things about the Firefly. Amazing dinner as usual.
Thanks for the amazing review, Tonya! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience and that you got to bring your boys with you - RIGHT ON! We can't wait to see you again soon for another great tasting experience. Cheers!
Always a good time, with good food and drinks. Tasting was very good and fun to try new things.
Thanks for the great review, BrettR.! We are so glad you enjoyed our Valentine's Day tasting, and hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!
Best dining experience and best food I have ever had! staff was courteous, attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. We will definitely be back well worth the 80 minute drive
Thanks for the awesome review, Susan! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and appreciate you making the 80 minute drive to come see us. We will be sure to share your kind words with our staff. Cheers!
The chef and his staff never fail to deliver an absolutely delicious experience. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, the food is prepared perfectly, the atmosphere is sophisticated yet subdued. I’ll never not recommend this place
Thanks for the amazing review! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us, and can't wait to see you again for another visit. Thanks for your continued support!
Even though I made a reservation weeks ahead of time for Valentine’s Day, we were seated at a small table for two in a major through way by a wall separating one dining area from the bar and the beautiful patio area. There were constantly servers walking by our table, instead of a nice romantic ambiance. That being said, the service to our table was great (thanks Blake) and.food and wine pairings were awesome. We will definitely be back, but I will have to try to request a nicer table.
Hi Vandy! Thank you so much for your honest review. We appreciate your table feedback. Please be sure to put in a request for your next visit. We can't always honor it especially on busy holidays, but will always put it in consideration that evening. We will be sure to share your kind words with Blake, and we hope to see you again very soon. Cheers!
I was happy to see some more affordable options on the lunch menu
Thanks for the awesome review, GregR! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and love our updated lunch menu. Stay tuned to our social media pages for more menu updates. Thanks again!
Loved the place, the service and the food. The meat entrees were pricey - but all was really wonderful.
Thanks for the review, Peggy! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit with us.
Our first time dine but we’d heard great things about the place. We live in St. Louis but we were in town for an event at the Performance Center so it was our opportunity to finally try Firefly. We’d like to come back during warmer months to enjoy the outside seating area and try some of the expanded menu items available when more of their garden produce is in season. But the inside seating has a great upscale yet inviting decor (including the table tops from local Boos Co). We had a very early reservation so it was very quiet early on, but the place started to fill up for Sat night and it became more energetic but not unpleasant. Our food & service were top notch. We could have made a meal from just the starters as so many sounded so good. The crispy crab purses were just yummy. We had great soups (clam chowder for my husband and I had the hearty chicken & rice). For entrees I had the bangers & mash and my husband had the firefly Montana. Both were well sized and excellent. For drinks I tried the new Violettes Delight and the White Peach Sangria and my husband had the Above 21 Capri Sun. We liked them all. Too full to try dessert but those options looked great too. If your travels take you through Effingham you simply must stop at Firefly Grill!
WOW! You truly had the full firefly experience, and we loved reading about your visit! Thank you so much for the amazing review. We are thrilled you had such a fun night before you went to the EPC, and we hope you can come see us soon for another round with dessert this time. Cheers!
As always we loved our meal. It was a bit chilly in the restaurant, but the server turned off the overhead fans which helped.
Thanks for the amazing review, DeniseS! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit, and that your server was able to take care of your request. You never know with the Illinois Weather... ! Thank you so much for your visit, and we hope to see you again very soon. Cheers!
The food was great. No complains whatsoever there. But it’s hard to enjoy a meal when everyone gets seated in the same section when there are dozens of empty tables across the restaurant. Hard to have good conversation when you’re surrounded by strangers.
Thanks for the review... and the feedback! We will be working to research this issue and make sure it's taken care of in the future. We appreciate your visit, and hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!
Firefly was great! First time visit for brunch but cant wait to try dinner
Thanks for the great review, Apjacks! We are so glad you enjoyed your brunch with us, and are so excited to really impress you with a dinner visit! Cheers!
The food is spectacular! Great service, and the Owners/Chef are awesome!
Thanks for the amazing review! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and thought your food was spectacular - RIGHT ON! We can't wait to see you soon for another round!
The food was excellent as was the service. They let us change the seating we'd reserved, however the new seating was a little too close next table. We will definitely be back!
Thanks for the great review, Tiffany! We are more than happy to seat you anywhere you please in the restaurant as long as it's not reserved. Please feel free to put any special requests in the notes section of your reservation. We always appreciate a heads up! We can't wait to see you again very soon - Cheers!
A thoroughly enjoyable experience. The food was fabulous, the best I've had in a very long time. We will come back soon.
Thanks for the awesome review, RandallR.! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience... and our food - Yum! We can't wait to have you back very soon. Cheers!
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Firefly Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (217) 342-2002.
Firefly Grill is rated 4.7 stars by 2040 OpenTable diners.
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