Firefly Grill

4.8
1704 reviews
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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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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites spots to enjoy dinner
The best in southern Illinois, maybe even the state!

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J
Austin
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another great meal at the firefly grill. They were closed for a couple of weeks to do some updates and boy did we miss them. I especially missed their 6 oz. filet and green beans. The steaks there are really good and I like to eat fresh and healthy so the smaller steak and vegies is a good choice for me. Soooo delicious. My husband really missed the poutine which is crispy french fries, sausage gravy, Marcoot creamery cheese curds, and fresh herbs. Yes it is even tastier than it sounds. He just discovered it recently and now he is obsessed. If you are passing through Effingham you have got to stop and try the firefly.

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JC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our party really enjoyed the New Year’s Eve tasting 8 course menu with wine pairings! Food was phenomenal and service very good with exception of a hiccup at the start of 15 minutes without even water. All was well after that and all the staff were attentive. At $125 a person, it’s not for everyday, but is a wonderful experience for special occasions!

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CH
St. Louis
12 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year's Eve tasting is a must! Well worth the drive.

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HH
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have been to the Firefly Grill on several occasions. It never disappoints. The wine list, signature cocktails, dinner menu, and service are almost (sometimes the servers could be a little more knowledgeable) always on point. We drive almost two hours every time and it’s worth it. The filet and whipped potatoes are a solid choice. When they have a tasting menu for events such as NYE and Valentine’s Day, go! We have done both, and the creative dishes make me feel like I’m a judge on a Food Network show! The White Sangria is refreshing and not too sweet. The beer flights are reasonably priced and ever-changing. I can’t wait to go back...as usual.

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s
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We absolutely enjoyed our experience and the food !!!! We are still talking about how much fun we had that evening and how the tasting menu was fabulous!!! From the perspective of someone in a wheelchair I would have liked to be seated closer to the front of the house. I was seated in the very back room behind the bar which made it very difficult for me to get to the bathroom. I had to get past the servers at the bar placing orders and the servers going in and out the porch door. When I made it to the bathroom there were stacks of highchairs in the way ( which my sister moved) and then I couldn't reach the door to open it to get in the bathroom because the wall is inset on the same side the door opens. The next time I'll ask to be seated in the front of the house.

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JM
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot. Exceptional meal

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J
Austin
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy the tastings at the firefly. They normally have one on New Years Eve and one on Valentines Day and we always try to go. In case your interested you should make a reservation way in advance because these are very popular and fill up quick. Tastings are a chance to try a number of different foods that you normally may not get to try. It is an 8 course meal if you do the whole program. Otherwise they do have the 4 and 6 course available. You can look at their website to see all the courses that were served last night. They were all prepared the firefly way and every one of them was delicious. I never order duck because I’ve had it before and it was greasy and not good. The duck that was served at the tasting was prepared in such a way that it was really tasty. Just like all the courses. We had such a good time. This is something that every foodie will love. Check their website soon to see if they are offering this on Valentine’s Day.

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GM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding, though perhaps a bit on the small side, portion wise (I had the fried cod sandwich). Service was very friendly, but slow.

All in all, definitely worth the trip; far, far superior to nearby chains and fast food places.

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B
Hawaii
30 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here several times and it is always enjoyable. Great for dining any time, especially for special occasions. We are quite fond of the shrimp cocktail and Bloody Mary garnished with a huge shrimp. Although just a minor complaint, we ordered a lettuce wedge and halfway through the wedge we realized that it had no bacon. A wedge without bacon ? We thought it was a mistake and were told that bacon was optional and an additional cost. Really ?

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T
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is always interesting and well prepared and we stop every chance we get. This trip, the wait staff performed exceptionally well.

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R
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, as always! Great food and wine! Love Firefly!!

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GT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT NIGHT at the Firefly! Thanks! Enjoyed the night.....team did great!

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SH
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is exceptional... the cozy ambiance, the incredible food, and the accommodating wait staff (Sara was wonderful!)... we will definitely be back, and soon!

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SG
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I thoroughly enjoyed my spinach salad and my salmon. My husband isn’t one to complain but he and the other gentleman with us were very disappointed in the steak. They were over cooked . My husband requested medium rare and it was nearly well done. We do love this place but for the price point it should be a bit more consistant

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D
Minneapolis
69 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food,

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

Excellent. Always great food and service.

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LC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was only my second visit to Firefly Grill but I've wanted to come back many times since my first visit. The food is unique and flavorful; the atmosphere is upscale but comfortable and welcoming. The staff is always friendly and they know the food they're serving so they can recommend favorites. We'd be there more often if it wasn't so far from our home!

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LH
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, drink, and service. We eat here every time we pass through Effingham.

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LL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience! Great food, service and atmosphere! Highly recommend to anyone traveling through central IL.

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c
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Firefly grill is a treasure in the middle of Illinois for dining. I especially enjoy their soups and vegetable dishes.

I was a bit dismayed on deeper review to see fairly limited options for vegetarians and the menu is quite extensive on steak options.

The handcrafted cocktails are enjoyable and a bit quirky.
I will definitely be back.

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C
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time visiting when driving ross country. Outstanding food

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MN
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal we have ever eaten. Wonderful annaversary dinner. Would highly recommend.

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MW
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner before a show at the EPC. My wife and I brought our two daughters and a son-in-law to enjoy a meal. Once again, the Firefly did not disappoint. The waiter was awesome, the place vibrant, and the food was out of this world. We dined on steak, scallops, crab cakes, and indulged in some winter drinks. The night was fabulous! I grabbed Chef Niall as he was busily going around and introduced my girls to him and thanked him for a marvelous meal. It is refreshing to come to The Firefly Grill and always be treated like family. The whole night was a keeper for the fond memory book. Thanks Niall and the wonderful staff!

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k
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

the food is always great at this place. Service very attentive

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KH
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food choices are varied and different than a typical restaurant. Very good food with lots to choose from.

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JL
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always, a wonderful restaurant well worth the drive to get there.

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P
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always.

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JD
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Lovely place, but did not care for food at all. Wwwaaayyyyy overpriced. Husband thought steak was good. Would like to be able to have baked potatoes instead of mashed. All of our food was not hot by the time we got it. Ordered a dessert of plain cremebrulee after the waiter went over everything, and he brought us a caramel one w/apples which we had deliberately not chosen. He said that was only version offered. He should have come back and asked us if we wanted something different before bringing us one that didn’t want.
Hate to be so critical, but I think this place is WAY overrated. I love the way the place looks, but the prices are astronomical for what you get. $3 to add a “farm-fresh egg” to a sandwich? Good grief, I can buy TWO DOZEN “farm-fresh eggs” for that!

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Z
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We planned a trip to Effingham to enjoy the return of their delightfully tasty French onion soup. It is now joined by exceptionally delicious cheese curds accompanied by a fresh herby house made ranch and and chili lime dressing.. Both are must tries. the steak sandwich and pizza were also gustatory treats. The experience is always enhanced by our server Kelly who is very personable and professional.

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C
Anchorage
14 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fantastic stop—everything is always absolutely delicious! It’s truly a destination-worthy restaurant. :)

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VG
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good was just delicious. One of the best steaks I have had - the chefs special.

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CC
Memphis
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love to come here when traveling through on our way to Chicago. Delicious food and great service, thanks Jordan!

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LH
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant. The food and drink are fantastic, and the servers and bartenders do a great job. We eat here every time we pass through Effingham. Firefly is a gem.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, beautiful setting, well done restaurant. Not cheap but great and worth every penny

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MW
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! It was costly $60 for a 16 oz ribeye, and it was a to charred. Other than that we had a great experience!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday gathering for out of town family

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. By far the best food in the Effingham area

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SL
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Fast service

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KE
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent yet again. We were driving from St Louis to Urbana and went through Effingham specifically to dine here. Two thumbs up.

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