Firefly Grill

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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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JE
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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.

JT
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Firefly Grill
Responded 4 days ago

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!

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T
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Firefly Grill
Responded 4 days ago

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.

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SE
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and service was fantastic! The menu has nice variety. Perfect for those wanting to try something a little different.

Firefly Grill
Responded 4 days ago

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!

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H
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

Firefly Grill
Responded 6 days ago

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!

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LT
St. Louis
17 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner at as excellent from beginning to end. We were seated at our requested table, our waiter

Firefly Grill
Responded 2 days ago

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!

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SM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Firefly Grill
Responded 4 days ago

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!

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RF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Firefly Grill
Responded 4 days ago

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!

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CS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Told everyone I talked to you yesterday about how great Firefly is. Delicious Curry Goat!

Firefly Grill
Responded 6 days ago

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!

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DS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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.

LS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The valentines tasting was absolutely amazing! Great service and great food

Firefly Grill
Responded 6 days ago

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!

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TS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Firefly Grill
Responded 6 days ago

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!

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BR
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time, with good food and drinks. Tasting was very good and fun to try new things.

Firefly Grill
Responded 6 days ago

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!

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s
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Firefly Grill
Responded 6 days ago

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!

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t
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Firefly Grill
Responded 6 days ago

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!

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V
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

Firefly Grill
Responded 6 days ago

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!

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GR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was happy to see some more affordable options on the lunch menu

Firefly Grill
Responded 6 days ago

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!

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PD
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the place, the service and the food. The meat entrees were pricey - but all was really wonderful.

Firefly Grill
Responded on February 12, 2020

Thanks for the review, Peggy! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit with us.

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k
St. Louis
49 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

Firefly Grill
Responded on February 10, 2020

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!

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DS
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always we loved our meal. It was a bit chilly in the restaurant, but the server turned off the overhead fans which helped.

Firefly Grill
Responded on January 31, 2020

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!

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A
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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.

Firefly Grill
Responded on January 28, 2020

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!

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A
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Firefly was great! First time visit for brunch but cant wait to try dinner

Firefly Grill
Responded on January 27, 2020

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!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is spectacular! Great service, and the Owners/Chef are awesome!

Firefly Grill
Responded on January 31, 2020

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!

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TL
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

Firefly Grill
Responded on January 28, 2020

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!

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RR
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A thoroughly enjoyable experience. The food was fabulous, the best I've had in a very long time. We will come back soon.

Firefly Grill
Responded on January 27, 2020

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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S
Mississippi
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Waitress did not listen

MR
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Setting is beautiful. Ambiance very comfortable. Staff was extremely helpful. Food choices were plentiful and met all dietary needs. Food was delicious, well-prepared and well-presented. Great experience!

Firefly Grill
Responded on January 24, 2020

Thanks for the AMAZING review, MitchellR! We are so glad to hear you had such an amazing experience, and we hope to see you again very soon. Cheers!

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RW
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 46th wedding anniversary, and the Firefly is one of my wife's favorite places to eat. Service was great, Brandon did a great job. As usual the menu selections were interesting and very good.

I would recommend the Firefly for a nice high end meal to anyone.

Firefly Grill
Responded on January 22, 2020

Thank you so much for the amazing review, RandallW! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience and hope to see you again very soon. We will be sure to share this review with your server. Cheers!

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n
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

We had difficulty getting consistent service without requesting it. The food however was outstanding! The server was extremely helpful when available but often we waited longer than necessary.

JN
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an oasis in the middle of Illinois. Wonder food = full of flavors to remember for a long time. Ate here on both legs of our trip. Will return often. It's only 5 hours away by car and worth the trip!

Firefly Grill
Responded on January 22, 2020

WOW! Thank you so much for the great review, JanN! We are so appreciative you make the 5 hour car journey to come see us... Especially when you stop on both legs of your trip - RIGHT ON! We can't wait to see you again soon for another visit. Thanks for your continued support!

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p
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stopped on our way home and it was a wonderful surprise. We look forward to more meals there as we drive past Effingham!

Firefly Grill
Responded on January 9, 2020

Thanks for the amazing review, Patricia! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit, and we can't wait to see you very soon - Safe travels !

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AH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Heard about Firefly Grill via a billboard on the highway.
Great food. The portions were very large. We over ordered.
The Thai curry soup was thicker than I expected more like a hummus consistency.
The tuna poke was a shaved tuna versus sliced ahi tuna.
We were told the braised short ribs would be served on parapadella noodles. It was served with spaghetti noodles.

Firefly Grill
Responded on January 10, 2020

Hi Ann! Thank you so much for the review! We are glad you enjoyed your food, but super appreciate you letting us know about some inconsistencies in the dishes ordered. I have sent this review to our Executive Chef to start the additional training process and to get them up to par. We are so glad you enjoyed your experience, and we hope to see you on your travels through Effingham again very soon.

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B
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Reservation was for 8:15. Was seated at 8:30 after reminding them we were still waiting and 2 other couples were seated before us. Excuse was that it has hard to get tables opened up when 3 were vacant. Food was not done and was sent back!

MD
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

We did not know ahead of time that there was a limited menu for New Year’s Eve.
I had already decided on a ribeye steak only to find out it was not available because they were using a limited menu. Very disappointing.
That said- what we did order was very tasty. Sea bass and the filet.
Server Jordan was great.

Firefly Grill
Responded on January 3, 2020

Hi Mike! We hate to hear you weren't aware of our limited menu. Our staff should have let you know about our annual tradition when making your reservation. We are glad your server, Jordyn, could turn your experience around, and that you did enjoy what you ordered. Please know, we will also be offering a similar style menu on Valentine's Day and other major holidays. It just allows us to serve you better! However, we hope to see you for a ribeye very soon - Cheers!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had a great time for NYE!

Firefly Grill
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thanks for the awesome review... We are so glad you enjoyed your experience!

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TA
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fixed menu and wine pairing for New Year's Eve is a great event. My husband and I try to go every year.

Firefly Grill
Responded on January 9, 2020

Thanks for the great review, Teanna... and the continued visits! We are so glad you enjoy our NYE Tasting, and we hope to see you for another round soon!

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B
St. Louis
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the tasting menu with the wine pairings. My husband and I enjoyed the whole evening with great service.

Firefly Grill
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thanks for the awesome review, Bernie! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience, and we hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!

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MW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent!
We had the wine pairing on New Years Eve. The servers got mixed up bringing out the courses. Our main server seemed to have preferences on tables that got better service.
The wine pairing was a great experience.

Firefly Grill
Responded on January 3, 2020

Hi Mike! Thank you so much for the great feedback. We are so glad you enjoyed your tasting with wine pairings, but hate to hear there was a mix-up and you didn't feel your server paid much attention. We aren't sure what happened, but will be researching this matter to improve your experience in the future. We are so grateful you enjoyed your night, and can't wait to see you for another great meal!

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ER
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding menu and wines for the pairings. Cop-ordination of delivery of wine and food together much better than in the past. Great Job

Firefly Grill
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thanks for the great review, Ernest! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit with us on NYE, and thought we had made improvements from past experiences. We hope to see you again very soon for another great meal!

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JM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the 2nd New Years Eve tasting menu we attended and it did not disappoint. The food was delicious as always and the service was topnotch. We hope to attend the next one also.

Firefly Grill
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thanks for the great review! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience. We hope to see you for our next tasting which is on Valentine's Day - Cheers!

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