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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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.
Way over priced for the food you get. The small portions wasnt a huge deal. Nothing had flavor though. My burger was bland. My garlic fries didnt even have a hint of garlic taste to them.
When our travels take us through Effingham we always stop at the Firefly Grill. The food is always delicious, the service is attentive and subdued. When fully occupied the room can be very noisy, but that has not been the case on our last few visits.
Thank you so much for the great review! We appreciate your continued visits with us, and hope to see you again soon for another delicious meal. Cheers!
This place was amazing! I drove from an hour away to go here for my girlfriends birthday. The look was very modern and elegant, and the food was perfect. Everything we ate was cooked to perfection. The steak was done exactly like I like it. I will definitely be coming back.
Thanks for the great review! We are so glad you enjoyed your date night at firefly grill... We hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!
Second time customer. We like the restaurant but it is pricey.
Hi Daniel - Thanks for returning! We appreciate your feedback when it comes to pricing. Our philosophy is simple... Find the best ingredients, and get out of our way. What we can't grow ourselves, we find the best farmers & foragers to track down for us. This drives our pricing as we want simply the best of the best. However, we understand sticker shock and will take your review into consideration with our team.
Firefly Grill never disappoints and this trip was no exception. The fried green tomato appetizer and stuffed squash blossoms were so seasonally fresh and perfect. I order salmon for my entree. It was, hands down, the best salmon I've ever eaten.
Funny thing, I didn't think I liked salmon. I only ordered fish so I wouldn't feel so bad about having dessert. LOL. Now I can't imagine ever liking any entree as much as I did this salmon dish. My husband and I shared peach cobbler for dessert. Normally I get something chocolate if I get dessert, but this cobbler was so good, I didn't regret my no chocolate decision at all. Firefly Grill is still one of my favorites!!
WOW! Thanks for the great review, Lisa. We are so glad you got a bit adventurous and order the salmon. It's also one of our favorites this time of year as it's topped with a delightful sweet corn relish. We are also glad you enjoyed our fresh peach cobbler. It's recently back on the menu, so we love hearing feedback especially when it's good. We can't wait to see you again soon for another meal with us. Cheers to you!
My date had not been here and has wanted to go for a long time. She loved it!
Awesome! So glad you enjoyed your date night with us. We hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!
The restaurant was crowded with people going to a nearby concert. My husband and I had to lean into each other to converse. That was the only negative of the evening.We started with the Fried Green tomatoes, made with ingredients grown in their restaurant's garden. It was tasty. We both had the mushroom ravioli, and oh my---it was divine. My spouse had the corn chowder soup and it was so creamy. This is "the" restaurant in our area to measure all others! Love it.
Thanks for the great review, Sue! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience... Especially our mushroom ravioli and corn chowder which are current chef specials! In the future, please note you would like a little quieter area, and we will do our best to help with noise control. Thanks for stopping in, and we hope to see you again soon - Cheers!
While three people liked the filet in pastry a lot, said the corn was good and greasy but found silk and husk pieces so poorly cleaned. Two that had corn chowder said it was excellent, however, the crab cakes were lacking salt and crab inside, but overstuffed with breading and celery. The breading coating and frying was great but inside, a bland disappointment! Waitstaff a bit slow bringing our tickets and our wait for food was a bit lengthy. Otherwise, a pleasant experience.
Hi DotN! Thank you so much for your review and honest feedback. We hate to hear you didn't enjoy your food and you felt the service was a bit slow. Please know, we take reviews seriously, and will be researching how we can make your experience better in the future. Thank you for your support, and we hope to see you again soon!
We love coming to Firefly. The food is creatively delicious, the atmosphere comfortable and the service wonderful. We live in the Chicago area and any time we are driving through Effingham, the Firefly is an automatic stop.
Thanks for the great review, David! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience, and appreciate you continuing to travel to come see us. Hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!
Great service! Great food & drinks! Friends from out of town praised Firefly also
Thanks for the amazing review, Lori! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience. Hope to see you and your out of town friends again soon - Cheers!
Patio dining area was beautiful menu prices were a little more expensive than we expected for the area
Hi Paula! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit with us on our patio... and thanks for the review! Our pricing is driven by our farm fresh, beyond organic ingredients from our on-site farm. We also use several farmers & foragers to source ingredients we can't farm or find. This process drives our pricing a bit, but allows us to bring you the best. We hope you can come give us another try very soon - Cheers!
Fantastic evening for my wife’s birthday. From the bar staff until we were seated we were treated great-considering my wife was 3 weeks removed from a total knee replacement. Shrimp cocktails were perfect followed by fantastic filets and a blackberry cobbler with a glass of port - what an evening! Must do it again-soon!
Thanks for the amazing review, Michael! We are so glad we could help make your wife's birthday a memorable one. Thank you for choosing firefly for your celebration, and we hope to see you again soon for some more shrimp cocktail! Cheers!
Ordered a medium-well steak that came out burnt. My wife and I spent $100 on a meal and left hungry. Waitress name was Theresa and she was great tho.
Hi LocalGuy! I hate to hear you didn't enjoy your steak when you dined with us last. In the future, please let your server know right away. We are more than happy to remake your steak or get something different for you. There are so many things we can do real time to make your experience better. We will be sure to share your kind words with Theresa... And hope you give us another try in the future.
Driving thru Effingham with hubby would no doubt be my favorite restaurant.
WOW! Thank you for the amazing review & compliment... We are so glad you enjoyed your experience, and hope to see you again very soon. Cheers!
So good! Found it from a billboard during a long road trip! Amazing to have vegetarian well prepared food!
Thanks for the amazing review... We are so glad you found us on your travels! Hope to see you again very soon -Cheers!
Been here before and had great experiences. This one had all the makings of a great evening as we celebrated my son and daughter in law's 20th wedding anniversary. All was going well until our server realized that her did not enter the entrée orders correctly. @ entree's went back to the kitchen and one was corrected and emerged from the kitchen quickly. The other arrived when all of the other guests had completed their dinners. He apologized, but it sure messed up the flow of the dinner and nothing was done to compensate our party for the error.
A gem of a restaurant in east central Illinois where I-57 & I-70 meet. We plan our travels through this area to stop and have dinner, lunch or brunch. This past time we noticed they upgraded their steak selections and mine was exactly done as ordered and very flavorful. My wife was disappointed in the crab cakes, more filling than she hoped and expected. Outdoor seating when weather is good is wonderful, or back patio overlooking pond.
Thanks for the great review, Dekin! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us, and love hearing that you plan your stops around firefly. We can't wait to see you again very soon - Cheers!
This was the first visit for my wife. I had lunch at Firefly that day. Our dinner meal was delicious. Everything was very fresh and the wait staff was very good. We had fried green tomatoes, the corn chowder, my wife had the beef pastry dish and I had the fried chicken. The meat was very tender and the vegetables that came with the entrees were very tasty. We had the banana cake and ice cream. The cake was a bit stiff (perhaps that is the way it is supposed to come) and we would most likely not order that again. But overall, the food and service were great. Effingham has a real gem of a restaurant with Firefly grill. If you are in the area, stop and have a meal. It is well worth it.
Thanks for the great review, Bill! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience, and hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!
Love this restaurant!! One of my favorite places and I travel the world!! Always great service. Food is always great too. Such great choices and unique dishes. We had peach bellinis that were so tasty and refreshing. Both of us had the pork shank with fresh peas and lentils and mushrooms. Absolutely delicious!! Sat on back deck on a beautiful summer night. Recommend highly.
WOW! Thanks for the amazing review. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience including our chef's special pork shank. We can't wait to see you again very soon!
This was our first time visiting the Firefly Grill. Overall, it was a great experience. My husband had the 6 oz. filet, and he said it was very good. I had the salmon, because I hadn't had salmon in quite awhile, and it is one of my favorite dishes. I was kinda disappointed, as I could not cut through the skin, so had to remove the whole skin from the filet, and the salmon just tasted ok. The rest of the meal, including the Caprese salad and vegetables were very good. The Ice cream was excellent!!! Service by Clara was exceptional. She took very good care of us, answering our questions and she even came back and told me that the vegetables would be served in a side dish, as I had explained that I wasn't fond of peppers. Well, the succotash was very good! The rest of the staff were friendly and helpful. Thank you for a very nice first time dining experience!
Thanks for the great review, DoriS! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience. Please know, we will look into the salmon issue and see what is happening there. We will be sure to share your comments with your server, Clara. We hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!
I ate at Firefly Grill for the first time and was beyond impressed! This is a central Illinois GEM! I had heard wonderful things but even still it exceeded my expectations!
Thanks for the awesome review, MorganW! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience, and hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!
The food at Firefly is wonderful, as always. Casey was our server. We came in early, with 2 kids (who were perfectly behaved), and she continuously rushed us — even going so far as asking our last guest what he wanted to drink as he was walking into the restaurant!! The entire meal was that way, despite our efforts to slow her down, A $170 meal to 3 adults should not take 45 minutes!!
Thanks for the review, Foodie1020! We hate to hear you felt rushed during your experience. We will be sure to chat with our front of house staff to make sure this isn't an issue in the future. It sounds like have some training to do! Thank you for the feedback, and we hope you give us another chance to "wow" you in the future.
We plan our trips thru Illinois to stop in Effingham and eat at Firefly. Great atmosphere, food and service.
Thanks for the amazing review... And for stopping to come see us so many times! We appreciate you!
Great find for us traveling to St. Louis from Chicago. We enjoyed everything from start to finish, pretzel bread, morel mushroom app, caprese salad, scallop risotto, a full bodied cab and a lighter red blend for our wines. No room for dessert, however. Next time perhaps because we will be back! And our server, Jordon was great! Extra kudos for growing their own produce :0) Thank you for your hospitality!
Thanks so much for the great review... We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us! It sounds like you ordered the full firefly experience - Yum! We will be sure to share your kind words with your server, Jordan. We hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!
My experience at Firefly was very good. The atmosphere is wonderful and peaceful. The food was delicious and unusual. All 3 of our party was impressed with the food and decor inside and out. We will go back for Sunday brunch or dinner soon.
Thanks for the great review... We are so glad you enjoyed your experience, and can't wait to see you again very soon!
Stopped here after seeing articles and reviews on our way back to Chicago from Orlando. Right off 57 and easy to visit. It lived up to the hype. Delicious food. Great restaurant and great service and super fresh ingredients. Got a bunch of different items to split and try - All were fantastic and especially the caprese salad was amazing. Will make a point to stop back whenever we’re traveling this way.
Thanks for the amazing review! We are so glad you found us on your travels through Effingham... And even more excited to hear you enjoyed your experience with us. We hope to see you again soon for another caprese salad - Cheers!
Wait staff was very friendly and accommodating. Our dinner choices were amazing. Halibut couldn't have been any fresher, wedge salad (make sure to add bacon) was amazing and the filet was one of the best I've ever had. Well Done! We'll recommend FF to everyone!
Thanks for the great review! It sounds like you enjoyed every dish you tried, and that makes us so happy! We hope to see you again very soon for another round of halibut - Cheers!
We really enjoyed eating on the patio at Firefly grill. They have a great selection in their menu and everything we had was fresh and delicious. I highly recommend the curry meatballs and caprese salad. The ambiance is great for a date night or weekend on the patio. It is definitely on the pricier side, would be good for a date night or special occasion. I would venture to say this is the best restaurant in Effingham. If you’re driving through, it’s worth your time to stop and enjoy some great food!
Thanks for the amazing review! We are so glad you enjoyed all of the great dishes you tried as well as our ambiance and service. Thank you so much for your kind words, and we hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!
Back again. This is one of the best restaurants we have been to and may make us consider more road trips . Scallops with corn & risotto was phenomenal, caprese salad was fantastic, home made ice cream.... everything is top notch.
WOW! Thanks for the awesome review... and another visit! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed so many of our favorite dishes including the caprese salad - YUM! Thanks for the multiple visits... Hope to see you again very soon, Cheers!
Visiting my mother for several days. Was here three times and always had a great experience with great service and food. Atmosphere is great for kids - eating outside so they can feed the fish. Thanks!!!
WOW - 3 times?!? That's amazing! Thank you so much for the multiple visits and great review! We are so glad your family enjoyed their visits with us. We hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!
Second time at Firefly in 1 week after many, many years of driving through Effingham on our way to STL and central Missouri and NEVER knowing it was there - amazing find (saw the billboard) and amazing food, service and ambiance. We will keep coming back! Highly recommend the Pork Burger and Fish Tacos.
WOW! Thanks for the amazing review... We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us, especially our pork burger & fish tacos. We can't wait to see you again on your travels through Effingham. Cheers!
Delicious food and lots to choose from! Will be stopping by again!
Great review! Thanks for stopping in!
Our third trip to Firefly and each has been outstanding. Everyone is friendly. The waitresses are knowledgeable and willing to engage in conversation. Food seasonings are right on. The ribeye is amazing. We live an hour away but will go back. Time to try some of the other entrees.
WOW! We are so glad to hear you had an "outstanding" experience with us at firefly grill! We can't wait for you to try other items on our menu very soon.
Great all around resturant. Food is always exceptional. Menu has plenty of options. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable about menu and restaurant in general. A little out of the way but well worth the trip.
Thanks for the great review, Chipper! We are so glad you found us and had a great experience. Hope to see you again soon - Cheers!
Unimpressed and not worth the drive from St. Louis. The bar has a good bourbon selection and wanted to order a Manhattan. The only vermouth they had was an inexpensive Martini and Rossi. Good bourbon derseves an good vermouth. The Montana Mignon was served with a bbq sauce, really!
Hi Keith... Thanks for your honest review & feedback. We hate to hear you didn't enjoy your experience with us. Please know, we do take reviews seriously and will be reviewing our bar selection to hopefully make you the perfect Manhattan in the future.
On our way home from vacation we stopped to have a late lunch, early dinner. We received great service and the food was delicious! I wish we lived closer so we could come more often!
Thanks for the great review, Jennifer! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience, and can't wait to see you again soon - Cheers!
Hands down the best road trip meal we’ve ever had. Fine dining right off the interstate? Yes, please! food, service and ambiance were all on point; wish we could go back! Will definitely do so if we’re ever traveling that area again in the future.
WOW! Thank you so much for the great compliment and review. We are so glad you found us on your travels, and hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!
I had put in a special request for my son's birthday via the OpenTable reservation, and they did not acknowledge it. Every other restaurant I've used has taken the time to read those requests. I could have gone to Fridays and spent less money for the same experience. I only chose this restaurant to make the evening special. For the cost, customer service should be a given.
The food was fantastic and the atmosphere perfect. We were there for our anniversary. Had a quiet corner table. We split dishes so we could try more things and they asked each time if we wanted it played on two plates. Scallops we're melt in the mouth and the New York strip was cooked perfectly. Can't wait to go back!
WOW! So glad you enjoyed your experience with us... Thank you so much for the amazing review! We hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!