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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was excellent, the waiter did not checked on us at all, my husband had to go find him to get the check

RG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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. 🤤🤤🍽🔪

Firefly Grill
Responded a day ago

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!

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JK
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and excellent service. A gastronomic gem in the middle of Illinois.

Firefly Grill
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks for the great review, Jerry! We super appreciate it, and hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!

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B
Hawaii
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Firefly Grill
Responded a day ago

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!

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t
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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.

Firefly Grill
Responded a day ago

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.

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DS
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous romantic dinner! It was so nice to eat food straight from the Firefly garden!

Firefly Grill
Responded 5 days ago

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!

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VH
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Firefly Grill
Responded on September 10, 2019

Thanks for the great review... We appreciate your continued brunch business! Hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!

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CB
Indiana
37 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Firefly Grill
Responded on September 10, 2019

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!

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DR
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Firefly Grill
Responded on September 10, 2019

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!

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SD
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great find on a road trip.

Firefly Grill
Responded on September 9, 2019

Thanks for the great review, Scott! We are so glad you found us on your travels, and hope to see you again soon - Cheers!

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j
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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

Firefly Grill
Responded on September 9, 2019

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!

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J
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good. We sat outside because it was a cool day. No bugs or flys. Nice.

Firefly Grill
Responded on September 9, 2019

Thanks for the great review, Jean! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit with us and got to enjoy our outdoor dining!

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J
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

Firefly Grill
Responded on September 4, 2019

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!

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AM
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good, great service, beautiful setting, kinda pricey.

Firefly Grill
Responded on September 2, 2019

Thanks for the great review!

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JJ
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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!

Firefly Grill
Responded on September 2, 2019

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!

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C
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Firefly Grill
Responded on August 30, 2019

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!

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MI
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Firefly Grill
Responded on August 30, 2019

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!

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KK
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great farm to table restaurant, good wait staff, excellent food. Love it.

Firefly Grill
Responded on August 23, 2019

Thanks for the amazing review, Ken!

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GJ
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

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!

Firefly Grill
Responded on August 23, 2019

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!

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Fire Fly Grill. Drove 90 minutes to enjoy those wonderful fried green tomatoes!

Firefly Grill
Responded on August 20, 2019

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!

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OT
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

Firefly Grill
Responded on August 19, 2019

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!

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DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were excellent as usual. After ordering our dessert, we received a call that our son in law was being taken to the ER. The staff quickly got our desserts ready and put in to go containers for us, they really went the extra mile!!! Thanks to all the staff.

Firefly Grill
Responded on August 20, 2019

Thanks for the great review, Deborah! We are so sorry to hear about your son-in-law, and hope all is well with his situation. We are so glad our staff was able to take care of you all. We hope to see you again very soon!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about our visit!

Firefly Grill
Responded on August 19, 2019

Thanks for the awesome review - Hope to see you again soon!

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HP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Way too expensive for what it is. The food was pretty good, just not a ribeye worth $40.

Firefly Grill
Responded on August 19, 2019

Thanks for the review, Heather... and for your honesty! Please know, we take these review seriously, and will be researching how we can make your visit better in the future.

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A
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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.

Firefly Grill
Responded on August 19, 2019

Hi Amanda! We hate to hear you didn't enjoy your most recent visit with us... It sounds like we missed the mark. Please know, we take these review seriously, and will be looking into ways to make your experience better in the future. We appreciate the feedback!

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A
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

Firefly Grill
Responded on August 15, 2019

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!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Firefly Grill
Responded on August 14, 2019

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!

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DB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Second time customer. We like the restaurant but it is pricey.

Firefly Grill
Responded on August 13, 2019

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.

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LS
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!!

Firefly Grill
Responded on August 12, 2019

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!

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HG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous farm-to-table restaurant tucked away in a corner of Effingham. The food was delicious; the atmosphere relaxing; and the service was friendly. I will definitety eat here again when I'm next in Effingham.

Firefly Grill
Responded on August 20, 2019

Thanks for the amazing review! We are so found glad you found us on your travels through Effingham, and hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!

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RS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My date had not been here and has wanted to go for a long time. She loved it!

Firefly Grill
Responded on August 9, 2019

Awesome! So glad you enjoyed your date night with us. We hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!

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SM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

Firefly Grill
Responded on August 12, 2019

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!

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DN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

Firefly Grill
Responded on August 12, 2019

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!

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DW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Firefly Grill
Responded on August 12, 2019

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!

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LG
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Great food & drinks! Friends from out of town praised Firefly also

Firefly Grill
Responded on August 6, 2019

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!

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p
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Patio dining area was beautiful menu prices were a little more expensive than we expected for the area

Firefly Grill
Responded on August 6, 2019

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!

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MN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

Firefly Grill
Responded on August 5, 2019

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!

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LG
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

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.

Firefly Grill
Responded on August 2, 2019

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.

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SS
New Orleans
67 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Driving thru Effingham with hubby would no doubt be my favorite restaurant.

Firefly Grill
Responded on August 1, 2019

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!

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