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Firefly Grill, Effingham, IL

Firefly Grill

4.7
4.7
2911 Reviews
$30 and under
Unspecified
The kitchen is the heart of the Campbell house which is why we created an expedition kitchen so customers can see all of the love and hard work that goes into our dishes. firefly's vision is a sustainable one; the frame of the building is recycled steel, all of the barn wood is reclaimed as is much of our furniture, the pond irrigates our gardens which greatly reduce our carbon footprint along with all the trash that comes with packaging food, we compost, are constantly upgrading our energy efficiency and NEVER use chemical fertilizers or pesticides in our garden.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Unspecified
  • Hours of operation
    Mon 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Tue–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (217) 342-2002
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Niall D. Campbell II
  • Catering
    From elegant hors d’oeuvres to award-winning farm & table dishes, firefly grill has options for every setting and every appetite. We’re happy to create a customized menu for your event.
  • Private party facilities
    Looking for the perfect space to hold an event? Stop searching and discover firefly events from corporate and pharmaceutical dinners to baby showers, bridal showers and anniversary parties we’ve got you covered.
  • Private party contact
    Katie Koester: (217) 342-2548
  • Neighborhood
    Effingham
  • Cross street
    Keller Drive
  • Parking details
    Accessible on all levels.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,911 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Unspecified

  • Central Illinois

    Best Ambiance

  • Central Illinois

    Good for business meals

  • Central Illinois

    Good for groups

  • Central Illinois

    Healthy

  • Central Illinois

    Hot spot

  • Central Illinois

    Great for fine wines

  • Central Illinois

    Romantic

  • Central Illinois

    Good for special occasions

  • Central Illinois

    Lively

  • Central Illinois

    Most Booked

2,912 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal as always. Atmosphere and service fabulous.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a lovely experience. Good changes with the seasons and is imaginative.

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  3. Foodie71

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service are always amazing! They also accommodated my dog who was traveling with me with patio seating.
    Firefly GrillResponded 3 days ago
    Thanks for the feedback, Foodie71! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed both the food and service at Firefly Grill. It's wonderful to know that you and your dog were comfortable with our patio seating. We strive to make every guest feel welcome and valued. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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  4. TamuSabby

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant has the freshest vegetables, meat, and seafood in east-central Illinois. My house salad had the most tender lettuce and flavorful cherry tomatoes. My lobster and shrimp stew was amazing. The bread board with pretzel bread and beer cheese dip was addictive, as were the onion rings and the accompanying dips. My husband drives to this spot just for the All-American burger. Our child’s chicken tenders were the best fried chicken I’ve ever had, and I’m from Alabama. We also loved the desserts, especially the house-made ice cream. The server was helpful and friendly, and patient with our youngster. We have to drive over an hour to eat here, but it’s well worth it.
    Firefly GrillResponded 5 days ago
    We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed your experience at Firefly Grill! It sounds like you got to try so many of our signature dishes, and we are so glad you enjoyed them! We look forward to welcoming you and your family back the next time you're in the area.

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  5. RichH

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and our waitress, Victoria, was outstanding. A true gem of an establishment.
    Firefly GrillResponded 5 days ago
    Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience at Firefly Grill, and love to know that Victoria took such great care of you. She's a gem! We hope to see you again very soon. Cheers!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ate out side with reservation for Mother's Day. 3 course meal with wife and her parents. Great afternoon from the food to the atmosphere. Service was high quality!
    Firefly GrillResponded on May 15, 2024
    Thank you so much for choosing Firefly Grill for your Mother's Day outing. We're thrilled to hear that you and your family enjoyed our 3-course meal and service. We look forward to welcoming you back for more memorable days with us.

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  7. AlexandraV

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Who would know that this hidden gem of a restaurant was in the middle of nowhere.. on the road west… we had a beautiful meal of exceptional quality. Friendly prompt service. Delectable baked haddock and salmon cooked on a grill with fresh garden peas.
    Firefly GrillResponded on May 13, 2024
    Thank you so much for your kind words! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your meal and found our service to be prompt and friendly. It's always a pleasure to know that we've hit the mark with our baked haddock and salmon. We hope to see you again soon on your next visit through Effingham - Cheers!

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  8. Bridgette

    New York City

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this restaurant. It is a “must” stop whenever near Effingham. Fresh ingredients, perfectly prepared. The flavors burst from the plate. This was our third visit and there will be a fourth, fifth…another plus, they welcome dogs to the porch!
    Firefly GrillResponded on May 13, 2024
    Thank you for your kind words! We're thrilled to hear that Firefly Grill is a must-stop for you wherever you are. We take great pride in our fresh ingredients and it's great to hear that you've enjoyed them all. We're also glad that our team made you feel welcome and that you had a positive experience. We look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit - Cheers!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The location was lovely and the food was fantastic. We didn’t appreciate a 5% “back of house” fee added to our bill. We always tip 20-25% and pay in cash, so this fee seemed excessive.
    Firefly GrillResponded on May 7, 2024
    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed the lovely location and found the food to be fantastic during your recent visit. However, we're truly sorry to learn about your disappointment regarding the 5% "back of house" fee. We sincerely apologize for any confusion or frustration this may have caused. Rest assured, we take your feedback seriously, and we will review our disclosure practices to ensure clarity for our valued guests in the future. Your suggestion regarding pricing adjustments versus added fees is duly noted, and we'll certainly take it into consideration as we continually evaluate. Once again, we apologize for any inconvenience, and we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back in the future.

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  10. Tasty

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Firefly hit the mark again as they always do. My wife & I always order the burger and it never disappoints. It’s our favorite burger of all the places we’ve tried in all our travels. Service was impeccable as always. Thanks again for another great meal!
    Firefly GrillResponded on May 5, 2024
    WOW - We're thrilled to hear that your dining experience at Firefly Grill was just as enjoyable as your previous visits! It's wonderful to know that our burgers always hit the mark for you and your wife... and the service as well! Your kind words are greatly appreciated and we look forward to serving you again in the future.

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  11. Dave

    Naples

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service with great recommendations Food as always was excellent
    Firefly GrillResponded on April 29, 2024
    Thanks for the review, Dave! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the food and service at Firefly Grill. Your satisfaction is our top priority, and we're glad that we could provide you with great recommendations and service. We look forward to serving you again soon. Cheers!

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  12. Barney

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came 100 miles for today's brunch. It was worth it. Started off with one of their hearty blood marys. A hidden ingredient, diced dill marinated tender celery my best guess. Made the mix... Great & rarely seen brunch offering here in the midwest. Trad offering & crabcake Benedict option. I had thee New Orleans shrimp with gritts. The sauce made me feel like I was in southern Louisiana, maybe even S. Carolina.lol..Bread pudding was King of the Hill for the final course. Server Aja was very helpful, thank u
    Firefly GrillResponded on April 22, 2024
    WOW - Thank you, Barney! We are so glad you enjoyed your brunch visit with us. Thank you so much for your kind words. We love what we do at firefly and are so glad you got to enjoy so many different things. We will be sure to share your kind words with your server, Aja. Cheers!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The chicken Parmesan was ordered by my mother in law and she said it was terrible. The salmon was ordered by my husband and he said it was good
    Firefly GrillResponded on April 22, 2024
    Thank you so much for visiting firefly grill. We hate to hear your mom didn't enjoy the chicken parmesan. But happy to hear your husband enjoyed the salmon. In the future, please let us know when you aren't enjoying something and we will do our best to make it right. We will be working with our team of chefs to ensure any mistakes made with the dish are taken care of. Cheers!

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  14. TonyaS

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always.....Firefly is perfect. Samuel my server was amazing! He had asked me the favorite part of my week....and I said coming to Firefly Grill. It was a busy week and I loved the restaurant week menu. Needless to say, there was a ton a food!! Absolutely loved everything.
    Firefly GrillResponded on April 24, 2024
    Thanks for your review and continued visits, Tonya! We will be sure to share your kind words with your server, Samuel. Isn't he awesome?! We love having him on team firefly. We also love to hear you enjoyed our restaurant week menu. What a fun event! Thanks again, and we will see you again soon. Cheers!

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  15. TWhip

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Our go-to place for special occasions. We live over an hour away so we don't go there for routine dining, but it is certainly our #1 choice for special occasions.
    Firefly GrillResponded on April 19, 2024
    Thank you so much for the great review! We're absolutely thrilled to hear that Firefly Grill is your go-to place for special occasions - RIGHT ON! We appreciate your visit and look forward to serving you again soon.

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  16. Jennifere

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Traveled 3 hours to eat dinner here and did not disappoint! Went back the next morning for the brunch and just as amazing.
    Firefly GrillResponded on April 15, 2024
    We're thrilled to hear that you had an amazing experience dining with us at Firefly Grill! It's wonderful to know that you enjoyed both our dinner and brunch. We always strive to provide our guests with the best food and service, and your kind words are truly appreciated. Thank you for choosing us for your dining experience. We look forward to welcoming you back soon for more memorable meals!

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  17. JeffH

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Sorry to say, I think my favorite local eatery has slipped a notch. Entrees are not anything special recently. Soups and desserts are great, but the main dishes - not that great. Steaks just average. You need something new and better for entrees. Brunch is first rate, as is.
    Firefly GrillResponded on April 15, 2024
    Thank you for your feedback. We're glad you enjoyed our soups and desserts, and our brunch. We apologize if our entrees fell short of your expectations. We're always looking to improve and your comments will be taken into consideration. We hope to serve you again soon.

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  18. Essie

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our wait staff was friendly, very helpful, and attentive. The Caesar salad was so delicious that we bought a pint of the dressing. My pan-fried salmon and my dining partner's filo dough-wrapped mignon were really delicious. My entree may have been the tastiest salmon I have ever eaten--really moist and tender. I liked that I was offered a choice of a 5oz or an 8oz glass of the wine I ordered. (Five ounces is plenty for me.) My disappointments: I thought the entrees were just a bit over-priced, and the bread pudding--although it was not bad, it had no body. It tasted just fine, but its texture was a bit mealy and mushy, and the diced apples did not add a bright pop to it. (I'll try the creme brulee next time.) And I'll definitely order a cup of the coffee again, to round out my dessert. It was full-bodied and rich tasting. The restaurant has a great feel to it both inside and the surrounding property. We traveled just a bit out of our way to our next destination that day to have an early dinner at the Firefly Grill. We would do it again.
    Firefly GrillResponded on April 12, 2024
    Thanks for the review and feedback! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed so many of our signature dishes. It's great to know that you found our staff friendly and attentive, and that our wine selection and desserts were to your liking. We're always looking for ways to improve and your feedback is invaluable in this process. We're glad you chose to dine with us and we're thrilled that you enjoyed your early dinner at the Firefly Grill. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our family loves the firefly and we have spent many celebrations there to enjoy the food and ambience. We had friends from out of town and they they loved you too!
    Firefly GrillResponded on April 10, 2024
    Thanks for stopping in, and for the wonderful review! We're thrilled to hear that your family enjoys our food and ambiance at Firefly Grill. We strive to make every celebration memorable for all of our guests. Your kind words are greatly appreciated and we look forward to serving you again soon!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Firefly never disappoints. It’s worth the drive. Atmosphere, food
    Firefly GrillResponded on April 10, 2024
    Thank you so much for your kind words. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the atmosphere and food at Firefly Grill. We always strive to provide the best for our guests, and we're glad to know we've hit the mark for you. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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  21. PatriciaHP

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The eclipse event was perfect for my group of friends, those who I came with, and the couple we met. The friendliness of the staff as well as other attendees was exemplary. A community of people shared a celestial event. The food was magnificent and the drink the bar manager made for us is a keeper, festive, delicious, beautiful (as well as alcoholic). My dog, Lily, was not only welcomed, but celebrated. Thank you. I will be telling many about our experience, encourage others to travel to Effingham to the Firefly Grill and I will certainly go again. Did I say Thank you? Thank you.
    Firefly GrillResponded on April 10, 2024
    Thanks for the amazing review, and for joining us for our Eclipse Viewing Party! We're thrilled to hear that you and your friends enjoyed the day. It's wonderful to know that our team's friendliness and the community of our guests made your experience memorable. We're glad you enjoyed our food, drinks, and especially the atmosphere on the dock. And we always love a fury friend around here! We can't wait to welcome you back for more celebrations. Cheers!

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  22. BenjaminB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We attended the eclipse viewing party at Firefly. Normally, the food is outstanding. On this ocassion it was very good, but not outstanding, probably because it was buffet. However, Firefly once again proved why it is a wonderful dining experience, by providing above and beyond service. They were helpful, friendly, attentive, and willing to make sure that as customers we left happy -which we certainly did. I will certainly make it a point to return more often.
    Firefly GrillResponded on April 11, 2024
    Thank you for your kind words and for choosing to attend the eclipse viewing party at Firefly Grill. We're thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful dining experience and felt our service was above and beyond. We're also glad to know that our team made your visit enjoyable and ensured you had a great time. We look forward to welcoming you back more often!

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  23. PamelaW

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful staff and decor with outdoor seating, the food was excellent! We were there for the eclipse special, and while it was very nice to have that space to wander around, a place to park, it was way overpriced. That said, I will try to find a reason to head that way so I can eat there again!
    Firefly GrillResponded on April 10, 2024
    Thanks for visiting us! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our staff, outdoor seating, and especially the food. It's great to know that our eclipse special added to your experience at Firefly Grill. We appreciate your feedback regarding our pricing. We strive to provide a unique dining experience and your feedback helps us to improve. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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  24. Stefan

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Firefly Grill has a great selection of farm-fresh food. Everything is prepared to perfection. We have lunch or dinner there every chance we can when driving along I-57. The menu changes over time, so we hope to see their awesome Reuben sandwich back some day, but the fish & chips and poke bowl were very welcome alternatives. Our visits this year did not find that the poke bowls had returned, but the maple-bourbon french toast was absolutely stunning! The waitstaff have excellent recommendations and are always friendly and helpful.
    Firefly GrillResponded on April 19, 2024
    Hi Stefan - Thanks for the wonderful review... and your continued visits to firefly grill! We appreciate your feedback and hope to bring back some of your favorites in the coming months. Thanks for being a firefly - You are awesome!

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  25. NancyH

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Whenever we visit down home we make a stop at Firefly. the food is great and we like the atmosphere. Everyone in the group enjoyed it.
    Firefly GrillResponded on April 10, 2024
    We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Firefly Grill and our food! It's always a pleasure to know that our efforts to provide great food and atmosphere are appreciated by our valued guests like you. We're grateful for your kind words and high ratings. We strive to create a great dining experience for our guests, and your feedback lets us know we're on the right track. Looking forward to your next visit!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Firefly grill never disappoints! We requested a quiet location for our hearing-impaired guest of honor. Not only did they provide an ultra-quiet location, they accommodated our wishes for a lower music volume as well. Food, service and overall experience was excellent.
    Firefly GrillResponded on April 8, 2024
    Thanks for the amazing review! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and we could accommodate your special requests. We love what we do at firefly, and love even more when our guests feel like their time with us was excellent. Thanks for your continued visits and kindness!

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  27. Nancy

    Detroit

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We stop overnight in Effingham twice a year, and decent restaurants are hard to find. We were so pleasantly surprised by the Firefly Grill. The physical space, ambiance, and food offerings were exceptional. Only complaint is that the gin gimlet I ordered did not taste like the classic version I am used to. Next time I will describe it more carefully to the server. We will definitely return on our next trip.
    Firefly GrillResponded on April 17, 2024
    Thank you for choosing Firefly Grill and for taking the time to leave us a review. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our space, ambiance, and food. Your feedback regarding the gin gimlet is appreciated and will be taken into consideration as we strive to provide the best experience for our guests. We're delighted that you plan to return on your next trip and we look forward to welcoming you back.

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  28. AndreaF

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoy our Brunch at your restaurant. Beautiful place and great service.
    Firefly GrillResponded on April 3, 2024
    Thank you for your kind words and for giving us a perfect rating! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoy your brunch with us. We're always striving to provide the best for our guests and your feedback is a testament to that. We look forward to your next visit.

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  29. MattM

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dining experience at Firefly Grill was absolutely delightful. The outdoor ambiance was truly enchanting, taking in the afternoon sunshine and the serene sounds of nature. Our server, Kim, was exceptional. She was friendly, attentive, and incredibly knowledgeable about the menu. She made excellent recommendations and ensured that our dining experience was seamless and enjoyable. The food was equally impressive. Each dish was beautifully presented and bursting with flavor. The locally sourced ingredients and creative culinary techniques shone through in every bite. Overall, our afternoon at the Firefly Grill was a truly memorable one. We highly recommend dining here for a unique and delightful experience that combines delicious food, beautiful surroundings, and excellent service.

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  30. Rodno

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent meal in 2023. In 2024 not so wonderful. Chicken parmesan overbreaded. Salmon wet with vegetable topping. Added 5% to bill "for kitchen staff"! We think this is pretty presumptuous of ownership. Unfortunately for waitress we gave her 15% to keep total tip to 20%.
    Firefly GrillResponded on March 27, 2024
    Thanks for visiting us! We hate to hear that you did enjoy your meal at Firefly Grill. We appreciate your feedback and will keep it in consideration going forward. Thank you again.

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  31. MattM

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oh, where do I even begin? Our dining experience at the Firefly was elevated to a whole new level thanks to the superstar server extraordinaire, Victoria! From the moment she greeted us with a dazzling smile that could light up a room, we knew we were in for a treat. Victoria's attention to detail was impeccable - her recommendations were as spot-on as her timing with refilling our drinks (seriously, she must have a sixth sense for knowing exactly when our glasses were running low). Not only did Victoria flawlessly juggle multiple tables with grace and finesse, but she also managed to sprinkle in a dash of humor that kept us laughing throughout the entire meal. It's not every day you find a server who can expertly recommend the perfect drink while also cracking a joke that has you snorting with laughter. In a world full of bland and forgettable dining experiences, Victoria is a shining beacon of light that we didn't know we needed. So, if you want top-notch service with a side of hilarity, do yourself a favor and ask for Victoria at the Firefly. Trust me, you won't be disappointed - just be prepared to leave with a smile so big, it might just rival Victoria's own infectious grin.
    Firefly GrillResponded on March 20, 2024
    WOW - Thank you, Matt! We're thrilled to hear that you had an elevated dining experience at Firefly Grill. It's wonderful to know that Victoria made your visit enjoyable with her exceptional service and humor. We're also glad that you found her recommendations spot-on. We will be sure to share your review with her... and look forward to serving you again soon.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Waited over an hour for our food. Great atmosphere. Loved looking out over the water.
    Firefly GrillResponded on March 25, 2024
    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Firefly Grill. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed the atmosphere and the view of the water. We're sorry to hear that the wait time for your food was so long. We strive to provide an exceptional dining experience for all our guests, and we're disappointed when we don't meet that expectation. Your feedback is valuable to us and will be used to improve. We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again and provide a better experience.

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  33. TrishaW

    Nashville

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a good experience. Food was ok. Service was ok. Overall it was good.
    Firefly GrillResponded on March 20, 2024
    Thanks for visiting us - We're glad to hear that you had a good experience! .We appreciate your feedback and look forward to serving you again soon.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Had just implemented a new ordering system which they were struggling with. Our filet’s were not done as ordered. The cauliflower side was very good, the mushrooms and the steaks themselves were very salty. The overall experience was below average especially given the price!
    Firefly GrillResponded on March 7, 2024
    Thank you for your feedback. We're glad you enjoyed our cauliflower but sorry to hear about your filet order and the saltiness. We strive for perfection and your feedback helps us improve. We are working out the kinks of our new system, and we promise to provide a better experience next time. In the future (and you may have done so), please let us know when you aren't enjoying your dish. We will always do what we can to make it right! Thank you.

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  35. Christopher

    Cleveland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time attending The Firefly. Food was not as good as our previous dining experience. Seasonal Risotto should be amended. I had butterscotch risotto the last time and it was a 5 star dish. They should offer 4 risottos, one for each season. Keep them all on the menu all year for variety. Still one of the best restaurants you will ever eat at.
    Firefly GrillResponded on March 4, 2024
    Hi Christopher - Thank you so much for stopping in and for your feedback on the risotto. We appreciate your visit, and hope to be able to see you for another round of butternut squash risotto soon!

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  36. DougM

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We met some friends from Champaign that had never eaten there before. The food and service was excellent. Our friends said the steaks were some of the best they have eaten.
    Firefly GrillResponded on March 4, 2024
    WOW - What a great review! We appreciate your kindness, and love to hear you enjoyed your experience with us at firefly grill. Thank you so much for stopping in and for such kind words. You are awesome!

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  37. jghs

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I highly recommend Firefly Grill! It is farm to table, high end dining. Just go!
    Firefly GrillResponded on March 1, 2024
    Thank you so much for your review! We appreciate your kind words and continued visits. Thanks for being a firefly - Cheers!

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  38. Jessica

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We've been regularly coming to Firefly for almost a year now. We're never disappointed. The food, service, and ambiance is always top notch and a must for our date nights!
    Firefly GrillResponded on February 29, 2024
    Thank you so much for your kind words. We're thrilled to hear that you've been coming to Firefly Grill since the beginning and that we've consistently met your expectations. We strive to provide top-notch food, service, and ambiance, and it's wonderful to know we're succeeding every time. Your continued patronage means a lot to us. Cheers!

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  39. LindsayW

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious as always! Great breakfast brunch for my sister.
    Firefly GrillResponded on March 6, 2024
    Thank you for your wonderful review! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our Sunday brunch! We always strive to serve delicious food, and we're glad to know we hit the mark for you. We look forward to serving you and your sister again soon!

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  40. BarbB

    Houston

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We specifically came to Firefly for brunch. Our favorites are the omelets and slab bacon. However, both have been taken off the menu and we were disappointed. We tried the fritatta, which was just OK. The sides of crispy potatoes were soggy. We informed the server and they replaced the potatoes with French fries. The manager informed us they started cutting the potatoes differently, starting that day. They were a fail. The hot feta cheese dip with toasty bread was very good, the best part of the meal. I think our server was assigned too many tables. He did not come around very often, he had a lot of tables. We were there 1 1/2 hours for brunch. We like to take our time and enjoy a meal, but this meal was drug out too long. We eat at Firefly about every other month, we live over an hour away. We have enjoyed some great meals there, but some of the recent ones have been inconsistent. Firefly has an upscale vibe and a sophisticated menu. We expect better quality than what we got Sunday, February 25.
    Firefly GrillResponded on February 28, 2024
    Hi Barb - Thank you so much for stopping in. We hate to hear you didn't enjoy your brunch. We appreciate your feedback on both your service and food and will be working with our team to ensure this isn't the case in the future. As you said, this isn't typical for us as we strive for top notch service, food, beverages, and scene. Again, we appreciate your visit and feedback... and we will do better.

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FAQs

Firefly Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (217) 342-2002.

Firefly Grill is rated 4.7 stars by 2911 OpenTable diners.

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1810 Avenue of Mid-America, Effingham, IL 62401

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Keller Drive
  • Neighborhood
    Effingham
  • Hours of operation
    Mon 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Tue–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Unspecified
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Accessible on all levels.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Niall D. Campbell II
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (217) 342-2002
  • Catering
    From elegant hors d’oeuvres to award-winning farm & table dishes, firefly grill has options for every setting and every appetite. We’re happy to create a customized menu for your event.
  • Private party facilities
    Looking for the perfect space to hold an event? Stop searching and discover firefly events from corporate and pharmaceutical dinners to baby showers, bridal showers and anniversary parties we’ve got you covered.
  • Private party contact
    Katie Koester: (217) 342-2548
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