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Firefly Grill

1481 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Special Occasion (40)
  • Good for a Date (37)
  • Romantic (27)
Firefly Grill is a modern farm & table roadhouse located on the shores of Kristie Lake. Chef Niall Campbell and his wife Kristie own and operate this oasis of American fresh cuisine in the heart of the Midwest.
Firefly boasts a soulful, seasonal menu created from their onsite beyond organic farm. Ingredients they don’t grow or find locally are sourced from sustainable purveyors who care for them as ardently.
Firefly offers indoor/outdoor seating on the water, lounge seating by the fire, dog friendly seating in the warmer months and several private event spaces.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm;
Friday & Saturday: 4:00 pm - 10:00pm
Sundays: Brunch 11:00am - 3:00 pm
Dinner: 3:00pm - 8:00pm
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Phone number
(217) 342-2002
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Niall D. Campbell II
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Cross street
Keller Drive
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Accessible on all levels.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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What 1481 People Are Saying
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vipVanweezer (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

I had read about Fire Fly several years ago in the Illinois magazine and thought if passing through Effingham in the future that I would love to have dinner there. Well, my husband and I were on the last leg of a 20 day road & cruise trip with friends. We all agreed that we wanted our last dinner to be special, and it was. FireFly did not disappoint!Our server,Josh, was excellent. Attentive but not intrusive and knowledgeable about the menu.
Would definitely return and recommend if in the area.
Thank you

5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Great place with wonderful food. You won’t be disappointed!

5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We love the special Valentine menu. Fabulous food and spectacular service.

TheGlenns (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Fantastic experience on Valentine’s Day. The dining and wine selections at Firefly never disappoint. Service was a bit slow, but they were packed. Overall a great experience.

LindsayB (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Fantastic meal and fantastic service. I’d go everyday if I could afford it.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The pre-fix menu for Valentine’s dinner was outstanding for 7 of the 8 courses. Though the presentation of the lobster tail was exquisite, the texture was not outstanding though it tasted ok. Service was outstanding once we settled in. At the beginning of the meal there were several miscues in short order, but the everything settled in it and it was a truly memorable evening.

DavidH (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Took my wife there on Valentines day. We were both really impressed with the food and service.

vipFoodlover12 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Sunday brunch at firefly is always amazing! The weather kept people home so the restaurant was quite, which we appreciate. We had a great meal and took a pizza to go for dinner!

TimB (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Wow! I didn't expect much for a restaurant in the middle of nowhere. I was wrong! Food and service was fantastic. Probably the best Crab cakes we have ever had and we lived on the East Coast for several years. You are killin' it! Thanks.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The atmosphere was amazing....the entire staff was top-notch and the food off the charts. An overall excellent experience.

vipBobby (Cincinnati)
2.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

First visit on a busy Saturday night. People were waiting but we had a 6:00 reservation and were promptly seated.

Service and ambiance were poor. The tables were very close together and our table seemed to be along a turnpike (if only I could have charged a toll!) used by all the wait-staff. My chair was bumped repeatedly by the careless among them. Our server seemed extremely determined to get us out of there as quickly as possible. We were in no hurry but she sure was. We exhibited no desire to order and just wanted to enjoy our cocktails in peace, but after the fourth visit to take our order we capitulated. I also later learned by eavesdropping at a nearby table, served by a different server, that there were off-menu specials that our server failed to mention. I guess that might have taken too long. The tables do not include a table cloth and the napkins are paper. If you spend $46 for a steak I think linen should be included. The kitchen is in full view of the dining area and since we were very close to the kitchen we could see and hear all the banter between the cooks and staff. Some may like this, I do not.

Drinks: My wife ordered the apple-cinnamon martini concoction and she liked it enough to order two of them. I had the Manhattan. It was a very good Manhattan. However, it came with one of those giant ice cubes. I removed the ice cube and observed a very tiny amount of actual Manhattan. Imagine a thimble-full of bourbon, that's what you get for $10.50. I despise the giant ice cube. I had a glass of the Chianti and it was quite fine.

Food: My wife ordered the pork shank w/Brussels sprouts . The Montana filet includes a tiny filet, as advertised. But the bacon cheese mixture was also tiny making a very tiny entree. We both agreed the whipped potatoes were blah. The apple crisp we had for dessert was excellent.

Evening started well, ended well, not so good in-between.

KellyL (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We ate here before a show at the Effingham Performance Center. The food and drinks were outstanding and the service was great too. I had the salmon, my SO had one of the steaks. I highly recommend Firefly Grill. Make a reservation--it definitely fills up on show nights, and we were very glad we booked ahead of time.

ChristyC (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Had a wonderful meal ans for a
Very special occasion ... we got engaged !!

CarrieR (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Great atmosphere and great food! The service was wonderful too!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

I made reservations for me and my sister to have a "girls" night out. We had such a great time. The service is always excellent and the food was amazing. The dessert and drinks were out of this world. Can't wait to go back on Valentine's Day.