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About Firefly Grill

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.

1810 Avenue of Mid America
Effingham, IL 62401
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Global, International

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

Cross Street:
Keller Drive

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(217) 342-2002

Website:
http://www.ffgrill.com/

Parking Details:
Accessible on all levels.

Executive Chef:
Niall D. Campbell II

Additional:
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

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Firefly Grill Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (42)
Good for a Date (39)
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Worth the Drive (34)
Creative Cuisine (32)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Great for Lunch (23)
Scenic View (23)
Great for Outdoor Dining (22)
Romantic (22)
Casual (20)
Good for Groups (20)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Notable Wine List (16)
Authentic (15)
Great for Brunch (15)
Fun (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Healthy (14)
Organic (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Seasonal (13)
Waterfront (13)
Business Meals (12)
Comfort Food (12)
Cozy (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Great Beer (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
People Watching (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Vegan (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Spicy (2)
Tapas (1)
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We enjoyed a GREAT late summer meal! Food, service and ambience were great

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Salad was full of water. Steaks were just ok, not worth $32 each. Wine was overpriced. Only thing we really enjoyed were squash blossoms. We have eaten there many times and always enjoyed but this visit was very disappointing for our anniversary. We hadn't been in a while and may not be inclined to return. A lot of money for a fair meal

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Very interesting

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

The covered patio was a little cold with the fans going and the AC cranking. Good food but a little pricey we thought. 12 for peach cobbler with some kind of bourbon ice cream not worth it and the ice cream was terrible with the bourbon in it ask them if they can serve it with vanilla ice cream and cut the price in half🤔😊 we would definitely go again though as overall it was a very enjoyable experience.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Awesome! A great experience every time. After dinner seating with lake view is wonderful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

I made my reservation online and didn't realize I could specify where I wanted to be seated. I had hoped for something on the porch by the pond but when we arrived we were placed in a small spot inside right next to a wall. Not ideal at all, especially with how slow it was when we went, for brunch. After talking with the hostess she moved us to a spot on the porch and it was awesome!

Everyone was extremely friendly and accommodating. My girlfriend and I traveled here for our 3 year anniversary and it was worth it! The food was absolutely amazing and I loved how all the ingredients were a stone throw away!

We will definitely be traveling back!

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We visited Firefly Grill to celebrate our anniversary. Our waiter was great and the food tasty but very pricey. I would not go back for dinner, maybe lunch. The service was slow.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 3, 2017

For a place in some small town that seems set up mostly for weary travelers to find a hotel - this place was exceptional. Great food, beautiful setting, great service. Highly recommend.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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 (Austin)·Dined on July 31, 2017

We met here for lunch with some of our out of town relatives who we had not seen for several years. We rented the wine room and it was perfect for our group since we had a lot of catching up to do and wanted some privacy. The wine room is always good when you want to have any type of meeting--business or pleasure. There is a charge for using it but it is worth every penny.

As usual the service was over the top!! This time of year is a great time to visit the firefly because all of the vegetables come from their farm or other locals. I had the fish tacos and they were very tasty. They come with firefly fries which are always good but sometimes I substitute with one of their vegies. I especially like their green beans. We also had the fried green tomatoes and as if they aren't good enough on their own, they top them with Schottmans sweet corn. And for dessert we had their famous shooters. My favorite is the key lime but I haven't tried one yet that isn't delicious!! I haven't been to the Sunday brunch for a while but I hear that it a must try. I looked at some of the dishes on facebook and the firefly website and I already want to try a lot of the dishes. I hear you need to make reservations for the brunch because it is packed every week. Actually I would recommend a reservation about anytime of the day because this is a popular busy place.

Also a great venue for large groups such as bachelorette parties, showers, business meetings, small weddings, etc.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Organic, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Tasting Menu, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Paleo Friendly, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Casual, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Afternoon Coffee, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront, Fun, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Tea
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 (Louisville)·Dined on July 30, 2017

We never miss a chance to dine at Firefly when traveling home to MO to see family. The food is consistently great and the atmosphere is wonderful. Little short on the pours Saturday night, but not the end of the world. We will be back.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (Detroit)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Overall I would call the experience middle of the road. We had a few very good dishes (corn chowder) and some not so good. My wife's scallops were inconsistently cleaned and the rice in her risotto underdone. My steak was more rare than medium rare and the carrots inconsistent in doneness. I've also never encountered a bar that stocks Sazerac Rye, yet doesn't have the components to make an actual Sazerac. The desserts were overly complex for simple dishes (candies and streusel on a peach cobbler?).

Tags: Tapas, Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 28, 2017

This is one of our favorite spots to dine at when visiting. We waited 27 minutes to be greeted by our server. If we hadn't driven 30 min to get there , we would have left. Huge disappointment when you are spending 100$ plus .

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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 23, 2017

My husband and I have been to Firefly for dinner several times in the past. Thought we would try Sunday Brunch. DELICIOUS! We drive from Champaign to enjoy the fresh food and wonderful service. We wish we had something like this in Champaign but we do not.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Organic, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Hot Spot, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 23, 2017

We have been to Firefly in the past and was looking forward to our meal. We enjoyed the fried green tomatoes. We both ordered the fried chicken dish. It was over priced and literally had a chicken tender in a bowl of cream soup. It was not what we had envisioned for a main entree. I was still hungry after spending over 100.00 for two people. I am not a big eater but I was not fully satisfied with my meal. We will not be returning.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 22, 2017

We dined with our close friends. As always the food is amazing and unique. We did have some issues with getting drinks refilled. Other then that, everything was spot on. The salmon dish was amazing, and the fried tomatoes to die for! I felt like my halibut dish wasn't quite as good as my pervious visit but still worth the drive.

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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Really enjoyed it, good value. Will be back and will recommend it to others.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 22, 2017

This is a Michelin 2-Star experience on I-70 worth every minute of our 2+ hour drive. Wow. This chef has a wonderful palate. One of the best restaurants in the Midwest.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Organic, Authentic, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic, Waterfront, Healthy, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Best internet suggestion ever!

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 (Western KY)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We wanted somewhere different to eat for our anniversary. I had heard of this place, so we wanted it try it. We were not disappointed. My husband said the filet he had was one of the best steaks he had ever eaten. I enjoyed the fried chicken. The cracker jack sundae was delicious. We talked about asking some friends to come along the next time we have something to celebrate.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Good for Groups
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Saw this in St. Louis Magazine. It was worth the two-hour drive from STL! The setting on a small lake is spectacular. Lots of table options from inside, the bar, outside, but covered and air conditioned and a small outside, fresh air deck. The staff was great. The food was amazing. Crispy Squash Blossoms were a great starter. Savory fried chicken (not your typical) atop sweet corn sauce sauce with fresh mozzarella and local tomatoes was superb. Pan seared scallops (some of the best I've had) sat atop English pea and mushroom risotto with a succulent, delicate carrot butter. All around a great night!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

My favorite restaurant! A beautiful restaurant with amazing food! If I had one small issue it was that our waiter had too many tables so we waited a long time for our check but still great service

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

This is my favorite restaurant in south-central Illinois. Farm to table, super high quality meat/fish, friendly and knowledge staff, rusric-modern decor, rotating menu for seasonal freshness....what's not to love?

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Firefly Grill in Effingham was AMAZING! My husband got a ribeye that he didn't even need to use a knife to cut it with---said it was the best steak he's had in a long, long time. And I had "Montana Mignon" it was a filet with a savory sauce inside of a puff pastry! Reallllly yummy. Also, they served probably the best Caesar salad that I've ever had. We will most definitely be going back soon. The prices were a little higher, but worth it.

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Casual, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Excellent food and service. Good wine selection but craft draft beer selection is small and unimpressive.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on July 8, 2017

As always when traveling up or down I-57 to and from Chicago, we were thrilled to stop at Firefly Grill! It was great to see license plates from many states in the parking lot - clearly, other travelers have discovered this treasure tucked among the many chain restaurants on this busy highway exit (Effingham). We ordered everything from the right-hand side of the menu - the seasonal specials - so lots of regional produce. Fried green tomatoes with a delicious, slightly spicy corn salsa were fantastic. The fried chicken special was amazing, too. Fast, friendly service (thanks, Sarah - you were great!), and fresh, seasonal food. We were in and out and back on the road in an hour. What a pleasant stop and wonderful "on the road" meal!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Very nice meal but pricey. Not too loud and we had a good view of the lake.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Firefly Grill is a unique dining experience. The setting, the food, and the service make this our go-to restaurant whenever we pass through Effingham. The pizzas are very good and can easily be shared by two people. I have tried several of the salad choices and have never been disappointed. The Caesar salad and the beet salad are favorites.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Organic
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on July 3, 2017

The bangers and mash was excellent. I cannot say that about the short ribs stroganoff. It lacked flavor and meat. There was no real rich stoganoff sauce to be found, just noodles and short ribs. There was also very little meat on a huge bone in the stroganoff. I would not recommend it, but I would the bangers and mash.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Remarkable! We were amazed by the quality of service and menu options that were priced just right.

Tags: Cozy, Healthy, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Great place, great food. Wish it was closer to CU!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 30, 2017

A great "farm-to-table" restaurant. Service was prompt and excellent. Server knew the food, menu and the preparation. Crab Cakes were prepared well. Lamb shank was excellent, and tender.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Waterfront, Romantic, Scenic View, Healthy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 30, 2017

It's an hour and a half drive but well worth it. I have never been disappointed . Love the food and the ambience. I've been here with friends, family, business and for my anniversary. Each time has been wonderful and I love watching the koi. Just can't say enough good about the place.... Definitely my favorite dining!!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 29, 2017

What a gem off the highway!!! Great experience, great food, and great service!!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Normally an outstanding dining experience. Something was off today. Bread was overcooked and I tried the squash blossoms... Mistake. Just a fried ball of green goop.

Made up for it with the excellent Thai pizza, the beautiful outdoor seating, and great service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 25, 2017

I had been to Firefly Grill once before, while traveling. My wife and I needed to travel from St Louis to Indianapolis, and we made time to stop there recently... tired of 'fast food'. We had a terrific experience there (4:45-5:40 PM), and the food was excellent. All of their menu items are special and delicious; most are very out-of-the-ordinary. If this restaurant was in St Louis (or Indy), we would certainly go there more often! Our only complaint was that the 'Sunroom' dining area was too cool & drafty. (It was a beautiful day in the 70's, and didn't need to be so cold.) Other than that minor item, it was fabulous. We will certainly go back there again!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Gluten free Thai chicken pizza was one of the best things I've ever eaten. Delish!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Food just ok. Hadn't been in a number of years. Went back as someone had given us a gift card. Too much breading on the morels. Great clam chowder. Ok scallops with risotto and pork shank. 6/10. Good wine list but too expensive for Chicago so over the top and out of range for Effingham. Only 2 tables wee still seated but finishing by 9pm on a Friday night when we left.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 22, 2017

We recently celebrated our Anniversary. Perfect location for the occasion. Loved the atmosphere, food and service. We had a great evening! I would definitely recommend for any occasion.

Tags: Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Romantic, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Oh my goodness! Fabulous in every dimension. Thoughtful, creative menu executed to perfection. Excellent service and pace. Memorable meal. Would drive from Chicago just for another beautiful meal!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 19, 2017

On balance, we enjoyed our dinner and wil return. Our server Adam was personable and attentive. The flash fried morsels were disappointingly indistinguishable from the kind of fried fare found on bar food menus, especially considering the price. That said, the Charcuterie board and steam clam chowder were excellent!

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fun, Great for Lunch, Spicy, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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