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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

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (35)
Good for a Date (34)
Local Ingredients (27)
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Creative Cuisine (27)
Worth the Drive (26)
Romantic (23)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Great for Lunch (20)
Scenic View (18)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Casual (16)
Notable Wine List (15)
Good for Groups (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Comfort Food (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Great for Brunch (13)
Business Meals (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Authentic (12)
Cozy (12)
Fun (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Waterfront (11)
Bar Seating (8)
Seasonal (8)
Organic (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Healthy (7)
Great Beer (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
People Watching (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Food was awesome, as was Kelly’s service. We were offered the dining room & enclised porch for seating & chose the porch which we were told was warm, but it was kinda too cold there. Lesson learned.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 5 days ago

We love, Love, LOVE this place. They consistently serve high quality food in a rustic upscale setting at very reasonable prices. Service is attentive and competent. We seek this place out during our semi annual trips between homes. Well worth any side trip necessary to make a visit.

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·Dined on January 10, 2018

I have enjoyed going to the Firefly since they have opened. We have celebrated birthdays, anniversaries, girls night out, and "just because" there. The food is always fantastic, the staff is accommodating and friendly, and the venue is beautiful and comfortable. I am planning on returning next week to celebrate my 20th anniversary with my husband, see you soon!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Fun, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

Great dining experience. Me and my date both loves the food. The chopped salad was amazing!! I had the roasted duck breast and it was cooked to perfection. She had the pan sealed tuna and was very pleased. We both thought about and talked about the meal for days after. Our waiter was very knowledgeable. I recommend this place to place to anyone!!! I told all my friends about it and told them they must go!

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great food , excellent atmosphere service is the absolute best

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food and service was great wine paired with courses were excellent selections. The only hitch was timing the wine delivery with the course delivery.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was very good although pricey for the atmosphere and location.
Group of six sitting close by were very loud and using vulgar language which didn’t seem to bother the management at all. They must have been regulars and local people.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The service was excellent and our waitress Brittany was very attentive. It was an enjoyable relaxed evening

Tags: Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Service could have been much better. Took a while to get a refill.
Steak was over cooked.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 20, 2017

The quality of the food and the service here is as good as it gets. It’s a little pricey for the area, but it never disappoints.

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

My daughter and I were on a road trip and staying the night in Effingham. We chose to stay in Effingham because we had been told by friends who live in southern Illinois that Firefly Grill was a great restaurant. They were right! It was a dark, cold night, and we had been driving for 11 hours. The Firefly Grill was a most welcome respite. Stephanie, our server, couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. We enjoyed our drinks, the food, and the atmosphere. I live in Houston, TX, and the Firefly Grill rivals any dining experience I have had in Houston (or elsewhere). My daughter also said it was one of the best dining experiences she's ever had.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Fun, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

When we're in Effingham, we always try to work in a meal at the Firefly.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

You'll be pleasantly surprised. Great food, cool ambiance, and excellent service. Nice to have this dining option in central Illinois.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Casual, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 29, 2017

We love Firefly! We had a new server, Stephanie, and she was great. The food, as always, was excellent! Try the cappuccino, you won’t regret it! My husband LOVES the free range fried chicken.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Tasting Menu
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Food was nothing special. I have dined here for work and pleasure. The pork shank was so dry and overdone. I have had the shank before and it was not overdone and dry as this visit. I did tell the waiter but nothing was said.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

This was our 3rd visit while traveling through. Wonderful each time.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I was in Effingham for a Christmas market and couldn't pass up lunch at The Firefly. As usual, the food was fabulous--I had the Casaer salad, which was great--they ask if you want anchovies or not (what's a Casaer salad without anchovies, however) and the pork porterhouse. Although the pork was good, I was blown away by the sides--mashed potatoes, trumpet mushrooms--everything melded together to make a great plate. The service was good, but there were a couple of issues that were easily corrected--they were extremely busy, which only underscores how good the food is--don't miss it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I've been to Firefly a number of times and I am SO glad we had a reservation. I didn't realize there was a performance at the center nearby. We ordered the crab purses as an appetizer, garden salad and Caesar salad, and for the entrees the fried chicken and pork porterhouse. It was all delicious!

Tags: Romantic, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

The foods were fantastic and the service was perfect. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone...

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great service, the sever knew we eat in corses, at a slow pass, she just took our lead. Expanded wine list by the bottle. Proper red wine glasses, huge bowl.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We love this place. We went on a Thursday night and it was very busy. We usually go in Tuesday’s which are much less busy. Usually the service is great, but our most recent experience wasn’t phenomenal (So Slow!). I think we will stick with Tuesday nights from now on.

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Love the Firefly! Great food, ambiance and staff!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 15, 2017

We had Brittany as our server, she is the best! She always makes you feel like the only group in the room, she knows the menu inside and out, and gives great suggestions. We had a great time, the food was delicious and fast and the price was fair. Highly recommend!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We stopped here for Sunday brunch. The food was delicious. I liked the blue wine glasses on the tables which were used as water glasses. Great place for any special occasion.

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The aptizers and meals were all very good. It's a hour drive for us to go but well worth the drive.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was fresh, not too heavy and delicious! The waiter was very friendly and informative about the dishes and how they were prepared.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

I got the fish n chips, and the fries were great, but the batter wasn’t fried enough around my fish, making it soft and chewy. I wouldn’t get it again, but would try something else.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Fantastic food, service, and atmosphere. I would definitely eat there again.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great find in the middle of nowhere. Will be back

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 1, 2017

The best experience yet at the Firefly Grill! The food choices were amazing and well presented.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Sat at bar. Great service. Highly recommend FireFly

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Service was excellent and all personal very well trained and professional.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Great Beer, Good for Groups
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Had hoped for more, based on the hype and ratings. The staff (especially Rachel) was superb. The food ...so-so. A $12 bowl of soup (hot spicy squash--no warning) for lunch plus a #12 chicken sandwich? Dicey and pricey. Must have been an off-day for the cook...the fish 'n chips were both crisp to the point of overdone. When you pay those prices, you probably should expect a little more attention to detail. It appears to be a thriving business, so plenty of others must be getting what they expect, just not our "cup of tea." But, now I can say I've been there.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

We had a great experience and the best pork chop my husband ever had!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Healthy, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Awesome! Best Filet I have ever had in my life! I’ve been to Gibson’s, Smith & Wollensky, Ruth’s Chris & many other top rated Steakhouse’s but the Filet here is better than all of those!!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Kid-friendly, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 26, 2017

A great meal at the Firefly. Halibut was delightful, accompanied by a fettuccine that was quite tasty. Always a pleasure to dine at the Firefly on our way through Effingham.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Super great find in a small town off the highway. Farm to table and really great atmosphere. Worth the drive from st louis for a day

Tags: Scenic View, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

The crab toast had no flavor except for the very black crust. Where was the crab? My medium steak came out rare and the glass of wine, eight minutes later after I reminded the waitress. The waitress for the next table gave a nice review of the menu. Our waitress was abrupt. Not a good experience for the cost. Try Witt's Smokehouse for a better meal and experience for 1/3 the cost.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We were at this restaurant many years ago accidentally, while driving across country. We made a plan to return this week for my husbands birthday.

The restaurant is still excellent in every way. It has also expanded while maintaining intimacy or privacy. And the vegetable gardens have expanded but kept small and fun to walk through.

The Coi and Catfish have grown as well.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Great for Brunch, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Vegan, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Bar Seating, Organic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Tea, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Another perfect meal at the fabulous firefly grill. I had the Korean Spice Ribs and they are my new favorite. I must admit that it's hard to have a favorite at the firefly because everything that I've ever had there was top notch. This is a must try for people who are traveling through Effingham. A unique environment with delicious food that most people would not expect to find in our small town. The customer service is amazing too.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Spicy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Tea, Hot Spot, Romantic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Healthy, Comfort Food, Fun, Bar Seating
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