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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.
Effingham, IL 62401
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Accessible on all levels.
Niall D. Campbell II
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Was passing through the area, and decided to check out Firefly Grill based on the reviews. The restaurant is a little close to the interstate - definitely was getting some road noise. However, the restaurant itself was very nicely designed with great ambience with a nice mixture of rustic architecture and modern touches.
When it came to drinks, I was planning on ordering a draft beer, however I was informed that their beer lines were down. Not good on a Saturday night!!! They did have bottle offerings, however, there weren't really any craft beers in bottles, which seems odd for such an otherwise classy place. I chose a cocktail instead, which was well-made, but not really what I was hoping for.
I ordered the ribeye with potatoes for dinner, with a starter salad. The meal was prepared very well. The steak was perfectly cooked and seasoned, and the salad fresh and tasty, with a tangy vinaigrette. The steak was nicely presented on a bed of mashed potatoes, again well executed.
However, I have to say, the cocktail, steak and salad cost me $50 (pre-tip). Honestly, the food was very good, but not necessarily memorable. I have had equally good meals at home for a fraction of the cost, and I am not sure it was that much better than going to a chain restaurant, where I would have received a nearly comparable meal for $15-25 cheaper. If the food was locally sourced, I honestly couldn't tell the difference. For what I paid, I would have expected to be really wowed. On the other hand, this restaurant clearly is the best thing going in this area, and prices itself accordingly.
Met a friend half way between INDY and STL. After an afternoon of golf, we relaxed at Firefly to catch up with each other. We dined outdoors on the deck overlooking the pond. The food and service were excellent. We ended up staying for four hours due to the relaxed and pleasant atmosphere. After dinner we hung out awhile by the outdoor fireplace. The Firefly is an awesome place to spend time with family and friends. I like that they use local ingredients and highly recommend the pork porterhouse. I’ve eaten there many times when traveling and almost always plan my trips to include dinner at Firefly!
The place is great, we were there for one night, we do not know the area but a quick search online and this place was recommended. we are glad we tried it. The staff was very friendly we would definitely return. Only one request for my husband "Corona Beer" Thank you.
Shrimp cocktail, definitely a must and for me the cosmo was the best!!
What a surprise! The place was ablaze with flavors. I had the roasted pork shank and it was placed on a bed of Brussels sprouts and fall vegetables; it would easily feed two adults. I started with a Caesar Salad which was enough for two people as well. MY only issue with the salad was that there was two much dressing and it did not have the normal Caesar zip to it. The wine list was exceptional and the Red Schooner was over the top delicious and value priced.
I met friends from several different locations(Indy & St Louis). We all had a aprox 2 hour drive to meet and effingham seemed to be a central point for all.
Service was excellent and setting was good for"catching up" with my friends.
We plan to meet there again.
I LOVE THIS PLACE!!!! it was a small "family reunion" with my hubby and kids and his sister, hubby and kids. Effingham is almost Midway between our two cities, so it was mainly out of convenience, but it was a great choice! Meal, service, and ambiance were perfect! We're already planning our next trip. Also, the bourbon ice cream atop the peach cobbler was insane!!!
Absolutely outstanding! Impeccable service, great ambiance and interesting, diverse food that always surprises and delights. We dine at Fire Fly 3/4 times per year as we are passing by Effingham and are always enchanted and amazed by this world class restaurant. Truly a favorite stop.
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