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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

4.8

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Local Ingredients (45)
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Worth the Drive (38)
Creative Cuisine (36)
Fit for Foodies (32)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
Great for Outdoor Dining (28)
Great for Lunch (25)
Scenic View (25)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Romantic (23)
Casual (21)
Good for Groups (20)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Authentic (17)
Great for Brunch (17)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Healthy (16)
Seasonal (16)
Business Meals (15)
Fun (15)
Organic (15)
Cozy (14)
Waterfront (14)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Comfort Food (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Kid-friendly (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Afternoon Tea (6)
Great Beer (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
People Watching (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Vegan (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Spicy (2)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

Love the Firefly! Great food, ambiance and staff!

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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 18, 2017

We travel from Kansas to Ohio twice each year and Firefly Grill is always our destination for the first night of our trip. Excellent farm to table meals, gorgeous place and welcoming staff. You won’t be disappointed.

Tags: Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fun
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

This is a beautiful vicinity with friendly and welcoming staff - and excellent food.
A very enjoyable meal - our (belated) anniversary treat (because we knew we would be in the area, usually living 4 hrs away...)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

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!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Fun, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

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!!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Food was great ,soup was outstanding ,nice atmosphere ,great waiters ,he was very helpful ,first time here but won’t be our last

Tags: Cozy, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Organic, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We love Firefly Grill! The food is excellent, you can’t get anything like it without driving to a major city!

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·Dined on September 29, 2017

We have been to Firefly several times an as always were amazed with the food. It is spectacular for fine dinner dates and casual enough to take the children and for them to enjoy dinner as well.

Love it!

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

I think this is our 3rd visit. It's a 2-hr drive so you know we must think it's worth the extra effort!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Risotto with scallops. Very good! The menu isn't expansive, but there is something for everyone, and everything is tempting.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on September 26, 2017

I have never been disappointed here; DEFINITELY worth the trip!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Scenic View, Great Beer, Authentic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 24, 2017

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!!!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal
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