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Firefly Tosa

4.3
313 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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About

Welcome To Firefly Tosa

Our philosophy is simple, to offer a modern twist on classic comfort food and libations with a strong focus on innovation and creativity. We use only the freshest ingredients available to create some of the best, most innovative cocktails and menu items around.

No matter what your occasion calls for, or your appetite demands, the friendly staff at Firefly promise to make your next dining experience a pleasant one!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation


Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm*, Friday 4:00pm - 10:00pm* Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm*

*The Skylight Lounge is open Late Friday and Saturday For Cocktails
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Phone number
(414) 431-1444
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Looking for Offsite Catering with the Firefly Flair?

A perfectly designed event focuses on all the senses. With exceptional service, acclaimed cuisine, and innovative design, Gracious Events will make yours an event to remember.
Contact Gracious Events at gracious-events.com or (414) 777-0440 for more information
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Watertown Plank Road
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Parking details
Firefly offers ample street parking as well as two large city parking lots just East of the restaurant.
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Special events & promotions
Interested in hosting a special event at Firefly? Our staff has the capability and knowledge to provide a fantastic and seamless event regardless of party size! Please call 414-431-1444 today to discuss our various options!
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 313 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.2
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4.4
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4.0
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 6 days ago

The food was amazing...we had some of the specials that were going on. The walleye and the scallops. The scallops were some of the best I have ever had. Perfect sear on them and in a magical butter sauce. My wife has been trying to stay away from dairy items, breastfeeding, and they were super accommodating to that request and even checked on items we didn't even ask about.
Lastly, the smores at your table, fireside, were an amazing way to end the dinner. Very fun and perfect size to split.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Been there several times and cannot be more satisfied with the food and the service.
Great atmosphere. Truly a gem!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We had an amazing dinner with some friends from out of town. From the salmon tartare appetizer to the kale salad to the chicken dish, everything I had was amazing.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Wonderful dinner, ambiance and service. Love Firefly! I had a reservation for a party of 8 and they sat us in a private room. It was wonderful.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Food was good, drinks were not, weak and watery. We had six in our party, bill was $484.00, could have gone to a better place for that price and had a decent bar experience

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We were the only ones there for most of the time...one other party for awhile. The waitress rushed us...we had to slow her down! She could have been more gracious! Not sure why no one was there.

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2.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Too expensive for what u get. $10.50 gin, only if there is live music. Bye bye

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Second time here and both times were great. They don’t disappoint.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Amazing food and atmosphere. One of my favorite spots in Wauwatosa!!

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2.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Too dark to even see my food...which just looked like a pile of brown...very uninteresting visually. Waitress reluctant to even give an opinion on entrees, didn't know what they were out of till I ordered and she had to check. She brought no value-add to the experience. Martinis were not chilled enough. Highlight was the calamari appetizer. Overall, not great for the money.

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

My boyfriend and I went for an anniversary dinner. This was my choice because my boyfriend would never have picked a restaurant that is considered "trendy on his own. I was really hoping he'd like it. Obviously, I was hoping I would as well. Good news! We both liked it very much. He would even like to come back. That is something Firefly can brag about. LOL. My spinach and quinoa salad was one of the best salads I have had in quite a very long time. It was fresh and tasted delicious. I ate every last bite. Had I been alone, I might have led to the plate. I had the salmon dinner and I really loved the chickpea and goat cheese that it was served with. Those are all some of my favorite things and Firefly did them very well. I don't often have old Fashions but I chose a black cherry old fashioned and I'm glad I did as it was refreshing and delicious. My boyfriend loves to the short ribs and enjoyed his wild mushroom soup very much. We both felt comfortable in the atmosphere. Our service was very good. As a server myself, I really appreciate good service. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

I was going to miss my good friend’s baby shower, so I made a reservation for us to meet here to celebrate instead. It was just the two of us but I asked for a larger table to accommodate space for gifts. It was a Wednesday evening so they happily accommodated.

The Firefly Mojito is seriously AMAZING and is included in happy hour, so a great deal too. My friend loved that they also had non-alcoholic cocktails, so she also got to have a “mojito.” We ordered a bunch of appetizers (all very yummy) and then a chocolate cake to end (plus one to take home for my kids, which again they happily accommodated.)

Beautiful location, fabulous atmosphere. Great service, our server that night was wonderful.

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Party of 8 was unimpressed with the offerings from Firefly. The food was average to good, but there was no bread or pre-dinner food. I guess you must order an appetizer. Additionally, I was not impressed with the automatic 20% gratuity charge. Yes I read it on the menu beforehand, but our server did nothing for us!! She checked on our entrees AFTER we finished eating. She never came around at all, again banking on the automatic tip. I have many other restaurants that will provide great service, I will not return here.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Appetizers were great! Meal was ok. Main entree served before we were done with salads and appetizers

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Loved the fireplace room. The skylight would be great during the day.

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2.0Dined on January 19, 2018

I hate writing a bad review. I do this in hope that as a small business owner, their ownership takes this to heart. My youngest daughter requested Firefly as her birthday dinner for the second straight year. My two youngest ordered off the children's menu, which is fine. Nothing too special. My wife and I ordered appetizers to share. The sliders were over-cooked and very dry. We also had the flat bread, which was pretty good. One of our choices never made the table and was listed on our receipt. Our server was very nice. However our kids were not offered any drinks other than water (we probably should have said something). Our food order, which was mostly off the kid's menu, took almost an hour. It was a Friday night, however the dining room was not packed, so we felt with three kids, the wait was not worth it. Even our nine year old birthday girl had a sense we just paid a good price for a below average experience. We do like to dine in the village and would go back; just not with our family. I think we'd give them another try at the bar over drinks.

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3.0Dined on January 19, 2018

The restaurant was nicely decorated and roomy. The happy hour is very limited and our waitress failed to mention that the slider appetizer was a minimized version of the full price one. Two of the people I was with had to send their dinners back because they were served cold, We ordered dessert and coffee and the coffee arrived a full 10 minutes before the dessert. Fortunately, they had made a fresh pot, so the coffee was good. The fish fry was pricey, we thought. One person in my group thought that all the meals had too much garlic. I like garlic, so it was not a problem for all of us.

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4.0Dined on January 16, 2018

Nice menu with lots of meat-free options. Appetizers and main dishes were served exceptionally hot, straight form the kitchen (yum!). Draft beer selection was limited ... would like to see it expanded with local craft brewery offerings.

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5.0Dined on January 8, 2018

Excellent service, terrific food. Didn't know it existed, and went with a business group by chance. Great experience overall. Glad to know it's close by, and we'll definitely be back.

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2.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We usually enjoy ourselves here - but this time, our group received the wrong order...not just once, but twice. And, when you are paying $12 + for a cocktail...that is really upsetting. If you cannot deliver the correct drink - do not charge a price as if we are royalty. For that price, we expect to enjoy the drink we order.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2017

Loved the menu. Ordered 3 small plates to share then each of the 5 had entrees. We appreciated the vegan and gluten free choices.
Everything was delicious! Very surprised it wasn't more crowded on a Friday night.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2017

Firefly was a great delicious, unique, and local option to bring our out of town business guests. Steakhouses are outdated, and guests like to experience great neighborhoods like the Tosa Village! Can't wait to return!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2017

We had an enjoyable experience celebrating a birthday. Our server was attentive, pleasant, and overall wonderful!

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2017

Nice place, great service, only had appetizers and a drink but both were delicious. Would definitely come back for a longer dinner.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2017

We were seated promptly, service was fast, drinks and food were brought out quickly despite being very busy. Food was delicious, the mushroom risotto pops were amazing.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2017

The burger was excellent. Brussel sprouts were super tasty. Our server was a delight. Will return.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2017

First time here. Good food with nice ambiance.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2017

I have generally had good experiences with the restaurant; however, Mother's Day brunch was a pain. It took an ungodly long time to be served, and each course of the 3 course meal took about an 45 mins. I had a 2:00p reservation and left after 3:30 without having been given my 3rd course (dessert). The menu omitted the addition of sausage in one of the main dishes, which is very important to mention since some religious group do not eat it. Water was not refilled in a timely manner, nor was coffee. Again, I've generally had good service here before, but that specific day was terrible.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2017

We went to Firefly for Mother's day brunch, they had a fixed menu. Food was good, nothing spectacular, but service was incredibly slow. They were not full of people, by the way, and the simple menu should speed things up. I didn't even wait for the leftovers that would be boxed... And quite overpriced, more like Bartolotta restaurants type of price range.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

We visited for Mother's day brunch and were very pleased with our experience. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable. The handcrafted cocktails and desserts were icing on the cake. I would highly recommend trying it if you have not been here.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Food was good, although I had the Pork chops and they said slight jalapeño seasoning in the panko mix....well, it wasn't slight, so that ruined it for me. But otherwise good. The only other complaint is that I ordered a Grey Goose Gimlet and it came on the rocks, muddled. Not what I expected.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Nice place. Great for families. We sat outside on the patio and it was very comfortable. We'll definitely come back.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Our server, Maxwell, was very accommodating and friendly. The menu looked amazing, but when several of our dishes came out, the flavors just didn't deliver. We tried two cocktails which, again, sounded good on paper, but were not as good as we'd hoped. We had to deal with a strong a/c system blowing on us throughout dinner, also. Disappointing visit.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2017

This was our first time at Firefly Tosa and were one of the first guests of the evening. We chose to sit in the bar area and it was lovely. The drinks were great and the food was fantastic. We will certainly be back for date night!

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2017

The service was ok. There was no ADA access, the door was locked at the ramp. The salmon was cut thin and cooked too dry. More like fish jerky. Might consider going back, but not with a date.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2017

Restaurant was very accommodating for our large group. Food came out in a timely manner. Our server was very attentive to our needs.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2017

The food was fabulous! Atmosphere was excellent. I had heard about Firefly Tosa years ago. I am sorry no I hadn't tried it sooner. Don't miss out on this excellent dining experience.

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2017

I have loved Firefly since the first time I set foot in the place. It's warm and cozy, without being cramped. They serve creative craft cocktails that are delicious! In fact, my favorite cocktail was a Firefly creation. The food is fresh, well prepared and very well presented. I've never been disappointed here and have taken many friends and business associates. All of them have raved about it and also about the fact that they hadn't known it was there. Well, now they do!

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2017

Firefly was a great place for a large group to go out and celebrate birthdays! Great food. Good service.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2017

Birthday dinner....beautiful place...great service....had our own little private area for 7 ppl...creme brulee was intoxicating!

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