Firefly Grill

4.7
1813 reviews
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$30 and under
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firefly grill is modern farm & table roadhouse. Our approach to food is simple—source the best ingredients possible and stay out of their way. We like to know our food intimately—where and how it is grown, raised, foraged, fished or harvested. The fewer fingerprints and carbon footprints the better. That’s why we have our very own on-site farm and buy locally whenever we can.

Our menu is a showcase of our philosophy with an ever-changing selection of creations from Chef Niall. firefly offers indoor/outdoor seating on the water, lounge seating by the fire, dog friendly seating in the warmer months, several private event spaces, fish feeding, a mindful children's menu and other activities for the kids to enjoy.
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Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A gem in southern Illinois. It was a nice surprise to stumble upon this restaurant in Effingham. The food is good, the wine list is broad, and the service is friendly. Despite good choices of steak, I would recommend sea food. Prices are high and comparable to Chicago upscale dinning.

Firefly Grill
Responded a day ago

Thanks for the awesome review, Neighbor!

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JT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Be sure they understand how to use the OpenTable App. Staff did not manage it this time. Hopefully will do better next time.
Good people though.
Joe, our waiter was Tremendous! On the ball, helpful and sincere. A+ for Joseph 👍🏼😁🌅🍹

Firefly Grill
Responded a day ago

Hi JeffT. We hate to hear you didn't get a good OpenTable experience when you visited us... Our staff is pretty up to par with the system, but it sounds like we missed the mark. I am so glad to hear Joe was able to win you over and help you enjoy your experience. We hope to see you again soon!

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CS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

We ordered the cheese curds for an app and half were without cheese. Portions were small and we had an empty glass a lot. Over main course was ok. Dessert was the best part of the meal. We had the bread pudding.

Firefly Grill
Responded a day ago

Hi ChrisS. Thanks for the honest review... We hate to hear you didn't enjoy your experience and are working to make sure if anything, the cheese curds are better for your next visit.

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c
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We heard about this restaurant from friends (we are from Chicago and were in town for a sports tournament). It was amazing. The ambience was so nice, next time I would request to sit outside it is so pretty. Our server Casey was very attentive and helpful in selecting items from the menu. I had the mushroom risotto with scallops and it was delicious! I will definitely be going back if I am in the neighborhood!

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MT
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our absolute favorite places. We live outside Chicago, and hit up Firefly anytime we get close to the Effingham! Great food and great service!!

Firefly Grill
Responded a day ago

Wow - Thank you so much for traveling so often to see us. We are so glad you enjoy your visits with us. See you again soon - Cheers!

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c
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A very good choice if you are in Effingham. Food is very good and the service great. Interesting menu

Firefly Grill
Responded a day ago

Thanks for the great review - Hope to see you again very soon, Cheers!

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J
Austin
17 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another perfect meal at the firefly. We both had the Halibut that had just been flown in fresh that day. Mmmmmmm it was so good and fresh. It was served over pasta which was also tasty. The service was over the top as usual. Oh and my husband had some of their banana cake with banana ice cream. Both are made in house. He said it was delicious too. The property is also beautiful right now and it’s a good time to dine outside on the porch. If you haven’t tried the firefly you are missing a unique experience. Check it out!!

Firefly Grill
Responded a day ago

Thanks for the awesome review, Jules! - We appreciate your continued support! Hope to see you again very soon for another delicious experience - Cheers!

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MM
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outdoor seating was lovely

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L
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food. Awesome calamari. Highly recommend the Montana Mignon. You can do chain fast food just down the road or your tastebuds can have sumptuous food from Firefly. We went in a Friday for lunch while passing through on the highway. Going back Monday on the way back!

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A
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food at an acceptable price. Great service and atmosphere

Firefly Grill
Responded on 16 May 2019

Wow - Thank you for the awesome review, Andy... We are so glad you enjoyed your experience, and hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!

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KM
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such a pretty setting with the pond & my mushroom ravioli & halibut was phenomenal. The merlot was nice too!

Firefly Grill
Responded on 16 May 2019

Thanks for the awesome review, Kathleen! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience... Especially with 2 of our favorite dishes - YUM! Can't wait to see you again soon... team firefly

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t
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, the firefly is an oasis of culinary respite in a desert of mediocrity.

Firefly Grill
Responded on 15 May 2019

WOW! Thank you so much for the awesome review... We honestly feel we couldn't have said it better.

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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Firefly Grill has a great selection of farm-fresh food. Everything is prepared to perfection. We have lunch or dinner there every chance we can when driving along I-57. The menu changes over time, so we hope to see their awesome Reuben sandwich back some day, but the fish & chips and Asian poke bowl (with orange chicken!) were very welcome alternatives. The waitstaff have excellent recommendations and are always friendly and helpful.

Firefly Grill
Responded on 15 May 2019

Thanks for the awesome review, Stefan! We appreciate your continued stops to see us in Effingham. I will be sure to let Chef Niall know you are interested in seeing our Rueben back on the menu, but try the pastrami sandwich the next time you're in... It's amazing! We will be sure to share your review with our staff, and hope to see you again soon - Cheers!

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P
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Firefly Grill was wonderful as always, only complaint was the standard bloody mary didn't taste like a bloody mary. The overall ingredients were fine but it tasted like they added a jar of pickle juice. It was not a good addition. The food was great and the service was awesome.

Firefly Grill
Responded on 14 May 2019

Hi Pete! Thanks for the awesome review... However, we hate to hear you didn't enjoy your bloody mary. I will work with our Bar Manager to see what is going on with our recipe as it sounds like something might be off. We hope you can come see us again soon so we can "Wow" you with a correct Bloody Mary - Cheers!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Fine. Food was good, service was good. Highly recommend

Firefly Grill
Responded on 15 May 2019

Thanks for the awesome review!!

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B
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic as always! You can't miss this place--the pork was great!

Firefly Grill
Responded on 14 May 2019

Thanks for the awesome review, Bentonparkbabe! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed the pork... Yum!

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SK
Houston
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Friendly, great food, beautiful setting. Highly recommend.

Firefly Grill
Responded on 13 May 2019

Thanks for the awesome review, SharonK... And the recommendation!

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DD
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have stopped here for lunch and dinner, and both were very good. Conveniently off I-57/I-70 within a few minutes. Very high quality farm to table food. Plenty of great vegetables to go with the meals. If you want to stop for more than a fast food meal on the road this should be your place to go!

Firefly Grill
Responded on 13 May 2019

Thanks for the great review, DanD.! We are so glad you joined us for your 2nd visit, and it sounds like it was a great one. Can't wait to serve you again soon - Cheers!

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CS
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Classy & Sophisticated yet urban & hip. A great gathering place that has an easy feel. Food is divine!

Firefly Grill
Responded on 13 May 2019

Thanks for the awesome review, ChrystalS.... We think you described us perfectly. Can't wait to see you again soon !

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B
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The ambience & service were outstanding. The character & atmosphere is very relaxing. Service was well timed & friendly. Considering the price, food was average! Wine prices are greatly over priced. I would not recommend due to prices being severely overpriced.

Firefly Grill
Responded on 13 May 2019

Hi Bill! Thank you for reaching out... and for your honest review. Please know, our pricing is driven by our farm fresh ingredients and for the farmers and foragers we trust to find them. However, we are currently reviewing our wine list to be a bit more price friendly. We hope you can give us another try soon to give us another chance to really "Wow" you!

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KL
Louisville
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always - exceptional food and service. Chef Niall has created another exceptional entre with the mushroom ravioli.

Firefly Grill
Responded on 13 May 2019

Thanks for the awesome review, KathyL! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed the mushroom ravioli... It's one of our current favorites as well. Can't wait to see you again soon - Cheers!

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TL
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful lunch last Friday at Firefly Grill- Great service and amazing food.
Fan appetizer, we ordered the crab purses which sounds odd but they were delicious and w the chili sauce- was a winner.
I had the pork burger and although messy, it was delicious and I could eat this everyday. My husband had the ribeye sandwich which he said was also very good. Both sandwiches were served with garlic French fries but they allow substitutes. I had a side of coleslaw but I think that any side could be substituted.
We were very happy with our lunch and only wish that we didn’t live two hours away.
Please stop- you will not regret it!

Firefly Grill
Responded on 13 May 2019

Wow! Thanks for the awesome review, TammyL.! We are so glad you enjoyed your lunch with us... And wish you lived closer so you could enjoy more visits with us. Thanks for coming by - Cheers!

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KM
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place does not disappoint! Wonderful date night.

Firefly Grill
Responded on 8 May 2019

Thanks for the awesome review... and for choosing us as your date night venue! Cheers!

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SW
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were on our way home and stopped for an early dinner. It was a beautiful day and we were seated outside on the deck overlooking the pond. Service and food was outstanding as usual. Firefly never disappoints.

Firefly Grill
Responded on 8 May 2019

Thanks for the awesome review, SteveW! This makes us smile :)

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F
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

There was a welcoming attitude, excellent service, and delicious food. We look forward to many future dinners here

Firefly Grill
Responded on 8 May 2019

Thanks for the awesome review! We are so glad you found us. Cheers!

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R
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I would love to try everything on their menu. If seabass I had was as amazing as it was, then the rest must be just as exquisite. Very timely. Never waited long. Had a very polite waiter, and loved everything about the restaurant.

Firefly Grill
Responded on 6 May 2019

Thanks for the awesome review! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience and hope you can enjoy seabass, or another dish, wish us very soon - Cheers!

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RB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My daughter’ college graduation dinner - service was great and food was excellent!

Firefly Grill
Responded on 6 May 2019

Thanks for the awesome review! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience... Thanks for celebrating a milestone with us!

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RP
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyed the halibut, would like a better selection of sides. The steak was also good they just need a loaded baked potato. Seating and atmosphere was nice. They did have great service.

Firefly Grill
Responded on 6 May 2019

Thanks for the awesome review, RobP! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience. Cheers!

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o
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food and service were both very good. The place is decorated in a clean, modern style, very appealing. I love to be able to sit outside to dine. Very nice outside view over the pond. My only criticism would be that they need to have more moderately priced wines on their wine list. Most are $50 and up per bottle. If I were having a dinner for a special occasion I might want to pay for an $80 bottle of wine to go with it, but for just a nice dinner out, I would like to see more choices in the under $45 category.

Firefly Grill
Responded on 6 May 2019

Hi outoftowner! Thanks for the great review... We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your outside dining experience with us. We do currently have an under $29 wine list, and are looking to expand it. Stay tuned and we hope we can find more selections for you!

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RK
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Every time we travel south, we make it a point to stop in Effingham and eat at the Firefly Grill. We find everything about it wonderful.

Firefly Grill
Responded on 1 May 2019

WOW! Thank you so much for the awesome review, RdeanK... And for continuing to stop and see us! We appreciate you !

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N
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

If you are in the area, The Firefly Grill is a must for dining. The food is wonderful and the service is great. The menu is unique and we have never had anything there that we didn't love. This restaurant is a rare gem.

Firefly Grill
Responded on 4 May 2019

Thank you so much for the awesome review, "Nottoopicky". We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us... and hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Anniversary

Firefly Grill
Responded on 29 April 2019

Thanks for the awesome review... And celebrating your anniversary with us!

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BK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food and service!

Firefly Grill
Responded on 29 April 2019

Thanks fo the awesome review, BrockK!

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service was on point, as good if not better than many 4-5 star restaurants I’ve enjoyed. I was very impressed and will definitely make it “my dinner place” when returning to the area!!!

Firefly Grill
Responded on 29 April 2019

WOW! Thank you so much for the great comments, and amazing review. We super appreciate you coming to visit us and can't wait to see you again very soon.

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DT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place is amazing! Whenever we are in the area, we make time to stop. The food is always perfectly prepared and professionally and politely served. Wish this restaurant was closer to home. We would visit even more often! Applause, applause Firefly Grill!

Firefly Grill
Responded on 25 April 2019

Thanks so much for the awesome review, David! WOW is really all we can say.... We are so appreciative of your kind words and are so glad you enjoyed your stop with us. It's diners like you that make us smile. Cheers! team firefly

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RW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Overall good food and dining environment. But on the pricey side, particularly for what is served in the main entree.

Firefly Grill
Responded on 25 April 2019

Thanks for the great review, Richard!

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SB
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service!

Firefly Grill
Responded on 25 April 2019

Thanks for the awesome review, Sheila!

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AH
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We picked the Firefly for our Easter brunch. Their prefix menu was delicious and showcased several different options. Our server was incredibly attentive. I can't wait to go back and try their lunch and dinner menus.

Firefly Grill
Responded on 25 April 2019

Thanks for the awesome review, Alex! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your Easter brunch. Chef Niall always enjoys putting together the perfect menu, and loves feedback. We hope we can see you very soon for another visit. Cheers!

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TS
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Would always recommend Firefly. Outstanding food and service. They are higher end price-wise for our region but always worth it and it is a very relaxed atmosphere, too. Service is always excellent and they always have a ton of new things and specials. Appetizer came out quickly, steak was cooked properly and was very good. excellent experience.

Firefly Grill
Responded on 25 April 2019

Thanks so much for the awesome review, Todd! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience and appreciate your kind words. Hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!

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LM
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 1

Amazing farm fresh food and excellent service! Great place for any occasion!! Highly recommend to anyone!

Firefly Grill
Responded on 25 April 2019

Thanks for the awesome review, LibbyM! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience, and appreciate your recommendation. Hope to see you again very soon, Cheers!

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