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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The special valentine tasting menu has been a tradition for us since it started and it never disappoints! Every course was our favorite, until the next came along. The tasting courses are so unique, exquisite and absolutely delicious. I would highly recommend this night for anyone looking for more than 'steak and baked potato', and is open to trying new and different flavors.
I recommend the Firefly Grill to everyone I can. The atmosphere is classy, comfortable, and fun. The staff is always on point; from their knowledge about the menu to their helpfulness with your needs. I do wish they knew more about the drink menu, or at least offered more without being prompted. The NYE and Valentine’s Day tasting menus were phenomenal, especially with the wine pairings! You can tell the chef takes his time preparing each course. The soups always stand out to us. The Tahitian Butternut squash soup was so good!! The curried chicken meatball...mmmm! I always get the filet as my entree, as it’s always a perfect cut, cooked to perfection...not to mention the amazing mashed potatoes that come with it. Last Valentine’s Day (or maybe 2017), they served a Cracker Jack dessert, and I almost didn’t get it because of the name-I’m not a fan of caramel corn. Thank goodness I branched out. It was my favorite dessert I’ve ever had there! We go time and time again, and we cannot wait to go back!! Thank you, Chef Nial (sp?) and staff!!
The Firefly never ceases to amaze with a diverse, interesting menu. Top notch execution of dishes and service. Would highly recommend for any occasion.
I attended the Valentine’s Day tasting and it was wonderful. Great food options that are unique and well put together. I love coming here for a dinner you won’t soon forget!
This review is for the Valentine's Day special event held at Firefly. The food was, as usual, excellent. My wife and I were there for the 4-course option, with wine. What we found undesirable was the fact that we felt rushed through our meal --- and this happened at each course. Before we were finished with our soups, the salads came out; then before we could finish the salad, the entree came out, etc. For a special event (with corresponding special price), diners should be allowed to finish each course before being rushed onto the next!
Perfect Valentines Day dinner. We opted for the 4 course. Staff were great! As busy as they were I expected it to be a bit louder and hustle bustle atmosphere...however it was not loud at all. It was a very relaxing, enjoyable evening. Will definitely dine again on Valentines Day! Make reservations well ahead as they book up quickly!
A most amazing Valentine's Day experience! Chef Niall's tasting was absolutely delicious and surprising, from start to finish. Excellent service. Loved it!
My wife's wedge salad had more blue cheese than a person should eat in a lifetime. We both got a pizza, and the crust was tough as leather. Couldn't even cut it with a fork. My wife only ate the toppings. We're not going back.
Very nice atmosphere. Excellent service. Highly priced .
If you ever find yourself in Effingham Illinois - this is the place to eat. Great food, wonderful wine selection and very friendly staff.
My husband and I live in Effingham and enjoy going to the Firefly for their fabulous brunch on Sundays. Our cousins from Ohio enjoyed their first visit to the Firefly saying it was a very nice dining experience and the food was delicious. We enjoyed visiting with them in a wonderful place.
Great quality food and excellent service. Visited Firefly for my husband's birthday. We will definitely be back.
This is out third time here. It’s a must when we go to EIU to see our daughter. Love it!
Everything was great. Service, food and atmosphere. Was my wife’s birthday and the scoop of blackberry ice cream was perfect!
Celebrated our anniversary at the Firefly. Experience was excellent as always. Food was great, Jordan was an excellent server, very attentive. The roast pork chop was fantastic, could have cut with a fork.
Would recommend wholeheartedly as a great place for a special meal.
We drove from Springfield IL and our kids drove from Kansas City and Chicago to meet us for dinner. An amazing evening of dining for our family! This is the kind of place for special gatherings! Firefly always exceeds our expectation!
One of our favorites spots to enjoy dinner
The best in southern Illinois, maybe even the state!
We had another great meal at the firefly grill. They were closed for a couple of weeks to do some updates and boy did we miss them. I especially missed their 6 oz. filet and green beans. The steaks there are really good and I like to eat fresh and healthy so the smaller steak and vegies is a good choice for me. Soooo delicious. My husband really missed the poutine which is crispy french fries, sausage gravy, Marcoot creamery cheese curds, and fresh herbs. Yes it is even tastier than it sounds. He just discovered it recently and now he is obsessed. If you are passing through Effingham you have got to stop and try the firefly.
Our party really enjoyed the New Year’s Eve tasting 8 course menu with wine pairings! Food was phenomenal and service very good with exception of a hiccup at the start of 15 minutes without even water. All was well after that and all the staff were attentive. At $125 a person, it’s not for everyday, but is a wonderful experience for special occasions!
New Year's Eve tasting is a must! Well worth the drive.
We have been to the Firefly Grill on several occasions. It never disappoints. The wine list, signature cocktails, dinner menu, and service are almost (sometimes the servers could be a little more knowledgeable) always on point. We drive almost two hours every time and it’s worth it. The filet and whipped potatoes are a solid choice. When they have a tasting menu for events such as NYE and Valentine’s Day, go! We have done both, and the creative dishes make me feel like I’m a judge on a Food Network show! The White Sangria is refreshing and not too sweet. The beer flights are reasonably priced and ever-changing. I can’t wait to go back...as usual.
We absolutely enjoyed our experience and the food !!!! We are still talking about how much fun we had that evening and how the tasting menu was fabulous!!! From the perspective of someone in a wheelchair I would have liked to be seated closer to the front of the house. I was seated in the very back room behind the bar which made it very difficult for me to get to the bathroom. I had to get past the servers at the bar placing orders and the servers going in and out the porch door. When I made it to the bathroom there were stacks of highchairs in the way ( which my sister moved) and then I couldn't reach the door to open it to get in the bathroom because the wall is inset on the same side the door opens. The next time I'll ask to be seated in the front of the house.
Great spot. Exceptional meal
We always enjoy the tastings at the firefly. They normally have one on New Years Eve and one on Valentines Day and we always try to go. In case your interested you should make a reservation way in advance because these are very popular and fill up quick. Tastings are a chance to try a number of different foods that you normally may not get to try. It is an 8 course meal if you do the whole program. Otherwise they do have the 4 and 6 course available. You can look at their website to see all the courses that were served last night. They were all prepared the firefly way and every one of them was delicious. I never order duck because I’ve had it before and it was greasy and not good. The duck that was served at the tasting was prepared in such a way that it was really tasty. Just like all the courses. We had such a good time. This is something that every foodie will love. Check their website soon to see if they are offering this on Valentine’s Day.
The food was outstanding, though perhaps a bit on the small side, portion wise (I had the fried cod sandwich). Service was very friendly, but slow.
All in all, definitely worth the trip; far, far superior to nearby chains and fast food places.
We have been here several times and it is always enjoyable. Great for dining any time, especially for special occasions. We are quite fond of the shrimp cocktail and Bloody Mary garnished with a huge shrimp. Although just a minor complaint, we ordered a lettuce wedge and halfway through the wedge we realized that it had no bacon. A wedge without bacon ? We thought it was a mistake and were told that bacon was optional and an additional cost. Really ?
The food is always interesting and well prepared and we stop every chance we get. This trip, the wait staff performed exceptionally well.
Amazing, as always! Great food and wine! Love Firefly!!
GREAT NIGHT at the Firefly! Thanks! Enjoyed the night.....team did great!
This restaurant is exceptional... the cozy ambiance, the incredible food, and the accommodating wait staff (Sara was wonderful!)... we will definitely be back, and soon!
I thoroughly enjoyed my spinach salad and my salmon. My husband isn’t one to complain but he and the other gentleman with us were very disappointed in the steak. They were over cooked . My husband requested medium rare and it was nearly well done. We do love this place but for the price point it should be a bit more consistant
Excellent. Always great food and service.
This was only my second visit to Firefly Grill but I've wanted to come back many times since my first visit. The food is unique and flavorful; the atmosphere is upscale but comfortable and welcoming. The staff is always friendly and they know the food they're serving so they can recommend favorites. We'd be there more often if it wasn't so far from our home!
Excellent food, drink, and service. We eat here every time we pass through Effingham.
Fantastic experience! Great food, service and atmosphere! Highly recommend to anyone traveling through central IL.
Firefly grill is a treasure in the middle of Illinois for dining. I especially enjoy their soups and vegetable dishes.
I was a bit dismayed on deeper review to see fairly limited options for vegetarians and the menu is quite extensive on steak options.
The handcrafted cocktails are enjoyable and a bit quirky.
I will definitely be back.
Second time visiting when driving ross country. Outstanding food
Best meal we have ever eaten. Wonderful annaversary dinner. Would highly recommend.
We had dinner before a show at the EPC. My wife and I brought our two daughters and a son-in-law to enjoy a meal. Once again, the Firefly did not disappoint. The waiter was awesome, the place vibrant, and the food was out of this world. We dined on steak, scallops, crab cakes, and indulged in some winter drinks. The night was fabulous! I grabbed Chef Niall as he was busily going around and introduced my girls to him and thanked him for a marvelous meal. It is refreshing to come to The Firefly Grill and always be treated like family. The whole night was a keeper for the fond memory book. Thanks Niall and the wonderful staff!