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1810 Avenue Of Mid America, Effingham, IL 62401-4576 (Keller Drive)
217-342-2002
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4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Firefly Grill is a modern roadhouse restaurant located on the shores of...
Firefly Grill is a modern roadhouse restaurant 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's menu changes daily and boasts fresh seafood, oak fired steaks and brick oven pizzas. Firefly uses local ingredients whenever possible and fresh herbs and vegetables straight from their very own garden!
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  • 245
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  • 70
    Very good
  • 40
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Nice

We had a terrific meal at the firefly grill. Everything was well prepared, a step or two above our expectations. We arrived unknowingly on a night when the show venue next door was having a performance. All of the tables were reserved, however the had seats at the bar, so we sat in the bar. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 18, 2015
mltodino
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Robinson, Illinois
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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378 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Robinson, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We had a terrific meal at the firefly grill. Everything was well prepared, a step or two above our expectations. We arrived unknowingly on a night when the show venue next door was having a performance. All of the tables were reserved, however the had seats at the bar, so we sat in the bar. The bar tender was terrific,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

The server Kelly provided superb service. The manhattans were excellent. The food was exquisite. The ambiance was reduced by low quality bar music. The thump thump thump of the bass drum and bass viola was unpleasant after a long day. Normally Firefly Grill is a waypoint on our travels but we travel from restaurant to restaurant rather than city/town to... More 

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New York
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8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Food was excellent and high-priced. I got the "....mignon" which was a small tasty steak in a fist-sized pastry. Accompanied by a few nicely cooked asparagus and a mound of mashed potatos for $28. Husband got the "flip steak", again very tasty but small portion. We shared the lava cake which was smaller than a cupcake, filled with warm chocolate,... More 

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Pueblo, Colorado
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I waited to write this review because I found I didn't agree with all the rave reviews here. Maybe my expectations were too high. The food was good, but not sensational. My pork dish was served over "fried rice" but the entire entree was in a dish with very high sides and everything was swimming in the sauce, so the... More 

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Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

While the menu doesn't look vegan-friendly, the chef came through with an outstanding entree of organic brown rice with succulent veggies including sweet potatoes, mushroom, asparagus, red and yellow peppers in a homemade Szechuan sauce. The butter lettuce salad with citrus vinaigrette with avocado, grapefruit and blood oranges was a great starter. And a new found Pinot Noir, Elouan from... More 

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Minocqua, Wisconsin
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49 reviews 49 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 via mobile

This is a wonderful restaurant. Effingham, IL, are you kidding me. My wife and I enjoyed two of the specials on a Tuesday night. Allen Brothers steaks are featured and my wife enjoyed the "flap" steak special with an extremely flavorful Demi Glaze. Less tender than a filet, but really tasty. She enjoyed a creamed spinach side which we shared.... More 

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St. Louis, MO
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29 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

My husband and I wanted to meet his father for a special birthday lunch. We live in St. Louis and he lives in Bloomington, IN. Effingham is midway so I researched restaurants in that area. Prior to making a reservation, I read some very positive reviews of the Firefly Grill in St Louis publications and also checked it out on... More 

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49 reviews 49 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I were staying in the Hampton Inn and Suites in Effingham so I checked the restaurants on TripAdvisor and found the Firefly Grill highly recommended and it was just down the street. We were early on a Saturday evening and found the service and food to be excellent. We enjoyed the crab nest appetizer as it was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

For many years, I've traveled between Chicago and St. Louis via I-57 / I-70, and to Indianapolis via I-70, and I wish I had discovered this place earlier. True to their ethos of farm to table, I had one of the freshest salads I've ever eaten, which accompanied the "Special of the Day", which was Beef Pot Pie, an ultimate... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

My daughter and I make the trip along I-70 between Cincinnati and Kansas City a couple of times a year, and we always time our travel to have lunch at the Firefly Grill. It's just off of I-70, but it would be worth a side trip even if you weren't driving right past it.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1810 Avenue Of Mid America, Effingham, IL 62401-4576
    (Keller Drive)
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Effingham
  • Phone Number: 217-342-2002

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 35

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Firefly Grill is a modern roadhouse restaurant 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's menu changes daily and boasts fresh seafood, oak fired steaks and brick oven pizzas. Firefly uses local ingredients whenever possible and fresh herbs and vegetables straight from their very own garden!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?