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1810 Avenue Of Mid America, Effingham, IL 62401-4576 (Keller Drive)
217-342-2002
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11:00 am - 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, Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
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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  • 280
    Excellent
  • 78
    Very good
  • 43
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 9
    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
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We each had a salad and then shared the Szechuan pork tenderloin. The pork came with fried rice that was a little too salty, from soy sauce I suppose, and was also a little too sweet. The pork itself was so good that we could overlook the rice. The service was excellent. We arrived on a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
ShortStack12
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Great Meadows, New Jersey
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Families with children
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
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425 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Great Meadows, New Jersey
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

We each had a salad and then shared the Szechuan pork tenderloin. The pork came with fried rice that was a little too salty, from soy sauce I suppose, and was also a little too sweet. The pork itself was so good that we could overlook the rice. The service was excellent. We arrived on a Saturday night without a... More 

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fireflyKNC, Owner at firefly grill, responded to this review

Dear SS12 - Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback, Chef is checking the rice now and will work with his team quickly on adjustments. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed the service, we are grateful to have such a wonderful team. They care deeply and we will be sure to share your compliments. We... More 

Champaign, Illinois
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

My husband and I stopped in for lunch when we were in the area. We were greeted nicely and shown to a table. Water arrived quickly, soon followed by our server. She explained the menu, their focus on locally produced food, and asked if we wanted drinks while we looked over the menu. She returned quickly with our beverages. (One... More 

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fireflyKNC, Owner at firefly grill, responded to this review

Dear Margie - Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We are so pleased that enjoyed your visit and that you noticed so many details that we aspire to enhance. We are grateful that you found us and look forward to your next visit. the best - Kristie and Niall Campbell More 

Plattsmouth, Nebraska
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Firefly is a short walk from the Hampton Inn, where we stayed last week. My salad was very good. The entree, swordfish, was quite tasty. Not North Carolina but still good. The wait staff was attentive and prompt.

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Illinois City, Illinois
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We visited the Firefly Grill with friends for a very early dinner. I was disappointed that there weren't more gluten/dairy free options but I found a meal that was and ordered it. The service here was great but as I said there was practically no one else there at the time. The food was delicious but I'm not sure it... More 

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NYPR22, Owner at firefly grill, responded to this review

Dear Veronica - Thank you so much for taking the time to give us feedback. First let me apologize for the bread you should have received, we have just begun to research what happened so that we can fix the problem. We also want to apologize that we did not make our gluten and dairy free items more accessible. Because... More 

Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Had dinner the night before a buisiness event. The location was easy to find and the grounds were beautiful. The service was outstanding, however the food was the star. I was dining with six people and we are enjoyed out meal. Would highly recommend to anyone visiting the Effingham area.

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NYPR22, Owner at firefly grill, responded to this review

Dear jonmar1 - Thank you for the kind words, we are so glad you enjoyed everything and hope to see you again soon. Warm Regards, Kristie and Niall Campbell More 

Illinois
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

This is a unique restaurant with great food. They have their own gardens and use the items from the gardens in the restaurant. This was one of the best meals I have had. When you are in Effingham this is where you must dine if you appreciate great food.

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NYPR22, Owner at firefly grill, responded to this review

Dear Go24win - Thank you!! So excited to hear that firefly was one of your favorite meals. It means a lot that you took the time to share that we us. Thank you - Kristie and Niall More 

Effingham, Illinois
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I always enjoy the Firefly Grill but have not made it a regular stop. As one of those stuck up wine snobs, I like to bring a bottle from my cellar to dinner. Well now they allow corkage and to be fair, I am extremely thankful, so need to change my review from 4 to 5 stars. The food is... More 

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fireflyKNC, Owner at firefly grill, responded to this review

Dear KoR - We are so glad you are enjoying the corkage and thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are excited to see what amazing pairings you will create with your collection and look forward to your next visit. the best - Kristie and Niall More 

Chicago, Illinois
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Cuisine conscious food well prepared with garden herbs and veggies grown onsite, nice pond setting and simple bare furnishings with repurposed materials. Best food within 100 mile radius. Not inexpensive but worth it.

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fireflyKNC, Owner at firefly grill, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to share them. the best - Kristie and Niall Campbell More 

Sarasota, Florida
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

We found the Firefly Grill when passing thru Effingham. Not far from I70-I 57. It's well worth finding. Modern contemporary decor and lovely patio. Nice innovative menu serving lunch and dinner. Pretty good wine list. Very friendly and helpful staff. It's easily the best place in Effingham

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Bonita Springs, Florida
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We've dined here several times over the last 5 or 6 years; while it is still a great restaurant in small town Illinois, it's not as stellar as before. While we love Allen Brothers meat, it is an expensive item for this venue. My husband has the pork loin, which he enjoyed and my meat pizza was great. Service was... More 

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NYPR22, Owner at firefly grill, responded to this review

Dear Hawkeyewriter - Thank you so much for taking the time to give us feedback. We are sorry to have disappointed you and wish you had been with us a few days later. On May 21st, we revamped our menus for the coming summer - Chef added a bunch of new things and we are almost ready to start harvesting... More 

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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
  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Romantic, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?