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

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Visitor rating
  • 255
    Excellent
  • 74
    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
Excellent food, service on the slow side

My wife and I went to Firefly for a late lunch and were pleased with the food but less than blown away by the service. We ordered the fried green tomatoes for the appetizer and they were fantastic, crispy on the outside and well cooked. My wife ordered the rack of lamb and i ordered the Montana... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
Craig W
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Olney, 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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392 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Olney, Illinois
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43 reviews 43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

My wife and I went to Firefly for a late lunch and were pleased with the food but less than blown away by the service. We ordered the fried green tomatoes for the appetizer and they were fantastic, crispy on the outside and well cooked. My wife ordered the rack of lamb and i ordered the Montana Mignon for our... More 

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New Haven, Missouri
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43 reviews 43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

It is nice to have a restaurant with a well trained staff. Our waiter was attentive and the food delicious. The complete staff at this restaurant makes sure you have an enjoyable evening.

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Columbus, Ohio
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200 reviews 200 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Was driving from Champaign to St Louis and saw this place on yelp. Much to my surprise it was fantastic. Never thought a unique restaurant like this would be found here - and very convenient to I70. Will absolutely be back. Great food. And better service. Well done!

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Elgin, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Fantastic dining experience. Way more than expected in Effingham, IL. The owners have special talent.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Always great service, excellent food and relaxing environment. Will go again soon...we schedule monthly Doctor dinners there, and it's always a special treat for them.

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Troy
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Firefly Grill is one of the best restaurants we have ever dined at. My wife had the NY Strip steak with mashed potatoes. The steak was absolutely delicious and tender (we shared). The sauce that accompanied with was made from bone marrow and took the meat and the potatoes to an even higher taste level. My sea bass was served... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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84 reviews 84 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

This place was a total surprise. We expected just another meal on the road, but what we discovered was a top-notch restaurant with excellent food and service. The restaurant is located within walking distance of the Hampton Inn - it is a nice building with plenty of parking. The food served is all fresh and locally sourced. The owner chef... More 

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Lansing, Michigan
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30 reviews 30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

The Firefly Grill is at the crossroads of two major highways in Central Illinois and home to lots of overnight guests. Certainly not the kind of place one would expect to find such a great restaurant. The atmosphere was contemporary and relaxing, the food fabulous. We sat at the Chef's bar and chatted with the owner. I would highly recommend... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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120 reviews 120 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Very comfortable space, warm and inviting on a winter night. Good food, mid level upscale. The place would hardly be noticed in Chicago, but is probably the trendiest restaurant around in mid central Illinois, Expensive for a tiny town, but while we ordered a variety of items, noticed that what appeared to be the locals were ordering the hamburgers. We... More 

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Effingham, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Thank you, lunch was delicious as usual, Shelby was fantastic. Love the fact I can actually speak and not shout when having a meal Atmosphere is perfect and relaxing

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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?