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1810 Avenue of Mid America, Effingham, IL 62401-4576 (Keller Drive)
+1 217-342-2002
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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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
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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed April 28, 2016

We were on a 2000 mile road trip, and spent the night in Effingham. The firefly grill was just down from the Hampton Inn, so we stopped in. I was incredibly impressed. It is top notch restaurant, not something you'd expect to find in a smaller town. We had excellent mussels as a starter, the steaks were great, and the... More 

Thank Craig S
Bradley, Illinois
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed April 26, 2016

Delicious food and libations. We spent the night in Effingham and found this gem! Great atmosphere and excellent service. If we stop in Effingham again will definitely visit the Firefly!

1 Thank Jamie M
Mattoon, Illinois
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed April 25, 2016

If your looking for that special place with fresh food with flair, look no further. We have enjoyed dining here for many years. The service, food, ambiance, is top notch. Give the firefly grill a try-- especially the Pork Chop or the Swordfish, what a treat! Top it off with the Chocolate Lava Cake, and an Irish coffee. Oh my!

1 Thank mike g
Glen Ellyn, Illinois, United States
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed April 25, 2016

Effingham, IL is the 2nd night stop on our trip North from Naples, FL. The Firefly Grill is a wonderful place to eat. Locally grown, wide variety and always good. The wait staff is friendly, helpful and professional. Very good wine selections and full bar. Inside is a little more noisy, but not annoying. On the porch is the best... More 

1 Thank Jim C
Saint Charles, Illinois
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed April 23, 2016 via mobile

Absolutely one of the best hidden treats in IL. Firefly loves supporting their local partners and businesses. Every table is a Boos Block and your meals are fresh from local farmers. Great atmosphere and excellent food.

1 Thank Jana Y
Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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113 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed April 15, 2016

For the past few years we have been timing our I-70 travels to layover in Effingham just to enjoy Firefly. We're not alone -- huge and pricey as the place is, reservations are often a must as it can be packed solid during peak dining hours. We've had several lunches and dinners at Firefly, and both have always been absolutely... More 

1 Thank Cochon
Toledo, Ohio
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590 reviews
418 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 242 helpful votes
Reviewed April 7, 2016

We visited Firefly Grill while passing through and were happily surprised by the unique creations the chefs offer. Everything was fresh-made from scratch, and special requests were happily accommodated. You can tell the chefs really love to please their guests. The ambiance was superb. The deck out into the large pond provided a wonderful view, and we enjoyed watching the... More 

3 Thank Rasharra_Solarix
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed April 4, 2016

Very unique place to dine. A one off resturant, hard to describe...take out word and go here, period. Also, the best Calamari I ever ate!

Thank Jack H
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed April 4, 2016 via mobile

Just down the road from the Hampton Hotel. Nicely decorated on a pond. Got to sit on the porch. Good wine list. Had the pork shank with Brussels and was delicious, tender, and tasty. Would definitely recommend.

Thank Nancy S
Rockville, Indiana
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76 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed April 4, 2016

My wife and I stopped for lunch when we were in town looking at counter tops. We shared the appetizer (Crab Purses I think they were called) and they were outstanding. We both ordered sandwiches and while good did not make much of an impression. The service was OK but not great. We will go back again for a second... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$6 - $35
American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Romantic, Scenic view, Bar scene, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1810 Avenue of Mid America, Effingham, IL 62401-4576
    (Keller Drive)
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Effingham
  • Phone Number: +1 217-342-2002
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! Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian & All Special Diets - because we make our food to order, many of our offerings can accommodate multiple dietary considerations. Please alert your server and they will guide you to a special choice while ensuring our Chefs take extra care with your dishes.

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