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Dine IN! Dine OUT! Takeout with Curbside Pickup and Delivery via DoorDash. Please see our website for details. Come sink your choppers into some of the best barbecue on the planet, right here at Firefly's in Marlborough, MA. Step into our restaurant and, in addition to receiving a warm welcome with Southern-style hospitality, you'll be greeted by the mouthwatering aromas of authentic American bar-b-que. We smoke our meats for up to 12 hours to create the signature red smoke ring that identifies the genuine low-fire, slow-cooking process of true bar-b-que. In addition, you'll find many other Southern specialties on our menu including Southern Fried Chicken, Cajun Fried Catfish, Red Beans 'n Rice,
PRICE RANGE
$3 - $25
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
American, Bar, Barbecue, Cajun & Creole
FEATURES
Delivery, Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Gift Cards Available, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free off-street parking, Wine and Beer, Live Music
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food and service was great , best ribs , and drinks and deserts . Large restaurant to accommodate everyone recommend

Date of visit: May 2024
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Kathryn Klein, Marketing at Firefly's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the "great" review, Fiddler! We really appreciate your taking the time to post here.

Reviewed March 10, 2024

This was an amazing BBQ experience. I have been to other Firefly's restaurants before, but this was by far the best. My wife and I both agreed that this was the best BBQ dinner we have had. The Brussels sprouts appetizer was amazing. I had...fried catfish, cooked perfectly. My wife and the ribs (I had some) which were great. Perfect coleslaw, good corn bread, and outstanding service made this a memorable dining experience. This place was full - it is no secret in the area. We fortunately had reservations. This place had good choices of draft beers and good mixed drinks (filled to the top). In spite of being 45 minutes away, we will make this our regular BBQ restaurant.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Kathryn Klein, Marketing at Firefly's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded March 24, 2024

Thanks for your 5-spot review, Mark! We really appreciate it.

Reviewed March 6, 2024 via mobile

Very good food the bar is relaxing, been there multiple times, ive had the wings,Burnt Ends a few salads all good I’d order them again! Service was great I saw a band there not too long ago even the service on the events were great!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Kathryn Klein, Marketing at Firefly's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded March 24, 2024

Thanks for you very kind review Michael. We truly appreciate it.

Reviewed February 27, 2024 via mobile

Just had a meal here. First thing to say is excellent service throughout Really enthusiastic and helpful Plenty of car parking Great menu Delicious food ! I had chicken burger which was delicious and I highly recommend

Date of visit: February 2024
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Kathryn Klein, Marketing at Firefly's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded March 3, 2024

Thanks for the 5-bubble review, Andy! Much appreciated.

Reviewed December 3, 2023

This is our second visit to this BBQ spot in Marlborough ... the food is excellent and the portions large. The first time we ate in and the service was excellent. The second time, we did carryout and that worked well for us but we...re-heated most of the food. We found that the homemade chips were too greasy the second time even re-heating. The fries may be a better choice. We love the pulled pork, cole slaw and baked beans, so re-ordered them the second time. We tried the onion strips and love them!More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Kathryn Klein, Marketing at Firefly's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded December 21, 2023

Thank you so much, BMahanes, for taking time to post your very kind review, here! We truly appreciate it.

Reviewed November 5, 2023

It's a fun, popular local hang out. Great for live music, dancing and a great outside space. Good cocktail menu. Food is OK, some dishes are better than others, nothing outstanding. Encountered unethical practices. No apologies given when brought to their attention. No corrective action...taken. Prices not always as advertised (unsure how long this went on) so check your receipts.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Kathryn Klein, Marketing at Firefly's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded November 24, 2023

Hi Chuck — Please let us know what issues you encountered by calling the restaurant at (508) 357-8883 and asking to speak with a manager. We want to make whatever happened right for you, but cannot do that unless you contact us directly and tell...More

Reviewed October 21, 2023 via mobile

Went out with co workers to celebrate a wedding! The owner stopped by our table and was so engaging with us! Our server was amazing and the food was great! All and all a wonderful night out!

Date of visit: October 2023
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Kathryn Klein, Marketing at Firefly's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded November 24, 2023

Thank you so much for your wonderful review, Niki! Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Reviewed September 4, 2023

matt was our awesome waiter with a great personality combined with excellent professionalism and always checked in on how we were doing and updating us with new menu and drink selections. The food was outstanding as always and the atmosphere was comfortable and relaxing. def...will go again and again and again!!!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Kathryn Klein, Marketing at Firefly's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded September 9, 2023

Thanks for your very kind review, Doug! We truly appreciate it - and we'll pass along your regards to Matt, for sure!

Reviewed August 28, 2023

Firefly's knocks it out of the park! If you are looking for barbecue, this is the place! This is an old fashioned Texas style barbecue. Wife had combo with chicken and pulled pork, and I ordered the brisket, and we shared it all. Sides included...seasoned fries, baked beans, mac and cheese and cole slaw - all good. Sadly, my ability to taste has waned over the years, but it was no problem here as all the of items had a distinctive, smoky taste. Be award that this restaurant is very busy on weekends, so reservations are a very good idea. Make sure you indicate if you want to sit outside, as that fills up fast.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Kathryn Klein, Agency / Consultant at Firefly's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2023

Thank you so much for taking time to post your very kind 5-star review. We truly appreciate all the good things you had to say about the food, as well as the tips for other guests about reservations!

Reviewed July 28, 2023 via mobile

Great family dinner - oh the meat. And the sides were great as well. Service was excellent - just the right amount of check ins, never ran out of anything and great menu recommendations. Would come back again for sure! Brisket, pulled pork, giant beef...rib, fried and smoked chicken was excellent.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Kathryn Klein, Agency / Consultant at Firefly's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2023

Thank you for your nice review, Rob! We truly appreciate it. On your next visit, please let us know what we can do to earn a 5th "start" from you — we aim to please!

Reviewed May 10, 2023

I'd heard good things about this place and finally had the opportunity to eat here. I ended up doing takeout, and the entire ordering process was smooth and efficient. I had a burger with fries and grilled veggies, and everything was superb. The burger was...cooked to perfection and there are plenty of delicious toppings. Everyone was friendly and the restaurant has a pretty, laidback atmosphere. A couple of suggestions for improvement, though: for the takeout, they didn't provide me with cutlery for the veggies or ketchup for the fries. Also, the curbside pickup signs could have included the restaurant's phone number so I could check in - I had to dig through my emails to find the phone number so I could call and tell them I was there.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Kathryn Klein, Agency / Consultant at Firefly's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded May 12, 2023

Thanks for giving us a try, dusty thoughts, and for your thoughtful review. We’re glad you enjoyed your meal — and we definitely appreciate the candid feedback on your takeout experience!

Reviewed May 5, 2023

Went here for the first time last week, due to a last minute change in plans for the weekend, and had one of the best meals we’ve had in a while. From start to finish, the meal and service was fantastic. The waitress knew it...was my son’s birthday and surprised both of us when she rallied staff and came out with red velvet cake to sing to him. 10/10 will be going here when we’re in the area for dinner again.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Kathryn Klein, Agency / Consultant at Firefly's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded May 9, 2023

Thank you so much, 776shylaf, for your very kind review. We truly appreciate it!

Reviewed March 29, 2023 via mobile

We live in NY but whenever we are in the Marlborough area we ALWAYS stop at Firefly. There food is amazing and the service is top notch. Everything from the Baby back ribs to their pulled pork. What ever you do DO NOT go there...without trying the candy lacquered bacon. It is life changing. Even after the meal, their service is amazing. On our last visit their we bought 2 bottles of their Memphis original BBQ sauce to go because it is our hands down favorite BBQ sauce EVER. All of their staff always goes above and beyond but a true star is Monica their catering director. She rapidly responded to an email asking if they could ship their BBQ sauce and she is working on that with me. Love this place, love all of the staff, and honestly love everything that they make. Keep up the amazing work and the fabulous food. We will see you on our next trip up to Marlborough in the fall.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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AM_Kat, Agency / Consultant at Firefly's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded March 30, 2023

Thank you so much for your extremely kind review, NYfoodie001! We really appreciate it. P.S. Catering director is Bianca (not Monica) - and we will pass along your regards :-)

Reviewed February 19, 2023

Visiting the area for the New England Botanic Garden Orchid exibit and stumbled across this gem on Trip Advisor. A Fantastic experience from start to finsh. Our server Jessica was delightful: fun, warm and personable, and promptly took our orders, which returned within 5 minutes....We also got a visit from the manager Rob, who shared insights about their Burbon selections (0ver 200 and counting), And the ribs were probably the best I ever had; I had baby back, and my wife had St Louis ribs. We were full and had to doggy bag some, but I still had room for the Firefly Whiskey Flight, which was delicious. If you are anywhere near this place, would definitely go.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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AM_Kat, Agency / Consultant at Firefly's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2023

Thanks for your 5-star review and recommendation, Etienne (all the way from Plymouth?)! We truly appreciate it and hope you'll come visit us again — there are lots of things to do and see in Central Mass!

Reviewed October 22, 2022 via mobile

My friend’s and I had a wonderful time here. The food was delicious and our server, Gerry, was great!

Date of visit: October 2022
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AM_Kat, Agency / Consultant at Firefly's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2022

Thanks you, ferginator, for your very kind 5-star review!

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Yes, please call the restaurant directly at 508-357-8883 to make a reservation.
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Response from Karen L | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for such a delay. There is a parking lot
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Yes, on Sundays only. It's a great way to samjple they food. The buffet is very nice! Steve, the ower usually gomes around and meet and great - nice touch, and he is such a nice guy too.
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Firefly's BBQ is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4