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“Ambience is amazing” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Firefly

Firefly
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Ranked #414 of 9,846 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Universal City Area
Marin county
Level Contributor
26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Ambience is amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2013

Wife and I were in LA visiting for a week and a friend wanted to take us out to dinner. Said there was a restaurant that we "had to see" in Studio City. We thought, uggghh - the Valley, no way. They also said that reservations were necessary. (hard to believe, I thought)

Long story short . . amazing place!! Was totally packed on a Tuesday night. . Great food. When it gets dark outside, the place becomes a maze of fantastic glowing candles.Try it on a Friday night. Every want-to-be starlet from the movie studios goes there.

Can't wait to try it again!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Uppsala, Sweden
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6 reviews
“Amazing food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2013

It didn't look like much at first, but turned out to be quite funky and cool. We sat outside which was very nice. The best thing was the food whcih was different and amazingly delicious.

Visited May 2013
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Amazing Food, beautiful experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

Went with some friends to give this restaurant a try as we have all heard about it. We went on a Wednesday as rumor has it is very crowded on weekends. All three of us now have a favorite restaurant! The service is top notch, the ambiance is beyond words, and the food is breathtaking to the eye and flavorful. We started with cocktails, I had the Lychee martini and it was a excellent. Out of curiosity we tried the crispy olives, which were a small bite and tasty. I had the halibut and had to refrain form licking the plate-my friends had the salmon and were very please. However, when it came to dessert-I won hands down by selecting the Firefly bread pudding. While the baked alaskan and neopolitan were lovely, the bread pudding is indescribably delicious. Do yourself a favor and indulge in this heavenly treat.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Half Moon Bay, California
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Delicious in the Valley”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

Thankfully I read the TA reviews and knew to look for a wall of ivy - Ventura Blvd is not easy to navigate when looking for an address. The front door on the right edge of the ivy looks like a back door, and the first sight inside is a bar, so you think you're entering a dive, but then it opens first to a cozy lounge cum library (with twinkle lights, hence the name 'Firefly') and then to a large indoor/outdoor room which is covered with a roof that feels like a tent. I was suspecting the food would take second place to the atmosphere, but then we received our appetizer of grilled mussels, and that alone told me not to worry. They were outstanding - never had them grilled before - and I could have eaten the whole platter rather than sharing with my companion. They were cooked perfectly and seasoned with a flavor I couldn't quite distinguish. I'll order them again no matter what else I order. They were followed by my entree of 6 ounces of perfectly cooked totally tender petit filet served with small roasted potatoes and broccolini. My companion had the sea bass which he also raved about (but I didn't try since I don't like bass). We shared a delicious Napoleon for dessert - outstanding and sized right for a single portion but still large enough to share. I was there on business but will definitely go back with my family next time we travel to LA and are in the Valley or even Hollywood area, as it's convenient enough to get to from there. Forgot to mention the ginger cosmo - great drink! Don't miss it if you like ginger (or cosmo's!) I will definitely be back, and I think it will become a new family favorite in LA.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Los Angeles
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187 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“enjoyed the food and the room”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2013

My experience at Firefly was a very good one. The look of the room was great, very comfortable and open enough so we could chat with our friends. We took an area which had overhead lights otherwise the room can get dark which at times could be a hinderance. Bit of an issue with the wine list, we ordered two wines that were posted but they did not have. Finally found a wine which was a good sub.
Food was well prepared and tasty. I had the Salmon, so did my wife. Our friends ordered other dishes which I do not remember what they were but they too enjoyed them. Very good desserts as we shared all of them. Service was very good, server knew when to make an appearance and when not too. Again, if you think the menu items are too pricy , look at the menu before you come. Come prepared, there is no reason not to know what things cost before. For smokers there is a small private room to enjoy without bothering non smokers . I thought that was a good idea. I like this place and plan to go back.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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