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1810 Avenue of Mid America, Effingham, IL 62401-4576 (Keller Drive)
+1 217-342-2002
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Mon 16:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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97 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2015

Some items were fresh, delicious and subtle, such as the heirloom tomato and mozzarella app. The wood oven pizza was light and chewy, with a delicate margharita sauce. The crab cakes were just bad- flavorless and crab-free, apparently. Seafood items are a stretch, and firefly might do better to focus on the farm-to-table items instead. That said, it is a... More 

Thank drsh99
fireflyKNC, Owner at firefly grill, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for sharing your experience! We’re so pleased you enjoy our farm-to-table cuisine, but we’re sorry to hear we missed the mark on your crab cakes. We continually use reviews as opportunities to refine our service and offerings, so your comments are appreciated. We hope you'll come back next time you're in the area and give us... More 

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74 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2015

We found this restaurant on Tripadvisor. It is right off I70 exit. The food was fabulous! We stopped for lunch on a trip to Indiana. The place was easy to find, very trendy, and a fun place to stop. We both had soup - my husband had lentil and I had tomato. Both were great and accompanied with a small... More 

Thank treysia
fireflyKNC, Owner at firefly grill, responded to this review

Hi Treysia, Wow – thank you so much for taking the time to write a fantastic review! We’re so happy you found us and had an all-around fabulous time. We’d love to have you back next time you’re visiting the area. Cheers! - The Firefly Team P.S. Keep in touch: facebook.com/ffgrill twitter.com/fireflygrill More 

Woodland Park, Colorado
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46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2015

This place had a very nice atmosphere, staff was very polite and fast. Food was good I never order seafood when I am this far from the ocean but our waitress sold me on the calamari, said it is shipped in every other day so I tried it.It was wonderful cooked just right, also had there french onion soup and... More 

Thank Mary S
fireflyKNC, Owner at firefly grill, responded to this review

Hi Mary, Thank you for the great review! We’re so pleased you enjoyed our atmosphere and staff - we just love hearing that! Your compliments on our dishes are sincerely appreciated. We’d love to have you back next time you’re visiting. Thanks again! - The Firefly Team P.S. Keep in touch: facebook.com/ffgrill twitter.com/fireflygrill More 

Kansas City, Missouri
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84 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

The grill is an impressive-looking facility, spacious, clean, and comfortable. Food quality was average or below average, depending on your choice. Also, a bit pricey for the serving sizes received. We were there for lunch only, so things may get better at dinner. Nice menu, and dishes attractively presented, but lacking in flavor. The garlic fires were the best things... More 

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Toledo, Ohio
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1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

Beautiful setting, delicious food and great service. It's just a minute off the busy main area but you feel like you are in the country. A little pricey but worth the cost. It has a casual yet sophisticated feel. We will definitely return there next year when we are in the area. The food was presented very artistically.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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206 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2015

Title about says it all. Had a reservation and it made no difference. We waited a long time, didn't have the corn chowder from prior year, server was not attentive, and this was just the start, After waiting a long time for our appetizers, they finally showed up. Table is full and less than 5 minutes later out comes the... More 

Kansas City
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2015 via mobile

While the setting is quite nice and ambiance lovely for mid-America, the food quality was only fair to poor. The $16 portobello sandwich was dressed with pesto that was either made with dried basil or very old fresh basil which ruined the taste. The "Chevere Boursin" was replaced by what appeared to be pizza cheese that was leathery and tasteless.... More 

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Sherwood, Wisconsin
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488 reviews
280 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2015

We ate there twice on this trip, once with 3 other couples and once with just the two of us. Two of the couples had not been before and raved about the place. Service was super as always and though everyone had a different dish, everyone was pleased with their choice. It was a pleasant night so we went on... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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80 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2015

Excellent dining. Recommended by the hotel we stayed at. Deskclerk said it was a little more money. He did understate that. A steak was $48. We split the king crab cakes and they were excellent. We have never every had crab cakes with that much crab, large pieces and very little bread filling. The pesto sauce with it was very... More 

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Bloomington, Illinois, United States
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65 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2015

The food is very expensive and the Sunday brunch menu was rather unique. I ordered off the dinner menu and had a pork tenderloin which was served with a sunny side egg on top. That kind of grossed me out. Otherwise the food was good.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$35
American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Healthy, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
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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