Firefly Bistro

★★★★★
  • 1009 El Centro St

    South Pasadena, CA 91030

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  • 626-441-2443

About Firefly Bistro

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Dinner: Tue - Thu, Sun, 5:30pm - 9pm; Fri, Sat, 5:30pm - 10pm. Brunch: Sat, Sun, 10am - 2:30pm. Closed on Mon
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My wife and I went here for Valentine's Day and had an absolutely terrible meal with atrocious service. The $100/couple set price was exorbitant. When I asked the waiter for details on how a dish was prepared the waiter took the menu from

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My wife and I went here for Valentine's Day and had an absolutely terrible meal with atrocious service. The $100/couple set price was exorbitant. When I asked the waiter for details on how a dish was prepared the waiter took the menu from

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My husband and I consider ourselves to be foodies and are very selective about restaurant dining. We were blown away. I had the pecan crusted catfish (which I only tried because it is a house special), my husband had the NY steak - which

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My husband and I consider ourselves to be foodies and are very selective about restaurant dining. We were blown away. I had the pecan crusted catfish (which I only tried because it is a house special), my husband had the NY steak - which

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I had a wonderful experience. Carl, the owner, took care of me and my date for Valentine's Day and made sure we left completely satisfied. I can't wait to come back.

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I had a wonderful experience. Carl, the owner, took care of me and my date for Valentine's Day and made sure we left completely satisfied. I can't wait to come back.

Pros: Food, parking, Service

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Very special feeling, great event facility great staff attentive can b a bit more vrried with music but all in al my husband and my night was the best and most memorable for not only us but for ou fmily and friends to! thanks Carl, Paul

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Very special feeling, great event facility great staff attentive can b a bit more vrried with music but all in al my husband and my night was the best and most memorable for not only us but for ou fmily and friends to! thanks Carl, Paul

Pros: Local Easy and Spaciouse

Cons: cut throat bck 2 bck prtys

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Eating under the "tent" surrounded by beautiful plants made us feel like we were on a picnic. Brunch food was excellent and we ending up ordering lots of different things and sharing. But the best thing was the music. An absolute master

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Eating under the "tent" surrounded by beautiful plants made us feel like we were on a picnic. Brunch food was excellent and we ending up ordering lots of different things and sharing. But the best thing was the music. An absolute master

Pros: Loved the cinnamin rolls

Cons: hard to park

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I hosted a Bridal Shower at the FireFly for my sister-in-law to be. We had about 30 people of all ages. The manager and waiter did everything to make our afternoon perfect. The menu had great choices that would please everyone's taste.

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I hosted a Bridal Shower at the FireFly for my sister-in-law to be. We had about 30 people of all ages. The manager and waiter did everything to make our afternoon perfect. The menu had great choices that would please everyone's taste.

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We were immediately turned off by this restaurant when the manager came over and said we could only open 2 bottles of wine because of their corkage rule. We were a party of 10 people celebrating a couple birthdays and about 4 people

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We were immediately turned off by this restaurant when the manager came over and said we could only open 2 bottles of wine because of their corkage rule. We were a party of 10 people celebrating a couple birthdays and about 4 people

Pros: Nice ambience and Patio

Cons: Bad Wine Policy, Bad Service, ok food

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I made an account on city search just so I could write a review about Firefly! I've been there a handful of times and always have had a good meal. On my last visit my Boyfriend and I shared the grilled endive salad and it was

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I made an account on city search just so I could write a review about Firefly! I've been there a handful of times and always have had a good meal. On my last visit my Boyfriend and I shared the grilled endive salad and it was

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We frequent this place often, Thursday nights for tapa and sangria. Weekends for brunch. Thursady night has a great atmosphere with the farmers market and warm evenings. The food is varied and tasty. I wish the tapas were bigger but tapas are not meant to be huge anyhow. Can't fault the place, owner comes out on occasion to talk to his patron.

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We frequent this place often, Thursday nights for tapa and sangria. Weekends for brunch. Thursady night has a great atmosphere with the farmers market and warm evenings. The food is varied and tasty. I wish the tapas were bigger but tapas are not meant to be huge anyhow. Can't fault the place, owner comes out on occasion to talk to his patron.

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Can't believe MSN CityGuide recommend this restaurant! The outdoor tent is gorgeous for a weekend morning, but that?s it. The employees are lack of training, so there?s no service. The food is even worst! The brunch menu is confused to

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Can't believe MSN CityGuide recommend this restaurant! The outdoor tent is gorgeous for a weekend morning, but that?s it. The employees are lack of training, so there?s no service. The food is even worst! The brunch menu is confused to

Pros: ambience

Cons: food, beverage, service

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I don't usually comment on Citysearch, but I had such a terrible experience at Firefly, I had to create a Citysearch account just to document my experience. The only good thing about this place is the ambiance- the outdoor patio sitting

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I don't usually comment on Citysearch, but I had such a terrible experience at Firefly, I had to create a Citysearch account just to document my experience. The only good thing about this place is the ambiance- the outdoor patio sitting

Pros: Ambiance

Cons: Service Terrible, Food Lukewarm, Avoid at all costs!

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The food at Firefly is delicious. I went on a Thursday night during the Farmer's Market and shared appetizers and a pitcher of Sangria with a girlfriend, topped off with a decadent desert. We had a wonderful summer evening here and our waiter was really friendly and helpful. The ambiance and food was worth every penny!!!!

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The food at Firefly is delicious. I went on a Thursday night during the Farmer's Market and shared appetizers and a pitcher of Sangria with a girlfriend, topped off with a decadent desert. We had a wonderful summer evening here and our waiter was really friendly and helpful. The ambiance and food was worth every penny!!!!

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i went here for a friends bday party. the atmosphere is good, very romantic, not good for groups though.i was the first one there in my party and the hostess was rude and sarcastic. she made faces and spoke under her breathe very rude!!

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i went here for a friends bday party. the atmosphere is good, very romantic, not good for groups though.i was the first one there in my party and the hostess was rude and sarcastic. she made faces and spoke under her breathe very rude!!

Pros: good atmosphere, romatic

Cons: pricey

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The food was excellent; from the Mint prawn appetizer to the trout entree simply delicious. The atmosphere is so cute and abounds with table-for-two date night potential if only one's table for two weren't right in between two other

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The food was excellent; from the Mint prawn appetizer to the trout entree simply delicious. The atmosphere is so cute and abounds with table-for-two date night potential if only one's table for two weren't right in between two other

Pros: Food was incredible

Cons: A bit cramped and expect to pay some money

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Went for beakfast a few months ago, and I can't figure out what happened to the desserts. I had the key lime pie another time (maybe more than a year ago) and it was yummy but now its dry and more of a cake? go back to pie, firefly!

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Went for beakfast a few months ago, and I can't figure out what happened to the desserts. I had the key lime pie another time (maybe more than a year ago) and it was yummy but now its dry and more of a cake? go back to pie, firefly!

Pros: Pretty dining room

Cons: Not as good as it once was

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Food is good! I had the pork chop, it was very interesting and quite good, my wife had the trout, and it was under cooked but still good. Wine list was different and very food friendly there was a server or wine stuwerd that helped us out

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Food is good! I had the pork chop, it was very interesting and quite good, my wife had the trout, and it was under cooked but still good. Wine list was different and very food friendly there was a server or wine stuwerd that helped us out

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The first time I went to Firefly, I had heard about it from a coworker who said the food was most excellent. It was a saturday night in August and we were seated promptly. We weren't sure what to expect, but everything was just great. Top

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The first time I went to Firefly, I had heard about it from a coworker who said the food was most excellent. It was a saturday night in August and we were seated promptly. We weren't sure what to expect, but everything was just great. Top

Pros: ambience, portion size, service, wine selection

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I have been enjoying Firefly Bistro for a few years now. Every time I go, be it with friends or family, I am warmly greeted, seated promptly and receive excellent service. The ambiance is very pretty and romantic though the temperature

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I have been enjoying Firefly Bistro for a few years now. Every time I go, be it with friends or family, I am warmly greeted, seated promptly and receive excellent service. The ambiance is very pretty and romantic though the temperature

Pros: Delicious food, great ambiance, good service

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New to South Pasadena I was glad my wife and I stumbled across firefly. Friendly service, nice bar + good beer menu. Our shrimp salad was just ok. Lacking in the shrimp department. We also shared the stuffed trout and the NY with roasted

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New to South Pasadena I was glad my wife and I stumbled across firefly. Friendly service, nice bar + good beer menu. Our shrimp salad was just ok. Lacking in the shrimp department. We also shared the stuffed trout and the NY with roasted

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So when we got there it was very beautiful and romantic with out door seating. It was almost enchanting with it being outside with gorgeous vines and plants outside...kinda like the secret garden and the hanging tea lights. It was very

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So when we got there it was very beautiful and romantic with out door seating. It was almost enchanting with it being outside with gorgeous vines and plants outside...kinda like the secret garden and the hanging tea lights. It was very

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The food, ambience, and service are top notch. They offer a tapas menu on Thursday but unfortunately, it doesn't mean it's happy hour prices.

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The food, ambience, and service are top notch. They offer a tapas menu on Thursday but unfortunately, it doesn't mean it's happy hour prices.

Pros: Ambience, service, food

Cons: No happy hour

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After a recent visit I was impressed with the helpful waitstaff and the food. The desserts, in particular, are terrific. I've had the grapefruit tart and (more recently) the panna cotta--both of which were delicious.

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After a recent visit I was impressed with the helpful waitstaff and the food. The desserts, in particular, are terrific. I've had the grapefruit tart and (more recently) the panna cotta--both of which were delicious.

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I recently took my Husband, his brother and sister in-law to Firefly for a surprise birthday dinner. Not only did we have the best chicken and lamb that we've had in a very long time, there was a great selection of wines to choose

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I recently took my Husband, his brother and sister in-law to Firefly for a surprise birthday dinner. Not only did we have the best chicken and lamb that we've had in a very long time, there was a great selection of wines to choose

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i've been to Firerfly bistro quite a few times and always had a good time though the service can be slow and sometimes the servers seem disorganized. one thing i never miss there is dessert, it's always way better than you expect. last

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i've been to Firerfly bistro quite a few times and always had a good time though the service can be slow and sometimes the servers seem disorganized. one thing i never miss there is dessert, it's always way better than you expect. last

Pros: pretty dining room, desserts

Cons: a little hard to find the first time

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I have had nothing but wonderful experiences dining at Firefly. I've been here for dinner maybe 5 times over the past year. I have never had a single item of food that I could not completely rave about. Their salmon is amazing and they

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I have had nothing but wonderful experiences dining at Firefly. I've been here for dinner maybe 5 times over the past year. I have never had a single item of food that I could not completely rave about. Their salmon is amazing and they

Pros: creative menu, desserts, wine list

Cons: service is sometimes lacking, slow

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The food was overly salted, the portions were small, the salmon was undercooked and had to be sent back, the ribs were tasteless and the waitress although being informed of a birthday, forgot the birthday dessert and simply shrugged her

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The food was overly salted, the portions were small, the salmon was undercooked and had to be sent back, the ribs were tasteless and the waitress although being informed of a birthday, forgot the birthday dessert and simply shrugged her

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Firefly Bistro is a great little resaurant. Great food and wine, all under a big, sturdy wedding-like tent. Great heating in the cold and flaps that open up into a garden when it's warm. The food is delicious and the service is almost

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Firefly Bistro is a great little resaurant. Great food and wine, all under a big, sturdy wedding-like tent. Great heating in the cold and flaps that open up into a garden when it's warm. The food is delicious and the service is almost

Pros: good, free parking, beautiful ambience, friendly service

Cons: food takes a while

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my friends and i started dinner at 6:30 and did not get our entrees until 8:45pm. the staff was disorganized, confusing orders and bringing them to the wrong table as well as in the wrong order. no apologies were given by the waitstaff, as

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my friends and i started dinner at 6:30 and did not get our entrees until 8:45pm. the staff was disorganized, confusing orders and bringing them to the wrong table as well as in the wrong order. no apologies were given by the waitstaff, as

Cons: awful service, hard to find, very cold

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I've recently been going to Firefly for dinner, and everytime I enjoy myself even more than the last time. The food is top-notch, with some unusual items and some surprising extras to old standbys, like the fried calamari in the caesar

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I've recently been going to Firefly for dinner, and everytime I enjoy myself even more than the last time. The food is top-notch, with some unusual items and some surprising extras to old standbys, like the fried calamari in the caesar

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I walk by this restaurant everyday and always thought it looked really cute. We ate there with some friends last night and I was very disappointed. The food was ok, nothing spectacular and overpriced. What really ticked me off was that they charged us an automatic 20% gratuity for a party of 6. The service was nothing spectacular and did not warrant a 20% tip, but for some reason they did not leave this up to us. This automatic tipping is a method for waitresses to get away with not doing their job, but still receive their tip. We were forced into a $30 tip for average service. Possibly a group of 8 or 10 might warrant an automatic 18% tip, but NEVER a small party of 6. We didn't order appetizers, dessert or coffee. What was the 20% for?? If a waitress has two tables, one of 6 and one of 2, why would she give good service to the table of 6 if she/he is guaranteed a 20% tip from the table of 6? I do not recommend this restaurant unless you enjoy being forced into a tip when undeserved.

I was a waitress for years and find this practice to be unfair and goes against the point of tipping.

PROS: nice ambiance
CONS: Forced to tip 20% on parties of 6

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I walk by this restaurant everyday and always thought it looked really cute. We ate there with some friends last night and I was very disappointed. The food was ok, nothing spectacular and overpriced. What really ticked me off was that they charged us an automatic 20% gratuity for a party of 6. The service was nothing spectacular and did not warrant a 20% tip, but for some reason they did not leave this up to us. This automatic tipping is a method for waitresses to get away with not doing their job, but still receive their tip. We were forced into a $30 tip for average service. Possibly a group of 8 or 10 might warrant an automatic 18% tip, but NEVER a small party of 6. We didn't order appetizers, dessert or coffee. What was the 20% for?? If a waitress has two tables, one of 6 and one of 2, why would she give good service to the table of 6 if she/he is guaranteed a 20% tip from the table of 6? I do not recommend this restaurant unless you enjoy being forced into a tip when undeserved.

I was a waitress for years and find this practice to be unfair and goes against the point of tipping.

PROS: nice ambiance
CONS: Forced to tip 20% on parties of 6

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I love this little restaurant. It has great food, good service and a neat local. It's under a tent in the middle of a neighborhood in South Pasadena. Very charming and a little hard to find if you don't know the area. It has a very hip

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I love this little restaurant. It has great food, good service and a neat local. It's under a tent in the middle of a neighborhood in South Pasadena. Very charming and a little hard to find if you don't know the area. It has a very hip

Pros: great food, good service, nice environment

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I hesitate to write this review because I don't want too many more people to know about Firefly, but it's such a great little restaurant I want the owners to do well!

The menu is short, but inventive. Firefly offers fabulous new twists on old favorites (the classic grilled cheese sandwich, for example) while offering incredible new dishes that draw upon South and Central American or Asian ingredients and flavors.

The setting is lovely. If you go when the weather is nice, the only walls are the light strewn hedges that surround the building. It's like dining al fresco in your own yard with your own fabulous chef and staff under really hip lighting.

PROS: Great food and beverage options, reasonably priced, great space
CONS: Cold winter days are not the time to visit.

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I hesitate to write this review because I don't want too many more people to know about Firefly, but it's such a great little restaurant I want the owners to do well!

The menu is short, but inventive. Firefly offers fabulous new twists on old favorites (the classic grilled cheese sandwich, for example) while offering incredible new dishes that draw upon South and Central American or Asian ingredients and flavors.

The setting is lovely. If you go when the weather is nice, the only walls are the light strewn hedges that surround the building. It's like dining al fresco in your own yard with your own fabulous chef and staff under really hip lighting.

PROS: Great food and beverage options, reasonably priced, great space
CONS: Cold winter days are not the time to visit.

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I went to the Firefly for Valentine's dinner. The outdoor setting was very romantic and the food was great. The only downside was how close we were to the other tables. But on such a busy night it made sense.

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I went to the Firefly for Valentine's dinner. The outdoor setting was very romantic and the food was great. The only downside was how close we were to the other tables. But on such a busy night it made sense.

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I really like the ambiance of this restaurant and the food is quite good as well. The only complaint I have is that every time I go there, the service is SLOW. Even if the restaurant is empty, the service is slow. The servers are

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I really like the ambiance of this restaurant and the food is quite good as well. The only complaint I have is that every time I go there, the service is SLOW. Even if the restaurant is empty, the service is slow. The servers are

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It's a very chic outdoor restaurant with a great atmosphere. The food is delicious and menu items change periodically. Some nights they feature special food.
I've inquired about their private parties before when I was hosting a friend's shower, and the owners will work with the client on the menu. They serve a delicious gazpaucho soup during the summer months.

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It's a very chic outdoor restaurant with a great atmosphere. The food is delicious and menu items change periodically. Some nights they feature special food.
I've inquired about their private parties before when I was hosting a friend's shower, and the owners will work with the client on the menu. They serve a delicious gazpaucho soup during the summer months.

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Main dishes are very good. The chefs are especially skilled at fish dishes. Nice inexpensive wine list. I love the tent and the soft lighting but the tables are too close to each other. One of the female hostesses (the one that has been

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Main dishes are very good. The chefs are especially skilled at fish dishes. Nice inexpensive wine list. I love the tent and the soft lighting but the tables are too close to each other. One of the female hostesses (the one that has been

Pros: polite service, nice breezy tent

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My wife and I were visiting the farmer's market this week and were drawn into Firefly by the sidewalk sign advertising "Tapas Night". We'd never noticed the restaurant before, but I have to say that we were charmed and had a wonderful

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My wife and I were visiting the farmer's market this week and were drawn into Firefly by the sidewalk sign advertising "Tapas Night". We'd never noticed the restaurant before, but I have to say that we were charmed and had a wonderful

Pros: Friendly staff, Great dining area, Inexpensive wines

Cons: In South Pasadena

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Servings are small, especially the appetizers. There is barely enough for two. Don't order the calamari if you expect a nice portion of little squid. Main dishes are interesting, but poultry was either salty or bland. Bundle up for this

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Servings are small, especially the appetizers. There is barely enough for two. Don't order the calamari if you expect a nice portion of little squid. Main dishes are interesting, but poultry was either salty or bland. Bundle up for this

Pros: Ample street parking, Quiet neighboorhood

Cons: Small portions

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The place is beauitful (patio only). Good crowd. The food however is horrible.

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The place is beauitful (patio only). Good crowd. The food however is horrible.

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This place was tucked away in the heart of South Pasadena and was very good. I went with a deliciously prepared salad and chicken entree. All was very tasty however it came at a price.

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This place was tucked away in the heart of South Pasadena and was very good. I went with a deliciously prepared salad and chicken entree. All was very tasty however it came at a price.

Pros: Good

Cons: a bit pricey

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Up until now, there have been very few places to go in South Pasadena. I have had it with the parking and crowds in Old Town. Firefly Bistro is quite a find. This restaurant is absolutely charming. The ambience is friendly and fun and

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Up until now, there have been very few places to go in South Pasadena. I have had it with the parking and crowds in Old Town. Firefly Bistro is quite a find. This restaurant is absolutely charming. The ambience is friendly and fun and

Pros: Good Parking, Quiet, Inexpensive

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The best part of Firefly is that you are able to dine outside under the canopy, and that the prices are reasonable. It is a nice spot for easy dining in South Pasadena.

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The best part of Firefly is that you are able to dine outside under the canopy, and that the prices are reasonable. It is a nice spot for easy dining in South Pasadena.

Pros: reasonably priced, outdoor dining, great service

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Very nice atmosphere and staff. The food is innovative, nicely presented (stacking seems to be favored) and really delicious. After three visits, I have some favorites... appetizers-- fig & duck confit as well as the heirloom tomatoes,

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Very nice atmosphere and staff. The food is innovative, nicely presented (stacking seems to be favored) and really delicious. After three visits, I have some favorites... appetizers-- fig & duck confit as well as the heirloom tomatoes,

Pros: great atmosphere, friendly staff, yummy food

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Monique King and husband Paul Rosenbluh, both seasoned chefs, are behind Firefly Bistro, a South Pasadena favorite situated in an exclusively outdoor space. While King is now the chef at NINETHIRTY restaurant in Westwood, Rosenbluh stays…

 

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