Firefly Grill & Wine Bar

★★★★☆
  • 251 N El Camino Real B

    Encinitas, CA 92024

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  • 760-635-1066

About Firefly Grill & Wine Bar

Hours
Nightly, 4:30pm - midnight

Food

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NEVER AGAIN we will we return! My husband and I have been Encintas locals for over 30 years. We had a coupon from Coastal Magazine, which is what brought us in there. Great place, good food, HORRIBLE OWNER.\r
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Our waiter didnt inform us

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★★★★★

NEVER AGAIN we will we return! My husband and I have been Encintas locals for over 30 years. We had a coupon from Coastal Magazine, which is what brought us in there. Great place, good food, HORRIBLE OWNER.\r
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Our waiter didnt inform us

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I have been going here for years, and each time I have something absolutely delicious.. The service is wonderful,
the food is fabulous, you will never be disappointed..
Its my favorite place for a special occassion dinner, or
just stop in for some wine and appetizers! Love it!

5
★★★★★

I have been going here for years, and each time I have something absolutely delicious.. The service is wonderful,
the food is fabulous, you will never be disappointed..
Its my favorite place for a special occassion dinner, or
just stop in for some wine and appetizers! Love it!

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I loved the experience. Great staff. Awesome food. A really good selection of wine that is paired nicely with the food options. My husband & I enjoy our evening any time we come here.

5
★★★★★

I loved the experience. Great staff. Awesome food. A really good selection of wine that is paired nicely with the food options. My husband & I enjoy our evening any time we come here.

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We had reservations for a party of 4 during restaurant week. Even though our reservation was made well in advance, and confirmed ahead of time, we still waited 20 minutes before being seated.
3 out of 4 people in our party ordered the "grilled black angus new york strip steak in a port wine reduction", which we all ordered MEDIUM RARE. One person received a medium rare steak, one person received a medium-well steak, and I received a medium steak with a 1/4 inch layer of charcoal covering the top. None of the other people received a steak with a layer of charcoal on the steak.
When the server returned to check on us, and asked if the steak was cooked correctly, I politely and apologetically told her that my steak was burnt (And we're talking this tasted like kingsford charcoal it was so badly burnt). She took it back to have the chef cook a new steak, and what I received back was even worse than the first one!
The second steak tasted like it had been microwaved, then thrown on the grill for 5 seconds to give it a couple of "grill marks". It was extremely WELL DONE, dry, and tough as shoe leather. I ate one bite and almost choked because it was so incredibly disgusting and inedible. I can't believe how poor the chef's standards are that he would serve a steak to any customer in that condition! This was truly the WORST steak I have ever had at a restaurant in my entire life. I was equally shocked, that even though I didn't eat any my steak - I only ate the carrots and potatoes - the manager and server didn't try to make things right.
I would NOT recommend this restaurant to anyone, ever. Obviously the chef has very poor standards, and takes no pride in the food he serves. Please don't waste your money. And all of this was during restaurant week - when they are TRYING to ATTRACT business, so their standards should be the highest.

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We had reservations for a party of 4 during restaurant week. Even though our reservation was made well in advance, and confirmed ahead of time, we still waited 20 minutes before being seated.
3 out of 4 people in our party ordered the "grilled black angus new york strip steak in a port wine reduction", which we all ordered MEDIUM RARE. One person received a medium rare steak, one person received a medium-well steak, and I received a medium steak with a 1/4 inch layer of charcoal covering the top. None of the other people received a steak with a layer of charcoal on the steak.
When the server returned to check on us, and asked if the steak was cooked correctly, I politely and apologetically told her that my steak was burnt (And we're talking this tasted like kingsford charcoal it was so badly burnt). She took it back to have the chef cook a new steak, and what I received back was even worse than the first one!
The second steak tasted like it had been microwaved, then thrown on the grill for 5 seconds to give it a couple of "grill marks". It was extremely WELL DONE, dry, and tough as shoe leather. I ate one bite and almost choked because it was so incredibly disgusting and inedible. I can't believe how poor the chef's standards are that he would serve a steak to any customer in that condition! This was truly the WORST steak I have ever had at a restaurant in my entire life. I was equally shocked, that even though I didn't eat any my steak - I only ate the carrots and potatoes - the manager and server didn't try to make things right.
I would NOT recommend this restaurant to anyone, ever. Obviously the chef has very poor standards, and takes no pride in the food he serves. Please don't waste your money. And all of this was during restaurant week - when they are TRYING to ATTRACT business, so their standards should be the highest.

Pros: Convenient location, plenty of parking

Cons: Food burnt, food improperly cooked, and chef couldn't care less about standards

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So, after going to the same places in Encinitas over the last 3 years it was time to try a new place. My husband and I have been to Firefly 3 times in the last 3 weeks, after trying it on a whim for the first time, and absolutely love the ambiance, wine, food and customer service. The menu is always changing but I had the most amazing filet with the fig wine sauce that was cooked to perfection.

The owner is so friendly and welcomed us back on our 2nd trip back (how nice of him to remember). A great place to take friends and family to for wine and cocktails at the bar (try the cheese plate) and wonderful for dinner too. Truly one of our new favorites!

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★★★★★

So, after going to the same places in Encinitas over the last 3 years it was time to try a new place. My husband and I have been to Firefly 3 times in the last 3 weeks, after trying it on a whim for the first time, and absolutely love the ambiance, wine, food and customer service. The menu is always changing but I had the most amazing filet with the fig wine sauce that was cooked to perfection.

The owner is so friendly and welcomed us back on our 2nd trip back (how nice of him to remember). A great place to take friends and family to for wine and cocktails at the bar (try the cheese plate) and wonderful for dinner too. Truly one of our new favorites!

Pros: Ambience, Parking, Food, Wine, Service

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This cozy North County restaurant serves upscale comfort food with good value wine. Owner Jim Barrasso, a longtime Morton's executive, has paired his food service expertise with the cooking of chef Aaron Daily, formerly of the Hotel Del's…

 

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