1009 El Centro St, South Pasadena, CA | Directions 9103034.114461 -118.156672
Dinner: Tue - Thu, Sun, 5:30pm - 9pm; Fri, Sat, 5:30pm - 10pm. Brunch: Sat, Sun, 10am - 2:30pm. Closed on Mon
Neighborhoods: San Marino
Good summer dinning! – 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 from. The host / manager seemed lost and the bus boys were lacking. The atmosphere was very pleasant. The waitress was kind enough to bring out a candle in my husbands chocolate cake but unfortunately the cake was very disappointing and dry. We had enjoyed our appetizers and main course but found ourselves unimpressed with the finale.
We had a pleasant experience overall and will return to your establishment on another occasion.
very pretty place. great desserts – 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 time i went i had poundcake, which sounds boring, but it was covered in strawberries and other things and had vanilla whipped creme and it was delicious. I'm not a real dessert person, but this is a place i make an exception.
Great food, sometimes service is lacking – 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 always have a really delicious, creative homemade ravioli dish on the menu as well. Yes, their menu is lacking a bit for vegetarians, but as a vegetarian who sometimes consumes fish, I've always found something great to try each time. Their desserts are out of this world and their wine list is exceptional. They also do a homemade white sangria which is simply lovely. The ambience is beautiful - dining in essentially the outdoors.
If I had any complaints about this place, it would be through what some of my dining companions have experienced. Mainly, the problems are with the service - which seems rather amateur and carefree at times. It can be difficult to get water refills sometimes, and other times, it's not a problem at all. I've had two friends who have ordered their ribs (despite my warnings against them) and were not at all impressed with them. The service is usually quite slow - and dining here is not a quick experience. But that's not really that unusual for LA. The servers have always been quite friendly and knowledgeable about the food, but sometimes they seem to have their heads somewhere else. They often don't seem to be the brightest individuals in the world. It can be difficult to get their attention or to get them to come back and check on you frequently enough. But, all but one time that I've eaten here, the owner has personally come around to our table to talk to us - and that goes a long way towards creating goodwill toward the restaurant. Since the service issue doesn't really bother me, I find this a great place for special occasion, fun dining. Their menu is short, and they do virtually everything on it well (although the ribs are not so great, apparently!)
Terrible, salty food – 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 shoulders after presenting the bill. "Oh I wrote it down special" was her quote as she walked away. This occurred on June 10, 2006 at 8 p.m. Restaurant was half empty. Four persons, 180 dollars later and we will never go back. Check out the new French place down the block, Bistro De la Gare. We had our birthday dessert and were treated great. It turned the evening around. Life is too short for expensive, bad meals. We are really not that picky but Firefly was plain awful.
Great Restaurant – 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 always quick and never fails to be friendly and talkative. It has a fabulous menu that is ever changing and accumulating new items. Whatever you do, don't miss dessert!
horrendous service and temperature control – 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 every time they were reminded they seemed to write it down like a new order which had not even been ordered yet. to top it all off, the entrees all arrived at different times. the people who opted to politely wait for all the food to arrive had to eat cold food, as there was a good 15-20 minute lapse.
the restaurant appeared to be a nice ambience, with twinkle lights and pseudo-outdoor overhead tent (there is NO indoor seating). the heat lamps were not adequate and we all had to wear our coats while eating dinner.
HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE! WOULD NOT RECOMMEND TO ANYBODY!
perfect blend of comfort and class – 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 salad. The staff is pleasant and friendly, which is great, but the real surprise is the warmth of the other patrons. Each time I've gone in, I've found myself talking to people at the table next to me, and I can't imagine that happening anyplace else. Firefly has rapidly become one of my favorite places to dine.
groovie spot – 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 vib with out being pretentious. I also think the menu is one of the most interersting I've seen in the city for a long time. It's worth the drive and I'll definetly be back.
User review by hazel123 – 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.
cute neighborhood bistro – 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 friendly enough but I'd rather have them be friendly AND efficient.
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