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
Not Coming Back – 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 me and read the description (NOTE: I can read), which he had clearly never studied. After running out of ingredients for one of the three main course dishes they were serving that night, my wife and I finally settled on the arctic char and rib-eye plates. I spend more time and energy in the process of chewing my flat leathery steak than the chef had apparently spent in culinary school. The manager (owner?) and waiter were ill prepared and conceited. I will not be coming back.
Fabulous Dining Experience – 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 sounded great, but I'm not a fan of the NY steak cut of meat. We also started with an appetizer of butternut squash "doughnuts" which the waiter recommended. All three items were flawless in their flavor and presentation. The chef creates an amazing balance of flavors that are subtle and others that are prominent. The waiter was attentive and informative and the overall ambiance was also quite nice - we also enjoyed the live music.
Great place! – 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.
I Had My Reception Here – 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 and Staff!!!!
Sunday Blues brunch – 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 guitarist played 4 different guitars and mixed up his originals with down home country blues. We didn't want to leave buy could see people lined up waiting for a table. We will be back.
Great Location for a Girls Brunch! – 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. They provided a beautiful spread of breads and fresh fruit as starters. They managed to serve everyone at the same time despite the various orders and party size and even packed up the cupcakes to take home.
Bad Wine Policy...and Bad Food – 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 brought wine from home to open at dinner. The manager said he didn't care whether we were a party of 50...there is still a 2 bottle corkage limit. We all thought that was a little rude and a bad way to welcome a big dinner party to your restaurant. So, we opened 2 of our bottles and then bought 3 bottles from their wine list. These wines from their wine list were less than desirable. I felt like asking the manager if I could just pay the average $45 price of one of their bottles so that I could open up another of our bottles that were far superior.
On a side note, we got to talking with another guest at the restaurant who was there for a wedding party. She said that their dinner was a disaster because the executive chef never showed up and the food was 1 hour late and burned.
I would not recommend this restaurant to anybody. BAD WINE POLICY...BAD FOOD...BAD SERVICE...RUDE MANAGER.
Good food, don't over think it. – 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 delightful, the smoked blue cheese and the almonds.. yumm.. such a good pairing. For our main course I had the braised pork and he had the smoked rib eye. The pork was so tender and the rib eye was cooked perfectly, with just a hint of smokeyness that didn't over power the meal. We loved both dishes and just about licked our plates clean. Service was pleasant, even though it was a cold night and the restaurant is under a tent it was still nice and cozy. I've only been for dinner, one of these days I'll get around to coming for brunch. The west side can keep there pretentious restaurants. I highly recommend firefly for dinner.
Speechless... – 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 everyone. The choices from Banana Walnut Donut to Fried Chicken Steak are not variety but confusing. If you want to do food business, at least serve some food fresh~ $3.95 for a concentrated orange juice!? $9.50 for a Mojito mix? No wonder there are more people at the cafe across street. Please get some help with this restaurant!!!
TERRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE, FOOD/COFFEE WERE COLD! – 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 is cute and pleasant. However, everything else was pretty bad. I went along with 4 other friends. The service was the worst I have ever experienced. The restaurant was practically empty. This was during brunch time on Saturday and there were only about 5 tables filled - the rest empty, so being busy wasn't an excuse. The waiter seemed to completely oblivious to our requests. When my friend received her coffee, it was lukewarm, so she asked for a new cup- it took 2 requests to finally get a fresh cup. We asked for re-fills of our coffee, he didn't bring it after the first request- it took 2 more requests to get it. Our food arrived - it was lukewarm. It seemed that the food probably sat in the back for 15 minutes before they brought it out to us. We sent our food back to get it re-heated. We asked for napkins- again the waiter didn't bring it. We asked a 2nd time and it was brought over. We asked for Ketchup-the waiter didn't bring it. After asking for it 2 more times, he finally remembered to bring it. The waiter may have memory loss issues as it took 2 or 3 requests to get things done. What a terrible experience!!!!
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