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Firefly Grill and Wine Bar

$$ - $$$
American, Contemporary, Wine Bar
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251 N El Camino Real, Ste B, Encinitas, CA 92024-2884 (Mountain Vista Dr.)
+1 760-635-1066
16:30 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 16:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 16:30 - 22:00
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Dickerson, Maryland
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204 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2012

Ate here with a large group (~75) from a limited menu and thoroughly enjoyed the meal. Menu was limited to 2 salads, 3 entrees, and 2 desserts and only 2 wines were offered; this made it a very simple set of decisions for all concerned. Food was quite good, but I can't comment on value since someone else picked up... More 

Thank FritzGoat
Encinitas, California
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2012

We really love the location since we live in the neighborhood and if you're looking to enjoy a few glasses of wine and a nice dessert, you can't go wrong. However, if you're planning on a nice dinner out, you really can do better. The food is good. The ambience is good. The service is good. However, for the price,... More 

Thank schulzey
san diego
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129 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2012

Menu was average, staff just okay, and food nothing special

Thank meme_1010
Encinitas, California
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107 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2012

Spend many a happy hour with Jim and his staff. Excellent food of "small bites" or order off the menu. They also have dinner pairings of a starter choice, entree choice and dessert choice each served with a wine to compliment each course. Delicious food and fun atmosphere. Had an "island style" birthday party there for my husband out on... More 

Thank guinness/currant
San Diego
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

The Firefly restaurant in Encinitas is a wonderful place to enjoy a meal and bottle of wine. They have an inexpensive early bird menu and a more complete dinner menu and a varied selection of wines by the glass or bottles from various locales around the world. The staff is polite and very friendly and the owner is there every... More 

1 Thank chihuahuasarefun
Encinitas, California
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57 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2012

I don't like the food. I think its over prices and just mediocre. I see its always busy so I must be in the minority. Oh well it happens!

Thank Bglad
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80 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2011

Firefly is where we always go when we can't figure out where to eat. The food is always great and the servers are warm and friendly and offer helpful suggestions about what to order. They are happy to make a special dinner for my daughter who is a picky eater, which is a welcome change from most places. If you... More 

Thank islascaribe
Carlsbad, California
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385 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2011

With their seasonal cuisine, their outstanding wine list and their frequent wine dinners, Firefly Grill is a hit! Decorated in warm tones, the restaurant has a cozy atmosphere. The menu is seasonally driven and features a weekly tasting menu. A must try restaurant!

Thank floribel1
Carlsbad, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2011

We have frequented the Firefly over the years. We hadn't been there since the new chef arrived. The menu had some old favorites and some new things to try. The food was definitely a step up and I enjoyed the food before. I loved the lobster risotto and the sauce on the grilled salmon had a great flavor. The granny... More 

Thank Scs508
San Francisco, California
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285 reviews
243 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2011

We checked out Firefly for Restaurant Week and were surprised at it's location. We've driven by it hundreds of times without seeing it. I ordered the crab and corn fritters, lobster-crusted filet mignon, and vanilla bean cheesecake. My boyfriend ordered the mixed green salad, pan-seared yellowtail snapper, and sweet marsala sabayon. The crab and corn fritters were average, the lobster-crusted... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
American, Contemporary, Wine Bar
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 251 N El Camino Real, Ste B, Encinitas, CA 92024-2884
    (Mountain Vista Dr.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas
  • Phone Number: +1 760-635-1066
North County's Sexiest Place to Sip.
Seasonal menu featuring local ingredients. Award winning wine list featuring 30 wines by the glass with an additional 100 by the bottle.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?