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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 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 16:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 16:30 - 22:00
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Phoenix, Arizona
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

Dinner last night with a class reunion. Clean, excellent service and very good dinner. My wife had the salmon and I had the short ribs. Both were very taste and prepared very well. I felt it was well prices and a good value.

Thank Rick W
Southern California
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2016

Have been to the restaurant many times and always had a great experience. Perhaps, April 16, was just a night that was a bit off. The seafood stew did not have much flavor. The waitress was competent, but never smiled or made you feel welcomed..

Thank Doogy
New York City, New York
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69 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2016

Love this place! Food, service, ambiance are top notch! Extensive wine list. Easy parking. Highly recommend!

Thank elfein
San Diego, California
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218 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

This is one of the best intimate restaurants in San Diego. We went as a part of Restaurant Week and as a birthday celebration and were extremely pleased at the very high quality of the food and for the excellent service. The owner is a very personable man who makes sure that he visits every table at least once if... More 

Thank Mal H
Dallas, Texas
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2016

This restaurant was mentioned by a friend. No cars - we almost didn't go in. However, we were meeting another couple so we entered. Friendly waitress Aaron made us feel at home. We sat in a comfortable bar area. Everything (including drinks) was 25% off during the happy hour. The four of us ordered an assortment and none of us... More 

Thank janicedallas
Carlsbad, California
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197 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016 via mobile

We've had dinner here a couple of times in the last month or so and enjoyed the experience on both occasions. Everything that everyone ordered was presented well, prepared according to order, and tasty. Portions were adequate and some quite generous. Ambiance and service were good. As we live nearby, we're going to add this to the list of places... More 

Thank David B
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

It's about time I gave Firefly a review. After all, it's our Go To place when we want a lovely atmosphere, delicious food and moderate prices. It always feels like a special occasion even during Restaurant Week. Or any other week! If you're a fan of innovative cuisine and a uniformly GREAT staff, you might consider making this YOUR Go... More 

Thank Sandi K
San Diego
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467 reviews
244 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 315 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2016

This restaurant is tucked away in a small strip mall, but don't be fooled by the location as it is a top notch spot. The atmosphere inside is warm and inviting. The staff friendly and efficient. A great selection of wines and nice dinner menu to compliment your vino. Moderate price points and worth the price as portions are generous... More 

Thank DMHappyTravel
San Diego, California
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106 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2016

This is a really good restaurant in a a small shopping center with a varied menu to please the whole family. Their happy hour goes until 6:30 and everything on the menu is included!! The salmon was excellent as was the wild boar tacos. The Short rib dish was really tasty and the Cataplana was a delight. Really friendly and... More 

Thank elfinforesttony
Encinitas, California
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172 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015

The answer to that question is most often Firefly. Attractive space, quiet, friendly service, varied menu, good price/value ratio and nice wine list. The owner is there and engages diners, it's a go to local choice.

Thank TominCA

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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?