I went to Firefly in Studio City on Tuesday night with friends for a birthday dinner. Contrary to everything I read, it was a lovely evening and I am looking forward to going back again.
Decor is really great. The bar area has comfy couches and chairs, with coffee tables and lamps. The walls are lined with books and it has a very clubby, library feel. The main dining room is technically outside (although there is a roof.) There is a big fireplace in the middle of the room with tables on all sides. There are also some great cubby-hole type of tables that sort of look like you're in a tent with a wall of candles on one side and curtains on the other. I wish we had requested one of those tables, but our friend who made the reservation didn't know about them.
The service was great. I had read so many negative things about the service, so was pleasantly surprised. I don't know if things have changed for the better or if it was because we were there on a Tuesday and it wasn't "a scene". Our cocktail waitress was pleasant and funny, and our dinner waitress was well informed and attentive. (Side note...they pour a very generous martini and they were $8.50 for call vodka.)
Food was also delicious. We started with pancetta wrapped shrimp and were served 4 large shrimp with a very tasty sauce. Would definitely order these again. We also had the Charcuterie platter, which is $10 a person and we ordered it for 2.. It had Capicola, Soppressata, Prosciutto, Pate, Cornichons and Olives, there there was plenty for all of us. Frankly, I'd love to go there again for drinks and appetizers in the bar area.
The entrees were also good. My friends both had the hamburger, which has blue cheese, caramelized onions and avocado. It also came with pomme frites. They were both very happy with their selection. My husband had the filet mignon, which was tender and perfectly cooked although a bit small. My crispy red snapper was moist and crispy. I normally wouldn't order snapper but I was trying to decide between the chicken and the halibut, and saw that the people next to us had both. So I asked, and they said both were good but not great. However they told me that the other person at their table had the snapper and was loving, it so I went with that and was very happy that I did since I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Since it was my friend's birthday, they brought us a chocolate brownie/cake thing with banana ice cream for dessert. We definitely could have eaten another one of those!
All in all, a very cool LA dining experience and we didn't even have to leave the Valley.