Firefly

Address: 3900 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, 89169, United States
Telephone: 702-369-3971

- Mid-range

4.3

The tapas at this locals' favourite makes the trek off the Strip more than worth it.

Firefly is a restaurant (or, technically, tapas bar) that's legendary with Vegas locals, but very rarely patronised by tourists. Which is a huge shame - yes, it's off the Strip, but it's right by the Hard Rock and Rumor hotels, and it's a five minute cab ride for anyone else. Prices are extremely low, the food is wonderful and the atmosphere is unlike anything you'll find on the Strip. When I want to "be a local", it's my first port of call.

Food and drink
4.4
90%
Service
4.1
90%
Food and drink
4.4
90%
Value for money
4.6
90%
Ambience
4.4
90%
Location
3.6
90%

Food and drink

There's a huge list of tapas: hot tapas, cold tapas, meat and poultry tapas, and seafood tapas - as well as a selection of regular main courses as well. Portions aren't huge, though, and prices are low, so you can afford to order a few things. The signature drink is (of course) sangria.

Recommended dishes

The stuffed dates, which come wrapped in bacon and stuffed with smoked almond, blue cheese and a red wine reduction. Absolutely delicious.

Ambience

Very laid back. The place is always packed, but it's full of locals so people are dressed down and more relaxed than on Strip properties.

Service

Again, it's relaxed but fast.

Location

On Paradise, a few blocks off the Strip, near the Hard Rock. It's about a five minute drive from the central Strip.

Price advice

Tapas dishes from US$3.50.

Branches

They opened a branch in the Plaza Hotel in Downtown Las Vegas this year (1 Main Street, 702-380-1352, open for dinner only) but I prefer the original. The Paradise location is more easily accessible from the Strip, too.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Escaping the crowds
  • People watching

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