One of the first tapas restaurants in Las Vegas a decade ago, Firefly famously serves its bacon-wrapped dates ($5) and three-day marinated house-made sangria (glass $7, pitcher $28) at its two locations.
Its flavorful menu includes hot and cold plates in a laid-back, warm ambience meant to offset the extravagant restaurants of the Strip.
Rachael Ray called Firefly’s gazpacho “delicious and refreshing” and its artichoke toasts “just perfect” on Food Network’s “$40 a Day.” Chef John Simmons, also featured on Food Network while making it to the dessert round of “Chopped,” prepares crowd favorite serrano sliders ($7.50), mango ribs ($9.50) and manchego mac ’n’ cheese ($9.50). Wine is available by bottle or glass, as are fine brews and a list of signature cocktails.
For lunch or late-night grub, the larger Paradise Road location near the Las Vegas Convention Center stays open until 2 a.m. most weekdays.
The red and black decor is inspired by traditional Latin-Spanish culture, featuring eclectic artwork of flamenco dancers and bulls. Co-owner Tabitha Fiddyment recommends Firefly’s apple-mango salad ($4.50) and its new ceviche recipe ($8.50).
Firefly On Paradise
3824 Paradise Road
Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
9560 West Sahara Avenue
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday,10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.