Firefly - DC
Firefly - DC

Firefly - DC

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.firefly-dc.com/
  • Phone: 2028611310x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:00am Brunch: Saturday: 9:00am - 2:00pm, Sunday: 9:00am - 2:30pm Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Todd Wiss
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Contact Christina McCarty christina.mccarty@firefly-dc.com or 202.521.7412 to book an event in one of our two private dining rooms today!

    Firefly is also available for restaurant buyouts, accommodating up to 125 guests. Come experience Chef Todd Wiss's seasonal menus in one of our intimate private dining spaces. Whether you're planning a business lunch, rehearsal dinner or birthday party, Firefly is the perfect fit for all types of events.
  • Special Events: We are now featuring $2 Mimosas and $2 Bloody Marys with brunch on saturdays from 9am-2pm. Don't forget that we still have Sunday Brunch featuring $2 Mimosas from 10am-2:30pm as well!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N Street
  • Public Transit: Metro: We are closest to the Dupont Circle Metro Stop, which is on the Red Line. Exit via the Q street exit. At street level, walk south on 20th Street for 4 blocks. Make a right. We are just past the orange awning on the right.
    We are located on New Hampshire Ave. NW, two blocks south of Dupont Circle, between N and 20th St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Firefly - DC
Firefly, the quintessential urban neighborhood restaurant, offers contemporary American comfort food to the city's many 'regulars' who dine out several times a week. Enjoy favorites like our matzoh ball soup, mini pot roast and a variety of 'Urban Picnics' to share...or not. We also have many seafood and some vegetarian options. The menu is designed to utilize products from our local farms and farmers. Hand-picked to compliment the cuisine, our award-winning wine list shows an affinity for small winemakers and producers and our seasonal specialty cocktail menu offers a bevy of unique libations.
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Firefly - DC reviews from OpenTable diners
241 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (116)fit for foodies (110)great for brunch (61)great for lunch (49)special occasion (49)good for groups (37)hot spot (35)romantic (35)vibrant bar scene (30)notable wine list (27)kid-friendly (16)scenic view (10)late-night find (10)great for outdoor dining (7)Show More
  • Very Slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    It was Sunday brunch and the place was fairly full, but everything was moving in slow motion there. It took the waitress forever to take our order, and then nearly 45 minutes for our food to arrive, and there was never an explanation or apology for the delay. At one point the air conditioning got turned on and it became freezing. As soon as the manager was notified he fixed it, and brought us free mimosas, which was very nice.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    KGood
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This place was fantastic and the food was sooo good. I will for sure be back again!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely dining experience
    Joey
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    A favorite of ours when we are in Washington DC. The food is excellent, new choices plus some old favorites that never disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just a great lunch meeting, but...
    justareview
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The noise level at my table was ridiculously loud!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food, so-so service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I ended up ordering the burger and it was probably the best choice I've made all week. It was absolutely amazing, no complaints at all with the food. The service however was lacking. It was really loud when we arrived which was surprising since it was a Wednesday night around 9 pm and they have a few open tables. Our server took his time in getting to us, in taking our orders, in bringing over the bread, etc. I was grateful that he didn't hover but it was a but my friends and I commented several times throughout the night on how slow he was. Food took it's time getting to the table but it was worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Setvice
    Cyberclover
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The service was great. Our server was very knowledgable about the menu items and very attentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable and relaxing
    BVRDC
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I choose Firefly for brunch with a friend I hadnt seen in 18 years. It was a great spot, wonderful service and ambiance. Brunch menu was extensive and great. The grits were the best I've had in a long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WhitewashWords
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    You will not find a better pot roast! No knife needed, rich in flavor, topped with mashed potatoes , and perfect little carrots! This place could have easily ripped to a best place to eat in DC, but the noise level made conversation very hard. But, don't let that dissuade you for discovering this little gem, perhaps just pass on the Saturday night. And, by all means, if you want a bit of comfort food, and it's a Saturday night, by all means - forget the conversation and savor the flavors!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Food - Terrible Service
    TOPDCDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Waiting 45 minutes beyond our reservation time we were finally seated only to have to wait another 20 minute for our waiter and our complimentary round of drinks offered by management. Since we had ordered appetizers at the bar and had a bottle of wine between the three of us, we really did not want another drink. We each ordered either another appetizer or salad; all of the food was excellent. Just a note; while waiting in the lounge, another group basically walked out after having waited to long for their drink order. One of the bartenders was plain rude and our waiter was terrible. Too bad the service is so awful because the kitchen is turning out some great food. Try the oysters; if you don't mind terrible service.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Much too noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Good food. Wine list is quite decent. Mixed drinks are weak and the restaurant is a place to eat in silence.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great staff and good food
    jeanbean
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Went on a Tuesday evening to this restaurant and since we were early, we sat at the bar and enjoyed their happy hour drink specials - which were excellent. If for nothing else, we would return for their happy hour! Our party of three was seated in the rear, which was good for us since it allowed us to converse without too much difficulty. The noise level overall is a little too high for our taste and it was definitely noisier in the front. Our wait staff was knowledgeable and attentive but not obtrusive. The swordfish special was well prepared, and my husband was very happy with the mini pot roast. The baby kale and beet salad was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go!
    amsavaVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I chose this restaurant because there were a lot of gluten-free options. Not so many for strict vegetarians tho enough choice. We all loved our main courses. 3 had trout which was superb. The leek eggplant "lasagna" was also pronounced quite good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice spot
    drebbie
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I took a chance in booking Firefly I didn't know what to except but the atmosphere and the food did not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch Location
    MuddyMom
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We went to Firefly for a girls brunch on Sunday morning to celebrate a couple of bdays. the restaurant is so cute, with the tree in the middle of it. The food was delicious..really hard to make up your mind on what to order, because it all looks so good. BEST bread "basket" with soft salted rolls, to die-for moist lemon bread and scrumptios pumpkin bread. We orders french toast, biscuits and gravy, kale and eggs, shrimp and grits and some other grits dish. All were delish, but the shrimp and grits were a little runny. Portions are good. They brought out complementary mimosas to help celebrate the bday girls. and finally, the check comes out in a lit mason jar with holes in the top to mimic "fireflies". Very cute!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Spot
    natS123
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I went to Firefly this Saturday night and it was a great experience. The ambience was warm and inviting, the service was great, and the food was fantastic. We had the mussels, cheese and charcuterie board, and mac and cheese fritters for appetizers which were all delicious. For my entree I tried the trout, served with sweet potato polenta, swiss chard, and almonds which I would highly recommend. The other person in my party had the roasted chicken which was also delicious. If you are looking for a modern take on classic dishes and a fun atmosphere, then you can't go wrong with Firefly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    dcdiner
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We took our teenaged son over the weekend. Loved the food; everything we ordered was terrific. My son said their burger was the best burger he'd ever had. Their truffle fries disappeared quickly. The service was outstanding; they made a special effort to move us to a different table upon request (our first table was in a colder, quieter part of the restaurant.) Will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    Dino758
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I have been to Firefly many times when I am in DC and I have never been disappointed. Great food, excellent service, but can be a little loud. On my last visit I was told that they are going to be adding some sound proofing materials which should help.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem
    Foodlover1989
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I was invited to fire fly by way of a surprise. I enjoyed my experience and the food was amazing. I enjoyed the atmosphere and the people.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner for two
    ForeveryounginDC
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I brought my father here when he was visiting and we both loved it. Not only were the fall specials hearty and delicious, our server was superb. Yujala (spelling?) is young but very knowledgeable about the food and beverage menu. The bar was very busy that night and the bartender William made us a great fall inspired cocktail. Needless to say both my father and I enjoyed our meal and will probably return when he is in town next.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    Tami
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Wonderful neighborhood gem. Staff was excellent, food was marvelous. Best grilled cheese ever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The Bistro steak was cooked perfectly but the portion size left us a bit hungry after our meal. For the pricetag, we expected a bit more meat. The interior makes for a romantic setting but the noise level provides a more casual dining experience. We heard everything about the couple's meal dining next to us and what their plans were for the weekend - which inspired us to make fun plans, too! But - a little uncomfortable for what we thought would be a more intimate setting. Left wishing I had ordered the burger and a few sides. Service was incredible!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful food and service
    Louandm
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We loved the mini pot roasts! Outstanding service. A lovely evening
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, tight spaces
    WizFanVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    If you don't mind leaning forward during your conversation you'll be fine. The food is great. Swordfish was just right and my friend loved the risotto. The rhubarb and chocolate desserts were worth the next day's workout. It's packed in the evening, you can't even walk through the bar area, you have to walk around. They've got a good thing going, maybe that's why they don't risk expanding to a bigger space.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I came for a business breakfast and loved the open windows to the street. The weather was perfect and blended nicely with the organic interior. Breakfast being breakfast, the food was as expected. The staff were friendly, cheery, and seemed genuinely happy to be there and have us as guests.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I Always get the biscuits and gravy
    Adam
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    and this time was disappointed. only two pieces of sausage, a spoonful of gravy, and a pile of potatoes. I usually have Stephanie as my server and she is great; the server we had Sunday afternoon was not Stephanie or even close to her skill level. Enough said.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Firefly Never Disappoints
    glutenfreefoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I always love dining at Firefly - from dinner, to just drinks, to brunch - they offer a great menu selection (especially for us gluten-free folks) and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service meh food
    nova78
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    After reading so many great reviews I was excited to celebrate a special occasion at Firefly. It's in a charming neighborhood, inside is warm and cozy, hardwood tables very pretty (but wobbly), padded (saggy)bench with pillows to lean on. The hostess and our waiter were so friendly and genuine, that I hate to report that the food disappointed. The dates with blue cheese and bacon were so greasy. The shrimp and grits-lots of shrimp but they were tiny and flavorless, and seemed puddled in water on top of the grits(which were good). Mac and cheese soupy. The ice cream sandwich was frozen solid and the ice cream was really sour clashing with the dark chocolate wafers; the peanut butter/chocolate dessert also frozen to the point of shattering.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely place
    Karina
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Lovely place with good good and service. The acoustics is however awful - very difficult to talk across the table resulting in everyone almost yelling. Very noisy place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun venue, fresh food
    Jade618
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Visited Firefly with a few friends from high school, a reunion of sorts. Not a ton of offerings, but the salmon/quinoa was delicious, prepared as the chef recommended, medium rare. We ordered truffle parmesean fries and triple mac & cheese for apps and they were perfect for sharing, plus the lightly salted rolls. For dessert, we really enjoyed sharing a couple of their chocolate dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Cleve2uVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This used to be one of our favorite spots when visiting DC, but this last visit was a real disappointment. The place was extremely noisy, the food was ordinary. At least our server was friendly and attentive. Not sure if it was a bad night, or indicative of decline. I was particularly irritated by the person who delivered our food. He was gruff and seriously in a hurry. Our entree arrived a second after they picked up our salad plates, making us feel rushed. Hope this turns around, but not sure I will be there to witness future improvements.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • I would go there again!
    Tammy
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The food and service were very good! The chicken entree was great! It was moist and the succotash was flavorful. Others in my party raved about their pot roast.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sure to please
    wineslayer
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I found the restaurants interior architecturally fun, as I liked the various tree forms used to decorate. A recent discovery, I have only been once, but as my meal was, creative, healthy and super delicious, I am sure to return. Service was spot-on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing brunch
    Neh91
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Fantastic food and enthusiastic service, we had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my faves
    Juliaz3VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Firefly is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. I've visited many times over the past 10-12 years and the food, wines, and service are consistently good. Firefly is one of those places I can always depend on when I take out of towner guest out to dinner. The location just off Dupont Circle is also very convenient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Location - Modest Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    My dining companion had the shrimp and grits and seemed to enjoy them; however, I ordered the chicken cobb salad. The chicken was very dry and flavorless. The tomatoes were roasted and drenched in salt and oil rather than fresh. I have dairy intolerance so once I asked that there be no cheese and buttermilk ranch dressing - I was offered a sherry viniagrette - but that, too, was rather flat and flavorless. Sorry to say that although we had excellent service - I would not return to this restaurant based on the food delivered.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun Ambiance
    dcwino
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I love the urban picnic theme with a tree in the middle of the restaurant. I've been for dinner and brunch and the food is always good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Restaurant -- AND +Family!
    ChristinaH
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Firefly is the perfect restaurant to showcase culinary excellence for a night out with friends. We enjoyed a yellow summer tomato gazpacho, creatively deviled eggs, a perfectly cooked salmon over quinoa with roasted eggplant and cucumber dill crème fraiche, grilled bistro steak, roasted chicken with corn succotash, and chocolate pots with salted caramel and other spice. The meal was special for our kids -- YES YOU CAN ACTUALLY BRING THEM -- who got to decorate their own cookies, which were baked while we waited for various courses. They loved the kids' menu, and especially the accommodation to prepare a little swordfish filet with broccolini for a more adventuresome six year old palette. Great ambiance with outside as inside decor. Just go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant experience
    Rico
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    A group of us met at noon. This was the first time for all of us. The servers were friendly and knowledgeable. Everyone was very satisfied with their dish as we shared. The deviled eggs were very good and my smoked salmon sandwich was great! We plan to return soon with a different group of foodies. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • rehearsal dinner fab
    Linda56
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Ate our 3rd meal at Firefly for our dear friends wedding rehearsal dinner. Would go more but live in FL. They made the dinner fabulous. So proud that I suggested them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the Best
    Ally
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I restaurant would easily make it into my top 5. We started with the deviled eggs, which have a neat caper powder in place of paprika, and which feature a really tasty garlic crisp. They were excellent. For main courses, I had the summer risotto -- one of the better vegetarian dishes I've ever had. The waitress (who was great) recommended the mini pot roast, which my boyfriend had. It was one of the more beautifully plated dishes I've seen, and he cleaned his plate (not a common occurrence). The place is fancy, without being stuffy. Excellent service (we were even comped glasses of champagne). And definitely stop by the bar (which features great craft cocktails, a good single malt scotch collection, and, again, excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet