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
267 reviews since April 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (128)fit for foodies (112)great for brunch (78)special occasion (62)great for lunch (59)good for groups (43)romantic (42)vibrant bar scene (40)hot spot (36)kid-friendly (26)notable wine list (26)great for outdoor dining (18)late-night find (18)scenic view (16)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Atmosphere was nice andfood was good with reasonable choices at restaurant week. My wife was especially pleased. Waiters were very attentive and helpful but not intrusive. It was good to see young people out singly and in groups. Street parking isn't easy. Use parkmobile.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neat neighborhood dining place.
    mike
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Clean, bright and exceptionable. A great neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    Declan
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is my third time at Firefly, and I will definitely keep going back. The food is always delicious, but what really makes this restaurant great is the service. The great service at Firefly sets it apart from other restaurants in DC. Thanks for a great evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DuPont Curcle gem
    TwoWorldTravelers
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Cozy yet energetic restaurant 2 blocks from DuPont Circle. Food was fabulous (Beet salad / shrimp-n-grits for one, gazpacho / salmon for the other followed by pot-Au-chocolate to share). Service was very attentive. Others have mentioned the noise levels as a problem - we were there in prime time on a Friday night and found it "energetic" but not too loud. People were clearly all having a good time! As for parking, we found a garage open till 11pm 2 blocks down at 2030 M street. $8 all night after 5. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Summer 2014
    KomalD
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I love going to those restaurants during restaurant week that have great options off their regular menu. This restaurant hit the mark - had their best sellers on the menu and between the 4 of us in the party we all chose different foods to try. It was a great experience from the hostess to the server and especially the food - we were even able to hit the happy hour menu at the bar before we were seated. I will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place for dinner!
    EastCoastEva29
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My husband , daughter and I had delicious dinners eating al fresco. We were pleased with our service from our waitress, Nicole. we will certainly come back here on our next visit! Highly recommended!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Brandon
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    My wife and I really enjoyed ourselves. Great atmosphere and our waiter was incredibly attentive. I think it's over priced for the portion you get but the food was very tasty!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2/3 of us were happy
    MangiaBeneVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    My mother and I took a visiting relative there for dinner during Restaurant Week. We had been there before but it seemed a reasonable place to go, not knowing the visitor's taste or palate. She enjoyed her meal as did I but there were a couple of wrong notes for my mother. She asked the server if the mussels could be made without tasso ham. She was told yes but the dish came out with ham, something my mother didn't discover until she bit into a piece of it. It came back without ham but, as was apparently the case the first time, it really wasn't cooked in a rich stock, or buttery-winy broth but something my mother described as "basically onions in water." That was disappointing and the first time she's had a bad experience there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unbelievable noise level
    Dine2nite
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Food was better than average, service average, but the decibel level was beyond belief. We had both lunch and dinner and would definitely NOT recommend it for dinner. The back room was marginally quieter, but the AC froze us out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cramped and Loud
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Entirely too cramped and too noisy. Couldn't talk to friends across the table !
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Went here for restaurant week and was very happy with this decision. Not only is the food fantastic, but the service was outstanding. Definitely coming back. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What Happened?
    KBmanVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I have been a fan of Firefly for a long time until this visit. The service was attentive but the food is not up to their usual standards. We tried the lunch restaurant week menu. It offered nothing new and basically was a slimmed down version of their excellent lunch choices. The only difference I could discern was that they offered desserts. The desserts were not worth it. The salty caramel chocolate pot de creme was a confusion of tastes not a blend. The cheese plate offered a molecular sized portion of cheese that I hoped would enthrall but instead disappointed. Service was good with a few rough edges but the service should complement and not be the highlight.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • first time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We just moved our daughter into the Apolline condos. We were hungry and tired. Sat down and had a great dinner and relaxing atmosphere. Nice to know that we will have a great to go every time we visit and a place my daughter can take her company. Thank-you
    Special Features:
    late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment on second visit
    CityprofVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We had a very good dinner here in June; our most recent visit was a disappointment. First courses were fine (not outstanding). One main course, the moussaka, verged on inedible: a brown slab covered in thick goo ("gravy"). The salmon was skin-on and the skin was burned, placed on a bed of quinoa laden with harissa (unpleasant). Perhaps just a Sunday night off, but we won't be back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Very nice dinner. Loud small kids in back room. Pot roast was great. Very interesting salads. Parking in neighborhood difficult.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Can't Wait to Go Again!
    SueSDC
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Firefly is such a unique dining experience from the tree in the middle to the check delivery one really feels like they are in a forest. This menu is very creative, healthy and unique. I tried the deviled eggs and fried mac and cheese and will be back soon to try the bacon wrapped dates. My pot roast melted off the bone and my moms's steak was exactly how she likes it. The service was top notch I always felt that someone was only a moment away from having a big smile and desire to help me. Everyone working there truly seemed to enjoy working there and has an enormous amount of price.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • American food with a twist
    MathCowboy
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    My date and I were visiting DC and made reservations after noticing that they have a gluten free menu. She needs GF foods. The server was knowledgeable about GF options on the menu and brought out a separate GF menu. Her mussels were brought out in a pile on a plate, and she said that they were delicious. The parmesan fries were pretty good, too. I got the steak caesar salad with avocado. It paired well with the complimentary white bread rolls. It was just the right amount for lunch since I did not have a large appetite that day. Our check came out in a small glass jar with a candle inside to look like there was a firefly in there. How cute!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, quite loud
    AlexisVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Food and service were both great! Noise level is loud, and can be difficult to hear others at your table.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cutest Spot for Brunch
    JmarmolinaVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Firefly is always a good spot for brunch with my girl friends, they have a great mimosa carafe deal, just not bottomless. The decor of Firefly is really chic / cute. We sat by the big tree in the middle of the dining room and just for the novelty of it enjoyed it. Servers are always friendly, but sometimes drink orders seem to be a little slow (might be the bar though!) Food is YUMMY. Got the breakfast tacos on my first visit and it's a great portion, then opted for Lemon Ricotta Pancakes on my most recent visit. Pancakes were okay, just seemed like small pancakes with a hint of lemon, barely one cut up strawberry on top. Wouldn't get them again, but I love the little bread buckets they have during lunch, the pound cake is delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great, filling food
    rambo5980
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food was delicious and our server was very friendly. Couldn't finish the food because it was so filling. $4 bloody Mary was surprisingly great
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food. Extremely loud.
    JMT0000
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Probably the best meal I've had in months. Excellent ingredients, filling portions, flavors that are both classic and surprising.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion Comfort Food
    hiyymereats
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This is a very popular bar scene. We were there on a Friday night and had a wonderful meal. The main dining room is decorated in a pleasing and unique way; you almost feel as though you're dining al fresco. There is an additional, inner dining room with a more traditional decor. We enjoyed excellent signature cocktails followed by an very nice Pinot Noir with "Devils on Horseback" for starters. The roasted Beet & Quinoa salad was delicious. We shared the fish special (Salmon) for our entree along with a side of grilled Broccoli Rabe. Don't skip dessert! Overall excellent customer service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great appertizers
    Liza
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Amazing appetizers, we got only sides and starters but everything was great. the beer selection was lacking but we were also the last in the restaurant. would definitely go back to explore more options. the decor is fun and beautiful! Firefly is perfect for a group get togethers - easily accessible and quick service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming business lunch
    jessie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    My first but not last experience for business lunch -- very attentive server, great location and wonderful food. It is a vibrant place but also quiet and suitable for portant discussion with colleague. I could also see a completely fun lunch or dinner here!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I randomly chose Firefly as a brunch spot from Yelp, and MAN! What a find! The hostesses were really great about confirming our reservation, and accommodated us when we ran a few minutes late. We only waited maybe 2 minutes for our table, and even though we got what could be called the worst table in the place (behind the only wall in the whole restaurant with no view of anything) we STILL had a great time. The food was amazeballs (I had the grilles cheese with tomato and bacon with parmesan truffle fries. And a pineapple mimosa.) And our server Joe was both knowledgeable and super friendly. Kasey the Mgr stopped by and introduced herself, and she was super cool too. I thought the bar lights were totally cute! Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming!
    yummm
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Firefly is a chraming spot off of the busy block of Dupont circle! The breakfast burrito was AMAZING and the french toast was delicious! Definitely reccomend for a brunch spot.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed
    Happy2eatoutVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Let's start by saying we were visiting from NYC and ended up here because the kimptongroup sister restaurant Urbana in the Palomar Hotel was under renovation. It was highly recommended by the Palomar. Apps- Bacon and blue cheese wrapped dates -tasty Liver pate - fair, not memorable Entrees The Lamb dish we ordered had pappardelle noodles and feta it was different and tasty but salty. We also had salmon with quinoa The salmon was well prepared but the quinoa had little seasoning We also ordered succotash as a side which didnt come out till 1/2 way thru our meal and was basically corn off the cob with some veggies mixed in Our 2nd round of drinks arrived when we were almost done with dinner before they arrived.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Cool ambience and delicious food. Would definitely go again if the proper occasion arises. Good for individuals and large groups.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rushed
    Foodie5
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I went to brunch at firefly ready to spend a while with a friend taking advantage of their $3 mimosas. However, our server completely rushed us through our meal. Additionally, the food was cold and slightly congealed and did not seem to have been made for us, but seemed to have been pre cooked and only put on a plate when we ordered it. Firefly has the potential to be a great brunch spot but right now is more of a factory. By the time we left the place was cleared out so no one was rushing to take our table and they definitely would have made more money off of us if we hadn't felt so rushed!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jose the food runner
    ToRiley
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Jose the food runner is awesome. He was very attentive to the needs of my mother and me. :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice
    IamJavone
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This restaurant is very nice. The food was amazing. The service was great. The only downside is that after 2:00pm on Sat for brunch the kitchen does not open again until 5:00pm for dinner. So if you arrive after 2:00pm, you will not be serviced.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cecilia
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We had a good time, but the food was a bit too...sophisticated....for us, though tasty. The noise level was the only true detriment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place!
    ApoTheMan
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I reserved a table for our business partner and myself, based on the location and very good reviews. The list of full of comfort food made in a bistro style. Great food. What was even better was the outstanding service we experienced. Ended up leaving very large tip for him.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent in Most Ways
    JeffVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed the specialty drinks, and the entrees. The service was great, and we like the ambiance. This night there was a low level but noticeable odor, like mildew combined with cleaning fluid from the carpet that caught both of our noses, and the waitress also noticed it when we mentioned it. Assuming this was a rare occasion and the result of unfortunate cleaning, we would go back because the food was so unique and good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Way WAY too noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I've been to Firefly several times. This might have been the last. All tables were screaming to be heard. Service was snail-like. Not an enjoyable meal.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • eat2live55
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The ambience with the front doors open on a pleasant July evening was lovely, and with the "tree" and trunks, provided an "al fresco" feel. Service was very good, but not particularly attentive. I had asked for some type of birthday recognition for one in our party, but none was forthcoming. The food was very good and we ate every bite, but for the price, nothing provided the "wow" factor for me or anyone in my party of 6. So, we passed on dessert, which may have been why we got no birthday recognition. For the price, I would not return, but go to any of a number of other really fantastic restaurants in the DC area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Brunch, Drink Specials
    duaneste
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Firefly is very cool little restaurant a short walk from Dupont Circle. The interior is cozy and inviting, decorated with a lot of natural elements and motifs including a large branching tree trunk in the center. We met there for Brunch and enjoyed delicious Mimosas and homemade Bloody Marys. We had the Breakfast Tacos, Kale & Eggs, and Eggs Benedict and they were all expertly prepared with high-quality ingredients. The staff was knowledgeable, attentive, and friendly. I will definitely be back the next time I'm in DC.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little bit deceiving
    Myriam
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    As tourists, we followed the recommandation of the Washington Post for this restaurant. One of the thing the kids would look for was the cookie they could decorate themselves. When we walked in, we liked the ambiance, but we were seated in the back room, which is quieter, but with no decoration. I had the Chicken matzoh ball soup, as it was recommended. It was absolutely tasteless. The rest of our choices were all just ok. I had the moussaka, my husband had the Deviled eggs, and the Mac and cheese, nothing that distinguish itself from other places. For the kid's menu, it was also just ok. But my son had a severe allergic reaction to the cookie... Even if I asked numerous times, it seems that these produces were not certified Nuts free...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy, warm and slow
    SoBe123
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We loved Firefly on our first two visits, but this one was not so good. On a hot evening, the AC did not cool down the interior. Food service was uneven, with some at our party of four receiving food and one sitting with nothing except bread for an hour and a half. The noise level made conversation difficult.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nate
    nate
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    tasty delightful, friendly savers and grate bar menu.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.