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Firefly - DC
Firefly - DC

Firefly - DC Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.firefly-dc.com
  • Phone: (202) 861-1310
  • 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 & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/14/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 9/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/6/2014
  • "Fantastic food and enthusiastic service, we had a wonderful time."
    Dined on 9/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/1/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/31/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "It's excellent for cocktails and small bites but dinner was abit lacking. Need to freshen up the chairs/upholstery- smelled stale/musky. Waiter was bit pushy. Maybe they should just do tapas and drinks (which they do well), instead of meals..."
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "I got the Farmer's Salad, Deviled Eggs, and Lamb Rillette and ended with the Cheese Plate. Everything was very tasty, although the salad was heavier on the lettuce than I expected based on its description. The Washington State cabernet-syrah was very tasty. Service was attentive in the initially crowded restaurant."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "This was my first time at Firefly and it could not have been a more amazing experience. The service from Martin and Cerise was excellent and I never was left waiting for anything. If I needed extra of anything it was taken care of right away. They were both friendly and kind and I would recommend this restaurant to anyone in the DC area especially of they are visiting!"
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "Good food but very noisy... wine by the glass was limited"
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "Good food selection, attentive waiter, a tiny bit noisy but good for a group of 7 to converse. Looked to be a good bar scene and general ambience was fine. Very convenient neighborhood location - would go back."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "I have dined at Firefly numerous times when in the area on business. The food and service are always excellent. I have seen the place jammed with people having a good time in the evening. I have seen it busy at lunch. This time, I brought my wife, and we ate early on a weeknight. It was quiet and we were able to enjoy a conversation with our meal. I highly recommend Firefly, and I have never had a bad meal here."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "I took a first date here and it was fantastic. The decor and ambiance immediately gives you something to notice and talk about. Then you see the menu, not a huge variety but a lot of quality food that allows you to be adventurous if you so choose. The staff was super attentive always making sure glasses were full and that we were enjoying our experience. Our waiter was knowledgeable about the food they had to offer and when asked for suggestion didnt immediately point to the most expensive item on the list. The check coming in a mason jar with a light to make it look like a firefly catcher was a clever little way to put the icing on the cake for a great meal at Firefly."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "This was a great find for lunch before a tour of the Phillips Collection. We loved the tree decor, and the food was excellent with reasonable prices. We also left with a granola treat for the next day."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Our dining experience was great; the server was excellent, very accommodating"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "food is very good, drinks are good, staff is good, all around good"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Clean, bright and exceptionable. A great neighborhood gem."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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!"
    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!"
    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!"
    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!!!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Our food was absolutely "to die for" and our waiter was extremely attentive! Both my sister-in-law and I ordered the Salmon as our entree - DELICIOUS!!! If you are looking for a quiet restaurant though - this is not it! The noise level was the loudest I have ever encountered. I would highly recommend the restaurant though for the food & service. Enjoy!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Entirely too cramped and too noisy. Couldn't talk to friends across the table !"
    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. :)"
    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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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"
    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."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Very nice dinner. Loud small kids in back room. Pot roast was great. Very interesting salads. Parking in neighborhood difficult."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
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