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
250 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (117)fit for foodies (107)great for brunch (69)great for lunch (54)special occasion (51)good for groups (39)romantic (38)vibrant bar scene (36)hot spot (34)notable wine list (24)kid-friendly (21)late-night find (14)scenic view (10)great for outdoor dining (8)Show More
  • Continues to be a dependable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 5/1/2008
    Continues to be a dependable neighborhood spot. Reasonable corkage fee. Good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The OpenTable reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/30/2008
    The OpenTable reservation worked perfectly! Thanks for this new service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We sat in the window which
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/28/2008
    We sat in the window which was great but when the room filled up it was so loud that we couldn't even shout loud enough to hear each other. It was an extremely unpleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This visit was anomalous --
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    This visit was anomalous -- the first time I'd been to Firefly on Saturday night. The place was much much much louder than when I've previously visited, and the service was VERY slow. I probably would have ranked it lower in the ratings above except that I know Firefly well and really like it on less busy nights of the week.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I had been to Firefly twice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    I had been to Firefly twice before and had great experiences. This time, something was wrong. The service was dreadfully slow; almost to the point that we felt forgotten. The food was overcooked by the time it was served. We were so hungry and tired of waiting that we ate it anyway. I bring a lot of people to DC (CEO's, celebrities, etc.) and I had been telling about or bringing them to Firefly. I'm not so sure I am going to do that anymore.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service, good classic
    holybucketVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    Great service, good classic american food, and a unique feel.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love this little place.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    I love this little place. I like to bring people from out of town to show them DC has great restaurants with creative and enjoyable food and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the decorations are really
    flop
    Dined on 4/25/2008
    the decorations are really different, and the drinks are great. the place is really noisy though, so its hard to hear anything that people at your table are saying. food is pretty good, i give it a 7 out of 10
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The back rooom gets chilly;
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/23/2008
    The back rooom gets chilly; the front room can be noisy
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love the fact that you are
    pog27VIP
    Dined on 4/23/2008
    I love the fact that you are now carrying the wolffer rose. It's one of my favorite wines.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My girlfriends and I had a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/20/2008
    My girlfriends and I had a fabulous brunch at Firefly on Sunday. The food and cocktails were outstanding, as was the service. Can't wait to go back! Deanie Griffin
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • liked all the organic local
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/19/2008
    liked all the organic local options was over-priced
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This restaurant did a phenomenal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    This restaurant did a phenomenal job of accomodating my gluten free diet and without compromising flavor. Nicely done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DC was having a muggy evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    DC was having a muggy evening and with the sliding panel windows open, the restaurant was HOT! However,when seated in the back candlelit-firefly cave it was very cold. They need to AIR BALANCE the restaurant. The fresh ingredients and attention to flavors really made this meal. The waiter in the back room was slow and unattentive. The hostess, who stood outside the door of the back room and looked in frequently did not lend the single waiter a hand. Ironic since the chef came in several times.Poor teamwork. One of the highlights was the soft shell crab entree. Although SSC was out of season- this was fresh, crispy and very light. Kudos to the chef. Firefly is still a cozy, neighborhood gem although service is hit and miss.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food, very friendly
    KathyinMDVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2008
    Delicious food, very friendly staff, great drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lively; very loud for comfortable
    SeniorTopDog
    Dined on 4/14/2008
    Lively; very loud for comfortable conversation - avoid the back room - it's even louder! Unique interior design. Unusual, but well executed dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We have eaten at Firefly before
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/13/2008
    We have eaten at Firefly before and always have a great experience-the staff are friendly and helpful and the food is terrific.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service was dreadful from
    zzyyVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2008
    Service was dreadful from start to finish. Our table was ignored, had unequal portions of food delivered, long waits in a half empty restaurant, questions "is everything okay?" posed but then the answers/requests ignored, etc. We will never go back and will warn others away from this amateurish operation.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was a bit too salty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    The food was a bit too salty (to include the bread served at the start of the meal). The soup of the day was good, but a little too thin. The macaroni and cheese wasn't anything special and tasted similar to the same instant product out of a box. I was expecting something thicker and with more cheese and crust. The rest of the meal was very good and the meal wasn't rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not sure why i dind't get
    akaten
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    not sure why i dind't get my points for this reservation, please put in 100 points in my account.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved everything ..great food,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    Loved everything ..great food, great service, and wonderful look!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fabulously flavorful, the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    fabulously flavorful, the menu is thoughtfully conceived and the 5:30-6:30 dinner special is the best food/drink deal in DC. the food was worth 2-3 times what it ultimately cost.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Clearly they did not have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    Clearly they did not have enough wait service. We constantly had to nag our waiter to fill our coffee cups up (which are very small cups) as well as our waters. Food was pretty good but glad we were not in a rush, as it was a long breakfast.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • way too noisy! we could hardly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/10/2008
    way too noisy! we could hardly hear ourselves talk.......
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch menu seems to be getting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/10/2008
    Lunch menu seems to be getting smaller over the years. Excellent food these days but rather sparse selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food is very good, the
    termieVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2008
    The food is very good, the atmosphere is inviting and full of energy, and the vibe is very positive. I appreciate their emphasis on locally grown foods, and while portions are small, the quality is high. Service is excellent - my guest and I were sharing items, and the server brought all items out already split without our asking. The only drawbacks - it's gotten very popular, and you need reservations, and on a related note, it's very loud. Lots of people in a small space.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love this restaurant BUT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/8/2008
    I love this restaurant BUT the noise level was almost unbearable. There was a hug group on one side of the room. A group that should have been in a private room as they were too big and way too loud for the space. It will make me think twice before I bring people there again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 1st point - I love Firefly,
    DixieVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2008
    1st point - I love Firefly, but two issues: Dinner took longer than we had hoped,2hr-45m. They did have a large group so this is understandable. Issue #2 is that a 20% gratuity is automatically added for a group of 5. Since I was hosting clients, they were anxious to get going, I failed to see that this gratuity had been added and since there was an empty "tip line" on the check I added another 20% tip. So, I called on the way home when I realized I had erred & actually spoke to the server who and she was very nice & promised to remove the extra 20% & I thanked her. This can be easily avoided, as a server can discreetly mention that a gratuity is included upon presenting the check. Apparently this policy is noted on the menu. I missed it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • There are too many tables
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/6/2008
    There are too many tables squashed into a small space. I was seated at a bench, my husband opposite me in a chair. I had to pull the table completely against my abdomen so he could scoot in enough so that he wasn't hit every time someone walked behind him. Neither of us is overweight. The people next to us had the same problem and ended up changing table; they were both slim too. The next set of people were obviously experiencing a similar problem. The waitress never brought me my toast.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The salads all around were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 4/5/2008
    The salads all around were mediocre, but the main courses were excellent. My halibut was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and really nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/5/2008
    Good food and really nice service. Yummy signature cocktails, especially the Opal. Entree portions are very small -- someone with a big appetite would definitely want to add a side. For example, the fish special came with 6 baby turnips and 3 asparagus spears. Fine for me (a small woman), but my husband would have needed a potato or rice dish to round it out. Our children liked the decor.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Was really great and the service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/4/2008
    Was really great and the service was quite good, it was just so loud it was hard to be social it all.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredibly loud, which has
    jakeVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2008
    Incredibly loud, which has a downside and, of course, an upside of being vibrant. On the whole, could barely hear the server. The server was over-the-top descriptive of the menu items -- a ludicrous description of not only the origin of every ingredient (funny in itself, but one becomes accustomed to that) but also every step of the cooking process. All the funnier since we could barely hear him. Enjoyable dinner overall, but good to laugh at afterwards.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great atmosphere and decor.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/4/2008
    Great atmosphere and decor. We all have different diets and found great food choices for each. One thing...I ordered their "special drink" that comes in a martini glass. The waiter put the glass down across the table from me. I went to slide the glass closer and it spilled, quite a bit. I would have expected the waiter to offer to refill as he was standing right there. These drinks are $12.00 each. He didn't offer so I was left with half a drink and a wet table that was not dried up.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Found the staff to be very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/3/2008
    Found the staff to be very attentive and personable. Food was excellent. Not a large place and noise levels somewhat high but not so bad that our table's conversation was severly impacted.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Firefly is one of the most
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/2/2008
    Firefly is one of the most charming restaurants in D.C. Unfortunately, it's also one of the loudest I've been to. The ambiance, food, and excellent service definitely make up for the noise, though.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Firefly is a like a faithful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/2/2008
    Firefly is a like a faithful friend. You can always count on a good experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • They provide EXTRAORDINARY
    BDTJrVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2008
    They provide EXTRAORDINARY SERVICE. I left my AMEX card in the portfolio on the dining table. They called my cellphone and then when I drove back they brought the AMEX card out on the street to my car. WOW! I love FireFly! Regards, Bruce
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our server gave us the wrong
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/1/2008
    Our server gave us the wrong bill, which my friend and I didn't notice and paid. When I called later they said they had already caught it and were working to credit mine and my friend's charge card. It hasn't come through yet on my statement, but I appreciate their honesty. The food, BTW, was also good!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love this restaurant. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/31/2008
    I love this restaurant. The food is great. Service is good. I wish the restaurant weren't so noisy. I sat in the back room this time and it was better. Some people dining in the main room left their table to come to the backroom because it is just too noisy. Can't you put some sound absorbing material on teh walls and ceilings? A nice humm in a restaurant is one thing, but it is overwhelmingly loud.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic