Firefly - DC

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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 Firefly Fish Tacos for lunch, or our signature Fried Chicken Sandwich or Steak Burger. We also feature fresh seafood and vegetarian options that change along with the seasons. The menu is designed to utilize products from our local farms and farmers. Our specialty cocktail menu offers a bevy of unique libations that change with the seasons and is a direct reflection of the produce available from our rooftop garden. Whether you are enjoying a quick lunch during your work break, or looking for a romantic dinner spot in front of the signature tree in the dining room, Firefly is here for you.
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3.9
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Waited 5 minutes to find table, without being acknowledged. Finally went to bar to find someone to check reservation and seat me. No one else waiting. Waiters friendly, but a bit inexperienced. Food good, but overpriced. E.g. had great dinner for 3 in the best Indian restaurant in town for less than the price of brunch for 2 at Firefly.

MP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Menu does not state that chorizo burrito comes laden with eggs. Was not refunded money nor given the option to choose another entree. Instead, I was given a side of potatoes. Waste of $17. Also a few staff members were arguing about an internal issue and the conversation should have been behind closed doors.

CS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I loved it. The only downfall is that they couldn't do separate bills. and because we were all there on business and needed to have receipts, they said they can only do 1 bill. Which was difficult to divide up and only 1 could keep receipt.

P
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Food and table were very good. Service a little slow throughout. However, the credit card machine was apparently off-line so they were taking credit cards to the hotel lobby. The had my card for OVER 30 minutes, even after my getting up twice to inquire with the manager. Very bad ending.

JF
Springfield
7 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite “go to” places upon arrival at our DuPont area stay. Meals are always fresh and delicious. Service is always helpful and happy to assist us. Thank you for always taking care of us as if we regulars that lived in the ‘hood!

OT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wanted to eat somewhere that had macaroni and cheese for my daughter. Came across Firefly and they didn’t disappoint. There was even a slight issue with waiting on the dessert I ordered and they handled it right away . Recommend to anyone.

MR
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

A long way from London, but good, especially as The Redskins won!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience3

Flies and mosquitoes were eating us alive ! Crazy. Complained to staff, who knew about it

SG
Washington DC
101 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

good place to meet up, and fun cozy bar/drinks area

C
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went down brunch. The eggs Benedict we're very good, as was the French toast and pancakes. We arrived too early for bloody Mary's, but other than that it was a pleasant way to spend a Sunday morning.

TC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So sorry you dropped the cheese board. Also, leave bacon out of the Brussels sprouts. Otherwise, it was terrific !

JJ
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall, a great experience. I thought my wife and I were extremely well taken care of. All of the staff were very friendly and helpful. Definitely a cool place with the tree in the middle!

D
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Excellent happy hour probs, tasty food, beautiful rustic ambiance.

SJ
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice spot for dinner for an early dinner. The staff were pleasant providing insights about the menu, limited but everything we tried was very good, soup of the day, salad and short ribs. I was meeting a friend, they did rush us as we took our time with our meal and catching up, it was perfect.

AL
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Firefly with our two children and we were so surprised how friendly the staff and servers all were. We also enjoyed the food. It was wonderful. We also had an opportunity to enjoy the happy hour. Loved the steak burger!

A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Very limited menu and what I wanted wasn't even available. Dishes were mediocre. The grilled chicken on my Cesar salad was cold. Restaurant was empty. I wonder why.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fantastic evening with family for my birthday. I lov d the atmosphere and general vibe.bthe service on and off but very knowledgeable. The gluten free attention was very appreciated.

SG
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Service was slow and inattentive. Beverages weren’t replenished and we had a better short rib from a university dining service. Our granddaughter loved decorating her own cookie but never got the fries she ordered as a side to her kids meal.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Staff was doing their best but service was slow and some errors due to servers being overwhelmed- they did not have sufficient staff to make Sunday brunch pleasant

DC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience5

The food was good but the service was really slow. And two people around us received their order and it was wrong. Table next to us waited about 25 minutes for their drinks and finally told waiter to cancel.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was good, but limited brunch menu. Service was slow and disorganized. Watched two parties walk out before they even ordered.

SC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Firefly provides a delightful experience for young and old alike. My wife and I started off with the smoked fish plate, which we would enthusiastically recommend. Next, we ordered the steak frites and the roasted chicken. Both were delicious, but the steak is a standout, particularly if you like it marbled. Our son had a rather boring pasta dish, but there are certainly great options for kids on the menu. He also enjoyed making and eating his own cookie. Dessert is nothing special; after all, I can make a root beer float or a sundae at home. Firefly's ambiance is agreeable, with just the right level of noise for a small group of friends or a family. Decor a forest scene that is simple, elegant, cute and unique. Service was rather indifferent, but our server may have been a trainee. We'll definitely return next time we're near Dupont Circle. Firefly is a winner.

GJ
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose Firefly because they offered a number of Gluten Free options, and I have celiac disease. While their kitchen is not GF certified, their staff was knowledgeable and I felt confident in ordering there.

It did not disappoint.

The cocktails were great, we had the braised beef and grilled cauliflower entrées and would happily recommend either of those.

In short, I'd go back in a heartbeat for the drinks and ambiance alone - but it helps that the food was excellent.

AD
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The place was not packed, however, there was a line to get seated (even with a reservation) because the hostess was waiting for tables to be cleaned. Once seated it took about 10 minutes to be greeted by the waiter who was great but had a lot of tables. Mimosas were average. Food was disappointing. I ordered the French toast which was one slice of bread. As a side (extra cost) I ordered the breakfast potatoes which had an extremely smoky taste. Maybe my friends and I caught them on a bad day, but I wouldn’t chance it and go back.

PG
New England
29 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We returned to Firefly after numerous prior enjoyable meals and experiences. Our food was excellent, good value and excellent service. We frequently visit this neighborhood in Washington DC and are pleased that Firefly remains a reliable local option.

E
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Very expensive, staff (excluding our waiter) was rude

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious. Portions for the price was great! However, they didn’t have avocado and three different menu items which was a bummer.

R
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was great. Was seated 15 minutes before the server took a drink order. Hostess took our name, said she would be back and left us standing at the front stand for several minutes. The restaurant was not busy, so it didn’t make sense
Restaurant is very kid friendly so be prepared.

OT
Richmond
24 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great trendy spot in a key location.
Fun cocktails.
Very good food with an interesting menu.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

it was great! But , I had my husband and son who wanted the gluten free bread. They didn’t have anymore

M
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant ever my kids and I agreed. Delicious food and amazing creative kid friendly service. Without being a “family” restaurant atmosphere.

ST
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Went for breakfast on a Saturday morning.
It was fairly empty when we arrived - but the place quickly filled so for sure have a reservation if you go on a weekend for breakfast.
Breakfast tacos were delicious - not just boring eggs in tortillas. Really really good. And well portioned - could easily feed two.
Avocado toast was a nice option for one in our party who can’t eat meat or dairy. Delicious.
French toast also super generous - excellent
Wait staff attentive but unassuming. Perfect.
A little pricey for breakfast but for a casual place in Dupont Circle with great food, generous portions, and awesome service, it was worth it. Thanks Firefly.

h
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Everything was fine except that my sausage biscuits and gravy had almost no sausage in it. Still tasty, but disappointed that $15 doesn't get me an actual sausage. Other pictures showed two links of sausage and I was informed that it was an old recipe. I just wouldn't recommend ordering this dish, everyone else's meal looked as expected.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Too expensive

PM
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service. Very good food. Kids menu & kids can decorate their own cookie, chef bakes it, then it's served.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Our server/waiter was completely inattentive. His ‘I don’t care’ attitude was a poor compliment to great food. very disappointing.

EM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience1

We have dined at Firefly once before and loved it. The food is amazing! This time it was more like Firefly Preschool. Every table had multiple babies and toddlers. It was like eating in the bouncy room at McDonalds or Chucky Cheese. We had our adult daughter and 2 of her friends. It was bizarre and not fun for them at all. I was embarrassed this was where we took them for a dinner in dc. . The strollers kept coming in even at 9pm on a Saturday. Clearly the place for upscale preschool dining. But not for anyone looking for an adult dinner and cocktails.

KE
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I only went for happy hour, so this review might be skewed. But they have many of their main menu items on the HH menu, just at a cheaper (i.e. more reasonable) price.

I ordered the brussel sprouts, a fish taco, and the truffle fries. The brussel sprouts were fine, the taco was very chewy, and the truffle fries just tasted like regular fries. My friend's mac&cheese wasn't very cheesy, so she said it was more like regular pasta.

So, if you're going to have "meh" food, you might as well get it during HH instead of paying full price for it. But the location is good, the nature-inspired ambiance is nice, and our server was friendly and attentive.

AD
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was slow, although the restaurant wasn’t busy. Food came out very quickly once we were able to order.

RK
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We came for brunch on a Saturday. Very cute restaurant, good brunch ambiance. The crab avocado toast and banana-coconut pancakes were absolute perfection! Our waiter, however, was distracted, or perhaps just uninterested, but either way, was remarkably inattentive for a fairly slow morning. We will return because of the food and the very charming interior, with fingers crossed for a wait-person who is happy to be there.