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Firefly - DC, Washington, DC

Firefly - DC

4.1
4.1
3528 Reviews
$30 and under
American

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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 am Brunch Sat 9:00 am–2:30 pm Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 861-1310

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Richard Falbo

  • Catering

    Contact Firefly directly at 202.861.1310 or email us at info@firefly-dc.com to book an event in one of our two private dining rooms today! Firefly is also available for restaurant buyouts, accommodating up to 120 guests. Come experience our 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.

  • Neighborhood

    Dupont Circle

  • Cross street

    N Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Soup & Salad

add Grilled Chicken $9, add Grilled Salmon $16

  • Soup of the Day$9.00

    chef's seasonal soup

    • Seasonal Greens$14.00

      Artisan greens / vegetable crudité / citrus vinaigrette dressing

      • Little Gem Caesar$12.00

        parmesan croutons / caesar dressing

        • Beet Burrata$14.00

          arugula / golden & red beets / walnuts / fig glaze

          Starters

          • Grilled Octopus$17.00

            seasonal vegetable hash / Brussel leaves / arribbiata sauce

            • Spicy Tuna Bites$16.00

              crispy rice / spicy mayo / toasted sesame

              • Chicken Wings

                Buffalo sauce / blue cheese / vegetable crudité

                • Small Plate (6)$14.00
                • Large Plate (12)$22.00
              • Chicken & Waffle Sliders$16.00

                hot honey / chow chow

                • Hummus$14.00

                  grilled naan / vegetable crudité

                  Entrées

                  • Steak Frites$42.00

                    NY strip / frites / arugula / fennel / red onion / red wine demi / black truffle aioli

                    • Cornish Game Hen$32.00

                      barley risotto / pea purée / oyster mushrooms / fava bean / hen jus

                      • Harrisa Roasted Cauliflower$26.00

                        summer squash purée / roasted vegetables / piquillo vinaigrette

                        • Seared Salmon$35.00

                          crispy Brussel leaves / roasted seasonal vegetables / chive buerre blanc

                          • Firefly Burger$24.00

                            American cheese / lettuce / tomato / pickle / firefly sauce / potato bun / parmesan truffle fries

                            • Pan Seared Scallops$36.00

                              Israeli cous cous / asparagus / grape tomato / tarragon soubise

                              • Poached Rock Fish$36.00

                                forbidden rice / poblano vinaigrette / pineapple mango salsa

                                Sides

                                • Parmesan Truffle Fries$9.00

                                  • Side Salad$8.00

                                    • Barley Rissotto$14.00

                                      • Seasonal Vegetables$10.00

                                        • Roasted Brussel Sprouts$12.00

                                          • Crispy French Fries$7.00

                                            Dessert

                                            • Firefly Cheesecake$12.00

                                              raspberry coulis / mixed berries

                                              • Chef's Crème Brûlée$12.00

                                                seasonal flavors

                                                • Seasonal Sorbet$9.00

                                                  Chef's selection

                                                  What 3,528 people are saying

                                                  Overall ratings and reviews

                                                  4.1
                                                  4.1 based on all time ratings
                                                  • 4.1Food
                                                  • 4Service
                                                  • 4Ambience
                                                  • 3.8Value

                                                  NoiseModerate

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                                                  1. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on March 14, 2020

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Delicious food, friendly staff, and fantastic ambiance

                                                  2. K

                                                    Kaseymaye

                                                    Tampa

                                                    24 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    24 reviews

                                                    Dined on March 14, 2020

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Great dinner, great service, great drinks! If I’m ever in DC again, I would definitely go back!

                                                  3. DJ

                                                    DavidJ

                                                    Washington DC

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    2.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on March 8, 2020

                                                    overall2food2service1ambience3

                                                    Waiter hit my brother-in-law in the head with a pitcher and did nothing. It made a loud noise. The other table all noticed. How does that not get a small discount or dessert. Also, they failed to tell Open Table that we attended our reservation, so I got a "bad boy" e-mail from Open Table. All in all, Firefly was a disaster. There are much better, much cheaper places in Dupont.

                                                  4. DG

                                                    DominicG

                                                    Washington DC

                                                    11 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    11 reviews

                                                    Dined on March 7, 2020

                                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                    Brunch Food was delicious, the decor was lovely, brunch drinks were very reasonably priced

                                                  5. AE

                                                    AnaE

                                                    Washington DC

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on March 5, 2020

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Great service, great food, great wine - the perfect choice for a reunion where you actually want to hear each other speak!

                                                  6. G

                                                    Groucho1

                                                    Washington DC

                                                    69 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    3.0

                                                    69 reviews

                                                    Dined on March 1, 2020

                                                    overall3food2service4ambience3

                                                    Potatoes weren't cooked in chowder. Waitress mixed up drink orders. Other than that, a pleasant place and cheerful host and wait staff.

                                                  7. G

                                                    Gianetta

                                                    Washington DC

                                                    34 reviews

                                                    3.0

                                                    34 reviews

                                                    Dined on March 1, 2020

                                                    overall3food4service5ambience3

                                                    The place is cute, pleasant service, food fine. The problem is the exit into the hotel, which goes by the bathrooms. These are not properly vented, and that’s unpleasant.

                                                  8. LW

                                                    LarryW

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on February 29, 2020

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Great ambiance, great staff, great food! Thanks Firefly!

                                                  9. B

                                                    Bubb

                                                    New York Area

                                                    13 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    3.0

                                                    13 reviews

                                                    Dined on February 27, 2020

                                                    overall3food2service3ambience3

                                                    My wife ordered a steak medium well. It came rare. She asked the server to take it back and throw it on the grill. Instead, a few minutes later, a new steak appeared, more rare than the first one. She couldn’t eat any of her entree and there was no attempt to make it right, such as taking her meal off of the bill.

                                                  10. A

                                                    Alex

                                                    New York Area

                                                    11 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    11 reviews

                                                    Dined on February 22, 2020

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    After a 5 hour drive down from NY to DC I was wiped out and didn’t want to go far for a good meal. We found out that this amazing restaurant was in the hotel we were staying at and made a reservation. Such an amazing meal! Everything was delicious and dessert stole the show! The cherry tart is a Must!

                                                  11. MF

                                                    MissyF

                                                    Washington DC

                                                    10 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    10 reviews

                                                    Dined on February 21, 2020

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Truly a favorite spot — reliably fresh and delicious food.

                                                  12. h

                                                    hudsjen

                                                    Baltimore

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    3.0

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    Dined on February 17, 2020

                                                    overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                    Chose this spot based on 'Kid-Friendly" factor and was definitely the right choice for us. I was able to dine out with my children in a nice place with a cute ambiance (love the lighted tree in the middle of the dining room!). Service was a little slow, but on a Saturday at 7, maybe shouldn't be a surprise. Staff was friendly. Food was a little over-priced, but the experience made it worth it. Oh, and the kids' menu brussels sprouts were a huge hit with my crew (no kidding!)...I tried them too and they were delicious

                                                  13. MS

                                                    MichaelS

                                                    1 review

                                                    4.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on February 16, 2020

                                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                    Good grub, knowledgeable waiter, creative interior.

                                                  14. CK

                                                    ChrisK

                                                    Cleveland

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on February 15, 2020

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Excellent food, loved the ambiance.

                                                  15. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Raleigh

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on February 14, 2020

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Wife and I went for V-day and got the V-day menu which was a 3 course meal at a set price. The food was amazing and service was great. Only thing of note is the check was a tad high for my taste, but worth it.

                                                  16. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    New York Area

                                                    209 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    209 reviews

                                                    Dined on February 11, 2020

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Great biscuits and gravy on the breakfast menu.

                                                  17. SA

                                                    StarACDC

                                                    Washington DC

                                                    8 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    8 reviews

                                                    Dined on February 9, 2020

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Lovely ambience and our waiter was very attentive and informative without being intrusive

                                                  18. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Minneapolis

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on February 7, 2020

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Our waiter was a kind gentleman and gave us outstanding service. Food was very thoughtfully created and executed. This is a solid place for a date, dinner before a show or just to come back to try other things on the menu. Mulled wine was a great option on a cold and rainy night. Definitely recommend you try this place at least once.

                                                  19. C

                                                    Coralie

                                                    New England

                                                    51 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    3.0

                                                    51 reviews

                                                    Dined on January 26, 2020

                                                    overall3food4service3ambience3

                                                    Nice cocktails and ambiance. The food was very good, specifically the truffle fries, the Brussel sprouts and the crab & avocado toast. Nice evening before flying home.

                                                  20. A

                                                    Ash173

                                                    Washington DC

                                                    6 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    6 reviews

                                                    Dined on January 26, 2020

                                                    overall4food4service3ambience5

                                                    The crab avocado toast could have been toasted a bit more Service was a bit slow

                                                  21. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Washington DC

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on January 26, 2020

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                    Not bottomless mimosas but drinks are very reasonably priced for brunch. Lovely interior, service was outstanding.

                                                  22. SF

                                                    SawksFan

                                                    Washington DC

                                                    29 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    29 reviews

                                                    Dined on January 26, 2020

                                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                    A great find right near DuPont Circle.

                                                  23. L

                                                    Lisa

                                                    Washington DC

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    Dined on January 26, 2020

                                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                    I would recommend if you are staying at the hotel or are in the vicinity. The interior of restaurant is cute and cozy and the service is good. The food is also good, but a bit overpriced - maybe because it is connected to a hotel. $13 for a wedge salad, $22 for a hamburger, $32 for steak fritte, seems high even by DC standards and there are so many other restaurants offering these items at $3 -$4 less (i.e., Le Diplomate, Bistro du Coin).

                                                  24. DS

                                                    DavidS

                                                    Washington DC

                                                    9 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    9 reviews

                                                    Dined on January 26, 2020

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Wait staff was very attentive, even after the restaurant got busy. We had a great meal and really enjoyed the bottle of wine we had. It was a great dinner which made for a great date. As the restaurant got busier (after 8 PM) the noise level rose but it was not so loud we could not hear each other.

                                                  25. DD

                                                    DDKinVA

                                                    Washington DC

                                                    11 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    11 reviews

                                                    Dined on January 25, 2020

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    I enjoy the dinner atmosphere: easy to talk to you dinner friends, servers are kind and easy to communicate with, fun tree in the middle of the space, big windows on one end, and a private room for a group at the other end. Loved the food so much, we'll likely return from VA soon to try more dishes!

                                                  26. AB

                                                    ABanana

                                                    New England

                                                    6 reviews

                                                    1.0

                                                    6 reviews

                                                    Dined on January 19, 2020

                                                    overall1food1service4ambience1

                                                    Went with 4 adults. The server was very nice and worked very hard. The food was atrocious. I don’t see how they justify those prices or serving that to people. On top of it, there were fruit flies everywhere in the restaurant. I’m grossed out thinking about it all again.

                                                  27. RS

                                                    RebeccaS

                                                    Washington DC

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    Dined on January 19, 2020

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    I really enjoyed Sunday brunch at Firefly! The decor is lovely, and there were great food options for people with various dietary needs. I think the prices were pretty reasonable too, especially compared to other brunch spots nearby!

                                                  28. J

                                                    Jschwartz

                                                    Washington DC

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    3.0

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    Dined on January 19, 2020

                                                    overall3food2service5ambience5

                                                    We came to celebrate our friends anniversary with them. Noise level and service were greaT. Especially the host. However the quality and quantity of the food was not worthy of its price

                                                  29. P

                                                    estebanPeru

                                                    Washington DC

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    3.0

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    Dined on January 16, 2020

                                                    overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                    Excellent service. Food is good although not impressive nor differentiated from other restaurants (conventional).

                                                  30. C

                                                    Cabin777

                                                    Washington DC

                                                    10 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    4.0

                                                    10 reviews

                                                    Dined on January 13, 2020

                                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                    Creative menu, very tasty and unusual combinations....very moderately priced for excellent quality.

                                                  31. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Washington DC

                                                    1 review

                                                    4.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on January 11, 2020

                                                    overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                    Great atmosphere. Amazing service. Fantastic food.

                                                  32. k

                                                    kateewald

                                                    Baltimore

                                                    110 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    3.0

                                                    110 reviews

                                                    Dined on January 9, 2020

                                                    overall3food4service2ambience4

                                                    Went for breakfast. Food was tasty. Service was warm, but otherwise pretty bad. We waited over 25 minutes for water and our waiter forgot parts of our order. He seemed to be trying, but the place was perhaps understaffed for the number of tables that came in all at once. Despite the slow or forgetful service, our waiter was very nice and welcoming. Will probably not return.

                                                  33. KC

                                                    KatinaC

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on December 31, 2019

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                    An amazing New Year’s Eve! The food was outstanding - very accommodating to food allergies. The service was outstanding and would definitely go back.

                                                  34. E

                                                    Enrique

                                                    New York Area

                                                    8 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    8 reviews

                                                    Dined on December 31, 2019

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Cocktails were fantastic. The bartender, Kwame, was a pure joy to encounter; would come back to the bar just because of him.

                                                  35. SB

                                                    SusanB

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on December 25, 2019

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    This was the first time I'd been to Firefly, along with my 8-year-old grandson and daughter-in-law, who came to visit me in DC from Miami Beach for Christmas. We had an early dinner (4:30), which could explain the excellent and solicitous service we received from Enrike, who was attentive but not hovering. He was amazing, as was the food. The menu was a fixed Christmas menu, so we were unable to order from the standard menu (I had so wanted to try to short ribs, which were unavailable). However, the lobster bisque I ordered was so good (I wanted to put my face in it and not bother with the spoon), I didn't miss the short ribs. I also ordered the frisee salad (consisting of frisee, beets, bleu cheese crumbles, toasted pine nuts, and a lovely vinegrette dressing) and a side of fingerling potatoes, both of which I tasted (loved both), but had to take them home with me, since the bisque was so filling. I'm looking forward to having them for lunch tomorrow. I can't attest to the quality of my grandson's hamburger (ordered from the special children's menu), but he ate every bit of it. When I asked whether he liked it, he said that he did. My daughter-in-law had the salmon, with roasted fingerling potatoes and broccolini, and she loved it. The restaurant and ambience are both lovely, and I highly recommend Firefly. Thanks, Enrike and Firefly, for a memorable and lovely evening.

                                                  36. M

                                                    Maryanne

                                                    Richmond

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    4.0

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    Dined on December 23, 2019

                                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                    Xmas gathering

                                                  37. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    1 review

                                                    2.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on December 19, 2019

                                                    overall2food3service5ambience5

                                                    WAY OVERPRICED. You could literally walk across the street and get the same burger for half or even 1/3 of the price. Not worth the ambiance AT ALL.

                                                  38. KL

                                                    KarinL

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on December 15, 2019

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    LOVED the roasted cauliflower but would have been nice to have another vegetarian option. Same with the hummus — very yummy, excellent flavor, but the only vegetarian option. In terms of noise level —- nothing out of the ordinary but we had a very loud guest at the table next to us who was extolling the virtues of her personal development coach. Yay for her, but yeah — kinda hard to have a conversation with self absorbed monologue going on.

                                                  39. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    New York Area

                                                    1 review

                                                    4.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on December 7, 2019

                                                    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.

                                                  40. MP

                                                    MarkP

                                                    1 review

                                                    3.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on December 7, 2019

                                                    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.

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                                                  Firefly - DC is rated 4.1 stars by 3528 OpenTable diners.

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                                                  Additional information

                                                  • Cross street

                                                    N Street

                                                  • Neighborhood

                                                    Dupont Circle

                                                  • Hours of operation

                                                    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 am Brunch Sat 9:00 am–2:30 pm Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

                                                  • Cuisines

                                                    American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American

                                                  • Dining style

                                                    Casual Dining

                                                  • Dress code

                                                    Casual Dress

                                                  • Parking details

                                                    Street Parking

                                                  • 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.

                                                  • Payment options

                                                    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                  • Executive chef

                                                    Richard Falbo

                                                  • Additional

                                                    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                  • Phone number

                                                    (202) 861-1310

                                                  • Catering

                                                    Contact Firefly directly at 202.861.1310 or email us at info@firefly-dc.com to book an event in one of our two private dining rooms today! Firefly is also available for restaurant buyouts, accommodating up to 120 guests. Come experience our 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.

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