Firefly - DC

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$30 and under
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American

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
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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
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Phone number
(202) 861-1310
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Richard Falbo
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Private party facilities
Call us today to hear about our wide variety of private dining options! Firefly has two private dining rooms, in which we are able to accommodate a maximum of 34 seated and 40 reception style. We are also available for restaurant buyouts, accommodating up to 120 guests.
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Private party contact
Sharon Chicks : (202) 861-1310
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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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
N Street
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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.
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Special events & promotions
We are now featuring $3 Mimosas and $4 Bloody Marys with brunch on Saturdays and Sundays!
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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C
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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
21 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
9 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
17 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
2 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.

R
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We went to Firefly before a show at the Keegan Theater. I mentioned we were there because they were a partner with the theater. They did not give us the discount that they advertised on the website for the restaurant and the theater. When we asked for the specialty drink that was made for the show they said they did not have them.

Y
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Quaint little eatery that we stopped by for a quick breakfast before heading to the airport. My friend and I sat at the bar. The staff was super friendly and accommodating making conversation and making sure that we didn’t need anything. Kudos for the friendly staff. The food was definitely decent. Nothing that I’ll write home about but definitely solid. The biggest complaint was the swarm of fruit flies that were surrounding us and everything at the bar. Perhaps look into taking car of that as it is distracting to eat while swatting fruit flies.

D
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was great. I thought their prices were a little high for what they offer.

OT
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was great, which is important. But:

Bartender was maybe the worst I’ve ever had - like one you’d find at a Super 8 motel on the 1am shift with a fake smile and a pack of cigs stashed in her bra. She was WAY out of her depth, spilling drinks and slinging hardware all over the place. While pouring my guest’s drink (which ended up tasting TERRIBLE), she spilled at least two shots worth of liquor on the floor while making one drink. Such a waste for the restaurant (think of how much money they lose to spilt liquor if she does this all the time)! Then when she delivered the drink dripping wet down the sides from where she spilled all over, she didn’t give any napkins. When my guest got up to get napkins to clean it up, she threw side eyes at us. The HH prices are actually pretty good, but I would never recommend any of my friends here in fear of them being served by Super 8. I would be so embarrassed if I owned this restaurant!

Server was nice but only came around two or three times the whole night even though the restaurant was maybe 10% full.

Environment felt uncomfortable, crude, and somewhat dated. Not like the upscale setting I was expecting. You could tell they tried with the scenery, but landed somewhere between a pop up bar and Narnia on a cheap community theater budget.

The only thing the managers of this place have done right is hiring the chef.

SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good. We took advantage of the DC restaurant week menu and thought that it was a great value. We also thought that letting the kids decorate their own cookie while they are waiting for dinner to come out was a brilliant idea!

TP
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week in dc - and we enjoyed it very much!

SO
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Plates were a little pricey for small meals...I had 3 small carrots on my plate as the vegetable. Cute place though and the food was good.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great food, drinks, and customer service

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful - the setting is quite divine with the gorgeous tree in the middle and noise cancelling sculpture on the ceiling. Our meals were absolutely delicious and the cocktails to die for. We will be back