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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It's never too early to be thinking about Valentine's Day! Firefly has a special Valentines Day 3 course romantic meal. Wild Mushroom Risotto (GF, V) Pan Roasted Diver Scallops (GF) Pork Three Ways (GF, V). 44 Farms Black Angus Prime Beef Tenderloin Oscar (GF). 75 PP with optional 30 wine pairing

Friday, February 14, 2020

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L
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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).

AB
New England
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.

RS
Washington DC
3 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!

J
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 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

P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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

C
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Amazing service. Fantastic food.

k
Baltimore
109 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.

KC
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.

E
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SB
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.

M
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Xmas gathering

OT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 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.

KL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 14, 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.

OT
New York Area
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.

MP
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.

CS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
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
8 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
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
102 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

C
Washington DC
80 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
7 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