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 mini pot roast for dinner… or not. 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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M
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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.

PM
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

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
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

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
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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

RK
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

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
20 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

SO
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food, drinks, and customer service

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Waitress was inattentive. Crowd was noisy.

OT
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food great/fresh, service excellent. Jeans and a dress shirt worked well. Would return.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

It was loud. The physical space is nice but the music didn’t match the space. Some of the food was over sauced; the the flavors were not very distinct. My Aunt’s vodka drink did not taste correct. The food came quickly. My scallops were cooked well. The Mac and cheese, Brussels sprouts and deviled eggs were excellent. I’d say great for the comfort food. It was expensive for the food.

EL
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice restaurant for reasonably priced lunch in the DC NW area. Recommend.

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was very good but the service was very slow. The restaurant was not full; lots of empty tables. Usually the server brings rolls or bread to the table but we had to ask for bread after being served our meal.

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

One of the noisiest restaurants I’ve been in. Impossible to have a conversation without shouting. We waited 20 minutes in spite of having made a reservation

BS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Firefly came highly recommended and we see why. Jose was an amazing server but the entire staff was wonderful. We tend to frequent restaurants with great food but come back for great service. If we didn't live in Colorado we would be back often.

MI
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, nice ambience and food. Friendly staff

JM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Firefly is great!! I would definitely recommend it to a friend. The food is delicious and the place is very nice. Also it’s a great location. The wine and beer selections are also very good. 10/10 would recommend!

z
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I chose this restaurant based on proximity to the hotel- bad idea- service was mediocre, food was not memorable. Server stated they had gluten free bread options - 25 min later the manager came and said they did not. It took that long to figure it out? The restaurant only had 4 other tables occupied! Not worth a return visit.

OT
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

It’s a hotel restaurant and has no business being on Open Table. Horrible service. Boring, though acceptable, food.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This restaurant seems to have stepped down a notch. I’ve eaten there twice before over the last 5 years when passing through DC. The food was still good but the first two times I ate here it was great. It wasn’t that busy on a Saturday night and there were no specials. My family was still happy - especially my 9 year old who remembered that the children’s meal includes a decorate your own sugar cookie - but it wasn’t as magical as in the past.

OT
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cool spot in DC. Tree inside the restaurant is cool (it is fake). Food was great drinks also.

ST
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was great, but despite having a reservation for a high top my friend and I were placed into the smaller dining room with a large party. Because the room was smaller, the noise from their conversation made it nearly impossible for us to talk at a normal volume. The food was fine but it was unappetizing to swat fruit flies away from our meals. My friend and I both enjoyed the decor, but overall it was a subpar birthday brunch.

O
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was phenomenal. French toast and chilaquiles were unbelievably delicious!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great low key spot near DuPont Circle. Never disappoints. Menu is going through changes but everything has been great. This has become my go to spot for out of town guests.

KM
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious!!! Pot roast was amazing. Loved that the kids got to make cookies (kept them entertained during our long dinner). They didn’t like the food too much, but we got to then eat it and it was amazing! Loved the shells & cheese!

DW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

I want to provide some in a text for my review. The reason I’m writing the food is so low is not because of the food we received, but that they took l one item off the menu that was the reason I came: the chocolate pot.

D
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simple dinner, I had scallops, which were perfectly cooked and the rest of the dish was wonderful. Buddy had pot roast, really enjoyed it. Bread was a tad stale but I wasn't there for the bread. Service was excellent, perfectly timed without being over attentive. Highly recommended.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really tasty food and amazing decoration - definitely recommend

EN
Charleston
37 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice brunch. Good service. Definitely a good place to go!

L
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The asparagus and brussel sprouts were delicious! Loved our meals! The kids especially loved decorating cookies! Definitely recommend!

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