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About Firefly - DC
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 our matzah ball soup, mini pot roast and a variety of 'Urban Picnic’ items to share...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.
Washington, DC 20036
American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 am
Sat 9:00 am–2:00 pm
Sun 9:00 am–2:30 pm
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Contact Allison Bremer at email@example.com or 202.521.7412 to book an event in one of our two private dining rooms today!
Firefly is also available for restaurant buyouts, accommodating up to 125 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.
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.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We are now featuring $3 Mimosas and $4 Bloody Marys with brunch on Saturdays and Sundays!
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.
Firefly - DC Ratings and Reviews
We eat here every time we are in town. Always reliable for excellent service and food. It’s a bit noisy but not awful or distracting. Very good wine list and the menu changes regularly. This visit, Jeff was our server and was outstanding. We will always come back!
The service was really slow during Sunday brunch. It was unclear as to what the issue was (short staffed or new servers). In addition, our particular server wasn't very engaging. On the plus side, management did respond to our party's complaint of the service.
Stumbled into this place after seeing that it was advertised for restaurant week after Sax was fully committed to their reservations. The food was exceptional. The service however was lacking. The restaurant was not busy, so I could not figure out what the hold up was. At the end of our meal, my sister and I waited 15 minutes before I got up and asked for our bill. I would return, but I would probably just sit at the bar.
Enjoyed the ambiance and lively-ness of this delectable eatery. We had shared the cheese plate, several small plates, and the cioppino with an apple crisp dessert. The wine list was not long but with reasonable choices and interesting opportunities. Great date !
Came for 2018 Winter Restaurant Week. Service was pretty good in the beginning but as the restaurant got busier, it became harder and harder to get our server's attention, especially near the end when we were trying to get out check. The pot roast was delicious but I would pass on the apple crumble, it was at best lukewarm.
Firefly was amazing from start to finish, they had fantastic food (I had the lamb with pomegranate molasses) and the service was attentive and friendly. I had made a mention about mine and my boyfriend's anniversary in my online reservation and they gave us glasses of champagne on the house in celebration, which was beyond expectations. Definitely would go again!
The food was very good but the service was not. Our server was polite and remembered our order but wasn't very attentive. We had to wave him over multiple times for more water, coffee, and for butter to accompany our bread (none came with it). The dining room wasn't full. Maybe he was the only server? But if so, he didn't say anything to apologize/let us know, which would've made us more understanding.
Went here for a business dinner since it was walking distance and was recommended by our waiter in the hotel we were staying at. I never write reviews but this was one of the worst meals that our entire party of 4 have had The pasta was so covered in sauce it was like wallpaper paste and the chicken was pink. Basically not edible. The ratatouille was awful according to my colleague. I had the shrimp and grits that was marginal at best and the wedge salad was bland with hard little pieces of bacon. The bread pudding with bourbon sauce was dry—how do you even do that? I don’t know how anyone could give this restaurant a good review or recommendation. It was just bad bad bad all around.
This was my second visit and it was only because I had underestimated the distance to a different restaurant and the kids were hungry. There were people inside, so I figured we could give it another try. Despite being understaffed, the waiter, busboy and hostess (cook in back) tried to be attentive. We had the bacon grilled cheese, the burger, and the caesar salad with chicken and a side of mac n cheese. It was unappetizing, and we had trouble finishing it. I barely could eat my salad, the chicken was gross and the dressing fishy. We love caesar salads. I try mac n cheese everywhere, this was just like packaged/microwave stuff with breadcrumbs. The burger was actually burnt on one side, we weren't asked how we wanted it cooked, definitely wasn't any pink. We will not give the place another try, surprised it's still open.
This is my first time here. We had to change our plans last minute and felt lucky to get a reservation for five. All went smoothly at first but over the course of our first thirty minutes service became increasingly inattentive. Appetizers of American cheese plate and deviled eggs were satisfactory, although I am continually frustrated at a portion size of three for the eggs. It always means someone has to pass. Confound it, serve the other half! Took a long while after appetizers were served with to regain the attention of our server. Finally entrees arrived. Smoked lamb chops had barely a hint of smokiness and were almost well done. Same for the rib eye, ordered medium rare, but cooked almost well. The accompaniments were good, fresh and flavorful. Desert of chocolate cake was very nice, enjoyed by us all. All together good and bad. Probably won’t come back unless I happen to be in DuPont circle in need of dinner.
Our favorite thing about Firefly was actually the design -- the indoor trees and firefly theme (bills presented rolled in a glass around a small light) were charming, and the acoustics actually contribute to conversation rather than making it impossible. The food was good but not outstanding -- nothing we had would really draw us back there, but we'd happily stop by again if we were in the neighborhood. Best of our selections were the mini potroast, the soup of the day, and the Infusion 33 cocktail.
We chose Firefly for dinner based on its gluten-free offerings. Our server was very nice and attentive. We started with the kale caesar salad, which unfortunately was very salty and had more a vinaigrette than a creamy dressing (in which case I don't think you should even call it a caesar salad - it certainly didn't taste like one). We then split the pot roast, which is still making my mouth water because it was delicious. Then we finished with an amazing raspberry sorbet. Overall a good dinner and I'd recommend Firefly.
This was our second time at Firefly. It was great both times. One thing that really stands out is the service. Everyone is genuinely nice and friendly. Our food came out in perfect timing, it was delicious and I look forward to making the restaurant a regular place for date night!
It’s not a big restaurant, but there is a large table that can seat at least six. It’s a good table for families with kids.
Also I have a bunch of food sensitivities and they have done a fabulous job making food for me and not causing me to get sick. So, I will definitely be going back!
We did not receive our main course until 2 hours after our reservation time that we were on time for, and our appetizer one hour after we were seated. My boyfriend and I hadn’t eaten since breakfast and had 2 senior citizens with us. The wait staff and management apologized but also made excuses and kept telling us 5 more minutes, when it was another half hour. We had to eat our food quickly and didn’t even have the option of considering looking at a dessert menu due to the time. It was an awkward and unsatisfying evening.
This was my 3rd visit to Firefly. The evening was Christmas Day and the restaurant was very busy. However, the kitchen "forgot" us. After 2 hrs wait and several reminders the management stepped in, however, and quickly resolved our situation, with apologies and more.
Yes-- we do plan to return - hopefully on a less busy evening!
We wanted to eat gluten free. The server gave us the wrong menus. After we ordered, she gave us the correct menus and reordered. My companion’s order was incorrectly prepared and we had to wait again for the order that would not make him sick. The lunch took over two hours, which had us as the last people in the restaurant. The food was fine when got it. The server comped a sorbet at the end. Nonetheless, I doubt I will go back.
I have always been a Firefly fan but must admit that this visit was disappointing. My fish tacos were soggy and fell apart as I ate them. Their signature truffle fries were still delicious but were COLD. I was at a business lunch and we were pressed for time (ordering too a long time) so I didn't want to make a fuss. Just wasn't impressed with the quality of the food!
We've been to Firefly a few times, and are never disappointed. The food is always good, service good and love the ambiance. We went for brunch, and I love their carafe of mimosas for $15. It's the perfect amount (like 8 or so glasses) and you don't feel required to keep drinking like you do with bottomless. It's a bit expensive for what you get with the food - but that's pretty standard for location. All in all, a solid performer!
The menu selection is diverse and everything we had was very well prepared, elegantly presented, and most important of all tasty. The portions sizes are a bit smaller than other places but no one left hungry. We did not have dessert but if we did the entree portions were the perfect size if you wanted to have dessert too! Great dining experience. Everyone loved the variety of options. Definitely would come back.
Went for a big group brunch. The menu had a good variety of options - I had the polenta and poached egg and really enjoyed my meal! My friends also had positive things to say. The only drawbacks are that they weren't able to split the bill with a group larger than 6 people, and we had a reservation at 1:45 and had to order our meals by 2:00 before the kitchen closed. The food was delicious though, so I would come back!
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