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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.

1310 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
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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–2:00 pm
Sun 9:00 am–2:30 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm

Cross Street:
N Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 861-1310

Website:
http://www.firefly-dc.com/

Catering:
Contact Allison Bremer at allison.bremer@firefly-dc.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.

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, 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!

Private Dining

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

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Overall Rating

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4.2

service

4.0

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4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (22)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Cozy (16)
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Casual (12)
Gluten Free Options (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Fun (11)
Special Occasion (11)
Healthy (10)
Great for Brunch (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Authentic (7)
Business Meals (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Romantic (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Seasonal (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Live Music (1)
Spicy (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Large restaurant, enormous downstairs, smaller upstairs, loud. Delicious mussels. Didn't love the steak.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

The restaurant cancelled my reservation after we already showed up and ate our meal. OpenTable was responsive and gave me the Rewards points, but it was disappointing.

Tags: Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

A favorite place for a Valentine's Day lunch with a special friend. Food was excellent, especially the fish tacos and the very comfortable mac and cheese.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Good, but not great, and probably a little below average for the money. I enjoyed the meal, and the experience, but I feel that it fell short of a five star experience in DC.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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 !

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

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.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Nice place, excellent location, good service. Lamb chops were very small (4 of them), presented poorly, and incredibly salty. Bathroom needed some serious attention while I was there too. Yuck!! With so many great restaurants nearby, no need to try again.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The food was great with many options for whatever you could want for brunch. The aesthetic in the restaurant is lovely and a very nice place!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

management was kind to comp a dessert that did not reflect its menu description. Server need management to return our payment but never came to tell us why he never returned. We had to flag down the manager ourselves.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Food was very good. The service was awesome!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Two southerns in our group (Georgia and North Carolina) agreed they had the Best biscuits we’ve had outside the south. Very delicious brunch food, we all loved our meals. Great decor and very nice wait staff. Highly recommend for brunch.

Tags: Good for Groups, Seasonal, Fun, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Food was great service was friendly and informative.

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The food was tasty!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The shrimp and grits were probably the best I’ve had. My daughter had the Wagyu Burger and truffle fries. She devoured them, and loved every bite. Very friendly staff.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 10, 2018

I enjoyed the unique flavors from the dishes that were ordered. I plan to frequent this restaurant more often in the future.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 9, 2018

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.

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Wagu Beef Burger was AMAZING! Truffle Fries were some of the best I have experienced. Highly recommend!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great atmosphere and dining experience! The food was great!!! Would've gave a 5 but the service could've been a little better. Overall we had a great time!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

At last, a restaurant in downtown DC that has fine food and is quiet enough to actually have a decent conversation!!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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!

Tags: Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Firefly came highly recommend so I took my friend from Oregon for dinner. The food was ok, but not as good as expected. There were screaming kids that ruined the entire evening. It was not worth the $120 spent. Very disappointed.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

This was my 2nd time. The first time the food was fresher. Still goood this time around. Lambs chops with creamed spinach - great!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

They were not at all ready to serve Christmas dinner. So disappointing.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Kid friendly, but not over-run. Very nice wait staff and excellent pot pie.
Great music!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 19, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 19, 2017

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!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food was quite good. Prices were reasonable. We were in a hurry to get to a show, and FireFly was very quick to bring out our dinners. Granted, it was early in the evening but they were very fast when we asked them to be fast.

Tags: Quick Bite
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