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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:
Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:00am Brunch: Saturday: 9:00am - 2:00pm, Sunday: 9:00am - 2:30pm Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm

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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, 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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4.0

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4.1

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4.0

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

79% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (18)
Cozy (17)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
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Casual (15)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Fun (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Special Occasion (11)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Kid-friendly (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Business Meals (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Romantic (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Authentic (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Healthy (6)
Seasonal (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Tapas (3)
Organic (2)
People Watching (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Spicy (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Our server Michael was exceptional. He took good care of us and we enjoyed chatting with him.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 1, 2017

A lttle shady they make it seem like its a live tree growing through the restaurant. Needs more variety on the lunch menu. Service was great.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Charleston)·Dined on June 29, 2017

This was a wonderful experience. I dined out with my 2 sons age 8 and 10 and 4 adults we all found our meals wonderful and one of the waiters even made my AU son honey mustard sauce which he stated was the best he ever had. Would absolutely recommend this place and would dine here again!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Breakfast. Less than eight people in the place but the two servers seemed swamped. Our water glasses sat empty while one server filled the glasses at the table next to us. We asked the other server for water so the first guy comes back and looks at us and walks away. Excuse me! Over here! Hello! No one ever came around with more coffee either. The gravlax bagel was claimed to be served with dill but it was actually micro cilantro. The only other item it came with was some hard boiled egg slices. Would it have been to much to offer some onion or tomato? The portion of gravlax was minuscule. I've been in bagel bistros that were more generous than this and cost half the price.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Table service was a bit 'too present', many interruptions of conversation that could be avoided, the tip comes anyhow, no need to ask if everything is fine every five minutes

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Liked the tree center stage with the theme continued along the wall using small posts in vertical rows. Best of all we loved the tab in the Firefly jar. Novel and tasteful place to dine.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Casual, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Food took way too long. They did credit our side dish for the slow service. My steak was over cooked but couldn't send it back or we would have missed our show. Not a place for a date or quite evening but great if you have small children as there were plenty in the restaurant.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Good lunch. Noise level is a little higher by the windows, so if you are looking to people watch during lunch be warned :)

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We all want to extend a special thanks to the incredible staff at FireFly for their hospitality and care when our group suddenly expanded by a few people on a brunch day. They were quick to get us a table and seated with care and made sure we were happy and taken care of throughout the service. We had a wonderful brunch on Sunday because of the extra mile all of the employees took to ensure our satisfaction.

Thank you! We'll be back for sure!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Casual, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Fun, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Hot Spot, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Best burger in The District.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Food was above average. Limited beer menu. Frustrating that the restaurant continues to be listed as top family friendly restaurant in dc. I dont think that they should be considered family friendly because a make decorate yourself sugar cookie comes with the kids menu. Kids options a little to over flavored fancy for most kids 6 to 10 years old. Only two stand alone unisex bathrooms with no changing tables in them . Consistent wait for the bathrooms. Not very kid friendly. For what it is , it is a decent restaurant with very creative foods and a unique atmosphere with a tree in the center. If you are waiting for a table , wait inside if you can . The mosquito problem is crazy bad outside , especially by the vents next to the swing which is just outside the front door.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Kids menu was reasonable and tasty, as well as the free cookie and plastic cup. Overall, the food was overpriced and just mediocre. It took a long time to get my drink order and service was average. We told the waitress we were celebrating a birthday but it appears that the restaurant doesn't do anything special when that occurs. It wasn't bad but I wouldn't rush back.

Tags: Casual, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Great for groups. Our experience left nothing to be desired!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 14, 2017

My son and I vistited this restaurant on Wednesday night. I had the shrimp and grits which were delicious. We chose the restaurant because we both eat gluten free, but unfortunately the kids' menu didn't have many GF options-- it would be great if the kitchen would stock some GF buns for burgers and GF pasta for GF kids since the restaurant brands itself as gluten friendly. The cornbread was a tasty app for all!
Our service was outstanding, though, and the ambiance was vibrant. Recommend.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Savannah)·Dined on June 11, 2017

S-L-O-W service, forgot several requests and we waited an exceptionally long time for both drinks and food. One of the dishes we ordered wasn't available, but we weren't given that info until awhile after we ordered. We asked for just a bowl of fresh fruit to replace it but it obviously wasn't fresh and the honey dew melon had been frozen and thawed to where it was no longer edible. Otherwise our dishes were good but took forever to arrive. We had heard such good things about Firefly, so it was disappointing to take visiting family and have an underwhelming experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 10, 2017

The restaurant facility is interesting and a bit funky, but unprepossessing. The food, however, was top-notch; very inventive, creative, and superb quality. We all shared each other's meal, and they were all memorable. The hamburger may have been the best I've ever had. A great find!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on June 10, 2017

It was a pleasant experience- we took our family and it was very comfortable.

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 (Miami)·Dined on June 10, 2017

The decor is amazing! Cute little spot with great food. Try the chilaquiles!!

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 9, 2017

We were a party of seven with out of town guests and booked the restaurant for the ambiance and entree options. We were stuck in the plain back room alone with no server. She rarely appeared and I had to ask her if she could take a drink order and even had to hunt her down in the kitchen for our check. The restaurant was not that busy and never busy enough to seat another table in the back room. To make matters worse, the two tables that were joined had a one inch gap down the middle where two of us were forced to balance our dishes over the entire meal. Even positioning the tables along the side wall closer to the doors/opening would have made a huge difference in feeling like we were at the restaurant versus some nondescript, yet run down looking space. All of us enjoyed our food, in fact almost every dish we ordered was some of the best we've had in a while, but we won't be back. For this type of dining establishment, I expect the service, ambiance, and food all to be on par. One out of three isn't enough.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 6, 2017

Nice ambience, pleasant service, tasty food. Menu is a bit limited.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 6, 2017

Wow. This restaurant's food left a lot to be desired. One of the two main courses was incorrect and by the time the waiter checked on the food, it was too late to fix. The restaurant did comp the entree so I do give them credit for that. But the courses were over seasoned and not of very good quality. We went elsewhere for desert. I cannot recommend it to anyone.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 5, 2017

LONG wait to get good food.The last two times I have been there the service was not good - it took 45 mins or longer to get our food. This also happened at brunch, I am not so sure I will be going back until they get their act together.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on June 4, 2017

I wish we had read the previous reviews before we made our reservation and had brunch at Firefly. The service was terrible and incredibly slow. The food was ok at best but certainly overpriced for the quality we received. It was so loud despite there were only two other tables of two in the room we were in. Several times during our visit I had to swat flying insects away from our table.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Service was not great. We ordered a drink at the Bar and waited 20 minutes. When our table was ready, the drinks had still not been made. Ordered rack of lamb. It was completely over-cooked and very salty. Waitress was very friendly.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Great birthday dinner, mini pot roast and salmon were both amazing. Favorite place to go in DC for a special occasion.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on May 24, 2017

I went here for the first time with some out-of-town guests, and it did not disappoint! The food was amazing! I had the vegetarian pot pie -- sooo yummy. Great texture and flavor. And by friends had meat dishes (lamb and pot roast). They both raved over their dishes as well. The service was okay, but we didn't mind not being bugged because we were catching up! The atmosphere is cool (tree in middle of restaurant) but the noise level is high. It is not a place to go for quiet or serious conversation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 22, 2017

Terrible service. Like, I'm pretty sure the only reason this place is still in business is because it's attached to a hotel. I don't know why I keep going back, except that it's near where I work. EVERY.SINGLE.TIME I go to breakfast here, it takes FOREVER to place and then receive an order. This particular visit was the worst. The cream that came for my tea was curdled. When I showed the waiter, he looked more put upon than sorry that it happened. He brought another cup (but no spoon) after about 10 minutes. It took 40 minutes to get a muffin and scrambled eggs. The waiter was nowhere to be found. Nobody came to check on us. Nobody gave a sh*t whether we ate or not. The management just wander around clueless and don't do anything to help their wait staff. Overall, just really, really poorly run. It's a shame, too, because the food is really good...when it finally arrives.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Graduation

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Checked it out due to the high gluten free ratings.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (Austin)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Very accommodating to a large party in a small restaurant. Nice menu and good food.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Salad was small, main course ( Salmon) was cooked well but beets and lentils were not great together. Desert (Grasshopper) was silly, very frozen chocolate ice cream with a few sprouts on top.
Service was spotty. This was not a particularly good experience.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Great food, great service, but far too loud for my liking. Taking nothing away from the food and drink, but I'd prefer spending $100+ at a couple other establishments with a quieter atmosphere and I feel slightly more exquisite dining experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Love ambience but so small it gets loud. Amazing bartenders drinks. Always creative fun food. Make reservations!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 17, 2017

We ate here twice during a visit to Washington DC. Food was enjoyable especially the pot roast. Only complaint by my husband was the cioppino which lacked broth.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 16, 2017

I really liked the meal but the chicken pasta dish with peas I had made me sick that night.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Great for Mother's Day!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Shrimp and grits were delicious. Small dish with lots of flavor!

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

I've been to Firefly countless times over the past 3 years, and this was by the worst experience I've ever had at a restaurant here in D.C. My family flew in from Asia for my law school graduation, and I decided to treat them to a nice brunch (or at least that's what I had hoped for). Even though there was plenty of space within the restaurant we were seated in the worst possible spot where waiters constantly bumped the back of our chairs throughout the meal. I asked the manager for a new table, to which he responded with disrespect and a lie, indicating that some other larger party was to arrive at the better located table (never ended up happening). The service was even more despicable to the point where the wait staff and manager's treatment felt discriminatory against my foreign family. I was mortified to have brought my family to such a disgusting establishment. I will not be coming back ever, and I will make sure no one arounds me makes the same mistake as I do by dining at Firefly.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 12, 2017

As a Washingtonian I have passed this establishment many times. Shame on me!!! Everything about this place was great!!!! Great for a date, business meeting and or a drink. I would definitely recommend again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Afternoon Coffee, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 11, 2017

The truffle French fries are consistently delicious. We tried some tacos with lime sauce and they were very disappointing. The sauce tasted like how a cleaning product with lime fragrance smells. The service was great. The place is darling. It's a little pricy for how much food you get.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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