Firefly - DC

4.2
3497 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 am
Brunch
Sat-Sun 9:00 am–2:30 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri-Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
Sun 5:30 pm-9:30 pm
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Phone number
(202) 861-1310
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
N Street
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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.
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Special events & promotions
We are now featuring $3 Mimosas and $4 Bloody Marys with brunch on Saturdays and Sundays!
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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

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.

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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at Firefly Restaurant. Chef Rich has prepared a 3 course meal with all the stuffings and style. Book your reservation now!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

What 3497 People Are Saying
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb creative farm to table food!
Service courteous and professional.
Definitely worth a visit!

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Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing place to dine for lunch!

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Portland
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The space was too dark; it was difficult to read the lightly printed menu. The food was unseasoned and we waited most of the meal for salt and pepper. The hosting team was gracious but we can't recommend anything but the roasted cauliflower.

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

I had been at Firefly before, and was looking forward to it. Part of the problem was the noise - and I know that just comes with the territory. But the food was not special. Service was very warm and efficient, so I really appreciated that.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a reservation; some of the party arrived late and our Table wasn’t ready (no explanation or apologies. It was obvious when the hostess was wandering around, no menus in hand, that she was looking for a place to seat us).
No refills on coffee or drinks offered. Realize it was busy but the service was off.

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1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very busy on Sunday morning. Great food. Reasonable price.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. Wait staff was very personable.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From out of town and saw this recommended on a gluten free blog. The food was amazing. I can’t wait to come back.

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LA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The brunch menu was excellent! Just remember they stop service at 2:30pm & reopen at 5:30pm, so make your reservations appropriately. Stellar service & atmosphere too!

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Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I had a good experience here, overall, but not great. I found the menu was lacking in vegetarian options. I tried octopus for the first time here, and while I was skeptical that I would like it, it was very well prepared. The scallops were tasty too, but for $30 I got 4 scallops and nothing on the side. Kind of ridiculous. There weren't great salad choices, either. Our waiter was attentive and had some suggestions for us. We were warmly greeted when we came in and departed, which is always nice.

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NS
Atlanta
37 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fun quick restaurant. Went for brunch, they have an a la carte menu. $3 dollar house mimosa and $4 house bloody mary. French toast was made on challah, came with berries and it was great. The BLT is massive and has a really good spicy tomato sauce. The place was busy and only 2 servers for brunch as it is a small establishment. I'd recommend a reservation or expect to wait.

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Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Varied menu; very good food.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 2ambience 5

Service was sub par. Food too spicy. Nice atmosphere but that is about it. Way overpriced for what you get.

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KE
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I would definitely recommend Firefly. It is at a great location in Dupont Circle and has a lovely ambiance. The food is unique and perfectly cooked and presented. Excellent service throughout the entire meal.

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LL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

The service is great but the food not so much. I don't believe they cook any of the food and if they do I cant tell. The food taste like McDonalds or some kind of fast food that they warmed up. The drinks were ok but I would recommend ordering wine or beer.

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M
New England
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We hate gf menus but they brought us bread wth gluten which was confusing. Good thing we asked! Otherwise phenominal

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RM
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was great and the food arrived quickly and was just as ordered. Was near our hotel and returned multiple days as they beat hotel food.

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent as well as the service. Martin was excellent

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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time trying this restaurant for brunch. A great place and very affordable. The food was fresh and great service!

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BG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

It’s great for happy hour. Wine list is amazing. Food is a little overpriced but decent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Great for special occasions with family or friends.

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JN
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last dined at Firefly about 5-6 years ago, and it's even better than I remembered! My husband had the eggs benedict and the homemade biscuits were crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. I had the Firefly Scramble which was a delightful scramble of tender eggs and fresh asparagus and grape tomatoes topped with delicate shredded cheese. The portions were large and so flavorful! Thank you, Firefly, for never having disappointed us!

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great price for DC brunch!

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Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, good size portions, super attentive staff.

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Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

GREAT waiter! Lovely setting. The burger was perfect -- hurray, they know what medium rare means!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Great food, poor service.

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New England
14 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Stopped in for lunch. Great staff and decor. Delicious food. Lack of parking a major hassle.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

We had a party on 6 that got updated to a party of 10. They were so accommodating and were gracious enough to make adjustments at the last minute. The food was great everyone enjoyed their dish and the friendly atmosphere.

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TW
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and well seasoned. Very nice list of wings and cocktails. Only negative was our seating, since the restaurant wasn't packed other seats were available but we (2 guests) were placed in the middle of larger groups.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was really nice and checked on us to see if we were okay very good food

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AH
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and a great brunch menu. Thoroughly recommend it.

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LW
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at Firefly while on our vacation to DC. We did a search and found they were kid friendly. The whole experience was amazing. My 8year old vegetarian son was pleased and loved the cookie they brought for him to decorate. My husband and I enjoyed the awesome menu and wine list. My husband was thrilled with the Port options. The hummus plate was delicious. The whole experience was amazing. Can not find one criticism.

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R
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great meals, restaurant week menu has variety and great options. Enjoyed the meal.

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JW
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was here a little more than a year ago, and it was phenomenal then. It was even better the 2nd time around. The deviled eggs Were perfect, the scallops were outstanding, the drinks were well made, and I wish I could have sat for an hour before I had dessert. I was so full from dinner, and I ate my bread pudding anyway. Outstanding end to a vacation, I cannot wait to go here again. Even better it was restaurant week.

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MC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

The hostess was very accommodating, when asked to move our reservation up by 15 minutes. However, once seated (5ppl) it took 15 minutes till we were able to put our order in. Once the orders were made multiple items listed on the Restaurant Week menu were not available and notified of the issue afterwards. The bread basket was missing butter and our waiter although seemed new was not attentive when taking orders or following up. People who were seated after us were served full meals before we got out desert. Took over an hour and a half of service.

By far the worst experience had at Firefly in many years.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and excellent options for lunch, including restaurant week specials.

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TC
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Mediocre gluten free options. Mediocre food. Desillutioned.

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Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Menu was limited and difficult to remove cheese from brunch options. Hard to find healthy options. No one asked if we wanted coffee. Salad too salty. Staff was friendly and Bloody Mary tasted yummy.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

I did not like the food. The options were scarce.

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Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to Firefly a few times and I’ve always been happy. The service was great. We decided to go here for brunch the day after we got married and the staff was so accommodating with our large group. The pancakes are a staple that will never disappoint and the Chilaquiles are AMAZING!

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