Firefly - DC

4.4
3589 reviews
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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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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Overall, not a bad place. Food was good, service ok, location ok - but when we received the bill, each cup of drip coffee was $5 - complet rip-off.

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C
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Drinks and food were fantastic and unique. The waiter was very attentive. Overall, a very pleasant and enjoyable evening.

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r
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good, great service, a bit expensive. I liked the decor with the tree and the wood panels.

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GH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Truffle fries were super good and crispy with lots of flavor. Thr braised beef pot roast was tender and flavorful.

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LF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Unfortunately we did not enjoy our dinner. We began with the shredded brussell sprout salad which was simply a big plate of exactly that, shredded brussell sprouts akin to dumping out the bag of shredded sprouts I often buy from Whole Foods. My dining partner had the duck, which was tasty, and I had the "spatchcocked hen" which was frankly, pathetic. It was a tiny, terribly bony and extremely sparse "hen" and served with very rubbery mushrooms. It should have been an appetizer, not an entrée. I was so hungry afterwards that I stopped into the Sweet Green we walked past afterwards for a nice big salad with chicken and ate the entire thing. The cost of the meal was not worth what we received, whatsoever. The place was quite busy and I was surprised since the food quality and overall experience was simply not what you expect at this price point. I did see many people ordering burgers and mac/cheese (families) so perhaps they are best for that. I have to admit that the waiter had initially suggested several other items on the menu (such as the scallops) which was perhaps a warning that the unmentioned items should not be considered (as opposed to simply identifying his favorites).

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DB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was awesome and a great experience! Definitely going to come back again!

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CD
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

Why do I always forgot that Valentine's Day prixe fixe menus are generally awful? I love Firefly, have been there many times, but I wish I skipped it this February 14. Oversalted food, crowded together tables, noisy dining room - I should have gotten room service!

I'll definitely try Firefly again, but not on holiday like Valentine's.

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RB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect., nd the noise wasn't too much like it is sometimes during the lunch timeframe.

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JG
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my wife here for her birthday and the food and service was outstanding. The only complaint I had wad the short menu.

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A
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food and atmosphere were excellent. Unfortunately, when we arrived at our reservation time, they did not have a table for us. We waited 20 minutes and were also sat after people who came in after us without a reservation. We had to say something again to the host who was rude to us upon asking.

Food was excellent but table service also suffered. Our server was very kind and polite but forgetful of some items (coffee, other drinks etc)

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DD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I have been to this restaurant at least 20 times since it opened. I haven't been in about a year, though, and was excited to bring a friend to share this place with them. We were walked to a two top that was shoved up against the waiters station that barely had space for people to walk behind my friend's chair. She was constantly bumped and our waiter was swamped and did his best but there was no other staff to fill waters or assist him so it made the service sub par. The food was delicious, of course, but the bar was backed up so we only wound up getting one drink and it wasn't great. I was disappointed and didn't feel it was worth the cost.

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GS
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was pretty amazing for the price and we had great service with Mike. The appetizers were interesting as there were only 3 items for the deviled eggs and meatballs while we had 4 in our party. The tables were kind of close together is the only other down side to the experience. Good sized entree portions.

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g
Atlantic City
52 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here....great food...interesting menu...great service.

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RM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Homey bistro with excellent food, wonderful waitstaff, and great ambiance.

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e
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I would especially recommend it to a person seeking a gluten-free menu.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The menu was a bit limited...food was as good, not spectacular. I have eaten there many times so wondering if there was a new chef. The cocktails were amazing! Service was a little sluggish.

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C
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

The waiter highly recommended the charred Brussels Sprout bowl. He said he was better then anything else on the menu. Two of us ordered it but were really disappointed. Not much flavor and the Brussels sprouts were undercooked. My guess is the restaurant was pushing this item because the waiter did not check back to see how we liked it. Given his glowing recommendation, I was surprised by his lack of attentiveness to how we liked our dish.

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EC
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

excellent choice for those with dietary restrictions. as someone with celiac, firefly is always on my list when in DC to get a great safe meal that is no compromise.

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c
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

I have been to Firefly many times. The staff were kind and helpful but the main server never came to see if I needed anything nor asked how my food was. I thought that the dish ordered was undercooked.

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AM
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had been for dinner a few years ago, and it was wonderful, but recently we popped in for lunch and it was amazing. I can't stop going back! Everything we've tried is outstanding, the setting is excellent, especially if you beat the crowds for lunch, and the staff is consistently pleasant and professional. If you are near Dupont Circle, Firefly is a MUST DO!

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OT
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Daughter loved the make your own cookie thing!

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E
New England
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience - great food and great service

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We arrived and waited for over 30 minutes for the hostess to even look at us. It was busy, but she was incredibly rude and didn’t offer any explanation about what was going on and just ignored us. When we were finally seated the service was very slow at every point.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific place! Great vegetarian and vegan selections. Great staff and ambiance. Get a reservation— really busy place for weekend brunch! The vegan chickpea omelette is amazing and it’s one of the best Bloody Mary experiences I’ve had.

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AT
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Poor service
Mediocre food

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Food is fresh and great quality, service is up to par!!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It’s a little dark and that makes it hard to read the menu.

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LD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Average. All the way around.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

This place has really gone downhill. The food is much worse than before.

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TT
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, excellent food. A wonderful time was had by all.

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s
Baltimore
30 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find!! This place is awesome, right in the heart of the city / DuPont area. Small but very personal and perfect for a date of to meet some friends! Went for brunch, and had the frittata and the broiled grapefruit appetizer!! 👍👍👍

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J
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good quality was good. However serving raw cabbage that only tastes smoky and is uncooked seems to be very experimental. I usually like new tastes, but here I was a bit disappointed. Nevertheless the meat tasted very good!

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DL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food, although the restaurant could work to add some curtains or noise-abating panels to reduce the sonic levels when approaching capacity.

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A
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

They're trying hard, and the food was good. Service not consistent (table next to us was offered bread, we were not), but otherwise quick. Very friendly and professional staff otherwise.
Appreciated _not_ having a special and overpriced nye menu, and just having the regular menu.

We had the roasted peppers, the truffle fries, the scallops and the pork chop. Portion size was appropriate and meat/seafood was cooked properly (not under or overdone). Pepper portion was gigantic :), and well appreciated.

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EO
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had the tuna tartar, charcuterie platter, hummus plate and the steak. It was all super delicious and a perfect setting to spend New Year's eve dinner. I highly recommend!!

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MW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The place has nice ambiance. The service was great, friendly, fast, and without question. The brussel sprouts and the hanger steak were to die for. The deviled eggs, beans, etc were downright flavorless; don't make the mistake of eating the little chunk of chorizo by itself as it was ALL the deviled egg flavoring. The roasted cabbage hunk was flat out terrible tasting, having the chemical aftertaste of a butane torch on it, yuck. And seriously, what the frack with all the pickled cabbage on everything? Who puts pickled cabbage in a FISH taco?! I know you gotta do something to stand out and be different with the hip, young Dupont Circle crowd but that is NOT the way to do it.

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JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Food was not worth ge price. Food came out looking like it was premade out of a package. Waiter never came to check on us.. we ended up having to fill our own water.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Awesome! We needed gluten free and they did great, no upset tummies!

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m
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Just a date night for us. But turn out to be very a special occasion due the service and delicious delivered. Well worth it.

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RB
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was great. Loved the food and it was memorable Christmas.

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