Firefly - DC

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$30 and under
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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 Fried Chicken Sandwich or Steak Burger. 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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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.2
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4.3
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, friendly staff, and fantastic ambiance

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Kaseymaye
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner, great service, great drinks! If I’m ever in DC again, I would definitely go back!

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vipDavidJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Waiter hit my brother-in-law in the head with a pitcher and did nothing. It made a loud noise. The other table all noticed. How does that not get a small discount or dessert. Also, they failed to tell Open Table that we attended our reservation, so I got a "bad boy" e-mail from Open Table. All in all, Firefly was a disaster. There are much better, much cheaper places in Dupont.

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vipDominicG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Brunch Food was delicious, the decor was lovely, brunch drinks were very reasonably priced

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AnaE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, great wine - the perfect choice for a reunion where you actually want to hear each other speak!

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vipGroucho1
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Potatoes weren't cooked in chowder. Waitress mixed up drink orders. Other than that, a pleasant place and cheerful host and wait staff.

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vipGianetta
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

The place is cute, pleasant service, food fine. The problem is the exit into the hotel, which goes by the bathrooms. These are not properly vented, and that’s unpleasant.

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LarryW
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, great staff, great food! Thanks Firefly!

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vipBubb
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

My wife ordered a steak medium well. It came rare. She asked the server to take it back and throw it on the grill. Instead, a few minutes later, a new steak appeared, more rare than the first one. She couldn’t eat any of her entree and there was no attempt to make it right, such as taking her meal off of the bill.

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vipAlex
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After a 5 hour drive down from NY to DC I was wiped out and didn’t want to go far for a good meal. We found out that this amazing restaurant was in the hotel we were staying at and made a reservation. Such an amazing meal! Everything was delicious and dessert stole the show! The cherry tart is a Must!

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vipMissyF
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a favorite spot — reliably fresh and delicious food.

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hudsjen
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Chose this spot based on 'Kid-Friendly" factor and was definitely the right choice for us. I was able to dine out with my children in a nice place with a cute ambiance (love the lighted tree in the middle of the dining room!). Service was a little slow, but on a Saturday at 7, maybe shouldn't be a surprise. Staff was friendly. Food was a little over-priced, but the experience made it worth it. Oh, and the kids' menu brussels sprouts were a huge hit with my crew (no kidding!)...I tried them too and they were delicious

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MichaelS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good grub, knowledgeable waiter, creative interior.

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ChrisK
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, loved the ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife and I went for V-day and got the V-day menu which was a 3 course meal at a set price. The food was amazing and service was great. Only thing of note is the check was a tad high for my taste, but worth it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
209 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great biscuits and gravy on the breakfast menu.

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StarACDC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambience and our waiter was very attentive and informative without being intrusive

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was a kind gentleman and gave us outstanding service. Food was very thoughtfully created and executed. This is a solid place for a date, dinner before a show or just to come back to try other things on the menu. Mulled wine was a great option on a cold and rainy night. Definitely recommend you try this place at least once.

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vipCoralie
New England
47 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Nice cocktails and ambiance. The food was very good, specifically the truffle fries, the Brussel sprouts and the crab & avocado toast. Nice evening before flying home.

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Ash173
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The crab avocado toast could have been toasted a bit more

Service was a bit slow

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Not bottomless mimosas but drinks are very reasonably priced for brunch. Lovely interior, service was outstanding.

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vipSawksFan
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A great find right near DuPont Circle.

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Lisa
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I would recommend if you are staying at the hotel or are in the vicinity. The interior of restaurant is cute and cozy and the service is good. The food is also good, but a bit overpriced - maybe because it is connected to a hotel. $13 for a wedge salad, $22 for a hamburger, $32 for steak fritte, seems high even by DC standards and there are so many other restaurants offering these items at $3 -$4 less (i.e., Le Diplomate, Bistro du Coin).

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vipDavidS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff was very attentive, even after the restaurant got busy. We had a great meal and really enjoyed the bottle of wine we had. It was a great dinner which made for a great date. As the restaurant got busier (after 8 PM) the noise level rose but it was not so loud we could not hear each other.

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DDKinVA
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoy the dinner atmosphere: easy to talk to you dinner friends, servers are kind and easy to communicate with, fun tree in the middle of the space, big windows on one end, and a private room for a group at the other end. Loved the food so much, we'll likely return from VA soon to try more dishes!

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ABanana
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Went with 4 adults. The server was very nice and worked very hard. The food was atrocious. I don’t see how they justify those prices or serving that to people. On top of it, there were fruit flies everywhere in the restaurant. I’m grossed out thinking about it all again.

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RebeccaS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed Sunday brunch at Firefly! The decor is lovely, and there were great food options for people with various dietary needs. I think the prices were pretty reasonable too, especially compared to other brunch spots nearby!

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vipJschwartz
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We came to celebrate our friends anniversary with them. Noise level and service were greaT. Especially the host. However the quality and quantity of the food was not worthy of its price

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estebanPeru
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Excellent service. Food is good although not impressive nor differentiated from other restaurants (conventional).

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vipCabin777
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Creative menu, very tasty and unusual combinations....very moderately priced for excellent quality.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Amazing service. Fantastic food.

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vipkateewald
Baltimore
110 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Went for breakfast. Food was tasty. Service was warm, but otherwise pretty bad. We waited over 25 minutes for water and our waiter forgot parts of our order. He seemed to be trying, but the place was perhaps understaffed for the number of tables that came in all at once. Despite the slow or forgetful service, our waiter was very nice and welcoming. Will probably not return.

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KatinaC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An amazing New Year’s Eve! The food was outstanding - very accommodating to food allergies. The service was outstanding and would definitely go back.

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Enrique
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cocktails were fantastic. The bartender, Kwame, was a pure joy to encounter; would come back to the bar just because of him.

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SusanB
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time I'd been to Firefly, along with my 8-year-old grandson and daughter-in-law, who came to visit me in DC from Miami Beach for Christmas. We had an early dinner (4:30), which could explain the excellent and solicitous service we received from Enrike, who was attentive but not hovering. He was amazing, as was the food.

The menu was a fixed Christmas menu, so we were unable to order from the standard menu (I had so wanted to try to short ribs, which were unavailable). However, the lobster bisque I ordered was so good (I wanted to put my face in it and not bother with the spoon), I didn't miss the short ribs. I also ordered the frisee salad (consisting of frisee, beets, bleu cheese crumbles, toasted pine nuts, and a lovely vinegrette dressing) and a side of fingerling potatoes, both of which I tasted (loved both), but had to take them home with me, since the bisque was so filling. I'm looking forward to having them for lunch tomorrow.

I can't attest to the quality of my grandson's hamburger (ordered from the special children's menu), but he ate every bit of it. When I asked whether he liked it, he said that he did. My daughter-in-law had the salmon, with roasted fingerling potatoes and broccolini, and she loved it.

The restaurant and ambience are both lovely, and I highly recommend Firefly. Thanks, Enrike and Firefly, for a memorable and lovely evening.

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Maryanne
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Xmas gathering

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience5

WAY OVERPRICED. You could literally walk across the street and get the same burger for half or even 1/3 of the price. Not worth the ambiance AT ALL.

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KarinL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVED the roasted cauliflower but would have been nice to have another vegetarian option. Same with the hummus — very yummy, excellent flavor, but the only vegetarian option. In terms of noise level —- nothing out of the ordinary but we had a very loud guest at the table next to us who was extolling the virtues of her personal development coach. Yay for her, but yeah — kinda hard to have a conversation with self absorbed monologue going on.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Waited 5 minutes to find table, without being acknowledged. Finally went to bar to find someone to check reservation and seat me. No one else waiting. Waiters friendly, but a bit inexperienced. Food good, but overpriced. E.g. had great dinner for 3 in the best Indian restaurant in town for less than the price of brunch for 2 at Firefly.

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MarkP
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Menu does not state that chorizo burrito comes laden with eggs. Was not refunded money nor given the option to choose another entree. Instead, I was given a side of potatoes. Waste of $17. Also a few staff members were arguing about an internal issue and the conversation should have been behind closed doors.

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Firefly - DC is rated 4.3 stars by 3807 OpenTable diners.

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