Firefly - DC

4.4
3539 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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Executive chef
Richard Falbo
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Catering
Contact Firefly directly at 202.861.1310 or email us at info@firefly-dc.com to book an event in one of our two private dining rooms today!

Firefly is also available for restaurant buyouts, accommodating up to 120 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!
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
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Salt Lake City
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truffle fries were amazing. My husband and i both had the burger - mine GF - and it hit the spot! Very cute decor!

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MS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

limited vegetarian options and not indicated on menu when not veg (like brussel sprouts had fish sauce but didn't say on menu) but they were accommodating to change

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D
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Food was subpar, three out of four of us diners agreed. Service was great.

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T
Denver
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always visit when we are in DC

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KE
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

To be fair, I only ordered the appetizers. But everything was just adequate nothing spectacular. I ordered a pureed carrot soup, it was good. Could have been hotter. Also ordered an Asian green salad and roasted potatoes. that was it. The live tree and the ambiance was nice.

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CD
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really liked Firefly! The brunch menu was very tempting, with plenty of options for all of us. The server was great, attentive to our needs and friendly. The ambiance was cute, a little unusual for DC, I thought, but warm. A very pleasant experience

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NS
Atlanta
41 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was good food and I like that they use locally sourced ingredients for a farm to table experience. The only issue was half the restaurant was closed and it’s a small place so the seating was more crowded. Other than that the experience was pretty decent. Fast service and pleasant people they also accommodate food allergies.

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BD
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Interesting experience--we (wife, college aged daughter and I) went to Firefly for dinner on a weekend recently. Ambiance/setting was very nice, but our experience was just not good. Waiter kept telling us he wanted us to take our time, enjoy the experience etc but we were constantly rushed. He offered to take our app order and main course, but delay the main course so we could enjoy things. We agreed. While the brie appetizer was very good (it wasn't very large)--wouldn't plan on it serving more than 3 people, we no more than took the last bite of the appetizer and our main courses arrived. It was like the server was waiting for that last bite to leave the plate--I mean I was still chewing it!

We had the risotto, scallops and rockfish special. Risotto was good. Scallops were undercooked (yes, I realize you cook them very briefly and effectively sear them) and not super warm. Rockfish special which the server raved about was good, but wasn't very warm/hot. At best, I'd give it a lukewarm, and it really was somewhat lacking in flavor.

We wrapped up the meal with the chocolate pot de creme and in typical fashion, it was served instantly and then collected the second we paused eating it. Check also rolled in immediately--whole meal was literally 35-40 minutes tops.

On top of all that--quite expensive in my book for what we got. Yes, I realize it is expensive to eat out in DC (I am there visiting quite a bit so we've eaten all over the city), but our total bill with tip as just shy of $200 (wife had one glass of wine, I had one drink).

All in all, I just wasn't happy with most any part of this meal. I wanted to like the place as it is a neat atmosphere, but don't think I will be back.

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OT
Jacksonville
27 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, wonderful service! I would definitely recommend!

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BR
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

I was so very disappointed in Firefly this evening. I have been before and enjoyed it. This evening could not have been more different. Seated in a small room in the back with very little heat. I had to have my coat on through most of dinner. The service was deplorable. It took a minimum of 15 minutes if not more before someone asked me if I wanted a drink. No one ever came and checked to see that all was okay. When a new drink or course was served, the empty glasses and dishes were not cleared. I had to keep seeking the waitress out. We would watch her walk by and NEVER look our way. And the food ... meh. Maybe we just ordered poorly. I am still trying to figure out what the heck that risotto dish was. With all the dining options in DC, I won’t be returning here. At least not for a while. Did not feel like they cared from the moment I was seated.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

In DC for Thanksgiving week. Great food! Big portions.

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NH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience! We spent Thanksgiving away from home but this made it feel special. Thank you!

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DW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Superlative food, outstanding dessert. All our food was truly delicious

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m
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A++++ Highly recommend it highly recommended

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CJ
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed Firefly for brunch. Eggs Benedict, the Scramble and the French Toast were all good and reasonably priced. Quirky spot.

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LA
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, excellent, friendly service. Love this place.

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K
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Staff was very accommodating and attentive! Food could use a tune-up. All was average but not special.

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BD
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Things have changed. Used to be a good restaurant. Poor service, bad food, overall bad experience. Don't plan on returning. Too many other good choices.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent service and food
A bit noisy and uncomfortable
Must have been served regular rather than decaffeinated coffee

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JR
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The restaurant advertises that brunch closes at 2:30. After booking a table before that time, the entire service was rushed in an attempt to get us out ASAP so they could close. We were informed we had 5 minutes to decide what to eat before the kitchen closed. Many things went wrong during our time. Splitting the check was an issue, many of the food items were out, our waitress was not attentive despite being one of the few parties in the restaurant. I’ve been here before and enjoyed my time, but after feeling very rushed I don’t know if I’ll be back.

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LL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

They are famous for their $3 mimosa and $4 bloody mary. Brunch dish is moderate on price and portion

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TD
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

1st time there and was great service and food was very good. Small portions however but was still exceptional.

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KJ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I have to eat gluten free, dairy free, and low sugar... one of the best meals I've ever had, grilled octopus and braised lamb shank... forgot to take pics was so good

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C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Wife and I had a great meal, the staff was friendly and the food was truly stellar. If you like food seasoned with enthusiasm, perfectly cooked and eye catching, you'll love this place! The only thing is the ambience left a little to be desired. (We found ourselves alone in the main section with the adjoining tables at capacity. that made it feel a little strange bu t by that time we were eating desert and were about o leave). Our waiter, Henry, was nice and tried to be helpful but didn't really know the menu all that well and forgot about a food allergy I warned him about when we first sat down. He was nice and he tried so I left him a good tip because I felt he was probably still learning and the effort was there. we'll be back with a larger group though, it was that good.

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CK
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

I ordered the lamb shank and wanted to changed the lentils it came with. On chefs recommendation I didn’t. The shank was fine, the lentils were horrible.

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Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

So noisy and kinda dumpy. The food was okay - not great. The whole place seemed tired.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Old haunt when I travel to DC. Good food and service and a rapid transition from appetizers to dessert. A bit crowded and noisy on Saturday night, but that is universal in the city. I will continue to come. I also recommend the weekend brunch.

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LS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Stylish, intimate place. A little louder than expected. Service was excellent. The halibut was a little dry, but interestingly prepared and beautifully presented. The brussels sprouts were fantastic. Normal portion sizes. A little pricey, but not over the top. We'll try it again.

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WC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

This was a total dissapointment. Starting with the warm white wine, the dried out pork chop, the over cooked hangar steak, the bitter bolognese, the dried out ginger cake, and the poor service in the back, it didn’t measure close to the reviews. Our waiter agreed with our feedback after observing our food, but offered no redos. He was to have told the chef, but nothing happened but the check. The company was great, and the ice cream was great, anyway.

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MB
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We incorrectly made our reservation for the following day but were graciously accommodated anyway.
Service was very good, server was knowledgeable and the food was excellent.

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St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere for a fun night to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Had a gluten and tomato issue,’ and they totally took care of her! I recommend Firefly and will absolutely be returning!

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JF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Brought a friend in for
Brunch. Excellent food, fun and attractive waiter. Really creative space. Happily go again and highly recommend to others.

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FA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Terrible service

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MS
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing staff. Very attentive and made it a wonderful experience. The food and cocktails were amazing...you have to get the truffle fries. One of the best experiences on vacation. Book a reservation any time you are in the area.

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Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First off, amazing cocktails. We really enjoyed the decor and the happy hour drink menu which included a delicious honey julep with amazing presentation. Dinner was excellent. I would describe it as a modern take on comfort food. Overall a great birthday dinner and I would recommend to anyone.

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NY
Washington DC
90 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fun, friendly little dining gem off DuPont Circle. The food was uniquely and well prepared. The wild boar wings and the deviled egg appetizers were delicious. The pot roast always a favorite didn't disappoint. The bourbon bread pudding and their French press coffee put the finishing touches on a lovely dining experience. The staff was exceptional.

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HH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the decor! The food was yummy and our waitress was great!

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MB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

First time dining at Firefly... great ambience and the food was delicious.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Very comfortable seating, good food at reasonable prices. Cool interior. Convenient location in DuPont

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L
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was tasty but portions were very small. Expensive for the amount of food. For $15 I would hope for more than one thick piece of French toast.

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