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Firefly - DC

3329 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 am
Sat 9:00 am–2:00 pm
Sun 9:00 am–2:30 pm
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 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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Contact Allison Bremer at 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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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!
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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What 3329 People Are Saying
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipthenutsmom (Seattle)
3.0  Dined 2 days ago

Inattentive service from start to finish made our meal less than stellar (it seemed as if other tables around us were suffering too). Our brunch food was just so-so and the prices were as high as other restaurants in the neighborhood. I would choose to go elsewhere in the future.

CB31 (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined 3 days ago

Two people in my party ordered the chicken dish and both of them described the dish as being too dry. Also, the trout dish could have been served with more food/vegetables. Overall, we were not overly impressed with the food for the price.

vipsunski (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 3 days ago

Large restaurant, enormous downstairs, smaller upstairs, loud. Delicious mussels. Didn't love the steak.

Anon (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

The restaurant cancelled my reservation after we already showed up and ate our meal. OpenTable was responsive and gave me the Rewards points, but it was disappointing.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

A favorite place for a Valentine's Day lunch with a special friend. Food was excellent, especially the fish tacos and the very comfortable mac and cheese.

Stuart (Austin)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Good, but not great, and probably a little below average for the money. I enjoyed the meal, and the experience, but I feel that it fell short of a five star experience in DC.

Skip (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

We eat here every time we are in town. Always reliable for excellent service and food. It’s a bit noisy but not awful or distracting. Very good wine list and the menu changes regularly. This visit, Jeff was our server and was outstanding. We will always come back!

BXQueen (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

The service was really slow during Sunday brunch. It was unclear as to what the issue was (short staffed or new servers). In addition, our particular server wasn't very engaging. On the plus side, management did respond to our party's complaint of the service.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Stumbled into this place after seeing that it was advertised for restaurant week after Sax was fully committed to their reservations. The food was exceptional. The service however was lacking. The restaurant was not busy, so I could not figure out what the hold up was. At the end of our meal, my sister and I waited 15 minutes before I got up and asked for our bill. I would return, but I would probably just sit at the bar.

OpenTable Diner (Western NC)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Enjoyed the ambiance and lively-ness of this delectable eatery. We had shared the cheese plate, several small plates, and the cioppino with an apple crisp dessert. The wine list was not long but with reasonable choices and interesting opportunities. Great date !

RestaurantWeekDiner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Came for 2018 Winter Restaurant Week. Service was pretty good in the beginning but as the restaurant got busier, it became harder and harder to get our server's attention, especially near the end when we were trying to get out check. The pot roast was delicious but I would pass on the apple crumble, it was at best lukewarm.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Nice place, excellent location, good service. Lamb chops were very small (4 of them), presented poorly, and incredibly salty. Bathroom needed some serious attention while I was there too. Yuck!! With so many great restaurants nearby, no need to try again.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

The food was great with many options for whatever you could want for brunch. The aesthetic in the restaurant is lovely and a very nice place!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

management was kind to comp a dessert that did not reflect its menu description. Server need management to return our payment but never came to tell us why he never returned. We had to flag down the manager ourselves.

MitchB (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Food was very good. The service was awesome!!

RachelJ (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Firefly was amazing from start to finish, they had fantastic food (I had the lamb with pomegranate molasses) and the service was attentive and friendly. I had made a mention about mine and my boyfriend's anniversary in my online reservation and they gave us glasses of champagne on the house in celebration, which was beyond expectations. Definitely would go again!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Two southerns in our group (Georgia and North Carolina) agreed they had the Best biscuits we’ve had outside the south. Very delicious brunch food, we all loved our meals. Great decor and very nice wait staff. Highly recommend for brunch.

vipJacquelineF (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

The food was very good but the service was not. Our server was polite and remembered our order but wasn't very attentive. We had to wave him over multiple times for more water, coffee, and for butter to accompany our bread (none came with it). The dining room wasn't full. Maybe he was the only server? But if so, he didn't say anything to apologize/let us know, which would've made us more understanding.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
1.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

Went here for a business dinner since it was walking distance and was recommended by our waiter in the hotel we were staying at. I never write reviews but this was one of the worst meals that our entire party of 4 have had The pasta was so covered in sauce it was like wallpaper paste and the chicken was pink. Basically not edible. The ratatouille was awful according to my colleague. I had the shrimp and grits that was marginal at best and the wedge salad was bland with hard little pieces of bacon. The bread pudding with bourbon sauce was dry—how do you even do that? I don’t know how anyone could give this restaurant a good review or recommendation. It was just bad bad bad all around.

vipMavMel (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

This was my second visit and it was only because I had underestimated the distance to a different restaurant and the kids were hungry. There were people inside, so I figured we could give it another try. Despite being understaffed, the waiter, busboy and hostess (cook in back) tried to be attentive. We had the bacon grilled cheese, the burger, and the caesar salad with chicken and a side of mac n cheese. It was unappetizing, and we had trouble finishing it. I barely could eat my salad, the chicken was gross and the dressing fishy. We love caesar salads. I try mac n cheese everywhere, this was just like packaged/microwave stuff with breadcrumbs. The burger was actually burnt on one side, we weren't asked how we wanted it cooked, definitely wasn't any pink. We will not give the place another try, surprised it's still open.