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About Firefly - DC

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.

1310 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
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Dining style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American

Hours of operation:
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 am
Brunch
Sat 9:00 am–2:00 pm
Sun 9:00 am–2:30 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm

Cross street:
N Street

Dress code:
Casual Dress

Price range:
$30 and under

Payment options:
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(202) 861-1310

Website:
http://www.firefly-dc.com/

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.

Public Transport:
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.

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

Special Events & Promotions:
We are now featuring $3 Mimosas and $4 Bloody Marys with brunch on Saturdays and Sundays!

Firefly - DC Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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Food

4.1

Service

4.1

Ambience

4.2

Value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Birthdays (8)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Orange County)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 14 January 2018

This is my first time here. We had to change our plans last minute and felt lucky to get a reservation for five. All went smoothly at first but over the course of our first thirty minutes service became increasingly inattentive. Appetizers of American cheese plate and deviled eggs were satisfactory, although I am continually frustrated at a portion size of three for the eggs. It always means someone has to pass. Confound it, serve the other half! Took a long while after appetizers were served with to regain the attention of our server. Finally entrees arrived. Smoked lamb chops had barely a hint of smokiness and were almost well done. Same for the rib eye, ordered medium rare, but cooked almost well. The accompaniments were good, fresh and flavorful. Desert of chocolate cake was very nice, enjoyed by us all. All together good and bad. Probably won’t come back unless I happen to be in DuPont circle in need of dinner.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 14 January 2018

Food was great service was friendly and informative.

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 (Miami)·Dined on 14 January 2018

The food was tasty!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 13 January 2018

Our favorite thing about Firefly was actually the design -- the indoor trees and firefly theme (bills presented rolled in a glass around a small light) were charming, and the acoustics actually contribute to conversation rather than making it impossible. The food was good but not outstanding -- nothing we had would really draw us back there, but we'd happily stop by again if we were in the neighborhood. Best of our selections were the mini potroast, the soup of the day, and the Infusion 33 cocktail.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on 13 January 2018

The shrimp and grits were probably the best I’ve had. My daughter had the Wagyu Burger and truffle fries. She devoured them, and loved every bite. Very friendly staff.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 10 January 2018

I enjoyed the unique flavors from the dishes that were ordered. I plan to frequent this restaurant more often in the future.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on 9 January 2018

We chose Firefly for dinner based on its gluten-free offerings. Our server was very nice and attentive. We started with the kale caesar salad, which unfortunately was very salty and had more a vinaigrette than a creamy dressing (in which case I don't think you should even call it a caesar salad - it certainly didn't taste like one). We then split the pot roast, which is still making my mouth water because it was delicious. Then we finished with an amazing raspberry sorbet. Overall a good dinner and I'd recommend Firefly.

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on 8 January 2018

Wagu Beef Burger was AMAZING! Truffle Fries were some of the best I have experienced. Highly recommend!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on 7 January 2018

Great atmosphere and dining experience! The food was great!!! Would've gave a 5 but the service could've been a little better. Overall we had a great time!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on 7 January 2018

At last, a restaurant in downtown DC that has fine food and is quiet enough to actually have a decent conversation!!!

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·Dined on 31 December 2017

This was our second time at Firefly. It was great both times. One thing that really stands out is the service. Everyone is genuinely nice and friendly. Our food came out in perfect timing, it was delicious and I look forward to making the restaurant a regular place for date night!
It’s not a big restaurant, but there is a large table that can seat at least six. It’s a good table for families with kids.
Also I have a bunch of food sensitivities and they have done a fabulous job making food for me and not causing me to get sick. So, I will definitely be going back!

Tags: Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on 27 December 2017

Firefly came highly recommend so I took my friend from Oregon for dinner. The food was ok, but not as good as expected. There were screaming kids that ruined the entire evening. It was not worth the $120 spent. Very disappointed.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on 27 December 2017

This was my 2nd time. The first time the food was fresher. Still goood this time around. Lambs chops with creamed spinach - great!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 25 December 2017

We did not receive our main course until 2 hours after our reservation time that we were on time for, and our appetizer one hour after we were seated. My boyfriend and I hadn’t eaten since breakfast and had 2 senior citizens with us. The wait staff and management apologized but also made excuses and kept telling us 5 more minutes, when it was another half hour. We had to eat our food quickly and didn’t even have the option of considering looking at a dessert menu due to the time. It was an awkward and unsatisfying evening.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on 25 December 2017

This was my 3rd visit to Firefly. The evening was Christmas Day and the restaurant was very busy. However, the kitchen "forgot" us. After 2 hrs wait and several reminders the management stepped in, however, and quickly resolved our situation, with apologies and more.

Yes-- we do plan to return - hopefully on a less busy evening!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 25 December 2017

They were not at all ready to serve Christmas dinner. So disappointing.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on 22 December 2017

Kid friendly, but not over-run. Very nice wait staff and excellent pot pie.
Great music!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 19 December 2017

We wanted to eat gluten free. The server gave us the wrong menus. After we ordered, she gave us the correct menus and reordered. My companion’s order was incorrectly prepared and we had to wait again for the order that would not make him sick. The lunch took over two hours, which had us as the last people in the restaurant. The food was fine when got it. The server comped a sorbet at the end. Nonetheless, I doubt I will go back.

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·Dined on 19 December 2017

I have always been a Firefly fan but must admit that this visit was disappointing. My fish tacos were soggy and fell apart as I ate them. Their signature truffle fries were still delicious but were COLD. I was at a business lunch and we were pressed for time (ordering too a long time) so I didn't want to make a fuss. Just wasn't impressed with the quality of the food!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 17 December 2017

We've been to Firefly a few times, and are never disappointed. The food is always good, service good and love the ambiance. We went for brunch, and I love their carafe of mimosas for $15. It's the perfect amount (like 8 or so glasses) and you don't feel required to keep drinking like you do with bottomless. It's a bit expensive for what you get with the food - but that's pretty standard for location. All in all, a solid performer!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 16 December 2017

The menu selection is diverse and everything we had was very well prepared, elegantly presented, and most important of all tasty. The portions sizes are a bit smaller than other places but no one left hungry. We did not have dessert but if we did the entree portions were the perfect size if you wanted to have dessert too! Great dining experience. Everyone loved the variety of options. Definitely would come back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 16 December 2017

Food was quite good. Prices were reasonable. We were in a hurry to get to a show, and FireFly was very quick to bring out our dinners. Granted, it was early in the evening but they were very fast when we asked them to be fast.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Nashville)·Dined on 16 December 2017

Went for a big group brunch. The menu had a good variety of options - I had the polenta and poached egg and really enjoyed my meal! My friends also had positive things to say. The only drawbacks are that they weren't able to split the bill with a group larger than 6 people, and we had a reservation at 1:45 and had to order our meals by 2:00 before the kitchen closed. The food was delicious though, so I would come back!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Cozy, Good for Groups, Healthy, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 5 December 2017

Lovely smallish space next to the Hotel Madera -- inventive menu, tasty food, several interesting cocktails, nice atmosphere. Costs add up but a nice option near Dupont Circle.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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·Dined on 3 December 2017

The food was out of this world and the servers were so nice. If you need a recommendation, they will suggest various choices on the menu that are their favorites. Although the menu can get a bit pricey, the food is well worth it. The ambience is unique and make you feel that you've found a hidden gem. Make a reservation in advance as this place is quite busy!

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Late-night Find, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on 2 December 2017

Food was a little over priced for the quality. Fries were too greasy and kids grilled chicken bits looked fried and were very greasy. Truffles fried - very greasy too. Kale Caesar was delicious. Bruschetta was ok - squash needed to be cooked just a little longer - not that soft.

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·Dined on 1 December 2017

Food is tasty and well prepared but main course portions are very small. The 'trout ' is a small grilled filet, for example, and overpriced as a result. I'd recommend skipping the butterscotch dessert--very salty and grainy. All three members of our party went home hungry, and none of us are big eaters. We had a nice quiet table in the back. Wouldn't go again, sadly. Not worth the price of the meal.

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·Dined on 29 November 2017

The menu has a nice variety without being overwhelming; the food is generally excellent and very tasty (one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches I've ever had), and the prices are reasonable. The restaurant is comfortable and the staff friendly.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Casual, Business Meals, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite
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·Dined on 26 November 2017

Great experience, even with four small children in tow. The squash brushetta and pot roast were incredible!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on 25 November 2017

Good for groupsz Slow service but GREAT gluten free menu and great tasting food. Also a bit loud, you can easily hear other tables conversations.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on 23 November 2017

We were here from Australia on Thanksgiving and wanted a special meal. Our experience was truly awful - warm white wine,bad mass produced pre-prepared food,expensive , poor service. No thanks for this bad thanksgiving experience.A Ripoff

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 (Dallas)·Dined on 23 November 2017

Great ambiance. Fantastic food.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 19 November 2017

Needed a DC gem with a menu of Gluten Free options and this one did not disappoint. Have always had great comfort food here, and was so happy to see that it hits the spot for those with gluten issues too.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 18 November 2017

First time there waitress was excellent and food was creative and delicious. Will be back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on 18 November 2017

Food was great, grilled pork chop very flavorful. Very loud energetic atmosphere.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 15 November 2017

Dinner with a long-time business associate and my wife. We shared the bruschetta and steak tartare appetizers. Grilled trout main was very good, but the real star was the smoked lamb chops. They were superb. Smoky without being overpowering, cooked rare, and served with potatoes and spinach in a smoky cream sauce.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on 14 November 2017

Selected Firefly knowing nothing about it, and we could not have been more pleasantly surprised. Decor was great, service was wonderful and food was delicious. Will definitely return!!!

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