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Nov 21, 2004



That's so disappointing when the noise level is unbearable in a restaurant. If I wanted to holler at my date, I'd take him to a ball game, you know?

Rhonda Key

My friends and I are horribly dissappointed in our latest trip to Firefly. We had been several times and always had great experiences. Not this time! We were talking up the rissotto to our friend who had not eaten there so much that by the time we sat down she did not even want the menu. Turns out they were out of the critical ingredients to make the dish that three out of the four of wanted. As if that weren't enough they also weren't serving the pork tenderloin that the fourth person wanted. The waiter left us with empty glasses looking around wanting a drink. Did he not want a tip? A table of four booz hounds should be a waiter's dream. The order of fries as an appitizer did not come. Two people got their salads two did not. Finally one person got their drink but not the rest of us. The edge of the table which was a drop leaf kept falling onto my friends lap. The remedy was disruptive and embarassing. A buss boy came with a roll of electrical tape, lifted the table cloth, ripped of the old tape, wadded it up put it by a salad on the table while he "fixed" the leaf. We called the manager over and explaned our experience thus far. In an attempt to please us he brought a bottle of champagne and with our meals when they finally arrived came and I quote "the dish we did not order" which was the pork raguot that was "as delicious as the tenderloin". None of the food was up to snuff but the "delicious" pork was anything but. The bill came with a pork dish and a bottle of champagne charge. We all thought the entire meal should be a house charge but instead had the two items that were clearly intended as peace offerings removed. We are not difficult people to please. All members of the crew at Firefly found a way to remove their establishment from our favorites list.


Wow. Sounds like your experience was a lot worse than mine. The service wasn't an issue with us We were mainly underwhelmed by the food.

dupont circler

Wow, these poor reviews don't match my many firefly experiences at all. I have been blown away by nearly everything I have ever ordered there, I love to sample the interesting things the chef puts on the ever changing menu.(right now they have an amazing cauliflower soup, and i don't even like cauliflower at all.). I have always had great service at the bar, where you can order the entire menu, and in the dining room. The bartenders and waiters really know a lot about wine,and can recommend a glass to go with any course.
I've never been on the weekends or Sundays, which can make most resturant's food and service go way downhill.Perhaps this was when the unhappy reviewers were there.
Try it on a Tuesday or Wednesday, still busy with regulars, but not as noisy, and better, more relaxed service.


"Poor reviews"? I'm sure you didn't mean that the way it sounded. I'll have to try it during the week like you said, but if a restaurant can't perform on the weekend, then they're gonna get leukwarm reviews.


I thought Firefly was decidedly oh-hummm, I just really couldn't recommend it...


I remember being there a year ago. It was my first restaurant experience in DC (I come from France).
You are not exaggerating about the noise level. I left with a headache. The service was ok though. But I wasn't impressed by the food...

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