Circa by John Bragg
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Circa by John Bragg

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.circamemphis.com/
  • Phone: 9017469130
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:Tuesday-Sunday 5:00pm – 10:00pm Bar Open late Friday and Saturday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: John Bragg
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Circa by John Bragg
Remember the first time you tasted an extraordinary dish, or a unique, exciting new wine or cocktail? Circa by Chef/Owner John Bragg recaptures those special culinary moments with contemporary regional American cuisine executed with classic French techniques and sauces. Circa’s “Wall of Wine” consists of strictly the most innovative, cutting-edge, food-worthy wines made today, including over 50 wines by the glass listed with fun, friendly descriptions. The dining room is sleek and sexy; and in Circa’s bar and tree shaded patio areas, you can also enjoy a small-plate “Cravings” menu, along with handcrafted beers, original cocktails and virtually every adult beverage known to man.
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Circa by John Bragg reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Gourmet foodie fest
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/27/2012
    Everything about Circa was wonderful! The food outstanding, the service exceptional!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This is our second time to
    cvillegrazers
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    This is our second time to eat here. It has become our favorite restaurant. The food is just outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Did Not Disappoint!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/16/2012
    Chose this restaurant because of it is already highly regarded and also for the ambiance. I wanted someplace relatively quiet that would be conducive to conversation. Neither of us had dined here but we were very pleased with the quality of the food and the attentiveness of our waiter. Thank you for a lovely evening!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The food, service and presentation
    rajiv
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    The food, service and presentation were top-nothc.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Circa. The food and service was excellent. The restauarant is small but beautifully decorated. We will definitely return to Circa!! We loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food was good but it is pretty
    Twinmom
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    food was good but it is pretty pricey and DON'T bring your own wine, which we almost always do, b/c the corkage is $25. They have a pretty small wine list but unless you are bringing a really good bottle it is not worth it.. i made the reservation 10 minutes before we went and it was on a Friday night at 7:30. Not really sure why they were not busier.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dining at Circa is always
    jlou
    Dined on 12/10/2012
    Dining at Circa is always a wonderful experience! The service is amazing, and the food, ambiance, and wine are great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our experience was great!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    Our experience was great!! I can't believe I haven't heard many more excellent reviews! We fill go back soon. Definitely one of Memphis' BEST restuarant!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Happy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/6/2012
    This was my first time at Circa, my waiter was Scott. It was my friend's birthday and Circa made it special, she was very impressed and so was I with the excellent service the quality of the food and the style of the restaurant. I waited tables for many years in the early part of my life in some pretty nice restaurants and Scott was top notch in my book, he was attentive, professional, and honest about the menu suggestions. I will definatly be back to visit again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was amazing. Assorted
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/30/2012
    Food was amazing. Assorted cheese appetizer plate was tasty, and just enough to start with. Ordered the black grouper. Fish was firm, but not overdone. Service was prompt and courteous. Bartender was informative, and made good suggestions. The manager stopped by our table several times and ensured we were taken care of. Overall superb!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • NIce meal and attentive service
    Jct1946
    Dined on 11/18/2012
    NIce meal and attentive service on a Sunday night it was very quiet. Will be a repeat restaurant for us
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food, ambiance and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/10/2012
    Food, ambiance and service are all excellent. It's fairly expensive, but worth it for a special occasion. We were a party of three. Each of us had one before-dinner drink, an appetizer an entree and one glass of wine and the bill was over $200. As I said, however, it's worth it for a special event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not impressed by food or service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/9/2012
    Not impressed by food or service for the dollar amount spent. I expect Iris quality and service for the same amount of money.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My husband and I have eaten
    Feedthatgirl
    Dined on 11/1/2012
    My husband and I have eaten here numerous times - he loves the crab soup and I love the udon noodle and artichoke salad. They both are a must! But most everything on the menu is delicious!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top Notch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/27/2012
    Very very well run restaurant with excellent food and service. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and friendly. Great presentation and a very nice place to enjoy a meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best places in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2012
    One of the best places in Memphis for quiet Sunday brunch. We also have had great dinners there. Always good food and great service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Private dining room for an
    sunshine3821VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2012
    Private dining room for an intimate, elegant business dinner meeting. Could just as easily have been for a romantic dinner for 2.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the few places in Memphis
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/29/2012
    One of the few places in Memphis that serve Souflees for dessert. And, the Chocolate Souffles are great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • The food was excellent but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/29/2012
    The food was excellent but the portions were small for the price. I left slightly hungry after a full entre and dessert
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/24/2012
    We were celebrating my birthday. The service provided by Kate was outstanding! The food was phenominal and the dessert presentation was spectacular! We were fortunate enough to meet and visit briefly with Chef John and we always enjoy that type of opportunity. We will definitely return time and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were pretty much the only
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/23/2012
    We were pretty much the only people in the restaurant by 9pm on a Sunday, and I'm a server, so I expect good service at this price point. Our server lived up to my expectations. He was attentive and prompt, and dealt with my wife's indecisiveness graciously. We ate quickly...partly so as to not be the rude patrons to close the place down, but also because my tuna dish with wasabi potatoes was amazing. Great food and service...I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • This place is wonderful!
    BFunkVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2012
    This place is wonderful! This was our first trip there for brunch and it was well worth it! Definitely will be back for brunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food and the service were
    mellie
    Dined on 9/21/2012
    The food and the service were both excellent. It is a little pricey, therefore I would recommend it as a special occasion restaurant if you go in the evening. I believe the lunch prices are more reasonable. Great place!! I enjoyed the meal and the evening!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/18/2012
    Excellent food and service. Portions were just right, high quality food, and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First Time and Loved It!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    I was our first time there and the experience was fantastic. Our food was incredible and looked beautiful and the suggested wine with a meal was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • The food was wonderful and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/1/2012
    The food was wonderful and the service was outstanding. Love Leigh Anne, used to work with her and she's great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tough
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2012
    Both wife and I had a filet. Mine was like chewing leather. Should have sent back but didn't. It was a beautiful looking piece of meat but was almost inedible. Wife's was slightly better. I am sure they were purchased as top quality beef.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was there celebrating a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/23/2012
    I was there celebrating a 40th birthday for the special man in my life. He had never been to Circa and was really impressed! The service was outstanding and the food was delicious. I will definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • This food was very good, presentati
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2012
    This food was very good, presentation of food excellent!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Circa's winning ways continue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/12/2012
    Again kudos to Circa. this was a "treat" for a visiting family member and a birthday celebration for another family member; the salads, steaks, soup and ahi tuna were great. a capstone to a fine evening and a very nice touch by the staff was writing "happy birthday" in chocolate on a pastry treat plate delivered to the table. if you plan to spend premium dollars go with a proven winner like Circa- I think you will be pleased.
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  • We waited 5 minutes in front
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/8/2012
    We waited 5 minutes in front with no one at the hostess stand. A waiter walked by and noticed us and but still nobody acknowledged us. My husband was ready to elk out but I approached the bar and the bartender saidd the hostess must be seating someone, which we knew was not the case because the restaurant was half em pty so we would be able to see her. Anyway, we were finally seated. Although the restaurant was listed as $$, almost all the entrees were well over $30. My husband had a salad and an appetizer and the snapper, all of which he enjoyed, but the snapper was a very small portion.I just had the duck breast, which was also very small, but good. Overall, I was not impress ed
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not wowed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/5/2012
    I wanted to be wowed and I just wasn't. The atmosphere is subdued, contemporary and romantic. My first indication this was not going to be a killer experience was that our waiter was a strange bumbling fellow. He was thrown when I asked if they had a signature cocktail and stammered through an unintelligible response. We got the artisan cheese plate to start (which was excellent) followed by a Caesar salad (ho hum, over-dressed, over-chilled). I ordered the Tasmanian King Salmon (delicious) and my husband ordered the fillet (way overcooked). Our chocolate souffle came with instructions that our waiter forgot to share, but we overheard another server and knew what to do. Blame it on a slow Sunday night...?
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The atmosphere is very nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/2/2012
    The atmosphere is very nice for special celebrations.Unlike many of the nicer restaurants in town the noise level is low so you can have a conversation with your party while dining.Excellent selections of dinner items and wonderful deserts.Would definitely recommend.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • This place is absolutely great!
    BFunkVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2012
    This place is absolutely great! We have been here several times and they never disappoint. The server was fantastic and the bartender couldn't have been more accommodating when we asked for a dessert martini that was not on the menu. We will be back very soon!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overall the dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/30/2012
    Overall the dining experience was great. The food was delicious although I did have some cartridge left on the end of my new York strip that was inedible. Once that was cut off though it was amazingly good. Our waiter was one of the best I have ever experienced. He was nice and had perfect timing on when to come by but was not annoying. It was a little dark in the restaurant but the atmosphere was great overall. I will definitely visit again.
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    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Circa never ceases to provide
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/30/2012
    Circa never ceases to provide great food, service and ambiance. On a hot summer evening, it would be nice to serve a cold soup.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • A Must Go!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/28/2012
    All I can say is WOW!!! Great food, outstanding service, and an even better atmosphere. My Fiancé had the tenderloin, and I had the quail, both were to amazing. Quiet and romantic, it was the perfect place for personal birthday celebration. With prices comparable to Ruth Chris and Fleming's, we will be heading to Circa more often in the future. Compliments to the chef and the service staff, everything was top notch.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Magnificient as always
    TheLogos
    Dined on 7/27/2012
    Never a bite at Circa that's less than fantastic. We shared a spinach salad, I had the snapper, wife had the duck, and we shared the souffle dessert. Salad was split for us, and we each got a reasonable amount for an appetizer. Eating it along would have made me too full for all of my dinner. Wife enjoyed her duck, which was cooked perfectly. My first time trying the snapper, and even though I'm on a no-grain diet, I ate a piece of bread because I couldn't resist sopping up every last bit of sauce from my plate. Circa accomodated a special request I made for my wife's birthday, as well, which made the evening that much better. Chef Bragg is, in my opinion, the best in town.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • This ia a Private Note to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/25/2012
    This ia a Private Note to the Circa Restaurant since the space is too small below to fit my comments, NOT FOR PUBLICATION AS A REVIEW: The restaurant decor is attractive and the food is generally good. Foodies might object to a Hail Caesar salad made with Iceberg lettuce with only a few small leaves of romaine and very few croutons. The King Salmon came with what the menu listed as a mushroom ragout but actually there were only tiny thin pieces of mushrooms and a huge serving of onions, which I cannot eat. The food was served in such a timely manner that we were only there about 40 minutes. At the conclusion of the meal we were served an anniversary gift of tiny sugar cookies, and one tiny scoop of sorbet to share.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Best Dining in Memphis
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/22/2012
    I have never eaten at a better restaurant in Memphis. I have dined at many places such as Felicia Suzanne's and Flight. However, Circa has been the best experience by far. The drinks, the food, the atmosphere, the servers - all were fantastic. I took my fiance there for his birthday in hopes that he had never been there before. Not only had he never been there, he was extremely impressed with Circa as well. Thank you, Circa, for making my fiance's birthday celebration absolutely wonderful!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate