Circle Bistro
Circle Bistro

Circle Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.circlebistro.com/
  • Phone: (202) 293-5390
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Daily : 7am - 10:30am
    Lunch: Daily : 11:30 am - 2:30 pm;
    Dinner: Daily : 5pm - 10pm
    Happy Hour Mon - Fri: 5pm - 8pm
    Happy Hour Sat - Sun: 5pm - 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Cassady
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We are the number one venue for your holiday party this year! Customize your event with one of several options tailored for your event. We’ve got all ends covered from the moment you arrive, to the moment you ride the elevator home. Book one of our packages today and enjoy up to 20% off our Best Available Rate at One Washington Circle Hotel, including complimentary valet parking, until January 31st.

    Contact Rosy Chamoun, Catering Sales Manager, at 202-730-1241 for more information and to get your custom proposal.
  • Entertainment: SPEAKEASY NIGHTS @ CIRCLE BISTRO'S LOUNGE DAILY, 4- 7 PM, DECEMBER THROUGH JANUARY. COCKTAILS, BAR BITES, AND ALL THAT JAZZ!

    Visit our page at www.circlebistro.com to stay up to date with events and specials.
  • Special Events: SPEAKEASY NIGHTS @ Circle Bistro Lounge!
    Come repeal the Prohibition with us from 4 - 7 pm daily throughout the months of December and January.

    For Private Event inquiries and to book your Holiday Party, please contact Rosy Chamoun, Catering Sales Manager, at 202-730-1241 or rchamoun@modushotelsdc.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 23rd, New Hampshire & L
  • Public Transit: Foggy Bottom Metro Station
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking for diners available at One Washington Circle Hotel.
A word from Circle Bistro
A proud member of the Foggy Bottom neighborhood, Circle Bistro offers classic bistro fare with a focus on locally sourced ingredients. Savor the award-winning cuisine of this intimate neighborhood spot, creating dishes that are at once comfortingly familiar yet wonderfully new.

Discover why Circle Bistro is consistently ranked among the best downtown DC restaurants in The Washingtonian Magazine, and treat yourself to the welcoming warmth and exceptional taste of this renowned culinary address.

Our menus do change frequently to reflect the finest seasonal ingredients. The menus featured on our website are representative of what you should expect at Circle Bistro, but do keep in mind that items on our menu do change from time to time.
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Circle Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
51 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.7
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (20)fit for foodies (18)special occasion (10)great for lunch (7)romantic (6)good for groups (6)notable wine list (3)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • A great location, near GW
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/29/2008
    A great location, near GW Hospital and the Foggy Bottom Metro. A bit expensive for a casual lunch, but the food was good and the the restuirant was quiet. Overall a positive experience.
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    great for lunch
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  • Food was fantastic, right
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/24/2008
    Food was fantastic, right portion size, price, and excellently prepared, with appreciable thought by the chef and staff for unique and delicious menu items. Service was slightly slow but this would be fine if we were not going to the theater. Not a big deal though as we still made our reservations easily and were able to walk to the Kennedy Center. Overall, I would definitely come back and recommend to friends. Thank you for an enjoyable and memorable experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • The appetizers were ok, the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/21/2008
    The appetizers were ok, the entrees--in both cases including pasta--were very very good. the dessert was unusual--pressed cantaloupe--and quite tasty. Wines were good. so a very good meal, a bit pricey for the experience. the weakest part of the evening was the service which was friendly but uneven. The servers would disappear at key moments: she delivered our entrees and we then had to wait 10 minutes for wine. A bit clueless.
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  • My husband I had dinner and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/17/2008
    My husband I had dinner and the food was excellent. My husband had the foie gras special and it was cooked perfectly and delicious as was my softshell crab. We also had the hangar steak, which was so tender and well seasoned. I ordered the duck which was very good, but wish it had been sliced thinner. For dessert we had the cheese plate and the souffle chocolate bread pudding w/ chocolate sorbet. Both were outstanding and I'd order them again. Our waitress was very personable and attentive. Our only criticism would be the noise level. Although there was carpeting, there needs to be something else to absorb sound like art work. Otherwise the meal was very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was excellent. All
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2008
    Service was excellent. All guests felt that this was one to return to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went for their Saturday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2008
    We went for their Saturday breakfast menu and turns out they only had a buffet, no menu. The buffet consisted of eggs, bacon, potatoes, toast, boring fruit and cereal for $14. My grandma doesn't eat any of that, she wanted pancakes or french toast, they wouldn't make anything in the kitchen, but said they wouldn't charge her for the full buffet if she only got a couple bites. She was charged $6 for a few slices of fruit, $4 for a bagel, and $4 for coffee, what does that equal? $14. The same as the buffet, it was pretty spiteful. They took 25% off after we complained, but the whole meal was really awful for us. They should have told us about the buffet when we made the reservation.
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  • The food was exceptional and
    Dipsea99VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2008
    The food was exceptional and the service was friendly without being intrusive. Our waiter recommended the wild Northwest salmon, and even though we are from Seattle and frequently dine on Alaskan, Columbia River and other fresh wild salmon, I decided to take him up on it. The salmon was perfectly prepared and definitely 100% worth the receommendation. We plan on returning to Circle Bistro when we travel to DC in the future. Great salads, a wonderful cheese plate and a nice wine list rounded out the dinner experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Among the best choices in
    Jipi
    Dined on 5/15/2008
    Among the best choices in the vicinity of Kennedy Center.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A few flaws in the service
    JJArlington
    Dined on 5/15/2008
    A few flaws in the service did not mar our dining experience. The mussels appetizer, the duck and the ramps-and-goat-cheese ravioli were spectacular, as was the Mayer lemon and strawberry dessert. The restaurant is a quiet haven separated from the lively, noisy bar.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • There was one waitress, so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2008
    There was one waitress, so the service was pretty slow. But the food was very good.
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  • We enjoyed the food. But the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    We enjoyed the food. But the long waits for the food dampened our enthusiasm.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was exquisite--we ate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    Food was exquisite--we ate before attending an event at the Kennedy Center, and we enjoyed the pre-theatre prix fix dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • We absolutely loved the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    We absolutely loved the food -- the flavors were wonderful and concentrated. Our favorite type of cooking --- great ingredients and a preparation that was unique. Even the vegetables were cooked perfectly -- right down to the carrots served on the side. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Always great food, and you
    nealdc
    Dined on 5/3/2008
    Always great food, and you can count on the team for great service, especially Lisa, who appears to be sure everyone is doing just right
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • after only one visit, have
    LPG1VIP
    Dined on 5/1/2008
    after only one visit, have no idea which other of the above categories apply. We much appreciated being seated, as requested, at a quiet table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a good Foggy Bottom
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/1/2008
    This is a good Foggy Bottom restaurant especially for the GWU crowd. I took my office to lunch and will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Starter took 30 minutes and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    Starter took 30 minutes and arrived burnt. Carpet was threadbare in places and staff seemed disorganised and unsure of themselves. Really disappointed with this place.
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  • good food; great service;
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    good food; great service; atmosphere and looks of a Holiday Inn coffee shop
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  • Pleasant, the food was fine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    Pleasant, the food was fine though it was hardly a good value for the money. Service varied and became so slow at the end of the meal (despite the fact that the place was much emptier than when I arrived) that I decided against desert. I would probably try someplace new rather than go back.
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  • Asparagus meuniere salad with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/24/2008
    Asparagus meuniere salad with poached egg was very good with fresh greens, well poached egg, and very good dressing; goat cheese ravioli in porcini sauce tasted very little of goat cheese and not at all of porcini. Rather they seemed to be ravioli stuffed with mashed potatoes. Disappointing.
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  • Circle Bistro provided an
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2008
    Circle Bistro provided an excellent experience. The food was outstanding, relying on local and seasonal food. The asparagus salad was delicious with the best lemon vinaigrette I have ever tasted. Service was friendly and professional. It was a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • the food was quite good/suggest
    Foodie
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    the food was quite good/suggest update on decor/ offer more information on menu or with server for novice diner
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Probably the best pre-theater
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    Probably the best pre-theater dining venue for Kennedy Center performances. Good selection of wines and the pre-theater menu was perfect. We will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • The service was slightly slow
    Anita
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    The service was slightly slow and the temperature was too cold. Otherwise, the food was very good and we had an enjoyable meal. For some reason, the Circle Bistro marked our reservation as cancelled even though they seated us on time. We were not happy about that but Open Table made good on our dining points, so all is well.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • We had a wonder visit here.
    DLAOKC
    Dined on 4/17/2008
    We had a wonder visit here. Enjoyed a drink at the bar before dinner, then moved into the dining room. I enjoyed the choices in the pre-theater dinner menu, my husband loved the fluke. Desserts and wines were excellent, and the service from ALL involved was top-notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Convenient location. Small
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/15/2008
    Convenient location. Small menu, and out of two dishes by 12:45 for lunch. With a small menu, that doesn't seem quite right. Food was good though.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I liked this bistro when visiting
    Memlouise
    Dined on 4/13/2008
    I liked this bistro when visiting DC a couple of years ago. But the prices were way up and the quality of the food and service way down. Much too expensive now for what you get.
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  • I asked for a vegetable plate
    DCPattieVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2008
    I asked for a vegetable plate for a main course, and was served the freshest, most nicely prepared vegetables that I have had in a long, long time. It was just wonderful. The whole experience was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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  • We ate here pre-Opera at the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    We ate here pre-Opera at the Kennedy Center, starting 1.5hrs ahead of curtain. Our waitress said we would be fine for time. If we ordered dishes with long prep times, she did not inform us. The dinner ran long, and we nearly missed the show. Perhaps they were short-handed, but if it was the prep-time, we would have appreciated some guidance. The food was *excellent* as always - we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • I have eaten at all 3 properties
    YoungDocInChevyChaseVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    I have eaten at all 3 properties in this restaurant group. Dish probably provides the best food for the price, followed by Circle Bistro and Notte Bianchi roughly tied. I liked the appetizer options at Circle Bistro, but the entrees were mostly meat and seafood and pretty pricey. The timing of our courses was a bit off, even though we alerted the restaurant that we had a 7pm show at the Kennedy Center. We barely made it! (My reservation was for 4 at 5:00pm.) More vegetarian options would be great at all three restaurants in this group. More wines by the glass @ Circle Bistro would be good, too. It felt like too few. I like the fact that they provide a reliable set of options close to the Kennedy Center, but they can still make improvements.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This restaurant tends to be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/11/2008
    This restaurant tends to be overlooked because it is in a rather plain small hotel on Washington Circle. But the food is great and service is attentive. Probably too much to call it a gem, but that is a word that comes to mind.
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Good lunch choice not far
    Smitten
    Dined on 4/11/2008
    Good lunch choice not far from the Kennedy Center. Expect to return.
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    great for lunch
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  • Was pleasantly surprised.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/8/2008
    Was pleasantly surprised. Best hotel restaurant experience ever in D.C. Will definitely be back for the pre-theater menu for the Opera at the Kennedy Center.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • I don't know what has happened
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/6/2008
    I don't know what has happened to Circle Bistro! It used to be really good, and a great place to go for a meal before performances at the Kennedy Center, but Brunch on 4/6/08 prior to the Opera was a disaster: we were given only 2 menus for 4 people; it was 15 minutes before we got service (not even filling our water glasses) when they were less than half full; only one waitress, who didn't know what she was doing and screwed up order for an omelet so it came out with no fillings, and there was hair in the omelet when the order was replaced; an overly anchovied Cesar salad; and a rude maitre d' who refused to check my parents' coats and instead directed them to the coat closet for them to hang their own coats. We will not be going back.
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  • We went before a show, so
    Clarendonfoodie
    Dined on 4/5/2008
    We went before a show, so only had about an hour. The said that was not long enough for their predinner menu, which would take 15 minutes or a half our lonter. So we ordered a la care and skipped desert. Food was very good, waitress could have been more attentive and therefore faster serving uswith more time to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Close to kennedy Center. Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2008
    Close to kennedy Center. Food was very high quality and service was very good. They were able to acommodate out schedule to get in early and out within an hour without feeling rushed.
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  • Circle Bistro has a terrific
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/4/2008
    Circle Bistro has a terrific bar, and a great happy hour. Unfortunately, that is the highlight for the restaurant. Service is anemic, at several points during dinner we thought our waiter had forgotten about us. Food is overpriced and contains few vegetables or side dishes other than the meat or fish you order; we waited about 35 minutes for our meals. We do not plan to return.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A bit on the expensive side
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/2/2008
    A bit on the expensive side but a very pleasant dining experience.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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  • Even though the food was great,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/1/2008
    Even though the food was great, getting to the bistro from the hotel lobby leaves a lot to be desired. The hotel is old and u have to use their 'aged' elevators and then walk thru a hallway that looks old and rundown. At the very least, they should spruce up the entire entry process to make this feel more like a nice meal out. Also of note: I ordered a Grey Goose dirty martini...what I got was straight vodka - lukewarm but poured into a chilled glass - with no olive brine...needless to say I sent it back. Since a cocktail or glass of wine is their first opportunity to set the tone of the meal, they obviously fell flat on their faces with me. The food is very good and I would recommend Circle Bistro to others but with some 'warning'.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • The food was good, but the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/1/2008
    The food was good, but the decor in the dining area was a bit dated (maybe it looks better at night?!). I would go there again, and would certainly recommend it for a nice, reasonably priced, low-key lunch.
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