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Circles Restaurant - 2nd Street
812 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
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Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Saturday: 7:00am - 3:00pm
Tuesday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Thai, Fusion / Eclectic
BYO Liquor, Cafe, Delivery, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Weekend Brunch
Full menu al carte cater with full service and kitchen staff to cater to your needs; Also available buffet style without service staff
between Brown and Poplar
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Come in and join us at Circles to experience the true taste of Thailand and Southeast Asian influenced dishes as well
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We had the summer rolls -- large,
a bit dry, not especially a taste to them; I like some cilantro in them. We had the papaya salad -- hmmm. Ok. We had the Northern Kow Soi Curry -- excellent curry sauce; we like a smaller amount of food and this was good. We were there on a Saturday night with probably 20% of tables empty and had to ask 3 times to open our wine (it is BYOB). Asking for other service things (a spoon) took several repeats. It is a bit crowded. Not a large space. Sparsely decorated which we prefer."
Dined on 8/2/2014
Great food. Next time I'll
probably opt for less spice since it was quite intense. Appetizers were especially delicious! Highly recommend the crab Rangoon and summer rolls!"
Dined on 7/17/2014
Another great meal at Circles.
Service was very good as well. Seitan satay always good. And the donuts to finish the meal - a crowing glory to a great meal."
Dined on 7/12/2014
The servers were attentive. Food
was plentiful and delicious and looked beautiful on the plate. I look forward to a return trip to sample more items from the unusual menu."
Dined on 6/28/2014
We arrived for our reservation
early and was seated promptly. However, my partner's chair was facing the kitchen, and that did not prove appetizing. The kitchen, separated by a thin veil-like covering, was visible when seated, allowing the customer to observe food prep, instruments such as a microwave... I suggest simply having another covering for that doorway and/or placing guests at a sufficient distance from the kitchen. Also we were not checked-in as promised, thankfully I received notification via e-mail from Opentable and it was quickly rectified."
Dined on 6/14/2014
Best Thai food I have had in a
while! Top to bottom outstanding. Excellent service."
Dined on 6/6/2014
I visit Circles or order some take
out several times per month. Everything is flavorful and well-made. Often when I think I have the urge to order ordinary Chinese take-out, I slap myself back into reality and give Circles a call. My favorites: The Thai Rice Soup - very subtle, fragrant, flavorful both. I always order this. Pad See Ew Garlic Basil Fried Rice Thai Peanutty Noodles - I am assuming this isn't authentic at all, but when I am looking for something different, this usually fits the bill. The name kind of says it all Curries are also good - Red, Panang..even Pumpkin and Pineapple "
Dined on 5/25/2014
The apps were great. The rice
dishes good though when ordering medium, you will receive mild. No spice level! Worst pad thai I've ever had. Ever!"
Dined on 5/17/2014
food was good. those who complain
about TOO HOT probably don't know the true difference. some of it was bland. the coconut soup had no spice. there are better thai restaurants. if you want Asian food, try RITZ SEAFOOD in Voorhees, nj. there food is really special "
Dined on 5/10/2014
We really enjoyed our meal at
Circles! They like to make their food spicy, so even the medium is hot compared to other restaurants. But, they're also great at filling up your water constantly!"
Dined on 4/5/2014
Circles doesn't look like much
from the outside, but the interior is beautiful and intimate. It would make a great date spot. The food was fantastic but be warned- when they say spicy, they mean SPICY!"
Dined on 3/29/2014
Very nice haven in Northern
Liberties, worth the walk up Second Street. We were greeted by a welcoming host and promptly seated at a comfortable table with plenty of space to have private conversations. The interior is a soothing Asian style. The bench seating had triangular pillows that were really comfortable. The menu has creative house specials as well as classic Thai dishes. The chef provided a nice amuse bouche to start the evening. The entrees were very well prepared. The meat was perfectly done. Chicken curry (there is a whole page of curries) was excellent. We passed on dessert as the potions were quite large. Overall excellent flavor and balance. Highly recommend."
Dined on 3/22/2014
In my second visit to this
Northern Liberties restaurant, I and my two dinner companions once again loved every choice we made. Every item we chose from the menu was vegetarian, and each selection was delectable, especially the "Amazing Stir Fry with Seitan." We'll certainly return."
Dined on 2/27/2014
The dinner Friday evening for a
group of 5 was great. Why? Because the food was as good as ever. Never had a bad meal there. Snapper special was excellent as was the coconut soup and the pad thai. The donuts are always a great way to end a meal there. Excellent service as well. Best thai restaurant in Philly - gets my vote."
Dined on 1/31/2014
4 of us dined, 2 ordered
appetizers, 2 soup. Appetizers & 1 soup arrived, 1 soup did not. No explanation provided. After a while, tried to get waitress's attention. After several tries, finally caught her eye, she nodded and walked away toward kitchen, rather than to our table, which seemed totally inappropriate. Came to table with no soup, stating only that soup would be ready shortly. Others had finished appetizers & soup, entrees were coming shortly, so missing soup was no longer wanted. Please just bring out the entrees. This was done. Soup was removed from bill, but no explanation or apology was made about the missing soup. The food we did receive was very tasty, but the experience left a bad taste in my mouth."
Dined on 1/19/2014
My first visit to Circles based on
my daughter's recommendation. I was not disappointed. I'm vegan and love Thai. They were very accommodating to our requests. Lemon grass soup was very flavorful with a little kick; Summer rolls were huge, crispy and made perfect with the dipping sauce. Thai red curry w Tofu is my test dish and this was one of the best I've ever had--creamy rich curry flavors. I almost always ask for hot, but ordered medium and it was hot enough! Pad Kaprow (Tofu) was also good -- perfectly cooked. No corkage fee for our beer! Server was nice and got everything out just right otherwise pretty much left us alone. The setting was gorgeous and relaxing."
Dined on 12/12/2013
Everything was delicious. I chose
spice level "hot" and I had to eat slowly and take some home with me, but well worth it. I think I need a level of spice between medium and hot but everything was great and our whole party of 6 loved it! I was in Thailand recently and think the food is authentic."
Dined on 11/27/2013
We were a group of four all here
for the first time at this restaurant. The food is not served family style. They served two of us and then it was 15 minutes before the other two meals came out, We asked them to please warm up the first two plates. Another 10 minutes went by and then they came out one dish was colder and the other was something different all together, The manager came out and said she would fix it, back the dishes went again. Five more minutes till they came out warm but still not the original dish ordered. No comp, no apology from the waiter. There are way better Thai restaurants to choose from."
Dined on 11/24/2013
Lovely atmosphere and quiet on a
Thursday evening. Great curries and papaya salad. Salmon spring rolls were a surprise!"
Dined on 10/31/2013
Just took my family to Circles to
celebrate my sister's bday and it was great! I LOVE the pumpkin curry dish soooo much! It never disappoints! I was also thrilled to hear that they are bringing back the old menu and I look forward to getting the spring rolls again once I go back...they were delicious! Our server was lovely and overall we had a great experience. My family loved it, too, as it was their first time trying the restaurant. It made for a very enjoyable evening! So glad that's where I picked to go..."
Dined on 10/31/2013
Definitely the most authentic Thai
I have found in Philly yet. Food was very flavorful. Love the Pok Pok salad and the tofu curry we ordered. Also the mango sticky rice was good, but it just doesnt compare to eating it in Thailand. Definitely worth a visit anyway!"
Dined on 10/4/2013
Consider myself an easygoing
diner, more so than other chefs I know. But service was incredibly slow and unattentive. Didn't get appetizers until almost 50 minutes after we sat. dinner took another 20 minutes after appetizers and the restaurant wasn't even packed. As far as food goes, appetizers were good, pad see yew was very good, and the curries were very spicy. I'd recommend skipping this one if you're looking for authentic thai food."
Dined on 9/6/2013
Food was fantastic and have great
options for vegetarians!"
Dined on 9/4/2013
Amazing food, great sevice and
clean restaurant. I was a little sketchy when walking up to the place, but once inside I understood why this is a popular place."
Dined on 8/31/2013
Circles has been so successful in
South Philly, they have opened a branch in Northern Liberties. The No Libs Circles is very attractive on the inside with a sleek, modern feel. The service was friendly and efficient from the moment of greeting and all through the dinner. The food was of good quality, I just wasn't wowed by what I ate. Maybe it's trying to be a little bit too much contemporary Thai. Each dish had so much going on with it, so many ingredients and flavors and yet I don't recall one spectacular taste the entire night. It's also a little pricier than most Thai restaurants in Philadelphia. It is a BYO which def saves some money. Overall I think it's a good restaurant and it was a pleasant experience being there...just not wow."
Dined on 8/27/2013
This was my third visit to this
Circles. Parking is difficult, but it I was nearby, so I thought I'd give it another shot. The first time I dined here, I was in a party of about 10 people and tasted a majority of the dishes off the menu. I found the food to be very average. My second visit was more or less the same. During my most recent I started off with the duck salad. The duck breast was a perfect medium-rare and the chili lime vinaigrette complemented it well. The tofu pad thai for the second course was executed well and had really bold flavors. I don't know if my third meal was better than the first two or if it just tasted better because I didn't come in with any expectations, but I will be sure to come back for another visit."
Dined on 7/26/2013
Mocktails mixed nicely with Kettle
One Vodka to cool my mouth. I asked for spicy and I got it. And sure did enjoy it. There was a little bit of wait for the drinks and food... but it was worth the wait!"
Dined on 7/5/2013
Be sure to bring some rum or vodka
for their mixed drink. Having travelled to Thailand a number of times, I would say Circle Restaurant has pretty authenic flavors."
Dined on 6/5/2013
My 5th time there. It has been
wonderful each time. The staff is warm and friendly. We went there last week after my girlfriends graduation from Rutgers. The staff was especially attentive."
Dined on 5/23/2013
Great addition to the food scene
in northern liberties! When you walk in to the unassuming restaurant , you will be very happy to see a sparkling , newly renovated restaurant ! The food is delicious , the staff are gracious and want to serve you. Did not know it was a byob.. Which is another plus! Walk through the door, a pleasant oasis off 2nd street!"
Dined on 5/2/2013
Food at Circles is very
dependable, good Thai food. I am never disappointed. Love the soups and crispy tofu. Portions ample. Price reasonable. A great choice when i want to take my hungry family out to dinner. Good for lunch when many places are closed."
Dined on 4/29/2013
The food was awesome but there
were a couple mistakes/delays with the service."
Dined on 4/17/2013
It turned out to be Thai new year
and there were two wonderful tasting menus: 8-course or 4-course vegetarian. Both delicious."
Dined on 4/13/2013
Chefs tasting menu very good.
Really showed the expertise of the chef. Best Thai food I've had. Even better than the normal menu at Circles."
Dined on 4/12/2013
We recently dined at Circles
Northern Liberties for their special 8-course Thai New Year menu. Although we've enjoyed many dinners from their Newbold location, we were really let down by this meal. First of all, we expected a little fanfare because of how this event was billed. There was little to no explanation of the dishes from the server (who was perfectly friendly), and we found most of them to be underwhelming to downright unappetizing. It was a good thing we had lots of wine to wash it all down! Very disappointing, we won't return to this location."
Dined on 4/12/2013
Was there for 6-course prix fixe
dinner. Courses were hit and miss, ranging from excellent (thai basil duck) to complete misses. Still, a decent effort, and worth the price. The problem came later, when I realized that I had left my tote bag under the table with an expensive and special bottle of wine that we had never opened. We were among the last to leave, so no one else was seated and the staff obviously picked it up when they cleared the table. Called, but no answer. Called first thing in the morning, the person said she didn't see it. Called again that afternoon, same answer, and manager too busy to talk. Never called back. Really? It's okay to steal customers' stuff? Just lucky I didn't leave my wallet or credit card there."
Dined on 4/11/2013
Food was amazing!! Recommend
downgrading your spice level. Medium is HOT!"
Dined on 4/3/2013
Did not know restaurant was byob,
the reservation website did not indicate byob option. However, the staff was more than helpful with options and assistance. Loved it:-)"
Dined on 3/29/2013
Great food and very reasonable
prices. Love this place for a cheap night out."
Dined on 3/23/2013
Good Thai food. Nice service.
Donuts for dessert at a Thai restaurant? Yes, and they're quite good. A bit too sugary last nite, but a great way to end a spicy Thai meal. Would return? Yes - and have been there a number of times."
Dined on 3/20/2013
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