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Circles Restaurant - 2nd Street
Circles Restaurant - 2nd Street

Circles Restaurant - 2nd Street Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.circlesnewbold.com/
  • Phone: (267) 687-1309
  • Hours of Operation:

    Brunch:
    Tuesday - Saturday: 7:00am - 3:00pm
    Lunch:
    Tuesday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
    Dinner:
    Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Thai, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Alex Boonphaya
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Cafe, Delivery, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Weekend Brunch
  • Catering: Full menu al carte cater with full service and kitchen staff to cater to your needs; Also available buffet style without service staff

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between Brown and Poplar
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Circles Restaurant - 2nd Street
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Diner Reviews
  • "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