CIRCA at Clarendon

4.8
923 Reviews
$30 and under
American
All of our CIRCA restaurants are neighborhood bistros serving delicious food and drinks. Each CIRCA is warm, inviting, and offers an energized social scene.

Whether dropping in for brunch, lunch, dinner — every meal is accompanied by an extensive wine list, including over 20 wine offerings by the glass and a seasonal cocktail list. Our patios are located on the best city corners for a vibrant dining experience. Join us and dine well!

Our Dining Room and Patio are Open!

For more information on how we are keeping our guests and team safe, visit circabistros.com/keeping-you-safe

Support CIRCA at Clarendon during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 923 people are saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Marie
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice open area and a limited but interesting menu. Good for conversation and social distance. Friendly, courteous, efficient staff. One of my "go-to" places when I meet friends in Clarendon.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining with friends

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vipJanetD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hadn't been here in a few years and was not disappointed. I had the salmon salad for lunch and it was delicious. They provided a birthday surprise dessert for my guest, which was very thoughtful. I will definitely return!

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vipBrianDespard
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had lunch outside. Very pleasant space. Good service. Salad was fresh with nice range of ingredients.

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JoeM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Circa is great. The food is delicious, and the service was attentive. There is covered seating outside, and the tables all had plenty of space between them.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for trusting us to provide you with an outstanding dining experience, Joe! We look forward to hosting you in the future.

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vipfoodfan
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love Circa and our dinner last night was no exception. The service was fantastic and the food was delicious.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded 4 days ago

We are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience! Thank you for joining us, and we hope to host you again soon!

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AllisonT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great service and good food and drinks! Outdoor patio is dog friendly!

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Teeo
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat with family or friends. A variety of selections on the menu.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for your rating and review! We look forward to hosting you again, soon!

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MMM3
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and the food was excellent, especially the Veg+Quinoa Bowl

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on June 3, 2021

We are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience! Thank you for joining us and we hope to host you again soon!

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junew
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i come here every weekend, my favorite spot ever.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on June 3, 2021

Thank you for trusting us to provide you with an outstanding dining experience, June. We look forward to hosting you in the future.

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vipMagicj
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Huevos Rancheros and Bloody Marys!

All the staff is wonderful!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on June 3, 2021

Thank you for your rating! We look forward to your next visit.

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DonB
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside. We were never rushed. Enjoyed drinks, then had dinner. Salads were amazing. Our waiter took care of us but was never intrusive. Food was delicious and appropriately priced. A fun place to get together with friends.

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Geranium
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was outstanding. We stayed for a long time and did not have drinks. She didn't rush us and was always courteous and efficient. We left her a big tip and hope she got it.

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vipSusan
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Circa is reliable for good food, efficient and friendly service, and acceptable value.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food!

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Barbarah
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we all enjoyed the brunch entrees...the huevos rancheros were particularly good!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was good as always. We really enjoyed the shaded outside seating.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and service was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall the dining experience was very good. We sat outside which is near a metro station so trains were very loud. The food was good as always.

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Ndme07
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We went for brunch and were sitting outside with my friend's dog. The weather turned on us, and got cold and windy which made the experience a little harder to enjoy. The food, service, and drinks were good. Just wish we didn't have to feel like we had to rush out quickly.

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DarylR
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great location and atmosphere. Waiters were friendly and extremely helpful

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LisaR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, Great outdoor table with a reservation. Nice place for a brunch/lunch!

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CeeVee
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, excellent food and great service. The patio worked fine -- it was a windy day but the overhead heaters took the chill out of the air.

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MiriamH
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our servers were very nice. We stayed a long time for lunch as we had not seen each other in over a year, but the servers were very attentive and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Convenient location. A bit noisy outside due to metro. Food ok.

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BigPun8888
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Mother's day brunch with the family. Reservations made via OpenTable. Parking in the garage is a must or you will be towed. Street parking during weekend is scarce. Restricted to Sunday Brunch menu from 11-3pm.

Place - Very nice; decor and layout is good; garage is just across the street on N. Garfield; outdoor seating layout is well done.
Service - Promptly seated and our server was good; gave a recap of all the orders from her notepad. She checked on us from time to time.
Food - A few areas to improve. Calamari - too skimpy in serving size for $13.50 - hard pass if ever I come back.
Southern Chicken Benedict $14.50 - Chicken was a tad bigger than McDo nuggets on two very dry "homemade biscuits". This came with 2 eggs and breakfast fries. Definitely something the Chef should review for this price point. I don't mind paying for quality but this one should be avoided.
Chicken Bulgogi Fried Rice - It was ok from two of my family members. Nothing special. The same with the breakfast sandwhich and market salad with grilled shrimp.
Hope this gives some insight to management and to future patrons.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food1service5ambience5

Mother’s Day

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ShellieM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch on Mothers Day. Both the food and service were outstanding. Great menu options and everything everyone ordered was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Mother’s Day.
Need more vegetarian options.

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vipBobBurgess
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Just too noisy to be enjoyed.

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NemoB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

It was Cinco de Mayo so it was crowded. After an hour we finally had our order taken. It was very loud with a drunk group sitting by us. Not an enjoyable space.

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vipchapo
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to place. Always good. Very consistent throughout the years. Great atmosphere too!

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michaelc
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Food was good, service wasn't great and they didn't pay attention to my birthday note which is disappointing

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AnnT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for brunch. Everything was delicious, the service was spot-on, will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was okay— not fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for Brunch. The food was great and the mimosas were plentiful!! The servers were friendly and patient, especially since we had a couple late comers for our reservation. I will definitely come back here.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Staff was friendly. They took good precautions to be safe during Covid. Food came out very fast. I mentioned to the waitress that my friend and I were going to split the entree and they automatically split it and brought it out in two different plates. I also appreciated that they didn’t push us out. They let my friend and I stay and catch up for a bit.

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DanB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the restaurant was nicely decorated.

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ClareA
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food for a great price. Nice service as well. Will be back

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vipLeslieL
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant in consistent with solid food! They also have an amazing outdoor space in Clarendon

FAQs

CIRCA at Clarendon offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 522-3010.

CIRCA at Clarendon is rated 4.8 stars by 923 OpenTable diners.

CIRCA at Clarendon does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.circabistros.com/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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