CIRCA at Clarendon

4.7
496 reviews
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$30 and under
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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!
What 496 People Are Saying
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Singapore
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Attentive service and excellent food.

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TH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were the first in the restaurant for brunch and were seated immediately. I appreciate how comfortable the seating is and diverse the menu. ORDER THE BRUSSELS AND BLUE!!! They don't disappoint. Food delicious, staff all smiles, attentive, and pleasant.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good. Food came out extremely fast our whole dinner with apps only took 45 mins! Wish the portions were a bit bigger.

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S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our evening at Circa met and exceeded or expectations. The setting was pleasant, the food was delicious, and the service was excellent.

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M
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had so much fun at Circa! Great location and food was awesome. The waitstaff was super friendly and I will definitely be going again!

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GG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were excellent! Our reservation was at 8:00 pm but we did not get seated until 8:15ish (our table wasn’t ready). Def recommend!

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SF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic everything! Absolutely love the food at this restaurant.

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at Circa
Our table was ready when we arrive
Alex our server was great he went over the menu specials and was very knowledgeable of the drinks and wines
Food was excellent

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KG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first trip to CIRCA will be the first of many to come. Food was creative, flavorful, presented well. Service was perfect, the menu was broad enough to appeal to a different tastes. We went there for lunch--table was comfortable and not crammed in with others. The noise level was moderate. We had jambalaya, caramelized brussel sprouts, and sesame crusted tuna--each had marvelous flavors.

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S
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch items were prepared very well, drinks were on point, service and seating at the time of our reservation were great!

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KP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Circa had a great atmosphere and allowed us to talk through diner at a comfortable noise level. Great for weekends when the parents come to down. We recommend calamari, spinach artichoke, and the scallops.

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GM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Enjoyed our dinner very much but the highnoise level is difficult

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LL
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a very reliable restaurant. The food and service is always good. It is pretty good in terms of noise level which makes it a go to place when having a conversation at dinner matters to you.

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NB
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience there. Good atmosphere, drinks and food. Went there in a cold Wednesday night for dinner

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JW
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was good; just not outstanding. Thus my 4-star rating. My only complaint is that the waitress kept coming over to get out payment when we were still talking and not ready to leave. It felt like we were being rushed out the door.

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G
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We lucked out and went during restaurant week. 3 courses for $35. Great items, not just 2 or 3 choices. I had the Brussels spouts with bacon and blue cheese and they were amazing. Second course was the short ribs - superb. Dessert was the cheesecake. My friends had the bison burger and the salmon and said they were both great

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VA
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good Service, good food, relatively loud for 5:30 dinner, but it was Saturday. In General, orientation of seating to kitchen not optimal. Several tables where going and coming from kitchen was distracting. Tight seating.

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WR
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ordered the granola crusted French toast and the burger. They were both so tasty!! Def going back

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AT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for brunch this past weekend, and both of the food and drinks that we got were incredible! I would definitely go back.

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RL
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I continue to use circa for all of my meetings. Normally the quiet corner I like to sit in his perfect unfortunately this last time they were some extremely loud people back in that corner also. It was distracting. I will make a point of going when I’m confident there will not be a lot of people there.

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G
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and the service was excellent. I was disappointed that they did not give me any cake, although I had told them it was mybirthday.

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KW
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Restaurant was freezing cold and staff was grumpy about us moving to a warmer table. Service was incredibly slow. Food was very good though.

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h
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Circa never disappoints. Consistently great food, and good service. We were happy to snag a Saturday night reservation last minute!

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F
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

This place was recommended to me we ordered the burger which was boring and the scallops over squash was ok. The espresso ice cream and chocolate cheesecake was amazing I guess u could go for desert if anything.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came in for restaurant week, the short rib and flounder were so delicious. I usually get the salmon salad, but decided to try something new, and boy was I glad I did so.

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TV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My wife and I went for restaurant week and the service was excellent and food was also great. I would like to come back in the summer when the patio is open.

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f
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy Circa. The menu has a good variety of options. The food and service is great. Our only slight complaint is that the noise level inside is quite high, but we still enjoyed or evening.

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S
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

New Years Brunch

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GO
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love their brunch. Do yourself a favor and have their avocado toast, it's so good.
The mimosas are also well priced so, if you're into boozy brunch, this is definitely a good spot to do it without breaking the bank on your drinks.

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V
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

My waitress Quincy was excellent. Always attentive and very accommodating. However, the same cannot be said of the overall dining experience. Starters and main courses were brought together, resulting in a cold, soggy entree. Ambience was loud and disruptive. Felt rushed and very corporate.

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AM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a huge Circa fan and most recently went for an early dinner on New Year's Eve. I appreciated that they had a specials menu but also had the regular options available. The lobster bisque was incredible. The atomosphere was enjoyable--festive but you could hear your table mates perfectly.

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S
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed dinner at Circa on the new year eve. Service was excellent. The place is not cramped at all. There were lot of food and drink options and everything we ordered was delicious. Most importantly, we got excellent service even though the place was extremely crowded.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Went with a few friends. We all got the Bison burger which was pretty good and cooked to order. Service was a little slow but wasn’t too bad. Nice restaurant and is set up well.

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MD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always have a great time here. Excellent service, wonderful waitress who took gluten free seriously and was very aware of the menu and ingredients. She also kindly took some nice photos of our group.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and awesome happy hour specials until 7PM. Food is always delicious as well.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and food was amazing! Highly recommended.

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T
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

Extremely noisy though we requested a quiet table. I was hoarse with shouting at my dinner partner by the end of the meal. What a relief to get out of there.

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WD
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

What a delightful place to meet a friend or business associate for an unfussy lunch with good variety & choices for small or regular appetites. A great choice to become a regular!

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WS
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice menu. Good for business lunch. Options for smaller portions and salads with substance.

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J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped for dinner at CIRCA on the way to the Kennedy center. Wonderful food& wine.

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