CIRCA at Clarendon

4.7
527 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!
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and service was great. Wonderful place for a nice brunch or quiet dinner. Will be going back.

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Responded 14 hours ago

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

The deserts were flavorless except for the ice cream topping. Desert apples and carrots did not taste fresh, carrot cake frosting was bland. The salads were straight from the very coldest refrigerator--the plates were ice cold and to complement them the bread was as if it had been microwaved from the freezer. Steak and frites were fine.

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Responded 14 hours ago

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v
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, service, wine list, and vibe. Everyone in our party thoroughly enjoyed our GNO!

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Responded 14 hours ago

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food, service, wine list, and atmosphere! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant!!!

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I frequent this Circa location often, I started coming here out of convenience but nw I’m come more for the service and the food.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 15, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoy the service and food. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JM
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I love CIRCA and had such a great experience on our last time there. The restaurant sent over cookies because they know we have celebrated many “firsts” there which was so thoughtful and part of the reason we keep coming back!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 15, 2019

Jessica, thank you so much for joining us time and time again! We are so glad to hear we've been able to celebrate many "firsts" with you and look forward to celebrating many more with you. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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RB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful place to spend with friends!!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 15, 2019

Rosa, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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PM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best of all is the chance to eat outside in warm weather - which we did for the first time in months!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 15, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed eating outside. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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RW
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great french toast and exceptional service. Super friendly

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 8, 2019

Rachel, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Almond Granola French Toast and service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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t
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time, great experience.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 8, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and we hope to see you again soon!

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JG
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding service and great food; highly recommend.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 8, 2019

Jeff, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got to sit outside which was nice, because inside was a little loud. Food is soooo good. Love this place!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 8, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and patio! We hope to see you again soon.

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SB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely awesome. This place never disappoints. Food and drinks are superb. Friendly and professional staff! My go to place!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 1, 2019

Sean, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food, drinks, and service! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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DM
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and service at a very reasonable price! Go here at least 3 times a month and never disappointed!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 1, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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NW
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch!!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on March 25, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed brunch. We hope to see you again soon!

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Been there twice and enjoyed both meals. Burgers, mac best I've had anywhere. Good, friendly service. Can get noisy as it fills up. I've taken away one star because the prices are a bit high.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on March 25, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the burgers and Four Cheese Macaroni. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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KC
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall, CIRCA was a fantastic experience. The food is outstanding. Drink prices are a bit high. There's no need to gouge me on every drink. Other than that, I (we) loved it.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on March 25, 2019

Kathy, thank you so much for joining us and for sharing your feedback! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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CS
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive service and timely without being in your face when you’re talking with your lunch friend. We each had the quinoa bowl salad; I had it with salmon and my friend had with chicken. Generous portion size and lovely vibe to the place!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on March 25, 2019

Celia, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Veg + Quinoa Bowl. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Salmon, salads and lettuce wraps all good

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on March 18, 2019

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Took a couple young employees out for a thank you lunch.

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Responded on March 18, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and hope to see you again soon!

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Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, reasonable portions. Separate gluten-free brunch menu not avaialble.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on March 18, 2019

Annie, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone these is awesome and the food is amazing

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on March 11, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and we hope to see you again soon!

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c
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Circa on a Saturday night and it was great - delicious food, wonderful service, and nice ambiance. I went a couple times back in 2012 and had the opposite experience so gave up on the restaurant until last weekend. Glad I gave it another chance. Will hopefully be another neighborhood go to spot.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on March 11, 2019

Thank you so much for giving us another chance! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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TG
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was really good!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on March 11, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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SL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent service and food. It is very convenient to my office so the location is perfect for business dinners and for a casual coctail.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on March 11, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed the food and service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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NB
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoy the food at this place and I like the atmosphere.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on March 11, 2019

Nancy, thank you so much for joining us. We are so glad you enjoyed the food and atmosphere and hope to see you again soon!

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MM
Philadelphia
77 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My parents were running late to dinner due to parking, but the waitstaff still kindly seated me while I waited. They ordered an appetizer, but due to a food allergy I couldn't eat it; I was very happy that my server was attentive to this fact, and reinforced it to me, although I already knew. My burger and fries were delicious, and to my surprise I ordered milk + cookies for dessert (comfort food!). It was my first time to dine at CIRCA, and I could see myself returning there to the Clarendon, or one of their other locations!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on March 11, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the burger and fries as well as the cookies! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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SH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere and noise level was perfect. Perfect area and restaurant for a classy, chill brunch. The Blackened Chicken, Mango Salad was phenomenal. The cocktail list and staggered mimosa price list was clever as well. I also needed to change the time of my reservation and the male who answered the phone was super friendly and accommodating.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on March 11, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Blackened Chicken Mango Salad, cocktail list, and Beat The Clock Mimosas! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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GE
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best, good food and service

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on March 4, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service! We hope to see you again soon!

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N
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Never disappoints!

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Responded on March 4, 2019

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E
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our great dinner at CIRCA very much. The wait staff was spot on with taking orders, delivering/removing items and inquiring if additional items were needed.
The food was very good. We enjoyed the cauliflower and Brussels sprouts appetizers, prefect for 4 to share. The spinach salad was nicely seasoned and easy to share between 2 diners as well. The special flounder dish was delicious, 3 of our party ordered it and not a scrap was left on our plates. The brick oven chicken was also well liked.
Good selection of beverages from non alcoholic to cocktails, beers and wine.
Thank you for a nice evening.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on March 4, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Singapore
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Attentive service and excellent food.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on February 25, 2019

Thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the service and food! We hope to see you again soon!

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TH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
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.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on February 18, 2019

Terri, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the variety of the menu, Brussles + Blue, and service! We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
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.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on February 18, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and hope to see you again soon!

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S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
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.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on February 18, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and hope to see you again soon!

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M
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
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
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
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!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on February 18, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything but are so sorry you were seated late! We hope to see you again soon!

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SF
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic everything! Absolutely love the food at this restaurant.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on February 18, 2019

Stacy, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and hope to see you again soon!

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
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

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on February 18, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed Alex's service and the food! We hope to see you again soon!

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KG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
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.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on February 18, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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