CIRCA at Clarendon

4.7
510 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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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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!

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OT
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Salmon, salads and lettuce wraps all good

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

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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

Food was really good!

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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.

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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.

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MM
Philadelphia
75 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!

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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.

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

The best, good food and service

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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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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.

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

Attentive service and excellent food.

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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.

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OT
1 review
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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Enjoyed our dinner very much but the highnoise level is difficult

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LL
Washington DC
13 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
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 30, 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
35 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
Greensboro
2 reviews
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 19, 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 18, 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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