CIRCA at Clarendon

4.7
585 reviews
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$30 and under
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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!
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IE
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to for a great dinner. The food was excellent and there was something for everyone in the menu. Convenient location. Would recommend it for business and special get togethers.

LD
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Circa has a nice selection of American fare, and maintains a consistency that is hard to match amongst its several locations. Presentation, flavor, and focused service matters to them. I have yet to be dissapointed w/ anything they do.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was great as usual and we love shotgun shrimp

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Responded 3 days ago

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

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LT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Super service. Delicious shrimp and grits! Loved the flash fried brussel sprout appetizer

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Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Shrimp + Grits as well the Brussels + Blue!

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SJ
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is consistently good. The entrees are creative entrees and are updated frequently. Refreshing alternative

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Responded 3 days ago

Stephanie, 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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lobster and shrimp ravioli was amazing

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Responded on August 12, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Lobster Ravioli and Sauteed Shrimp! We hope to see you again soon!

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K
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From beginning to end, everything was wonderful! Our waitress remembered my friend (by name) and asked my name. She repeatedly called me by name when asking if anything else was needed or how everything was to my liking. I appreciated that personal touch. I am an aficionado of Black Manhattans so I ordered one. It was so fabulous that I had to order another one! My shrimp and grits dinner was delicious to the very last bite! Circa is a favorite of mine and never disappoints. Highly recommend!!

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Responded on August 12, 2019

Kathy, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Shrimp and Grits and the Black Manhattan! We hope to see you again soon.

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LW
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed another lunch at CIRCA. It's our go to place for staff events. The service is always good and the food even better. Great menu and pricing is easy to digest. Location is right next to the metro in Rosslyn.

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Responded on August 12, 2019

Liz, thank you so much for choosing us for your staff events! We are so glad you enjoy the food and service. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect date night! Sat outside for our meal - everything was delicious! The lobster ravioli was awesome. My girlfriend had the ahi tuna which was also delicious. Server was great, prompt, and personable. He also hooked us up with a birthday dessert. Specialty cocktails were great too! Very impressed with CIRCA at Clarendon. Will be back soon for round 2.

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Responded on August 5, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Lobster Ravioli and Sauteed Shrimp and Seared Ahi Tuna! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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MD
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always have a great experience at Circa, the food is fresh, innovative and delicious. The service is outstanding and the outside eating option is great in the warmer months.

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Responded on August 5, 2019

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

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GE
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service

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Responded on August 5, 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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VB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service!

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Responded on August 5, 2019

Vicki, 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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BB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was absolutely one of the best experiences ever!

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Responded on July 29, 2019

Brianne, thank you 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
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is great! If it's too noisy inside, the patio outside is very pleasant.

B
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my second time at the CIRCA restaurant and I must say, I was not disappointed. The food was excellent and service was impeccable. Will definitely go there again.

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Responded on July 22, 2019

Berni, 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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was nice just a little noisy and the large leather chairs had cracks in the leather and in a summer dress they were uncomfortable to sit in. Otherwise the food was great!

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Responded on July 22, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so sorry about the chair and will be following up with our team to address your feedback. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the food and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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DM
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with awesome food and friendly staff. Worth the money I spent on our dinner! Me and fiancé love this place and will be back !

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Responded on July 22, 2019

Daniel, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service. We hope to see you and your fiance again soon!

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B
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and Service (Dana) was great! However, the restaurant should turn down the music, it was too loud! I had to shout across the table so my guest could hear me.

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Responded on July 15, 2019

Betsy, thank you so for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and Dana's service. We appreciate your feedback regarding the music volume and will be passing that along to our team. We hope to see you again soon!

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U
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Nice atmosphere! Enjoyed it!

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Responded on July 15, 2019

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

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AI
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a lovely evening sitting outside on the patio the weather was perfect and food was fantastic!

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Responded on July 15, 2019

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

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great and food was awesome!

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Responded on July 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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P
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food & service. Arrived during a torential downpour. They were very careful to accommodate us as no one wanted to leave. Really enjoyed the food. Itv as extremely noisy though.

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Responded on July 15, 2019

Patty, thank you for joining us! We are glad to hear you enjoyed the food and service. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and wait staff were excellent as usual and am looking forward to our next visit.

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Responded on July 8, 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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TL
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and drinks were so good and service was amazing!! Was hoping for something a bit more lively but also it was a Thursday around lunch time so I should have known anywhere wouldn't be that crazy. I'm excited to go back for brunch. Food was delicious and very instagrammable as well as the drinks. Great food, great price.

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Responded on July 8, 2019

Taylor, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food, drinks, and service. We look forward to seeing you back for brunch!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!

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Responded on July 8, 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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DJ
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tuna poke nachos= AMAZING
Brussels Sprouts = Good
Chef Salad w/shrimp = Fabulous
Service= Great
Our waitress (a 23 yr old female , works full time as a teacher) was lovely, sweet & efficient!
In fact, all the staff there are soooo polite, welcoming and nice. We were in D.C. for POTUS July 4th speech, stayed in Arlington and ate BOTH nights at Circa in Clarendon. Highly recommend!

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Responded on July 8, 2019

Deborah, thank you so much for joining us while you were in the DC! We are so glad you enjoyed the Tuna Poke Nachos, Brussels + Blue, salad, and service. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Circa is absolutely amazing! They know how to make people feel special. Our favorite place!

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Responded on July 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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EG
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and drinks and great service from Rosa.

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Responded on July 8, 2019

Elizabeth, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed Rosa's service as well as the food and drinks. We hope to see you again soon!

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BV
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The food was good but the mimosas were terrible. I've never seen the champagne separate from the orange juice before. The orange juice tasted old. It felt silly to send back the mimosas because they were only $2 (Beat the Clock), but no one at our table finished our first order. The waiter never inquired about why which is kind of interesting. Overall, the food was tasty but the mimosas were gross. Wouldn't recommend.

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Responded on July 1, 2019

Brianna, thank you so much for joining us for your feedback. We are so sorry to hear about your experience with the mimosas. We will be following up with our team to address your feedback. We hope to see you again soon.

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CT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was delicious and the service was excellent!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on July 1, 2019

Catherine, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed brunch and the service. We hope to see you again soon!

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H
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Professional. Easy.

A
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. The food is always amazing. Missed coming there since I moved jobs, but always love everything about Cira.

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Responded on June 25, 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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DA
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and service high quality. I am from the Midwest and many Washington prices seem high to me. I always look at the right side of the menu. You’re trees are priced reasonably.

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Responded on June 25, 2019

David, 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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M
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed excellence all-around. Our server (Heather H) was extremely helpful recommending the best drinks, salads and entree’s as well as providing amazing service. I highly recommend CIRCA.

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Responded on June 17, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed Heather's service as well as the food and drinks. We hope to see you again soon!

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J
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great outdoor patio. Prices a little steep but the food and service were good. Sitting outside is a real treat.

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Responded on June 17, 2019

Jake, thank you so much for joining us! We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon!

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MS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside on a beautiful evening on the patio. Delicious meal. I had the scallops, my husband the halibut. Nice wine selection and helpful service. The nice part is that we could stay and visit and no one rushed us. It was also very quiet on the patio.

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Responded on June 17, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Seared Scallops and Herb Crusted Halibut as well as the service. We hope to see you again soon!

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G
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a table outside, which was great given the awesome weather. It was definitely louder inside.

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Responded on June 17, 2019

Gootie, 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
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very enjoyable food and service. However the same music plays in bar and restaurant and the sound quality is poor and the music selection is not the suitable for the dining room atmosphere.

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Responded on June 17, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us and for taking the time to share your feedback with us! We hope to see you again soon!

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H
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Salmon was incredible!

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Responded on June 17, 2019

Hillary, 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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C
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

This is one of our standby restaurants where we know the food and atmosphere will always be excellent. It can be chilly inside, but when the weather is nice, I highly recommend getting a table outside. Previously, I would have said that the service was outstanding, but on this trip, we noticed long wait times, no drink orders and an appetizer for four that came with no plates. Once we asked about specials and the soup of the day, we got a lot more information. So, maybe little stuff is starting to slip, or maybe and this was just an "off" night or a new server. Everyone loved the food but we agreed that we'd love to see fewer spicy items on the menu to accommodate groups with different tastes.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on June 17, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We genuinely appreciate your feedback regarding the service and will be following up with our team to address your feedback regarding the service. We are also always happy to modify any of our menu items to fit various flavor preferences. We hope to see you again soon!

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