CIRCA at Clarendon

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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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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great options for restaurant week. Flavors were on point! Super service . Nice ambiance. Rib dish was way too small, but it was very flavorful. They We’re very accommodating and allowed substitution in dishes to make it more Keto friendly! Would strongly recommend.

RV
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and friendly, helpful service as always.

MS
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food during restaurant week! We will return!

ES
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favorite place! Fantastic food and service.

OT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

very consistent. Awesome food. one of my favorite spots

NB
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Circa is a wonderful place to eat, the food is great and the service awesome 😎

ZA
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This was a typical Sunday brunch with another couple. The good was excellent, and our waiter was very attentive.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Filled up water quickly and lots of sauce options !!

LL
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food here is consistently delicious and the service is very good. However it is very loud especially if you are sitting in the booth area near the bar

SD
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for a reunion with a friend and her daughter whom I hadn't seen in 20 yrs. The food and service was outstanding!! Great neighborhood restaurant, the lettuce wraps were extremely good and the short rib dinner was outstanding. My guests truly enjoyed the jambalaya and the lobster ravioli. Definitely a must try!! I'll be back!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite place!

B
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We wanted a restaurant with fun cocktails and a varied menu. We weren’t disappointed. Great cocktails, delicious food, nice ambiance—though for dinner, I could have done without the TV’s. My meal was so good, I’m hoping to try to recreate it at home.

WD
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The end of a holiday week meant there were fewer diners. Food was good and service was attentive.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on January 6, 2020

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I wish they would’ve had something on their site stating whether or not they’d have their brunch menu for New Year’s Day. They said they only do brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, and big holidays. I thought New Year’s Day was a big holiday. But, oh well. We stayed anyway and I had the pumpkin ravioli. Very tasty. I’d definitely go back again to try their brunch, or for a date night.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on January 6, 2020

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

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TH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. It was the perfect spot to help our daughter celebrate her 21st Birthday. It was a great start to a wonderful night

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on January 6, 2020

Tim, thank you so much for joining us! We hope your daughter had a happy 21st birthday. We hope to see you again soon!

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CD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant in a wonderful location. Staff was extremely attentive and went above and beyond to ensure our needs were met. I have food allergies and they accommodated my needs extremely well. We really enjoyed our dining experience. Highly recommend and hope to have the opportunity to revisit when we are back in the area.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on December 30, 2019

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

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EB
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Server never came by to ask about our meals. It took 40 minutes for a drink refill even though our server visited the table behind us 5+ times while we waited. Very poor service.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on January 6, 2020

Evelyn, thank you so much for joining us. We are so sorry to hear about your experience and will be following up to learn more.

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SB
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints. Love everything about it.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on December 30, 2019

Stacey, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and we look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Came here for my birthday with friends. Got a weird vibe from our waitress, I’m thinking it’s because we were young compared to the rest of the crowd. She messed up two orders but we made it work. She also took a long time to come back with the check. Overall the food was decent. My salmon was undercooked and I ordered it medium. I would come again but I can’t say I’d order the fish

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on December 23, 2019

Thank you for joining us and celebrating your birthday with us. We are so sorry about the service and will be following up with our team to share your feedback. We hope to see you again soon!

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l
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

nothing special and definitely better places to eat especially in the immediate area

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on December 18, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We will be following up over private message to learn more about your experience with us.

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W
London
17 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Circa at Clarendon is consistently very good! it's become a regular for us.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on December 23, 2019

Wanda, thank you for joining us! We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love CIRCA in Clarendon. It’s our ‘go to’ place. Amazing food, great service!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on December 23, 2019

Thank you 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
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent quality and consistent food and terrific service. It’s our go to place in a regular basis and brunch is fantastic with cheap mimosas.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on December 23, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service as well as the mimosas!

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IW
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The scallops on butternut squash purée were the most delicious thing I’ve eaten in a long time. Service, as always, was great.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on December 9, 2019

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

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. Food was amazing, seating was comfortable, ambience was ideal. Great place.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on December 9, 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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k
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve come here on several occasions twice for brunch and once for dinner and it’s been great every time . The food Tastes really fresh and light . The ahi tuna and avocado toast were delicious as was the bruschetta . It’s a little pricey here but I definitely recommend checking it out !

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on November 25, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Tuna Poke Nachos, Avocado Toast, and Fall Bruschetta. We hope to see you again soon!

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JS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Wouldn't recommend for brunch. Ambiance was nice, with fairly quiet music (not great song choices, but quiet) and abundant drinks ($1/mimosa from 10:30-12; $2 from 12-1, $3 from 1-2, etc). I enjoyed the decor and quality of wait staff but the food needed real work. Tuna poke nachos tasted strongly of ammonia, like fish past their prime sometimes does, but otherwise would have been delicious - maybe save for the afternoon when there's higher demand. My avocado toast featured poached eggs that weren't thoroughly cooked, with whites that were still, well, clear. The abundance of coarsely chopped onions were a strange and unwelcome choice for the dish. The brunch is cheap for the area but I won't be returning. My dining partner enjoyed his American Bistro Breakfast but the home fries definitely could have been crispier on the outside.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We arrived early for our 7:45 reservation, and the hostess told us that the previous table had “paid out” and were just waiting for them to leave. We took a walk around the block and returned at our scheduled reservation time. The hostess then said that the party still had yet to leave. There was a clean table behind her, and after waiting for 15 minutes (now 8pm) after our scheduled reservation, I asked if we can have that empty seat. She said that is was for a party of 2 who had a reservation at 7:30. When we did get a seat, we were not served menus for another 10 minutes. We decided to order everything at once because by this point, all we wanted to do was go home. We ended just boxing up the food. The food tasted great, but the service was poor.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on November 25, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us. We are so sorry to hear about your experience! We will be following up over private message to learn more.

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L
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch menu. Perfect portions, delicious and exceptional service !

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on November 25, 2019

London, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything. We hope to see you again soon!

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EM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, as always!

g
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Circa is our current favorite restaurant. The seating is comfortable, the servers are attentive and friendly and the food is varied and delicious. (Especially love the fall bruschetta!)
Have gone here with both family & friends, and we’ve become “regulars.”

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on November 18, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Fall Bruschetta, seating, and service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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HC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The restaurant was not full but we felt uncomfortably pushed along before we were ready to leave. Otherwise, the food was great and ambiance fine.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on November 18, 2019

Heather, thank you so much for joining us and for sharing your feedback. We are sorry to hear you felt rushed when you joined us. We will be following up with our team to address your feedback. We hope to see you again soon!

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good and a fantastic waitress! Our food wasn't the healthiest but it sure was good! I loved the brussel sprout app. The bruschetta with the squash was amazing!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on November 11, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Brussels + Blue and Bruschetta. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were marked by open table as no show however we did make the reservation

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service here was excellent! We were celebrating 2 birthdays and had a baby with us. They were very attentive and kind to us. I was extremely impressed with how everything went at this restaurant!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on November 25, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us and for celebrating 2 birthdays with us! We are so glad you enjoyed the service. We hope to see you again soon!

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JK
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Small portions

E
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as usual. The salmon was cooked the way I like it. The soup, potato and leek was delicious.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on November 11, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food! We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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AP
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made reservations for our party of 6 because I knew the restaurant would be busy on a Friday evening. I called before arriving to add one more person to our party, and the restaurant accommodated that request happily. We arrived to find Circa bustling and noisy -- but they had reserved the perfect table for our party in a far corner where it was quieter. We enjoyed all of our tasty dishes, including my steak frites, which was cooked perfectly to my request (medium rare). Drinks and a bottle of red wine were all brought promptly. Portions were just the right size -- plenty to satisfy, but not so much that you end up taking home lots of leftovers (or worse yet, overeating). Thanks, Circa!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on November 4, 2019

Allison, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Steak Frites and the drinks. We hope to see you again soon!

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A
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Service was acceptable but not particularly good. Service was slow. Noise level was a bit high

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on November 4, 2019

Alden, thank you for joining us and for sharing your feedback! We will be following up with our team to address your feedback. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time back at CIRCA and it did not disappoint. Monday night dinner with a friend, the place had great energy but was not too loud. Delicious food, good happy hour deals too! Definitely recommend the bulgogi lettuce wraps.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on November 4, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food, happy hour, and Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps. We hope to see you again soon!

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