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!
What 624 People Are Saying
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EM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, as always!

g
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 a day ago

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
3 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 a day ago

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

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

Small portions

E
Richmond
10 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
5 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
24 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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f
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food. Great service. Parking is a challenge

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on October 28, 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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OT
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was my Wife and I first time at Circa. We decided to try it because we found out it's associated with Trio Grill. Everything was good. Food, service, and the ambiance. We'll definitely go again.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on October 28, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us for the first time at CIRCA! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and hope to see you again soon!

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ES
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was excellent; all were pleased with their orders. Noise level was 78 according to SoundPrint. Fortunately we had a round table and could talk over the background noise.
Older patrons may want to take this into account.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on October 28, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food. We are always happy to find a quiet spot in the restaurant for you, just leave a note for us in your reservation and we will do everything we can to accommodate your request. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went for brunch. Service was top notch. All the food was good. They always offer a good/consistent experience.

RJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant! Great food, drink, atmosphere and everyone who works there is GREAT!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on October 28, 2019

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

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JF
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lily and the team were excellent.
Loved the menu, pumpkin ravioli is my favorite!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on October 21, 2019

John, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Pumpkin Ravioli as well as Lily and the team's service. We hope to see you again soon!

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MP
20 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

We ordered Caesar salads and a flatbread. The salad was average at best and the flatbread crust was soggy. Service was average and the atmosphere unremarkable.

BH
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and service were good, my guest and I enjoyed ourselves.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on October 21, 2019

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

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing service and the food is phenomenal. Brussels and blues and filet sliders are to die for.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on October 21, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Petite Filet Sliders and Brussels + Blue as well as the service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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a
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here with my husband and my parents. We each tried different dishes; the brick chicken, jambalaya, short rib, and scallops. For dessert we had the apple pie and chocolate torte. We all loved what we got and would love to eat there again soon!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on October 14, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Free Range Brick Chicken, Jambalaya, Short Rib, Seared Scallops, and dessert! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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C
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It as good a usual.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Delicious food. Nice ambience without being too loud. 11/10 will be back.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on November 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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I used to love it here, but the food has changed significantly. The French toast is not what it used to be and the quinoa bowl no longer offers the experience of a well crafted goat cheese ball...

I might still be back, but only because of it’s convenient location .

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on October 7, 2019

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

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D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

food was excellent but expensive for the portion size. Service was great and we were not rushed.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on September 30, 2019

Debra, thank you for joining us and for sharing your feedback with us! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a beautiful evening to sit outdoors and dine. Four of us lingered over dinner, sharing ideas for over two hours. Chris was a perfect server, with impeccable timing. Everyone raves about the food: ravioli, Cedar plank steak, and the blackened salmon entree. My salmon was served on a bed of spinach and cauliflower mash. Then we had dessert. While I know Great Falls ice cream is fabulous, I went out of my comfort zone and ordered pumpkin spice cheesecake. It was so creamy and flavorful, I made myself stop eating it so I could take half home and enjoy it again at tomorrow. Circa gave us one of those rare perfect dining experiences.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on September 30, 2019

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

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F
Baltimore
36 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice Birthday lunch for my friend ! The staff was so welcoming and the food very good

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on September 30, 2019

Thank you so much for celebrating your friend's birthday with us. We are so glad you enjoyed the service and food. We hope to see you again soon!

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LT
Montana
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Amazing Brussel Sprouts and excellent service! Going early meant the noise level was manageable.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on September 30, 2019

Lisa, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the service and Brussels + Blue. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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GW
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

But a qualified yes. Had brunch on a recent Saturday. My dining companion loved the petit filet sliders. The bloody mary was a good value. But the eggs benedict was subpar. The poached egg was undersized and overwhelmed by the thick slice of tomato that made the dish watery. The hollandaise sauce was very runny. I have had a better quality benedict in the past, so I hope the restaurant management takes note and finds a way to return to a better standard in this dish.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on September 23, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Petite Filet Sliders and Bloody Mary. We will be passing along your feedback regarding the Blackstone Benedict to our Chef. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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RP
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and portions not the usual overwhelming American standard. Atmosphere could be improved by removing the seemingly obligatory TV in the dining area.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on September 23, 2019

Robin, thank you so much for joining us and for your feedback!

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DG
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

All fine. Nothing special. Salads & service ok. Chose for location central to my home & visitor hotel.

l
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and atmosphere was all very nice for a Sunday lunch/brunch. It was not very crowded so we were seated right away (even though we had a reservation thinking it would be much busier than it was). They have a sliding scale on mimosas - the later the hour, the more expensive they get. The apricot glazed wings we got as appetizers was excellent. We got burgers and the southern chicken biscuit as entrees and both were excellent. The portions are reasonable, maybe even on the smaller side, but quality was excellent. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable of the menu and offered suggestions when asked. Desserts were also delicious and variety was good. Overall a great experience and would highly recommend for lunch/brunch.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The scallops and risotto were out of this world! Love the ambience and service was great.

g
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Circa! Great variety and quality of food, friendly, efficient service and comfortable chairs(!)
Have gone as a couple, with friends and a family party of ten. All were impressed by Circa.

RL
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never been disappointed with the food or specialty cocktails.
As long as I get the corner table I like I will continue to hold my meetings there.

CS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We went to Circa for our 2nd wedding anniversary. We have chosen Circa for a number of special occasions over the years and always had a wonderful experience. We went to Circa last year for our first anniversary and we were energetically welcomed with "Happy Anniversary" and "Congratulations" from the various staff we interacted with. Last year they wrote Happy Anniversary across our dessert and gave us a card from the staff at the restaurant. We felt very special and celebrated! This year however there was 0 acknowledgement of our anniversary at all even though we wrote it on our reservation. We chose to come here again because we had such a great experience last year and unfortunately it felt just like any other night rather than our anniversary and we were pretty disappointed.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on September 9, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us at Circa at Clarendon. I am so sorry that we dropped the ball on acknowledging your special day. We will be following up over private message to learn more about your experience.

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EO
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant. The food is consistently good... the outside dining area was terrific.

AK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Salmon was unreal. Great food, would highly recommend coming here for a date night

EL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The price for brunch mimosas was extremely reasonable. The French toast was EXCELLENT! I'll definitely be back.

IE
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on August 26, 2019

Isabel, 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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LD
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on August 26, 2019

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

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