CIRCA at Clarendon

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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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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an 11:00 reservation. Perfect! By the time we left around 1:00, it was very noisy. Happy we came early.

VB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Haven't been for brunch in years and it is better than I remembered. Service was sensational!

YB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took a friend for her birthday brunch and , as always, thoroughly enjoyed it! Thank you.

L
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The lovster ravioli was horrible - I almost sent it back. The shrimp was salty & little to no lobster -- over all sub average.

My girlfriend's fish entree was average - little no taste or creativity.

Waitress was nice but it's also loud

This is NOT a 4 star experience - at best a 3 & our dishes a 2.5 forcrge price

JM
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Celebrated five years together and was so appreciate of how well the Circa staff always takes care of us.

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Responded 5 days ago

Jessica, thank you for celebrating such a special occasion with us! We are so glad you enjoyed the service and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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IN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance for Valentine's Day! The place looked great! Steak frites were a bit undercooked, but overall a really fun time with my girlfriend.

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Responded 5 days ago

Ian, thank you so much for joining us for Valentine's Day! We are so glad you enjoyed the Steak Frites. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Lovely v day dinner !

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Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for celebrating Valentine's Day with us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and we hope to see you again soon!

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DT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food was fantastic as usual

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Responded 5 days ago

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The overall ambiance of the restaurant was very nice. The music was not too loud and the overall sound level was moderate. Food and service was outstanding and the overall experience was fantastic. I would definitely go again.

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Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the ambiance as well as the food and service! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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e
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Circa is a go-to spot for us. We come all the time, mostly for brunch, and enjoy it. The service is a bit harried, as in you have to ask multiple times for more ketchup or syrup (they give you about a dram of each) and half and half if you don't get it up front. That gets irritating when you're sitting there waiting to eat until one person in the party gets their syrup. Anyway...that syrup does end up on some delicious French toast. The cocktails are always solid and the wine list is fine. It's pretty loud.

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Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the french toast and cocktails. We will be sharing your feedback with our team and we hope to see you again soon!

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W
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was a time when I was able to get to CIRCA at Clarendon every Sunday for brunch. I miss it. I love brunch and CIRCA does it very, very well. For me going out to eat is a total experience - not just good food. And CIRCA does it all for me - and has since it opened. The food is very good, the service is always great and the dining room is always clean. (I am one of the dinosaurs who would prefer it a bit less noisy but it is not too, too loud.) This is one of my neighborhood favorites and I am so glad they are there when I can get there.

Oh, try the chicken benedict! I love it. And the Bistro breakfast too.

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Responded 5 days ago

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

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food and drinks were good (some very good), but the prices were a bit high.

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Responded on February 10, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us and for your feedback! We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Drinks were amazing, loved the ambiance! I had what I think was called the blackberry julep!

GE
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Unfortunately I asked a burger be well done, had to send back twice. Still was not really right.
One thing they did not charge me for the burger and were apologetic.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on February 10, 2020

Gaetana, thank you for joining us! We are so sorry to hear about your burger and will be sharing your feedback with our Chef. We hope you'll join us again soon!

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RD
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every CIRCA location is a great choice. This visit was a first date and it was perfect. BTW—get the Brussels Sprouts. You will not be sorry.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us for a first day! We are so glad you enjoyed everything including the Brussels and Blue! We hope to see you again soon for a second date!

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a
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always. One of the few restaurants we go to where everyone always cleans their plates completely. For dinner I have so far had the scallops, the lobster ravioli and shrimp, and then short rib, and all are fantastic. Chocolate torte dessert is great. Brunch is lovely as well!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on February 3, 2020

Thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Seared Scallops, Lobster Ravioli and Seared Shrimp, Short Rib, and Dark Chocolate Torte. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! We’ve come here multiple times and the timeliness is always great. Every server we’ve had is on point and attentive when needed. Food is always great too. No complaints, I’ve never had an issue with anything at a circa restaurant.

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Responded on February 3, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us and for your positive feedback! We are so glad you've had such great experiences with and will be sure to share with our team. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick and easy. Food is prepped well.

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Responded on January 27, 2020

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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E
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING ambiance and food to accompany! Thanks for making brunch memorable because we'll definitely be back.

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Responded on January 27, 2020

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

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CC
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

CIRCA’s menu always delivers! There are always a variety of options, so I’m always choosing to order among three or four items.

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Responded on January 27, 2020

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

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DC
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, service was good & food was great!

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Responded on January 27, 2020

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

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S
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab neighborhood restaurant. I had the lobster ravioli and sautéed shrimp, and it was yummy. Also try the brick chicken.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on January 27, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Lobster Ravioli and Sauteed Shrimp, Free Range Brick Chicken, and chocolate chip cookies. We hope to see you again soon!

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H
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Have eaten multiple times at Circa Foggy Bottom and thoroughly enjoyed each visit, I opted to try the Clarendon location to accommodate an Arlington guest. Circa was advertising a restaurant-week menu and I inquired about the portion size and was informed that the appetizer would be half the normal menu portion, but my other choices including the short rib and bread pudding dessert would be the same as from the regular menu. The restaurant-week menu looked like a good value so I opted in. Judging from my experience at both locations, and using the dessert as a specific point of comparison, either the server was incorrect and the restaurant-week menu offers reduced portions throughout, or the Foggy Bottom location is superior in this regard. The dessert seemed half the size my wife and I had shared multiple times in the past. The appetizers and entrees were very good all around, although I found my small single short rib also undersized. Recommend you skip the restaurant-week menu, or better yet skip restaurant week entirely.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on January 20, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us at CIRCA at Clarendon. We are so sorry about the miscommunication regarding the portion size of our Restaurant Week menu. We will be following up with our team to address your experience. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went during Restaurant week, on a Sunday night. It was more crowded than usual, and noise level was tolerable. The service we fast and efficient, as was the kitchen. We enjoyed the menu; which is continental with a touch of creativity.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on January 27, 2020

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

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J
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Anniversary

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Responded on January 27, 2020

Thank you for celebrating your anniversary with us! We hope to see you again soon!

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MF
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal - Circa's chefs prepare the best medium rare salmon in Clarendon.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on January 27, 2020

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great range of options on menu! Interesting cocktails. Good value for the area.

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Responded on January 27, 2020

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

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c
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
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.

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Responded on January 20, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed Winter Restaurant Week and that we were able to accommodate! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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RV
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and friendly, helpful service as always.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on January 20, 2020

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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MS
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Responded on January 20, 2020

Mark, thank you so much for joining us during Winter Restaurant Week! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place. Food is great. Best spot for food in Clarendon.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on February 3, 2020

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

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ES
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favorite place! Fantastic food and service.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on January 20, 2020

Eric, 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
16 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

very consistent. Awesome food. one of my favorite spots

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on January 20, 2020

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

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NB
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on January 20, 2020

Nancy, 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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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.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on January 20, 2020

Zachary, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed brunch and we hope to see you again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Filled up water quickly and lots of sauce options !!

LL
Washington DC
28 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

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on January 20, 2020

Leslie, 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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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!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on January 20, 2020

Sharon, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps, Short Ribs, Jambalaya, and Lobster Ravioli and Sauteed Shrimp. We hope to see you again soon!

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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.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on January 20, 2020

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

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