CIRCA at Clarendon

4.8
897 Reviews
$30 and under
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!

**Our patio and dining room are now open at 50% capacity! **
For more information on how we are keeping our guests and team safe, visit circabistros.com/keeping-you-safe

Support CIRCA at Clarendon during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 897 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MiriamH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our servers were very nice. We stayed a long time for lunch as we had not seen each other in over a year, but the servers were very attentive and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Convenient location. A bit noisy outside due to metro. Food ok.

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BigPun8888
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Mother's day brunch with the family. Reservations made via OpenTable. Parking in the garage is a must or you will be towed. Street parking during weekend is scarce. Restricted to Sunday Brunch menu from 11-3pm.

Place - Very nice; decor and layout is good; garage is just across the street on N. Garfield; outdoor seating layout is well done.
Service - Promptly seated and our server was good; gave a recap of all the orders from her notepad. She checked on us from time to time.
Food - A few areas to improve. Calamari - too skimpy in serving size for $13.50 - hard pass if ever I come back.
Southern Chicken Benedict $14.50 - Chicken was a tad bigger than McDo nuggets on two very dry "homemade biscuits". This came with 2 eggs and breakfast fries. Definitely something the Chef should review for this price point. I don't mind paying for quality but this one should be avoided.
Chicken Bulgogi Fried Rice - It was ok from two of my family members. Nothing special. The same with the breakfast sandwhich and market salad with grilled shrimp.
Hope this gives some insight to management and to future patrons.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food1service5ambience5

Mother’s Day

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vipBobBurgess
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Just too noisy to be enjoyed.

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NemoB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

It was Cinco de Mayo so it was crowded. After an hour we finally had our order taken. It was very loud with a drunk group sitting by us. Not an enjoyable space.

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vipchapo
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to place. Always good. Very consistent throughout the years. Great atmosphere too!

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michaelc
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Food was good, service wasn't great and they didn't pay attention to my birthday note which is disappointing

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AnnT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for brunch. Everything was delicious, the service was spot-on, will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was okay— not fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Staff was friendly. They took good precautions to be safe during Covid. Food came out very fast. I mentioned to the waitress that my friend and I were going to split the entree and they automatically split it and brought it out in two different plates. I also appreciated that they didn’t push us out. They let my friend and I stay and catch up for a bit.

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DanB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the restaurant was nicely decorated.

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ClareA
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food for a great price. Nice service as well. Will be back

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vipLeslieL
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant in consistent with solid food! They also have an amazing outdoor space in Clarendon

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Fui dos veces. Entre semana y fue bueno. Pero el weekend con dos invitados fue una pesadilla. Sólo está la carta brunch pero nos tomaron la orden de la carta general. Luego hubo de corregir y adaptarse a nuevos platos. Las interrupciones de la salida con amigos por razones de mismanagement. Falta de tacto en toda la atención. Siempre confundieron parte de la orden, sea de bebidas o comida. En fin, fue una experiencia que no recomiendo si quieren pasar un weekend tranquilo. Hay muchas otras opciones. Lyon Hall es una que no falla en ninguno de estos aspectos nunca. Saludos.

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vipLeoDC
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Aside from a server miscommunication and delay w/ one of three brunch entries, this was another good visit to one of my favorite local restaurants. Fresh, tasty and consistent.

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IVP7
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place. Good service. The grill was not working the full menu was not available, but we are happy to come back and give it another try.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Excellent food!

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Sahark
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. I got the steak frites and it was mouthwatering.

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CeeVee
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food, great caring service, nice spot outside under the tent -- as always, a pleasure to be at Circa Clarendon.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great place to eat! Only thing was hostess gave up our reservation. But besides that it was awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Terrible unattentive service. Disappointing considering the lack of crowd

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KarenR
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wine was half off, the food was great and plentiful and the service delightful.

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CatherineP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I could give this 6 Stars for service I would. I gathered family for brunch. Our waiter noticed my niece squinting with the sun. He came over with a pair of sunglasses and told her that he noticed her having trouble with the sun. He gave her a pair of sterilized sunglasses to make her more comfortable.

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vipMarkF
Tampa
32 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, an exceptional meal - the medium rare salmon was cooked to perfection!

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WilliamJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

the only real distraction was the subway station beneath the front outside area. the food was amazi g and service was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Usually love Circa but they were off their game tonight. Always count on them for being reliable. Order was messed up for both salads (came with dressing) and the mushroom flatbread was soggy and flavorless. Service was spotty

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Chris
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was fabulous . It was my first time there and I definitely will be back. Service was great... everything about it was fantastic.

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roseh
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent. Wehad a nice outside table in the sun.

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Padrino
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 4th anniversary. Easy reservations, though plan in advance as they get booked up quickly. Great service and amazing food. They have never let us down.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Birthday Thanks!

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vipMarkF
Tampa
32 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best prepared salmon in any Clarendon restaurant! Always excellent.

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MaryC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great. The $35 three coarse options was wonderful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and perfect service. Menu is extensive with so many options if you are gluten free

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and wonderful food in one of Arlington best food hubs.

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ReesF
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, service was top notch. Can't wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bruschetta was the best I’ve ever had. Good God

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DamienA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location, great environment!! Took my wife on our first date in this area and she loved it.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Sat for 30 plus minutes before anyone greeted us, granted the server seemed to have inside and the entire patio for service.
Manager came over and took care of drinks and food orders, very nice lady and the food runner!

“Our Server” and I say in quotes because though she may have been busy , but she never told us her name or greeted us as our server... we didn’t know who was our POC.

Food was GREAT.
French toast A1
Avocado toast 8/10 the bread was too thick but flavors WOW
Poke Nachos FIRE AF
Eggs add cheese GREAT!
Drinks were great too! Can’t remember the names but they were very tasty. Great balance of spirit & ingredients

Would be back for brunch !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience5

Unfortunately I didn’t have the best service experience at circa this time around. We were waiting for about 20 minutes before our server came over to take our drink order. I think they were understaffed because our server was not as attentive as she could have been to our table.

FAQs

CIRCA at Clarendon offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 522-3010.

CIRCA at Clarendon is rated 4.8 stars by 897 OpenTable diners.

CIRCA at Clarendon does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.circabistros.com/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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