CIRCA at Clarendon

4.7
950 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 Dining Room and Patio are Open!

For more information on how we are keeping our guests and team safe, visit circabistros.com/keeping-you-safe

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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 950 people are saying
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DavidC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I dropped in for lunch -- the food and service were both great. I had the blackened chicken mango salad -- it was excellent!

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Serg
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was delicious. We enjoyed it and will return.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The occasion was our anniversary dinner. This our usual place to dine if we want a great meal and great service. This time we dined with friends and the night was special. The manager and the team or servers were phenomenal. I highly recommend this place if you wanted to be treated like royalty.

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vipWesty
Denver
34 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good solid food, ambiance and service. Some plates similar to Salt, which we like as well. We will go back

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Outstanding
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner here. Great service and literally everyone at the table thought their main course was fabulous. I would definitely go again.

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vipFuntimes
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoy the patio on summer evenings. Great location in Clarendon.

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vipSaraP18
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As someone who has food allergies, I was especially impressed with how accommodating CIRCA is to provide delicious food and not having cross contamination with food allergies. Food recommendations were excellent and so was the service.

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DavidB
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had an outstanding Friday late lunch. Food was very good - each dish. The mushroom flatbread was a major hit.

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vipKellyD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love going to Circa - it's my favorite neighborhood restaurant and the servers are awesome. I always look forward to eating there with friends.

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vipMarkF
Tampa
35 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at CIRCA is only surpassed by the friendliness and positive attitude of their staff. BB has been our server several times, and she is simply outstanding in the way she takes care of her customers. Thank you!

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Kayaker
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Circa is our 'go to' restaurant. The service is attentive and pleasant and the food is always reliably very good.

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SusanE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service. Great personnel. Only drank, so can't rate the food.

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vipOSCAR
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! The mushroom flatbread has no equal and the steak frites was perfect!
Service was fantastic!

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joAnnp
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Same meal I had with Circa a year ago. A favorite.

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Tatianaw
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server Elise was attentive and knowledgeable

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vipWBWII
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and had an awesome server (Devin?) we had the brick chicken and a Turkey burger, cooked seasoned to perfection. Sides were good and the Brad pudding was amazing.

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vipluvDC
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & waitress was pleasant & attentive.

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bubba22201
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Not well trained staff-didn't know which patron got what dish, confused misorder of broiled chix for fried chix, didn't bring water to table upon being twice reminded.
Menu and food was good for carnivores and veg types.
Pleasant nook for party of four, pleasant servers.

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SafiyaY
New England
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here on Father's Day for my husband's birthday. The restaurant was nicely decorated, and the hostess was so friendly and inviting. She immediately acknowledged it was my husband's birthday from my reservation note which was very nice.

Our server was Lily. She was absolutely amazing! She was attentive and kind. She had great food suggestions and at the end of our meal she offered to take a couple pictures of us. The food was sooo good especially the granola french toast. Lily suggested the bread pudding and I will now trust her with all my food choices because that was one of the best desserts I ever had. They brought it out with a candle for my hubby's birthday which was also very nice. Oh and the cocktails were so good too!

It was a great experience, and we will definitely return again!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on June 22, 2021

Thank you for celebrating with us! We are so happy you chose us to be a part of your special occasion. We appreciate your rating and review, and we looking forward to hosting you again, soon!

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vipPatT
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific meal outdoors on their lovely patio. Great service. Brushetta was enough for a complete meal, but we split it for 4. Delicious. Other entrees included short ribs, steak & salmon. All great. One of the best short ribs I ever tasted.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on June 22, 2021

Thank you for dining with us, Pat! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your meal! We appreciate your rating and review, and we look forward to hosting you again, soon!

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vipSuzanneP
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good was great. Service was great until it got busy and it took a while to get our check. I will definitely come back again.

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vipCaroline
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food and good atmosphere! And convenient location.

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MatthewS
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, impeccable service, and a overall superb experience for a birthday dinner.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on June 15, 2021

Thank you for celebrating with us, Matthew! We are so happy you chose us to be a part of your special occasion. Cheers!

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vipPartridgepeg
Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had a nice quiet table, so talking (and hearing) was easy. The table was ample for the two of us, and table spacing was good. The food is good here, and priced at average with other restaurants in it's class. The service was fine even though restaurants are filling-up again. We will go back.

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GabrielleC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food! Will definitely recommend to everyone and will visit again

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on June 15, 2021

Thank you for your rating and review, Gabrielle! We look forward to hosting you again, soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. Perfect brunch spot!

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Marie
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice open area and a limited but interesting menu. Good for conversation and social distance. Friendly, courteous, efficient staff. One of my "go-to" places when I meet friends in Clarendon.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on June 15, 2021

Thank you for trusting us to provide you with an outstanding dining experience, Marie! We look forward to hosting you and your friends again, soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining with friends

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vipJanetD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hadn't been here in a few years and was not disappointed. I had the salmon salad for lunch and it was delicious. They provided a birthday surprise dessert for my guest, which was very thoughtful. I will definitely return!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on June 15, 2021

Thank you for celebrating with us! We are so happy you chose us to be a part of your special occasion. We look forward to hosting you again soon, Janet!

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vipBrianDespard
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had lunch outside. Very pleasant space. Good service. Salad was fresh with nice range of ingredients.

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JoeM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Circa is great. The food is delicious, and the service was attentive. There is covered seating outside, and the tables all had plenty of space between them.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on June 10, 2021

Thank you for trusting us to provide you with an outstanding dining experience, Joe! We look forward to hosting you in the future.

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vipfoodfan
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love Circa and our dinner last night was no exception. The service was fantastic and the food was delicious.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on June 9, 2021

We are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience! Thank you for joining us, and we hope to host you again soon!

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AllisonT
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great service and good food and drinks! Outdoor patio is dog friendly!

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Teeo
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat with family or friends. A variety of selections on the menu.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on June 9, 2021

Thank you for your rating and review! We look forward to hosting you again, soon!

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MMM3
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and the food was excellent, especially the Veg+Quinoa Bowl

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on June 3, 2021

We are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience! Thank you for joining us and we hope to host you again soon!

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junew
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i come here every weekend, my favorite spot ever.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on June 3, 2021

Thank you for trusting us to provide you with an outstanding dining experience, June. We look forward to hosting you in the future.

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vipMagicj
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Huevos Rancheros and Bloody Marys!

All the staff is wonderful!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on June 3, 2021

Thank you for your rating! We look forward to your next visit.

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DonB
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside. We were never rushed. Enjoyed drinks, then had dinner. Salads were amazing. Our waiter took care of us but was never intrusive. Food was delicious and appropriately priced. A fun place to get together with friends.

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Geranium
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was outstanding. We stayed for a long time and did not have drinks. She didn't rush us and was always courteous and efficient. We left her a big tip and hope she got it.

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vipSusan
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Circa is reliable for good food, efficient and friendly service, and acceptable value.

FAQs

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

CIRCA at Clarendon is rated 4.7 stars by 950 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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