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CIRCA at Clarendon

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783 Reviews
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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!

**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

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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 783 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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RobertA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Circa was a fantastic experience . I’m an executive Chef in Charlottesville, Va , my girlfriend and I went here for a dinner date. The cocktails were fairly priced and delicious. Our server was very kind and knowledgeable. Our food was flavorful and cooked to perfection. We both got the salmon , I ordered mine medium and it was on point. The cauliflower mash was perfect. Highly recommend and will go back again :)

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Whitney
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!
Great food, drinks, service and atmosphere.
Very clean and follows all guidelines perfectly.
Thank you for a fabulous Sunday dinner with my parents!

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KeithS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for a weekend brunch; good food, good service, and a lovely ambiance.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for joining us. We are so glad you enjoyed our food, service, and ambiance. We look forward to hosting you again.

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Tammy
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

CIRCA at Clarendon is great, I’ve only been for brunch on weekends several times and it’s always excellent! Great friends staff and service, good food, and reasonable prices!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded 2 days ago

Tammy, thank you for joining us. We are so glad that you enjoy our service and food. We look forward to your next visit.

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jasonw
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food and drinks. Service was a bit slow, but the management seemed to notice and fixed it initially.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for dining with us Jason. We are so glad that you enjoyed the food and the drinks. Thank you for your feedback on service and we are very glad to read that our management was able to assist you in real-time. We look forward to your next visit.

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vipOscarD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate lunch seated at the spacious outdoor patio on a lovely fall day. Food and service were outstanding. Definitely a good spot anytime.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on October 12, 2020

Thank you for dining with us, Oscar. We are so glad that you enjoyed our food and service. Certainly, join us again soon.

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GiGi
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered the Blackened Chicken Salad. It was superb.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on October 12, 2020

Gigi, thank you for dining with us. We are so glad that you enjoyed our Blackened chicken and mango salad. We look forward to your next visit.

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vipKevinCallahan
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Circa in Clarendon (Arlington) was a very good restaurant. It is a little loud with the Metro just a block away. Also; they need to order heaters for the patio. It was 65 degrees and windy the night we were there. The manager said she was working on that.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on October 5, 2020

Thank you for joining us, Kevin. We are glad that you enjoyed your experience. We appreciate your feedback and we look forward to hosting you soon!

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vipvictorias
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The food was delicious but the service was incredibly poor. We were celebrating our engagement and mentioned it to the waitress - it was not even recognized. She came to our table maybe once to check in and we never received waters etc. until asking for them from a busboy. It was a very disappointing experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great dinner here for anniversary. Sat outside and it was nice with the lights and fountain. Although on the streetside, they have it blocked well so that passersby are not close. Calamari, steak frites, salmon salad all were good, as was pumpkin cheesecake! Service was great, place was clean and staff were masked.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on October 5, 2020

Thank you for joining us on such a special occasion! We are so happy that you enjoyed the service, our Calamari, our steak frites, our salmon salad, and the pumpkin cheesecake! We look forward to you next visit.

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KatieO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service. We went for brunch. O recommended the fall bruschetta. There is also a QR code on the tables to access the menu. So smart!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on October 5, 2020

Thank you for dining with us, Katie! We are so glad you enjoyed our Fall Bruschetta. We look forward to hosting you again!

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vipMrLightBright06
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time at this location but my 100th time at Circa. I just love the food and this location is one of the best ones.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on October 5, 2020

Thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoy our food and your experience. We look forward to you next visit!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always amazing at brunch! Get the avocado toast!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on October 5, 2020

Thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed our Avocado Toast. Come back and see us again soon.

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andrewM
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was in town for an interview. Great food and great service.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on October 5, 2020

Thank you for joining us, Andrew! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and the service. We look forward to hosting you again the next time you are in town!

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vipleigh
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This was our first time at CIRCA! The food was FABULOUS!! We go out to eat quite a bit and I have to say this restaurant is now on the top of my list. Service was great. The staff was so friendly and helpful. They even gave us a discount on a more expensive bottle of wine when the less expensive bottle was not available. Will definitely return!! Wish they had one in Western PWC!!!!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on September 21, 2020

Leigh, We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience with us. We look forward to hosting you again when you are back in the area!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food!!!

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JCdiningreviews
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, service and food. Sit outside, but be sure to make reservations.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on September 28, 2020

Thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience. We look forward to hosting you again.

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Whitney
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at Circa. Fantastic food, drinks, atmosphere, service.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on September 15, 2020

Thank you for joining us Whitney. We are so glad you enjoyed the food, the drinks, the service, and the atmosphere. We look forward to hosting you soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! Table seating to accommodating our cake and candles they were amazing!!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on September 15, 2020

Thank you for joining us on your special occasion! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience. Come back and see us soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great - European sized - portions (so you can actually enjoy ànd an appetizer, ànd a main dish ànd a dessert.) and great service!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on September 15, 2020

Thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and the service. We look forward to hosting you soon!

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MikeD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Get away from quarantine for a night out.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on September 4, 2020

Mike, Thank you for joining us for your getaway night. We look forward to hosting you again.

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CBBB
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the patio! And especially the Brussels sprouts!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on September 4, 2020

Thank you for joining us! We are glad you enjoyed our Brussels and Blue appetizer and the patio. We'll see you soon!

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MikeT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The roasted Brussels sprouts are a must have appetizer. The combination of bleu cheese, bacon and balsamic vinegar turns boring sprouts into delicious treat.

The service was attentive and professional. My companion and I sat outside, so the noise level was moderate. It would have been a lot quieter inside, but we would have missed the great people watching on a beautiful afternoon.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on September 4, 2020

Mike, thanks for joining us. We are happy to know that you enjoyed our Brussels and Blue appetizer, the service, and the ambiance on the patio. Come back and see us soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great overall dining experience.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on August 31, 2020

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

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Sensational
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my sister's accomplishments by receiving her Phd. The service, food, and outdoor atmosphere was amazing and really fun. We are grateful we chose Circa to dine.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on August 31, 2020

Thank you so much for celebrating such a special occasion with us! We are so glad you enjoyed the service, food, and outdoor atmosphere. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipBarb
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful as usual, especially the bread pudding, which was AWESOME.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on August 31, 2020

Barb, thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Brioche Bread Pudding and we hope to see you again soon!

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CindyA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We all ordered Restaurant Week meals, and were very satisfied with them. Brussels & Blue was outstanding. CIRCA did not have one of our party's preferred main course, so they offered him any of the mains available in RW meals.

Our waiter must have been new. He was slow to bring requested items, especially beverages.

The outdoor patio ambiance was nice. Because it was a Sunday evening, traffic noise was not an issue.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on August 31, 2020

Cindy, thank you so much for joining us for Summer Restaurant Week! We are so sorry about the service you experienced. We will be following up with our team to address your feedback. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Vicky
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and great area to enjoy people watching while enjoying a great meal. Will definitely be back.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on August 31, 2020

Vicky, 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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FlowerNise
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was glad to know that outdoor seating is available for social distancing and there are umbrellas. The food was delicious and the service was wonderful.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on August 24, 2020

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

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KristinA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice outdoor dining experience on the plaza outside the restaurant. The menu is American bistro fare with a bit of an eclectic twist. It felt almost like normal times to be there with my colleagues.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on August 24, 2020

Kristin, thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the patio and food! We look forward to welcoming you and your colleagues back soon.

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Gourmand
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Circa is the only restaurant I go to because the patio is so big.. and The menu has a wide offering. It’s very good! I also go to the one in Foggy Bottom which has a large patio and is covered. Besides, I’m addicted to the mushroom flatbread!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on August 24, 2020

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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always love eating at circa. Desserts were delicious this time around, but bummed the lobster ravioli is not on the menu for this time around

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on September 8, 2020

Thank you so much for dining with us. We are glad to know that you enjoyed the desserts. Thanks for the feedback on the Lobster Ravioli, we'll be sure to let our Chefs know you'd like to see it back on the menu. See you next time!

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Surabaya
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

eat out side and weather was great. Noise from subway air vents some what load. Food was good.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on August 24, 2020

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

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LK44
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Waiters were helpful, but the food service was pretty slow.

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Tammy
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service, great ambiance, nice outdoor seating but limited menu options

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on August 17, 2020

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

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NinaS
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We wanted an outdoor seating. Couldn’t make that request online so called in and gave the name on the reservation. We got our outdoor seating when we got there!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on August 17, 2020

Nina, thank you so much for joining us on the patio! We hope you enjoyed your experience and we look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was super friendly and food was delicious! Will definitely come back.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on August 17, 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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Kiki
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cora is great for brunch! Awesome food and great service. Highly recommend.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on August 10, 2020

Kiki, thank you so much for joining us for brunch! We hope to see you again soon!

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GeorgiaG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great food. Clean /covid safe precautions.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on August 10, 2020

Georgia, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you felt safe joining us and enjoyed the food and service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipFoodie64
Baltimore
47 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outdoors and it was very nice and safe
Server was great

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on August 10, 2020

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

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from CIRCA at Clarendon using the Order Online button. CIRCA at Clarendon also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 522-3010.

CIRCA at Clarendon is rated 4.7 stars by 783 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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