CIRCA at Clarendon

4.8
801 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

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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 801 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service provided, very COVID conscientious, and good food. Only thing that may make me consider not returning to this restaurant in the future is that their drinks are not so good, yet they are expensive. This is my second time ordering drinks at this location. In both occasions, I am not impressed at all by their drinks.

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vipChillicothegirl
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a beautiful birthday luncheon for 5. We sat outside, under the tent with warming heaters overhead. The food was superb! We were all happy & impressed. Service was great. We all plan to go back!!!

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vipRaeb
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and food. We absolutely love everything about circa. We feel like roality when we go there. Everything is outstanding. Tuna nachos are to die for!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful time celebrating friend’s birthday in our own space. No noisy, distracting TVs. Thank you.

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ElijahM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I dine here every year for our anniversary. Each year is better than the last! Circa is the perfect date spot for first dates, 50th anniversaries and everything in between.

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MightyMinnie
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great good and friendly service. The hummus and calamari appetizers were particularly tasty.

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vipMarkF
Tampa
24 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Circa never disappoints! Terrific meal. The best tasting food in Clarendon!

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vipLeslieL
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great outdoor dining, attentive service, good food

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vipNancyB
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Circa! The food is great and the service outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends took me here for a birthday brunch. We prefer outdoor dining although conditions were less than ideal. However Circa had a great outdoor set up, and we were able to enjoy it. I had the All American breakfast and it was fantastic, with the portions just about right. The staff was incredible and I really appreciated how they served us. This was my third time here, and I will certainly be back!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on November 6, 2020

Thank you for joining us on such a special occasion. We are so glad that you enjoyed our All American breakfast brunch entree and the service. We look forward to hosting you again.

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TommyW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a great overall experience. We walked by a very beautiful outdoorseating area to get greeted by some nice hosteses. We ordered the fall brusheta and was amazing, very good twist on a classic appitizer. The bulgolgi lettuce wraps were a little disappointing, seems like they needed a sauce. The steak frietes was a small portion of steak but very good quality. We ended with the pumpkin cheesecake, a great choice by our waitress!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on November 6, 2020

Thank you for dining with us Tommy. We are happy that you have enjoyed our Fall Brushetta and Bulgogi lettuce wraps. We appreciate your feedback on the Steak Frites and we will be sure to pass this note to our culinary team. We look forward to hosting you again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Anniversary dinner, 0 acknowledgment, waitress never did table touches, just order taker, 0 concern. Food wasn’t bad, cocktails were ok at best

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vipMike
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very COVID friendly - liked all their precautions. Food was terrific as was service. Will be back!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on November 6, 2020

Thank you for dining with us Mike. We are so glad that you enjoyed our food and service. We look forward to your next visit.

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MelvinW
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clarendon Circa always pleases. Great ambiance, music variety and food.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on October 26, 2020

Thank you for dining with us. We are so glad that you enjoy the food and the ambiance. We look forward to hosting you again.

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vipGogrady
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Not happy. Food was fine as is always the case...but truthfully I made a reservation here (again) bc you can eat safely outside. However, with out of town company in tow we arrived and were told we’d have to wait 45 minutes for our reserved table. Not cool. No one apologized or attempted to make it up to us. I won’t be going back. Too bad.

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Fiddledee
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and enjoyed a wonderful lunch. Service was great and food was very good too.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on October 26, 2020

Thank you for dining with us. We are very glad that you enjoyed the food and service on the patio. We look forward to hosting you again soon.

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Diane
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor dining was very enjoyable with very good service. Having an outdoor table at the end of the side of the restaurant, we never felt abandoned by wait staff. The food was outstanding. The Scallops, the Brick Chicken and the two salads that our group ordered were all as tasty as they were beautifully presented. Everyone was happy and anxious to return.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on October 26, 2020

Diane, thank you for dining with us. We are happy that your group enjoyed the food and the service. We look forward to seeing you all again soon!

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Lori
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We both had entree salads which were delicious, especially the salmon. Loved the white tablecloths and candles. Fun to be outside with sun setting - and watching activity on the street.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on October 26, 2020

Thank you for joining us, Lori. We are so glad that you enjoyed our Grilled Salmon salad and the ambiance on the patio. We look forward to hosting you again!

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RobertA
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
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
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
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!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on October 26, 2020

Thank you for joining us, Whitney. We are so glad that you have enjoyed your experience. We look forward to hosting you again.

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KeithS
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on October 19, 2020

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 on October 18, 2020
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 on October 19, 2020

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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vipjasonw
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on October 19, 2020

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
8 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
47 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
Richmond
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
6 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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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 4.8 stars by 801 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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