CIRCA at Clarendon

4.7
555 reviews
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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
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Professional. Easy.

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Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. The food is always amazing. Missed coming there since I moved jobs, but always love everything about Cira.

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Responded a day ago

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DA
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and service high quality. I am from the Midwest and many Washington prices seem high to me. I always look at the right side of the menu. You’re trees are priced reasonably.

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Responded a day ago

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

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M
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed excellence all-around. Our server (Heather H) was extremely helpful recommending the best drinks, salads and entree’s as well as providing amazing service. I highly recommend CIRCA.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on June 17, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed Heather's service as well as the food and drinks. We hope to see you again soon!

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J
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great outdoor patio. Prices a little steep but the food and service were good. Sitting outside is a real treat.

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Responded on June 17, 2019

Jake, thank you so much for joining us! We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon!

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MS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside on a beautiful evening on the patio. Delicious meal. I had the scallops, my husband the halibut. Nice wine selection and helpful service. The nice part is that we could stay and visit and no one rushed us. It was also very quiet on the patio.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on June 17, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Seared Scallops and Herb Crusted Halibut as well as the service. We hope to see you again soon!

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G
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a table outside, which was great given the awesome weather. It was definitely louder inside.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on June 17, 2019

Gootie, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and hope to see you again soon!

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S
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very enjoyable food and service. However the same music plays in bar and restaurant and the sound quality is poor and the music selection is not the suitable for the dining room atmosphere.

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Responded on June 17, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us and for taking the time to share your feedback with us! We hope to see you again soon!

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H
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Salmon was incredible!

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Responded on June 17, 2019

Hillary, thank you so much for joining us. We are so glad you enjoyed everything and hope to see you again soon!

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C
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

This is one of our standby restaurants where we know the food and atmosphere will always be excellent. It can be chilly inside, but when the weather is nice, I highly recommend getting a table outside. Previously, I would have said that the service was outstanding, but on this trip, we noticed long wait times, no drink orders and an appetizer for four that came with no plates. Once we asked about specials and the soup of the day, we got a lot more information. So, maybe little stuff is starting to slip, or maybe and this was just an "off" night or a new server. Everyone loved the food but we agreed that we'd love to see fewer spicy items on the menu to accommodate groups with different tastes.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on June 17, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We genuinely appreciate your feedback regarding the service and will be following up with our team to address your feedback regarding the service. We are also always happy to modify any of our menu items to fit various flavor preferences. We hope to see you again soon!

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R
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little loud in the dinning room from bar noise but the food was simply amazing!!

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Responded on June 17, 2019

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Overall very good experience. Ambiance was okay. Service was good but a little slow at times, Food was great. Both of us had Salmon and it was excellent. Will definitely return in the future

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on June 10, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us and for taking the time to share your feedback! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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T
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my Uncle’s birthday so we took him to CIRCA - Clarendon. The service was great and the food was awesome! We will definitely go back.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on June 3, 2019

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

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R
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was amazing, drinks ok, service ok. Food saved the day.

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Responded on May 28, 2019

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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch spot and service is always awesome!

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Responded on May 28, 2019

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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JL
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food, drinks, bar, and ambiance! This is in a convenient location and I would definitely recommend to friends

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Responded on May 28, 2019

Jen, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and hope to see you again soon!

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent, scrumptious and fresh. I ordered two small plates, Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps and Shotgun shrimp and my husband had the Jambalaya. Food was delivered quickly on a busy Friday night and service was great. Every waiter who came by would help out by clearing plates, taking orders etc.
The only downside was had to pay to park in a garage near by and a bit noisy. But the food was worth the visit and will go again, when it is less busy.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on May 20, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps, Shotgun Shrimp, and Jambalaya. We hope to see you again soon!

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ML
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Will go bk next week. Very good food. Great value.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on May 20, 2019

Michael, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and hope to see you again soon!

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J
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought a friend to celebrate her 81st birthday and the staff was so professional and accommodating. My friend has some mobility and hearing issues and she was treated pleasantly and respectfully. We both loved our entrees and desserts as well! Lovely location, beautiful patio and bar areas, and great food. I will return!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on May 20, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us and celebrating your friend's 81st birthday! We are so glad you enjoyed the entrees and desserts. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice folks

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TT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food, Great Service...And the fact that we were seated immediately made it even better. I'll be back.

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Responded on May 6, 2019

Tamela, 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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SS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great location, I loved the ambiance and ability to have a conversation without bother tables nearby. The staff was wonderful and took care of all of our needs.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on May 13, 2019

Steven, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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G
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. Energetic yet relaxing atmosphere. I will definitely come to CIRCA again!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 29, 2019

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

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OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Excellent customer service and their small plates are the bomb. Try the Brussels sprouts. Yummm

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Responded on April 29, 2019

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

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love everything about Circa!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 29, 2019

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

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff and food was excellent and will be back

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 29, 2019

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

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P
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location with plenty of street or parking garage options. Service was very good. The food choices were nice. Dinner served quickly and it was delicious. As were the cocktails. Huge wine selection too.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 29, 2019

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

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Above average...not great

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Responded on April 29, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us!

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O
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and service was great. Wonderful place for a nice brunch or quiet dinner. Will be going back.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 22, 2019

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

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b
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

The deserts were flavorless except for the ice cream topping. Desert apples and carrots did not taste fresh, carrot cake frosting was bland. The salads were straight from the very coldest refrigerator--the plates were ice cold and to complement them the bread was as if it had been microwaved from the freezer. Steak and frites were fine.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 22, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us. We are so sorry to hear about your experience with the food. We will be following up over private message to learn more.

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v
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, service, wine list, and vibe. Everyone in our party thoroughly enjoyed our GNO!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 22, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food, service, wine list, and atmosphere! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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TH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant!!!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 22, 2019

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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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I frequent this Circa location often, I started coming here out of convenience but nw I’m come more for the service and the food.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 15, 2019

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

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JM
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I love CIRCA and had such a great experience on our last time there. The restaurant sent over cookies because they know we have celebrated many “firsts” there which was so thoughtful and part of the reason we keep coming back!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 15, 2019

Jessica, thank you so much for joining us time and time again! We are so glad to hear we've been able to celebrate many "firsts" with you and look forward to celebrating many more with you. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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RB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful place to spend with friends!!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 15, 2019

Rosa, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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PM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best of all is the chance to eat outside in warm weather - which we did for the first time in months!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 15, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed eating outside. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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RW
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great french toast and exceptional service. Super friendly

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Responded on April 8, 2019

Rachel, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Almond Granola French Toast and service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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t
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time, great experience.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 8, 2019

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

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JG
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding service and great food; highly recommend.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 8, 2019

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got to sit outside which was nice, because inside was a little loud. Food is soooo good. Love this place!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 8, 2019

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

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