CIRCA at Clarendon

4.8
1001 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

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 1001 people are saying
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AmyF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

That bruschetta was the best thing I’ve eaten in a long time. Ridiculously good.

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Mojo
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great layout and outside view with a variety of seating options…bar, hightops, booth, tables. Pleasant staff and service. Entrees were outstanding…we had the Caesar Salad, Jambalaya and Blackened Salmon…all were exceptional.

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vipCoolz
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The very reason I suggested this restaurant for our special double date night(Saturday, 10/16/2021) was bc of your amazing scallop entree. I rave about this dish to practically everyone I know! When the server said scallop dish was no longer on the menu, I was extremely disappointed,,, heart broken, actually!!! Being a scallop lover/connoisseur, I now have no reason to come back to your restaurant, nor will I rave about your restaurant to others any more…😕.
Very sad…
What was the reason for pulling the scallop dish off the menu???

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MaryL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Entrees are straight forward preparations using high-quality ingredients. Chef over salts, so be sure to speak up if that is an issue for you.

Menu needs refreshing. Many familiar items remain from 2019 -- time for something new for repeat diners?

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vipSheri
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

My steak frites steak was cold and gristly. My friends Salmon dish was adequate at best. Circa has really gone down hill. There are too many other restaurants in the area to have to settle for the lack of quality.

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ReillyL
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another successful business meeting in my favorite quiet corner.

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vipCynthiaM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great martini. One of the best I’ve had in a while.

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PeteyP
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food not as good as it used to be, service slow, I know Covid may be a factor but jsut letting you know.

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MargaretS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was an absolute darling gal. We started outside, but when the wind was blowing too hard, we were moved indoors in no time flat. Our table was far away from anyone else which was a comfort due to Covid. We couldn't have asked for a better meal - all 4 of us would agree, this restaurant is wonderful (and awfully pretty inside too). Our meals were all made to perfection. Highly recommend Circa!

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Lizzie
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food is consistently good. I love the wild mushroom flatbread and fried chicken sandwich. Service was excellent!

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AndeB
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a beautiful night to sit outside and enjoy fresh salmon and ribs. Thank you Circa for a lovely experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Came out to grab some brunch with my friend and loved the drinks! All of the drinks we ordered were on point and felt worth the price! The food was good too, nothing exceptional but still really good. I’ll definitely be coming back here with more of my friends to check out their happy hour. Portion size was also good for the small plates & entree.

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JudyC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice. Enjoyed the ambiance of outdoor dining. Great food.

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vipValerieg
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining outside was super pleasant. Lots of outdoor seating.

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MargaretB
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible and the staff were all extremely nice and efficient. We're going to make this "our" place.

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EricR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Perfect spot for a happy hour with some of my new colleagues.

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vipMarkF
Tampa
39 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and delightful meal; Val did an amazing job serving us. Can’t improve on CIRCA in Clarendon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great date as usually dinning at Circa. This is our go to place for dates, friends, get-together and special occasions. We highly recommend this place and have recommend to our friends.

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vipCarper
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very pleasant evening at Circa Clarendon. Nice menu, pleasant service, we liked everything. Bulgogi lettuce wraps were a nice surprise.

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JeromeW
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The very loud street noise detracted from an otherwise pleasant lunch on the outdoor terrace. There are good selections for vegetarians on the carnivore-centric menu. Our server was excellent and very pleasant. All staff members wear masks, and most customers wore them except while eating and drinking. The rest rooms were updated and immaculate, one of the very few positive sides of the terrible pandemic.

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vipTEP1
Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only thing missing was the celebration of the birthday that indicated when I made the reservation. No candle in dessert or anything. Disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitstaff was lovely and didn’t impose too much. Had a very nice evening.

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JessicaW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to this restaurant to celebrate my boyfriends birthday. Made reservations and notified them I would be bringing a cake. The restaurant was very accommodating. Service was great, food was amazing. I had the jambalaya and he had the braised short rib, both were excellent. They stored the cake in the fridge until we were ready. They put candles on it and brought it out and even sliced it for us as well. I was very pleased with our experience here. We will definitely come back.

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ReillyL
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a very successful meeting and I’m very grateful that I am able to sit at the specific table I require when I go to circa. It is my Preferred place for business meetings. Service was excellent food was delicious wine was super good and the waitress was extremely patient with us because my meetings usually go longer then just lunch

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vipMarkF
Tampa
40 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service!

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DianaB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

To be honest, the service was not bad, it was fair. Our reservation was for 9:30pm so maybe our server was just tired. Not a smile, not the standard check in and follow up. We sat outdoors and there was only 1 set of silverware on the table. We were not offered another one and when asked I got a fork nice and no napkin - I assume they were cleaning up from earlier and setting up for the next day so that's why the silverware was not in the standard napkin wrapping.

Regardless, food came in slower than usual for the time of our reservation and the restaurant was at half capacity so you know the kitchen wasn't busy. However, the food was great, tasty and presentation was on point.

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foodie
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Birthday celebration for hubby!!

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vipjenniferhayes
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I've eaten here a number of times and the food is very good and the service is friendly. One note is that the last few times the food has come out all at once, which isn't ideal when one has ordered an appetizer, salad and entree. Be prepared when ordering to ask the server NOT to bring (fire) your entree until you have finished your first or second course if that's how you'd like to dine.

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EA1990
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great! She was so cheery and accommodating. The hosts were also great - they seated us outside, as a late request, so that my dog could join as well.

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Truthis
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The Salmon w/ garlic potatoes was absolutely scrumptious. Sis ordered the Jambalaya and she was very pleased with her entree.

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vipblooddad
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was quick and attentive. Entrees were very good and delivered quickly.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was great and food was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We sat outside under the awning. It was nice but being next to the door kind of noisy. Watress was pretty good and food was tasty.

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vipWhitney
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, as always!

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Jimmy
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The foods are delicious with nice service. Hopefully I will go again.

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vipMarkF
Tampa
40 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Val did a terrific job; as always, our food was delicious. CIRCA consistently has delicious food and service.

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ShannonG
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 as always. Circa remains a go-to on our dining list. You always get top notch service, ambiance and food.

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Tisha
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great staff

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vipPurfection66
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Circa Clarendon is our ‘go to’ when we want to mark an occasion.
The food is excellent and Service amazing.

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vipBetsyL
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food is wonderful. This was my second visit and I am a fan!

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 1001 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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