CIRCA at Clarendon

4.8
975 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 975 people are saying
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DianaB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
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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vipjenniferhayes
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
38 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
10 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great staff

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Purfection66
Washington DC
7 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
31 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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

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vipBusyMomAndDad
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place --- centrally located in fun Clarendon. The hostess Natalie was top-notch, friendly and knowledgeable. Our water Mladen (sp?) was attentive and fun and knew what we needed before we asked. Some unusual food items which this foodie loves to see. All delicious. I would return in a heartbeat.

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MandG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service!

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vipChefT
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Dined here for the first time during restaurant week. Such a delicious meal and a great value! Would certainly come back here again.

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vipdcspike
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

A favorite place in Clarendon. Good menu; and the food is usually excellent. Service today was less than expected; still the best restaurant in Clarendon. Not every visit can be a home run.

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vipLovethatJazz
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent seating provided
All 3 participants enjoyed their entrees
Wait staff courteous and efficient

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DanT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The service was average, at best.

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vipNikkiB
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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LarryR
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Circa does not distinguish itself from the many other restaurants in Arlington. It is overpriced, in my opinion. The menu choices are limited. The food was good but did not stand out in any way.

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DavidC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
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 on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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

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vipGoodchampagne
Atlanta
50 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Overall the experience was good, but their cocktails are way overpriced. Very tasty but pricey. The hummus was nice, but my salad required a lot of doctoring to make tasty.

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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
48 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
8 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
38 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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vipKayaker
Richmond
4 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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vipAlisha32
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Circa never disappoints. Food and service is always on point. I will definitely be visiting again.

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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
22 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.

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 975 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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