CIRCA at Clarendon

4.8
820 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 820 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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BrandonJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time dining here, (back to back weekends) and its just my luck, i had Devin as my waitress each time, she is awesome, really cool, overall great and her duties.

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Claire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at CIRCA, me and my boyfriend went for our anniversary. I would recommend this place to anyone who wants a nice dinner. We both had the $25 3 course meal, and it was such a good deal and on top of it the food was amazing. The waitress was great, they read that it was our anniversary and brought us a glass of champagne to celebrate (such a small thing, but it made us feel so welcomed). We even got to talk to who I would assume was the manager, and he asked about our experience at CIRCA. I would highly recommend this place to anyone.
They also have a great outdoor space with heaters ( I even took off my jacket at one point!), although there are limited seats, we reserved ahead and it wasn't as issue getting a table.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time here at Circa. The only caveat I have is they have a pretty good wine selection, however they don’t have wine flights.

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Sofiegal
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Circa is great every time. I have never had a bad meal. Salmon is my fav. Brussel sprouts rock. Good wine list. And omg the bread pudding! Outside seating is my favorite.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The 3 courses for $25 was such a great deal. The Brussels and steak frites were excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had a great time at Circa. Circa is actually my favorite restaurant in Arlington. As always, the food was incredible, and the hosts/servers were kind. Everyone kept talking about how good their food was. We had a wonderful night!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for your visit! We are so glad your group enjoyed their food and that you enjoyed the service. We look forward to having you back.

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vipJohnP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rosa was amazing

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OrpheusW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Excellent Excellent. The food was delicious and the experience was even better. Can't wait to go back.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded 7 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

It was not as good as the last time. Service was not that good. Server was MIA and when we finished the appetizer, he told us, they had run out of the chicken, which he could have said before. We got the scallops, which were good but the rest of the dish was full of beacon, which was not described in the menu.
Will come back for the chicken as the previous time we went everything was great.

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MelanieL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

New Years dinner was great! Circa had a pre fixed menu $25/person which was 3 courses and a great deal. Our food did take a little longer than expected however was no fault of our servers, may have been a mix up in the kitchen but the salmon and salads were devious. Dessert was awesome too. Will have to come back!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded 7 days ago

Thanks for dining with us on New Year's Eve! We are so glad you enjoyed your selections on our Prix Fix menu. We appreciate your feedback on the timing and we have shared the notes with our team. We look forward to hosting you again!

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vipJulieR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Reliably good service, food and cocktails!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome . Great food and great price.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pre fix menu is so worth it. Food is very delicious. The mushroom flatbread absolutely amazing. Had a great experience overall.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience2

My first date with a wonderful guy, was significantly overshadowed by an uncharacteristically insolent hostess. Upon entrance, my date and I encountered a series of blatant demurrals - horrid table selection, zero pleasantries from our waiter, just utter ineptitude for a restaurant bearing your brand.

Conversely, the same hostess and waiter exuded warm expressions, genial gestures, mannerisms with both tables adjacent to me and my date.

My mouth fell agape when the hostess sat a couple in the center of your dining area. Gee, I only annotated special seating because it was a special first date.

Perhaps if the shrew of a hostess had read my detailed reservation more aptly, instead of gauging Clarendon aesthetics, she (and our waiter) would have allowed my date and I to be privy to genial hospitality and service as well as our adjacent tables.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Circa! The food is always great, service has never been poor, and they have comfy chairs.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on December 28, 2020

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

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LifeIsShort
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Limited menu which I guess is "covid" Im sorry but you dont serve a hangar steak with steak frites but I'm glad they are open and surviving. Will give them another go...

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on December 28, 2020

Thank you for joining us. We appreciate your feedback and we have shared it with our culinary team. We look forward to your next visit.

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Brian
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and look forward to returning in the future.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on December 28, 2020

Thank you for dining with us Brian. We are so glad you enjoyed your experience. We look forward to hosting you again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Awesome as always! Great food and service.

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vipMarkF
Tampa
24 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really delicious meal - Circa never disappoints!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
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 on November 27, 2020
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
25 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
26 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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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 820 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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