CIRCA at Clarendon

4.7
427 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date
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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:30 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 3:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 3:30 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(703) 522-3010
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Hugo Rodriguez
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Private party facilities
We have the ability to adapt our semi-private dining room to meet your special event needs. It is the perfect space for hosting a bridal shower, a business lunch, or a dinner with friends.
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Private party contact
Lindsay DiSalvo (ldisalvo@eatmhg.com) : (703) 522-3010
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
N. Garfield Street
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Parking details
Metered street parking is easily accessible. There is a parking garage located around the corner from CIRCA, the entrance is on N. Garfield Street.
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Public transit
One block from the Clarendon Metro, on the Orange line.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 427 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Family reunion

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Excellent food and service. Great that they participated in restaurant week.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

My roommate and I went for their Sunday night “date night” dinner for 2 for $55 and had a great time! Food was awesome and service was good. Highly recommend the bruschetta to start and the Nutella trifle for dessert! Can’t go wrong with any of the main dishes— I had the salmon and my roommate got the steak frites. Both delicious. Probably wouldn’t come on a regular night but the dinner for 2 is a great deal so I’ll probably be back for that!

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Nice menu, great choices, good food and great service. Circa Restaurant never disappoints.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

I really enjoyed the brunch, you can't beat $1 mimosas. The food was amazing but the portions were very small for the price. I ordered the chicken Benedict and had to order something else too because the portions were so small. The flavor was amazing though.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Great everything. My only complaint would be the menu change. I liked the old menu. It was a great place to take my family. Everyone enjoyed everything. The food came out in a timely manner, service was great. Great location. I can't complain.

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3.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Our reservation was for a party of 4 on a Tuesday night. We waited 10 minutes for someone to take our drink order, and another 10 minutes to receive it. I ordered a cosmo, came with the lime requested but not well balanced...in fact hardly tasted like a cosmo but I didn't care at that point. Other drinks were excellent. I thought the food was just ok (I had a crab cake special...it wasn't very). It was fine, but I was a little disappointed. I will say the seating was super comfortable. Very loud, but we could hear each other talk.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Consistently delicious food—as always. Not a huge menu but always offers an attractive selection of well prepared seasonal foods. Very good value.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

We dined at Circa outside before we saw a show at the Kennedy Center and it was great. The food was wonderful and we had great service. It got a little noisy due to bar hoppers from the numerous neighboring bars but it was manageable. I would return.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Multi-family brunch gathering (party of 7, including a 2 year old). Our server was great. The brunch options were amazing. Our tummies were happy:-). I’d had only been for dinner in the past. Would definitely go again for brunch!

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Great, easy place for a big group. They've accommodated us with various requests and people running late. Food is pretty good, good ambiance.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Excellent service and delicious, health food. Great open atmosphere with lots of glass and light, plus outdoor shaded dining too.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Server Orkhon was fantastic, great suggestion for apps, dollar mimosas were the best, not rushed, able to enjoy brunch

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Wonderful service, allergen-friendly meal options, quiet ambiance and comfortable seating! My boyfriend and I both enjoyed our food and will be back!

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3.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Dined at Circa for a special occasion (fathers birthday), left a note in my open table reservation - staff unattentive

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

We had the bulgogi lettuce wrap as appetizers, lobster ravioli and pan roasted halibut for entrees, and creme brûlée for dessert. The food was very good and would recommend. We ate around 6pm on a Sunday, so the restaurant was nice and quiet. We agree that we would definitely return.

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Server left for the day & never told us. So we had to search someone out to get the bill. Otherwise, great brunch/lunch.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

We always enjoy our dinner and the quality of the service.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Hadn’t been to CIRCA in a couple years - revised menu was great. Food quality was better than expected. Good mixed drink specials.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

I love the patio at Circa. It is probably the best patio in the Clarendon area, because it is the most distant from traffic. Most other patios in Clarendon are right on the sidewalk and very close to loud traffic. Circa does a wonderful job with all fish dishes. We love the salmon, scallops, shrimp and flounder.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

This is my place to go with friends or alone for great wine, cocktails, food, and ambiance. Portions are good, price are reasonable for the quality of food, taste, and presentation.
I ordered from the small platters the Tuna Poke Nachos which is extraordinary delicious and light.
Cocktail - I had the Mule which is very refreshing for me.
Sorry I couldn’t post pics (I tried multiple times) but in every attempt, I got a message back that read “your pic doesn’t fit” 🙄

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

good variety on the menu - I had the salmon and my wife the burger. Wine list was limited but well priced.
Monday 1/2 price wine and Wednesday burger night. Give it a try.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

I love this place; it never seems to disappoint. The manager was extremely accommodating. Loved experiencing some of the new summer menu items.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

We really had a nice experience at CIRCA. The service was beyond our expectations, very pleasant atmosphere. It was my birthday and when the time of the dessert came, I was pleasantly surprised. Apart from a usual dessert with a candle, I received a birthday card from CIRCA family! That was really unexpected and pleasing. I had never before seen a restaurant greet you with a card. Overall, all my friends enjoyed the place and we are planning to come back.

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3.0Dined on June 22, 2018

I've had good experiences at CIRCA before, including at the Clarendon location. This time, however, was less than ideal. We were given a 6-person table for only three people, we could hardly hear each other speak, and the crowded restaurant meant that the service was slower than usual. The food was good, as usual.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Will visit again. Excellent service

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Great food and great service!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Service is always exemplary: pleasant, thoughtful, attentive, and well-versed in all of the entrees and specials, as well as the beer selection, wines and special cocktails. The filet sliders — as appetizers — almost make the whole experience worthwhile. With good friends, we are now regular diners and have significantly worked our way through the extensive menu. Never disappointed, and always struck by just how wonderful the service is.

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Too loud - the high noise level detracts significantly from all the excellent features of this restaurant. The food is very good, with a wide ranging menu, and the service good. But if you want to relax and talk to your table companions without raising your voice, don't come here when it is likely to be crowded.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

This place never disappoints. The food and the service were exceptional.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We were very please, all around, with Circa. The menu was short but inclusive of a variety appealing to different tastes and food choices; drinks were well-prepared and generous pours; food was delicious though portions were on the small side; and the service was excellent - friendly, helpful and efficient. We look forward to a return visit.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

I ordered calamari to start. The shishito peppers that were in it were so amazing. Could’ve just had those by itself. Tuna burger was perfect size for lunch. Habanero aioli was even good to dip the fries in. Also had the cocktail Rose 3 ways. Absolutely delicious, perfect cocktail for patio weather.

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3.0Dined on May 23, 2018

I think you need to rethink the asparagus salad - either add more (full stalks) asparagus or call it something else!

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Honest good basic food. Nothing spectacular but you always leave happy and satisfied.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

It was great! It was my mom’s first time and she loved it, the food was good, as per usual. My first time coming to the Clarendon one, but I love the one in DuPont so I knew it would amazing!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

We always have a great experience here. Food is great and the service can not be beat - especially Jordan and Elija.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Appreciate that they saved us a table outside even though we were running late!

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3.0Dined on May 10, 2018

The food was fine.....but noise level was unbearable! Don’t expect to have a conversation with your dinnercompanion(s).

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Great meal - casual evening at the bar, not rushed, great service, good value! Good blend of a nice (not stuffy) restaurant, and casual space - the Capitals hockey game was on and there was a good crowd enjoying food, drinks and the whole atmosphere around the big game. Definitely will go again!

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Server inquired if it was a special occasion (it was — our anniversary) and brought us complimentary champagne! The hostess also gave us a sweet card on our departure. What a nice surprise! It was our first time at Circa and we’ll definitely be back!

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