CIRCA at Clarendon

4.7
474 reviews
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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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New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and the service was excellent. I was disappointed that they did not give me any cake, although I had told them it was mybirthday.

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KW
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Restaurant was freezing cold and staff was grumpy about us moving to a warmer table. Service was incredibly slow. Food was very good though.

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h
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Circa never disappoints. Consistently great food, and good service. We were happy to snag a Saturday night reservation last minute!

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F
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

This place was recommended to me we ordered the burger which was boring and the scallops over squash was ok. The espresso ice cream and chocolate cheesecake was amazing I guess u could go for desert if anything.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came in for restaurant week, the short rib and flounder were so delicious. I usually get the salmon salad, but decided to try something new, and boy was I glad I did so.

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TV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My wife and I went for restaurant week and the service was excellent and food was also great. I would like to come back in the summer when the patio is open.

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S
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

New Years Brunch

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GO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love their brunch. Do yourself a favor and have their avocado toast, it's so good.
The mimosas are also well priced so, if you're into boozy brunch, this is definitely a good spot to do it without breaking the bank on your drinks.

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V
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

My waitress Quincy was excellent. Always attentive and very accommodating. However, the same cannot be said of the overall dining experience. Starters and main courses were brought together, resulting in a cold, soggy entree. Ambience was loud and disruptive. Felt rushed and very corporate.

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AM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a huge Circa fan and most recently went for an early dinner on New Year's Eve. I appreciated that they had a specials menu but also had the regular options available. The lobster bisque was incredible. The atomosphere was enjoyable--festive but you could hear your table mates perfectly.

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S
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed dinner at Circa on the new year eve. Service was excellent. The place is not cramped at all. There were lot of food and drink options and everything we ordered was delicious. Most importantly, we got excellent service even though the place was extremely crowded.

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MD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always have a great time here. Excellent service, wonderful waitress who took gluten free seriously and was very aware of the menu and ingredients. She also kindly took some nice photos of our group.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and awesome happy hour specials until 7PM. Food is always delicious as well.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and food was amazing! Highly recommended.

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T
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

Extremely noisy though we requested a quiet table. I was hoarse with shouting at my dinner partner by the end of the meal. What a relief to get out of there.

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WD
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

What a delightful place to meet a friend or business associate for an unfussy lunch with good variety & choices for small or regular appetites. A great choice to become a regular!

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WS
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice menu. Good for business lunch. Options for smaller portions and salads with substance.

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J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped for dinner at CIRCA on the way to the Kennedy center. Wonderful food& wine.

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A
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

I must say I was disappointed with my experience at CIRCA Clarendon. The reviews and ratings were very good, but the experience left me unimpressed. Despite a reservation we were seated at a high top in the bar which is very noisy and cold. Several in our party had to wear their jackets for the meal. I couldn't hear the conversation of our party of six half the time. I had expected being seated at a table in the restaurant area. The service was slow, although our server was pleasant, I feel he was spread to thin. We often had to wait for him to get to us. The staff member that was bringing the food out seemed confused and didn't know who had ordered what. Generally the food was tasty. I ordered the bulgogi lettuce wraps, but the leafs of lettuce were so small you couldn't really wrap them and it ended up falling apart, very messy as a result. The steak I ordered was not cooked to my asking, but still tasty. So, not a horrible experience, but for the money I would have expected more.

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BT
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I met a friend here for brunch on Sunday and it was delicious. I got the Fiji Apple Shrimp Salad, and I would order it again in a heartbeat. It sounds like a weird combo but it really hit the spot! Highly recommend. Our waitress was attentive but not too overcrowding. My friend and I sat and chatted for a while so it was nice they didn't push us out to flip the table.

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JA
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend took me here for my birthday and we requested a quite table through Open Table. I was happy that they sat us in a more secluded section with limited noise level. We had great service and the food was absolutely delicious. We had the Fall special bruschetta to start with was yummy. I had the Halibut which was a special and it was absolutely delicious, seasoned well and the fish was cooked perfectly. My boyfriend had the Hanger steak salad and he raved about it. He was also happy they had Pacifico on draft. The only reason I gave 4 stars is because it was overpriced, obviously. But it's Arlington so that'd what is expected. We had a wonderful time and the service was wonderful. We didn't feel rushed or over bothered and we still felt like we were well taken care of.

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AL
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food, service, everything was great. I always have a good experience when I dine at Circa. I highly recommend.

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GB
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All four of us in our party ordered the Halibut Special. We all commented it was the most amazing halibut each of us had eaten (which says a lot since we;re all Platinum-level Road Warriors).

We agreed the next time we're all in town, dinner will definitely be at Circa!

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M
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Consistently good food, excellent wait staff and beverage selection.

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JG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Circa Clarendon is conveniently located directly across the street from the Metro Station. The staff is courteous, responsive, and efficient. The food is creatively prepared and delicious. What's not to like?

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NV
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I have been to Circa quite a few times now and the food is fabulous, the drinks are awesome and there is a really nice ambiance. I have been for dinner and brunch and have no complaints

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N
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, great service, lots of choices and upbeat ambiance

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BA
Central Texas
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We went for brunch, it was pretty ok. Nothing super special and nothing out of the ordinary. I got a brunch dish with an egg on top that was pretty under-cooked, so that was a bummer, but the potatoes were great.

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JD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal! Thanks to the staff for making our anniversary of our first date a total success!

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P
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Terrific! Food was great and we really like the atmosphere. Service was a tiny bit sketchy - waiter didn’t think ahead (like no spoon with my hot tea). But overall very good and we would go back. We’re big fans of Circa.

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RL
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful as always I just neglected to be specific about the table I wanted so it was not a 100% just 98% experience. Still excellent!

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OT
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good service, good food! I will be back.

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KS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Eight of our friends went to Circa for a group date night, and it was fantastic. The scallops with the mushroom risotto were perfectly cooked and super flavorful. Only downside, there wasn't enough on my plate! The heads + tails drink, crafted with tequila and mezcal, was smoky and a bit too easy to drink. I wanted another one, but decided to be responsible and stick to just one. Definitely will be coming back for dinner and possibly happy hour.

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RL
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

They always put me at the table I request which is perfect for my meetings. It's my favorite place and I never get board with the menu

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e
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

CIRCA is a go-to for us for dinner and brunch. Good cocktails and solid food almost every time. Their turkey burger is weirdly satisfyingly delicious for a "healthy option". Desserts are good/ o.k. Went for brunch last weekend and the benedict hollandaise was "turned"....kind of freaked me out as "bad eggs" is not a good thing. Fortunately I had it on the side so it didn't ruin the meal. The server thanked me for letting them know. This is an isolated incident in my experience but felt I had to mention it. I kept it at 4 stars for food because this is the only time this has happened and I've been many times.

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HG
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Circa is always outstanding, and they had some great seasonal additions to the menu for Fall! Friendly and attentive waitress, and reasonably priced for how good the food was.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love the place. Professional staff, excellent food and drinks, fun atmosphere! Our go to place!

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We may have just made the wrong choice. If you want a solid sports bar, this is good. - the food is above average, the clientele hip. But if you want a real restaurant, as we did, the food is just ok and it's pretty loud for talking.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always very good food and service.

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London
40 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We like the restaurant but it is just too noisy. When the server had to keep asking us to repeat ourselves because of the noise, I decided it was not a restaurant to return to on a popular night of the week.

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