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CIRCA at Clarendon

4.6
402 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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!
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 402 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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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4.0Dined on May 1, 2018

I went for dinner on a Monday night. They had a wine night where it was half off bottles under $125. Although we did not buy wine, that was definitely a great deal. The restaurant has great vibes and food was delicious.

The Mac and cheese was amazing and so was the Ahi tuna burger. It’s definitely a little pricey if you get some of the entrees. But i stuck to the burger menu and it was well worth it.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Great food. Excellent service. They did an amazing job tonight

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We ate brunch. The menu had a good selection of both brunch and lunch options quality food and good service!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We had a small get together for Sunday brunch. The food was terrific, the wait staff superb. We especially loved the specialty cocktails. It was our first time to visit this location, and we were very impressed. It was perfect.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Circa is my fave in all of DC. It has the best combo of food service and atmosphere and I would and will go back many times this year.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Went as party of 3. Late by 35 mins (friends driving from NY stuck in our metro DC traffic), called ahead, person on phone pleasant & professional & totally accommodating.

Seated at table where one of us kept getting bumped by passers-by. Req'd change of table - - again, so pleasant & professional, 'no problem' awesomeness from staff. Re-seated outside at roomy table. Manager came over & stated he would provide comped app due to our relocation. Thank you. Wow. These folks understand the restaurant business!

Good beer, good cocktails, the food is very, very good. Delicious apps, delicious flounder, delicious salmon, delicious salads. Service was perfect. Not too much attention, not overbearing or intrusive, friendly & professional & on her game.

The noise level inside is pretty high from lots of happy people conversing. Outside it's much less & quite spacious. We also had drinks at the bar after dinner. Good bartenders, rapid service & professional.

Approx $210.00 for 3 incl apps (we ordered more than the comped app), salads, entrees, 4 glasses of wine, two draft beers, plus tip of $60.00.

Highly recommended place!

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Excellent service, delicious food

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Appetizers were wonderful and the salads were delicious. The server was friendly and very polite. Can’t wait to go back.

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2.0Dined on April 22, 2018

First time at this location and it was not special. Service was a little slow, but the staff help each other out pretty well. Food was average for brunch.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Got a table per reservation in a reasonable amount of time (10-15 min?). Noise level was less than Pamplona. Ginger shrimp salad for me, French toast for brunch partner seemed acceptable, she couldn't finish the plate. Service very good but not over the top. Would return but not after trying more options.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Great brunch! Had the fried chicken Benedict, must have again! Best calamari of my life. Can’t wait to go back! Bonus: mimosas are 1 dollar before 12.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

I much prefer the Chinatown location for it's ambiance and noise level, however the food is great at all locations!

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Nice atmosphere. Fish was a bit over cooked.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

The staff at Circa spoil me - but that's fine by me!

They always make it enjoyable to spend money there.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

It was a fantastic brunch! Great food, nice service, and fantastic mimosa deals!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Excellent food and service, one of our favorite places.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Waitress was great in recommending drinks.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great food with healthy options! Service was also quick!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Food and friendly service always good here. The down side is the level of noise, but fortunately we were sitting in a corner!

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The food was excellent
The restaurant is extremely noisy
We requested a table change and were accommodated
Very hard to have a conversation
Service was excellent

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Circa never disappoints in their food and service! Thanks!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Food and selected wine was awesome! The best bread pudding for dessert. Andrew the manager....wonderful! Definitely going back!

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Outside of restaurant smelled very bad, which made a bad impression on the guests I was bringing. In addition, our waiter disappeared halfway through dinner and 3 different people took care of us after. Very odd, but we were able to get our needs met.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Good food & service with s great location.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

We called ahead since it was a small birthday celebration, with a quiet dinner. Elijah and his crew welcomed us warmly and delivered an excellent meal, excellent service and great vibes. Tuna was first rate at a reasonable price. Wine by the glass offers good choices. We lingered at the table, enjoying the comfy red leather chairs. overall, a very positive experience.

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