CIRCA at Clarendon

4.7
441 reviews
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$30 and under
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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!
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
Eddie Lane (elane@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 441 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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4.3
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RL
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 7 days ago
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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OT
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
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always very good food and service.

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London
38 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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BE
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, especially crab dip, halibut & scallops, is delicious and service is great.

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A
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was nice, the staff were friendly and the food was good, although the portions were a bit small. Overall it was a good experiemce

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had an excellent time and it continued to live up to our high expectation of very good food in a nice setting for brunch

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BH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal and service!

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z
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, drinks were a little pricey, nothing major honestly. My boyfriend and I had the crab dip, quinoa burger, chicken burger. Super good! For drinks we tried the sangria, Rose, and I believe he had the sweet old fashion! He loved it. I would total come back, especially cause it looks like they have an awesome brunch special

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GE
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food, service and decor. We always enjoy.

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AH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Nothing really notable or remarkable
Service team was friendly and accommodating
Food expediter was wonderful
Food was good but not remarkable

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Family reunion

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f
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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c
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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NB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

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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TH
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

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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K
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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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NB
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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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J
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Y
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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n
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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MH
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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DH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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N
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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EP
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

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

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t
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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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GE
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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HS
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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FE
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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F
Washington DC
201 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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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SB
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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LK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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S
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

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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P
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Will visit again. Excellent service

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