CIRCA at Clarendon

4.8
844 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

Support CIRCA at Clarendon during COVID-19

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 844 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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AlecY
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service and food were great! It was a little loud on the left side of the restaurant near the bar area but not much you can do about that. Would come back here again!

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craigb
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the mushroom flatbread. It had a good helping of mushrooms and arugula. Hot and delicious! My son declared the steak frites to be the best he’s had in a while. It was a good cut of hanger steak, cooked just right with no gristle or waste. The beef and vegetable soup was very good too. Service was lovely. We will visit again.

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NemoB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Good place for a first date

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Coolz
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistency in food quality is critical to any restaurant, & so far Circa has NOT disappointed me😃!!! My son & his girl friend were both very impressed w everything we ordered(we all tasted one another’s dish). For the first time, I ordered dessert(usually by the time we finish the main dish along w appetizers: flat bread, calamari, scallops, ahi tuna, short rib😋🤤, we are stuffed!), but it was absolutely heavenly!!! I’m posting a pic of it(bread pudding)!
Other than the disappointing server we had a few months ago🧐, I rate this place 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!

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Purfection66
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I love going to Circa and despite CoVID conditions, the ambience is still OK. However, the food is to die for, as are the cocktails.

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GeocelB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here on a double date with my partners friend. The food was delicious, drinks were awesome and the service was professional and fast! Recommend this place for any occasion!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was great with the exception of the Brussels sprouts that had too much balsamic vinegar. The only issue was because they were closing for two weeks starting Monday, they kept running out of stuff we wanted.

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MattE
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great restaurant to go to for a nice dinner. The staff is great and the food is delicious.

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Great
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and overall good service. Hostess was rude but otherwise good experience

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot for Galentines brunch, they are COVID compliant and the food was delicious!

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ModelTypeChik
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The manager on duty 2/14/2021 around 12:00 noon was very accommodating and the level of service was superb. (sorry, forgot her name)

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I thought the Covid precautions were very good here! We were very far away from the next table and felt safe. Also loved the food :)

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service, not too many options on the menu. We order calamari and four cheese Mac and cheese

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vipMonica
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met up with a friend from drinks and appetizers. Margherita flatbread was tasty. The wine recommendation was also very good. Service was prompt and friendly. Atmosphere was nice and comfortable. Appropriate social distancing during COvid times. I enjoyed the experience. To note I’ve been to Circa previously pre-COvid times and always had a good experience.

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vipBenjaminB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great overall experience. Terrible old fashioned. Stop muddling fruit at the bottom of the glass. The only citrus needed is a twist of orange peel to get the citrus oil.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!

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SharonY
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service. Great music as well! The food was delicious.

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Deon
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Dinner

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SherriceC
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had an amazing time.

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Coolz
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Our server was excellent! (unlike the male server we had a few weekends ago. His name was Marcus)
My Ahi tuna dish was good but not as good as when I had it a few weekends ago; rice was too hard & dry.

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vipchapo
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal!

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vipIronChefJudgewannabe
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh wow!! Circa was amazing!! When we arrived we saw that they took great pains in making sure that everyone was socially distanced. We arrived to an empty restaurant, and instantly felt at ease. Over the course of our dining experience, three (3) other couples came to the restaurant and they were more than adequately social distanced and there were even hand sanitizing stations between the tables. It made my Monday date an amazing experience!! I don’t see myself going out often due to restrictions but this experience pushes Circa to the top of our list.

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vipMarkF
Tampa
26 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal!

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BrandonJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
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 on January 16, 2021
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 on January 16, 2021
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 on January 15, 2021
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 on January 13, 2021
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 on January 12, 2021

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
5 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 on January 12, 2021

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
6 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 on January 12, 2021

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
5 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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vipLifeIsShort
Los Angeles
11 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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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 844 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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