CIRCA at Clarendon

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542 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!

Specials

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Join us for Father's Day brunch or dinner! Featuring our "Beat the Clock" mimosas during brunch and our summer dishes!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

What 542 People Are Saying
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Kansas City
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was amazing, drinks ok, service ok. Food saved the day.

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

Great lunch spot and service is always awesome!

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JL
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food, drinks, bar, and ambiance! This is in a convenient location and I would definitely recommend to friends

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent, scrumptious and fresh. I ordered two small plates, Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps and Shotgun shrimp and my husband had the Jambalaya. Food was delivered quickly on a busy Friday night and service was great. Every waiter who came by would help out by clearing plates, taking orders etc.
The only downside was had to pay to park in a garage near by and a bit noisy. But the food was worth the visit and will go again, when it is less busy.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps, Shotgun Shrimp, and Jambalaya. We hope to see you again soon!

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ML
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Will go bk next week. Very good food. Great value.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded 6 days ago

Michael, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and hope to see you again soon!

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J
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought a friend to celebrate her 81st birthday and the staff was so professional and accommodating. My friend has some mobility and hearing issues and she was treated pleasantly and respectfully. We both loved our entrees and desserts as well! Lovely location, beautiful patio and bar areas, and great food. I will return!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for joining us and celebrating your friend's 81st birthday! We are so glad you enjoyed the entrees and desserts. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice folks

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TT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food, Great Service...And the fact that we were seated immediately made it even better. I'll be back.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on May 6, 2019

Tamela, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service. We hope to see you again soon!

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SS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great location, I loved the ambiance and ability to have a conversation without bother tables nearby. The staff was wonderful and took care of all of our needs.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on May 13, 2019

Steven, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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G
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. Energetic yet relaxing atmosphere. I will definitely come to CIRCA again!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 29, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the service and food. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Excellent customer service and their small plates are the bomb. Try the Brussels sprouts. Yummm

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 29, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the service and small plates. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love everything about Circa!

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Responded on April 29, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff and food was excellent and will be back

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 29, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the service and food. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location with plenty of street or parking garage options. Service was very good. The food choices were nice. Dinner served quickly and it was delicious. As were the cocktails. Huge wine selection too.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 29, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Above average...not great

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Responded on April 29, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us!

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and service was great. Wonderful place for a nice brunch or quiet dinner. Will be going back.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 22, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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b
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

The deserts were flavorless except for the ice cream topping. Desert apples and carrots did not taste fresh, carrot cake frosting was bland. The salads were straight from the very coldest refrigerator--the plates were ice cold and to complement them the bread was as if it had been microwaved from the freezer. Steak and frites were fine.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 22, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us. We are so sorry to hear about your experience with the food. We will be following up over private message to learn more.

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v
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, service, wine list, and vibe. Everyone in our party thoroughly enjoyed our GNO!

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Responded on April 22, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food, service, wine list, and atmosphere! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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TH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant!!!

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Responded on April 22, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I frequent this Circa location often, I started coming here out of convenience but nw I’m come more for the service and the food.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 15, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoy the service and food. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JM
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I love CIRCA and had such a great experience on our last time there. The restaurant sent over cookies because they know we have celebrated many “firsts” there which was so thoughtful and part of the reason we keep coming back!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 15, 2019

Jessica, thank you so much for joining us time and time again! We are so glad to hear we've been able to celebrate many "firsts" with you and look forward to celebrating many more with you. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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RB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful place to spend with friends!!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 15, 2019

Rosa, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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PM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best of all is the chance to eat outside in warm weather - which we did for the first time in months!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 15, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed eating outside. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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RW
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great french toast and exceptional service. Super friendly

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 8, 2019

Rachel, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Almond Granola French Toast and service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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t
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time, great experience.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 8, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and we hope to see you again soon!

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JG
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding service and great food; highly recommend.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 8, 2019

Jeff, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got to sit outside which was nice, because inside was a little loud. Food is soooo good. Love this place!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 8, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and patio! We hope to see you again soon.

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SB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely awesome. This place never disappoints. Food and drinks are superb. Friendly and professional staff! My go to place!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 1, 2019

Sean, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food, drinks, and service! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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DM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and service at a very reasonable price! Go here at least 3 times a month and never disappointed!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on April 1, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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NW
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch!!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on March 25, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed brunch. We hope to see you again soon!

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Been there twice and enjoyed both meals. Burgers, mac best I've had anywhere. Good, friendly service. Can get noisy as it fills up. I've taken away one star because the prices are a bit high.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on March 25, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the burgers and Four Cheese Macaroni. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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KC
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall, CIRCA was a fantastic experience. The food is outstanding. Drink prices are a bit high. There's no need to gouge me on every drink. Other than that, I (we) loved it.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on March 25, 2019

Kathy, thank you so much for joining us and for sharing your feedback! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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CS
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive service and timely without being in your face when you’re talking with your lunch friend. We each had the quinoa bowl salad; I had it with salmon and my friend had with chicken. Generous portion size and lovely vibe to the place!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on March 25, 2019

Celia, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Veg + Quinoa Bowl. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Salmon, salads and lettuce wraps all good

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on March 18, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and hope to see you again soon!

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Took a couple young employees out for a thank you lunch.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on March 18, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and hope to see you again soon!

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Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, reasonable portions. Separate gluten-free brunch menu not avaialble.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on March 18, 2019

Annie, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone these is awesome and the food is amazing

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on March 11, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and we hope to see you again soon!

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c
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Circa on a Saturday night and it was great - delicious food, wonderful service, and nice ambiance. I went a couple times back in 2012 and had the opposite experience so gave up on the restaurant until last weekend. Glad I gave it another chance. Will hopefully be another neighborhood go to spot.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on March 11, 2019

Thank you so much for giving us another chance! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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TG
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was really good!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on March 11, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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SL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent service and food. It is very convenient to my office so the location is perfect for business dinners and for a casual coctail.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on March 11, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed the food and service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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