CIRCA at Foggy Bottom

4.7
1872 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 Dining Room and Patio are Open!

For more information on how we are keeping our guests and team safe, visit circabistros.com/keeping-you-safe

Support CIRCA at Foggy Bottom 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
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1872 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SheriJ
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for lunch. Got basic items- chicken sandwich, burger, salad, etc but it was all excellent. Great service too. Requested a table in the back to mitigate noise and they accommodated us. I would go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, great service in a beautiful environment. The outdoor patio is huge.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I enjoyed the food. Service on drinks could have been better.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible and service was great! Would definitely come back to Circa!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Great service...drinks were marginal

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was very welcoming and friendly. Our waitress was amazing! She answered all of my questions and kept a smile on her face. My steak was not cooked how I like it, however they quickly had it fixed. Would definitely eat here again.

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Shubeedoo
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose to sit outside in the heat because the noise inside was too loud. But the fans helped and the excellent bartender and service more than compensated for the heat! My new favorite spot.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

The staff was not nice and didn’t pay attention to us at all. Order food and it came out wrong and they insisted it was right.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just breakfast with my brother

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DorothyS
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome meal, friendly staff definitely going back next time we are in town.

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Julia
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Tasty food, and I didn't have to wait too long for it. Great service, friendly

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vipRunner76
Atlantic City
16 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family (2 teens) were in town for 1 night and needed a good dinner but not too expensive. We were blown away by the service and food!!! Tuna poke - YUM, Wings- YUM, jumbalaya - Amazing, Circa burger - FANTASTIC, fried chicken sandwich - delicious, turkey burger - fabulous.

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vipBrian
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Last minute booking. Everything was great
Highly recommend the filet sliders and the short ribs!!!

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vipTameraL
Washington DC
157 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

An enjoyable return visit and repeat of a nice greeting, great service, and good food.

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vipKrisB
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and atmosphere. They have a nice variety of drinks and great menu, everyone in our group was very satisfied and would definitely go back!

JJ
vipJoshJoshi
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had dinner here just before heading out to see the July4th fireworks! Great patio seating to have an enjoyable dinner, drinks and people watching. Will go back soon.

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GinaK
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! A very eclectic menu with something for everyone. I want to come back soon!

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Julie
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The covered patio was nice and the food was delicious! Portions weren’t very big but food was very good. Wonderful service too. I highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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vipVbbb
London
34 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Really lousy service. In a party of 6, they messed up 2 orders, Took Forever to get waitperson’s attention. Look wait to place the order. Long wait to get the food. Long wait to get the bill, etc, It will be a Long time before I return.

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Butterfly4b
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of my favorite spots to grab a bite with friends.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was fantastic!

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JenniferM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had just gotten into DC to visit my Mom in a facility- I hadn't seen her since pre COVID. Circa came up as a local suggestion in walking distance from where I stayed and after looking at the menu, my brother and I decided the burger looked like a perfect dinner option. I reserved patio seats and we were so thrilled we decided on this restaurant. The greeting at the door was warm and genuine, our table had a perfect view of the street action and Leigh(sp?) was just the most attentive server. The burger was cooked to perfection for both of us, the scallion aioli gave it such a nice punch. Our cocktails were indeed, Proper as the menu described. It was so lovely to be out in a bustling room again. I will be back when I visit again. You won't regret choosing this spot. Perfect!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on June 29, 2021

We are so happy you found us, Jennifer! It means the world to us when guests feel at home, even when they are far from their own. We look forward to hosting you the next time you’re in town. Cheers!

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KarinB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always.

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Ilana
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in all ways. Love the fish dishes and salads.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Decent service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent father's day meal

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LaTriceF
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The brunch was great! Highly recommend the French toast! You will not be disappointed.

Also, Mrs. T our server, provided exceptional customer service!

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SherdoH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great reservation process. Super friendly staff. Drinks were amazing. Great place for date night or just the girls.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on June 21, 2021

Thank you for trusting us to provide you with an outstanding dining experience! We look forward to hosting you in the future!

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paulr
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

great bar and bartenders, wife loved "Purple Rain" infused Vodka drink....
Outdoors was good less noise from GW Hospital ER...location location. Will retrn next trip

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MattinAcadiana
Baton Rouge
9 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had all small plates. Brussel sprouts, lettuce wraps and shrimp. All three were excellent. The Manhattan was good, but the Old Fashioned cocktail was my favorite.

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vipLizC
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Circa in Foggy Bottom is a regular go to place for me and as usual, it delivered!

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vipAndrea
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice outdoor seating, attentive service, delicious food.

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RachelB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wanted to celebrate myself and a recent promotion. I was seated outside which was nice. Started with a delicious cocktail and several apps. Definitely recommend the bruschetta and Brussels. For dinner chose the short rib. Oh my goodness it was to die for! The meat was incredibly tender. Finally for dessert I had the bread pudding. I didn’t think I would finish it after such a large meal but it was so good I couldn’t help it. Delicious meal all for just over $100 !

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on June 16, 2021

Thank you for celebrating with us, Rachel! We are so happy you chose us to be a part of your special occasion. We look forward to hosting you again soon! Cheers!

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vipJasonA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The guys were amazing tonight. We arrived with 5 instead of 4 and becuase they were aware we are regulars moved us to a larger table. Excellent service.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on June 16, 2021

We appreciate your support, Jason! Thank you for your rating and review. See you again, soon!

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Reneedear
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is our favorite restaurant in the neighborhood and we find the food and service reliably good.
We will continue eating there as it is within walking distance.
My favorites are the hamburgers and the sliders and they make a mean Sea Breeze.
Always a pleasant experience and we highly recommend Circa

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I visit the navy yard location often and this experience was very different the mood the service the staff the food wasn’t great at all. This is not what I have loved from circa . I will never visit this location again.

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vipNoneYaBidness
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Pretty good. Salad portions are a bit on the small side for the price, but tasted great.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on June 9, 2021

Thank you for your rating and review! We look forward to hosting you again, soon!

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MS803
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Highly recommend the steak salad at Circa. The spacious patio is very comfortable if you're not ready to eat indoors at restaurants.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on June 3, 2021

We appreciate your support, and are glad you enjoyed your time dining with us!

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vipRichardB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is my "local" I eat there often. I have never had an unsatisfactory meal or dining experience. I will continue to visit it.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on June 3, 2021

Thank you for trusting us to provide you with an outstanding dining experience, Richard. We look forward to hosting you in the future.

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FAQs

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 506-5589.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom is rated 4.7 stars by 1872 OpenTable diners.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom 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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