CIRCA at Foggy Bottom

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$30 and under
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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!
What 1521 People Are Saying
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GB
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marwan, Misa and Kyle were amazing!

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Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a show at the Kennedy Center. This was the perfect place to dine before the show. The free shuttle is right across from the restaurant. The service was great and they accommodated our time for the show. All our dishes were great. We will definitely be back.

KP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

As someone with food allergies, I found our server to be very accommodating. It was a pleasant experience

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 3 days ago

Kathleen, thank you so much for joining us and for your feedback!

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JM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was a lovely meal. I had the Blackened Atlantic Salmon which was delicious. My new favorite place in Foggy Bottom.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Blackened Atlantic Salmon! We look forward to welcoming you back.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Specifically asked for outside seating and when we arrived were told there was a problem with your reservation system and would need to wait an hour for outside. Very disappointed!!

Y
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Everything was very good and the service was fast but not intrusive. The indoor restaurant is very loud, but the patio though close quarters is quieter and pleasant. They did not bring bread until we asked for it, which was unusual but maybe better for our health!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for joining us and for your feedback! We hope to see you again soon!

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DJ
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is consistently great, and our service was excellent. Circa is a real gem.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for joining us and for your positive feedback! We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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t
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We had brunch/lunch.
They have a good amount of vegetarian options. I had the quinoa kale salad which was very good. Service was good but they were not too busy.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Veg + Quinoa Bowl as well as the service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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R
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service! Couldn't say enough about how the servers and managers went above and beyond - we brought a 1 yr old for 10am brunch, trying to beat the crowd. And food was delicious too! Loved the bulgogi fried rice.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 7, 2019

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

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J
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great pre-theater place. Menu has a good range--from salads and sandwiches to full meals. Service was attentive without being over-intrusive.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 3 days ago

Jeannie, thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the menu selection and the service. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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PS
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pre show at Kennedy Center. Sat outside. Waiter was great. Food great. Very good. Made another reservation there already. Location perfect for metro and Kennedy Center shuttle

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Responded on October 7, 2019

Pam, 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
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Took almost an hour between getting seated and getting entrees. Food was good, although not all cooked as ordered

GH
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for our family dinner before a show at the Kennedy Center

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Austin
26 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

In the south we have something known as a window shade. We spent about half our meal blinded by the sun. The guy at the table next to us even put on his sunglasses. Don’t go here in the late afternoon (happy hour) if it’s a sunny day.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 7, 2019

Gary, thank you so much for joining us and for your feedback! We are so sorry to hear this and will be passing along your feedback to our team. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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L
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the sweet chili shrimp, steak salad and parfait. Everything was extraordinarily delicious. It is incredibly loud though which prevented confusion in our conversations.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 7, 2019

Lisa, thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Shotgun Shrimp and Steak Salad. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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HM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service & food before show at KC. Pumpkin ravioli was great as well as the burger & blackened, chicken mango salad. Will keep this a go to place before other KC events.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you so much for joining before your show at the Kennedy Center! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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KC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the third time I've eaten at Circa before/after a Kennedy Center performance. Besides that the service and food are excellent, it's so convenient with the fee Kennedy Center shuttle stop RIGHT outside the door!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us before heading to a show at the Kennedy Center! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JK
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love sitting on the patio and thoroughly enjoy people watching. We enjoy other Circa locations, but the Foggy Bottom spot is ideal for pre-Theater dinner. We take Metro to Foggy Bottom and walk across the street to the restaurant; after dinner we cross the street again and catch the free shuttle to the Kennedy Center.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 7, 2019

Joseph, thank you so much for joining us before heading to the Kennedy Center!

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DV
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I really enjoyed my stay on the patio, although a bit noisier than expected.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on September 30, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us on the patio. We hope you enjoyed everything and hope to see you again soon!

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LD
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Just another great meal at a CIRCA. They maintain a high standard.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on September 30, 2019

Leo, thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Was okay. Nothing special. Service was uninterested at best.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on September 23, 2019

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

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WM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time and we absolutely loved it. The food was delicious!!! We sat outside and it was lovely. The service was fast and professional. Our waitress, Sarah S.was amazing!!! Gave us a great description of everything! We’ll be regulars for sure!!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on September 23, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed Sarah S.'s service as well as the food. We look forward to seeing you again sooN!

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D
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Overall a good experience. There for parents weekend at GW. Guess not their fault guy watching football at bar was hooting and hollering. Wife and son each had the lobster ravioli and loved it. Full pour on wife’s Prosecco.
I started with buffalo mozzarella app, believe was a special. Was not creamy enough, think too cold/refrigerated. Didn’t spread like burrata should but tasted good. And served with delicious toasted flatbread. I had salad with grilled chicken for meal, which was ok. Had some odd flavor didn’t really like. Not sure if was in balsamic dressing or salad itself. Also had a sangria which was ok. Seated promptly at reservation time.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on September 23, 2019

Dave, thank you for joining us during parent's weekend! We appreciate your feedback and look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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JG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Average food. Poor service. There are far better options in DC.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on September 23, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us Jeff. We are so sorry the service missed the mark. We will be following up over private message to learn more.

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Will definitely return.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on September 23, 2019

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

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Hung out at the outside bar to have lunch since it was such a busy Saturday and tables were full. Bartender was very attentive and told us about a free bus to Kennedy Center. Reasonless prices on cocktails and food. Fun time!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve always loved circa

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E
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

Loud, extremely small portions of good food, not enough light to even read the menu

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on September 23, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us and for your feedback!

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EG
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and, most especially, v very professional staff. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on September 23, 2019

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

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WF
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great variety on menu with fresh ingredients and combinations. We had theater tickets and they were busy but they made sure we we met our schedule without making us feel rushed.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on September 23, 2019

Thank you for joining us before heading to the theater! We are so glad you enjoyed the variety of menu. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for Monday night half-price wines. As usual, service was great and they let my girlfriends and I sit around and do some much needed catching up.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on September 23, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us for wine night! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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SM
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Saturday brunch at 11:15 and was seated immediately. By 11:30 it was almost packed, and after my first bite of the sliders, I could see why. The food is yummy!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on September 23, 2019

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

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F
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great apps. Good place to go near Lisner

g
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful salad. Very tasty and interesting. We asked for a quiet table and they gave us one. One person in our party was late and they were very agreeable about that.
Would definitely recommend.

o
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Circa @ Foggy Bottom NEVER disappoints. From the food, to the drinks to the wait staff!! Phenomenal!!!!

OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent seating on the patio and overall service!

GC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We visited this restaurant twice during our 5 night visit in D.C. It was conveniently placed (tight in the centre of Foggy Bottom) and the staff were very friendly, chatty and always wanting to make our visit as enjoyable as possible. The fact we came back a second time during a relatively short visit tells you everything you need to know about the place!

NR
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

The service at this particular Circa is consistently poor.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Our server was amazing! Didn’t prefer the screaming baby, though. Food was delicious!

DD
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the outdoor seating. Service friendly and not rushed. Save room for dessert—Nutella Trifle!

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