CIRCA at Foggy Bottom

4.5
1443 reviews
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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!
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SM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Open at 10am on Sunday for a nice quiet Sunday brunch. The eggs benedict was a great choice and the staff is very friendly and service-oriented.

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Responded 2 days ago

Shannon, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed Sunday brunch with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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

Great drinks, food and service.

N
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyed our summer restaurant week lunch at Circa! As a recently transitioning vegetarian I worried that the offerings would be limited, but the roasted Brussels sprouts with bleu cheese, hummus with olive tapenade, wild mushroom flatbread (so so delicious) and the berries shortcake were ALL outstanding. These folks know their way around a kitchen. Don’t miss this gem! And the special lunch rate was the cherry on top.

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Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed all of our vegetarian options for Restaurant Week! We hope to see you again soon!

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MP
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very close to the Kennedy Center and a nearby metro - we ate here after catching a broadway show. They were very attentive, food was great, drinks were great, and they have a really nice covered outside dining area.

Pricing is varied, you can find appetizers, handhelds, and flatbreads for about $12-16 on avg or you have the choice to get more upscale entrees in the $20-30 range. Overall, loved the experience and would come here again.

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Responded 2 days ago

Mikey, thank you so much for joining us after a show! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed the food and drinks. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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

Wonderful as usual. Do get here, especially during restaurant week. Next to metro, very convenient. Great menu.

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Responded 2 days ago

Charlene, thank you so much for joining us! We hope to see you again soon!

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KL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I have been wanting to dine at this establishment and restaurant week was my opportunity. From the front of the house to the service and food, it was a wonderful experience. The food was delicious and I wanted to try everything so much so that I ordered a flatbread pizza to take back to my colleagues. It was that delicious that I had to share. I will be back!

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Responded 2 days ago

Karen, thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food so much that you ordered a flatbread to bring back to your colleges! We hope to see you again soon.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, good service, enjoyable experience. I especially enjoyed sitting outside, which has a nice atmosphere.

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Responded 2 days ago

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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N
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice waitress, very small servings. For that amount of money I expect to be full without dessert. The food was pretty good but nothing spectacular.

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Responded 2 days ago

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

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AC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was amazing! But the portion sizes are small for the prices

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Responded 2 days ago

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

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ML
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great selection for brunch and perfect before or after a show at the Kennedy Center.

SH
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Server was in training but did a phenomenal job. Wish we lived in DC so we could eat here more!

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Responded on August 12, 2019

Sarah, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service. We also have a location in Clarendon, VA! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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JH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our pre-theater go to. Great location and shuttle to Kennedy Center across the street.

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Responded on August 12, 2019

Judi, thank you for choosing us as your restaurant of choice before going to the theater! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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G
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to unwind and chill. Cocktail menu is awesome.

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Responded on August 12, 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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RI
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

convenient location, decent food (soup was super, flat bread was over-baked), waiter was not outstanding but met standard

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Responded on August 12, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the location and food. We appreciate your feedback regarding the service and flatbread. We will be passing along your feedback to our team. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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BW
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sunday Brunch
4 of us went to brunch before Sunday matinee. We were early and stayed a long time and there was no pressure to leave. Very reasonable ($6) priced drinks ie. Peach Bellini.
The atmosphere is lively, modern, and comfortable. And the food was great. We all had empty plates.
We had the Avocado toast with poached eggs, Chicken Salad with walnuts and grapes all all licked our plates clean.

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Responded on August 12, 2019

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

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CB
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Bit pricey but food was excellent

NR
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Service is a challenge. Food is very good.

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Responded on August 5, 2019

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

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DC
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice selection of salads.

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Responded on August 5, 2019

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

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EB
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

WORTH A VISIT! I visit DC several times each year and am always looking for new and exciting restaurants. We tried Circa because of the great reviews and proximity to the Kennedy Center. We were NOT disappointed. The food was fresh, tasty and perfectly seasoned. I would highly recommend the brick chicken--among the best I have had--and the Nutella trifle. The server was cheerful, helpful and efficient but knew when to leave us alone. It was a bit noisy but in more of a lively way than an annoying one. And, the free shuttle ride to the Center after dinner was an unexpected bonus. I will definitely return when next I'm in the District.

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Responded on August 5, 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 when you're back in the area!

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JK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to get a pre-theater bite - we had tickets to the Kennedy center, and our service was efficient and well-paced so that we had plenty of time to walk to the Kennedy center and take our time. Food was delicious, and the dining room is modern and very pleasing.

NR
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

If you're going to Circa, which I recommend, go to Chinatown. The service in Chinatown is completely different from Foggy Bottom. The food is equally good, but the service varies between the two.

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Responded on August 5, 2019

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

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RN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, the service was great, and eating on the patio is great for people watching.

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Responded on August 5, 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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S
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for Sunday brunch ( ala carte menu which we prefer to buffets). Really fresh food and innovative menu. Service friendly and attentive. Restaurant is bright and airy. My only complaint as with most places these days is the noise level. Will definitely return.

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Responded on August 5, 2019

Steve, thank you so much for joining us for Sunday brunch! We hope to see you again soon!

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ML
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Date night dinner for two - excellent food and wine. Our server was very personable and service was average for a busy Saturday night. She made an error in our order which caused a biggish delay...... but the manager came over and explained what happened, comped our appetizer. What could have been an unappealing situation became a reason for us to relax and enjoy a nice night out :) We would definitely return - very good location and very nice menu.

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Responded on August 5, 2019

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

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KB
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service and reasonable prices.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on August 5, 2019

Kevin, thank you so much for joining us! We hope to see you again soon!

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NA
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

All was great and even enjoyed the patio on a hot evening as it was well covered and ventilated. Only real complaint was that I sat near an aisle where the staff kept walking and was constantly being kicked, bumped or nudged every couple of minutes. They need to remove a table or two to make room for staff to serve the clients.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and appreciate your feedback regarding the layout. We hope to see you again soon!

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PC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Waiter kept walking by our table after we were served but not checking in or even making eye contact and we were going to order more drinks but after 10-15 minutes we gave up. Food was decent, service not so much

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on July 29, 2019

Patty, thank you so much for joining us! We are so sorry to hear about your experience and will be following over private message to learn more.

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SE
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Waitress was really great and attentive.
She made great suggestions re pairing of wine with food.
Flatbreads and salads were very good.
Nice outside area.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on July 29, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed your server's recommendations! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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RM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed the meal and restaurant very much. I was disappointed that when I increased my reservation from 4 to 5, thanks to a reminder email I received from you, the change wasn't received by the restaurant. Fortunately, the clients I was meeting with were OK to be seated at a "booth" that fits normally 4.

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Responded on August 5, 2019

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

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L
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was provided quickly and the meal was SO tasty. I would recommend this very convenient location. Food was really good!

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Responded on July 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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AC
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good bet. Great menu without being precious or fussy. Our server was excellent. Fun crowd and vibe. Circa is a DC fave.

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Responded on July 29, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the menu options as well as the service. We hope to see you again soon!

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FR
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Dinner was good! Great menu and amazing deal on half bottle wines. We got two!

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Responded on July 29, 2019

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

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JJ
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food
Great service
Excellent drinks and venue

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Responded on July 22, 2019

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

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OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great ambiance.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on July 22, 2019

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

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SB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service were very solid; just nothing super outstanding compared to some other places around DC. However, we will be back, as we enjoyed our evening at CIRCA.

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Responded on July 22, 2019

Sara, 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
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Food , service everything was Awesome!!

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Responded on July 22, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Too high of price for portion served

EA
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We planned dinner at Circa at Foggy Bottom before a Kennedy Center event. Good selection of beer, wine and spirits. The Foggy Bottom cocktail was refreshing. Food choices range from small plates, salad and lighter fare to burgers and entrées. Our server was friendly and courteous. After dinner, we crossed the street and hopped on the Kennedy Center shuttle. Could not have been easier to get to our venue!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on July 22, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything before your show at the Kennedy Center. We hope to see you again soon!

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A great place for lunch or dinner: consistently good food, adequate service, and moderate prices.

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Responded on July 22, 2019

Brians, 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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Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great. Restaurant was loud when we first got there with the after work happy hour crowd, but was festive and service was solid.

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Responded on July 22, 2019

Buckley, 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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