CIRCA at Foggy Bottom

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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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Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very pleasant surprise. I chose the Veggie Quinoa Salad and look forward to having it again.

V
Miami
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

it was a good experience, however my friend dish (pasta) was too small, there were literally 3 pieces.

LS
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Decent food, not the best seating environment for business meetings.

JG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Nice location. Service was ok cocktails were not that great but the food and dessert was good

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was good. Server was very friendly and efficient. Very noisy—had to eat outside. They had heaters and plastic screens so it was comfortable.

RH
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Kyle provided exceptional service.

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Responded 5 days ago

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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JA
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the chicken, steak, salmon, shotgun shrimp, and bulgogi lettuce wraps. Everything was excellent!

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Responded 5 days ago

Jason, 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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JT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Dinner and wait staff I have experianced in awhile

R
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

We were appalled at the poor service and disrespect we received from our waiter. He was short with us and not friendly whatsoever. The table we sat at had small flies flying all over the table and wall. We kept swatting the flies out of our food and drinks throughout the entire meal. The worst part, however, was the food. I asked for my steak to be cooked medium and it came out rare and bloody. I then asked it to be put back on the grill, and it came back medium rare and still very undercooked for my taste. Overall, I am highly disappointed with the experience we had at Circa and would never choose to dine there again.

j
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Valentines Day

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Responded 5 days ago

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

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Valentine’s Day dinner

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We were charged $18 for each cocktail - $5 each overcharge. Only because we caught it was it changed. Server claimed computer error. Disappointing!! Especially for regular guests.

B
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is one of my favorite spots for lunch. I’m never disappointed. Great job!

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Responded 5 days ago

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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KT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was quite surprised that I didn't know what CIRCA at Foggy Bottom had to offer and am so glad that I my family and I were able to dine here. The food was delicious and the menu has a wonderful variety of selections with fair pricing. I had the Kung Pao Shrimp and Seared Scallops over mushroom risotto which were both very good. Our server was attentive and efficient. Even the host staff were super welcoming upon our arrival. We can't wait to visit again in the near future!

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Responded 5 days ago

Kiersten, 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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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was wonderful and the cocktails were delightful. Fabulous service. We will continue to return.

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Responded 5 days ago

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

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BF
St. Louis
13 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Slow an inattentive service, but food was good.

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Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food but are so sorry about the service you experienced. We will be following up over private message to learn more.

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CB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have enjoyed excellent eggs Benedict at Circa in the past but this time they were even better than excellent! I can't wait to go back for brunch again. It's amazing how consistently great the food is at Circa.

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Responded 5 days ago

Carol, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed brunch and we hope to see you again soon!

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PH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place was recommended to me and it was by far better than I expected. Great atmosphere, service and the food was outstanding. I would recommend that you make a reservation if you want to get a good seat without a long wait.

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Responded on February 10, 2020

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

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SS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and food!! I especially appreciate the accommodation of a larger ground of 7 people. Our sever was awesome! She managed out order very well and was super pleasant!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad your group enjoyed everything and we look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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H
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place for lunch with colleagues. The menu has lots of options. My sesame-crusted tuna salad was outstanding. The staff were nice & super-fast. The tables were sufficiently widely spaced as to make conversation easy. A university & hospital vibe, reflecting location across from GW hospital and at the edge of GW campus -- but more sophisticated.

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Responded on February 10, 2020

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

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The service and food quality tonight were totally off. I was highly disappointed and won’t be back

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Responded on February 3, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us. We are so sorry to hear about your experience and will be following up to learn more.

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N
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mom and I wanted to go somewhere for a nice pre-show dinner before heading to the Kennedy Center on Saturday night, and this was the perfect spot! The service and food were both great, and it was so convenient to walk across the street and board the free shuttle to the Kennedy Center from outside the Foggy Bottom metro. We will definitely be back!

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Responded on February 10, 2020

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

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JL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the cocktail selection. The black Manhattan was delicious. Food was prepared as ordered and delicious.

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Responded on February 3, 2020

Joel, thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Black Manhattan and food. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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j
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

First time eating at this Circa. The food was not as good as what we have experienced at Circa Clarendon. My chicken sandwich seemed “just okay”. Our friends enjoyed their burgers and a flatbread though.

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Responded on February 3, 2020

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

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for any occasion

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Responded on February 3, 2020

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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w
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great spot for drinks and snacks before getting on the shuttle for the Kennedy Center

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on January 27, 2020

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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MM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have been to several Circa’s but dine at this one the most. The food is consistently delicious and the staff is pleasant and attentive at all the locations. It’s great to know that there is a reasonably priced consistently outstanding restaurant I can go to often to have a great meal without breaking the bank. Thank you!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on January 27, 2020

Michael, 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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D
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been here for dinner with friends and lunch with business associates - can’t go wrong. It’s delicious.

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Responded on January 27, 2020

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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BT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Mushroom flatbread and quinoa kale avocado salad were both very good.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on January 27, 2020

Barbara, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Wild Mushroom Flatbread and Veg and Quinoa Bowl! We hope to see you again soon!

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E
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dining at Circa is always a pleasure and is by far the best option in the Foggy Bottom area. The menu is extensive and the food is reliably excellent. The noise level can get a bit high, but that’s because it is so popular.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on February 3, 2020

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

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OT
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was very good, the service only average, but this restaurant is best for someone who can walk there since parking is scarce and the nearest garage is a few blocks away.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on January 27, 2020

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

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Placed by a cold
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S
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our second time visiting Circa for our corporate lunch and we always receive amazing service! and the same table !! which is super sweet =) The food is always amazing I have tried every seasonal ravioli dish and im amazed every time! Thank you!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on January 27, 2020

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
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! I ordered the chicken and biscuits and it was delicious!! Would definitely go back

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Responded on January 20, 2020

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

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BS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service. Our waitress was new, but she did an outstanding job of ensuring everything was just right. Food was very good. We've never been disappointed. Our go-to place when taking the metro to the Kennedy Center. Shuttle bus is just across the street from the restaurant.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on February 10, 2020

Bonnie, 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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DR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Have been to this restaurant multiple times with a good experience. Unfortunately, this time the food was cold and the flatbread pizza was stale. Perhaps they allocated too many resources to Restaurant week. But I now question the value of returning.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on January 20, 2020

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

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We loved it! The food was great, the service was prompt, the ambience relaxing, not too noisy. We'll be back definitely.

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Responded on January 20, 2020

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

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MB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Purple rain drink is a must try (if you can handle spicy/hot). Shotgun shrimp are a must as well. Jambalaya is awesome. Baby Kale Parm salad is wonderful.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on January 20, 2020

Matt, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Purple Rain, Shotgun Shrimp, Jambalaya, and Baby Kale Parmesan salad. We hope to see you again soon!

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p
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was good as always. The happy hour special drink was pretty weak and watery. Service is very good. My favorite place in the area but next time I'll order off the regular drink menu

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on January 20, 2020

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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D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great Ceaser Salad

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