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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Friday, February 14, 2020

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MM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
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!

OT
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Placed by a cold
Door

S
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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!

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 5 days ago

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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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 5 days ago

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.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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

G
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My friend and I had a delicious lunch at CIRCA. Will come back soon!!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 5 days ago

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

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LS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and stellar service!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 5 days ago

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

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d
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food I ordered was great. Poke nachos and brussels with blue cheese. The other diners with me enjoyed their quinoa salads. Would totally go back, the food was really good and the service was great as well.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Tuna Poke Nachos and Brussels + Blue. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress “T” not only was prompt to address me as a guest, but also (and most importantly) made me feel that such fast response was to address my needs and not to “get rid of me and move on to the next customer”.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed T's service. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing! great service, brunch menu had options for everyone and wasn’t super busy yet when we arrived.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 5 days ago

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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M
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I came with my mother and a good friend for a late Christmas/New Years dinner since I was visiting from Alaska. I have dined at the CIRCA in DuPont Circle many times (wish it was still there). But our dinner did not disappoint. My mother had the turkey burger, a friend had the scallops dish, while I had the steak frite. The dishes are generous. I think, I’m retrospect, I would have stuck with the small plates as I have previously done many times at the DuPont Circle circa. Having said that, our meals were delicious. Our server was attentive and professional. My only slight complaint is that the dining area could be a little more well-lit. It was a bit too dark for my mother. Otherwise, thank you for giving us such a lovely dining experience!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Turkey Burger, Seared Scallops, and Steak Frites as well as the service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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DC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant, staff and food was amazing! Will definitely be back...

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 5 days ago

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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ML
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was quick, so we were able to take our time walking to the Kennedy Center. The food was excellent!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 5 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
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, drinks, service, staff and location to Kennedy Center

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 5 days ago

John, 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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T
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice bistro in Foggy Bottom, convenient to Metro, State Dept, GW. Great happy hour!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 5 days ago

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

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous meal - the Ahi Tuna and BBQ flatbread were amazing, as was the hummus! Can't wait to visit again!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on January 6, 2020

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

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KK
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot pre and post theatre. Fresh and flavorful food, great location and perfect service. Will definitely return to this spot.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on January 6, 2020

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

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LM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very friendly. Brunch was outstanding! Be sure to try the Blood Orange Bellini.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on January 6, 2020

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

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S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was good and our server was great...he helped us make decisions when we had menu questions. We asked for some customizing on most of our meals and our server wrote it all down, repeated it back to us and got everything perfect.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on January 6, 2020

Sophie, 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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M
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

New Years dinner before a show at the Kennedy Center. Drinks (gin& tonic, pino grigio) were excellent, lettuce wraps were delicious. Lobster ravioli and steak frites were excellent. It was a fairly slow evening (4:30) so the noise level wasn't bad. Service was prompt but not particularly friendly. This is ok since I want to spend the time with my wife not the server! Overall a very nice experience.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us for NYE! We are so glad you enjoyed the Lobster Ravioli and Sauteed Shrimp and Steak Frites. We are so sorry about the service and will be following up with our team to address your feedback. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food. Food was a little slow coming out but it was worth the wait.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on January 6, 2020

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

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CJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made a reservation for New Years Eve. Everything about the dining experience was excellent! From the wine to the main course to the relaxed but attentive nature of our waitress. I will differently be back. Well Done!!!!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on January 6, 2020

Carl, thank you so much for joining us for New Year's Eve. We are so glad you enjoyed the service, wine, and food. We hope to see you again soon!

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ZH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Good food and the service and staff are always wonderful and friendly. Best place to go before an event at Kennedy center which dinning there is overpriced and the food is over rated

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on January 6, 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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A
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Recommend it for the convenience. Food was delicious but a bit on the pricey side. Our server, Claire, was lovely and very attentive.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on January 6, 2020

Anya, thank you for joining us and for your feedback!

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OT
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience all around!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on January 6, 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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GH
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and excellent service on a very busy night

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on December 30, 2019

George, thank you 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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M
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Server was friendly but we weren't offered bread. Salads were good but sometimes have been even fresher. Everything was pretty pricey for what we got.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on December 30, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us and for your feedback! We will be sure to pass along your feedback to our team and Chef. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The happy hour is a great deal. We went before the theater and loved it!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on December 30, 2019

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

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w
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great location, just steps from the Foggy Bottom Metro and the Kennedy Center shuttle bus stop. This restaurant has a varied menu with multiple non-meat options, and it is reasonably priced. We were all pleased with our entrees, and the few appetizers we ordered.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on December 30, 2019

Welda, thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the variety and hope to see you again soon!

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BM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great atmosphere with really good food - but seemed a tad over-priced compared to similar restaurants. But we really enjoyed our meal there before walking over to the Kennedy Center for a play.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on December 30, 2019

Brock, 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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t
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pre-theatre dinner spot - food and service were great and it was an easy walk to the Kennedy Center. We will be back.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on December 30, 2019

Twina, 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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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Overall the food was fine and everything about the restaurant was fine. I was disappointed in our server. This is the only time I’ve been there so I can’t say it is indicative of their service in general or we just had a poor server. She just wasn’t very good. She didn’t seem like she wanted to be there at all and she brought nothing to our overall experience.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on December 30, 2019

Melissa, thank you so much for joining us and for your feedback. We will be following up over private message to learn more.

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BE
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great as always. Server was friendly, helpful and very professional. Food was amazing, drinks were awesome. One of our favorite restaurants in DC.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on December 30, 2019

Bethany, 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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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a great experience. Food is excellent and the staff is attentive and friendly.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on December 23, 2019

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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N
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family of four (of all adults) comes to CIRCA every time we catch a show @ the Kennedy Center. We were here for Brunch. Great Bellinis and appetizers. Loved the Brussels Blue (Brussels sprouts with bacon and blue cheese) & the fried calamari, artichoke and olive combo. For the mains my mother ordered the avocado toast with poached eggs. Since my mother doesn’t care for cilantro (which is normally in the avocado spread) the kitchen chef(s) went above and beyond and gave her two poached eggs with just a plain avocado slice. My mother was in heaven and so pleased especially since she is not allergic to cilantro she just has an intolerance to cilantro. She said the poached eggs were cooked to perfection. Best dish she has eaten at Circa.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on December 23, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed brunch with us before heading to the Kennedy Center. We hope to see you again soon!

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