CIRCA at Foggy Bottom

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$30 and under
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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!
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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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.

SM
Austin
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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!

F
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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!

OT
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was unreal! The steak, seared tuna, and poke wraps...drool. Staff was very accommodating to me and my kids.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waitress, good deals on apps & drinks (delicious red wine). Perfect for the quick happy hour!

DR
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wonderful staff, great experience. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

MB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Their shotgun shrimp appetizer is the best. Also outstanding is the Parmesan Kale salad.

MP
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, drinks, and the service was top notch. The four cheese mac was delicious and our server T was exceptional. She gave us great suggestions, as she has had everything on the menu, and her recommendations were spot on. The shuttle stop for the Kennedy Center, just across the street, was an added bonus! We will definitely be back!!

PS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was delicious as always, but the wait time for the table and again for the food was much too long.

SG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Food and server Clare were very good. Bartender not so great. Did not smile or engage.

BP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great take on sophisticated dishes with elevated flavors

TF
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Circa turned out to be perfect for dinner with our adult son on a Sunday night in DC. Service was very good. Excellent cocktails, food, presentation and ambiance. The only glitch we experienced was due to the Open Table app which wouldn't allow me to reserve for a party of 3 (kept defaulting to 2.) I requested party of 3 in the "special requests" field, but the restaurant never saw it and on the afternoon of our reservation, called to say we'd have to sit at an outdoor table. It sounded and felt a little like a punishment. Fortunately, the evening weather was mild.

TK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for an early dinner and the entire experience was outstanding. I ordered the jambalaya (best I’ve had in years), my wife and son ordered the flatbread pizzas (perfectly cooked), and my other son had the lobster ravioli (he’s still talking about it!). We also ordered the spinach dip as an appetizer, and it did not disappoint. We’ll be back for sure!!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were outstanding. I highly recommend this restaurant for special occasions as well as a fun night out with friends.

JO
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I loved what we ordered. Great food, great value. We highly recommend it.

KM
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It's a good spot for dinner - service is great! they have nice happy hour specials. I think it's a little overpriced for the food you get - nothing super fancy or innovative but well done and there's something for everyone on the menu. never been to the foggy bottom area so we wanted to explore and loved how close it was to the national mall. the dessert was probably the best part of the meal. I got the veg + quinoa bowl - yummy but a little small for an entree salad in my opinion.

J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and super quick and nice service before a show at the nearby Kennedy Center.

KJ
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful time, great food and excellent service!

JD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pleasant atmosphere, reasonable prices for good food, gracious service--what more could one want for a nice holiday brunch?

AB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was well prepared and delicious. The service was prompt and attentive. Circa is a good pre-theatre dinner location.

D
London
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exemplary service from our waitress. Very tasty food (we had salmon, jambalaya, and burgers). Great value bottomless soft drinks policy.

M
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

If you love Happy Hours this is the place to be. Unfortunately we were pre-theater & did not know how noisy it would be outside. The hostess & waiters were super accomodating & located a quiet spot for us. We are CIrca fans from Arlington & found the food at this location seemed better & more well presented - the Quinoa Veggie Bowl. Overall Circa always delivers a nice experience & is affordable & the drink menu is very modern & eclectic.

TF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent. We have been here several times and have always been satisfied!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all loved our meal!

MB
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were in town for an event at George Washington University. We had an early dinner at Circa and were seated outside. We enjoyed the outside location. The server was pleasant and attentive and knowledgeable about the selections. Food was excellent and we were very pleased to have chosen Circa.

SF
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The waitress seemed to show her impatience or frustration when we were not ready to order.

E
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service both excellent and I really enjoyed my meal - if I had one comment, I’d ask the waiters to stop pouring your water for you (they leave a carafe on the table so you can do it yourself); a bit awkward.

JR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

recommend the bread pudding for dessert! the best bread pudding i've had! the bison blue cheese burger is really good also! highly recommend.

LK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Service was inattentive and slow. And the place wasn’t even busy.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food is excellent. Prices are terrific. Service is excellent.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on August 26, 2019

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

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CT
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family dinner before dropping our daughter off to college.

DH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it at Circa

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on August 26, 2019

Dennis, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! I love Circa

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