CIRCA at Foggy Bottom

4.6
1201 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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BC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, good location for a post-dinner stroll to the Lincoln Memorial.

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f
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved the baby kale parmesan salad topped with shrimp! Tons of flavor!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Really enjoyed offer of free glass of Prosecco for my birthday.

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OT
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I was disappointed that I was not served bread with my salad. I noticed the gentleman next to me received bread after he asked.

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S
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I thought the ambiance was nice. The salmon was a little tasty, nothing to write home about. The Nutella trifle dessert left much to desire, the cake crumbs were dry. The waitress was nice and provided good service. I enjoyed the courtesy of the staff. Maybe I need to try a different option on the menu.

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JB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Circa is so convenient and I always have a good meal with great service. But the noise level is just so high, conversation is a challenge. And when you add the music on top of the dull roar of conversation, it is very difficult to relax and enjoy whomever you are with.

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P
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very consistent food, good value. Great venue before the Kennedy Center. Nice vibe and staff very professional and friendly.

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AM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Reasonable prices for DC. Very convenient to Metro and Kennedy Center. Menu is not inspiring, but food is reliably good.

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JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The brussel sprouts and filet filet sliders with worcestershire sauce were simply amazing. Was not impressed with the t-bone steak.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Circa is our whole family’s go to and special place. The food and service are both awesome!

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New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town for DC Mardi Gras Ball, and wanted to have brunch on Saturday. Ambience was enchanting and food very tasty. Our waitress was very professional and attentive. Price was reasonable. We will be back.

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Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, good prices, but a little noisy. We went for brunch and loved our food (the mimosas and bellinis were so cheap!!) but it was pretty loud and a little squished together. Still, I’d go again!

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PL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our favorite spot for lunch or dinner when coming into DC for a show at the Kennedy Center or shopping/hitting the museums!

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RE
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

There isn’t too much to dislike about CIRCA, but the place did really do much to win me over. A Wednesday night dinner found the place pretty loud and the food was okay, but not something that would make me pick this place again. Service was good, restaurant was busy, and we were not rushed. So there are a few positives to share.

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JO
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. Those brussel sprouts are to die for!

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TR
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent. So glad we did this.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were great. Our go to place in Foggy Bottom for sure.

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g
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A pleasant surprise right on the GWU campus. Stopped for lunch after a meeting on campus. Relaxed atmosphere, great service, table right away at lunch hour. Had the brussel sprout appetizer, roasted to perfection - not too firm or too soft, with savory mildly spicy basalmic reduction - I could have eaten two, except I would not have had room for the fantastic grilled salmon over mixed greens salad. Medium grilled salmon was flavorful, tender and cripsy. Vinagrette light and flavorful. Barely had room for the Nutella trifle that topped off the meal. Service was first rate, price quite reasonable. I will be back next time I am in town.

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SM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiet and pleasant. Wait staff explained the menu and promptly refilled my glass. Cream of brocolli soup was better than I anticipated. Pumpkin ravioli was perfect portion. Brioche bread pudding with ice cream and rum sauce is a worthy signature dessert.

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DB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Everything was very good, however, our waitress didn’t even stop back to check on us after we got our entrees. I even would have ordered a glass of wine. Other than the ok service everything was acceptable.

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

The scallops I had were amazing!

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AS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little loud for dinner with my parents but overall it was a great dinner. Went for restaurant week dinner. Food and service was great.

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k
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

With a 9:30pm reservation, we needed quick service so we could eat and socialize before closing at 11pm. The receptionist seated me when I arrived even though the second person wasn't there yet - some restaurants won't seat an "incomplete" party until the last one arrives. The wait staff was prompt, accommodative, provided useful suggestions and assured our drinks and food arrived quickly. Finally, the staff at Circa was patient as my guest and I lingered a bit past the posted closing time. Recommendation: the noise level is relatively high so if you're there to talk with someone, consider sitting side-by-side or in adjacent chairs rather than across a table.

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TX
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I went for restaurant week. The flounder was well prepared, but the Caesar salad and dessert tasted almost store-bought. Very good location, across from Foggy Bottom metro.

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S
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had, as usual, a delicious, inexpensive fun dinner at our go to restaurant pre- Kennedy Center. I would definitely recommend Circa!!

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ES
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A good restaurant for an evening bite to eat; great service with a good vibrant atmosphere; we went during restaurant week and the food represented good value for money. Caesar salad, buffalo burger followed by cheesecake for $35

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AH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been in the area to watch a gymnastics meet twice and both times we have eaten here. Fantastic in everyway.

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SF
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ate lunch here and it was fabulous. Would def return. Two of us had the Fuji shrimp salad-excellent. And one had the burger. Also excellent. Server was great.

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MR
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Circa is a great restaurant with very good food and the location is great especially for pre and post theater (Kennedy Center). The restaurant is not really good for dinner conversations because the noise level was a bit louder and many statements had to be repeated just to have the conversations. When making and confirming the reservation, I had stated my concerns about the noise level and not being placed by the bar, and was assured everything would be fine. We arrived and they placed us in a noisy section. I had conversations with the hostess and the manager and the best they could do was move us from the speaker. I enjoy the food and will return, but it won't be to have conversations with those dining with me.

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UW
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wasn’t sure if this place would be a good foodie fit because it has several locations/is a local chain, but Circa (Foggy Bottom) hit it out of the park. Live in nyc, so haven’t tried other locations in DC. Incredible short ribs, creative winter seasonal menu, and delicious wines. Also, the brioche bread pudding is NOT to be overlooked — wow!!! Incredible — the menu item that solidified this place as way more than a boring chain for me. Highly recommend.

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OT
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Always a great option for lunch or dinner. Lots of variety on the menu and easy to understand what you can choose from. Definitely worth stopping

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LK
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was fantastic and the menu options were fun (not the same old stuff). My only comment is, if you are dining inside, the area is quite small and so if you were having a business lunch it was probably a bit too close for comfort (at least at the tables for 2 people). The outdoor area is awesome!!!

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b
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! Drinks are fabulous and the brussel sprouts are amazing!

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RK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing spot for a pre-show dinner if you are headed to a show at the Kennedy Center.

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S
New England
16 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food. Nice spot for brunch/lunch

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s
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This visit to Circa was for my husband's birthday which was our 3rd visit and we love the food, service and the atmosphere. We live in MD and as crazy as the streets are in DC it is all worth it!

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DS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Appetizer was a bit over cooked. Otherwise it was very good.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Surprisingly convenient for a Kennedy Center pre-show dinner ! The Kennedy Center shuttle is right across the street, though it is also a very easy 10 min walk to or from the Kennedy Center. The food and service was excellent and seem more fitting in a fancier, more trendy establishment.

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D
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was delicious but could have been brought out st a slower pace-things felt a bit rushed. The room temperature was too warm! Staff was pleasant.

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g
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Circa has become one of our go-to restaurants when we are looking for American comfort food. This was our first trip to the Foggy Bottom location. We arrived early and were well taken care of by the bar staff and hostess. Our food was outstanding, including a surprisingly on-point turkey burger made with locally farmed poultry. The only down side was our waitress, who while attentive and polite, seemed to be intent on rushing us forward in spite of an almost empty dining room. Case in point, "I'll have my coffee when I finish my drink." Five minutes later, drink still half full, she asks "Can I get your coffee now?" Also, removing small plates from the table after we had paid our check but before we departed also made us feel like someone was telling us to "get out." This was unfortunate, as the rest of the experience was wonderful.

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