CIRCA at Foggy Bottom

4.7
1840 Reviews
$30 and under
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!

Our Dining Room and Patio are Open!

For more information on how we are keeping our guests and team safe, visit circabistros.com/keeping-you-safe

Support CIRCA at Foggy Bottom during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1840 people are saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipAndrea
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice outdoor seating, attentive service, delicious food.

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RachelB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wanted to celebrate myself and a recent promotion. I was seated outside which was nice. Started with a delicious cocktail and several apps. Definitely recommend the bruschetta and Brussels. For dinner chose the short rib. Oh my goodness it was to die for! The meat was incredibly tender. Finally for dessert I had the bread pudding. I didn’t think I would finish it after such a large meal but it was so good I couldn’t help it. Delicious meal all for just over $100 !

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for celebrating with us, Rachel! We are so happy you chose us to be a part of your special occasion. We look forward to hosting you again soon! Cheers!

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JasonA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The guys were amazing tonight. We arrived with 5 instead of 4 and becuase they were aware we are regulars moved us to a larger table. Excellent service.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 3 days ago

We appreciate your support, Jason! Thank you for your rating and review. See you again, soon!

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Reneedear
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is our favorite restaurant in the neighborhood and we find the food and service reliably good.
We will continue eating there as it is within walking distance.
My favorites are the hamburgers and the sliders and they make a mean Sea Breeze.
Always a pleasant experience and we highly recommend Circa

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I visit the navy yard location often and this experience was very different the mood the service the staff the food wasn’t great at all. This is not what I have loved from circa . I will never visit this location again.

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vipNoneYaBidness
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Pretty good. Salad portions are a bit on the small side for the price, but tasted great.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on June 9, 2021

Thank you for your rating and review! We look forward to hosting you again, soon!

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MS803
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Highly recommend the steak salad at Circa. The spacious patio is very comfortable if you're not ready to eat indoors at restaurants.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on June 3, 2021

We appreciate your support, and are glad you enjoyed your time dining with us!

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vipRichardB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is my "local" I eat there often. I have never had an unsatisfactory meal or dining experience. I will continue to visit it.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on June 3, 2021

Thank you for trusting us to provide you with an outstanding dining experience, Richard. We look forward to hosting you in the future.

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DavidE
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wait staff and outstanding food.
The Brussels are a must!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on June 3, 2021

Thank you for your rating, David! We look forward to your next visit.

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JasonA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Very disappointed, we arrived to take part in the happy hour only to be told that because we were sitting down we couldn’t have it. There was signage outside advertising it but no seating available so we had to sit at a table. Why advertise it if you don’t provide in for everyone. Very disappointed and will be making sure that if we can’t get the ‘Correct’ table we will go elsewhere.

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MeghanW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Went to check out circa because it’s always packed when I walked by. Honestly I didn’t get the hype, and the ambiance was just okay for the prices. The spicy marg was delicious, calamari was above average but I wouldn’t go out of my way for it, crab cakes were meh, and I would avoid the fried chicken sandwhich. However, the service was fantastic which made it worth it just to try Circa once.

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vipTiAA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Will certainly be back! Great for lunch, happy hour, and dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great welcome, great service, great food & cocktails!! Thoroughly enjoyed CIRCA @ Foggy Bottom!

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KellyN
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The blackberry margarita is my favorite, its always consistent in flavor. The braised beef as well as the mango chicken salad are delicious. Service is always on point with kind and attentive staff.

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SageHog
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food. Waiter was excellent, recommended the perfect way to get the fried chicken sandwich (with buffalo sauce, avocado and tomato).

The music was a little loud but it seemed like it was prom night for the local high school, and there were a few prom groups eating there. So it's hard to fault them too much for that.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience.

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vipRonaldR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

short ribs were room temperature.

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vipTameraL
Washington DC
156 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent experience, with great food (salads) with a friend. BUT in sitting inside the covered patio, wish the music had been at a lower volume. The staff, as always, are beyond helpful. Another repeat problems was using the camera to get the link to the menu led us to an Infinity site -- most confusing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Server was abrupt and training another server, hopefully the trainee won't pick up her habits!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just got engaged about an hour earlier and it was fantastic!

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TomS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Seated earlier than reservation. Given how few other diners, it took quite awhile to get our food. Something was going on in the kitchen. My almond-granola-crusted French toast was alright - not as good as in the Before Times. They may have cut the almonds/flavoring for the expense. I won't rush back. Outdoor seating is plentiful; music a tad loud. Pricing comparable to Ted's Bulletin. Bacon was plentiful and the thick cut.

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marie
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Brunch was very affordable and the $4 mimosas were great! The patio was covered and a little dark which was the only thing that was unexpected.

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CharlesF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Overall great lunch experience. Food price point very good. Staff very accommodating.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

A little attitude when I asked the waiter to repeat himself.

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EmmaW
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time at Circa, I really enjoyed the food, and I will definitely be back!

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AmandaB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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CathE
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Booked based on google map search. Pictures oversell the ambience. Dark furnishings and glaring overhead lights could have been overlooked if our server had been more attentive. On a positive, the hostess and barman were quite nice.

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Andre
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was amazing! She was also the bartender and had an extensive knowledge about the menu. Great food, great drinks, couldn’t ask for a better Saturday brunch spot.

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AndrewZ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great outdoor patio with a solid roof and heaters, perfect for the rain. Delicious food, especially the brussels sprouts and tuna.

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MTA63
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Circa is always great!! No surprises!!! Food is excellent! We love the tuna poke, the calamari. The Moscow mule is fabulous!!! Service is profesional and friendly. They keep good control over reduced occupancy!!! Well done!

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DaveJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would 1000% recommend patio area for spring and summer

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GWFoggyBottom
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, location, service and setting. Good menu items and wine selection.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sauce with the brick chicken dish was divine!

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BourbonMo
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I enjoyed the food and ambiance of Circa at Foggybottom. The service was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This Place is just fantastic. The people that work there are always so nice and really can never do enough for you.

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vipLianaO
Tampa
33 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved this place in a great location great food and the weather when i was there was perfect so we sat outside.

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vipLisaA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were pleased to find a brunch spot last minute. The service was excellent and the food was delicious! It was lovely sitting outside on a spring day enjoying good food and good service!

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AroundTheTablefrom
Orlando
17 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My King wanted something different, we had to extra time to spare and with last minute brunch reservations during COVID was challenging. However, CIRCA, had space, yes 👍. We sat outside, cover patio with heaters. It was nice.

The service was easy, the drinks was really NICE [PURPLE RAIN] easy on the eyes and pallet. The food was hot, seasoned nicely check was on time.

Everyone had good COVID practice, to include the quest. King and I would return.

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AlecY
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The food and service were great but not quite the ambiance we expected. It’s right next to the metro station exit at a busy intersection in the GW area.

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SahajaD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Ate lunch at Circa after taking a tour of GW. Tee and the other restaurant staff were gracious, attentive and accommodating. I don’t eat any sugar or flour and Tee helped me navigate the menu to make choices that fit my plan (blackened salmon with cauliflower mash and kale). My husband and son do not have any food restrictions and they also enjoyed the food. My son had the the bread pudding for dessert and said it was decadent and delicious!!! Tee gave us recommendations of things to do while we were in DC (I asked). I appreciated the hospitality and warm environment.

FAQs

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 506-5589.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom is rated 4.7 stars by 1840 OpenTable diners.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.circabistros.com/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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