CIRCA at Foggy Bottom

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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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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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FJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The hostess was very welcoming and accommodating! The waitress was very pleasant and knowledgeable of the food. The food was delicious, although the New England clam chowder was a bit watery but tasted ok! I went with 4 other coworkers for a holiday luncheon. Everyone was happy with their order.

J
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice menu with variety of small plates, salads, sandwiches, and entrees. Good prices and attentive staff. We were there at 11:30 for lunch so noise was not an issue. Will look forward to another visit.

v
New England
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Staff was gracious and knowledgeable. Good vegetarian food options.

DS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall very good. Waiter was excellent!

OT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Love the menu differences by Circa location.

B
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A go to spot in Foggy Bottom. Enjoy it every time I go see my alma mater play b-ball. Every item I've ordered is solid, not exceptions. Staff very friendly and competent without being in your face annoying. Well done and high marks.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 4 days ago

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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EL
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The location and food are excellent. The service was excellent as well. However, the tables are a bit too close together, and the noise level is very loud. Those are the only two downsides. I plan to eat there again.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 4 days ago

Elana, thank you for joining us and for your feedback! We are so glad you enjoyed the service and hope to see you again soon!

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D
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great option for any event.

BE
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ms. T behind the bar was an amazing addition to our dining experience. Great drinks, food, and atmosphere!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on December 2, 2019

Branden, thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and hope to see you again soon!

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GS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm recently recovering from a tonsillectomy and the server worked with me to ensure my odd diet, and I was taken care of.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on December 2, 2019

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

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s
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience2

We were seated on the terrace because they could not accommodate 5 at one table. It was cold out there despite the plastic covering. The noise from the pulsing music and the crowd was excruciating. I love their food, but I don’t envision returning.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great! Service was slow but the waitress was helpful and pleasant.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on November 25, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! 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
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING brunch! Their avocado toast is literally the best brunch meal I’ve ever had. 1000% recommend

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on November 25, 2019

Thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Avocado Toast! We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Bruschetta was delicious. Brussels were almost as good.
Diner 1 - NY Strip special was just OK. Nothing special but huge steak and very small amount of mashed.
Diner 2 - Shrimp and grits was excellent but a mistake (not sure if it was server or expediter) delivered wrong meal first. So he didn’t get his meal until we were more than halfway finished.
Diners 3 & 4 - steak frites were just OK
One Bread pudding delivered without request - on the house (as a make up for the dinner error)
Server was very pleasant.
Noisy, but we contributed greatly to the noise with two loud diners in our party.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on November 18, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us and for your feedback! We are so sorry for the error during your visit. We will be sure to follow up with our team to address your feedback. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us with any additional feedback. We hope to see you again soon!

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PS
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place to go before a show at the Kennedy Center. The shuttle from the Center drops you off and picks you up right across the street from the restaurant. Service and food are great. Its a little noisy but that's to be expected on a Friday night.We were fortunate to sit away from the bar and it was quieter.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on November 18, 2019

Pam, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed Megan's service and the food. We hope to see you again soon before your next show at the Kennedy Center!

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WM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, love this place! A little pricey, though.... and a bit too noisy, tables are too close together.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on November 11, 2019

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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CA
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely meal!

RK
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Love this place. great food and great service.
always friendly staff .

LK
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a night headed to the Kennedy center.
Food was good. Location is across from the shuttle. Menu offers enough variety to satisfy a crowd, or at least several friends.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on November 11, 2019

Lynne, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and menu. We hope to see you again soon before your next Kennedy Center event!

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SF
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Visited for quick dinner before a Kennedy Center event.
Hit the excellent happy hour.
Good food and drink, much more enjoyable than standard pub style happy hour fare.
Sat next to a personable group, which added to the fun.
Will return next time we visit the Kennedy Center, and probably before that also.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on November 11, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed dinner and look forward to welcoming you back soon before your next Kennedy Center event! We hope to see you again soon!

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D
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an unexpected guest and CIRCA was so gracious to add one more place for us. These young men had just finished the Semper Fi5 and they were famished. The food was wonderful and we had a great time.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on November 4, 2019

Donna, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you all had a great time and we hope to see you again soon!

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F
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience1

In the usual food desert around the Kennedy Center, you might not really have a choice. The ambience is that of a conference room.

JF
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A wonderful dining experience! Our server was attentive and informative---just delightful! Definitely a repeat restaurant.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on November 4, 2019

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent drinks, the Brussels sprouts were amazing!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on November 4, 2019

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

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CH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom is the prefect pre - Kennedy Center dining spot. The menu had something for everyone, the drinks were great, and when the check was paid we walked directly across the street to get the KC shuttle.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on November 4, 2019

Colleen, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything. We hope to see you again soon before your next show!

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WM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on November 4, 2019

Wendy, thank you for joining us! We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mike our waiter was so great! Bartender Chris also great! Food good as always.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 28, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed Mike and Chris' service. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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R
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our dinner and drinks were very good. Drinks were well mixed but a bit pricey for the skimpy servings. We enjoyed our entrees and the wonderful apple pie. We wish we had known to request seating in the quieter room with tablecloths, as we were seated in entrance bar area, which was noisy and not a great ambience for a pre concert dinner. We will dine at CIRCA again!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 28, 2019

Rose, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the drinks and food. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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CC
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience, friendly staff, would definitely go here for a night out or a casual dinner. Must do in Foggy Bottom

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 28, 2019

Carlos, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the service. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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JC
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent waiter (wish I could remember his name!) who made sure we got our meal quickly after we told him we were going to the theater. He was quick, courteous, responsive and thoughtful. He made everything easy for us. And we made it to the theater with time to spare.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 28, 2019

Jennifer, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the service and hope to see you again soon before the next show.

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PL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location; great service; great food. It was a really nice evening.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 28, 2019

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

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SO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and specialty drinks, great service and nice atmosphere.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 28, 2019

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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b
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was very good especially the grain bowl salad and great place if you are trying to catch shuttle to the KC center afterwards.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 28, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Veg + Quinoa Bowl! We hope to see you again soon.

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WO
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was excellent! The outdoor space is not very enjoyable, with the noise from the bar and people talking loudly. But the food and service made it worth four stars.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 21, 2019

Will, thank you so much 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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a
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a casual dinner. We were there early at 5:15 on a weeknight, before the crowd. Great good and service.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 21, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Server was excellent.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 28, 2019

Thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the service. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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OT
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the pumpkin ravioli and pumpkin cheesecake. Dreaming about it right now!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 21, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Pumpkin Ravioli and Pumpkin Cheesecake! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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GB
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marwan, Misa and Kyle were amazing!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 21, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed Marwan, Misa, and Kyle's service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a show at the Kennedy Center. This was the perfect place to dine before the show. The free shuttle is right across from the restaurant. The service was great and they accommodated our time for the show. All our dishes were great. We will definitely be back.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 21, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us before a show at the Kennedy Center! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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KP
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

As someone with food allergies, I found our server to be very accommodating. It was a pleasant experience

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 14, 2019

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

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