CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
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
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
mixed greens, tomatoes, pee wee potatoes, balsamic onions, goat cheese, champagne vinaigrette
Brioche Bread Pudding
white chocolate, vanilla bean ice cream, bourbon crème anglaise, caramel
penne pasta, shrimp, chicken, andouille sausage, scallions, diced tomatoes, chipotle cream sauce, Parmigiano-Reggiano
The food was fresh and the portions generous. The wait staff was very attentive!
Circa is a very convenient restaurant when planning to ride on the Kennedy Center shuttle. We enjoyed tasty trout and chicken dishes and nice glass of wine at reasonable prices. Luckily the weather was very warm so we enjoyed the outdoor seating. The tables are crowded together however and the noise level gets quite high with the number of people under the "tent". The shuttle is across the street from the restaurant so you can jump on as needed. Public parking is available a few blocks away. The menu has a good variety of healthy dishes to please most types of diners.
My first time at this restaurant but it will be my "go to" Foggy Bottom choice from now on. The staff was able to accommodate a last minute increase in our party size with no hassle. The prices are reasonable for DC, and the food and service excellent. I had trout, which is often dry and uninteresting but this fish was cooked perfectly and the almond topping was delicious. The sauce went very nicely with the squash and broccolini. I did not even have to salt my food, which I always do!
Hello! I am so glad that you enjoyed your dining experience with us. The trout was added onto the menu recently, so your feedback is especially valuable. We hope to host you again soon!
The food and atmosphere were great! The crab/corn chowder and mushroom flatbread were so delicious! We sat outside in their heated and covered section which was nice.
Food was tasty, fresh and delicious; customer service was outstanding.
The fresh fish was excellent, as was the half price bottle of wine! The added convenience of the Kennedy Center shuttle being directly outside make CIRCA a sure bet for a return visit!
Hi Chad! Thanks so much for your rating! Your support means so much much to us. We can't wait to host you again next time!
Great food, friendly service, wonderful location. Can't wait to return.
We celebrated our 9 year anniversary as a family which included out 5 year old and 2 year old. Miguel was amazing and accommodating. From the smallest gesture of giving us extra lemons because 2year old is obsessed to complimentary champagne.
THE FOOD WAS DELICIOUS EVERYTHING from calamari, wings, blacken salmon, bruised ribs, kids burger and bread pudding !!!
Good food, especially the blackened salmon. Also, the shrimp bisque soup was outstanding. Very pleasant environment, shuttle bus to the Kennedy Center is conveniently just across the street.
Food was good - very minimal on the portions. Good service.
Steak frites - fabulous!
Hi Happydiner, we're so glad that you enjoyed our Steak Frites! We hope that you join us again soon to sample more of our offerings.
First time using their outside dining area. Fantastic experience and perfect during COVID.
Food was excellent, just like I recall from pre-pandemic.
Hi Bear, Thanks so much for your rating! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience. Kindest Regards, Maggie (Brand + Community Manager)
CIRCA was a lucky find for us as we were completely unfamiliar with the area. The food was excellent, especially the Brussels Blue! It was one of the highlights of our visit to DC.
We are so happy you found us! It means the world to us when guests feel welcomed, even when they are far from home. We look forward to hosting you the next time you're in town. Cheers!
Pricey, but really delicious. Every single thing we ordered was amazing. Must get the crispy Brussels sprouts with blue cheese. Sooo good!
Hello, we're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our Brussels + Blue! We look forward to hosting you again.
We loved everything about our Circa dinner. The food the service, and the ambiance.
We appreciate your support, and are glad you enjoyed your experience!
Across the street from GWU main hospital, 3rd visit after hospital appt - lunch great and outdoor Cafe, closed and heated was fi n e for my wheelchair.
Hi Deborah, We're so happy that you have enjoyed your dining experiences with us. We hope that you continue to make us a part of your routine. :) Kindest Regards, Maggie (Brand + Community Manager)
Great food. Beautiful place. Disappointed no beers on tap. Deserts were minimal. Overall, would return.
Was a very good business lunch on the heated patio.
Fabulous in every way. Top notch food and pleasant ambiance met with outstanding staff who are eager to make sure your experience is nothing short of five star.
Thank you for trusting us to provide you with an outstanding dining experience, Shannon R! We look forward to hosting you in the future.
We ate outdoors at Circa before going to the Kennedy Center. The outdoor seating at Circa is more like an open room with efficient heaters and a roof. We were very comfortable. There was a nice energy there. We had attentive service, fun and tasty signature cocktails ( Black Manhattan, Maple Old Fashioned) and surprisingly good food ( Caesar Salad, Brussels + Blue, Almond Crusted Rainbow Trout). We were very pleased and will definitely go back. As we left to walk to the theatre there was a small Kennedy Center bus in front of GW Hospital that took us to the door.
Circa is our go-to for a good dinner! We ordered the calamari, the braised short rib, the pumpkin ravioli, and the brioche bread pudding! All was delicious and our server was great too!
Stacey, we are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience! Thank you for joining us and we hope to host you again soon!
Good creative food in a pleasant atmosphere. I’d go back
Food was great. Service was a little slow. Was too loud for a business lunch
I have been a fan of CIRCA since they opened in Clarendon. The Foggy Bottom restaurant is one I use a lot when in DC. The food and service have always been top notch and still is despite the number of difficulties brought on by the covid pandemic. This visit was before a matinee at the Kennedy Center. Service was perfect and the food was great. We were able to enjoy our lunch (and class of wine) with time to walk back to the Kennedy Center. Many thanks to all of the staff for taking great care of us.
I took a friend to Circa for lunch this week, late October, and it was nice enough to sit on their patio which is very nice. I had booked inside but they gave us a table on the terrace upon my request with a timeframe which suited us well. We were by the street but the terrace not right up against the sidewalk. It was a lovely setting to be outside. The waitress was terrific, very attentive and helpful. The food was delicious, my friend got the shrimp salad and I got the blackened salmon. Both were delicious, and all food was very fresh.
Hi Joan B, We're glad that you got to enjoy one of the last warm days of the season on our patio! Thanks so much for your support, we are looking forward to hosting you again. Kindest regards, Maggie (Brand + Community Manager)
Food was excellent.
Excellent food and service and perfect location fir dining before or after an event at the Kennedy Center
The fried calamari, artichoke hearts, and olive appetizer was phenomenal!
We were celebrating my daughter’s 19th birthday and enjoying the special dinner before seeing Hades Town at the Kennedy Center. The food was amazing and I loved the music of feeling like I was back in the late 90s. I will definitely go back again the next time I’m in DC/Foggy Bottom.
Very nice, we enjoyed our time at the Circa, we will be back !
Perfect on every count. Outdoor patio was fantastic.
The rainbow trout and the pumpkin ravioli were excellent. We were surprised at the presentation of the fall bruschetta. It tasted delicious, but the chunks of butternut squash made it difficult to eat.
GREAT place for brunch, and perfect for pre-theatre at the Kennedy Center! The food and drinks are all great, service is always exceptional, and they are fantastic at honoring reservations!
Fantastic experience, everything we ordered looked great and tasted fantastic. The service was top notch as well.
Amazing food and drinks - we'll be back (in fact, we went back the next night too)
Nice place for lunch. Great salads. Lots of good outdoor seating. Noise level from the street is a bit hit and miss but was really good the last time
I had a great time, I love that they gave me a card for my birthday and a free dessert.
Everything and all the service was outstanding. Went back to back for dinner!!
Great place to catch a bite near The George Washington University. We were a party of 6 and all items that were ordered were prepared well and delicious. We will definitely return on our next visit to D.C.
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 1990 OpenTable diners.
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.