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CIRCA at Foggy Bottom

4.6
1727 Reviews
$30 and under
American

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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!

**Our patio and dining room are now open at 50% capacity! **
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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1727 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.4
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4.3
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SoniaL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so tasty and affordable. Would definitely go back!

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TYRY
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing service, ended up buying the signature cocktail in a 30oz glass. Very enjoyable drinks and apps. Service was superb!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, kind and attentive wait staff. Nice time.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 2 days ago

Thanks for joining us. We are happy that you enjoyed the food and the service. We look forward to your next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived early and were graciously seated at our request. Friendly attentive wait staff. We ate outside and enjoyed the downtown off of the GWU campus

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for dining with us. We are so glad that you enjoyed the service on your last visit. We look forward to hosting you again!

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AntoniaC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for indoor or outdoors service. Innovative American cuisine. Pumpkin ravioli a delight. Creative chicken flatbreads in generous portions. Service friendly and helpful. Highly recommend.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for dining with us! We are so glad that you enjoyed our BBQ Chicken flatbread and Pumpkin Ravioli entree. We look forward to hosting you again.

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vipKenneth
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ate outside, excellent service from bartender.

Loved the scallops over butternut squash and shaved Brussels sprouts.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for joining us, Kenneth. We are so glad that you loved our Pan Seared Scallops entree and the service. We look forward to hosting you again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter went for her 21st bday. Her and her friends enjoyed themselves. I cant wait to try it.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 19, 2020

Thank you for your feedback! We are so glad that your daughter could join us on such a special occasion. We look forward to your visit!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and very nice social distanced setup. I enjoyed the well prepared food. Everything was fresh and delicious. Excellent service and the drinks were really good too.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for dining with us. We are so glad you enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. We look forward to hosting you again.

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cuppy
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Covid19 safety protocols in place. Great food and great service. Highly recommend.

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MemeE
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Filet sliders were tasty. Had chicken and biscuits for the brunch. Both the chicken and biscuit were dry.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 19, 2020

Thank you for joining us for brunch. We are so glad you enjoyed our Petite Filet Sliders. Thank you for the feedback on the Chicken and Biscuit. We will be passing the note along to our chefs. We look forward to hosting you again.

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vipBarclay
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Circa is always good -- excellent food, good service. This time we arrived at the time of our reservation and were told buy the hostess that because of another, later, reservation she would need our table in an hour and a half. To meet her requirement we cancelled a dessert order and left the table on time. Half an hour later while walking past I noticed no one at our table. Not a good way to end an otherwise enjoyable meal.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 12, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us for dinner. We are so glad that you enjoyed your meal. We are so sorry to hear about the service and we will be reaching out over private message to learn more about your experience. We look forward to hosting you again.

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Tomuchew
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Though we were late, they held our table. The service was prompt, but not not overbearing. Food was great!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 12, 2020

Thank you for joining us. We are so glad that you enjoyed the service on your visit. We look forward to hosting you again.

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Ojg123
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food; good ambience; good service; good price.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 12, 2020

Thank you for joining us. We are so glad that you enjoyed our food, service, and ambiance. We look forward to hosting you again.

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vipJAYE
Washington DC
143 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service was variably slow. Calamari was good. The chocolate cake was a very rich dark chocolate, more like candy.
The hangar steak was rather tough. Bread was not served.
Fries were nice and crisp. Could have done without the music overhead. Happy for the overhead heat lamps

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 5, 2020

Thank you so much for dining with us, Jaye! We are so glad that you enjoyed the calamari and our dark chocolate torte. We appreciate your feedback on the hangar steak and the music levels and we'll be sure to share with our teams. We look forward to hosting you again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I enjoyed my visit! The calamari was to die for. Our hostess was very pleasant and attentive. Will definitely be back soon for another date night.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 12, 2020

Thank you for dining with us. We are so glad that you enjoyed our Calamari and the service. We look forward to seeing you again.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This seared scallops were fantastic

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 5, 2020

Thank you for joining us, We are so glad you enjoyed the Seared Scallops entree. We look forward to hosting you again!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday dinner was WONDERFUL. The staff was great, JB not only bartended but was also our server. He was GREAT! Fully recommend this establishment

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on September 28, 2020

Thank you for joining us on such a special occasion! We are so glad that you enjoyed JBs service. We look forward to hosting you again.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beat experience that my gf had and would return in flash

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 5, 2020

Thank you for joining us. We are so happy that your girlfriend enjoyed their experience. We look forward to your next visit!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Perfect atmosphere

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SamM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service. Everyone is kind and considerate. Drink specials are pricey but delicious. Food is solid but not overwhelmingly great. You won't regret going to Circa.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on September 28, 2020

Sam, Thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the drinks. We look forward to hosting you again!

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vipGreggC
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

As regular DC visitors, this was one of our first outdoor/pandemic timeframe meals. Circa handled both spacing and servicing excellently. (Facing GW hospital from our side table should be reminder enough about being cautious these days.). As usual, our meal was excellent. My wife had the salmon and I had the chicken. Both prepared perfectly.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on September 28, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad that you enjoyed our Blackened Atlantic Salmon and our Free range Brick chicken. We look forward to hosting you again.

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Melissa
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My experience at Circa was great! Seated immediately with a reservation and the food was delivered promptly. They also had several gluten free options!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on September 21, 2020

Melissa, Thank you for joining us. We are so glad that you enjoyed the service. Come back and see us again soon!

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vipluvDC
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Patio seating was perfect & we were able to spend time there without feeling rushed. Food was excellent.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on September 21, 2020

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

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vipSharonH
New York Area
401 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good selection of food at good prices. Wonderful service.
A keeper.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on September 21, 2020

Thank you for dining with us Sharon! We are so glad that you enjoyed the food and the service. We look forward to hosting you again!

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AndreaE
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is delicious and quick service every time. Servers were able to make excellent recommendations. I have gone here for happy hour and with my family. The foggy bottom drink is delicious. The petite sliders are excellent.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on September 15, 2020

Hello Andrea, Thank you for joining us again! We are so glad you enjoyed our Petite Filet Sliders and our Foggy Bottom cocktail. We look forward to hosting you again.

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BrandonJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I bought a friend here to enjoy a quick burger and beer. I enjoyed everything about my meal and the service.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on September 21, 2020

Brandon, Thank you so much for joining us. We are so glad you enjoyed your experience. We look forward to hosting you again.

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ElayneB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate on the patio and had plenty of space between us and others. Our waiter, Marwan was attentive and fantastic, the food was delicious, and we had a really nice time, one of my 1st dining out experiences since March.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on September 11, 2020

Thank you so much for dining with us Elayne. We are so happy that you enjoyed the food and Marwan's service. We look forward to you joining us again!

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Gourmand
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food is consistently good, at both the Clarendon and Foggy Bottom restaurants where I go. It is also one of the few restaurants where I feel absolutely safe because the tables are so far apart both inside and outside. Service is attentive without being obsequious.

They’ve done a great job on special occasions too. Earlier in the pandemic I was celebrating a birthday and mentioned it when I ordered. So in the bag for takeout with a card from the staff as well as some birthday candles. Very thoughtful!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on September 11, 2020

Thank you for joining us! We are so glad that you enjoy the Food and the Service at both of our CIRCA at Foggy Bottom and CIRCA at Clarendon locations. We look forward to hosting you again soon.

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vipRafreera
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding is what is required here. For a sweet moment, it felt like old times. No trump and no covid-19.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on September 11, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us. We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience. We look forward to hosting you again.

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OCKenney
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

In the age of COVID I want to recognize that Circa did an outstanding job of making our table feel comfortable, safe, and catered to. When you add in good food the evening was close to Outstanding. If the day was better (rainy), which isn't Circa's fault (I think) we could have sat outside which was our first choice. All-in-all, in these amazing times, the meal and service was great.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on August 31, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service and we look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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vipSSAC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

What saved the experience was the food. The service was poorly executed. Who I thought was my original waitress was not my waitress for the evening which led to me searching for whoever was nearest at any point during my dinner. My food was brought out to me before the previous course was cleared from the table and no one ever checked in to ensure we didn't need anything else (not to order a new drink, nothing). Overall, the food was enjoyable but not so enjoyable to overlook the service.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on August 31, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us and for your feedback. We are so sorry to hear about your experience and will be following up over private message to learn more.

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Foody
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience1

There were rats running around while we dined outside

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on August 31, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us. We will be following up over private message to learn more.

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KatrinaD
New England
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best shrimp and grits of my life. So good! I went during restaurant week so there was a prefix menu that was wonderful! Also that breadpudding?! I will have sweet dreams of it till I return on vacation again!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on September 15, 2020

Thank you for joining us for restaurant week Katrina! We are so glad you enjoyed the Shrimp and Grits and the Brioche bread pudding. We look forward to seeing you back after vacation!

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vipBunny
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Circa. They're doing a great job of operating with social distancing measures. The food was amazing as always. I can't wait to get back already.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on August 31, 2020

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

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CatherineH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the grilled chicken sandwich — A total Yumbo choice!!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on August 31, 2020

Catherine, thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Grilled Chicken Sandwich and we hope to see you again soon!

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KevinF
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Shrimp and Grits were very good and so were the Short Ribs.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on August 31, 2020

Kevin, thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Shrimp and Grits and Short Ribs. We hope to see you again soon!

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BryttniG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our dining experience was on the patio, and it was a wonderful night to eat outside. The food came in great time, and everything we had was excellent, leaving us wanting more. Definitely would recommend to others, and I can’t wait to see how great the tigger locations are as well. Wonderful experience for restaurant week

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on August 24, 2020

Bryttni, thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed joining us on the patio. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipChrissyK
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome brick
Chicken!!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on August 31, 2020

Chrissy, thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Free Range Brick Chicken and we hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside, always nice on the patio! The food was great, we got a few appetizers & shared. All were delicious! Service was great.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on August 31, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and we hope to see you again soon!

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vipBrentF
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Always a solid dinner place. Prices reasonable, and the food is just that extra level of flavor.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on August 24, 2020

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

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from CIRCA at Foggy Bottom using the Order Online button. CIRCA at Foggy Bottom also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 506-5589.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom is rated 4.6 stars by 1727 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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