CIRCA at Foggy Bottom

4.6
1276 reviews
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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!

Specials

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Join us for Easter Day Brunch and bottomless mimosas! Conveniently located across from the Foggy Bottom Metro!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

What 1276 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time there & equally as pleasant as the 1st. Great place for pre-show dinner. Kennedy Center shuttle right across the street & Foggy Bottom Metro. Location, location. Truly a great dining experience.

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PT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious - but the noise was too much inside next to the bar. I could not hear my husband talk the entire time.

I know there was outside seating - but husband wanted to be inside. The tables inside are very close together and needed to have table cloths like the ones in the outside seating area.

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SF
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great drinks. Great service. Great location.

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New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great convenient location near GW. Great service and food. A bit expensive ...

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BS
Dallas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Cocktails were great, sitting outside was very nice! Food was good, and our server Kyle was amazing!

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Western NC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here was absolutely delicious and innovative. The best meal we had while visiting DC. We sat outside and were very happy with the noise level and the ambiance. It’s 100% worth checking this place out.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and look forward to seeing you again soon when you're back in the area. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great! They even had their own GF menu

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food is good , 20 min for a glass of wine is too long .
Our server had the inside out outside
The need more help

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 4 days ago

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 with our team to address your feedback. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Hostess’s very accommodating when asked to move to outside instead of inside dining.

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AT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and menu options! Ambiance was awesome and the team was wonderful.

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PL
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre Kennedy Center ballet dinner with teenage daughter and step mother. Running late due to bad traffic and our server was very helpful and quick. We had to call and move our reservation back and hostesses were very accommodating. Can’t say enough good things about the food and service here! Only wish is that they’d bring back the mushroom risotto which was a favorite.

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Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Food was delicious and our server, Jasmine, was excellent.

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Responded 4 days ago

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

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SP
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My fiancee and I have been going to Circa regularly since early this year. It is conveniently located right next to the Foggy Bottom metro station, which makes it the perfect place to eat before or after a show at the Kennedy Center, one of our favorite pastimes! The food is always excellent no matter what we order (we especially like the jambalaya and the braised short rib that's been on the specials lately) and the service is great. We've come again and again, and I'm sure we'll be back!

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Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Braised Short Rib and Jambalaya! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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TS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My out of town friends really liked it. Easy to find, convenient, classy but not pretentious.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you and your friends enjoyed everything. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Sitting outdoors on one of the first nice Spring days was wonderful. The service was attentive and friendly if just a little slow. The blackberry margarita was excellent. The mango chicken Salas was very good as was my burger. However, the kitchen was out of cheddar cheese and sweet potato fries. The couple at the next table never did receive their appetizer and should have been offered a free dessert rather than just a “sorry.”

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Blackberry Margarita and salad. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JD
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had reserved an outside table, but they didn't have one ready for us. After waiting ten minutes for them to try to find a table outside, we decided we'd rather sit down inside (where it is very noisy) than wait any longer. Very disappointing.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on April 8, 2019

James, I am so sorry to hear about your experience when you joined us! We will be following up with our team to address your feedback. We hope to see you again soon!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Do not expect fine dining. Waiter stopped twice during dinner. It took over a half an hour to get a bottle of wine. If you want a loud place with decent food then don't hesitate.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on April 8, 2019

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

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M
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Waiter was super attentive!

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Responded on April 8, 2019

Marti, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal! perfect for a girls night out. Thanks

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on April 8, 2019

Mara, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had dinner alone. The service was courteous and very attentive. I had one of the best steaks I’ve had in a very long time. Will definitely go there again when I’m in DC.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on April 8, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and we look forward to seeing you again soon when you're in the area!

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Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Circa at Foggy Bottom is my go-to place for a business lunch. The food is consistently good, the service is attentive and the prices are certainly reasonable for Washington, DC.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on April 8, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brussels Sprouts!!!! WoW Everything delicious. Great outdoor space

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Responded on April 8, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the patio and the Brussels + Blue! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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FF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food is very good Servers are quite good at understanding theatre plans. Food delivery timing could be better.

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Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for joining us! We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely waiter who was considerate and, unexpectedly, brought us a birthday dessert to go.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on April 8, 2019

Andy, thank you so much for joining us and for celebrating your birthday with us! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always amazing when we visit here. Fresh; clean; healthy;

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on April 8, 2019

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

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place that's a tad expensive even for Foggy Bottom

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Responded on April 8, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us and for your feedback!

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TH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal, definitely order the Brussels Sprouts

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on April 8, 2019

Tom, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Brussels + Blue! We hope to see you again soon!

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

$4 mimosas, enough said.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on April 8, 2019

Thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the $4 mimosas! We hope to see you again soon.

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VL
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time at Circa Foggy Bottom. The staff continues to be friendly and hospitable! Service and food, great all around.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on April 1, 2019

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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MH
New England
15 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were visiting DC for the weekend (two adults, two children 6/8) and after a long day touring the National Mall, we wanted something a little outside of the DC-Penn quarter to relax. CIRCA was a terrific option as the food was great, the atmosphere lively and the drinks delicious. We had a number of small plates (the tuna nachos were above average) and entrees (Tremendous burger!!) that were perfect for the adults and kids alike. Don't skip on the Nutella Trifle, it was outstanding. Overall, we really enjoyed our visit.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on April 8, 2019

Michael, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Tuna Poke Nachos, burger, and Nutella Trifle. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my friend’s birthday so we got together to celebrate. The staff was so sweet and went the extra mile to make sure we had a great experience!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on April 1, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us and for celebrating your friend's birthday! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good quality food and service. We were happy with the wine, fish, and the excellent service. Ambiance is average and noise is high. It was difficult to hear each other talk. I wonder if it’s better during weekdays. All in all I recommend it.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on April 1, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Wait staff couldn’t tell us if the shrimp appetizer was fried. Good app none the less. Salad was good as well. The jambalaya was nothing to write home about - noodles instead of rice; no real spice. I would say it was ‘just ok’

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on April 8, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us and for your feedback! We hope to see you again soon!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food!

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PT
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food tasted great! Some dishes are a little over priced in my opinon. Service this trip was far below the standard based on previous visits. Our serveer was not mindful of needs but thankfully another server noticed and picked up his slack.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on April 1, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us. We sincerely apologize for the service you experienced during this visit. We will be following up with our team to address your feedback and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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G
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting campus, perfect place to meet up. Delicious food & attentive staff, cool setting.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on April 1, 2019

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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D
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great except the margarita was too small and not enough tequila was in it.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on April 1, 2019

Debi, thank you so much for joining us! We appreciate your feedback regarding the Blackberry Margarita and will be following up with our team to address your feedback. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good for a casual brunch where conversation is the key component. My grilled chicken mango salad was ok but far too salty. Lots of ingredients thrown together....nuts mostly....that overpowered the whole thing. But for the price, it was fine. Wine list is short but the location is great.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on March 25, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us and for your feedback. We will be passing along your comments to our Chef regarding your experience with the salad. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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AM
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Nice place for a dinner and the menu has a broad appeal.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on April 1, 2019

Amy, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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DM
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This was my first visit for happy hour. We sat at the bar and it was reasonably comfortable. I was pleasantly surprised. The tapas were delicious! Circa will be added to my go-to list.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on March 25, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything during happy hour! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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