CIRCA at Foggy Bottom

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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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WM
New York Area
4 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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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
75 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
35 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
12 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
14 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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JM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was a lovely meal. I had the Blackened Atlantic Salmon which was delicious. My new favorite place in Foggy Bottom.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 14, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Blackened Atlantic Salmon! We look forward to welcoming you back.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Specifically asked for outside seating and when we arrived were told there was a problem with your reservation system and would need to wait an hour for outside. Very disappointed!!

Y
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Everything was very good and the service was fast but not intrusive. The indoor restaurant is very loud, but the patio though close quarters is quieter and pleasant. They did not bring bread until we asked for it, which was unusual but maybe better for our health!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 14, 2019

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

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DJ
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is consistently great, and our service was excellent. Circa is a real gem.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 14, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us and for your positive feedback! We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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t
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We had brunch/lunch.
They have a good amount of vegetarian options. I had the quinoa kale salad which was very good. Service was good but they were not too busy.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 14, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Veg + Quinoa Bowl as well as the service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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R
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service! Couldn't say enough about how the servers and managers went above and beyond - we brought a 1 yr old for 10am brunch, trying to beat the crowd. And food was delicious too! Loved the bulgogi fried rice.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Bulgogi Fried Rice and the service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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J
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great pre-theater place. Menu has a good range--from salads and sandwiches to full meals. Service was attentive without being over-intrusive.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 14, 2019

Jeannie, thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the menu selection and the service. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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PS
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pre show at Kennedy Center. Sat outside. Waiter was great. Food great. Very good. Made another reservation there already. Location perfect for metro and Kennedy Center shuttle

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 7, 2019

Pam, 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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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Took almost an hour between getting seated and getting entrees. Food was good, although not all cooked as ordered

GH
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for our family dinner before a show at the Kennedy Center

GW
Austin
26 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

In the south we have something known as a window shade. We spent about half our meal blinded by the sun. The guy at the table next to us even put on his sunglasses. Don’t go here in the late afternoon (happy hour) if it’s a sunny day.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 7, 2019

Gary, thank you so much for joining us and for your feedback! We are so sorry to hear this and will be passing along your feedback to our team. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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L
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the sweet chili shrimp, steak salad and parfait. Everything was extraordinarily delicious. It is incredibly loud though which prevented confusion in our conversations.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 7, 2019

Lisa, thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Shotgun Shrimp and Steak Salad. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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HM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service & food before show at KC. Pumpkin ravioli was great as well as the burger & blackened, chicken mango salad. Will keep this a go to place before other KC events.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you so much for joining before your show at the Kennedy Center! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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KC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the third time I've eaten at Circa before/after a Kennedy Center performance. Besides that the service and food are excellent, it's so convenient with the fee Kennedy Center shuttle stop RIGHT outside the door!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 7, 2019

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

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JK
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love sitting on the patio and thoroughly enjoy people watching. We enjoy other Circa locations, but the Foggy Bottom spot is ideal for pre-Theater dinner. We take Metro to Foggy Bottom and walk across the street to the restaurant; after dinner we cross the street again and catch the free shuttle to the Kennedy Center.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on October 7, 2019

Joseph, thank you so much for joining us before heading to the Kennedy Center!

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