CIRCA at Foggy Bottom

4.6
1285 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!
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Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The experience was very good. The food was good on my end but my friend was less than enthusiastic with his entree. Drinks were great but service could have been more attentive.

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

The background music was great and the food was Amazing!!! Our waiter was also Awesome!!

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CP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

CIRCA was outstanding. The service was impeccable. The food delicious.

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Tampa
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The staff was very off and just give the impression they cared. The service was slow and there were no recommendations. The noise level was high even though we sat outside! Food was really good - go for the ahi tuna salad. Just okay from a local!

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

My dad and I had a wonderful brunch. The food and service were fantastic and we’d definitely go back in the future!:)

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

great for brunch

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MR
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I very much enjoy dining at Circa, but there seems to be a noise level which makes it difficult to hear others dining with me or even the server when she is sharing dining selections. The food is exceptional and the location is great for the theater.

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Responded 4 days ago

Michael, thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and are so sorry the noise level impacted your experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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TC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husand and I enjoy the meal. He had the seafood jambalaya and I had the braised short ribs. Everything was delicious. The wait staff was awesome. We shall return.

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Responded 4 days ago

Tara, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Jambaya, Braised Short Rib, and service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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PO
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
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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Responded 4 days ago

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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PT
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
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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Responded 4 days ago

Patricia, thank you so much for joining us! We are so sorry the noise level impacted your experience with us but are so glad to hear you enjoyed the food. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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SF
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Responded 4 days ago

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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New England
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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Responded 4 days ago

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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BS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
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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Responded 4 days ago

Benjamin, thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the cocktails, food, and Kyle's service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
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 on April 15, 2019

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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1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
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 on April 13, 2019
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

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Responded on April 15, 2019

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 on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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Responded 4 days ago

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

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AT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Responded 4 days ago

Angela, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food, menu, ambiance, and service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I would recommend that you not go during happy hour if you want to sit and have a conversation with friends. During happy hour it is very noisy and very loud. It is very had to hear someone sitting next to you. Go after happy hour is over.

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Responded 4 days ago

Joyce, thank you so much for joining us. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon!

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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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Responded 4 days ago

Patrice, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service. We'll pass along your request to have the mushroom risotto back on the menu again. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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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 on April 15, 2019

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 on April 15, 2019

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.

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Responded on April 15, 2019

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.”

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Responded on April 15, 2019

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.

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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

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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.

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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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b
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 on April 15, 2019

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.

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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;

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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