CIRCA at Foggy Bottom

4.7
2027 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Effective January 15th, in compliance with the District of Columbia mandate, ALL individuals age 12 or older will be required to show proof of at least one dose (two doses required starting 2/15/2022) of the COVID-19 vaccination upon arrival. Photo ID is required for all patrons over 18. Please visit coronavirus.dc.gov/vaxdc for more information.

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 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

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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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2027 people are saying
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vipJadePlant
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place for lunch with friends.

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vipSteve
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fresh fish cooked perfectly. Service both friendly and efficient. Prices as expected for the neighborhood. Look forward to returning

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PattiO
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated inside, with nobody near us and as more guests arrived, we asked to move to an outside table. No problem. Moved us quickly and happily. Waitress was delightful too

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ThomasC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Circa is a good location for those going to the Kennedy Center or Lisner. Food service and prices are all good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
30 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Bruschetta was simply perfect and seared tuna was excellent as well. Highly recommend

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Rafael
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice place, service was excellent and fast, good for a quite dinner.

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PamelaJ
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We had a good dining experience. We had dinner prior to attending a performance at the Kennedy Center. We will be back. Thank you.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on January 6, 2022

Pamela, We appreciate your support, and are glad you enjoyed your time dining with us! Kindest regards, Maggie (Brand + Community Manager)

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StefanieC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

CIRCA was a great pre-theatre dining experience! My guest and I had several of the small plates (taking advantage of the Happy Hour specials) and everything was delicious!

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KathleenR
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved out Almond Crusted Trout. Delicious! Not too crowded or noisy. Great service. We’ll be back!!!

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AndraC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect night out before a Kennedy Center performance. Outdoor space was very comfortable, food was delicious - highly recommend! We loved the Fall Bruschetta, Brussel Sprouts, Pumpkin Ravioli, Tuna & Mushroom Flatbread!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Yum! I had the rainbow trout and shared a slice of pumpkin cheesecake. So delicious!

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vipAnne
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend. We ordered appetizers, entrees and alcoholic beverages. Everything was great. Our server was very friendly.

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Catherine
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Q, was energetic, attentive and knowledgeable. Al the staff who came to our table (meal deliverers, water person, hostess) were friendly and professional. We thoroughly enjoyed our appetizer (calamari), dinners (pumpkin ravioli, salmon burger special, chicken and jambalaya), and shared desserts (bread pudding and pumpkin cheesecake)! Some in our group said it was the best calamari they’d ever had! Highly recommend!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on December 27, 2021

Hi Catherine, We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience! We are honored to hear that the calamari is at the top of your group's list. We look forward to hosting you again soon :)

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KerryM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Happy hour should be included in dining room. Otherwise, all good! Great server! Energetic, accommodating, & attentive!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on December 27, 2021

Hi Kerry, Thanks so much for providing your feedback! We hope to host you again soon. Kindest regards, Maggie (Brand + Community Manager)

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JayH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious. All 6 members of the party selected different entrees. The portions were fair and beautifully presented. The waitstaff was friendly and attentive. While everyone was making a decision for the meal, we were brought a warm breadbasket to tide us over. The prices are probably $$$, but again, the food is delicious. Even though we were at a corner table and the dining area was 75% full, the din of the restaurant was high; that is our only complaint. We have eaten here almost a dozen times and will be back for more.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on December 27, 2021

Hi Jay H! Thank you so much for your review! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience with us and have visited often. We apologize that it was noisy during your most recent visit. I am glad that it will not deter you from visiting us again in the future :) Kindest regards, Maggie (Brand + Community Manager)

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a great experience!

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Amelia
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good food. Service could be better. Restaurant was not crowded and wait staff were not very attentive.

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BobS
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was outstanding. She was right on top of everything. When the servers brought out our food, they forgot one of our diners. She spotted the oversight immediately, dashed to the kitchen and was back with the entrée in less than a minute. Highly recommend.

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CarolL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place to eat. Staff was very responsive to our show time at Kennedy Center. Food was delicious. Service was great!

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BrendaS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. Love the turkey burger

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vipMtnMama
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My husband and I ate at the Navy Yard location when we went to a Nats game and had an amazing dinner. We were excited to see if the Foggy Bottom location could be as good since it’s closer to home, and we brought our son along this time. We were not in the least bit disappointed!

The bul go ki lettuce wraps are to die for, with a perfect balance of flavor and texture. My son, who orders calamari at every restaurant that serves it said that it was the best he’s ever tasted, super tender with delicate breading. My jambalaya sauce was perfect, and both my husband and son thoroughly enjoyed their steaks. The wait staff were super busy but the kitchen got food out quickly.

We are looking forward to coming back!

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fromthemountains
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

We had a great dinner, but it was a very load environment (inside and out) and the heaters were sometimes working sometimes not in the outdoor area. It tended to get quite cold without the heaters working.

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JohnB
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

A great spot for dinner before attending an event at the Kennedy Center. Easily accessible via Metro, with a shuttle to the Kennedy Center available across the street. A somewhat limited menu but the food was very good and the cocktails were perfect. Helped to make for an very enjoyable evening.

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vipNicholeG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sophia took care of us with grace and professionalism. She was very pleasant! Food was also excellent! Thanks for a great experience!

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CarolynK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was good, service excellent, noise level high!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on December 27, 2021

Thanks so much for your rating, Carolyn! We look forward to hosting you again.

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getogether
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family reunion

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vipMadDiner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good price, great value, wonderful staff.

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Bear
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner and a favorite spot after GW b-ball game time. Tried the trout entree and it was excellent. Started with the brussel sprouts and they are outstanding. Great service as always.

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VidyaM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, drinks, service was amazing! Wish we lived closer to have it again!

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AriA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is a great restaurant to dine before a performance at the Kennedy Center.

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StevenL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Clean, quite, efficient. Food and service was great

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on December 8, 2021

Thank you for your rating, Steven! We look forward to your next visit.

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Bill
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I had the Short Ribs for dinner. In short, it was mushy and didn't have much taste. Maybe some people like that but it is not my idea of Short Ribs. Never the less I will be back many times, I really like your place.

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Bear
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the service was prompt, efficient and friendly, but not overly so. And the food was prepared perfectly. I had grilled salmon over my salad, and it was cooked as ordered, medium-rare.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on December 8, 2021

Hi Bear, Thanks so much for your rating! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your service and salmon salad. We look forward to hosting you next time. Kindest regards, Maggie (Brand + Community Manager)

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Ox1904
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Food was not good.

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vipWakeman
Raleigh
22 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and friendly, knowledgeable servers. An excellent experience.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on November 29, 2021

Thanks so much for your rating! We look forward to your next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great experience

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SDJC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was fresh and the portions generous. The wait staff was very attentive!

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CatherineA
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

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vipJadedtravelista
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on November 22, 2021

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!

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SaraC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

FAQs

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 2027 OpenTable diners.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.eatmhg.com/product/gift-card/.

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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