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CIRC

4.1
4.1
170 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Located in The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club, CIRC serves contemporary American cuisine.

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2 people

7:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, American

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (608) 294-3031

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Charles Lazzareschi

  • Private party facilities

    Choose CIRC as the location for your next event, party, or business meeting! Call 608-294-3031 to discuss our menu and setup options, today.

  • Private party contact

    Jenny Hanek: (608) 294-3030

  • Neighborhood

    Madison

  • Cross street

    Wisconsin Avenue

  • Parking details

    Parking in hotel ramp, ask for validation.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 170 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 3.7Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. J

    Junior

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Thanksgiving
  2. AK

    AmyK

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was a wonderful experience having our Thanksgiving meal at Circ this year. The food was half buffet, half plated meal and it was uniformly excellent. We especially liked the squash soup with creme fraiche and hazelnuts, the variety of fruits and salads, meats and cheeses, and the creative desserts including chai spiced apple crisp, and the pumpkin ricotta cannoli. The wait staff was lovely. Will definitel do it again next year.
  3. WT

    WallyTri

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Nice place, dated furniture, good food, slow service. The place wasn’t packed they only had 1 server.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Service was extremely slow. Never got drinks that were ordered.
  5. JJ

    JimJim

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Great Food, Great Service, Great Value, ambiance feels like a hotel restaurant
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montana

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great salad, professional service.
  7. T

    Teagon

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    I took my boss for breakfast after seeing the menu. We were sat at our table THEN told they are only having a buffet breakfast that would be $15.00 not the menu items i had reviewed prior to booking. We got coffee, chatted, and walked up to the buffet only to find oatmeal, eggs, bacon, and fruit!! I was mortified! Literally NOTHING to eat. I would have had better luck at a Holiday Inn. Never go here!!
  8. VM

    VacoMom

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our brunch was delicious and our server was terrific! The manager even came around to chat with us which is a bonus these days in hospitality! Will definitely be back!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Buffet was fabulous
  10. YW

    YosWI

    Milwaukee

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2021

    overall2food2service5ambience1
    We went for brunch and it was nothing special. This is a typical hotel restaurant that had options for buffet and to order off a menu. After looking at the buffet, which was standard moderate hotel fare (breads, scrambled eggs, meat, non-berry fruit, beverages), we decided to order off the menu. The omelettes were fluffy and flavorful but nothing to rave about. The Mexican Benedict was tasty but not original and the bacon was average and a bit like they pulled it off the the buffet table. The prices were pretty good and that was surprising for a hotel. It's located off the hotel lobby and just outside a Starbucks. There is plenty of noise from people coming and going to Starbucks and the lobby. Being local we had an impression going in to a slightly nicer, quieter brunch, but it was really run of the mill hotel food and atmosphere. There were dirty windows, dirty floors, sticky chairs, people in business attire, people in cut-offs and tank-tops, screaming kids, and quiet elderly. Our service was great! I think it was partially due to ordering off the menu versus the buffet. I suppose any restaurant has a right to use a reservation service. For brunch, I don't know why Circ uses it as it's not really worthy of a reservation except maybe for hotel guests.
  11. MF

    MadisonFamily

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Perfectly fine brunch experience for our party of 7 on a very busy weekend. The restaurant was quiet and calm, service was good at first but then server only made 2 appearances later (no refills of water etc). Overall, would recommend Circ
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2021

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    Great service, not great food. Went for Easter brunch with family visiting
  13. SM

    SavvyMom

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Exceptional COVID-19 safety precautions. Silverware with napkin enclosed in plastic. First two courses served to the table, choice of 3 entrees, pastry/buffet one could tell staff preferred selections and then given the plate with items. Our table felt 10 feet away from any other, spacious, food delicious. We would have liked to have seen a second vegetarian entree choice or entree of vegetable sides.
  14. T

    Thomas

    Milwaukee

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I had Valentine's Day dinner at Circ. It was a treat! The food and service were both great. We were very pleased with each of the four courses and appreicated the attentive service, in a safe and healthy environment.
  15. TS

    TimothyS

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went on New Year’s Eve for socially distant dining and everything was outstanding. William was our server and he was friendly, helpful and fantastic in every way. Having been in the industry myself for many years I really appreciated his timing and approach. The food also exceeded our expectations, especially for the price offered for the evening.
  16. CR

    CathyR

    Minneapolis

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    All of our meals were fantastic!! Our server was fantastic. The only drawback is the restaurant feels like it is in the middle of the lobby. Even still I would recommend CIRC.
  17. DO

    DaveO

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, a great dining experience. Prices seem a bit higher that they need to be, especially glasses / carafes' of wine. Service and atmosphere were great!
  18. T

    Tjamund

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food was good, wine list nice. Dining area a bit cold but stylish
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious & the staff is GREAT!!
  20. KS

    KevinS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Nice atmosphere. Not worth what we paid. Ordered a steak medium and came rare. Cut was a little tough also. Overall flavor of the food was good. Chairs in the restaurant were ratty on the edges with the fabric coming off. Tables are far too close together. Tough to have a quiet conversation. Of all the places in Madison to eat, I would pick another.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    We ordered a 8 oz. sirloin steak medium rare and a 10 oz. flat iron steak medium; unfortunately, they brought us two 8 oz. sirloin steaks that were more rare than medium rare. Due to the slow service, it wasn’t worth our while to send back the steak so they could correct it.
  22. B

    Brooke

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was fantastic! It was a very lovely, peaceful night out.
  23. T

    Telly

    Milwaukee

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nice, quiet place; not a lot on atmosphere, but excellent food choices and very friendly service. We would go here again.
  24. KC

    KateC

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress Goldie was great! Food was amazing, will definitely be back!
  25. SN

    SallyN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I think this is just a great spot to dine before attending a performance at Overture. Come early, get parked, have a leisurely meal and walk down to your performance.
  26. SH

    StephanieH

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Very good food and service. dining room lacks ambiance. Recommend both dinner and breakfast.
  27. C

    C121

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food and vibe was fine for lunch, would not go for dinner/ date.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The seasonal menu is great. We enjoyed a wonderful meal with great service in a relaxing atmosphere.
  29. WL

    WendyL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    3 out of the 4 in our party had really good food. The 4th person said his hamburger was both too thick and burnt on outside. Our waitress was attentive and helpful but we waited for 30-40 minutes after ordering to get our food. We were heading to Hamilton at the Overature that night. By the time we got our food, we had about 15 minutes to eat before needing to head out the door. That was disappointing. Scallops and pork were excellent tho and I appreciated the substitute for potatoes.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Show at the Overture
  31. MC

    MeCah96

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2019

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    We were really disappointed in our experience here. Most of the food was not well prepared nor did it taste very good, one meal was completely inedible and had to be sent back. We told the host we were not happy and he left to supposedly tell someone but when our server came to check on us she was completely unaware so I don’t know who he told. A manager never came out. It’s pretty much a hotel lobby restaurant which I wouldn’t have minded had the food been better. On the positive side our server was very friendly and they accommodated allergies for our daughter off of the children’s menu which I appreciated, but I wouldn’t go back based on this experience.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to CIRC for Thanksgiving dinner and it was fabulous. Everyone of the staff was truly wonderful. The food was outstanding. CIRC will be our Family Thanksgiving tradition going forward.
  33. RP

    RobertaP

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We ate there for Thanksgiving dinner. Everything was delicious but the duck and the salmon were especially good. The gluten-free chocolate cake was to die for.
  34. k

    kimbelgie

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very favorable experience. Great service and high quality.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely meal, highly recommend the scallops and the gnocchi
  36. b

    butterflymc

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    I would give our lunch at CIRC 5 stars but knocked off one star because of two issues. We were seated at a table that was very wobbly, despite having made a reservation and many other tables being available. Secondly, as soon as we got coats off and sat down, a waiter came to take our food order. When I said we had just sat down, he said, "Oh, you've been talking" and walked away, implying it was OUR doing we were not "ready" to order! I have never had a server invalidate me this way! We then reported the wobbly table, which didn't seem like a quick fix, so we asked for a different table, which we got promptly. After asking for someone to take our order by then, the rest of the meal went well.
  37. y

    yumyum

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice atmosphere for dinner. We went before an overature show. The scallops were amazing! Nice service - not rushed at all!
  38. O

    Onedoc

    Milwaukee

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Quiet, good to relax with easy conversation. Salmon farmed and average quality. Chucked also same. Nothing wrong with either, just lacked some moisture and spicy ness. Apple- beet soup exotic interesting and a bit bitter for one of us. Bunt cake fabulous.
  39. SO

    StacyO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2019

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    The lunch buffet is always delicious. Service is usually pretty slow, however, it seems that they don't usually have many servers working during the lunch during the weekdays. We come into town for a conference, and always eat here due to convenience, cost and the good variety on the buffet.
  40. L

    Lulu

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Beautiful, quiet restaurant. Varied menu and made a special accommodation for someone in my party. Prices can be a little high for some dishes but food is very good. Waiter was adequate but not super attentive.

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CIRC is rated 4.1 stars by 170 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

7:00 PM


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Google Map for CIRC

1 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53703-2519

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Wisconsin Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Madison

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking in hotel ramp, ask for validation.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Charles Lazzareschi

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (608) 294-3031

  • Private party facilities

    Choose CIRC as the location for your next event, party, or business meeting! Call 608-294-3031 to discuss our menu and setup options, today.

  • Private party contact

    Jenny Hanek: (608) 294-3030

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