CIRC

3.9
118 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Located in The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club, CIRC serves contemporary American cuisine. Executive Chef Charles Lazzareschi and his team are dedicated to serving you the season’s best local and organic ingredients, sourced by local farmers, in order to contribute to a more sustainable food system in Wisconsin.
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OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Over priced average food. Reinforced my dislike of hotel restaurants.

OT
Hawaii
26 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My food was outstanding...flavorful and plenty of it. Prices aren’t cheap but hey, YOLO.

a
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

We came for Restaurant Week, so we only had the special menu for choosing from. Everything we had was average, nothing stood out as great and at the same time nothing stood out as horrible.
The lighting was way too bright for a dinner, they really should be able to dim down the lighting some to give it more of a dinner restaurant feel. Overall for the price I feel like there are much better dinner options available in Madison.

LT
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

food was horrible, service was great, enjoyed the atmosphere in the lounge

JC
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was good but it's really just a hotel restaurant.

SH
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The lights for dinner were way to bright. Felt cafeteria-like. I would dim them at dinner.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great menu! Highly recommend the charcuterie & cheese board.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and very vegetarian friendly!

JB
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went to have Walleye that was on the website menu & didn’t have it

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We were very happy to be able to make a reservation the day of graduation for 4 of us not actually having realiz3d it was graduation day until we arrived in town. The salad bar selection was very fresh and clean, the flat bread was very good and the service was excellent. As a hotel restaurant it was quite pleasant and we'd go back again.

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Central item in each entree was well prepared but accompaniments were either bland or unnecessary. Tendency to add one too many things to an otherwise good dish. Not much atmosphere. Good reasonably priced wine list.

JT
Raleigh
41 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a great find. It is a "hotel" restaurant but the quality is dramatically better than most hotel associated restaurants.

FS
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambience was magic! Food is exquisite! The whole experience was amazing!

CN
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were enticed by decent reviews and a tasty-looking menu, but the dinner itself fell flat. Very much a hotel restaurant - both of our proteins were at least medium instead of medium rare, and the flavor just didn't really stand out. The portion sizes were quite large, so you definitely feel like you get something for your money, just not a fabulous dining experience compared to other options Downtown Madison.

MB
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

Was not aware this was in a hotel
Ambiance okay ...fairly plain decor
Service was great- friendly and attentive
Unfortunately food was all overcooked (all 3 of us had the same entree as it was a special). Day before Easter and only a few tables occupied but cornbread in cast iron burned on the bottom and pork tenderloin overdone and dry. Hope they read this and improve. It is an amazing hotel and I’m willing to give it another try.

DN
Milwaukee
18 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed a lovely dinner at Circ with both of us especially enjoying the scallops and salads. Generally I avoid hotel restaurants, but Circ offers very good food which was welcome on a cold sleety evening.
The restuarant's location in the building is a bit less than luxurious, particularly for its price range. It's almost open to the lobby which is great for breakfast, but less than intimate for dinner.

Yet very nice food and solid service.

BA
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

This restaurant is in a hotel. I wasn't aware of it when I booked the table. As such, it wasn't very intimate and it had a very limited menu. The food was pretty good and the service was excellent though. I would recommend this as a good place to go if you aren't necessarily looking for a romantic date night but rather a good place for a meal and drinks.

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

This was our first visit, and we enjoyed it very much. We were welcomed immediately and shown to a relatively private table. The host brought us water immediately, and then our server came and took our drink order and answered some questions. Our server and the management were both attentive without hovering, which we appreciated. The food was delicious, as well.

g
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Overall, I thought it was a good dining experience. The food was the best part. I had the scallops with pork belly. The folks at CIRC perfectly cooked it. The only drawback was I felt I was just in a hotel restaurant, and not an actual restaurant. The noise level was higher given the location and there was a lot of foot traffic. If this does not bother you, I'd recommend the restaurant given the quality of the food. For me, I will likely not go back as although the food was good, you can get a better dining experience for the same price in Madison.

BH
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent dining option within the Madison Concourse Hotel.

Tables are set a bit closer than I'd like, but c'est la vie. Food was delicious and service was attentive without being intrusive. Would recommend.

CW
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderfully relaxing, light, airy and open atmosphere. Service was very friendly and quick but not rushed. Food was amazing! Our group of 7 all had the salad bar which was beautiful and scrumptious! From salad to soup to pastas and desserts, everything was amazing.

W
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Breakfast was just ok. Pineapple juice rancid and meat in breakfast burrito was bad. Enjoyed the Starbucks next door much better

JA
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and perfect location for an Overture Center preshow meal.

S
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrated my daughter-in-laws birthday.

HH
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent menu, all our dishes were superb. Service was friendly and efficient. Quiet enough for good conversation. Getting a reservation on a busy weekend night was easy. Highly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

We had reservations at 6:30 but did not get seated until 7:30. We were not able to make it to our planned outing on time afterward. We were very understanding that prior diners weren’t leaving but the CIRC did not offer anything in return...despite the reservation.

CR
Milwaukee
20 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice restaurant with good food and reasonable prices. Close to Overture Center.

P
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We greatly enjoyed a lovely meal before going to the Overture Center for a Broadway show. Our waiter was very attentive and provided wonderful service.

j
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal but waited a good five minutes to be seated or even acknowledged on this very slow day. There were only 2 other occupied tables when we were seated. I'd have to say that the food and service made up for it. Some background music would warm the atmosphere.

P
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent choice for dinner pre-Overture. Excellent service, excellent food, music could have been lower (but we kept forgetting to ask). My friend has a disability and the waitperson was very thoughtful. Thanks!

m
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Brightly lit, loud with people and kids running theough. Mediocre food and service for what you’re paying for. Clearly there for the hotel guests and likely convenient for the downtown lunch crowd, but not a destination place for dinner!

JW
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Interesting and varied menu in a casual venue. Appreciate the 1/2 pasta dish option and the "small plates". Parking is an issue when the Concourse ramp is full or only open to hotel guests.

J
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Menu was fairly limited and the server was almost too considerate. We missed a reservation for dessert because the entree was delayed until we finished our appetizer (which was nice, just not communicated)

Food and location were very nice, but nothing really set it apart.

OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Their desserts worth a try

CB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 2

Table of women too loud nothing done about it.

KK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic salad bar!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful presentation. Decent wine list. Didn't expect it to be the hotel restaurant though.

CR
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I ate at CIRC while staying at the Concourse. My feelings about my dining experience are mixed. First, the service was excellent. My server was friendly, professional, and helpful. My meal was at best ok. The pork chop was tasty and well prepared. The dressing that accompanied the pork chop was the problem. The first time I took a bite the center of the serving was ice cold. I notified my server who apologized and went back to get me another serving of dressing. The second serving was only a little better -- maybe room temperature. Again, the server apologized and told me that I would not be charged for my glass of wine. I know that it is not fair to judge any business on one experience; however, I don't feel that I need to revisit CIRC because I don't get to Madison that often and there are so many options in Madison.

f
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Restaurant week. Very good value and well executed dinner. The food quality was high, the menu creative and a generous portion for restaurant week.
The server was attentive and appeared busy. The server should know when people ask for herbal tea it generally means non caffeinated. I asked for lemon herbal and got earl gray with lemon. Not a big deal, except I drank it all and stayed awake!

J
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved our Restaurant week meal! Will definitely be back!

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