CIRC

4.3
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155 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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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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vipCathyR
Adelaide / SA
14 reviews
Dined on March 7, 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.

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DaveO
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 6, 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!

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Tjamund
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious & the staff is GREAT!!

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KevinS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 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.

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BrookeW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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Telly
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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KateC
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Goldie was great! Food was amazing, will definitely be back!

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SallyN
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.

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StephanieH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

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

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C121
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
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.

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WendyL
San Francisco
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Show at the Overture

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MeCah96
New York Area
12 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
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.

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RobertaP
1 review
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.

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kimbelgie
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very favorable experience. Great service and high quality.

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely meal, highly recommend the scallops and the gnocchi

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butterflymc
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.

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yumyum
Milwaukee
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!

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Onedoc
Milwaukee
24 reviews
Dined on November 22, 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.

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StacyO
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.

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CindyS
Raleigh
1 review
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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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Very slow service. Food was good but set up is more like a diner and not organized staff

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LaceyM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The atmosphere was too "hotel breakfast buffet" feeling. Needed dimmer lighting, more of a cozy vibe for dinner. The food was good it just seemed a bit out of place in the setting. It didn't jive.

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StephL
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food and service was great! The only thing I would mention is that the lighting is a little cold. We sat for dinner in the long booth with 2-top tables. The lighting was very bright. It would be nice to have softer bulbs and maybe some pendants over the tables. I know this is picky, but I noticed it when I got there right away. It would seem so much more separate from the hotel that way. Scallops were great!

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vipluvMadisonfood
London
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was really great.

Yes it is in a hotel, but don't let that put you of it you are interested in food more than the location.

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SusanG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

I can not recommend this restaurant. There are so many other choices around the area and Circ was not worth the money.

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Lefty
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Disappointed in Sunday Brunch Buffet....had fewer brunch items than expected. Have had almost as many choices at a free Holiday Inn Express breakfast as was offered at CIRC.

Love CIRC lunch buffet so was expecting much more than what was offered for Sunday brunch.

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jds422
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was great! Food was delicious

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estherw
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place to have dinner before going to Overture Center - or other activities. Food is always very good, service as well.

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VivianE
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always been very satisfied when we dine at Circ.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We had a reservation at 7:15. Table was not ready and we were informed they had been very busy. Waited about 10 minutes and we were seated.

Waiter didn’t take our drink order for about 10 minutes after we sat down...the manager had come to check on us.

Food took quite a while but was worth the wait. Scallops were AMAZING. Waiter dropped my daughters fries so we had to wait again to get the entire order.

The staff was friendly but seemed busy and overwhelmed. The food was all delicious and the portions were large.

Prices were very reasonable and we will definitely go again.

Hope to catch staff on a better day.

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vipTrueBlue
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Total disappointment.
No atmosphere at all. Felt like a dining hall at a dorm. Looked like a hotel chain breakfast area.
Very few diners but service was extremely slow, waiters disappeared for 20 min at a time. 50 min till food on table.
Food prep slow but meal was decent. One dish not acceptable but wait staff not interested in hearing.
Bill was shocker. We left wishing we had gone anywhere else.

I am disappointed in Open Table for promoting this business.

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vipMazi
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was fantastic!

CIRC
Responded on September 18, 2019

We are so glad you enjoyed our restaurant! We hope you will come back again soon. Thank you! Stephanie, Director of Operations

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
33 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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annab
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience1

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.

FAQs

CIRC does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

CIRC is rated 4.3 stars by 155 OpenTable diners.

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.