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CIRC

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4.1
166 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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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

Menu

4pm-11pm

Cocktails

  • Midnight Manhattan, Bulleit Bourbon, Disaronno, Cabernet Sauvignon$11.00

    1/2 oz Disaronno, 3/4oz Bulleit bourbon, 2 oz glaze cabernet sauvgion, ¼ oz simple syrup. In a mixing glass with ice add all ingredients stir for 30 seconds to chill and dilute, strain into a chilled coupe glass serve with orange zest strip

    • Hot and Buttered, Myers's Rum, Spiced Honey, Cream$10.00

      1.5 oz myers's rum, Hot water, 2 full bar spoons of Butter batter, Whipped cream, Star anise. In a glass mug add the Rum and stir in 2 spoonful's of beer batter. Fill with hot water to ½ inch of the rim of the glass completely stir in butter. Top with whipped cream and a star anise. Butter batter: 4 cup packed dark brown sugar, 2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature, 1 cup honey, 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves, ¼ teaspoon salt

      • Sugar Plum Prosecco Smash, Prosecco, Thyme, Black Plum$10.00

        add I oz of plum syrup in a coupe glass fill the glass with prosecco. Garnish with plum slice. Plum thyme syrup, 10 plums skin on, 12 thyme sprigs, 3 cups of water, 3 cups of white sugar. Slice plums Discard plum pits. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes. Turn off heat and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Strain, cool, put in squeeze bottles, label and date

        • Gold Digger$11.00

          Casamigos Tequila, Luxardo Cherry, Angostura Bitters, Cointreau, Gold Flake. 1 brown sugar cube, 1 luxardo cherry, 3 dashes of angostura bitters, ½ oz Cointreau, 1.5 oz casamigos tequila. In a rocks glass add 1 brown sugar cube muddle it with the bitters and cherry. Fill glass ¾ with ice. Add Cointreau, tequila and gold, stir well

          • Cinnamon Apple Mule, Jack Daniels Fire Whiskey, Apple Cider, Lime, Ginger Beer$10.00

            1 1/2 ounces JD Fire, 1 1/2 ounces apple Juice, ½ ounce lime Juice, ginger beer, Dried Apple slice, Cinnamon stick. Build as normal in a glass with Ice top with ginger beer. Garnish with dried apple slice and cinnamon stick

            Last updated: February 3, 2022

            What 166 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
            • 4.1Food
            • 4.2Service
            • 3.7Ambience
            • 3.9Value

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            1. 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

            2. OT

              OpenTable Diner

              Montana

              6 reviews

              5.0

              6 reviews

              Dined on May 1, 2022

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              Great salad, professional service.

            3. 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!!

            4. 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!

            5. OT

              OpenTable Diner

              1 review

              3.0

              1 review

              Dined on November 25, 2021

              overall3food3service3ambience3

              Buffet was fabulous

            6. YW

              YosWI

              Milwaukee

              15 reviews

              2.0

              15 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.

            7. 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

            8. 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

            9. 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.

            10. T

              Thomas

              Milwaukee

              56 reviews

              vip
              5.0

              56 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.

            11. 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.

            12. CR

              CathyR

              Minneapolis

              21 reviews

              vip
              5.0

              21 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.

            13. 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!

            14. T

              Tjamund

              Chicago

              32 reviews

              4.0

              32 reviews

              Dined on February 19, 2020

              overall4food5service4ambience3

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

            15. OT

              OpenTable Diner

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on February 16, 2020

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              Food was delicious & the staff is GREAT!!

            16. 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.

            17. 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.

            18. 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.

            19. T

              Telly

              Milwaukee

              15 reviews

              vip
              5.0

              15 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.

            20. 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!

            21. 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.

            22. 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.

            23. 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.

            24. 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.

            25. 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.

            26. OT

              OpenTable Diner

              Milwaukee

              2 reviews

              5.0

              2 reviews

              Dined on November 30, 2019

              overall5food5service5ambience4

              Show at the Overture

            27. MC

              MeCah96

              New York Area

              17 reviews

              2.0

              17 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.

            28. 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.

            29. 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.

            30. k

              kimbelgie

              Milwaukee

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on November 28, 2019

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              Very favorable experience. Great service and high quality.

            31. OT

              OpenTable Diner

              Little Rock

              7 reviews

              5.0

              7 reviews

              Dined on November 27, 2019

              overall5food5service5ambience4

              Lovely meal, highly recommend the scallops and the gnocchi

            32. 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.

            33. 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!

            34. 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.

            35. 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.

            36. C

              Cindy

              Raleigh

              2 reviews

              4.0

              2 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.

            37. OT

              OpenTable Diner

              San Diego

              1 review

              2.0

              1 review

              Dined on November 9, 2019

              overall2food3service1ambience3

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

            38. LM

              LaceyM

              Chicago

              8 reviews

              3.0

              8 reviews

              Dined on November 5, 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.

            39. SL

              StephL

              San Francisco

              3 reviews

              4.0

              3 reviews

              Dined on November 3, 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!

            40. M

              luvMadisonfood

              London

              9 reviews

              vip
              5.0

              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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            CIRC is rated 4.1 stars by 166 OpenTable diners.

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            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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