CIRCA at Chinatown

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472 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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, a seasonal cocktail list, and rotating local craft beers. Join us and dine well!
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Everything was great other than the fact our food took a long time for it only be mac and cheese and pizza. But other that great place. Love all circas :)

OT
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Eggs Benedict are always reliable and always excellent.

s
Washington DC
128 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Circa before a Caps game. Prompt attentive service. We were seated right on time. We had the blackened chicken salad. delicious. Nice wine and cocktail list. would go again.

SM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner here before the Caps game last Saturday. The service and food were excellent (order the lettuce wraps!) The table we were at was a little close to the table next to us, but it wasn't a big deal. Thanks!

MD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing brunch, bottomless mimosas for only $19 and they don't let your glass get empty! The Brussel sprouts and biscuits and gravy eggs Benedict are a must for lunch. We had a bunch of metro delays getting there but it was no problem moving our reservation around and they still seated us right away.

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Responded 2 days ago

Madeleine, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the bottomless mimosas and brunch. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Great location. Great service

M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Disappointing. We sat at a high top in the bar area which appeared to have three servers/bartenders working that section and still received poor service. I had to walk to the bar to order dessert, to request the check, and to pay my bill even though we were supposed to have a dedicated server coming to our table.

The free popcorn is a waste of everyone's time and sodium intake. It's overly salty and stale.

We ordered bar bites- 1) fried shrimp that was tasty but for $8 I expect more than 3 small shrimp. Severely overpriced: 2) mushroom flatbread that was underwhelming and overly salted; and tuna nachos which were not bad but again I think I took in my sodium intake for the month. My God....flavor does not have to mean pack on the salt!

By 7:30pm the bar was a ghost town, which seemed odd for the location in Chinatown. We won't be back.

l
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love the food and drinks.........especially that habanero moonshine! ;-)

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Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for joining us! We're so glad you enjoyed everything and hope to see you again soon!

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Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Although we only had dinner salads, each of us had a different one and all were very good. Service was good as was the pumpkin cheesecake that we split for dessert. Ambience is nothing special and as it became more crowded it got a bit noisy. All the hard, mostly wood, services don’t help especially if you are at a table instead of a booth. But overall a great choice for a before game dinner.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Pumpkin Cheesecake and the service. We hope to see you again soon!

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SH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We were not seated until a half hour past our reservation time and then service was very slow even though their were numerous tables available. Hangar Steak and Tuna Salads and roasted Brussels Sprouts were very good. Highly recommend the BlackBerry Margarita. Service was just not that attentive. We were just not sure why. Downstairs hostess was turning people away but upstairs was almost empty. Maybe reservations did not show. We have been here numerous times and food and atmosphere is very nice for a date.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall good experience.

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Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and hope to see you again soon!

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CF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Decent. Service was slow.. just average. Bar was adequate.

r
Houston
88 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I try to venture to new items on the menu, but I almost always revert back to the mushroom flatbread and Ahi Tuna entree. Amazing!

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for joining us! We're so glad you enjoyed the Mushroom Flatbread and Seared Ahi Tuna. We hope to see you again soon!

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LS
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Circa is one of my favorites. Delicious food, great service, beautiful atmosphere, and good value.

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Responded 2 days ago

Larissa, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and hope to see you again soon!

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LM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was delicious but $27 for 3 scallops was hard to swallow. Small plates are the way to go here. Lovely service.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on October 28, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us and for your feedback! We are so glad you enjoyed the small plates and the service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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KM
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was very good. I kept it simple and had the grilled chicken sandwich. The chibatta was fresh... chicken tender... sauce amazing. The fries were good as well... crispy and not greasy. Had a nice glass of Gruner Veltiner ... very good as well.

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Responded on October 28, 2019

Ken, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Grilled Chicken Sandwich and wine. We hope to see you again soon!

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KW
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner - all the food was delicious and the service was attentive without being overbearing. Would definitely return.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on October 28, 2019

Kristine, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Randi was very nice and attentive. My meal (jambalaya) and cocktail (Tito and rose) were absolutely delicious.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on October 28, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything including Randi's service. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic. The food was great. Portion size just right. Dessert ( I had the torte and my friend had the apple pie) they were both marvelous. I will be back!

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on October 28, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and dessert. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great dining experience. Food was delicious. Our server was spread out a bit with quite a few tables. So there were times we had to wave her down for assistance.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on October 28, 2019

James, thank you so much for joining us and for your feedback regarding the service. We will be addressing this with our team! We hope to see you again soon.

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JD
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Jambalaya is consistently excellent and plentiful. Ahi tuna tacos are special. Drinks are flavorful and creative.

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Responded on October 21, 2019

John, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Jambalaya and Tuna Poke Nachos as well as the drinks. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great welcome, fast service and fantastic food.

GK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to pregame for Caps games. Great food and just up the street from Capital One Arena.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on October 28, 2019

Greg, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the the food before heading to the Caps game. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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s
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Came here for a quick bite before concert. Good food, nice location, decent service. We had the tuna poke starter and the burger. The chips with the tuna were too oily, but the tuna was great. Burger was one of the best we’ve had.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on October 14, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Tuna Poke Nachos and burger! We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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JW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable meal. Relatively quiet without seeming stuffy.

Only critique is the cocktails come with too much ice. After the first few sips, hard to enjoy them.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on October 14, 2019

John, thank you so much for joining us! We really appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great oven roasted chicken and salmon thanks

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Responded on October 28, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Free Range Brick Chicken and Blackened Salmon. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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FH
Washington DC
97 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

As usual, good food nicely prepared and friendly service

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on October 14, 2019

Fred, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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MB
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was my 3 or 4th time visiting CIRCA. The food has consistently been good. This time I got the turkey burger and Brussels sprouts, which I was able to substitute as my side. I’ve also had many of the appetizers when I’ve been here for happy hour. Overall I think it’s a solid choice for a casual or business meal.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on October 14, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Turkey Burger and Brussels + Blue. We hope to see you again soon!

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R
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think we were the loudest people there. I thoroughly enjoy everything about Circa. Its location, ambiance, price points, noise levels and food. Honestly, it is the food and service that keeps me coming back. I order nearly the same thing every time but with each and every order is delicious. Thank you Circa!

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on October 14, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and we look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner before a Concert

J
Anchorage
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I took my daughter to Circa before the Carrie Underwood concert. Service was very good. We shared the mac n cheese small plate. It was delicious! I had the short ribs. They were very tender, and came with mashed potatoes and spinach. My daughter had lobster ravioli with shrimp. For dessert, we shared the bread pudding and pumpkin cheesecake. Both were delicious! It was loud in the dining room, but other than that it was a delightful dinner! Will definitely go back to Circa!

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us before the Carrie Underwood concert! We are so glad you and your daughter enjoyed everything. We hope you had a great time at the concert and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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LL
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It was our first time @ CIRCA and a wonderful experience! we ended up sitting at the bar area (HH specials = win!) whereas our reservation was upstairs - unbeknownst to us since no one greeted us at door. Overall Service was great, and the staff stayed on top of it as it got busier, i.e. more checkins. Which was a nice surprise as most restaurants’ service worsens as they get busier. Food and drinks were delicious! We had 2 orders of the shrimp appetizer - was good! Their bulgogi lettuce wraps were portion perfect and filling. The Brussels sprouts were decent - not wow. Definitely wanna come back!

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on October 14, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food, drinks, and service. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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LS
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food especially Mac and cheese and pumpkin ravioli ! Drinks were great and the service was friendly and quick!

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Four Cheese Macaroni and Pumpkin Ravioli as well as the drinks and service. We hope to see you again soon!

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TH
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here and it was GREAT!! All of the staff were very courteous and friendly and we enjoyed the service. The food was so delicious as I expected. I would recommend this restaurant to friends, family and strangers.. I will visit them again!

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on October 7, 2019

Tawanda, thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service. We hope to see you again soon!

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C
Orlando
17 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and prepared well. The service was great. I can’t wait to return and try another dish, although my kale and quinoa salad was wonderful!

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great and the food was outstanding

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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RP
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food. I got the filet sliders and a Caesar salad and my girlfriend got the mushroom flatbread (which she gave rave reviews to, especially with the truffle oil.) Menu was extensive -- both of us had trouble deciding what to get, and our waiter was very helpful, giving us recommendation when we asked (and plenty of time to decide).

Food was definitely worth the price, which was extremely affordable for downtown DC. Will definitely be back!

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on September 30, 2019

Rachel, thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Petite Filet Sliders, Caesar Salad, Mushroom Flatbread, and service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Y
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I really enjoyed the food, specifically the Bulgogi lettuce wraps, and the fried chicken sandwich. To be completely honest, the best part of the entire experience was the server, Ashley. She was really wonderful.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on September 30, 2019

Yakuba, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps, Fried Chicken Sandwich, and Ashley's service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JM
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was wonderful. Food was delicious. It was not very busy so the noise level was not so loud that I couldn’t enjoy a nice conversation. Will be back next time I’m in DC.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on September 30, 2019

Jacqueline, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service. We hope to see you again soon!

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WZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, amazing food, and great location for a meal before an event at Capital One Arena.