CIRCA at Chinatown

4.6
362 reviews
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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!
What 362 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great menu options. I had a seared tuna salad that was outstanding. We also had a cauliflower starter that was outstanding. The food was fresh, preparation interesting with fresh, healthy ingredients. The noise level was low so I could actually have a conversation.

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AW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hanger Steak salad was perfect. Well executed and nice window view of Chinatown.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food.

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NL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Circa Chinatown is fun. Nice menu, good service. A bit noisy but there are some quiet tables. It's not inexpensive, but sort of in the middle price-wise considering the fun Penn Quarter neighborhood. Very close to both Arena and Shakespeare Theaters for evenings. -And Portrait Gallery/Museum of American Art for daytime. The Asian fusion menu choices are a nice nod to the Chinatown location.

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Responded 4 days ago

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

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Circa at Chinatown, definitely coming back!!!

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Responded on May 13, 2019

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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J
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch options & priced accordingly. The service was right on point of attentiveness without being intrusive.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on May 13, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the brunch options as well as the service. We hope to see you again soon!

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MG
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really love the new CIRCA in Chinatown! The interiors are modern yet cozy. The bottomless mimosa brunch is great!!

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Responded on May 13, 2019

Michelle, 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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SN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

They need to have a special sauce on the burger, it was too dry and bland.

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Responded on May 13, 2019

Sheila, thank you so much for joining us and for your feedback!

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M
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible service and amazing food!

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Responded on May 6, 2019

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

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meet girlfriends for brunch it was great!

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Responded on April 29, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed brunch with your girlfriends and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

It took too long for the food to arrive. Good ambience and atmosphere.

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Responded on April 29, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us and for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We are so sorry for the time it took for your food to arrive. We will be following up with our team to share your feedback. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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TN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

They were very accommodating! We had a large party and started with drinks at the bar before dinner. It delayed our actual sit down time at the table but it wasn’t a problem at all! Overall great experience!

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on April 29, 2019

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

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good and very accommodating

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Responded on May 6, 2019

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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Washington DC
122 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and reasonable prices. My other half had the mango chicken salad. I had the mushroom flat bread pizza. Both dishes were great. The best was our appetizer, the brussel sprouts and blue cheese. The were delicious!!!!

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on April 29, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Brussels + Blue, Wild Mushroom Flatbread, and Blackened Chicken Mango Salad. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoy Circa, for the food and service. Prices are very good for DC and super close to the Capital One Arena.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on April 29, 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
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service from Elijah! Very attentive but not intrusive service. I was nervous about taking my parents out for brunch, but the menu had something for everyone to enjoy! Highly recommend the French toast. The Chesapeake Benedict was pretty good, too.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on April 29, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us for brunch! We are so glad you enjoyed the French Toast and Chesapeake Benedict as well as Elijah's service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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SJ
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went here for a brunch date on a Sunday. The food options were a bit limited,
but I was very impressed by their service. The food was great and what you'd
expect from one of the top rated brunch places in D.C. Definitely worth a try.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on April 29, 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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EL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Pumpkin ravioli was excellent, strikingly so. But not enough to make up a meal, and no bread or anything else provided with it. Service was attentive and pleasant. Music too loud for talking easily at most tables, but tolerable at our table as distant as possible from speakers. Price a little steep given the small portion, no bread no sides.

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Responded on April 29, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us and for your feedback! We hope to see you again soon!

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MM
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch was outstanding. Love CIRCA anytime, actually.

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Miami
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

We had a group of friends from out of town and picked Circa because of their excellent food. The food was good but the service was TERRIBLE!!!! Our waiter made us feel like we were putting him out if we asked for the smallest of things I.e. refills! He had a terrible attitude and wasn’t pleasant at all.

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Responded on April 17, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us. We are so sorry to hear about your experience and will be following up over private message to learn more.

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Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

server extra friendly

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is such a great spot! The staff is really friendly and attentive to customer needs. The staff creates a welcoming environment, as I felt my overall attitude lift up as soon as I met the hostess to check-in for my reservation. The food came out in a timely manner even considering that the restaurant was fairly busy. This restaurant is great for a variety of occasions: everything from dates, work lunches, and special occasions. The bar looked like a great spot to hang out with friends as well.

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Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The server forgot we sat in his section. He apologized and explained that he was overwhelmed. He was nice enough but continued to provide mediocre service after his apology. It’s a bummer- I LOVE the circa in DuPont.

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b
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and environment to grab dinner before the Caps game. The lobster ravioli was amazing. One suggestion - they should add some sort of shade so that the evening sun isn't shining in people's faces at a number of the back booths.

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r
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect place for a pre-hockey game meal. Even though we were 20 minutes late due to traffice (peak cherry blossom viewing) they accomodated us. The service was attentive and professional. We ordered our food and it was served in a timely manner. Perfect timing as we ate at a leisurely pace, paid the bill and got to the Caps game with 10 minutes to spare! The noise level was not high and we had a pleasant conversation and my husband (who has a hearing disability) had no trouble keeping engaged.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on April 8, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us before the Caps game! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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RR
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been to Circa many times. Today we had burgers. They were great. This is a great spot in a great location. Always good food and good service.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on April 8, 2019

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

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TD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best birthday celebration i have had in DC. Amazing staff!

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice food, reasonable wine prices. Interesting dishes and central location in DC.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on April 8, 2019

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

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TM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a friend for a birthday dinner and they love the food. And I enjoyed the blackened Salmon. We got desert the apple dumpling with ice cream it was delicious. The drinks were very well made. I had the Black Manhattan and he got a Guinness beer. Also, the took us early. Only thing I will ask for window or booth seating next time. Table that seat two are small. We definitely be back!

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on April 8, 2019

Tracey, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Blackened Salmon, Apple Dumpling, Black Manhattan, and Guiness! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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SB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and customer service was outstanding. Enjoyed the ambiance as well.

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DC
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their starters are the perfect meal, I highly recommend the shrimp, brussel sprouts blue and the lettuce wraps. It feels light, yet filling and is so delicious, I also ordered brussels blue to go for dinner that same night. It's so quiet and not many people are visiting during lunch, but it seems to pick up just a bit towards the end of the lunch hour. I will most definitely return.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on April 8, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Shotgun Shrimp, Brussels + Blue, and Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Circa in Chinatown is hands down one of my favorite places in the city. I have been a dozen times, with various company, from dates to family/friends.

The staff is always attentive and prompt, when you make a reservation, you get seated immediately upon your reservation time. Everyone is super friendly and I never have a bad experience.

The food is very good, its a very nice environment and is priced reasonably. They are not super quick at getting food on the table, but in no way is it slow. The cocktails are delicious and are priced alright ($10-12/ea). I usually always get a Chicken Caesar, it's absolutely delicious, I have not a clue what they add to make it taste better than any other Caesar salad I've ever had.

I would highly recommend.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on April 8, 2019

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

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LA
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went before a game. We always enjoyed the other Circas for the nice ambiance and great food. Here was the same. I frequented the prior restaurant in this space and they’ve done a great job of integrating an upscale sports bar feel. The service was especially attentive. My husband wanted his fish cooked through more and they were right on it.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on April 8, 2019

Laura, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything including the service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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CJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice place in a great location. The drinks were pricey and not great. The appetizers were good -bulgogi lettuce wraps - and on a discount. They were good, but didn’t arrive until our entrees arrived. The food was good and price was reasonable. Had a great window seat overlooking the arena crowd. Service could be more attentive.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on April 8, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps but are so sorry they arrived with your entrees. We will be following up with our team to address this. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Perfect sound level. Outstanding food and service.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was amazing. They aren’t as quick to refill your bottomless mimosas as most DC restaurants so I’d say “service” could be better.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on April 8, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food but are so sorry about the the speed of the refills. We will be following up with our team to address your feedback. We hope to see you again soon!

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MV
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved my experience. I had client's in town for the Wizard's game, so we had dinner prior to the game.

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Michelle Vessels

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on March 25, 2019

Michelle, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed dinner before the Wizards' game and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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S
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

I would recommend however only one bathroom was working in the entire restaurant..that's really bad..and had to go out to use the bathroom because the person in there was in there for a long time.

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NT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Think carefully about whether you need to order bottomless when mimosas are only $4!

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Responded on March 25, 2019

Natalie, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the mimosas! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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P
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Pre-Caps game meal. The staff is very attuned to us Caps fans and the service is great. Always with a smile.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on March 25, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the service before the Caps game and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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