CIRCA at Chinatown

4.6
285 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!
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a great spot of large parties -- easy to reserve the table and we could all hear each other.

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were seated in the bar section so it was a bit loud, louder than the upstairs dining room. We had multiple waiters, he first was good though v busy, he seemed to be both waiter and bartender. A second waiter seemed to take over. Both waiters brought us a check, the second waiter first. We gave him our credit card and he left with it then when the second waiter arrived it was determined we were given the wrong bill earlier. The first waiter did not believe he took our card & then for a short while it was not able to be found. That was disconcerting. Learned that first waiter charged the check of table behind us to our card. That diner “found” our card. It all took a while to get refunded and frankly was not overwhelmingly convinced by the apology. If we didn’t have notifications from the bank on the charge, and discussed, the diner next to us may not have noticed our card on their billfold. Really it seemed like the restaurant staff was just wait for us to give a new card, not really looking for it, to get us to leave.

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KB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, location was perfect and ambience excellent! Couldn’t afford to do often but a special birthday celebration! We did request a window and were not accommodated or request acknowledged.

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

Everything was fantastic! We sat in a booth by the window had a beautiful view of the city, our service was great and the food was delicious. I would definitely recommend circa and I would love to try again.

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B
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall, a great experience. I stopped by after the Disney on Ice show with my daughter. Service was very good. Best calamari I think I have ever had. The combination of the awesome sauce, the little fried chili peppers, and the fried green beans were a wonderful complement to the calamari itself. It is pretty spicy so be warned, but I loved it.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent! The service was equally good!

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YP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

We got the window seat, nice view of the street and the surrounding area, but drafty. The waitress took forever for simple requests like lemon, condiments, etc. Fair pricing and quality portion sizes, great taste. Wonderful ambiance and an overall great experience.

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b
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place decent food

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ML
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

perfect spot in Chinatown to grab dinner before a game or a show. Great cocktail list. Great food. Great bourbon list as well. The ambiance is really cool but does get a bit loud.

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MP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The workers are friendly and patient. The food is good, however, the price is pricey for portion size. You would want to make sure you are either not hungry or eat before eating there as dinner. As well prepare to have enough money to spend at this place.

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BC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great ambience and food is exquisite. The second floor window seating was perfect!

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s
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I attended with 7 other women for a Valentine's Day dinner. Shawn our waiter was excellent. He was attentive and timely. He also provided a lot of detailed menu in regards to our questions on the menu. The food was excellent. We ordered lobster ravioli, steak, salmon and fried chicken sandwich. He made great recommendation for our drink order as well.

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MS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two delicious salads; wonderful server; and lovely chocolate chip cookies.

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L
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Circa has nice food, nice staff, not outstanding but solid and reliable. I had the barbeque chicken flatbread it was good but the middle pieces were better than the corners, the corners were tough to cut and eat. Friend had the kale with shrimp and that looked good. Servers are pleasant but lack training in the fine points of serving, for instance if someone asks for iced tea with sweetner, then bring a spoon to the table at the same time you bring the tea and packets of sweetner, how else do you stir the sweetner into the tea? Had to ask for the spoon. Just little things like that can make the difference between 4 and 5 stars. I eat here on occasion and usually leave feeling there's unrealized potential....

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gave us a great seat overlooking the mew years parade

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AA
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was so amazing. we came to celebrate my birthday & another friend's birthday and they made it so wonderful!! Can't thank y'all enough!!!

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NC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to CIRCA at Chinatown for my birthday dinner and had an amazing time! The food was excellent, and our server, Jaslyn, was attentive, knowledgeable and provided great service! I would definitely dine again and recommend to friends and family!

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P
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I took a friend there for the first time and she was very impressed with the menu. The food presentation is always good. I had the salmon with peppers, corn, Spinach and tomato purée, it was perfectly prepared, delicious. She had roasted Brussels sprouts and the fish nachos, she was very happy. It’s a great location and the food has never disappointed me.

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g
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a minor issue, but server and manager took care of it without having to ask. First time at the Chinatown location and we will be back.

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CL
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great CAPS pre-gaking meal & libations!

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SM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife and I came here for the first time to have drinks and dinner before a Caps game. Sat at the upstairs bar. Bar staff, to include Katarina were great. Very good cocktails and draft beers. Had lettuce wrapped bulgogi as a starter. I had seared tuna as main course. Really good spinach accompanied it. Nice place and will be our go to place before going to Capital One Arena events.

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KF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The Chinatown CIRCA was relatively empty, but the servers were attentive and efficient. Would go back.

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FS
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great apps, great meals. An all around 5 star experience.

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JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Very cool ambiance! Food is good but the service we had was average .

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RN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Met expectations -- will go back. Service was very good.

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JS
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The sea scallops were awesome! My daughter had the lobster ravioli and loved it. Monday night 1/2 price bottles of wine...yay! Get the Argentinian Malbec!

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EW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

CIRCA was fantastic! Went on a Saturday evening and was seated in a table next to the window where we were able to see some of Chinatown!! It was a great view and our server Amber was amazing!! She was super friendly and came around at all the right times! Additionally the food was delicious, the shotgun shrimp and lettuce wraps were a hit! I would definitely come back!

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KW
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite DC restaurants. We were there for brunch. Best French Toast! Was there with group of five, not too noisy, and everyone agreed well worth it.

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R
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I enjoyed our meals thoroughly. We will definitely be back.

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OT
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first visit there and I was very impressed. The restaurant week menu was extensive with a number of good options.
The general manager stopped by and was very courteous and attentive, as well as the server.
i would definitely return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I ate dinner at Circa with my husband and my two young kids before a Wizards game. Our waitress was very kind and attentive, but the quality of the food left a little to be desired. My husband and I cook for ourselves often and our palates have become more refined. We ordered the lemon chicken and the fried chicken sandwich and the little ones ordered off the kids menu.
It's a really nice atmosphere and good service, but the food quality wasn't there.

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GP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The menu was varied and the food quite good. The ambiance was great and the service attentive. I would definitely return and recommend others.

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RA
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went there for dinner with a party of three prior to a Capitals game. Craft cocktails were very good. Shared small plates and a flatbread all of which were very good. Service was attentive and friendly. Would definitely go back.

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RH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and very friendly staff who were attentive to your dining needs. Service was timely and the restaurant had wonderful options for Restaurant Week.

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UF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Much better than previous visit. It’s still a favorite place. We think they should expand craft cocktails.

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OT
Memphis
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We ate here with 5 teens and 2 adults. Every dish was outstanding and the menu had a great variety of food options - everyone was happy. I highly recommend CIRCA for the food. Our waiter started very attentive but seemed to disappear after dinner was delivered. I found this a little surprising as the restaurant was not busy - maybe only 5 tables dining in total. I would presume this is not a common occurrence - would definitely return.

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ME
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Plan to come back soon. A fun and vibrant restaurant.

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RT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. Service was on point, done of the best in the city. Food was tasty, including one of the seasonal dishes, the soup. Love this spot - our Chinatown fav!

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MD
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Small plate menu is awesome for sharing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great. Food was awesome! Definitely has become a new favorite!

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