CIRCA at Chinatown

4.6
321 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 321 People Are Saying
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Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Food, beautiful restaurant, what more can you ask for!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. I ordered the scallops. I had the Nutella trifle for dessert it was worth the calories!

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Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very tasty calamari! Great service.

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Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Don’t miss this fun and delicious restaurant! We had the Tuna Poke, the chicken wings, the calamari, the shotgun shrimp, and for dessert we had Nutella trifle. All food was a must have and we had the beautiful waitstaff of Amber who was super attentive and helpful. Great food and dining experience. Don’t miss this restaurant!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

First time dining at “Circa”, definitely won’t be my last.

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t
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very nice and casual place to catch up with friends

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A great place for brunch, lunch, happy hour, and dinner!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A nice window seat...wait staff that provided just the right level of attention...interesting menu...a very good experience.

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L
London
29 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Pleasant service. Good choice of wine. The papaya jambalaya recommended to me was well prepared, good quality and delicious. Good choice of wine by glass. Possibly lacking charm as an eating place but still overall a good experience.

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B
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Second visit. Tasty selection of small plates. Nice space, good service.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal

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GG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice menu, well prepared. Attentive but not overbearing service.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great! We will be going back!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food! Great waiter

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved, loved, loved my dining experience here today!! The ambiance is chic and sophisticated and they happened to be playing some of my favorite music as I walked it. The service was exceptional (thanks Elijah! :-). I love their "team service" style, where they all help each other out, because you're never unattended to. The FOOD was BANGIN'! 😄 Not only did it taste delicious, the presentation of it was aesthetically pleasing. I'd most definitely recommend this restaurant for brunch. It's now on my top 3 brunch spots in the DC area. Thanks for an awesome dining experience! 😊

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EC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the atmosphere, food, and wonderful staff. My party was happy with the food (great portion sizes and taste).

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Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Got the Juevos Rancheros, Treat Yourself (mocktail), and Nutella dessert- everything was fantastic.

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

CIRCA in Chinatown has become our favorite spot before the Caps home-games.
Great service, good food and we are always able to finish our meals before puck drop thanks to prompt, efficient and friendly service.

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DG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstaning. Good dinner, great service and very comfortable. My new favorite before Caps game dinner spot.

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JH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location; good food, responsive service. I was happy to discover that CIRCA had a DC Chinatown location.

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

We had dinner before the Fleetwood Mac concert. Food was terrific with something appealing to my whole gang. And the wine selection was really good too. Very nice way to kick off a concert event. Highly recommend Circa.

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JH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Just moved to the city and won’t visit this establishment again any time soon. Food was just ok. The service was horrible. We were seated immediately, but weren’t acknowledged for at least 10mins by our waitress. I would’ve accepted a brief “I’d be with you shortly” or some sort of service recovery, but it was nonexistent. No apology was issued either. I could understand if the place was busy but there were only 3 other parties in the dining area.

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JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to brunch/lunch prior to catching a matinee movie. Food and service were excellent! The wings were amazing, and the roasted brussel sprouts were absolutely delicious. We’ll definitely be going back!

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T
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The lady waiter would asked us what we want and then she would walk off and do something else so the manager had to take our orders and he paid for my hummus so I really appreciate that and the food and drinks were good

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T
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Went for small dinner and got the dragon bar happy hour nachos and the bread pudding. Nachos weren’t impressive but not bad for 5 bucks. The bread pudding was dry and chewy - wouldn’t recommend.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience and good drinks. The mule is always a hit and the food is very good. It's never usually packed so happy that they allowed me to select my table by the window.

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l
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoy CIRCA - the food choices are really good, from great apps to dinner, everyone can find a favorite. The service has always been top notch - especially for us attending CAPS games - the servers make sure we are taken care of quickly so that we don't miss puck drop.

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DC
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I'd avoided this restaurant before as I believed it was a tad overpriced but had a friend join me for lunch and we split three of the tapas plates. (Brussel sprouts, shrimp and lettuce tacos) and they were fantastic, full of flavor and I'll surely be back to enjoy those items again. While I still think the lunch entre menu items are a little bit pricey, I will be returning. Not a lot of people during lunch time so it was nice and quiet to have a real conversation.

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FH
Washington DC
85 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

First visit to this Circa...maybe be our new favorite!

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SB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed their Sunday brunch. I will go back.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Portions are small for the pricing compared to comparable restaurants in the area.

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GD
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good spot for before or after events at the Capital One Arena. Excellent service. Food was good. We ate kinda "plain Jane" because my wife was not feeling 100%. Loved the view from our window seat.

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IB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time! The food was delicious, the drinks tasty and the bartenders were great and attentive! We will return as much as possible !

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a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
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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H
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
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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f
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always a fine evening w/good food took home food for lunch next day.
great pre-movie or ???? Center event.

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KB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
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 on February 19, 2019
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 on February 18, 2019
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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