CIRCA at Navy Yard

4.7
37 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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, including over 20 wine offerings by the glass and a seasonal cocktail list. Our patios are located on the best city corners for a vibrant dining experience. Join us and dine well!
What 37 People Are Saying
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CM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was excellent and the food excellent! drinks a bit pricey but delicious!

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MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Although the restaurant was completely empty, they wanted to sit us in the back. When I requested a booth they sat us in a booth designed for 6 so my husband sat facing out to the empty restaurant when there were several booths for 2 by a window available. Why?
The food was fine but not particularly innovative or interesting. We eat out several nights a week but would not return, there’s no reason to justify the cost of CIRCA.

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

We went for their newly open brunch and everything from start to finish was fantastic. The bottomless is $19 per person and the mimosas were fantastic with just enough oj to give them color. The food did not disappoint either. Everything we had was delicious! The best part of the meal was our server Caroline. She was attentive, funny and made excellent recommendations with them menu. We will definitely be back.

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

This was our first time at Circa. We loved it! The food was delicious, ambiance was nice & a very attentive server (Cedric). We will be back!!

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J
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stopped to grab a quick dinner before an evening event. Two of us had the sliders and the brussel sprouts. Both dishes were outstanding. The third had the Mushroom flatbread. It was excellent and we should have listened to the server when he said the flatbread could be shared by 2. Outstanding service. We will be back.

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AS
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have dined at several restaurants within the "Navy Yard Area" this was by far the best experience that I have had!

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

Excellent from top to bottom. Server was excellent.

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TG
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I brought my parents here for dinner and had a nice time. Thanks!

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BC
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service great menu well prepared

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e
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Nice addition to the neighborhood.

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N
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and awesome service. Highly recommend giving it a try.

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RD
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVE Effy our waitress. Food was spot on. Drinks ditto. Generally stingy with all 5 stars but there was nothing to ding them for. Will be new neighborhood stand by.

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MF
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at the Happy Hour. Friendly staff. Great small plates.
Returned two days later for dinner. Same great experience.

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EW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and the chicken dish I had was delicious! Ready to go back to this CIRCA or another in the area.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fabulous evening from beginning to end.

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B
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The wait for service at out table was too long - just as were getting up a waitress arrived. Service was worth the wait.

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AA
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Going to CIRCA at Navy Yard was my friend's idea. The decor is modern, but the atmosphere is cozy. We began by sharing the Shotgun Shrimp appetizer: flash fried shrimp served over jicama slaw with a sweet chili sauce. For her entree, my friend had seared scallops, served with roasted mushrooms, shaved brussels sprouts, butternut puree in a bacon vinaigrette and charred lemon emulsion. She and I remember when large scallops always had a woody texture. That's no longer true. My friend said hers were tender and sweet. I went with jambalaya: shrimp, chicken, andouille sausage, scallions, diced tomatoes in a chipolte cream sauce over penne pasta. The chipotle gave my jambalaya a unique kick. We finished with a generous slice of chocolate chip cheese cake. It was delicious!

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RM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Just visiting and needed a good sit down meal moderately priced and good value- and did we ever find it in Circa in Navy Yard area. Seems this is a new location and our server was great at describing the concise menu with some recommendations and nicely diverse options. Everyone loved their dish with the quinoa bowls being particularly wonderful in our group. Also the calamari and mushroom flatbread were outstanding. Drink orders were amongst the fastest to arrive I have ever experienced- much appreciated, although I had to give the cosmopolitan quality a B- . Need to work on that, the Tempranillo wine was fabulous however. Desserts were delicious and prompt as well. The place is well lit and runs like clockwork. Great value and strong dishes with fabulous service.

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FF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Where we were seated, it was dark and the music was too loud and obnoxious. Service was excellent 👍👌

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Growing pains evident. Waiter not attentive to our table of 3, leaving us waiting too long between drinks and ordering. Hostess very elegant but not very welcoming. Supposed to open at 4 p.m. but kept us waiting outside until 4:03 even though they could clearly see customers (us) were outside their big windows at 3:50. Music very loud, but they finally turned it down so we could converse at table. My turkey burger disappointing, very processed, excessively salty, bun boring but sweet potato fries were excellent. Wine prices high by about $2. Seems like a happening place from the street with all the window high seats sporting millennials after work. Almost too cool for fun.

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SM
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were pleasantly surprised by the new Circa in Navy Yard. We have been to the Circas in Dupont (now closed) and Foggy Bottom a number of times, but this one is really nice. The menu is great, the service was great, the restaurant is beautiful and spacious and they had a nice kids menu and were wonderful with my son. Definitely recommended and we are excited to go back soon!

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, good location. Service was quick and professional. Hostess was very attentive to our needs. Food was excellent. The sauce on the skirt steak was delicious and the steaks were cooked to the perfect temperature. Will definitely come back next time I’m in DC.

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m
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good cocktails and wines. We both enjoyed the salads-one with hangar steak and the other with tuna. All cooked perfectly. We’ll be back.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. The one thing I really noticed was the staff was a great team always working together. We had multiple people swing by the table whether it be to grab us more water or clear plates and it never felt overwhelming.

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ME
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Excellent staff and food. Will definitely be back.

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NT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Welcome to the neighborhood, CIRCA!

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S
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I really enjoyed ourselves we look forward to having another date night at Circa at the Navy Yard.

Over all it was definitely nice

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TS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere and food

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M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff and service were excellent.

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BS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Welcome to Navy Yard! Circa was fantastic tonight and that's just on their second day open. The service was friendly and attentive without being smothering. Seasonal bruschetta with figs was fantastic. Nice bread instead of typical stale crostini. Table had a sandwhich entree, a dinner salad and a special. All 3 were well designed and executed meals. Dessert even better. The Nutella trifle was perfection.

So excited to have a great mid-range sit-down restaurant in our neighborhood. We needed a place with a solid version of a classic menu and this is it.

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MO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance and service was excellent. Everyone I encountered was very helpful & friendly. I will definitely be back.

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BM
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really had a great time. Good energy and just a good overall good atmosphere. I really loved the restroom!!!!!!! I look forward to coming back.

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JU
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for dinner, drinks, or date night. Hip and clean atmosphere, obvious attention to detail by the staff. Plates were composed well and flavor filled. Craft cocktails were a hit around the table.

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

Food and service were both fantastic. Lobster ravioli and seared scallops were both prepared perfectly!

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CK
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really really really good! Ambiance was nice. Service was really good!

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g
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! This will definitely be my new go-to spot before/after Nats games.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Circa is a wonderful concept and the food is amazing.

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