Circle Bistro

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Circle Bistro, located in the heart of the Foggy Bottom Neighborhood, offers a casual yet chic bar and restaurant atmosphere serving American comfort fare including a wide selection of sandwiches, salads and sharing plates. The extensive beverage program showcases over 12 wines by the glass, domestic and imported beer, and a seasonal cocktail list. Our pet-friendly outdoor patio is the perfect oasis to escape the hustle and bustle of the Nation’s Capital. Circle Bistro is the ideal place for breakfast meetings, business lunches, and happy hour gatherings.
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Sun - Tue 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 9:45PM
Wed - Sat 8:00PM - 9:45PM

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JK
New England
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very quiet side room — perfect for our business meeting!

John

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great quiet space in the center of tow. Easy access. Good food.

s
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience1

It’s not a stand alone restraunt, it’s in the basement of a hotel. Not a great meal.

OT
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Reliable, enjoyable though limited selections. Perfect for quiet meetings and get togethers. Definitely a top choice for convenience and easy dining.

JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Our muffin was moldy! It was disgusting, so we left.

It also smelt like old hotels that used to allow smoking. Not pleasant to smell that while eating.

The waitresses were friendly.

OT
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food is better than average although very limited choices. My go to place for quiet meetings. Very accommodating staff.

a
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & service are great and it’s a treat to find a place where you can actually talk to friends without shouting at them!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Quiet location. Nice, fresh food. Attentive service. Kitchen was able to modify items to suit all our needs.

OT
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Staff is always great. Downsized menu is a challenge since I like to use this quiet and pleasant location for biweekly lunch meetings. Food is good. Never have or hear complaints.

JA
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

No one up front at the desk. Had to knock on the kitchen door before someone noticed we were there. Tiny menu. Left for a better place.

KE
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely one of Washington's best-kept secrets, yet has been around for years and is appreciated by those who know about it; enjoy the creative, delicious menu (and beautiful presentation); calming ambience to be able to appreciate the food; and the courteous, excellent, unobtrusive service--all of which equals a five-star rating!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had breakfast here on Sunday, February 18th but I neglected to mention Open Table to the restaurant and would like to receive my dining points. We stayed in Room 317.
The service was great and the food was delicious.

Thank you,
Sandra Callahan

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall1food1service4ambience1

No one was there for a reason

a
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful to find a quiet spot for downtown dining! Definitely a hidden gem.

B
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Circle Bistro is a neighborhood go-to for lunch, happy hour, dinner, or setting up a meeting for friends. The food is excellent and innovative. The staff is excellent, although from time to time inattentive. It is reliably good.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made a reservation for 11:45 on Sunday for brunch. When we arrived at 11:45 we were told they were closing at noon. Why on earth take an 11:45 reservation to only close at noon? Also, not a good way to welcome a guest. Needless to say, we left and went elsewhere because of this.

C
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful hidden gem! Service was great and we truly enjoyed our meals. The bar area has a wonderful fireplace. It was a very quiet location which was great for a lunch. Will definitely be back!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2017
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I visited Circle Bistro for Restaurant Week due to the flexibility of their menu. The options were varied and the food was pretty good. However, the service was terrible. I'm not sure if they were short staffed or what, but the maitre'd seemed to be serving as a waiter and the busser seemed to also serve as a waiter. It took nearly 20 minutes from when we were seated and received water to when someone came to take our order. Then it was another 15 minutes before the first course arrived. I had the hummus and pita. The hummus was a bit too salty and pasty, and the pita was a bit too chewy. I had ravioli for the entree and pineapple upside down cake for dessert. The ravioli was the best part of the meal and the cake was a bit too dry. I had to attend a meeting so I had to get my entree and dessert to go.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Second visit. Good place to talk. Salad was good and prices are reasonable. It is sort of unknown in Foggy bottom.

KJ
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant for the ability to have a conversation and be heard. They do not bother to leave after one has eaten. Delightful.

SR
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

There were four of us there for Sunday brunch. All liked their meal. Service was attentive and setting was very nice. Location in D.C. West End is great - right on Washington Circle, across the circle from the Foggy Bottom Metro stop. Although I generally do not like hotel restaurants, this one is an exception. Just what we were looking for. Pricing was great in general; but especially for the area and a hotel restaurant. It may not win awards, but it is a solid choice for a comfortable, good quality meal at a great value. Nice view of the area. All were quite glad that we ate there.

BS
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good location and good
variety of lunch selections. All three of us were pleased with our choices.

J
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We walked to this place before packing up to leave another hotel. Very nice, we made reservations but they weren't needed at 9:45 on this particular Sunday. Pleasant waiter, 5 of us. Several had the banana buckwheat pancakes which were good. (I would have thought they would have put a strawberry or a small piece of fruit on the plate; it seemed sorta naked with 3 pancakes dusted with sugar!) The others had French toast. We all used the blueberry compote, yum. My brother got a ton of bacon with his. It was all tasty; no complaints.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Chose this venue for a business lunch as I knew the noise level would be low. Like it because there are a limited number of table for lunch which it makes it's ideal for doing business as well as enjoying the company.

l
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2016
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very average food. Good service. Too many other restaurants in that area so I probably wouldn't bother to return.

PH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location if you are heading to the Kennedy Center for a show. They have valet parking and from there it is a quick trip to the Center. All our food choices were very good as were our wine choices. Service was quick and responded to our need to get to the evening show. Staff were helpful and attentive. The Bistro was a great choice for us!

MG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We sat in the patio area, which most of us enjoyed. Unfortunately, service was not coming to our table as often as we wished, although our table (5 people) was the only one in the outdoor area.

S
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an exceptional place to eat. The food was excellent and presented quite pleasingly.

Out waiter was very helpful and even chased us down outside when we forgot our left over bag.

K
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice and quiet place.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The mussels appetizers was more than ample for us to share, very well seasoned. We both had fish, salmon and swordfish. Each was just a tad overcooked for our taste, but not dry. The vegetable accompaniments were ok, but unimaginative. Still, the service was expert and no extra charge for sparkling, rather than still, water. We'd go back.

FB
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

T
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Took my mom and sister for Mother's Day brunch. My sister had to send all of her food back and my Mom's waffles were burnt. Drink menu was very scarce and the waiter was unsure of our drink selection. But it was a really quiet and peaceful environment. I would go again on an informal occasion maybe

OT
Baltimore
116 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My wife and I enjoyed a very nice lunch following a NSO event. The special turkey club was loaded with interesting ingredients on a nice bread. Salad consisted of a variety of fresh spring vegetables with a light dressing.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A good menu selection, courteous and friendly service. An intimate dining room but they also have a larger area that was closed off for a private event (good to know they provide that service.) I will be back.

L
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2016
Overall4food3service3ambience4

There are not that many places to get a good lunch near Washington Circle. I was meeting a colleague who was staying at the hotel in which the restaurant is located, so it seemed like a good option. But service was confused and slow, and the fish and chips was pretty low end, especially for the price being charged. My colleague's salmon looked better. We were really there to talk, so the iffy service and mediocre food was not much of a problem, but if you are looking for a good meal, you should look elsewhere.

OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2016
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Food was okay, crab dip was the best part of the meal

FD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I often eat dinner at Circle Bistro en route to a concert at the Kennedy Center. The food is good and reasonably priced, and the service is generally good or satisfactory. My most recent meal was on January 29.

KC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2016
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Went to Circle Bistro before a show and was disappointed with the food. We were surprised given the positive reviews we had seen on this and other websites. The Caesar salad had too much dressing and the short rib pasta tasted good but the pasta itself was under cooked. Given the options in the neighborhood I would not return to Circle Bistro prior to another show at the Kennedy Center.

SB
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Circle Bistro is one of the best food choices in town. The food and presentation are outstanding. And you can tell that care and detail goes into every preparation. I think people forget about it because it's in a hotel. And the ambiance isn't at the top of the list. But folks are missing out on a great meal. Kudos to the chef.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2015
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great for small lunch/working meeting. Intimate environment and not to busy.