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About Circle Bistro
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.
Washington, DC 20037
Contemporary American, American
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday from 7 am - 11 am
Saturday and Sunday from 7 am - 12 pm
All day dinning:
Monday - Friday from 11:30 am - 10 pm
Mon - Fri from 5 pm - 8 pm
23rd, New Hampshire & L
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
We are the number one venue for your social and corporate events! Customize your event with one of several options tailored to fit your needs. We’ve got all ends covered from the moment you arrive.
Contact Circle Bistro Management, at 202-293-5390 for more information and to get your custom proposal.
Complimentary valet parking for diners available at One Washington Circle Hotel.
Foggy Bottom Metro Station
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
For private event inquiries please view our Private Dining section for more details.
Join us for a romantic evening, with a few special touches from our Circle Bistro team, and let us help make your Valentine's day one to remember. Reservations are available for our 3-course dinner for $45 Saturday, February 13th and $50 Sunday, February 14th.
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In partnership with One Washington Circle Hotel, Circle Bistro has the ability to cater a multitude of events. Our Catering Manager and Executive Chef are happy to work with you on a tailored menu to fit your event needs in one of our state of the art banquet rooms, lounge or private dining room.
Circle Bistro Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
We enjoyed the experience except the waiters were having trouble remembering what we ordered and the bartender should have know how to make a good Irish coffee - no whipped cream and lukewarm.
Generally, I had always enjoyed this restaurant - the food is very good, and I love the convenience to the Kennedy Center and the valet parking!!
The burger was fantastic and reasonably priced. The staff were very friendly and accommodating - we were celebrating a friend and both the bartender and our waitress came over to pop the champagne. The were also very helpful with allergy information.
The restaurant was mostly empty but was very relaxing and had a nice upscale and dim but not dark vibe.
The only downside (though it was small) was that there was no scotch/whisky list, which made it slightly more difficult to order a drink
Overall, I would definitely recommend for a good, not-too-expensive weekday dinner
Appetizer( mussels) and parsnip & apple soup were very good, as was the beet salad and the (outstanding) buckwheat gnocchi. Apple pie dessert was a notch lower, more the consistency of a croissant than a pie. Service was friendly and efficient and there is free valet parking. Great value!
I picked Circle Bistro to meet a friend for dinner, because it was Metro-accessible (near Foggy Bottom) and because I recalled that it was relatively quiet. It was indeed fairly quiet, until a boisterous group was seated a few tables away. The group wasn't misbehaving, just having a good time, but that was the end of the quiet dinner.
Our server was friendly and attentive. The food was good.
Much as we used to relish going to Circle Bistro for creative cuisine, this weekend's dinner was a disappointment. Service was not great; servers need training in making certain all guests have water, that wine should be savored and not poured out, draining the bottle on the first go around, and that salmon deserves some additional flavor to make it delectable.
First course of mussels was very good. The mussels were extremely small, which may be how they are running. As mentioned, the salmon, swimming in a tasteless broth, needs a different design. When the manager came by to ask about our dinner and I mentioned the salmon's tastelessness, to his credit he offered our table desserts on the house.
I hope the cooking improves and if so, I and our friends will return happily.
As relative newcomer to the Foggy Bottom neighborhood we were looking for a new place to try with friends on a Saturday night. So glad we fell into Circle Bistro. The food was good, the menu well priced, the service attentive and the place was practically empty. We simply cannot figure out why. Yes, it has a hotel restaurant vibe (the staff was clearly setting up tables for breakfast as we were finishing our meal) but it all worked if your goal is to have a nice meal where you hear your companions talk and not feel gouged. We will return - and recommend.
This small restaurant in a boutique hotel was deserted upon arrival leaving us a little concerned to start, but all the reviews were good so went for it. And boy were they right. The food was excellent, not a single thing to pick at. Properly cooked, well presented, perfectly seasoned. We had the mussels, gazpacho, caesar salad, swordfish, steak frites, french onion soup, and salmon. The only drawback was the new waitress we had, who was not up on the menu details, and forgot to ask some basic questions about how we wanted things prepared. She tried hard and was pleasant, just needs a little more refinement. We also enjoyed a wonderful pinot gris from Oregon. I would certainly return.
Having seen the other reviews about service, we took a chance with a reservation before a show at the Kennedy Center. We gave ourselves 1.5 hours, assuming we'd take a cab from the restaurant to the Kennedy Center. 1.5 hours turned out to not be enough... we were rushing to eat, pay the check, hail a cab, etc. The waitress was very friendly, but the kitchen staff can't handle more than a table at a time.
The food was good; the burger a bit salty but cooked correctly, the duck not as tender as it could have been but flavorful.
The bar is very big and the Happy Hour specials are great. I would go back again for a drink, but not for a sit-down dinner.
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