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Circle Bistro

891 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday from 7 am - 11 am
Saturday and Sunday from 7 am - 12 pm

Monday - Friday from 11:00 am - 3:30 pm

Monday-Friday from 3:30 pm - 11:00 am

Happy Hour:
Mon - Fri from 5 pm - 8 pm
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Phone number
(202) 293-5390
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Ashley Olexa
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Ask us about Bistro To Go our newest to-go style catering option to fit your office meeting needs!

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 our Catering Manager, Annie Schmidt at 202.730.1246 or for more information and to receive your custom proposal.

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Cross street
23rd, New Hampshire & L
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Parking details
Complimentary valet parking for diners available at One Washington Circle Hotel.
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Public transit
Foggy Bottom Metro Station
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Special events & promotions
Circle Bistro is the perfect venue to host your social and corporate events! Food and beverage packages can be customized and our events manager is available to you every step of the way.

For private event inquiries please view our Private Dining section for more details.
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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

Private Dining

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.

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Sun - Tue 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 9:45PM
Wed - Sat 8:00PM - 9:45PM

What 891 People Are Saying
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 6 days ago

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.

1.0Dined on March 9, 2018

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.

5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

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!

5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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

1.0Dined on January 14, 2018

No one was there for a reason

5.0Dined on December 13, 2017

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

4.0Dined on November 3, 2017

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.

1.0Dined on October 22, 2017

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.

5.0Dined on March 8, 2017

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!

2.0Dined on February 3, 2017

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.

4.0Dined on January 27, 2017

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

5.0Dined on December 20, 2016

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

4.0Dined on December 18, 2016

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.

4.0Dined on December 7, 2016

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

5.0Dined on October 23, 2016

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.

3.0Dined on October 18, 2016

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.

4.0Dined on July 5, 2016

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

5.0Dined on June 24, 2016

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!

4.0Dined on June 21, 2016

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.

5.0Dined on June 14, 2016

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.

5.0Dined on June 11, 2016

Nice and quiet place.

4.0Dined on May 21, 2016

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.

5.0Dined on May 14, 2016

Excellent food and service!

3.0Dined on May 8, 2016

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

4.0Dined on April 7, 2016

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.

4.0Dined on March 11, 2016

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.

4.0Dined on March 10, 2016

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.

5.0Dined on February 17, 2016

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

4.0Dined on January 29, 2016

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.

2.0Dined on January 16, 2016

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.

4.0Dined on January 11, 2016

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.

5.0Dined on December 18, 2015

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

4.0Dined on December 12, 2015

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!!

1.0Dined on December 3, 2015

The salad course was okay but nothing to write about. The roasted chicken was very dry, a bit on the cold side and not appetizing. Overall, I felt like I was eating at a NJ Turnpike rest stop! Not a place I would ever revisit.

1.0Dined on November 28, 2015

Loneliest lunch in town

4.0Dined on November 20, 2015

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

4.0Dined on November 14, 2015

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!

5.0Dined on October 28, 2015

with other reviews somewhat negative, we were very happy that the sandwiches were absolutely first rate. Service was a little slow, but we were in no hurry

4.0Dined on October 23, 2015

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.

2.0Dined on October 10, 2015

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.