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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 felt rushed. We ordered a bottle of wine and had appetizers in 10 minutes and dinner as soon as appetizers were finished. We were done with our meal in a little over an hour. In a restaurant at that level the pace could have been slower. Other than that everything was great.
We've been to the Circle Bistro a number of times now and it has never disappointed us. Both the service and food are great. The Circle Bistro is highly recommended if you have tickets to the Kennedy Center as they have a Prix Fixe dinner before 7pm with 3 courses that is modestly priced.
My first serving of trout didn't smell or taste right; it was returned to the kitchen and a fresh plate was brought to the table with an explanation from the waitress that it was from a new "bag". I would have thought that a management person would have come to the table to offer an explanation. The second serving was fine. For a $35 fixed price pre theatre menu you can't beat the price.
Since this was one of the few restaurants on my way home after the inauguration ceremony on Jan 20 I booked a table @ 1:00. Due to the crowds on the mall i did not get to there until 1:45 and found a wait of 2 hours yet they still gave me a table after only a 10 minute wait. I was told the service was slow due to the crowd but we were served almost immediately. What luck!!!
Upon leaving I tried to tip the hostess for giving me a table but she refused. I love this place and will return because of their extraordinary service
Food was very good. Kitchen deserves rating of 20th best in D.C. The FEMALE service providers were excellent. Our MALE waiter was not good. He misdelivered the wrong bottle of wine, apparently, since the customer in our party specifically asked for the cheapest Pinot Grigio on the wine menu ($29). At the end of the meal, the waiter attempted to charge our table for a $50 bottle of wine. The WORST was the MAITRE D'-- He came to our table and chastized our table (all professional working women, 2 lawyers in our group) and scolded US for not catching the waiter's error. The Maitre D' was OUTRAGEOUS IN HIS CONDUCT AND REMARKS, WHICH AMOUNTED TO NEAR ABUSE OF OUR TABLE. I WOULD NEVER, NEVER RETURN TO THIS RESTAURANT AGAIN.
We made a late supper from 3 bar menu/appetizer choices. The best by far was the foie gras torchon. The smoked salmon and mussels were both fine but nothing special, especially for the price. Sitting by the fire near the bar was the best spot and the waitress/bartender was a real pro who looked after us well.
Circle Bistro was a bit of a disappointment. They didn't have a soup that was on the menu at the beginning of lunch - strange for a special to be out at noon. The waitress was attractive, but not very engaging. She seemed irritated when one of my guests asked for a change in a salad. The ambiance was typical of the "hotel" restaurant build-out for a chain hotel, very boring.
We have eaten here at least three times now, before going to shows at the Kennedy center. It's very convenient for that, since it's right across Washington Square from the metro and Kennedy Center shuttles. We're ready to look for somewhere new, however, since the menu is relatively limited, and we've had what we like on it. The service is always impeccable.
We ate at Circle Bistro before attending a play at the Kennedy Center. The food was outstanding. I tried the pre-theater dinner and thoroughly enjoyed all three courses! Others tried the duck and the halibut and raved about them. I had the trout and it was excellent. We then walked the easy 10 minute walk to the Kennedy Center. Great food, great location to attend the Kennedy Center!
The food was delicious, but unfortunately the service was lackluster. We were seated promptly but then ignored for 20 minutes while those around us got menus, drinks, etc. We had to ask for someone to take our order. They did get us out in time for our show though, which was good.
Always reliable for pre-theater dinner near the Kennedy Center, Circle Bistro is revising its menu for the winter season. The dishes we tried were a definite success. Arugula salad with fennel confit, nuts and a blood orange vinaigrette provided nice contrasts in tastes and textures. The fried green tomato appetizer, still hanging on from the autumn menu, was delightfully accompanied by pickled shrimp. The braised pork with collard greens and grits was a delicious combination of German and Southern influences, while the grilled tuna was notable for its accompaniments of sauteed onions and peppers, celeriac puree and olive tapenade.
Both my wife and I had the pre-theatre menu, both starting with the butternut squash soup (rich, creamy heaven after the cold wind) and the hanger steak with potatoes (very good). For dessert she had the chocolate bread pudding and I had the fruit crumble. I liked the crumble, but the candied ginger was overpowering and sometimes had me thinking I was in the middle of eating sushi.
Circle Bistro is a very lovely place, but for one thing: nothing to mitigate the noise. When we arrived around 5:30, there were few patrons & all was fine, but as the tables filled, the noise became almost unbearable. This was not helped by the fact that our waiter, who was otherwise quite good, talked in an extremely loud voice. All four of us enjoyed our entrees and our deserts - my tuna was exquisitely fresh, and prepared exactly as I ordered it (rare). Drinks and wine are good also. If we return to Circle Bistro, it will be at an off hour, when there are few customoers. (What does one do nowadays to find a pleasantly quiet restaurant?)
Finally a nice quiet restaurant where diners don't have to scream at each other! This is a great find not too far from the Kennedy Center or Lisner. Food is good, atmosphere pleasant, and the pre-theater dinner is $35. only complaint was the waiter, who seemed to think he was the main attraction.
This is a quiet brunch spot with a nice selection and moderate prices. Zagat had it listed with an outdoor patio but there was no outdoor dining. The room is dark and probably a better atmosphere for evening than brunch but it was pleasant and walking distance to the Kennedy Center on a nice day.
Only about a half mile and a nice walk to the Kennedy Center, I found the Circle Bistro very charming. My date and I wanted vegetarian, and they were very accommodating even though we did not give them notice. The salads were fresh and delicious and the dessert a treat.
I would go back again.
This is a wonderful spot for dining before a show at the Kennedy Center. The reasonably priced pre-theatre dinner was absolutely delicious. When we told our waiter that we didn't want to rush, he accommodated us with a leisurely paced meal. And, I had noted in my Open Table restaurant that the three of us having dinner were celebrating birthdays; they gave us a great table and a free dessert!!
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