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.

One Washington Circle
Washington, DC 20037
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast:
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

Happy Hour:
Mon - Fri from 5 pm - 8 pm

Cross Street:
23rd, New Hampshire & L

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 293-5390

Website:
http://www.circlebistro.com/

Catering:
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.

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet parking for diners available at One Washington Circle Hotel.

Public Transit:
Foggy Bottom Metro Station

Executive Chef:
Ashley Olexa

Additional:
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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Details
Sun - Tue 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 9:45PM

Wed - Sat 8:00PM - 9:45PM

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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.

Circle Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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3.7

service

3.8

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3.4

value

3.8

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Quiet

71% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 30, 2009

The food was excellent. We had a youngster with us tho and there wasn't much on the menu for him ...

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 25, 2009

i haven't been for lunch yet, but i hear lunch is supposed to be good. dinner was okay.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2009

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 23, 2009

This had to be the worst steak (hanger steak) I had in a very long time. The steak was over done, and had little to no taste. No to mention it was like chewing on cardboard. Would not reccomend to anyone

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 23, 2009

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 23, 2009

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 22, 2009

We enjoyed the salad we had; also got the shrimp dish and it was fine, nothing extraordinary. The burgers were so big they were really hard to eat. The fries were nothing exciting. Generally a fine place to have lunch.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 20, 2009

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

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 17, 2009

Excellent prix fixe and service before theater.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 17, 2009

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.

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 (London)·Dined on January 10, 2009

Good food and service located not far from the Kennedy Center for a pre show dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 8, 2009

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 2, 2009

Everyone was courteous and we received wonderful service. The food was delicious and all in our party enjoyed their meals.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2008

We had a wonderful New Year's Eve dinner here - the staff was wonderful and the food was divine. Thank you!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2008

Food and service were very good. We will go again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2008

The menu was interesting and the servers were very knowledgable about all of the items therein. Do not skip on dessert, their selections are fantastic.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2008

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 19, 2008

Foods are late and we fell rellay behind the schedule.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 18, 2008

We had a very nice lunch- food was excellent, the service was attentive. The seperate entrance makes it seem less like a hotel restaurant.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2008

We love this place. Service is efficient and friendly. Food is great and the portions are correct. Wine List is a bit pricey but not crazy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2008

A great place to meet for drinks after work in the West End, but the food was subpar and overpriced. I would not go back there for dinner, but would definitely check out the bar again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2008

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and the ambiance was great!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 28, 2008

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2008

I have for years I wanted to eat at Circle Bistro. I now know that I missed many a fine meal by waiting. Terrific food and service; and I will return soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2008

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2008

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2008

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2008

Excellent food and attentive service -- perfect for either a lingering meal, or a quick pre-theater. The soups and fish dishes are particularly tasty.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2008

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2008

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?)

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 8, 2008

This restaurant had no atmosphere, had terrible acoustics and very mediocre food. The appetizer was good, but entree was unexceptional and dessert fair.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2008

Food & service were excellent. A perfect pre-theatre choice.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2008

This is a great place to eat before going to the Kennedy Center. The theater menu option is very good and quite reasonable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2008

My food, although quite tasty, arrived lukewarm, and there was spilt wine on the bench behind my seat.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 24, 2008

This is one of the few restaurants i the area near the Kennedy Center that can be relied upon to produce very good meals with excellent service and a reasonable wine list. We relyon it heavily.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2008

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2008

Our waitress was rude, the food was late, cold and not cooked. I would never go back here, and I would never take anyone there again. I was embarrassed to have taken someone there as my guest.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 5, 2008

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 4, 2008

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 3, 2008

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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