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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
Monday - Friday from 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Monday-Friday from 3:30 pm - 11:00 am
Mon - Fri from 5 pm - 8 pm
23rd, New Hampshire & L
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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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
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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.
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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
An entree of braised rabbit with tarragon spaetzle sounded inventive, but it sadly failed to deliver. The rabbit was dry and flavorless. Without any sauce, the whole dish was a struggle to eat. The vegetable crepe was similarly crying out for flavor - the beans covering the dish had clearly been frozen. Service was adequate to start, but became quite slow by the end of the meal. We were going to try a dessert, but the absentee server lost so much time we had to hurry out to make a show at the Kennedy Center. The only redeeming item was a quality cheese plate, though nothing justifies a return visit.
I come here at least once a week for happy hour, but I've never been for dinner. My parents were in town this past weekend, and I researched for hours trying to compile a list of restaurants that wouldn't be deafeningly loud on a Saturday night.
My parents were thrilled. The server, Jane, was delightful and extremely welcoming. We were seated at a comfortable table by the window and were quickly served drinks and bread. The noise level remained low the entire meal, which was great, because my dad is hard of hearing. Good luck finding that at more than a few restaurants in the entire city! The food was great and the (new!) pastry chef whipped up this incredible flourless chocolate cake with salted caramel ice cream and toasted espresso beans.
My parents could not stop raving about the meal, and the whole evening. Thank you Circle Bistro!
Perfection! Great food, fantastic, attentive service, walking distance to Kennedy Center. Fantastic! This restaurant is way under-rated. I want to keep the secret to myself, so we can always get reservations, but you should give it a try. You'll enjoy every bite.
We - a party of 9- had reserved for an early dinner before going to the Kennedy center for a concert. The menu selections were interesting and tasty but the service was rather uneven. Our waiter apparently had trouble hearing and we received several wrong orders for drinks and dishes that had to be exchanged. We often had to chase down the waiter to place orders or other requests. The food was quite good. Several of us had ordered the spring pea soup which had a beautiful bright green color and flavor set off by a bit of cream. My bison tartare was exceptional - just the right consistency and spiced well. The chips that accompanied it were a bit too greasy and lacking in flavor though. I had the mussles as well - a first course but substantial enough for a main course with a nice garlic wine sauce. The bread was excellent. Others had the salmon - nicely crisped on the outside but still appropriately pink on the inside. The lamb chops were a bit dry. All plates were beautifully presented but we had rush through the meal due to the service.
Although our server was excellent and attentive, our first course ( a cheese plate) took more than 20 minutes to arrive, and we had to ask the assistant manager. On the other food, the cheese plate was superb, with creative, interesting cheeses. My duck and risotto was quite good; I would recommend it. A very accommodating restaurant.
Great for a snack before going to the Kennedy center. Area a bit dingy, specially the entrance, but the food was good; the fried fish and chips were great. Menu is not very large and food is not cheap; there is a lot of shell fish options. Free parking, a huge plus.
Ideal alternative in West End/Foggy Bottom for lunch. Service was unobtrusive. Menu was of manageable size, so the kitchen could turn orders around quickly. I had the Caesar, which tasted fine, but in my opinion, the romaine must have been done in a food processor, because it was minced into tiny pieces, more like coarse cole slaw than like salad greens. The anchovies were excellent. I had pork-belly over roasted corn as my main course. It was not overcooked, which is the #1 problem with ordering this dish in most restaurants. A nice touch was the sugar that had been spread on top of the fat layer and was then put to the torch, as one might see on a creme brulee. Nice flourish that.
I've previously eaten breakfast there, which is also excellent.
Seared scallops were perfectly cooked. Parking is free if you dine at the restaurant. Very close to the Kennedy Center, so we were able to have a leisurely pre-theater dinner and make the show with time to spare! This will be our new go-to place when we catch a show.
My wife and I enjoyed a quiet Saturday lunch here. The server was extremely pleasant and helpful. I had chicken caesar salad and my wife had salmon, both very good. For dessert, I chose the chocolate cake and she the apple tart. My cake was excellent, but her tart as too sweet. Recommend toning down the sugar on that one. We always come back.
We had our holiday luncheon on Monday, everyone on my team was pleased with the food and the service. We had a private room which help facilitate the conversation among the team. Several of the team members remarked, this is a restaurant they would return. Thank you for everything.
We were pleasantly surprised with this place. We were seated promptly though it did take a little while for a server to take our order. We each started with a salad (nicely sized for a starter) which arrived in good time. My husband enjoyed his wine as well. I had the butternut squash soup for my dinner while he had the wild
boar ragout. Both were hearty and satisfying. They were out of espresso which was a shame but my husband enjoyed his gelato (though I found it to be a little icy).
Overall, it was a nice experience and we will definitely be back. It was a nice respite, close to the metro, close to the Kennedy Center, and easy to find. If you are in Foggy Bottom, give it a try!
CB has a unique menu and most of the salads and entrees and we tried were quite good (the fish and chips were not good. Greasy and dull). The duck and the shrimp pasta were quite good. Unique accompaniments for each.
The service from the hopefully neophyte waiter was not good. He had little knowledge of the menu items and even worse, he suggested that if you had food allergies then you couldn't eat anything on the menu since he didn't know what was in the food (and was initially unwilling to ask). The kitchen wasn't willing to work with the allergic diner but eventually suggested that they couldn't modify anything on the menu except the salads. Eventually they found something she could eat but it was the less than good fish and chips mentioned above.
If you dine here you should have a good time, but dine at your own risk.
My son and I "experienced" breakfast on a trip from the midwest. We were taken to an out of the way room, away from business dressed customers. Two other "under dressed" diners joined us while business dressed individuals dined in the main room.
My son ordered $11 pancakes-he was disappointed in the taste and SIZE, three 4" pancakes. (we had plate size pancakes at another establishment for $7, the day before!). It did come with 4 slices of bacon, however.
I ordered a pineapple-mango smoothie, which was very good although, overpriced for the size (8 oz glass). It was listed as $8 on the menu, but I was charged $9-didn't realize the overcharge until after I had paid and left the restaurant!
I, also, ordered an omelet. I was pleased with the portion and price. However, I would not recommend this restaurant to average diners.
We returned to the Circle Bistro for dinner prior to catching a performance at the Kennedy Center. Nice small menu with top notch offerings. The venison carpaccio and the pumpkin gnocchi in wild boar sauce were particularly delicious! And the chocolate cake should have been served with courtesy defibrillators, that's how rich it was!
Duck dinner portion was plentiful and well prepared.
Scallops were delicious, however, serving only 3 on the plate was very disappointing. The sweet potato puree was a shock. What I could get with my spoon tasted very good, but it was not a helping so much as a very thin garnish that looked pretty for plating. I ordered assuming it would be a reasonable side dish.
The wine was excellent and the server and staff wonderfully attentive. It's a nice dining experience before taking in a show at the Kennedy Center. I will go back.
They have a pre-show deal for $35 that includes a salad, entree and dessert. Ten minute walk to Kennedy Center. 2 out of 3 of our meals were excellent. The third (pork tenderloin with prosciutto) was burned, tough, and sour tasting. Service was not great, but we're pretty sure our waiter was on his first day. Our table was comfortable, noise level was low. We would definitely go back.
I met a group of old friends for dinner at Circle Bistro. The restaurant is in the lower level of the Washington Circle Hotel. There's not much of a view, but the interior is comfortable. We found a reasonable Cabernet Sauvingnon and was able to have great conversation with out need to raise our voices; the ambient noise was low. Food was good; I had the salmon with finger potatoes -- excellent flavor in the seasoning on the food, but not overpowering.
Our appetizer was very good (tuna tartare). Our salads were very good. Our entrees were *not* very good (seafood cassoulet and seared scallops). The dessert was nice (cheese board). The service was a little informal but attentive. The room could not be more generic. I would not object to eating here again but it would not be my first choice, not by a long shot.
We were from out of town and our hotel recommended this location, walking distance. On this Tuesday night, the restaurant was almost empty so we were seated immediately. The server let us know the several items that they had run out of. This aside, what we ordered was nicely served and presented and fresh and flavorful. We had cocktails, salads, entrees and desserts with seasonal ingredients. I'd do back.
Fine variety in menu offerings [esp since hotel guests must be served...,] v.g. preparation, attentive service -- and moderately priced. At least as good as district Commons, just around the circle and NOT noisy! We'll go again when we're south of the West End for theatre/concerts.
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