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Circle Bistro

888 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Business Meals
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
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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What 888 People Are Saying
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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
1.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

No one was there for a reason

vipandreap (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 13, 2017

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

vipBert (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined 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.

Cylia (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined 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!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 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.

SRQMark (Tampa)
4.0  Dined 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 7, 2016

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

Justme (Richmond)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined 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.

viploves2eatout (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 5, 2016

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

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined 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!