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Circles Restaurant - 2nd Street

129 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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  • Good for Groups

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Come in and join us at Circles to experience the true taste of Thailand and Southeast Asian influenced dishes.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Thai, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation

Monday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Tuesday - Sunday: 11:30am - 11:00pm

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Phone number
(267) 687-1309
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Alex Boonphaya
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Full menu al carte cater with full service and kitchen staff to cater to your needs; Also available buffet style without service staff
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Cross street
between Brown and Poplar
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch
What 129 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
4.2  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on June 14, 2017

Amazing all around. And I highly recommend it for all occasions

12345678910 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 9, 2017

This place had the perfect lighting and nicest staff.

Shonta19125 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

We had a great time on Mother's Day. They were so pleasant, friendly and accommodating given that I have 2 under 2. The place is cozy but they offer great, friendly service and quality food (taste, portion and ingredients). I hope they continue to find success and people do not realize what a gem we have in the liberties.

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on May 12, 2017

Their "Amazing Stir Fry" was truly amazing. That peanut sauce is delicious. Pad Thai also very good!

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on March 11, 2017

The host was so nice and attentive. We actually tipped him when we left because he paid more attention to us than anyone else by far. The steamed vegetable dumplings were just not good - very thick and doughy with a chemical after-taste. The coconut soup had a good beginning taste, but about halfway through just could not be tolerated any longer. The pad Thai was tasty but the added tofu chunks were much too big. The crab fried rice was good, wth a lot of crab. Our waitress paid almost no attention to us and the restaurant was only 1/3 full (9pm reservation). We will not be going back.

Laura (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

I have gotten takeout from Circles countless times. It's a little pricey in comparison to similar takeout cuisine, but they have large portion sizes and its delicious. They have the best green curry that I've had in the city. If there is better out there, please tell me!
Most recently we dined at Circles for Valentine's day. We went for a casual Valentine's date and accidentally had a romantic one. The staff put in extra effort decorating the place with roses and candles, and they included a large, complimentary carafe of wine with the meal. It was very nice.

Stuart (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2017

Always great food, never disappoints. Always worth the trip though tough to park on a Saturday night.

vipMainLineFoodie (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on January 16, 2017

Service was very slow; there was only one waitress working the entire dining room. When we arrived, there were dirty tables and people looking around seemingly desperate to order or receive their food.

However, there were at least 5 other employees running take-out, which was annoying to watch as they ran through the middle of the dining room tons of times and were a constant interruption.

Circles, please get another server to speed up the service and please find a way so the takeout orders don't get run through the dining room every 5 minutes...we're trying to enjoy our meals.

Food was excellent.

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 6, 2017

Always very, good never great.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on November 5, 2016

Very affordable cute place with amazing food. BYOB and good service just leave yourself some time to park.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2016

It is BYOB and the service was not efficient but overall very nice. The food is what takes it to the top

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on October 27, 2016

Super slow service. After service us water, they come back until 15 minuters later to take our order. And then we get our appetizers until 40 minutes later and main meal come out until another 30 mins after.

After i started to mix my noodles, i found a RUBBER BAND in my noodles. I was so disgusted and told them. All they did was make me a new one (another 25 minute wait) and said "just charge you half for this". Umm.. that should have been on the or something. I definitely don't recommend this place after this experience.

The food all in all was cold to luke warm and bland.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on September 15, 2016

Loved it! Great Thai food and everyone's dinner was amazing.

Jivaro (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 10, 2016

Great food at very reasonable prices. We enjoyed our dinner despite the extremely hot temperature in the restaurant. The air conditioning should have been adjusted to accommodate all the patrons, who also appeared to be rather uncomfortable.

vipdcrdcr (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on August 27, 2016

Our first time here and it was Saturday night. Big mistake. We had a reservation and were seated promptly, but then began the agony of trying to get some attention to order and then to get our food and then to get a check. They do a booming take out business and put priority on that over the diners in the restaurant. They seemed to be short staffed in all ways and disorganized. Plus, they kept running back an forth in front of us nonstop bringing out the take-out orders so the atmosphere was terrible and terribly noisy. The food was good--though one duck dish was overcooked, but we waited a very long time for it. Then we wanted some of it wrapped because we hadn't consumed it all. Took 15 minutes just to wrap it--and then they gave us one of the wrong wrapped dishes and corrected that. We gave the waitress our credit card with the check and she just set it down on our table and walked away to do something else. Finally, after several minutes we walked up front to the manager/owner and said "We want to pay" and he ran the bill for us. Our companions who frequent this place said they had never been on a Saturday night and they won't go again on that night. On weeknights they said it's much different and much better.

KellyR (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on August 20, 2016

I've been to Circles multiple times. Food is consistently good and service is efficient and friendly. This time we got the pan fried vegetable dumplings (so good), then chicken pad Thai and the crab fried rice (both excellent).

vipJoedrrt (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on July 10, 2016

After several visits we didn't have the best experience when we went on Sunday evening. We each ordered an appetizer, I got the cheese steak spring rolls, and my wife always orders the steamed dumplings, which we were told they didn't have. No steamed dumplings? That would be like McDonald's not having hamburgers. BTW, the cheese steak rolls were very good.

We shared an entre, which was a chicken curry dish. The chicken turned out to be a barely-cooked leg/thigh cut, which was not tasty and was a lot of work. Not the right cut for this dish. The dish was not the one that was described on the menu. The ingredients were different and not well-prepared. I think it's because we got the "Sunday" cook and kitchen.

We wanted to finish the meal, as we always do, with a Thai Coffee, but they also didn't have that item. Strike three. We won't be hurrying back to Circles, although I might be willing to write this trip off as atypical and give them another chance. Maybe. We'll see.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 8, 2016

The food was outstanding. Best crab rangoon I've ever had to start, along with some amazing dumplings. Entree was awesome too (although I can't recall what it was without the menu). 3 things - 1) it's loud so be ready to say "huh?" at least 75 times. 2) it's BYOB so don't forget your "B" (although there is a craft beer store on the same block that sells do-it-yourself mix and match 4 or 6 packs. 3) "Spicy" is really quite hot. I am afraid of what "thai hot" means. Overall, amazing and priced well. I'll be back.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on April 27, 2016

Best Thai in Philly. We almost always get a few of the same dishes even though we've sampled most of the menu. The Amazing and cashew stir fry's along with the green curry and are some of our favorites. You can sub brown rice at request or extra vegetables for white rice at a small up charge. You can also go Philly style and get some cheesesteak spring rolls. Getting hungry now just thinking about it!

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on April 23, 2016

Both solid and creative Thai food