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About Circles Restaurant - 2nd Street

Come in and join us at Circles to experience the true taste of Thailand and Southeast Asian influenced dishes.

812 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Thai, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:

Monday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

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


Cross Street:
between Brown and Poplar

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(267) 687-1309

Website:
http://circlesthai.com/

Catering:
Full menu al carte cater with full service and kitchen staff to cater to your needs; Also available buffet style without service staff

Executive Chef:
Alex Boonphaya

Additional:
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

Circles Restaurant - 2nd Street Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

3.8

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (200)
Fit for Foodies (173)
Good for Groups (72)
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Romantic (66)
Special Occasion (56)
Great for Lunch (43)
Hot Spot (31)
Kid-friendly (17)
Late-night Find (10)
Authentic (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Spicy (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Healthy (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Casual (4)
Outstanding Value (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Business Meals (2)
Cozy (2)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Vegan (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 14, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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food5
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service5
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 9, 2017

This place had the perfect lighting and nicest staff.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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food5
ambience5
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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Healthy
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food5
ambience4
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 12, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Spicy, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (Philadelphia)·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.

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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Spicy, Healthy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2017

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

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·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.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 6, 2017

Always very, good never great.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2016

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

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food5
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service5
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 (Philadelphia)·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

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 (Philadelphia)·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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 15, 2016

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

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Outstanding Value, Spicy, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (New York Area)·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.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·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.

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 (Philadelphia)·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).

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·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.

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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Philadelphia)·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!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 23, 2016

Both solid and creative Thai food

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 12, 2016

Very good Thai and also authentic! Although, after returning from Thailand about 3 weeks ago, I can safely say the "Thai hot" option doesn't quite match the genuine spiciness of Thai :) but still delicious!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 2, 2016

Delicious food and quaint dining experience! A surprising delight!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 26, 2016

We enjoyed our Friday night dinner date with great atmosphere although the tables are a little closer.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 20, 2016

I have been to Circles on 2nd st. on two different occasions now and both times the food has been absolutely delicious. The setting is quite beautiful with mood lighting and a romantic atmosphere. The restaurant is small, but they make good use of the space. I enjoyed dining here very much on both occasions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 15, 2016

Circles is a decent Thai restaurant. The food won't blow you away with great flavors but the food is tasty. The atmosphere is lovely and the place never seems to be busy. I don't think there are any great Thai restaurants in Philly.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 8, 2016

The server and the food were amazing, very accommodating

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 31, 2016

Nice range of Thai specialties on the menu, consistently well prepared. Attentive, gracious service. My only wish is that the tables were bigger to accommodate all the plates we order.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 6, 2015

Food was great, service was good. Was early Sunday night and we were the only customers for a time so staff seemed somewhat ready to go home. Still, very good overall. Highly recommend and will go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 20, 2015

I had the Roasted Rohan Duck Curry. It was absolutely amazing! Can't wait to go back. BYOB

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 10, 2015

I think I expected a better experience. The starter, steamed dumplings, were mushy and undercooked. Graw Praw was a bit different with ground chicken and the Pad Thai was just OK, not great. Other reviews had my expectations high.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 20, 2015

The atmosphere is great. Very modern. Food is top notch. My wife had pineapple fried rice Ned I had the super hit beef curry. It was extremely hit just on the border if being too hot to eat. Our server was always refilling water glasses. All in all a emir able meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 19, 2015

Don't forget to bring your own drinks! This place is great because you can make it a fancy date, or a casual dinner with buddies. The tofu corn fritters are tremendous. I had the braised pork ramen and my girlfriend had the Pad Thai with tofu. She's on a quest to try every Pad Thai in Philadelphia. We both agreed that theirs was our favorite thus far (we got it with the medium spice level added). This is a favorite restaurant of mine, no doubt.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 22, 2015

We really enjoyed our dinner. We started with a "vegan salad" (otherwise known as a salad) that had a really good warm peanut dressing on the side. I had a chicken panang curry and everyone else had some form of noodle dish. We probably could have shared dishes, since they were big and the sauces were rich. I'd go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 30, 2015

Much more focused on the take out orders than the actual diners!! Food is very good (although watch the heat!) but enjoy it from your own home.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 19, 2015

I had lunch at Circles and I was disappointed by the quality of food and preparation. I ordered the pork curry and there was supposed to be snow peas but instead was frozen peas and cubed carrots. For the price, I couldn't believe the crummy presentation of this dish. The summer rolls also weren't that exciting and had little taste. But, the pad thai was tasty.

I will not be going back anytime soon.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 25, 2015

I was hoping for better food. The atmosphere was nice, the service was good. The food was good but nothing special. I could have gotten stir fry at home. Appetizers were good.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 22, 2015

We chose a spot for lunch after seeing a basketball game at Temple. The Northern Liberties location was perfect. Many of the places in that area have long waits for lunch or don't take reservations so we decided to go for Thai. The was great. it was fresh, hot, and well prepared. Each of our dishes were good. The portions were large so two of us ended up taking some of our food home. Considering an omelet is $15 across the street, a large plate of Thai food at $11 is a bargain. It was quiet. A few take outs and another table. I assume it's more of a dinner place but I'd suggest for lunch as well.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 14, 2015

Love the food at this restaurant. Best thai food around.

But at dinner time the delivery staff were hanging around the front door and talking loudly and inappropriately with the hostess. It was very disturbing. This restaurant is nice, not a pizza joint type place where you expect delivery folks hanging at the front door. Our service was also very slow.

The first time we went here it was great. This time the whole ambiance really took away from the meal. I'll probably give it another chance, but this particular experience was disappointing.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 14, 2015

make it a point of getting something different every time i come here, and am never disappointed. came here on a date, which is also something i recommend doing. not too overwhelming and tucked away. the whole experience was nice.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 28, 2015

I came here with my aunt who is allergic to garlic. The chef was extremely accommodating and she was able to order multiple things off of the menu (This is not typical at most restaurants). The food was delicious! The waitress seemed a little overwhelmed and it took some time to actually order. I also drink a ton of water and had to ask to have it refilled multiple times throughout our meal.

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