CIRCA at Foggy Bottom

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1656 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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Pre/post-theatre
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All of our CIRCA restaurants are neighborhood bistros serving delicious food and drinks. Each CIRCA is warm, inviting and offers an energized social scene.

Whether dropping in for brunch, lunch, dinner — every meal is accompanied by an extensive wine list, including over 20 wine offerings by the glass and a seasonal cocktail list. Our patios are located on the best city corners for a vibrant dining experience. Join us and dine well!

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What 1656 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.3
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New England
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good, overall!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on March 16, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and we hope to see you again soon!

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HM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

The perfect spot for a pre-show meal as it's close enough to the Kennedy Center. The half price wine bottle deal is excellent. I just thought the service was a little slow.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on March 16, 2020

Hayley, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the wine night but are so sorry to hear about the service. We will be sharing your feedback with our team regarding the service and we hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best egg white omelet I have had!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on March 16, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed brunch with us and we hope to see you again soon!

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BF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Pre-opera food night

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on March 9, 2020

Brent, thank you for joining us before the opera. We hope to see you again soon!

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w
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent service. Very accommodating for Small requests about the menu

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on March 9, 2020

Woody, thank you for joining us! We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great evening!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on March 16, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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DS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My goddaughter was visiting from out of town.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on March 9, 2020

Darlene, thank you for joining us with your goddaughter! We hope you enjoyed everything and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JK
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom is a long time favorite for pre-theatre dinner (or post-dinner for matinees). As Metro users, we exit at Foggy Bottom and just walk across the street to Circa. After dinner, we cross the street again and board the Kennedy Center shuttle. What could be easier?

Our recent dinner was especially delightful. We happened to be there in half-price bottle wine night, which our server immediately pointed out. Lovely table by a “window” in the covered/heated outdoor area. Ideal for people watching. While we were dining, a terrific wind blew up, which led to drafts inside. A manager came by to check on us, and happily suggested moving us to another table more comfortably situated away from the breezes.

The meal was first rate, as was the wine — an especially fine choice. Everyone was gracious and attentive, and confirmed our high opinion of all the Circa restaurants (we are also fans of the Clarendon location).

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on March 9, 2020

Joseph, thank you so much for joining us before and after shows! We are so glad you enjoyed wine night as well as the food and service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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b
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience2

Great server, Great food!
Bad, loud brainless music.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on March 2, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service. We appreciate your feedback regarding the music and hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service and food was great. Great portion size. Would visit again!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on March 2, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us to celebrate your anniversary! We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food, good service at a reasonable price for DC.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on March 2, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service and we hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food and service was great, but tables were too close together and we had to raise voices to speak.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on March 2, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service. We appreciate your feedback and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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J
Columbus
36 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I met an old friend at Circa for a 7:00 p.m. dinner and a couple of hours of conversation. The location just across from the entrance to the Foggy Bottom Metro station made it a very convenient place for us to meet up. It was a bit loud for conversation at the tail end of happy hour, but when those crowds cleared, Circa was a great choice for us. Once our server understood that we were in no rush, she was the perfect combination of attentive and unobtrusive. The lobster bisque soup du jour was fabulous, as was the Ahi Tuna. We are not dessert eaters but they did have a nice, if limited, selection of dessert wines, including a very nice port. Overall, the only thing that would have made our visit better would be if the happy hour crowd hadn't lingered quite so long after 7:00, but I am sure that was because they were enjoying their experience there too.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on March 2, 2020

John, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed Seared Ahi Tuna, soup, and service. We hope to see you again soon!

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C
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food and service were great, but the noise level was VERY high. Sitting at a table for three, we had to shout to be heard. Might have been our proximity to the bar, but this was a weeknight. Can't imagine what weekend evenings are like.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on March 2, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service. We are so sorry the noise level affected your experience but we hope to see you again soon!

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D
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very good hamburger

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on March 2, 2020

Dave, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the burger and we hope to see you again soon!

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C
London
28 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Energetic restaurant with an eclectic menu. We absolutely loved the tuna poke nachos. My flatbread was very good and my wife truly enjoyed her seared ahi tuna. The drink menu is relatively broad. A wonderful find.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on March 2, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Tuna Poke Nachos, flatbread, and Seared Ahi Tuna. We hope to see you again soon!

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WM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

The music is way too too loud, can barely hear each other! Food is delicious, service is ok.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on March 2, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We appreciate your feedback regarding the music and we will be sharing your feedback with our team. We hope to see you again soon!

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C
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Nice atmosphere, good food and service. Portions were just right.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on February 24, 2020

Chris, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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F
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A very pleasant surprise. I chose the Veggie Quinoa Salad and look forward to having it again.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Veg + Quinoa Bowl and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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V
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

it was a good experience, however my friend dish (pasta) was too small, there were literally 3 pieces.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on February 24, 2020

Veronica, thank you so much for joining us and for your feedback! We hope to see you again soon!

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BC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I enjoyed the ahi tuna. Everything I've ever had there is tasty as well.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on February 24, 2020

Brian, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Seared Ahi Tuna. We hope to see you again soon!

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LS
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Decent food, not the best seating environment for business meetings.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us and for your feedback!

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JG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Nice location. Service was ok cocktails were not that great but the food and dessert was good

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us. We are so glad you enjoyed the food and dessert. Guest feedback is incredibly important to us so please don't hesitate to reach out to us with any feedback you may have regarding the service and cocktails. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Food was good. Server was very friendly and efficient. Very noisy—had to eat outside. They had heaters and plastic screens so it was comfortable.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service. We hope to see you again soon!

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RH
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Kyle provided exceptional service.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and we hope to see you again soon,

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JA
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the chicken, steak, salmon, shotgun shrimp, and bulgogi lettuce wraps. Everything was excellent!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on February 17, 2020

Jason, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and we hope to see you again soon!

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JT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Best Dinner and wait staff I have experianced in awhile

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on February 24, 2020

Jack, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad to hear you you had a great experience with the food and service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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R
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience2

We were appalled at the poor service and disrespect we received from our waiter. He was short with us and not friendly whatsoever. The table we sat at had small flies flying all over the table and wall. We kept swatting the flies out of our food and drinks throughout the entire meal. The worst part, however, was the food. I asked for my steak to be cooked medium and it came out rare and bloody. I then asked it to be put back on the grill, and it came back medium rare and still very undercooked for my taste. Overall, I am highly disappointed with the experience we had at Circa and would never choose to dine there again.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on February 25, 2020

Rima, thank you so much for joining us. We are so sorry to hear about your experience and will be following up over private message to learn more.

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j
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Valentines Day

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us. We are so sorry we missed the mark and will be following up over private message to learn more.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Valentine’s Day dinner

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

We were charged $18 for each cocktail - $5 each overcharge. Only because we caught it was it changed. Server claimed computer error. Disappointing!! Especially for regular guests.

B
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This is one of my favorite spots for lunch. I’m never disappointed. Great job!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and we hope to see you again soon!

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KT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was quite surprised that I didn't know what CIRCA at Foggy Bottom had to offer and am so glad that I my family and I were able to dine here. The food was delicious and the menu has a wonderful variety of selections with fair pricing. I had the Kung Pao Shrimp and Seared Scallops over mushroom risotto which were both very good. Our server was attentive and efficient. Even the host staff were super welcoming upon our arrival. We can't wait to visit again in the near future!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on February 17, 2020

Kiersten, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and we hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brunch was wonderful and the cocktails were delightful. Fabulous service. We will continue to return.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed brunch and the cocktails. We hope to see you again soon!

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BF
St. Louis
13 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Slow an inattentive service, but food was good.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food but are so sorry about the service you experienced. We will be following up over private message to learn more.

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CB
Washington DC
1 review