CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
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!
Our Dining Room and Patio are Open!
For more information on how we are keeping our guests and team safe, visit circabistros.com/keeping-you-safe
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
mixed greens, tomatoes, pee wee potatoes, balsamic onions, goat cheese, champagne vinaigrette
penne pasta, shrimp, chicken, andouille sausage, scallions, diced tomatoes, chipotle cream sauce, Parmigiano-Reggiano
Brioche Bread Pudding
white chocolate, vanilla bean ice cream, bourbon crème anglaise, caramel
Very good steak salad with 7oz of sirloin, so a great value proposition. First rate burger as well.
I've eaten at CIRCA Foggy Bottom many times for a reason--the food is good-to-great, the ambiance is very pleasant, and the staff is friendly. The whole package is a good deal for what you pay. Service is the one thing that remains inconsistent. On this visit, the restaurant was barely 1/3 full but service was a bit choppy. Our entrees came out halfway through our salads, which meant that the table was too crowded and either the salad had to be abandoned or the entree got cold. We had to flag our head server down several times to clear the table or provide fresh silverware or to indicate we were ready for dessert. Other than that, it was an excellent experience, and I will be back!
Absolutely stellar food. Brussels sprout salad, Parmesan kale salad, pumpkin ravioli… best I’ve ever had!
Always a great place for lunch with friends.
Fresh fish cooked perfectly. Service both friendly and efficient. Prices as expected for the neighborhood. Look forward to returning
Seated inside, with nobody near us and as more guests arrived, we asked to move to an outside table. No problem. Moved us quickly and happily. Waitress was delightful too
Circa is a good location for those going to the Kennedy Center or Lisner. Food service and prices are all good.
Excellent food and service. Bruschetta was simply perfect and seared tuna was excellent as well. Highly recommend
Nice place, service was excellent and fast, good for a quite dinner.
We had a good dining experience. We had dinner prior to attending a performance at the Kennedy Center. We will be back. Thank you.
Pamela, We appreciate your support, and are glad you enjoyed your time dining with us! Kindest regards, Maggie (Brand + Community Manager)
CIRCA was a great pre-theatre dining experience! My guest and I had several of the small plates (taking advantage of the Happy Hour specials) and everything was delicious!
Loved out Almond Crusted Trout. Delicious! Not too crowded or noisy. Great service. We’ll be back!!!
Perfect night out before a Kennedy Center performance. Outdoor space was very comfortable, food was delicious - highly recommend! We loved the Fall Bruschetta, Brussel Sprouts, Pumpkin Ravioli, Tuna & Mushroom Flatbread!
Yum! I had the rainbow trout and shared a slice of pumpkin cheesecake. So delicious!
Highly recommend. We ordered appetizers, entrees and alcoholic beverages. Everything was great. Our server was very friendly.
Our server, Q, was energetic, attentive and knowledgeable. Al the staff who came to our table (meal deliverers, water person, hostess) were friendly and professional. We thoroughly enjoyed our appetizer (calamari), dinners (pumpkin ravioli, salmon burger special, chicken and jambalaya), and shared desserts (bread pudding and pumpkin cheesecake)! Some in our group said it was the best calamari they’d ever had! Highly recommend!
Hi Catherine, We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience! We are honored to hear that the calamari is at the top of your group's list. We look forward to hosting you again soon :)
Happy hour should be included in dining room. Otherwise, all good! Great server! Energetic, accommodating, & attentive!
Hi Kerry, Thanks so much for providing your feedback! We hope to host you again soon. Kindest regards, Maggie (Brand + Community Manager)
The food was delicious. All 6 members of the party selected different entrees. The portions were fair and beautifully presented. The waitstaff was friendly and attentive. While everyone was making a decision for the meal, we were brought a warm breadbasket to tide us over. The prices are probably $$$, but again, the food is delicious. Even though we were at a corner table and the dining area was 75% full, the din of the restaurant was high; that is our only complaint. We have eaten here almost a dozen times and will be back for more.
Hi Jay H! Thank you so much for your review! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience with us and have visited often. We apologize that it was noisy during your most recent visit. I am glad that it will not deter you from visiting us again in the future :) Kindest regards, Maggie (Brand + Community Manager)
Overall a great experience!
Good food. Service could be better. Restaurant was not crowded and wait staff were not very attentive.
Our waitress was outstanding. She was right on top of everything. When the servers brought out our food, they forgot one of our diners. She spotted the oversight immediately, dashed to the kitchen and was back with the entrée in less than a minute. Highly recommend.
Great place to eat. Staff was very responsive to our show time at Kennedy Center. Food was delicious. Service was great!
Always a great experience. Love the turkey burger
My husband and I ate at the Navy Yard location when we went to a Nats game and had an amazing dinner. We were excited to see if the Foggy Bottom location could be as good since it’s closer to home, and we brought our son along this time. We were not in the least bit disappointed!
The bul go ki lettuce wraps are to die for, with a perfect balance of flavor and texture. My son, who orders calamari at every restaurant that serves it said that it was the best he’s ever tasted, super tender with delicate breading. My jambalaya sauce was perfect, and both my husband and son thoroughly enjoyed their steaks. The wait staff were super busy but the kitchen got food out quickly.
We are looking forward to coming back!
We had a great dinner, but it was a very load environment (inside and out) and the heaters were sometimes working sometimes not in the outdoor area. It tended to get quite cold without the heaters working.
A great spot for dinner before attending an event at the Kennedy Center. Easily accessible via Metro, with a shuttle to the Kennedy Center available across the street. A somewhat limited menu but the food was very good and the cocktails were perfect. Helped to make for an very enjoyable evening.
Sophia took care of us with grace and professionalism. She was very pleasant! Food was also excellent! Thanks for a great experience!
The food was good, service excellent, noise level high!
Thanks so much for your rating, Carolyn! We look forward to hosting you again.
Great food, good price, great value, wonderful staff.
Wonderful dinner and a favorite spot after GW b-ball game time. Tried the trout entree and it was excellent. Started with the brussel sprouts and they are outstanding. Great service as always.
Food, drinks, service was amazing! Wish we lived closer to have it again!
This is a great restaurant to dine before a performance at the Kennedy Center.
Clean, quite, efficient. Food and service was great
Thank you for your rating, Steven! We look forward to your next visit.
I had the Short Ribs for dinner. In short, it was mushy and didn't have much taste. Maybe some people like that but it is not my idea of Short Ribs. Never the less I will be back many times, I really like your place.
As always, the service was prompt, efficient and friendly, but not overly so. And the food was prepared perfectly. I had grilled salmon over my salad, and it was cooked as ordered, medium-rare.
Hi Bear, Thanks so much for your rating! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your service and salmon salad. We look forward to hosting you next time. Kindest regards, Maggie (Brand + Community Manager)
Food was not good.
Delicious food and friendly, knowledgeable servers. An excellent experience.
Thanks so much for your rating! We look forward to your next visit.
The food was fresh and the portions generous. The wait staff was very attentive!
CIRCA at Foggy Bottom offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 506-5589.
CIRCA at Foggy Bottom is rated 4.7 stars by 2030 OpenTable diners.
CIRCA at Foggy Bottom does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.eatmhg.com/product/gift-card/.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.