CIRCA at Foggy Bottom

4.7
1994 reviews
$30 and under
American
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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1994 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
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Bill
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

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.

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Bear
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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vipWakeman
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious food and friendly, knowledgeable servers. An excellent experience.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks so much for your rating! We look forward to your next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Great experience

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SDJC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The food was fresh and the portions generous. The wait staff was very attentive!

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CatherineA
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Circa is a very convenient restaurant when planning to ride on the Kennedy Center shuttle. We enjoyed tasty trout and chicken dishes and nice glass of wine at reasonable prices. Luckily the weather was very warm so we enjoyed the outdoor seating. The tables are crowded together however and the noise level gets quite high with the number of people under the "tent". The shuttle is across the street from the restaurant so you can jump on as needed. Public parking is available a few blocks away. The menu has a good variety of healthy dishes to please most types of diners.

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vipJadedtravelista
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My first time at this restaurant but it will be my "go to" Foggy Bottom choice from now on. The staff was able to accommodate a last minute increase in our party size with no hassle. The prices are reasonable for DC, and the food and service excellent. I had trout, which is often dry and uninteresting but this fish was cooked perfectly and the almond topping was delicious. The sauce went very nicely with the squash and broccolini. I did not even have to salt my food, which I always do!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on November 22, 2021

Hello! I am so glad that you enjoyed your dining experience with us. The trout was added onto the menu recently, so your feedback is especially valuable. We hope to host you again soon!

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SaraC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and atmosphere were great! The crab/corn chowder and mushroom flatbread were so delicious! We sat outside in their heated and covered section which was nice.

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HudaA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was tasty, fresh and delicious; customer service was outstanding.

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vipChadS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The fresh fish was excellent, as was the half price bottle of wine! The added convenience of the Kennedy Center shuttle being directly outside make CIRCA a sure bet for a return visit!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on November 22, 2021

Hi Chad! Thanks so much for your rating! Your support means so much much to us. We can't wait to host you again next time!

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vipAnonemouse
Washington DC
82 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, friendly service, wonderful location. Can't wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We celebrated our 9 year anniversary as a family which included out 5 year old and 2 year old. Miguel was amazing and accommodating. From the smallest gesture of giving us extra lemons because 2year old is obsessed to complimentary champagne.

THE FOOD WAS DELICIOUS EVERYTHING from calamari, wings, blacken salmon, bruised ribs, kids burger and bread pudding !!!

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vipTednMary
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food, especially the blackened salmon. Also, the shrimp bisque soup was outstanding. Very pleasant environment, shuttle bus to the Kennedy Center is conveniently just across the street.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2Food3Service4Ambience3

Food was good - very minimal on the portions. Good service.

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happydiner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Steak frites - fabulous!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on November 12, 2021

Hi Happydiner, we're so glad that you enjoyed our Steak Frites! We hope that you join us again soon to sample more of our offerings.

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Bear
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time using their outside dining area. Fantastic experience and perfect during COVID.

Food was excellent, just like I recall from pre-pandemic.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on November 12, 2021

Hi Bear, Thanks so much for your rating! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience. Kindest Regards, Maggie (Brand + Community Manager)

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AryaF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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vipCVKarl
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

CIRCA was a lucky find for us as we were completely unfamiliar with the area. The food was excellent, especially the Brussels Blue! It was one of the highlights of our visit to DC.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on November 12, 2021

We are so happy you found us! It means the world to us when guests feel welcomed, even when they are far from home. We look forward to hosting you the next time you're in town. Cheers!

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LJS44
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Pricey, but really delicious. Every single thing we ordered was amazing. Must get the crispy Brussels sprouts with blue cheese. Sooo good!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on November 8, 2021

Hello, we're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our Brussels + Blue! We look forward to hosting you again.

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thehappydiner
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved everything about our Circa dinner. The food the service, and the ambiance.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on November 8, 2021

We appreciate your support, and are glad you enjoyed your experience!

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DeborahK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Across the street from GWU main hospital, 3rd visit after hospital appt - lunch great and outdoor Cafe, closed and heated was fi n e for my wheelchair.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on November 8, 2021

Hi Deborah, We're so happy that you have enjoyed your dining experiences with us. We hope that you continue to make us a part of your routine. :) Kindest Regards, Maggie (Brand + Community Manager)

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food. Beautiful place. Disappointed no beers on tap. Deserts were minimal. Overall, would return.

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ThomasG
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Was a very good business lunch on the heated patio.

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ShannonR
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous in every way. Top notch food and pleasant ambiance met with outstanding staff who are eager to make sure your experience is nothing short of five star.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on November 3, 2021

Thank you for trusting us to provide you with an outstanding dining experience, Shannon R! We look forward to hosting you in the future.

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vipBarryG
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We ate outdoors at Circa before going to the Kennedy Center. The outdoor seating at Circa is more like an open room with efficient heaters and a roof. We were very comfortable. There was a nice energy there. We had attentive service, fun and tasty signature cocktails ( Black Manhattan, Maple Old Fashioned) and surprisingly good food ( Caesar Salad, Brussels + Blue, Almond Crusted Rainbow Trout). We were very pleased and will definitely go back. As we left to walk to the theatre there was a small Kennedy Center bus in front of GW Hospital that took us to the door.

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Stacey
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Circa is our go-to for a good dinner! We ordered the calamari, the braised short rib, the pumpkin ravioli, and the brioche bread pudding! All was delicious and our server was great too!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on November 2, 2021

Stacey, we are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience! Thank you for joining us and we hope to host you again soon!

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Martin
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good creative food in a pleasant atmosphere. I’d go back

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vipCindylou
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience3

Food was great. Service was a little slow. Was too loud for a business lunch

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vipWanderer
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have been a fan of CIRCA since they opened in Clarendon. The Foggy Bottom restaurant is one I use a lot when in DC. The food and service have always been top notch and still is despite the number of difficulties brought on by the covid pandemic. This visit was before a matinee at the Kennedy Center. Service was perfect and the food was great. We were able to enjoy our lunch (and class of wine) with time to walk back to the Kennedy Center. Many thanks to all of the staff for taking great care of us.

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JoanB
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I took a friend to Circa for lunch this week, late October, and it was nice enough to sit on their patio which is very nice. I had booked inside but they gave us a table on the terrace upon my request with a timeframe which suited us well. We were by the street but the terrace not right up against the sidewalk. It was a lovely setting to be outside. The waitress was terrific, very attentive and helpful. The food was delicious, my friend got the shrimp salad and I got the blackened salmon. Both were delicious, and all food was very fresh.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on November 3, 2021

Hi Joan B, We're glad that you got to enjoy one of the last warm days of the season on our patio! Thanks so much for your support, we are looking forward to hosting you again. Kindest regards, Maggie (Brand + Community Manager)

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was excellent.

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vipbarrydrucker012153
Washington DC
104 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service and perfect location fir dining before or after an event at the Kennedy Center

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MargeB
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The fried calamari, artichoke hearts, and olive appetizer was phenomenal!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were celebrating my daughter’s 19th birthday and enjoying the special dinner before seeing Hades Town at the Kennedy Center. The food was amazing and I loved the music of feeling like I was back in the late 90s. I will definitely go back again the next time I’m in DC/Foggy Bottom.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very nice, we enjoyed our time at the Circa, we will be back !

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ShiroG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect on every count. Outdoor patio was fantastic.

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vipfrequentdiner
Richmond
50 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The rainbow trout and the pumpkin ravioli were excellent. We were surprised at the presentation of the fall bruschetta. It tasted delicious, but the chunks of butternut squash made it difficult to eat.

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vipDisneyGirl
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

GREAT place for brunch, and perfect for pre-theatre at the Kennedy Center! The food and drinks are all great, service is always exceptional, and they are fantastic at honoring reservations!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic experience, everything we ordered looked great and tasted fantastic. The service was top notch as well.

KM
KimM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Amazing food and drinks - we'll be back (in fact, we went back the next night too)

FAQs

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 1994 OpenTable diners.

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.

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