CIRCA at Clarendon

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608 reviews
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$30 and under
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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!
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JF
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lily and the team were excellent.
Loved the menu, pumpkin ravioli is my favorite!

MP
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

We ordered Caesar salads and a flatbread. The salad was average at best and the flatbread crust was soggy. Service was average and the atmosphere unremarkable.

BH
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service were good, my guest and I enjoyed ourselves.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing service and the food is phenomenal. Brussels and blues and filet sliders are to die for.

a
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here with my husband and my parents. We each tried different dishes; the brick chicken, jambalaya, short rib, and scallops. For dessert we had the apple pie and chocolate torte. We all loved what we got and would love to eat there again soon!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Free Range Brick Chicken, Jambalaya, Short Rib, Seared Scallops, and dessert! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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C
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It as good a usual.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I used to love it here, but the food has changed significantly. The French toast is not what it used to be and the quinoa bowl no longer offers the experience of a well crafted goat cheese ball...

I might still be back, but only because of it’s convenient location .

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 7 October 2019

Thank you so much for joining us and for your feedback! We will be following up over private message to learn more.

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D
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

food was excellent but expensive for the portion size. Service was great and we were not rushed.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 30 September 2019

Debra, thank you for joining us and for sharing your feedback with us! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a beautiful evening to sit outdoors and dine. Four of us lingered over dinner, sharing ideas for over two hours. Chris was a perfect server, with impeccable timing. Everyone raves about the food: ravioli, Cedar plank steak, and the blackened salmon entree. My salmon was served on a bed of spinach and cauliflower mash. Then we had dessert. While I know Great Falls ice cream is fabulous, I went out of my comfort zone and ordered pumpkin spice cheesecake. It was so creamy and flavorful, I made myself stop eating it so I could take half home and enjoy it again at tomorrow. Circa gave us one of those rare perfect dining experiences.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 30 September 2019

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

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F
Baltimore
35 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice Birthday lunch for my friend ! The staff was so welcoming and the food very good

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 30 September 2019

Thank you so much for celebrating your friend's birthday with us. We are so glad you enjoyed the service and food. We hope to see you again soon!

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LT
Montana
6 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Amazing Brussel Sprouts and excellent service! Going early meant the noise level was manageable.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 30 September 2019

Lisa, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the service and Brussels + Blue. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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GW
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

But a qualified yes. Had brunch on a recent Saturday. My dining companion loved the petit filet sliders. The bloody mary was a good value. But the eggs benedict was subpar. The poached egg was undersized and overwhelmed by the thick slice of tomato that made the dish watery. The hollandaise sauce was very runny. I have had a better quality benedict in the past, so I hope the restaurant management takes note and finds a way to return to a better standard in this dish.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 23 September 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Petite Filet Sliders and Bloody Mary. We will be passing along your feedback regarding the Blackstone Benedict to our Chef. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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RP
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and portions not the usual overwhelming American standard. Atmosphere could be improved by removing the seemingly obligatory TV in the dining area.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 23 September 2019

Robin, thank you so much for joining us and for your feedback!

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DG
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

All fine. Nothing special. Salads & service ok. Chose for location central to my home & visitor hotel.

l
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and atmosphere was all very nice for a Sunday lunch/brunch. It was not very crowded so we were seated right away (even though we had a reservation thinking it would be much busier than it was). They have a sliding scale on mimosas - the later the hour, the more expensive they get. The apricot glazed wings we got as appetizers was excellent. We got burgers and the southern chicken biscuit as entrees and both were excellent. The portions are reasonable, maybe even on the smaller side, but quality was excellent. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable of the menu and offered suggestions when asked. Desserts were also delicious and variety was good. Overall a great experience and would highly recommend for lunch/brunch.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The scallops and risotto were out of this world! Love the ambience and service was great.

g
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Circa! Great variety and quality of food, friendly, efficient service and comfortable chairs(!)
Have gone as a couple, with friends and a family party of ten. All were impressed by Circa.

RL
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never been disappointed with the food or specialty cocktails.
As long as I get the corner table I like I will continue to hold my meetings there.

CS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We went to Circa for our 2nd wedding anniversary. We have chosen Circa for a number of special occasions over the years and always had a wonderful experience. We went to Circa last year for our first anniversary and we were energetically welcomed with "Happy Anniversary" and "Congratulations" from the various staff we interacted with. Last year they wrote Happy Anniversary across our dessert and gave us a card from the staff at the restaurant. We felt very special and celebrated! This year however there was 0 acknowledgement of our anniversary at all even though we wrote it on our reservation. We chose to come here again because we had such a great experience last year and unfortunately it felt just like any other night rather than our anniversary and we were pretty disappointed.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 9 September 2019

Thank you so much for joining us at Circa at Clarendon. I am so sorry that we dropped the ball on acknowledging your special day. We will be following up over private message to learn more about your experience.

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EO
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant. The food is consistently good... the outside dining area was terrific.

AK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Salmon was unreal. Great food, would highly recommend coming here for a date night

EL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The price for brunch mimosas was extremely reasonable. The French toast was EXCELLENT! I'll definitely be back.

IE
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to for a great dinner. The food was excellent and there was something for everyone in the menu. Convenient location. Would recommend it for business and special get togethers.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 26 August 2019

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

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LD
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Circa has a nice selection of American fare, and maintains a consistency that is hard to match amongst its several locations. Presentation, flavor, and focused service matters to them. I have yet to be dissapointed w/ anything they do.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 26 August 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and appreciate your kind words. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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DT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was great as usual and we love shotgun shrimp

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 19 August 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are happy to hear you enjoyed the Shotgun Shrimp and service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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LT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Super service. Delicious shrimp and grits! Loved the flash fried brussel sprout appetizer

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 19 August 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Shrimp + Grits as well the Brussels + Blue!

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N
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Restaurant week lunch with three courses was delicious. My friend and I were treated with the ideas for our selection by a professional server. Will return although parking is always difficult in Arlington. Next time I will get off at the Clarendon METRO stop where Circa is just short walk.

SJ
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is consistently good. The entrees are creative entrees and are updated frequently. Refreshing alternative

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 19 August 2019

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

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lobster and shrimp ravioli was amazing

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 12 August 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Lobster Ravioli and Sauteed Shrimp! We hope to see you again soon!

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K
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From beginning to end, everything was wonderful! Our waitress remembered my friend (by name) and asked my name. She repeatedly called me by name when asking if anything else was needed or how everything was to my liking. I appreciated that personal touch. I am an aficionado of Black Manhattans so I ordered one. It was so fabulous that I had to order another one! My shrimp and grits dinner was delicious to the very last bite! Circa is a favorite of mine and never disappoints. Highly recommend!!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 12 August 2019

Kathy, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Shrimp and Grits and the Black Manhattan! We hope to see you again soon.

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LW
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed another lunch at CIRCA. It's our go to place for staff events. The service is always good and the food even better. Great menu and pricing is easy to digest. Location is right next to the metro in Rosslyn.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 12 August 2019

Liz, thank you so much for choosing us for your staff events! We are so glad you enjoy the food and service. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect date night! Sat outside for our meal - everything was delicious! The lobster ravioli was awesome. My girlfriend had the ahi tuna which was also delicious. Server was great, prompt, and personable. He also hooked us up with a birthday dessert. Specialty cocktails were great too! Very impressed with CIRCA at Clarendon. Will be back soon for round 2.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 5 August 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Lobster Ravioli and Sauteed Shrimp and Seared Ahi Tuna! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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MD
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always have a great experience at Circa, the food is fresh, innovative and delicious. The service is outstanding and the outside eating option is great in the warmer months.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 5 August 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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GE
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 5 August 2019

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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VB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 5 August 2019

Vicki, 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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BB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was absolutely one of the best experiences ever!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 29 July 2019

Brianne, thank you 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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is great! If it's too noisy inside, the patio outside is very pleasant.

B
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my second time at the CIRCA restaurant and I must say, I was not disappointed. The food was excellent and service was impeccable. Will definitely go there again.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 22 July 2019

Berni, 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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was nice just a little noisy and the large leather chairs had cracks in the leather and in a summer dress they were uncomfortable to sit in. Otherwise the food was great!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 22 July 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so sorry about the chair and will be following up with our team to address your feedback. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the food and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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DM
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with awesome food and friendly staff. Worth the money I spent on our dinner! Me and fiancé love this place and will be back !

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 22 July 2019

Daniel, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service. We hope to see you and your fiance again soon!

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