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CIRCA at Foggy Bottom

4.6
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1670 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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Pre/post Theatre
Casual
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 patio and dining room are now open at 50% capacity! **
For more information on how we are keeping our guests and team safe, visit circabistros.com/keeping-you-safe

Support CIRCA at Foggy Bottom during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1670 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDEM19
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Eat here often and will continue to do so. But food was sub pa

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vipAlliyahD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great Food. Will be back exceptional service. Thank you

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 4 days ago

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

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ToyinS
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a VIBEEEE . Food was great ! Mac and Cheese could of been little better. Drinks were really good. Everyone was super friendly, including the guests . The aura of the place rubs off you , I left honestly in a way better mood ! Its definitely a place to go chill and grab a couple of drinks , whether with friends or your significant other. Have fun ! I sure did :)

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 4 days ago

Toyin, thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and drinks and left feeling in a great mood! We hope to see you again soon.

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NYer
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful seating on the patio with fans to keep it cool. Fabulous food, and the service was excellent.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for joining us! We are glad you enjoyed your experience on the patio and hope to see you again soon!

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MichaelF
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service, especially during this pandemic. And social distancing was the rule.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 4 days ago

Michael, thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the service and we hope to welcome you back soon!

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Linette
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had jambalaya and shrimp and grits...amazing... The drinks were good and my birthday bread was so good we ordered one to go

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 4 days ago

Linette, thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Jambalaya, Shrimp and Grits, and drinks! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipJanet
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff are well prepared for guests in the age of COVID 19. The blackened chicken mango salad is amazing!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded 4 days ago

Janet, thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Blackened Chicken Mango Salad. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipJeffreyT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I can only speak to the Foggy Bottom location, but this is a well managed, high value restaurant. During the first phase of the lock-down, they consistently turned out high quality carryout which was properly packaged and in very good condition by the time I returned home. Once they opened up on the patio, they continued with excellent service and well prepared food with high quality ingredients while observing all of the necessary precautions. The Patio is well ventilated and has an awning with ceiling fans, and there is plenty of space between tables. It is one place that you can eat in inclement weather.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on 23 June 2020

Jeffery, thank you so much for joining us and for your continued support during this time! We are so glad you enjoyed your takeout and patio experience and we look forward to serving you again soon!

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vipElissaR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They did a really great job and the server went above and beyond. My friend and I were enjoying dinner on the patio for the first time in months after COVID. The patio was nice and enjoyable. We decided to split two dinners and they went ahead and played them separately so we got to enjoy something like a three course dinner. The food was perfectly timed after we finished our first item. The drinks were great and the staff was extremely friendly.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on 23 June 2020

Elissa, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and we look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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vipKellyC
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

They have a beautiful outdoor patio and a great price on mimosas for brunch! We had a great time. Unfortunately, a vagabond was bothering us from just outside the patio and smoking, but the staff worked very hard to clear the harasser away to the extent possible, which we appreciated. Excellent location for brunch.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on 15 June 2020

Kelly, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the brunch on the patio. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is amazing and so is the food!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on 15 June 2020

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

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GbeminiyiO
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating, service was great, drinks and food also very good.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on 15 June 2020

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and environment in spite of the necessary social distancing requirements. We ate and drank well, while feeling safe.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on 15 June 2020

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

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MW35
New England
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt very clean and safe! Would recommend to others

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on 8 June 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! The safety of our guests and team are our top priorities so we are so glad to hear you felt safe dining with us! We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good, overall!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on 16 March 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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HayleyM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 8 March 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 16 March 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best egg white omelet I have had!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on 16 March 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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vipBrentF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Pre-opera food night

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on 9 March 2020

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

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vipwoody
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service. Very accommodating for Small requests about the menu

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on 9 March 2020

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening!

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on 16 March 2020

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

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DarleneS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My goddaughter was visiting from out of town.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on 9 March 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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vipJosephK
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 2 March 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 9 March 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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bhjazz
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

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

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on 2 March 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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on 2 March 2020

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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on 2 March 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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 28 February 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 2 March 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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John55
Columbus
36 reviews
Dined on 26 February 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 2 March 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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vipCeecee
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 26 February 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 2 March 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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vipDave
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good hamburger

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on 2 March 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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vipClif
London
28 reviews
Dined on 24 February 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 2 March 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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WestchesterMom
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 24 February 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 2 March 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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Chris
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on 24 February 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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vipFacciabella722
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 21 February 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 24 February 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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vipVeronica
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on 20 February 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 24 February 2020

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

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BrianC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on 24 February 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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vipLeoSac
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on 24 February 2020

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

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JGVNYC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 16 February 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 24 February 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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 February 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 24 February 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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RobertH
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Kyle provided exceptional service.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on 17 February 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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JasonAG
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
Responded on 17 February 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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FAQs

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. CIRCA at Foggy Bottom also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 506-5589.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom is rated 4.6 stars by 1670 OpenTable diners.

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.circabistros.com/gift-cards/.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.

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