CIRCA at Chinatown

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$30 and under
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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, a seasonal cocktail list, and rotating local craft beers. Join us and dine well!

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vipMMWM
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

CIRCA is a great place to go for lunch. The food is really good and consistent, the service is great, and the prices are typical for lunch in DC. One of my go-to restaurants.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 16 March 2020

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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice dinner with really fabulous service.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 9 March 2020

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

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vipJohnB
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Enjoyed time with friend I hadn’t seen in a long time. Great service! Food ok.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 9 March 2020

John, thank you so much for joining us! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipLeoDC
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

After several visits, to several diff locations, I have yet to have an average meal, or experience average service. You are always above average, and Circa is a really good place to dine.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 9 March 2020

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

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vipYankeeintheBurgh
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Clara, took great care of us during an early dinner at Circa Chinatown! The wine recommendations were perfect and we all enjoyed the appetizers, entrees and apple pie dessert. Thanks to the whole team for a great experience

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 2 March 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food as well as Clara's service. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipDCfoodfan
Washington DC
160 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good place to meet a friend for brunch/lunch. Grain bowls and salads are substantial and tasty

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 2 March 2020

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service great drinks excellent food

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 2 March 2020

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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Friendly, professional service. Thanks!

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 16 March 2020

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

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vipPanda
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great place to eat before a game, with something for everyone.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 2 March 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipss08
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for happy hour. Great food, great service. Never had a bad time here.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 2 March 2020

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

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John
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and cocktails. The only odd thing was that the steak frites come with a pre-sliced steak. Everything else was wonderful.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 2 March 2020

John, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the service and cocktails. We hope to see you again soon!

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Jenasjdub
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice location to pop in for a before concert meal at the Capital One Arena. Service, food and drinks were all great. I will definitely be visiting again in the near future.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 24 February 2020

Thank you so much for joining us before heading to the Capital One Arena. We are so glad you enjoyed the service, food, and drinks. We hope to see you again soon!

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SaraV
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, incredible food, love the ambiance.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 24 February 2020

Sara, thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the service, food, and atmosphere. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Service is always slow. The place is great. Food is awesome. Never had a good service. It takes forever the servers get to you and takes forever to get your check and pay for it.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 24 February 2020

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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall1food3service5ambience1

Terrible drinks (water downed).

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viprobertb
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience. Not too loud. Good menu options. Food and service were excellent. Nothing not to like.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 24 February 2020

Robert, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was very good. One of the entree’s ordered (lobster ravioli) could not be served, so after a perhaps too long of a period between ordering and being notified of this, the offer of a complementary replacement was offered. One of the diners in the party was celebrating a Birthday so a complementary dessert was provided also. We would dine here again, perhaps it was just an off night as far as the level of attention paid to us service wise. There were two people coming to our table off and on, one said he would be back to take our orders, but never returned until informing us the Ravioli we ordered from our original waiter couldn’t be served. All-in-all, the service just took too long, but again perhaps this isn’t the norm, and we’ll come back to confirm if it was an anomaly (or in fact the norm).

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 24 February 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 with our team to share your feedback as this is not the high level of service we always strive for. We hope to see you again soon!

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SSmith
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend CIRCA at Chinatown. The food was excellent and the service was wonderful. The host was very helpful when I requested another table for the evening; and the wait staff was incredibly friendly and generous. Wonderful experience overall!

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 24 February 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed Tara's service as well as the food and host. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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vipPattyT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of 6 and everything was fabulous. Staff was very accomodating with food allergies. We ordered a variety of menu items and nothing disappointed. The Brussels and blue was exceptionally good! Our special group came here on my recommendation so I was very pleased that we all enjoyed ourselves so much!!

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 17 February 2020

Patty, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Brussels + Blue and we hope to see you again soon!

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TiffanyH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the excellent service to the tasty food, it was a spectacular evening!

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 17 February 2020

Tiffany, 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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vipmsAnnandale
Washington DC
95 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were a large party of 15 pp and appreciated the pleasant service. Also liked that the food was prepared and delivered efficiently. Guests LOVED the braised short ribs, shrimp and grits, brussels and blue, and shotgun shrimp! Steak frites were just ok. I will definitely return but will be mindful of anyone having a challenge walking up a steep flight of stairs (don’t know if there’s an elevator but will be sure to ask)

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 17 February 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad your guests enjoyed the Braised Short Ribs, Shrimp and Grits, Brussels + Blue, and Shotgun Shrimp. We have an elevator you are more than welcome to use! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipKSholas
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The service staff was very courteous & attentive. The portion sizes are a bit small (but larger than tapas). I was happy with the main course & the mule I drank. Walnuts were in almost all of the desserts and I’m allergic to them, but I ended up getting the chocolate trifle w/o those. I really enjoyed that.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 17 February 2020

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

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Lizardbelly
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to sit, talk and dine. Even for a vegetarian!

CIRCA at Chinatown
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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nathalyc
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

dined in and had honestly the best service! The server was training someone and they were both super attentive, helpful, recommended good food and drinks, overall professionally friendly. The food was DELICIOUS!! Super flavorful. First time at Circa! If you haven’t been , try it!

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 17 February 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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vipwillcwell
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The small plates were outstanding as was the Italian flatbread.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 17 February 2020

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

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BlakeM
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was superb, food was quick, drinks were a tad strong, but that's expected on a Saturday night. Will definitely be back to visit soon.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 10 February 2020

Blake, 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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vipJeanD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My waiter Steve was fabulous-thanks!

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 10 February 2020

Jean, thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed Steve's service and we hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Perfect spot to stop before a Caps game!

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 3 February 2020

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

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JenniferG
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food and drinks were amazing!

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 3 February 2020

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

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KZWL
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was pretty good but my daughter's grilled cheese was overcooked.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 27 January 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so sorry about your daughter's grilled cheese. We will be following up with our Chef to share your feedback. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipFredH
Washington DC
106 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Always a good place to meet friends. Good food, good service, and usually quiet enough to have a conversationz

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 3 February 2020

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

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vipBklyn55
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very good selection of food; location is one of the best and most convenient. The dishes that we selected arrived on the cold side.....should have been warmed up a little more; drinks are very good.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 3 February 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so sorry about the food and will be following up with our team to address your feedback. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the perfect place to take my board directors for dinner. Service was impeccable and each of the 6 meals were delicious.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 27 January 2020

Thank you so much for bringing the board of directors for dinner! We are so glad you enjoyed the service and we hope to see you again soon!

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ChrisB
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 27 January 2020

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

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MrandMrs
Detroit
8 reviews