CIRCA at Chinatown

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449 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, a seasonal cocktail list, and rotating local craft beers. Join us and dine well!
What 449 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great welcome, fast service and fantastic food.

s
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Came here for a quick bite before concert. Good food, nice location, decent service. We had the tuna poke starter and the burger. The chips with the tuna were too oily, but the tuna was great. Burger was one of the best we’ve had.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Tuna Poke Nachos and burger! We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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JW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable meal. Relatively quiet without seeming stuffy.

Only critique is the cocktails come with too much ice. After the first few sips, hard to enjoy them.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded 3 days ago

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

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FH
Washington DC
94 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

As usual, good food nicely prepared and friendly service

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded 3 days ago

Fred, 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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MB
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was my 3 or 4th time visiting CIRCA. The food has consistently been good. This time I got the turkey burger and Brussels sprouts, which I was able to substitute as my side. I’ve also had many of the appetizers when I’ve been here for happy hour. Overall I think it’s a solid choice for a casual or business meal.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Turkey Burger and Brussels + Blue. We hope to see you again soon!

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R
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think we were the loudest people there. I thoroughly enjoy everything about Circa. Its location, ambiance, price points, noise levels and food. Honestly, it is the food and service that keeps me coming back. I order nearly the same thing every time but with each and every order is delicious. Thank you Circa!

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded 3 days ago

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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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner before a Concert

J
Anchorage
5 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I took my daughter to Circa before the Carrie Underwood concert. Service was very good. We shared the mac n cheese small plate. It was delicious! I had the short ribs. They were very tender, and came with mashed potatoes and spinach. My daughter had lobster ravioli with shrimp. For dessert, we shared the bread pudding and pumpkin cheesecake. Both were delicious! It was loud in the dining room, but other than that it was a delightful dinner! Will definitely go back to Circa!

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 7 October 2019

Thank you so much for joining us before the Carrie Underwood concert! We are so glad you and your daughter enjoyed everything. We hope you had a great time at the concert and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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LL
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

It was our first time @ CIRCA and a wonderful experience! we ended up sitting at the bar area (HH specials = win!) whereas our reservation was upstairs - unbeknownst to us since no one greeted us at door. Overall Service was great, and the staff stayed on top of it as it got busier, i.e. more checkins. Which was a nice surprise as most restaurants’ service worsens as they get busier. Food and drinks were delicious! We had 2 orders of the shrimp appetizer - was good! Their bulgogi lettuce wraps were portion perfect and filling. The Brussels sprouts were decent - not wow. Definitely wanna come back!

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded 3 days ago

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

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LS
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food especially Mac and cheese and pumpkin ravioli ! Drinks were great and the service was friendly and quick!

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 7 October 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Four Cheese Macaroni and Pumpkin Ravioli as well as the drinks and service. We hope to see you again soon!

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TH
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here and it was GREAT!! All of the staff were very courteous and friendly and we enjoyed the service. The food was so delicious as I expected. I would recommend this restaurant to friends, family and strangers.. I will visit them again!

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 7 October 2019

Tawanda, 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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C
Orlando
17 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and prepared well. The service was great. I can’t wait to return and try another dish, although my kale and quinoa salad was wonderful!

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 7 October 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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OT
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was great and the food was outstanding

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 7 October 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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RP
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food. I got the filet sliders and a Caesar salad and my girlfriend got the mushroom flatbread (which she gave rave reviews to, especially with the truffle oil.) Menu was extensive -- both of us had trouble deciding what to get, and our waiter was very helpful, giving us recommendation when we asked (and plenty of time to decide).

Food was definitely worth the price, which was extremely affordable for downtown DC. Will definitely be back!

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 30 September 2019

Rachel, thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Petite Filet Sliders, Caesar Salad, Mushroom Flatbread, and service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Y
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed the food, specifically the Bulgogi lettuce wraps, and the fried chicken sandwich. To be completely honest, the best part of the entire experience was the server, Ashley. She was really wonderful.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 30 September 2019

Yakuba, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps, Fried Chicken Sandwich, and Ashley's service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JM
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was wonderful. Food was delicious. It was not very busy so the noise level was not so loud that I couldn’t enjoy a nice conversation. Will be back next time I’m in DC.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 30 September 2019

Jacqueline, 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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WZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, amazing food, and great location for a meal before an event at Capital One Arena.

CP
Columbus
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch date with wife.

OT
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was very average. Filet sliders were tough. Brick chicken was pretty good.

DC
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is very good and the servers are great but, for the price, the portion sizes are pretty small.

UT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with family. What an amazing restaurant. The setting is perfect and the food was outstanding. The presentation and the quality of the food was very good. Our waiter was awesome. I don’t remember his name but we sat upstairs kind of in the middle by the window. He has excellent customer service and hospitality skills. We will definitely recommend your reservation to others and we will be back many times over.

R
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Circa has proven to be one our favorite restaurants for 2019. My friends, family, neighbors, and I enjoy our visits to Circa. The food is always delicious and the service is excellent!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and ambiance. Our server, Elijah was knowledgeable and personable. Made the meal even better. Everything we ate was exquisite. I’d definitely go back.

AJ
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great spot in a great location. The service was amazing.

S
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Food. Great Service. Thank you chef Carlos for the table visit!

KW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Quiet table and attentive waitstaff.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner! Server Clara was amazing

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 26 August 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed Clara's service!

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P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

CIRCA was good, but not what I expected. I had searched for a "Chinese" restaurant in Chinatown with great ratings. This one came up under both tags, and although it was in Chinatown, it was not Chinese. It is an upscale eclectic restaurant, that although delicious, was not what was advertised. I ordered the bulgogi lettuce wraps and instead they brought me brussel sprouts. They did promptly fix the order, and offered another drink, I accepted, and they ended up charging me for the extra drink I thought was on the house. .

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 26 August 2019

Polly, thank you so much for joining us and for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We are so glad you enjoyed the food but are so for the misunderstanding. We unfortunately don't have the ability to control the tags that previous guests tag us with so we sincerely apologize for the confusion. We will be following up with our team to address your feedback regarding the service. We do hope to welcome you back soon!

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V
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We sat behind a column, the server ignored us, we had to call to get the attention.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 26 August 2019

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

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about CIRCA was amazing. The service was amazing, the food was amazing, and the atmosphere was amazing.

MR
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to CIRCA with friends. The wait staff was very friendly and attentive. The Brussels sprout appetizer, the short ribs and the fish were all very tasty and prepared well. Good wine list, too!

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 26 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 and your friends again soon!

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SB
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious salads, as well as the salmon entree. The waiter was new, but still very nice and accommodating. Atmosphere was pleasant. Dessert was delicious too, especially the Nutella trifle. Good for business lunch or group lunch.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 26 August 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the salads and Blackened Salmon entree and Nutella Trifle. We hope to see you again soon!

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M
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Party of 4-they only brought out 3 dishes. Didn't say anything. I asked and they said they messed up the ticket. We had to wait another 15 for the 4th dish. Our drink order also was incorrect. The wait for basic service (drinks, ketchup) was really long. I ordered a burger but they didn't bring any ketchup. I asked but it took so long I ended up eating my burger dry.

Service was really slow.

SM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The noise level was low enough so we could have some good conversation while enjoying our dining experience.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 19 August 2019

Svetlana, thank you for joining us! We are so glad you had a great experience with us and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing!! I had the Circa Burger and it was the best burger I’ve ever had. The drinks were fantastic. Would absolutely go back again.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 19 August 2019

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

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I turned 40!

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 19 August 2019

Happy 40th Birthday! Thank you for joining us and for celebrating such a special occasion with us.

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BB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great location for dinner on a girl’s night out! Creative cocktails and imaginative small plates provided the variety I like when kicking back with a friend.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 19 August 2019

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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WN
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went here pre-concert at Capital One arena. There was something for everyone on the menu, and service was quick and friendly.

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 19 August 2019

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

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came in for the restaurant week menu and was not disappointed. Everyone left full and happy!

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 19 August 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Restaurant Week Menu! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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b
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Circa for a business lunch during DC's restaurant week. The service and food were both outstanding! For the 3-course meal I had the brussels sprouts, grilled salmon salad, and cookies - everything was delicious!

CIRCA at Chinatown
Responded on 19 August 2019

Thank you for joining us during Restaurant Week! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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