CIRCA at Navy Yard

4.6
181 reviews
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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, 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!
What 181 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff, food, and service.

K
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service was auhmazing. Loved it and will come again.

MV
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food around the Navy Yard. It is consistently yummy. Great service too. Unfortunately it is not near the water but it does have both inside and outside seating. When you make a reservation you can even pick inside or outside.

TD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best customer service ever; the entire staff was FANTASTIC!

NT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Yes, I would recommend to a friend. We went for restaurant week 2019. I got the brussel sprouts (it was delicious) and a very good portion size. For my second course, I got the burger and fries. It was ok (nothing amazing and kind of underwhelming). Last, I had the strawberry shortcake. It was pretty good. I go to Circa about twice per month. It's a great restaurant. I recommend the calamari and shrimp or salmon salad, but I wouldn't recommend them for restaurant week.

LL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The steak sliders were amazing! Also the scallops were fantastic. My companions enjoyed the lettuce wraps but those were not my favorite. Highly recommend.

KT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Booked a reservation (not needed) and showed up when it wasn't super crowded. Service was *terrible*, just really awful. It took ~45 minutes to get calamari + 2 beers. We didn't see our waiter for the first 10 minutes, had to ask another server to find her at one point. Understandable if the place was completely packed, but it was not.

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Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so sorry to hear about your experience and will be following up with you over private message.

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SW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My friends and I met up for brunch on a Sunday. We missed our reservation time due to parking being super difficult to find. We walked in and were sat very quickly outside on the patio which was great! Thank you Circa for still accommodating us!
It was perfect weather and the patio had nice views of Navy Yard.. The food here is fresh and delicious! I had the Chesapeake Benedict, I loved it! The whole menu has pretty good prices, Mimosas were only $4 (they have bottomless mimosas as well for $19) ...service was good, our server seemed a little busy but he was still pretty attentive..we definitely enjoyed ourselves and we will definitely be back!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food! Love the ambiance of their place. Not too crowded or loud. The salmon was amazing!

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Responded 6 days ago

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

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

This was our first time to visit this location. The food was very good. I had the burger, my wife had the chicken sandwich, and our friend had the salmon salad. The food took a whole to come out. We watched many other tables arrive after us and get their food before us. The service this particular day was lacking. I hope it improves in the future.

DM
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The tuna poke nachos are to die for! We also had the caesar salad with blackened salmon. The salad itself was just ok, but the salmon was very well-seasoned. The Fuji apple shrimp salad was delicious! The dressing was light and refreshing, with a hint of mint. The salad had plenty of scrumptious Shotgun shrimp. I highly recommend it!

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Responded 6 days ago

We are so glad you enjoyed the Tuna Poke Nachos, Caesar Salad with Blackened Salmon, Fuji Apple Shrimp Salad, and Shotgun Shrimp. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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

Stopped in before the DC United game. Several fans were there and staff accommodated is all well

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Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for joining us before heading to the DC United game! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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RN
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome followup dining experience after not so great initial visit! Again, preparation and quality of food was excellent! What was lacking during our initial visit was service related that was more than corrected and made up for during subsequent visit. Timely and personal attention by both the server and manager on duty. We will be repeat customers.

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Responded 6 days ago

Richard, thank you so much for giving us a second chance! We are so glad you enjoyed the service much more this time around. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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

WE try and dine at Circa, Navy Yard.....twice a week....definitely once a week. Your servers and hostesses are extremely courteous/kind/attentive.....making our experience there always a good one.

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Responded on 5 August 2019

Tony, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoy the service and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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

They were so accommodating to my substitution request. I really appreciated it. I was able to enjoy my meal and not cheat on my diet.

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Responded on 5 August 2019

Danielle, thank you so much for joining us! We hope to see you again soon!

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ML
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was my first time visiting and I was taking my BFF out to celebrate her birthday. The restaurant was very nice, the server was outstanding and the food was delicious. I'll definitely be going back!

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Responded on 5 August 2019

Thank you so much for joining us to celebrate your best friend's birthday! We hope to see you again soon!

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RN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was great! Service was a little slow and wasn't sure who our server was.

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Responded on 29 July 2019

Ronald, thank you for joining us and for sharing your feedback with us!

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AW
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great time, great service...it was a warm day, so I appreciate the customer service around drinks

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Responded on 29 July 2019

Allison, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the service and drinks. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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HB
Baltimore
79 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps are refreshing to share on a hot summer's day. The macaroni is even better with prosciutto sprinkled in it. We look forward to dining at CIRCA again.

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Responded on 29 July 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Four Cheese Macaroni and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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LE
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is within walking distance of Nationals Stadium and is popular on game days. We had originally made reservations and requested an outside table, but due to the excessive heat, we elected to sit in the bar area instead. They were offering a Happy Hour deal (surprising on a game day) with low prices on beer, wine, a specialty cocktail, and appetizers. We elected to take advantage and order multiple appetizers as dinner (there were 4 of us), except for one who ordered the fried chicken sandwich and shared his side dish of Brussels Sprouts (a large portion - roasted with bacon and drizzled with a cream sauce and absolutely delicious.). We ordered the spinach and artichoke appetizer (and then a second one because we enjoyed it so much), the hummus (comes with pita and vegetables), the bulgogi lettuce wraps (also really good) and the margherita flat bread. All were excellent and good to share. I ordered the specialty cocktail, which was kind of a whiskey lemonade, and enjoyed it, despite not being a huge whiskey fan.

Definitely recommend CIRCA, especially before a Nationals game.

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Responded on 5 August 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed happy hour and hope to see you again soon!

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JH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to have lunch -- close to work. food was outstanding and the service was superior.

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Responded on 29 July 2019

Judy, thank you so much for joining us. We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service.

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BB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

Need to revise the french toast recipe and go traditional or use texas toast instead, including some fruit toppings would make it a sure fire hit. Think about it.

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Responded on 29 July 2019

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

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SG
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Eating outside was great, you can see all the people walking around enjoying the area.

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Responded on 22 July 2019

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

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Impromptu visit turned out to be a great surprise!

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Responded on 22 July 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our ten year anniversary, and were treated exceptionally well.

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Responded on 22 July 2019

Thank you so much for joining us and celebrating such a special occasion with us! We look forward to celebrating many more anniversaries with you!

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A
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, drinks, and service were exceptional! There were so many delicious looking items on the menu that we are already planning to return. Love a good and consistent restaurant like this one. Highly recommended!

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Responded on 22 July 2019

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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RT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Although problems with their grill hood meant that certain items were not available, both my wife and I were able to have some of our favorites in a relaxed atmosphere.

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Responded on 22 July 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so sorry for the inconvenience and we appreciate your understanding. We are glad you were still able to have some of your favorites! We hope to see you again soon!

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SV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance, the service, and of course, the food are all splendid.

From their Brussels sprouts appies to a local favorite lobster ravioli while sipping on your refreshing cocktail, this place is amazing!

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Responded on 22 July 2019

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

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

Great ambiance. Best RnB, Neo Soul Playlist I ever heard in a restaurant. Nothing but hits back to back. Music really made for a nice chill vibe. Food was delicious.

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Responded on 15 July 2019

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

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RW
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This was our first time visiting CIRCA and unfortunately, the experience was quite inconsistent. The service and the ambiance was good, but not great. My wife liked her braised short rib. I ordered the steak & frites, substituting french fries with garlic mashed potatoes. My dish was bland and under-seasoned - there was certainly no garlic in the potatoes, and the steak had only been lightly salted. For the price, we also expected the portions to be larger. For nearly $30, I got what looked like 5oz of steak and a tiny ice cream scoop's worth of potatoes. Being still hungry, we ordered desert. I ordered the brioche, which was admittedly quite tasty. My wife had the mixed berry shortcake which was too dense and left her disappointed. As for drinks, my wife ordered a sangria, which was watered down. My beverage had chopped ginger in it, which was undrinkable with the straw they provided because the ginger kept clogging it. We really wanted to like the place, but considering our other options in the neighborhood, won't be returning anytime soon.

KB
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was very good. Service was too. Restaurant was not very busy - No Nats Game that night - so it didn't have a lively buzz. Very modern decor. Hanger Steak Salad, Seared Tuna and Free Range Brick Chicken all prepared perfectly.

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Responded on 22 July 2019

Karen, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Hanger Steak Salad, Seared Ahi Tuna, and Free Range Brick Chicken. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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LG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town celebrating my birthday and my mothers and the staff made us feel extremely special! They treated us to desert, wrote us a card and even gave us a picture to commemorate! Best birthday!

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Responded on 15 July 2019

Lucinda, thank you so much for joining us and celebrating your birthdays with us! We are so glad to hear the team made you feel so special. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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F
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great brunch spot prior to baseball game

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Responded on 15 July 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed brunch before the game and hope to see you again soon!

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JM
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

CIRCA Navy Yard is beautiful. Having gone three times in the past two weeks I felt a slip in service and food quality. It’s a great venue to watch a game which is different than their other locations.

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Responded on 8 July 2019

Joe, thank you so much for joining us and for your feedback. We will be following up with our team to share your feedback. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!!! We have been there 3 times this baseball season.

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Responded on 8 July 2019

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

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a good brunch but they forgot to bring out a desert for our birthday celebration. Didn’t realize it until asked for the check.

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Responded on 15 July 2019

Thank you so much for joining us. We are so sorry to hear that your birthday celebration was not acknowledged. We will be following up with our team to address your experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Disappointed that brunch menu was only option. Server was new and obviously stretched too thin. She disappeared repeatedly for extended period of time. Ordered drinks, apps, and entrees but she forgot to enter entries. Apps came and were good but then nothing. After an extended wait she finally can back to say she made a mistake and that our food would be coming shortly. She also advised the manager was going to make a correction on the bill. Food finally arrived and was tasty. After waiting again for check we found the manager had comped the apps which was appreciated but he never came to our table to explain or apologize he left it to an overwhelmed new employee. Poor management. Food was good but not good enough to return.

CT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want a meal before a gam, eat here. Don't eat in the Park. Small plates were perfect and the service was great.

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Responded on 8 July 2019

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

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J
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was terrific. Not loud so we could have a conversation between us with no yelling. The food was really yummy. I had the Calamari and the mushroom flatbread and my friend had the Bulgogi Fried Rice. We had the bottomless Mimosas and they were delic!
Will go back.

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Responded on 8 July 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Fried Calamari, Wild Mushroom Flatbread, and Bulgogi Fried Rice. We hope to see you again soon!

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RN
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Seated and greeted immediately. Ordered drinks and an appetizer. 30 minutes later we flagged down the server and inquired about the drinks and the appetizer. We had seen drinks and appetizers being delivered all around to tables seated well after us. Server said she didn't know. Drinks came 45minutes after we sat down appetizer did not...the service and timing didn't improve. No communication about the issues or any attempt to manage the situation and our expectations. The food was great, but not good enough to endure unreliable and unapologetic service. There are other options.

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Responded on 1 July 2019

Richard, thank you so much for joining us. We are sincerely so sorry to hear about your experience and will be following up over private message to learn more.

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