CIRCA at Foggy Bottom

4.6
916 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 11am
Saturday - Sunday: 10am
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Phone number
(202) 506-5589
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nelson Rodriguez
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
I Street NW
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Parking details
Public garage is located around the corner on 22nd Street between I Street NW and Pennsylvania Ave. Metered street parking is available in the neighborhood.
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Public transit
Foggy Bottom Metro stop is located directly across the street, off the Orange and Blue lines.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 916 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Excellent food. We ate outside (under the large awning), which was less noisy than eating inside.
My friends has Caesar salads and flatbreads, I had the Fuji apple mango shrimp salad. We were all impressed with our food and service

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Food was good (brussels and blue side was awesome!), service very good and the place was fun. Not amazing food overall but good. I'd go back.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Everything was awesome!

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Our server was sweet enough to bring a candle with my dessert since we were celebrating my birthday. And icing on the cake? No charge for it. I just wish the patrons around me had been quieter with their conversations.

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3.0Dined on June 15, 2018

I hadn't finished chewing the last bite of my food and already the server had rudely taken my plate. He was ready to take my wine glass too but I managed to save it from his grasp. Twice we had to save our salad from being whisked away before were done eating it. Then the check came without me asking for it. The food was good but the style of service rushing us through dinner made this an unpleasant experience.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Had a great pre-concert meal at Circa - excellent food, and one of the most pleasant waitresses we can remember. Definitely a place we'll be going back to.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

I am always pleased with my meal at Circa. The service is great and they have a vibrant bar scene after work.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Very good food and a nice menu. The ambience is nice as well. The staff is friendly and attentive. We liked all of our entrees and the service was quick. It is a great restaurant and I recommend it to everyone. It is well located for the Kennedy Center as it is across the street from the shuttle and the metro station.

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2018

It was my first time at Circa (friends had dined there before), and it exceeded my expectations.
The server was pleasant, and helpful. I ordered the Quiona salad and a side of grilled brussel sprouts. Both dishes were delicious; seasonings were just right. My only reegret was that the portions weren't larger. :-) It also would have nice if there were a few more vegetarian options. My friends were also very happy with their meals. Overall it was a very good dining experience.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

The wait staff was very patient. I was meeting friends who arrived early but were seated immediately. We stayed for almost 2 hours and were never urged to leave. Our waitress gave us just the right amount of attention - not too much, not to little. For example, when we spilled a glass of tea, she quickly came over to help us mop it up. Afterward, she didn't hover or disappear.

The food was delicious as usual. We each had a different salad - steak, shrimp, and chicken - they were a good size for lunch. They were fresh and yummy.

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

A very "meh" place. Inside much more casual than the reviews, so we got a table outside. Waitress was nice, albeit it was a tad slow to get things. But food all very mediocre. Nothing bad, just "blah". Not worth it

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Circa never disappoints. This was for brunch. The yogurt with fruit was good but could have more taste.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Here on a visit to DC from Indianapolis. Dinner was delicious. Our daughter highly recommends the scallops with risotto!

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3.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Very popular place for lunch. Pretty good food and service. Descent prices.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Great food with top notch service! Ordered the sea bass special and thoroughly enjoyed it. Definitely will return!

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Service was friendly, food fast, fresh and delicious!

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2.0Dined on June 6, 2018

With great anticipation while on vacation in Washington, DC, we chose Circa for our anniversary dinner. I knew we would be no more than ten minutes late for our reservation so I called. I was told I had a 15 minute grace period before they nullified the reservation. We made it in less than 10 minutes. From the time we sat down the service was rushed, there was no chance to relax and savor our drinks, appetizer and worst of all the salad course came with our entrees. The bottom line: this is very expensive fast food.

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4.0Dined on June 6, 2018

We frequent this restaurant & enjoy the food.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

The service was excellent. The food is always above par. It was a beautiful day in DC, and the outdoor seating was perfect. I couldn’t have asked for more.

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4.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Had a very enjoyable business lunch at CIRCA at Foggy Bottom. I had been to the original Dupont Circle location several times and always had good experiences, so decided to try this location. It is a casual, informal setting with a very nice menu, and my associate and i were very pleased with our meal and service. I had lobster ravioli with shrimp in a garlic sauce and it was very good. The noise level was moderate but the tables are rather close together so not conducive to private conversations; however for a business conversation of a less confidential nature it was just fine. I recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Great dinner as usual. Fast service.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Good place, not fancy, before going to the Kennedy Center for a show. It is within walking distance, so it would be a nice, short walk on a nice day. Food was good, hot and presented very nicely. It also is a local spot for students, etc., in the G.W. University area. Definitely would go back.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

My guests enjoyed it immensely. They loved the food, ambiance, & service. Having been there many times, for me it kept its standards well!

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Very good option for lunch, large variety and excellent salads, the salmon one really delicious!!
Patio very comfortable. Close to Metro Foggy Bottom.
Free WIFI for guests is be recomendable.

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3.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Everything was great! My dad was in town visiting, and we had a lovely dinner.

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4.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Circa at Foggy Bottom is a very good restaurant. The food is well prepared. The service is efficient and the prices are moderate. It is a favorite.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Dinner before a show at the Kennedy Center. Now our favorite spot for this. Food and service are excellent and we love the outside seating. Looking forward to our next visit already!

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2.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Such a disappoint. Expected a lot more. Food was mediocre. The lighting was so low it made it really difficult to read the menu. That said, it was busy, so they must have been doing something right

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2.0Dined on May 28, 2018

The waitress messed up my vegetarian meal by adding a meat I did not request. She was made aware of the error, but ultimately I didn't send back the meal because I don't have meat health or religious restrictions, and I especially didn't want to delay the other 5 folks in our party. However, in poor taste, the restaurant charged me for the meat surcharge. I should have reduced the tip, but I didn't. I should have disputed the charge, but I didn't because our group was on a schedule. In hindsight, I should have because the restaurant acted in bad faith. Worse, the food didn't taste particularly special.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Great - all around. Will return!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Great food and quick friendly service!

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

What a wonderful meal! I had the hanger steak salad, it was better than I’d hoped. My son had the lobster ravioli and loved it. My husband had the ahi burger and thoroughly enjoyed it. Food was flavorful, fresh and delicious. The bread pudding for desert was outstanding! Our server was fantastic. We were very glad we chose this venue for dinner tonight. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Service was good and food was great

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

The food and service was amazing! The dishes were plated beautifully and the quantity was filling.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Great food as always. Excellent service and the perfect atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

We really enjoyed the variety of options, so everyone in our group could find something they liked, and there were good wine and beer choices as well. Sitting outdoors was delightful.

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2.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Not much of a menu; food meh; really really loud after 5. It's really a bar not a restaurant

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Ate here after a performance at the Kennedy Center. Made reservations which I highly recommend because they were very busy. Very convenient in location, right across from the metro station and where the KC shuttle drops off. We had the salmon which was great. Also had the filet mignon sliders which were fantastic. It was a bit warm in the dining room but it was hot outside and the doors to the patio were constantly being opened and closed. The waiter was not always available when we needed him on a few occasions, including wanting the check to leave. Other than less than attentive service, the place was great.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We were a large party of 12 and they really worked with us to make it smooth effecitent and pleasurable. Tasty food and great staff in a perfect location in Foggy Bottom. Thanks !

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