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CIRCA at Foggy Bottom

4.7
4.7
2190 Reviews
$30 and under
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, 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 Dining Room and Patio are Open!

For more information on how we are keeping our guests and team safe, visit circabistros.com/keeping-you-safe

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Booked 65 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 506-5589

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Nelson Rodriguez

  • Private party facilities

    We have the ability to adapt our heated patio to meet your special event's needs. Our patio is the perfect space for hosting company happy hours, reunions, or just a great time with friends.Due to the set up of our dining room, it is difficult for us to create an entirely-private dining space. However, we have the ability to use our bar high-tops larger party needs indoors. Please reach out regarding your special event.

  • Private party contact

    Corey Neamo: (202) 506-5589

  • Neighborhood

    Foggy Bottom

  • Cross street

    I Street NW

  • 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.

  • 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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Popular dishes

Menu

Small Plates

  • Brussels + Blue$10.00

    flash fried, applewood smoked bacon, balsamic, blue cheese

    • Fried Calamari$13.50

      fried artichoke hearts + kalamata olives, garlic butter sauce, marinara, lemon wedge, chopped parsley

      • Tuna Poke Nachos*$13.50

        sesame ginger marinade, wasabi avocado cream, tobiko pickled ginger aioli, wonton chips, roasted nori + sesame seeds

        • Shotgun Shrimp$12.50

          sweet chili sauce, jicama slaw, micro cilantro

          • Four Cheese Macaroni$10.50

            cavatappi pasta, crispy prosciutto, herbed bread crumbs

            • Chicken Wings$12.50

              spicy apricot chili glaze, carrots, celery, blue cheese dressing

              • Petite Filet Sliders*$15.50

                horseradish + blue cheese aioli, crispy onions

                Salads

                • Market Salad$8.50

                  mixed greens, marinated tomatoes, carrot, cucumbers, cranberries, balsamic vinaigrette

                  • Caesar*$9.00

                    chopped romaine, freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, brioche crumble, black pepper, caesar dressing

                    • Parmesan Kale$9.00

                      baby kale, toasted sunflower seeds, carrots, tomatoes, crushed crostini, parmesan vinaigrette

                      • Blackened Chicken Mango$17.00

                        mixed greens, red grapes, mangoes, marinated tomatoes, cashews dried cranberries, pickled ginger vinaigrette

                        • Fuji Apple Shrimp$17.50

                          mixed greens, Fuji apple, fried wontons, jicama slaw, micro cilantro, chili apricot glazed shotgun shrimp, pickled ginger vinaigrette

                          • Veg + Quinoa Bowl$15.00

                            baby kale, house pickled beets, avocado, marinated tomatoes, balsamic onions, sunflower seeds, fried goat cheese, grilled lemon, champagne vinaigrette

                            • Salmon*$21.00

                              mixed greens, tomatoes, pee wee potatoes, balsamic onions, goat cheese, champagne vinaigrette

                              • Hanger Steak*$22.50

                                Cedar River Farms hanger steak, mixed greens, marinated tomatoes, housemade pickles, avocado, grilled corn, blue cheese, balsamic vinaigrette

                                • Sesame Crusted Tuna*$23.00

                                  mixed greens, romaine, edamame, red onion, shredded carrots, cucumber, avocado, grape tomatoes, jicama, herbs, crispy wontons, creamy ginger dressing

                                  Entrées

                                  • Free Range Brick Chicken$21.00

                                    roasted garlic mashed potatoes, brown butter sauce, gremolata, grilled broccolini, grilled lemon

                                    • Steak Frites*$26.50

                                      Cedar River Farms hanger steak, chimichurri, cherry tomatoes, garlic, Parmigiano-Reggiano + fresh herb french fries

                                      • Braised Short Rib$28.00

                                        roasted garlic mashed potatoes, sautéed baby spinach, red wine jus, crispy onions

                                        • Pumpkin Ravioli$23.00

                                          brown butter sauce, parmesan breadcrumbs, crispy sage

                                          • Jambalaya$22.00

                                            penne pasta, shrimp, chicken, andouille sausage, scallions, diced tomatoes, chipotle cream sauce, Parmigiano-Reggiano

                                            • Blackened Atlantic Salmon*$24.00

                                              mashed cauliflower, baby kale, whole grain mustard sauce

                                              Sandwiches

                                              • Circa Burger*$15.00

                                                Certified Angus Beef, aged cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion, scallion aioli, brioche bun, fries

                                                • Turkey Burger$14.00

                                                  MD Maple Lawn Farms turkey, provolone, lettuce, tomato, pickled onions, habanero aioli, brioche bun, sweet potato fries

                                                  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich$14.00

                                                    provolone, arugula, roasted peppers, basil aioli, ciabatta, fries

                                                    • Fried Chicken Sandwich$14.50

                                                      shredded lettuce, dill pickles, dill pickle aioli, brioche roll, sweet potato fries

                                                      • Veggie Burger$14.00

                                                        homemade patty, hummus, tomato, cucumber, pickled, beets, sliced avocado, served with sweet potato fries

                                                        Flatbreads

                                                        • Crushed Tomato Margherita$12.00

                                                          hand crushed tomato sauce, basil, fresh mozzarella

                                                          • Rustic Italian$13.00

                                                            sopressata, local Italian sausage, roasted red peppers, mozzarella

                                                            • Barbecue Chicken$13.00

                                                              barbecue sauce, slow roasted chicken, red onion, bacon, mozzarella

                                                              • Wild Mushroom$14.00

                                                                cremini, shiitake, portabello, oyster, arugula, pesto, truffle oil, mozzarella

                                                                Sides

                                                                • Fries$3.00

                                                                  • Sweet Potato Fries$3.00

                                                                    • Garlic Mashed Potatoes$4.50

                                                                      • Seasonal Veg$4.50

                                                                        • Crispy Brussels + Blue$4.50

                                                                          Craft Cocktails

                                                                            Proper Cocktails

                                                                            • The Mule$11.50

                                                                              Three Olives vodka, Q Mixers ginger beer, lime, ginger

                                                                              • Foggy Bottom$12.00

                                                                                Absolut Citron vodka, lemon, rosemary, cucumber

                                                                                • Tito & Lilly$12.00

                                                                                  Tito's vodka, Lillet, Torres orange curaçao, cranberry, lemon

                                                                                  • Purple Rain$13.50

                                                                                    Hanson of Sonoma Habanero vodka, blueberry-habanero shrub, pineapple, lemon

                                                                                    • Blackberry Margarita$13.50

                                                                                      Corazon Blanco tequila, Torres orange curaçao, blackberry, lime

                                                                                      • Black Manhattan$14.00

                                                                                        Smooth Ambler Contradiction bourbon, Averna amaro, Angostura bitters, orange flame

                                                                                        • Maple Old Fashioned$14.00

                                                                                          Redemption rye, maple syrup, Fee Brothers bitters | aged in white oak barrels in house for 3 weeks

                                                                                          • Fireside Chats$12.00

                                                                                            Old Scout bourbon, honey, rosemary, cinnamon, Angostura bitters

                                                                                            Zero Proof Cocktail

                                                                                            • Grapefruit Rose Fizz$7.00

                                                                                              grapefruit, lime, lemon, simple syrup, rosemary, lemon-lime soda / if you choose, add gin

                                                                                              Bottled Cocktails

                                                                                              • Maple Old Fashioned$35.00

                                                                                                • The Mule$30.00

                                                                                                  • Blackberry Margarita$30.00

                                                                                                    • Purple Rain$30.00

                                                                                                      • Black Manhattan$35.00

                                                                                                        • Foggy Bottom$30.00

                                                                                                          Enjoy 4 cocktails per bottle for takeout

                                                                                                          Wine + Bubbles

                                                                                                          Enjoy 50% Off Bottles of Wine for Takeout

                                                                                                            Whites

                                                                                                            • Gruner Veltliner, Broadbent, Austria$11.50

                                                                                                              • Sauvignon Blanc, Nobilo, New Zealand$11.00

                                                                                                                • Sauvignon Blanc, Simi, California$12.00

                                                                                                                  • Pinot Gris, J Vineyards, California$10.50

                                                                                                                    • Pinot Grigio, Bella Sera, Italy$10.00

                                                                                                                      • Chenin Blanc, Remhoogte, South Africa$10.00

                                                                                                                        • Riesling, Saint M, Germany$10.50

                                                                                                                          • Chardonnay, Kim Crawford, New Zealand$11.50

                                                                                                                            • Chardonnay, Josh Cellars, California$12.00

                                                                                                                              • Rosé, Band of Roses, Washington$11.50

                                                                                                                                • Rosé, Bieler Pere Et Fils, France$12.00

                                                                                                                                  Bubbles

                                                                                                                                  • Cava Brut, Poema, Spain$10.50

                                                                                                                                    • Brut Rose, Domaine Ste. Michelle, Washington$12.00

                                                                                                                                      • Prosecco, Ruffino, Italy$11.00

                                                                                                                                        Reds

                                                                                                                                        • Pinot Noir, Cloudfall, California$13.00

                                                                                                                                          • Pinot Noir, Erath 'Resplendent', Oregon$14.50

                                                                                                                                            • Tempranillo, Abadia de Acon, Spain$11.00

                                                                                                                                              • Côtes du Rhône, Grange de Payan, France$10.50

                                                                                                                                                • Malbec, Tilia, Argentina$10.00

                                                                                                                                                  • Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvedre, Angove, Australia$13.50

                                                                                                                                                    • Merlot, Seven Falls, Washington$11.00

                                                                                                                                                      • Cabernet, Athena$11.50

                                                                                                                                                        • Cabernet, J Lohr Estates, California$13.00

                                                                                                                                                          • Red Blend, Complicated$12.50

                                                                                                                                                            • Zinfandel, Predator, California$12.00

                                                                                                                                                              Featured Drink

                                                                                                                                                              exclusive brew

                                                                                                                                                              • Atlas Brew Works, Tropic Thunder IPA$7.50

                                                                                                                                                                Bucket Specials

                                                                                                                                                                • Domestics$20.00

                                                                                                                                                                  Select 5: Bud Light, Coors Light, Budweiser, Yuengling

                                                                                                                                                                  • Find Your Beach$20.00

                                                                                                                                                                    Select 5: Corona Hard Seltzer (ask About Flavor Options), Corona

                                                                                                                                                                    • Hard Seltzers$24.00

                                                                                                                                                                      Select 6: Truly Wild Berry, Truly Grapefruit, White Claw Mango, Corona Hard Seltzer (ask About Flavor Options)

                                                                                                                                                                      Beer

                                                                                                                                                                        Drafts

                                                                                                                                                                        • Rotating Tap

                                                                                                                                                                          • MKT
                                                                                                                                                                        • Stella Artois$7.00

                                                                                                                                                                          • Miller Lite$6.00

                                                                                                                                                                            • Right Proper Raised by Wolves$7.25

                                                                                                                                                                              • Allagash White Ale$7.50

                                                                                                                                                                                • Blue Point Toasted Lager$7.25

                                                                                                                                                                                  • Terrapin Up-Hi IPA$7.50

                                                                                                                                                                                    • Dogfish Head Seasonal$7.50

                                                                                                                                                                                      • Guinness

                                                                                                                                                                                        • Glass (20 oz)$8.00

                                                                                                                                                                                      Bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                      • Truly Wild Berry$6.00

                                                                                                                                                                                        • Truly Grapefruit$6.00

                                                                                                                                                                                          • Bud Light$5.50

                                                                                                                                                                                            • Coors Light$5.50

                                                                                                                                                                                              • Peroni$5.50

                                                                                                                                                                                                • Austineast Seasonal Cider$6.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Budweiser$5.50

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Left Hand Milk Stout (Nitro)$8.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                      More Bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                      • White Claw Mango$6.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Corona Hard Seltzer$6.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ask about flavor options

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Heineken 0.0$5.50

                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Corona$6.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Victory Golden Monkey$7.25

                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Yuengling$5.50

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What 2,190 people are saying

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4.7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4.7 based on recent ratings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 4.6Food
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 4.7Service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 4.5Ambience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 4.4Value

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    KristiH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined 2 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Great food, great service, friendly staff! Make a reservation to ensure a table

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CIRCA at Foggy BottomResponded 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for your review Kristi! We are looking forward to your next visit. Kindest regards, Maggie (Brand + Community Manager)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. CJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CaitlinJ

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined 3 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We love going to Circa before a show at the Kennedy Center. This was our first visit back since COVID and it was just as as we remembered. The cocktails were great, the food delicious, and our server was lovely.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CIRCA at Foggy BottomResponded 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hi Caitlin, Thank you so much for your review! I'm so happy to hear that we lived up to your memories! We hope that less time lapses before your next visit :) Kindest regards, Maggie (Brand + Community Manager)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. S

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Shannon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    16 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    16 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined 3 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I ordered the chicken paillard and it was delicious! I also had requested a favorite table in the outdoor dining area which was reserved for me, so I had a wonderful meal in a wonderful setting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CIRCA at Foggy BottomResponded 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hi Shannon, Thank you for dining with us and providing your review. I'm so happy to hear that we were able to fulfill your request! We are looking forward to your next visit. Kindest regards, Maggie (Brand + Community Manager)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall3food2service5ambience3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A mediocre experience. Food was fine. But only fine. Nothing stood out or made me want to order it again. We got the mushroom flatbread, margherita flatbread and Brussels sprouts. Have had much better versions of all at many other places. A fine, run of the mill place to get food, but wouldn’t return on purpose. Also take note, it’s right around the corner from an ER so while dining outside we had frequent loud ambulance sirens passing. Not a problem for us, but worth noting if that would affect your vibe. Service was good and surprisingly quick, so no issues there. They were at capacity on a Friday night at 8pm so clearly people like it. Maybe it was just an off night in the kitchen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  5. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nashville

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined 5 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall3food2service5ambience3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Server was great - very attentive. I got the kale salad and flatbread. My husband got the steak frites and soup of the day. My salad was okay, but I’ve had a lot better. My flatbread was very greasy and wasn’t very good. The steak was ok, not great. The soup was good. It was very loud in the restaurant. I wouldn’t recommend.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Edithl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    31 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    31 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on May 16, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This is our third time coming here pre theater and have found it to be very reliable-great service and food. They were very flexible on table location when a sudden monsoon arrived. Thanks for a lovely evening start.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CIRCA at Foggy BottomResponded 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thank you for your review, Edithl!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  7. MW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MichaelW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We had made a reservation for 2:00pm, trying to estimate the end of the GWU graduation ceremony. Of course, it ended earlier. The host staff was very helpful and accommodating as they were able to seat an hour early and with one additional guest. Over all, the Circa staff was understanding, the service was awesome and the food was excellent. Well done!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  8. NO

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NattiO

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Always great food, very busy during GW graduation weekend but still quick and efficient service. Great staff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  9. S

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Shannon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    17 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    17 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Had the delicious Mahi Mahi with quinoa and garlic spinach. It's one of the best of many great menu choices and my server was great!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  10. LJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Washington DC

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It was an overall great experience but our waitperson was really outstanding.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  11. J

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jules23

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Detroit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    32 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    32 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What a lovely restaurant and such good food and service! Would definitely go back. The salmon was outstanding.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  12. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    11 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    11 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Great server. Great fried chicken sandwich

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  13. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    San Diego

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on May 14, 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    For graduation

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kansas City

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Service was excellent. Food delicious as always.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  15. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Always great service and good food!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  16. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    16 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    16 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on May 12, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Portion sizes are a bit small for the price but the food was tasty. If you want to have the happy hour prices make sure you go to the bar as they do not let you do that in the dining room.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tony

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on May 12, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've yet to have a bad meal at Circa! I highly recommend Circa to all my friends at colleagues at GW!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    6 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    6 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    At a bustling location right near the metro. Pleasant outdoor seating and good food. Meals can be modified if needed to make healthier if you so chosen.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Great outdoor space

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  20. FG

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    FoodGuy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    89 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    89 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Very nice Thai shrimp salad and a generous portion of trout.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    singingblue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    54 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    54 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Excellent dinner last night! The tuna poke nachos, steak frites and mahi mahi we’re outstanding. Our server, Michael, was professional and attentive. We had a great meal and great service.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  22. KH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    KelseyH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The food was so good! The service was very quick and attentive. Love it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  23. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dinner before Kennedy Center event. Server checked on us often enough. Food came out in a timely manner, and we all very much enjoyed our meals

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  24. DR

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DerekR

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    New England

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    First time at CIRCA, went on a recommendation of our daughter's roommate from George Washington. We weren't sure what to expect, but it exceeded our expectations. Food was great, loved the music and atmosphere.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  25. WD

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    WillieD

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The food was amazing; all the way from the appetizers, to the entrees. Yhe outdoor seating is great because you're still protected from the element. Reservations were easy and as expected. I had a great overall experience and I'll definitely be back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CIRCA at Foggy BottomResponded on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hi Willie! We are so happy to see that you enjoyed your experience with us! Your kind words are so motivational to our team:) We are looking forward to your next visit! Kindest regards, Maggie (Brand + Community Manager)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  26. EJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    EbbedJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on May 2, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There a great buzz at Circa in Foggy Bottom!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CIRCA at Foggy BottomResponded on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks, Ebbed! We are looking forward to your next visit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  27. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    16 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    16 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on May 2, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Good food. Enjoyed sitting on their covered patio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  28. JS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    JoyS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Orlando

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We came to Circa by chance. It exceeded all our expectations! Great variety and the food was delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  29. NL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NavyLdy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Baltimore

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    8 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    8 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Our favorite restaurant! Our table for 2 was very small and area where it was located was tight

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CIRCA at Foggy BottomResponded on May 2, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hello! I am happy to hear that we are your favorite restaurant! Thank you for providing your feedback, I will share it with the rest of the team. Kindest regards, Maggie (Brand + Community Manager)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  30. J

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    John

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Attentive staff. Very helpful with gluten allergies, no issues with cross contamination.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CIRCA at Foggy BottomResponded on May 2, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hi John, Thank you so much for dining with us and providing your feedback! I'm so happy (but not surprised) to hear that our team was helpful regarding your party's gluten allergies. Kindest regards, Maggie (Brand + Community Manager)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  31. KD

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    KimberlyD

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    New England

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Our server was excellent, same as the food- we enjoyed everything about our dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CIRCA at Foggy BottomResponded on May 2, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hi Kimberly, We appreciate your support, and are glad you enjoyed your time dining with us! Kindest regards, Maggie (Brand + Community Manager)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  32. BK

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    BudK

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    20 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    20 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on April 27, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Extremely friendly and attentive staff, lovely outdoor heated eating area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CIRCA at Foggy BottomResponded on May 2, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hi Bud K! Thanks so much for your review! I will certainly share your compliments with the rest of the team. We are looking forward to your next visit! Kindest regards, Maggie (Brand + Community Manager)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  33. K

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kane

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Richmond

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on April 26, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nice lunch, had outdoor seating with a reservation. Great hostess, and outstanding waiter. Would gladly go back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CIRCA at Foggy BottomResponded on May 2, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hi Kane, We are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience! Thank you for joining us and we hope to host you again soon! Kindest regards, Maggie (Brand + Community Manager)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  34. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    15 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    15 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on April 25, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Had a wonderful experience here at Circa! The food was excellent, the service was very attentive, a great feel about the space, a spot for both inside and outside seating. Back to the food, I had the most delicious Asian shrimp salad. It was literally the best salad I’ve ever had, I could easily eat this two-three times a week, or maybe every day, the dressing has just the right spice, perfectly cooked shrimp it’s just amazing!! My husband also enjoyed his Italian flatbread, plenty of toppings, quality ingredients, perfect crunch. So needless to say this was a wonderful choice for dinner. Thanks so much Circa!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CIRCA at Foggy BottomResponded on May 2, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hello! Thank you so much for dining with us and providing your feedback! We are so pleased to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your Thai Shrimp salad. We are looking forward to your next visit! Kindest regards, Maggie (Brand + Community Manager)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  35. m

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mattf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on April 25, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Awesome find! Highly recommend the experience. Food was amazing and celiac friendly. Good music, great people and atmosphere. Went there twice on our short visit and would 100% go again!! Kudos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CIRCA at Foggy BottomResponded on May 2, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hi Matt F! Wow! We are so happy to hear that you visited us twice during your stay! We appreciate your support :) Kindest regards, Maggie (Brand + Community Manager)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  36. k

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ktydc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on April 25, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    good food and location for casual eating. I would go again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  37. L

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lindemanns

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Detroit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    15 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    15 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Awesome experience after a long day of classes for a non-local student. The bartender - Virginia was super awesome! Will definitely return for my next campus visits.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  38. S

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Shannon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    17 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    17 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I dined in the outdoor seating area on a beautiful Sunday morning and was served by the delightfully friendly Kennedy. She recommended the Sunday special, the salmon benedict with Old Bay seasoning, which was tasty and satisfying. The extra-low price for this special was also a surprise, and capped a perfect Sunday brunch experience.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  39. MK

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MikeK

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Great as always

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  40. PN

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    PacNW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Seattle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    6 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    6 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I had reservations for two for the patio but my companion had to cancel. Dined alone on the patio and service was very good. Blackberry Margarita was very good and the caesar salad was garlicky and good (I'm a garlic fan). Trout almondine was great, better than I expected, and cooked perfectly. A nice spot I would definitely go back to even as a solo diner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CIRCA at Foggy BottomResponded on May 2, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hello! We are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience! Thank you for joining us and we hope to host you again soon! Kindest regards, Maggie (Brand + Community Manager)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Safety precautions

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Contactless payment available
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Physical distancing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Protective equipment

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Waitstaff wear masks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Screening

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FAQs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  CIRCA at Foggy Bottom offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 506-5589.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  CIRCA at Foggy Bottom is rated 4.7 stars by 2190 OpenTable diners.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  CIRCA at Foggy Bottom does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Google Map for CIRCA at Foggy Bottom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2221 I St NW Washington, DC 20037

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Additional information

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Cross street

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I Street NW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Neighborhood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Foggy Bottom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Hours of operation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:30 pm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Cuisines

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    American

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Dining style

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Casual Elegant

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Dress code

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Casual Dress

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Public transit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Foggy Bottom Metro stop is located directly across the street, off the Orange and Blue lines.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Payment options

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Executive chef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nelson Rodriguez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Additional

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Phone number

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (202) 506-5589

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Private party facilities

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We have the ability to adapt our heated patio to meet your special event's needs. Our patio is the perfect space for hosting company happy hours, reunions, or just a great time with friends.Due to the set up of our dining room, it is difficult for us to create an entirely-private dining space. However, we have the ability to use our bar high-tops larger party needs indoors. Please reach out regarding your special event.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Private party contact

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Corey Neamo: (202) 506-5589

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