CIRCA at Foggy Bottom

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom

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Hours
Sun
11:00 - 21:30
Mon
11:00 - 22:00
Tue
11:00 - 22:00
Wed
11:00 - 22:00
Thu
11:00 - 22:00
Fri
11:00 - 23:00
Sat
11:00 - 23:00
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Ratings and reviews
4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Travellers' Choice 2023

RATINGS
Food
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Value
3.9 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.1 of 5 bubbles
Does this restaurant have tables with seating?
About
This is a sister to the flagship store at Dupont Circle.
CUISINES
American
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles908 reviews
Excellent
394
Very good
370
Average
111
Poor
22
Terrible
11
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

marinam9042017
Seattle17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 family
We eat here often when we are in DC because it is consistently good and next to where our daughter lives, and is reasonably priced. This time we just had lunch. I had a very fresh mixed salad on which I added a piece of nicely grilled salmon (for $9 extra). They kindly toasted some of their brioche bread to accompany my salad. My wife had a fried chicken sandwich which she was very happy with... and the fries, which I stole a few of, were crisp and hot. I had a nice glass of Josh Cellars Chardonnay. Overall nice wait staff and prompt service.
Written 18 September 2020
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ReneeR7223
Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed your Salad and Chicken sandwich. We look forward to hosting you again!
Written 5 October 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Chunt09
16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 solo
On a brief passing visit through DC on my way to NYC for business from the UK, I found myself in the One Washington just round the corner. Circa was recommended by a colleague so I dropped in. The decor although stylish was a little predictable and mainstream, it felt a bit chain-esq. It’s a great space but could be so much more. I’m always suspicious of a large menu but the Brussels starter came with a lovely blue cheese, & the Salmon main was cooked wonderfully, with a gorgeous mustard sauce. There was a slight misunderstanding with my order but the waitress was lovely and rectified it quickly. The manager came over to apologise and was so professional and polite, and also showed genuine interest in my time in DC, I’m a stickler for customer service & I was very impressed. Also the lovely chap on the bar made a mean negroni. The food was great and the staff, lead by (I think) Maddie? (Apologies if the name is wrong) were wonderful. She was a credit to the company as were all the staff & made me feel very welcome and at home. Please pass on my thanks.
Written 8 January 2020
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Kenny I
Edinburgh17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 none
We enjoyed a great evening at Circa. The bar staff were attentive and friendly before we sat down to eat. We enjoyed very tasty and excellently prepared and presented salads and at a sensible price. The atmosphere was great - busy but not too noisy.
Written 26 August 2022
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Tatiana
Amman13 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 none
Went here for happy hour. They will only Allow you to order off of the hh menu if you sit in the bar area. We asked to sit in the bar area and they told us they had no space and offered us a table instead However we would have to order off of the full dinner menu. There were 4 tables total in the bar area, 3 of which had one person sitting at them. Just seems like bad business All thing considering. We decided not to stay.
Written 28 January 2021
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David Belcher
70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 solo
I didn’t plan on dinning at this particular restaurant but I’m glad I did. Unfortunately I was at the hospital across the street visiting a sick friend and noticed the restaurant setting up the patio for business so I decided since I was starving and I would love to sit on the patio to dine in and enjoy a nice salad. Upon arriving without a reservation I was gladly greeted by a friendly and cheerful hostess who was more than happy to seat me where I requested. I was promptly greeted by my server Erin and she did everything perfect from start to finish and made sure my salmon salad was above my expectations so much that I ordered another after the completion of the first one. It’s always nice to receive exceptionally great service and food in a timely manner. Yes by all means I would recommend this restaurant to my family,friends and whoever else wants to experience a superb restaurant across the board!!! Thank you Erin for exceeding my high expectations!!!
Written 10 July 2021
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TravelBoy53
Strong187 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 couples
Nice spot in Foggy Bottom GWU. The menu isn't large but it does have some variety. The food (we had multiple small plates, salad, and a flatbread) was well prepared and tasty. The service is friendly but mildly uneven (not bad) that I mark up to the likely inexperience (and turnover) of the waitstaff during post pandemic times. The facility is nice - we sat on patio.
Written 28 April 2022
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marleigh252
Newport3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 family
Highly recommend! Table of 4 and all of us were delighted with our choices. I remembered to take a picture of the Tuna Poke nachos, which were good. The pumpkin ravioli was tasty, and though too sweet for my liking, my daughter quite enjoyed it. The Brussels & Blue was delicious, with just the right touch of balsamic. But the star of lunch were the Wagyu meatball sliders. They came with 3 sliders, but we wanted to share the appetizer amongst a table of 4. The server was able to add a single additional slider to the order, rather than make us order two servings. We all groaned with pleasure embarrassingly loudly, they were so good. Also recommend the vodka mojito and the cucumber French 75!
Written 6 February 2023
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bagheera05
San Diego32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
Enjoyed my visit here. I had the bistro breakfast, which is French toast with eggs, potatoes and bacon. I also had two bloody Marys. Their mix, which looks like it's something they make on site, has just enough bite without going too far.
Written 22 February 2020
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reneermhg
Thank you so much for joining us for brunch! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and we hope to see you again soon!
Written 24 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Spiegs1968
Mechanicsburg709 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 family
Circa was outstanding today. Excellent service, quality drinks, and great food. Especially loved the firecracker shrimp. My steak frites was perfectly cooked medium and the fries were flavorful and crispy. My daughter’s roast was also excellent. Desserts were delicious and our server was great. Circa is a consistent, steady win
Written 27 February 2022
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mona0
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 friends
I have to tell that all our dishes: Cesar Salad, Ribs, Steak, Pumpkin cheesecake were of high quality! Our compliments to chef! Due to a very loud noise in the restaurant and, perhaps, lack of training, our waitress not even tried to appear to be attentive. I caught myself on the thought that robot service could have been much better then human. Communication was minimal with varieties misunderstandings. For example: when assistant of waitress brought us our entrees, due to lack of English he just landed two plates without words and left. I was trying to figure out what plate has my ribs, because it was hidden under the pile of fried potatoes, so there was no one around to ask and we waited and waited just to ask what actually has been served to us. We felt that we were "mis served" instead of served. I came to conclusion that even food was excellent (and I am quite picky eater), there is no reason in the future to visit places like Circa at Foggy Bottom in the future.
Written 10 December 2023
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dkf1031
Washington DC24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 family
I hosted my brother's rehearsal dinner at Circa and cannot say enough good things about the experience. Tee, Circa's incredible event coordinator, worked closely with me leading up to the event to ensure the perfect evening, entertaining every whim from requests for signature drinks to decorating the venue with photos I provided, adjusting the room layout to make my seating needs work and going above and beyond with extra efforts to add special touches like beautiful flowers as centerpieces, a personalized food and cocktail menu and more. Circa's manager, Akeem, was charming, supportive and outstanding from start to finish. He was so attentive throughout the night, checking in on me, congratulating the families and ensuring everyone was happy and having a great time. For anyone who has hosted a big milestone event for someone else, you know it can be stressful - but Tee and Akeem instilled confidence and reassured me at every turn. My brother and his bride had the best time calling the evening "a ten out of ten" and I can't tell you how many of the attendees gave glowing compliments and made statements like, "this could have been the wedding party!" Our bridal party can drink, and the bar staff kept up with them and were friendly, engaging, and on top of all orders. The food was EXCEPTIONAL. For the event, we took over the entire outdoor patio. I was nervous that in the winter time people might be too cold, but with heat lamps, the space was perfect and easily accommodated our party of 50. The first hour of the evening was a mixer style event with guests mingling, drinks flowing and platters of sliders and hummus and veggies which were delicious. This was followed by a two hour sit-down dinner with a prix fixe three course meal. A lot of guests had dietary needs and gluten intolerances, but Circa was so accommodating and ensured that every plate that came out looked immaculate, tasted delicious and was generously portioned. As the organizer of the event that would kick off my brother's wedding weekend and set the tone for everything to follow, I had some anxiety leading up to the event - but thanks to Tee, Akeem and the wonderful staff at Circa, things could not have gone better. Thank you to everyone on the Circa team for a fun, memorable and delicious evening. For anyone considering a venue for a special event, Circa is OUTSTANDING and you won't regret choosing them as your venue.
Written 18 February 2024
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Mancy T
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 none
The food is amazing. I am allergic to shrimp, but I had to try it... and I didn't get sick. The entire organization went for dinner, and you would have thought they would have skimped on the place they chose, they did not...If you want to take someone in your life out and you are in the area, this will make an impression on them.
Written 22 May 2022
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Sunni01
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 none
This is a lively spot with great food and service. My husband and I opted to share some dishes and were particularly wild about the calamari and chicken wings. Great flavors. Delicious, well-crafted bar drinks, and I also loved the non-alcoholic concoctions. Our waiter Kastriot "Kas" was exceptional and we requested his table on our return visit a few nights later. We will return!
Written 3 April 2022
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TxGSG
79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 none
Our hotel, The River Inn, recommended Circa as a great neighborhood restaurant and they really steered us correctly. We ate there three nights out of the four we spent in DC recently. We chose to sit at the bar all three nights since we had such a good time there the first time. Great happy hour food with friendly, helpful bartenders. My husband noted that his Whiskey Sour drinks were consistent and good all three nights, always a good sign. I wish I recalled the bartenders names: the first night in particular, our charming young female bartender was talkative in the best way. Besides the good drinks, the food was really outstanding. We had both happy hour menu items and full plate items. Favorites on HH menu: lettuce wraps and flatbreads, oh shotgun shrimp also. On the full plate menu, I had some pumpkin ravioli in a brown butter sauce that had me eating to the last bite. Delicious! Hope to return to DC, Circa at Foggy Bottom, and The River Inn. All worth a repeat visit.
Written 16 November 2022
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James A
Indian Head246 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 none
The restaurant is near a metro line [Foggy Bottom] and across the street is, GW University Medical center. The staff was very friendly and the food was pretty good. A bit pricey, but you can expect that dining in Washington, DC. The atmosphere was relaxed and everyone seemed friendly.
Written 12 June 2020
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