CIRCA at Foggy Bottom

4.7
1959 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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1959 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating my daughter’s 19th birthday and enjoying the special dinner before seeing Hades Town at the Kennedy Center. The food was amazing and I loved the music of feeling like I was back in the late 90s. I will definitely go back again the next time I’m in DC/Foggy Bottom.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice, we enjoyed our time at the Circa, we will be back !

SG
ShiroG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect on every count. Outdoor patio was fantastic.

DG
vipDisneyGirl
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

GREAT place for brunch, and perfect for pre-theatre at the Kennedy Center! The food and drinks are all great, service is always exceptional, and they are fantastic at honoring reservations!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience, everything we ordered looked great and tasted fantastic. The service was top notch as well.

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vipGeorgeGG
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place for lunch. Great salads. Lots of good outdoor seating. Noise level from the street is a bit hit and miss but was really good the last time

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Dede
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great time, I love that they gave me a card for my birthday and a free dessert.

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vipEileen
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything and all the service was outstanding. Went back to back for dinner!!

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Beachmom
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to catch a bite near The George Washington University. We were a party of 6 and all items that were ordered were prepared well and delicious. We will definitely return on our next visit to D.C.

SC
vipSatisfiedCustomer
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent service and friendly staff!

EC
ElizabethC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Consistently good food at Circa once again! Ate dinner there before a Kennedy Center show, took one star off only because the noise level on the outdoor patio (TVs, nearby tables) was very loud, despite regular city noise, but not the worst thing ever.

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nilsam
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service was very fast and the food was excellent.

GG
vipGeorgeGG
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and convenient. Outside area is nice but noise levels a little high because of street noise and the hospital. Would be a little better if they turned off the music (which you couldn't listen to anyway)

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal. Great service

MT
vipMTPtravelsUSA
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good cocktails and mocktails. Great variety of dishes and they were all enjoyed by our group. Overall, a delicious evening with a casual, but upscale vibe.

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Bidoof
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday was great

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good!!!

PH
PhillipH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a table reserved for five and the table was ready and in a quiet corner where we had privacy and a nice view of the outside. The food and drinks were excellent. We each ordered different items and they all looked delicious! I will definitely return to Circa. We told our waiter that we wanted to eat and "run" so that we could catch the bus to the Kennedy Center across the street. Our food came out quickly and service was great!

RM
RandyM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding and the service was good.

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keisemann61
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Must visit when in DC. Fantastic food. So fresh and one of the best meals I have had in while.

SJ
vipSteveJ
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch menu!

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AngieP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were very attentive and accommodating. Loved being on the outside patio. Salmon and seared tuna were perfection, and the crispy brussel sprouts appetizer absolutely outta this world.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We met at Circa for a pre-concert dinner. It’s menu worked for all of us. The Brussels sprouts + blue cheese app was delicious. I wanted scallops, but they were out, so I went for a kale + Quinoa bowl. Delicious! My one sister had a flatbread pizza and the other had a Caesar with chicken. The entrees were too big. We split the bread pudding for dessert. Yum! I had a Sauvingnon Blanc which did not stand up to the kale & quinoa, oh well! Service was great — very attentive without being annoying. For our three-course dinner, we were there for two hours. Lovely!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
35 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great mimosas, food was good and the prices are reasonable. Will definitely come back here. The waiter made the best cappuccino I have ever had in USA.

BP
vipBelindaP
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place to grab a bite and drink. Nice atmosphere. Love the patio seating.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Q was an excellent server, food was delicious and timing was perfect

JM
JeffreyM
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My only complaint is that the music inside the restaurant was extremely loud given the few number of patrons present. Perhaps if we were dining outside the loudness of the music would not have been an issue. Made table conversation difficult. Food good, service great.

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AprilM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was friendly and attentive. The food was served in a reasonable amount of time and it was hot and cooked as ordered.

DC
DCKT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was very flavorful. It looked like regular salad but salmon was cooked perfectly and dressing was tasty. Service was good though not particularly friendly but it was efficient. A good place for business lunch.

NL
NavyLdy
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service, as always! Really enjoy the outside dining option.

EB
ErinB
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food was awesome. Service sucked. They gave us someone else's tab which would've been cheaper. We waited 20 mins to request dessert to go and get the check because our server disappeared.

DC
DianaC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A neighborhood gem!
The food was simply outstanding and we are already planning a return visit. Everything came out hot and fresh.
The fried calamari appetizer and the sliders were really amazing as a start to the meal.
The risotto with scallops, braised short rib and chicken were all just delicious- the sauces paired so well with the entrees and the mashed potatoes were creamy and perfect.
As a grande finale we had the dark chocolate torte and the bread pudding. We all thought our tastebuds had died and gone to heaven.
Our server was warm, professional and really attentive.
We would highly recommend this spot for any occasion!

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NanaRR
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We made a reservation and were seated inside immediately. I ordered the Vegetable Quinoa bowl with chicken. One of my friends ordered the Blackened Mango dish and my other friend ordered a grilled chicken sandwich. We all agreed that the food was delicious and the menu was very creative. However, we were slow to receive our meals and the noise level was very high and it was difficult to hear each other at times.

JH
vipJefferyH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service. Have been there 5 or 6 times and have never been disappointed.

RM
RandyM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. Server was friendly. Love the food. You should bring back the spinach and artichoke dip!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We flew in for college visits and are staying near the GWU campus and looked for a restaurant in walking distance in the heart of GWU. We were able to book a 9PM reservation, and when we could go earlier, the hostesses graciously accommodated us and our request for patio seating. Everything was wonderful - from the menu, wine list, non-alcoholic cocktails and food choices. Service was attentive and helpful. If the kid chooses DC, we will return.

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brucel
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good as in previous visits. Notably, the service was very good. Our server was friendly and provided a high level of service. Food pacing was just right.

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TT9876
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent service, and great day to enjoy the patio

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DollyL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great place to eat in foggy bottom. I have been here several times and the food is always delicious. It’s a bit noisy inside and of course outside with sirens and people since it’s right on the street but nonetheless it is a great place to eat.

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 1959 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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