CIRCA at Clarendon

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$30 and under
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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!

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What 691 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.5
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4.4
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Anne
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I chose Circa for my birthday dinner based on previous excellent lunches there. Service, food and drinks were all wonderful. The birthday candle in my dessert was a nice touch without being over the top - I appreciate that!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 16 March 2020

Anne, thank you so much for joining us and celebrating your birthday with us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and hope to see you again soon!

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Juge
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

I've been here several times. The food was great as always and the wait service was excellent. My only complaint is the table in the middle of the room. I asked the hostess for a side table and she said they were all reserved. One stayed open the whole time so she was lying.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 16 March 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service but are so sorry about your table request. We will be following up with our host to address your experience in hopes of preventing it from happening in the future. We hope to see you again soon!

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ReillyL
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I return to this Circa because they consistently take care of me. Giving me the table I request and their food is consistently delicious.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 9 March 2020

Reilly, thank you for joining us! We are so glad you always enjoy your experience with us and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Birthday - no one asked about any birthday which was weird and I did put in my note when I made reservation that it was for my mom’s birthday. Nothing happened so we got our check? Paid and leave. Food was really good tho!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Circa is excellent! Love it. A little on the expensive side, but worth it.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 2 March 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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JulieR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a business lunch and the food and service were great.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 2 March 2020

Julie, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service and we hope to see you again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Circa never disappoints!
Food and drinks are great and waitstaff is attentive and friendly to children. A favorite place to go.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 24 February 2020

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

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Katherine
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved CIRCA! The brunch menu was super diverse and there's something for everyone. All the menu items were very reasonably priced - $6 mimosas is pretty good compared to a lot of the other places in Arlington. Great environment and vibe. Definitely will return.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 2 March 2020

Katherine, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the brunch menu and mimosas. We hope to see you again soon!

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sandyt
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an 11:00 reservation. Perfect! By the time we left around 1:00, it was very noisy. Happy we came early.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 24 February 2020

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

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ValoriB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Haven't been for brunch in years and it is better than I remembered. Service was sensational!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 24 February 2020

Valori, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed brunch and the service. We hope to see you again soon!

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YolandaB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I took a friend for her birthday brunch and , as always, thoroughly enjoyed it! Thank you.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 24 February 2020

Yolanda, thank you for celebrating your friend's birthday with us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and we hope to see you again soon!

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Leverte
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience2

The lovster ravioli was horrible - I almost sent it back. The shrimp was salty & little to no lobster -- over all sub average.

My girlfriend's fish entree was average - little no taste or creativity.

Waitress was nice but it's also loud

This is NOT a 4 star experience - at best a 3 & our dishes a 2.5 forcrge price

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vipJessicaM
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Celebrated five years together and was so appreciate of how well the Circa staff always takes care of us.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 17 February 2020

Jessica, thank you for celebrating such a special occasion with us! We are so glad you enjoyed the service and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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IanN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent ambiance for Valentine's Day! The place looked great! Steak frites were a bit undercooked, but overall a really fun time with my girlfriend.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 17 February 2020

Ian, thank you so much for joining us for Valentine's Day! We are so glad you enjoyed the Steak Frites. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely v day dinner !

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 17 February 2020

Thank you so much for celebrating Valentine's Day with us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and we hope to see you again soon!

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vipDouglasT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and the food was fantastic as usual

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 17 February 2020

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The overall ambiance of the restaurant was very nice. The music was not too loud and the overall sound level was moderate. Food and service was outstanding and the overall experience was fantastic. I would definitely go again.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 17 February 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the ambiance as well as the food and service! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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vipeatdc7
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience3

Circa is a go-to spot for us. We come all the time, mostly for brunch, and enjoy it. The service is a bit harried, as in you have to ask multiple times for more ketchup or syrup (they give you about a dram of each) and half and half if you don't get it up front. That gets irritating when you're sitting there waiting to eat until one person in the party gets their syrup. Anyway...that syrup does end up on some delicious French toast. The cocktails are always solid and the wine list is fine. It's pretty loud.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 17 February 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the french toast and cocktails. We will be sharing your feedback with our team and we hope to see you again soon!

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vipWanderer
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

There was a time when I was able to get to CIRCA at Clarendon every Sunday for brunch. I miss it. I love brunch and CIRCA does it very, very well. For me going out to eat is a total experience - not just good food. And CIRCA does it all for me - and has since it opened. The food is very good, the service is always great and the dining room is always clean. (I am one of the dinosaurs who would prefer it a bit less noisy but it is not too, too loud.) This is one of my neighborhood favorites and I am so glad they are there when I can get there.

Oh, try the chicken benedict! I love it. And the Bistro breakfast too.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 17 February 2020

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The food and drinks were good (some very good), but the prices were a bit high.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 10 February 2020

Thank you so much for joining us and for your feedback! We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Drinks were amazing, loved the ambiance! I had what I think was called the blackberry julep!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 24 February 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Blackberry Mint Julep and look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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vipGaetanaE
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Unfortunately I asked a burger be well done, had to send back twice. Still was not really right.
One thing they did not charge me for the burger and were apologetic.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 10 February 2020

Gaetana, thank you for joining us! We are so sorry to hear about your burger and will be sharing your feedback with our Chef. We hope you'll join us again soon!

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vipRDS554
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Every CIRCA location is a great choice. This visit was a first date and it was perfect. BTW—get the Brussels Sprouts. You will not be sorry.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 10 February 2020

Thank you so much for joining us for a first day! We are so glad you enjoyed everything including the Brussels and Blue! We hope to see you again soon for a second date!

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annon
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding as always. One of the few restaurants we go to where everyone always cleans their plates completely. For dinner I have so far had the scallops, the lobster ravioli and shrimp, and then short rib, and all are fantastic. Chocolate torte dessert is great. Brunch is lovely as well!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 3 February 2020

Thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Seared Scallops, Lobster Ravioli and Seared Shrimp, Short Rib, and Dark Chocolate Torte. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome! We’ve come here multiple times and the timeliness is always great. Every server we’ve had is on point and attentive when needed. Food is always great too. No complaints, I’ve never had an issue with anything at a circa restaurant.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 3 February 2020

Thank you so much for joining us and for your positive feedback! We are so glad you've had such great experiences with and will be sure to share with our team. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Quick and easy. Food is prepped well.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 27 January 2020

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

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Etru
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

AMAZING ambiance and food to accompany! Thanks for making brunch memorable because we'll definitely be back.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 27 January 2020

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

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vipCCowan
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

CIRCA’s menu always delivers! There are always a variety of options, so I’m always choosing to order among three or four items.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 27 January 2020

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

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vipluvDC
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, service was good & food was great!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 27 January 2020

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

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vipStums
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fab neighborhood restaurant. I had the lobster ravioli and sautéed shrimp, and it was yummy. Also try the brick chicken.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 27 January 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Lobster Ravioli and Sauteed Shrimp, Free Range Brick Chicken, and chocolate chip cookies. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipHands
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Have eaten multiple times at Circa Foggy Bottom and thoroughly enjoyed each visit, I opted to try the Clarendon location to accommodate an Arlington guest. Circa was advertising a restaurant-week menu and I inquired about the portion size and was informed that the appetizer would be half the normal menu portion, but my other choices including the short rib and bread pudding dessert would be the same as from the regular menu. The restaurant-week menu looked like a good value so I opted in. Judging from my experience at both locations, and using the dessert as a specific point of comparison, either the server was incorrect and the restaurant-week menu offers reduced portions throughout, or the Foggy Bottom location is superior in this regard. The dessert seemed half the size my wife and I had shared multiple times in the past. The appetizers and entrees were very good all around, although I found my small single short rib also undersized. Recommend you skip the restaurant-week menu, or better yet skip restaurant week entirely.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 20 January 2020

Thank you so much for joining us at CIRCA at Clarendon. We are so sorry about the miscommunication regarding the portion size of our Restaurant Week menu. We will be following up with our team to address your experience. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went during Restaurant week, on a Sunday night. It was more crowded than usual, and noise level was tolerable. The service we fast and efficient, as was the kitchen. We enjoyed the menu; which is continental with a touch of creativity.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 27 January 2020

Thank you so much for joining us for Restaurant Week! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Jimw
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Anniversary

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 27 January 2020

Thank you for celebrating your anniversary with us! We hope to see you again soon!

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vipMarkF
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal - Circa's chefs prepare the best medium rare salmon in Clarendon.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 27 January 2020

Mark, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the salmon and hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great range of options on menu! Interesting cocktails. Good value for the area.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 27 January 2020

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

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coquizal
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great options for restaurant week. Flavors were on point! Super service . Nice ambiance. Rib dish was way too small, but it was very flavorful. They We’re very accommodating and allowed substitution in dishes to make it more Keto friendly! Would strongly recommend.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 20 January 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed Winter Restaurant Week and that we were able to accommodate! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipRVAdiner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great food and friendly, helpful service as always.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 20 January 2020

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

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vipMarkS
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and food during restaurant week! We will return!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 20 January 2020

Mark, thank you so much for joining us during Winter Restaurant Week! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome place. Food is great. Best spot for food in Clarendon.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 3 February 2020

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

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EricS
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My new favorite place! Fantastic food and service.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 20 January 2020

Eric, thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service. We hope to see you again soon!

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CIRCA at Clarendon does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. CIRCA at Clarendon also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 522-3010.