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CIRCA at Clarendon

4.7
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724 reviews
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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!

**Our patio and dining room are now open at 50% capacity! **
For more information on how we are keeping our guests and team safe, visit circabistros.com/keeping-you-safe

Support CIRCA at Clarendon during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 724 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Poppymo5872
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Awful. We had Rosa as our waitress and she barely checked in with us. Also, we found a strand of hair in the risotto. Disgusting.

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Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for joining us and for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are so sorry to hear about your experience and will be following up to learn more.

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Paolo
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience2

Food was ok , scallops undercooked and risotto over cooked mushy

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded 3 days ago

Paolo, thank you so much for joining us and for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We will be following up with our Chef to address your feedback and we hope to see you again soon!

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Geranium
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Circa has really mastered outdoor dining with social distancing. It was the same great menu, and the service was outstanding. Although our party lingered over our dinner, the server could not have been more gracious or attentive. She noted that it was an anniversary for both couples and surprised us with a delicious cake. I highly recommend the Arlington Circa.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for celebrating your anniversary with us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Yuuuum
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is amazing! Outside seating is lovely. Get the Brussels Sprouts!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 30 June 2020

Thank you so much for joining us for a meal on the patio! We are so glad you enjoyed the Brussels and Blue and hope to see you again soon!

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vipLeslieL
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food at Circa is not only good but it is consistent. We ordered take out during the Stay at Home orders and we were never disappointed. We recently went back to dine in person. The outdoor space is large and quiet. The servers are well trained and friendly. This is one of our go to places where we know we will not be disappointed.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 30 June 2020

Leslie, thank you for joining and supporting us during the stay at home order! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and hope to see you again soon!

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HeatherB
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Circa Clarendon is a favorite, particularly when the weather permits sitting outside. Very satisfied with Covid-related precautions being taken and will return again!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 30 June 2020

Heather, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you felt safe and hope to see you again soon!

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SusanM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Can't say enough great things about this restaurant. It was a great place to celebrate Father's Day. Food was excellent...the Brussel Sprouts wow! Five of us had different meals and all agreed it was excellent. Ambiance was fun, and service was without a doubt the best we've experienced in recent memory.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 30 June 2020

Susan, thank you for joining us for Father's Day! We are so glad everyone enjoyed their meals and service. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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vipRene
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, great cocktail selection, great customer service all around.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 30 June 2020

Rene, thank you for joining us! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the food, drinks, and service. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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vipEHM5
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Had a great Father's day meal at circa. Food was tasty, as were drinks. Server Marcus was friendly and efficient. Big thanks to hostess and manager who worked to seat us outside even though they had set up a table for us inside. All staff were taking covid-19 precautions (wearing masks, etc.) Would definitely go back.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 30 June 2020

Thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed Father's Day with us as well as the team. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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ReginaldS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

CIRCA at Clarendon was outstanding. We started out in an outside table until the rain came. We were moved indoors and still maintained the appropriate distance between tables. Thank you for the wonderful experience.

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vipgolflgcc
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, great food.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 23 June 2020

Thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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vipsascha
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great restaurant and atmosphere, friendly staff and good food and drink options :)

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 23 June 2020

Sascha, thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and we look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible! Food was amazing! Our server didn’t tell us his name but his level of service was awesome! He provided great recommendations me and my guest both enjoyed our experience very much!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 23 June 2020

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

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GeoffC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The steak and frites were good but I thought the portion was small. Servers were very attentive and took care of us. We will definitely eat there again.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 23 June 2020

Geoff, thank you so much for joining us and for your feedback! We will be sure to share your feedback with our Chef and hope to see you again soon!

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vipTommas
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

First-time indoor dining since COVID, and we had Maya as our server and everything was great!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 23 June 2020

Tommas, thank you for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed Maya's service and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Raeb
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great good as always. The music was a little loud outside

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 23 June 2020

Raeb, thank you for joining us and for your feedback! We hope to see you again soon!

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BoldFoodie
London
14 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

This was our first outing after the lock-down and we extremely pleased. The food is delicious and creative and CIRCA has done a good job of keeping the outdoor tables far apart and all staff masked. much appreciated.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 23 June 2020

Thank you so much for your support and for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed everything including the food! We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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Graham
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

It was our first dinner out after lockdown. Well worth the wait. The ambience was a little flat but then Social Distancing makes it hard to improve on that count. However, in all other regards the meal was spectacular. The food is always excellent and the staff even told us when they were smiling behind the masks. It was lovely.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 30 June 2020

Graham, thank you so much for joining us for your first dinner out! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Impressive Covid 19 cleaning constantly happening! Fantastic food and drinks. The Tito & Lilly cocktail was delicious!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 15 June 2020

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall2Food4Service4Ambience5

The food was good, but the portions were incredibly small! Especially for the price.....won’t be back unless they up their portion sizes

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great dinner, we were seated inside, spaced out of course. The staff seemed so happy to be there and be there for us patrons. I always get the scallops, yum! The bread pudding dessert is incredible, recommended by the waiter. Agree!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 30 June 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed the Seared Scallops and Brioche Bread Pudding! We hope to see you again soon.

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gmafor5
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great to be back at Circa. Food & service were as good as always.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 15 June 2020

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

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Kaheke
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Simple dishes done elegantly. This is the perfect place for a casual night out or a celebration.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 15 June 2020

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First mimosa post quarantine... it was AMAZING

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 15 June 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you enjoyed your first mimosa post quarantine and hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They did a great job making sure people were distanced and it felt extremely clean. Food was amazing as always.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 8 June 2020

Thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you felt safe when you dined with us as the safety of our team and guests are our top priorities. We are also happy to hear you enjoyed the food. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Wonderful and accommodating service received. Thank you!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 8 June 2020

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

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viptylerl
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My visit at Circa Clarendon was great! During this COVID 19 pandemic this restaurant went above and beyond to make me feel safe and protected. The table was thoroughly wiped down, hand sanitizing wipes were supplied once I sat down and the server wore gloves and masks at all time. The food was delicious and the outdoor ambiance was very nice.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 8 June 2020

Tyler, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad you felt safe when you dined with us and enjoyed the food. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Date with my 4yo son. We love Circa.. happy to be back!!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 8 June 2020

Thank you for picking us as your special date spot! We hope you enjoyed everything and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Whitney
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Circa did a great job following all the CDC guidelines - servers were in masks and gloves, menus were disposable, tables were 6ft apart and their were disposable wipes on the tables and hand sanitizer stations set up. The server was extremely friendly. The food tasted fantastic. It was great to be back at Circa!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 8 June 2020

Whitney, thank you so much for joining us! We are so glad to hear you felt safe when joining us and enjoyed the food. We hope to see you again soon!

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NEIDE39
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I ordered the shrimp with grits. It was very tasty. However the margarita I ordered was watery.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 15 June 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
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you Circa staff!!! My family and I felt safe and happy to be dining outside.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 8 June 2020

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

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Magicj
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love brunch at Circa! Hope they bring back Huevos Rancheros though.

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 8 June 2020

Thank you so much for joining us for brunch! We'll be sure to let our team know that you'd love to see the Huevos Rancheros back on our brunch menu. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, drinks (blueberry margarita) and very accommodating wait staff!

CIRCA at Clarendon
Responded on 8 June 2020

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

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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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FAQs

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.

CIRCA at Clarendon is rated 4.7 stars by 724 OpenTable diners.

CIRCA at Clarendon does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.circabistros.com/gift-cards/.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.

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