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About CIRCA at Dupont

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!

1601 Connecticut Ave.,NW
Washington, DC 20009
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Dining style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of operation:
Opening Hours:
Monday – Friday: 11:00am
Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am

Dress code:
Casual Dress

Price range:
$30 and under

Payment options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(202) 667-1601

Website:
http://www.circabistros.com/

Parking Details:
Metered street parking is available in front of the restaurant.

Public Transport:
Dupont Circle Metro stop is located directly across the street, on the Red line. (Exit out the North Exit).

Executive Chef:
Nelson Rodriguez

Private Party Facilities:
Due to the size of our dining room, it is very difficult for us to create an entirely-private dining space. However, we have the ability to use our bar high-top and our heated patio to meet some larger party needs. Please feel free to reach out regarding your special event. Likewise, our sister restaurant, CIRCA at Clarendon has a secluded private dining space that holds up to 15 people.

Private Party Contact:
Corey Neamo: (202) 506-5589

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

CIRCA at Dupont Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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Food

4.5

Service

4.4

Ambience

4.4

Value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (4)
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Service4
Value3

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

We really enjoyed our brunch at Circa! Relaxing, casual atmosphere. We got there at 10:30 AM so we beat the brunch rush a bit. Avocado toast was delicious. Thanks!

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch
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Food4
Ambience4
Service3
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Great late dinner for my family of three after a long drive to DC. atmosphere pleasant, food very good and drinks delicious. Just what the doctor ordered!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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Food5
Ambience2
Service4
Value5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Met a friend from out of town and suggested CIRCA because there is something for everyone on their menu. It’s really a happy hour scene and takes over the restaurant. Don’t go for the ambiance. Go for the really tasty food at great prices.

Tags: Casual
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Food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 14 October 2017

Great small plates, starters and salads for lunch!

Tags: Tapas, Business Meals
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Food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 7 October 2017

It was, simply put, a wonderful evening at Circa. Food and drinks were superb, and our waiter, Daniel, was excellent.

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Food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 5 October 2017

This is a neighborhood gem for me. Uniformly excellent food and service. Try the wonderful turkey burger.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, People Watching, Good for a Date
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Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 30 September 2017

The wait staff was very attentive and very courteous to our party. All the food came out great and everyone enjoyed their meal and brunch drinks.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 25 September 2017

We had a fine lunch. The sandwiches were robust and tasty and the service was excellent. It was fairly quiet, which made it comfortable for conversation.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining
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Food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 24 September 2017

Delicious brunch menu (the avacodo toast is a must!), friendly wait staff and prompt service

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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Food3
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 24 September 2017

The egg white omelette was a little too oily

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 13 September 2017

The hanger steak salad is superb, and service is very, very good.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 9 September 2017

I've been to Circa before and suggested it to a visiting friend. Very convenient to Metro, pleasant ambiance, good service, good food. We were able to sit and chat for a while after finishing our meal and with no hassle from the staff.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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Food3
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 9 September 2017

Das Essen war okay. Nicht das beste Essen in Washington aber ziemlich gut. Die Atmosphäre war aber eigentlich perfekt. Perfekt fuer Brunch mit Freunde. Ich empfehle dieses Cafe ganz gerne!

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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Food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 7 September 2017

Great home made fused old fashions to start the night. Flat bread perfect with cocktails . Salmon and steaks were perfect! Staff excellent.

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Food3
Ambience3
Service4
Value2

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 1 September 2017

Three previous visits were for brunch/lunch. This was my first dinner visit. Avocado toast has been delicious, and the seared tuna salad wasn't bad. Flatbreads don't have enough toppings, leaving you with a lot of bare crust. My pasta primavera was flavorless, and had virtually no vegetables at all, and what veg was there was limp and oily and over-cooked. I didn't taste them, but my family said the fries were limp and greasy. I keep going back because the location is convenient, but for the price, I think I have to look for something better.

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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 1 September 2017

Steak Fritos and veggies are ultimately delicious! Thank you for your outstanding service

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Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 30 August 2017

I nice neighborhood restaurant close to Dupont Circle. Ate outside on a beautiful day. Good food and good conversation.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 30 August 2017

Our lunch at Circa Dupont was absolutely spectacular. Both of us had the hanger steak salad, which was excellent. Service top notch. Sufficiently quiet to have a good conversation without yelling. All in all, a great time.

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Food4
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Value3

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 29 August 2017

Menu hasn't changed since I came here a year and a half ago, very limited options for vegetarians outside a couple of salads

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Food4
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 25 August 2017

Very good food and service!

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Food5
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·Dined on 22 August 2017

Circa - always quality food and service! I have a favorite waitress who has the best personality of any service staff in DC!!!!

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Food5
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Service2
Value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 20 August 2017

the food was exceptional! We has the chicken salad-type tacos things. We each had the chicken beast w mashed potatoes and broccoli and shared the cheesecake. Everything was fantastic and perfectly sized portions, sans the cheesecake. We shared it. It was a little less than rememberable. The wine was superb!

The server was completely terrible, but thankfully, the manager kept stopping by to check in on us, so that was great!

Definitely affordable!!

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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Food5
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Service2
Value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 19 August 2017

It took an hour and a half plus to have a small dinner and one cocktail. I think our server was new. Tables that arrived after us paid and left before us.

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Food4
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Service4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 17 August 2017

The Brussels and Blue were surprisingly good. Definitely an appetizer win.

The Lobster Ravioli was a bit disappointing. The portion was very small (3 Ravioli. It was a bit spicy and the taste of lobster was barely a hint. The portion could have been due to this being Restaurant Week.

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Food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 16 August 2017

Amazing place- staff so kind and warm
The food was as described! Delicious 😋 and plated well!

Tags: Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Organic
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Food4
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Service5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 15 August 2017

We sat outside on a very comfortable evening. The appetizers, Bruschetta and Brussels Spouts, were especially good.

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Food4
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Service3
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 15 August 2017

The Restaurant Week lunch was an excellent deal with great food. My friend said her brussel sprouts and blue cheese appetizer was one of the best dishes she's ever had. We had a nice table at the window. My one criticism is that the wait staff did not wait for us to finish one course before bringing out the next course, and at one point tried to grab my friend's plate while she was still clearly eating.

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Food5
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·Dined on 13 August 2017

The food was fresh, flavorable and downright amazing. So good we are planning on going back already!

Tags: Good for a Date
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Food4
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Service4
Value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 11 August 2017

We took our teenage daughter and a friend for our daughter's birthday before a show. Everything was very good, and an excellent value.

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Food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 10 August 2017

This is a standard for me. In the heart of duPont Circle. Consistently excellent service and good food. Good value!

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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Food5
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·Dined on 6 August 2017

Amazing experience! The atmosphere was outstanding and the music was a complete hit. We will be back.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Comfort Food, Hot Spot
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Food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 28 July 2017

Great food for reasonable prices!!! I'm sold! Food was displayed beautifully, too!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Casual, Healthy, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 22 July 2017

Despite arriving late, we were warmly greeted and seated. Our lovely waitress, Tosh, was knowledgeable and delightful. We both had the night's special, rib eye steak with lobster macaroni and cheese. Yum! We ordered our meat prepared two different ways and both were prepared perfectly. We also had caesar's salad and a nice bottle of wine. The prices are reasonable for DC. Tosh was great and we'll request her the next time we go back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Fun
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Food4
Ambience4
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Value4

 
 (Richmond)·Dined on 21 July 2017

Shotgun Shrimp appetizer was great! The "slaw" that accompanied it was tasty and refreshing. My halibut was excellent. While the noise level was high, I certainly would return.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 20 July 2017

Excellent service, creative wine list, good food, and fair prices.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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Food5
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on 16 July 2017

This was one of the best meals we've ever had in Washington DC. Can't wait to go back!

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Food3
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on 15 July 2017

Drinks were tasty. The food came in really small portions. I ordered the lobster ravioli and it came with only 5 pieces -- didn't taste that great either. My date ordered the brick chicken -- also small portions, but it was delicious. The bruschetta appetizer, however, was an ample portion, and tasted very good.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 13 July 2017

The biggest issue with our visit is that, on a 100° day, their AC was broken. We we're both sweating indoors and it got pretty uncomfortable. Felt even worse for the waitress. Maybe they should have offered something complimentary?

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Food5
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·Dined on 7 July 2017

Great overall experience and set the perfect tone for a family getaway weekend in DC with my wife and two teenagers!! Food was fantastic and the staff was very helpful and pleasant. Location was also perfect for us since we were staying at a nearby hotel and were using the Metro for transportation. Wish we would have had time to come back for another meal but was a short trip. Will definitely come back on next visit to DC!

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Food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 7 July 2017

The salads here, especially in summer, are the big lure. Blackened chicken mango and the citrus shrimp salad to fantastic!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating
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