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About Permanently Closed - CIRCA at Dupont

This restaurant is permanently closed. 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 - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.6

Service

4.6

Ambience

4.4

Value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (19)
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Creative Cuisine (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Bar Seating (7)
Brunch (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
People Watching (6)
Romance (6)
Special Occasions (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Group Bookings (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
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Notable Wine List (2)
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Food4
Ambience5
Service5

 
 (New England)·Dined on 29 December 2017

Good Dinner Atmosphere!

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Food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 19 December 2017

Great lunch location to meet clientele. Food was very good and the service was excellent. Unfortunately, I believe this location of Circa is closing at the end of the month due to not being able to renew their lease. I would definitely recommend the other Circa location.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 18 December 2017

A Dupont Circle find! Good varied menu (salads, sandwiches and main dishes) and food is uniformly good. Front desk and servers are very nice, friendly and responsive. I find myself in the area often and sometimes have time considerations. Each time this has occurred the server has cheerfully made this happen without seeming rushed or anything other than obliging.

Tags: Seasonal, People Watching, Casual, Good for Groups, Fun
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on 17 December 2017

Food was delicious/ambiance cozy. Would definitely go back!

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 11 December 2017

Lovely, good food, a little too much verbal attention from servers, just pour the refills of tea or water and allow our conversation to continue.

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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 10 December 2017

Food and service were great. Rap music and adjoining sports bar can be a little loud and distracting if on a date or looking for peaceful dinner.

Tags: Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food3
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
 (Richmond)·Dined on 9 December 2017

We had a late dinner at Circa at Dupont. Initially I didn't realize it was a chain, as it didn't have a chain restaurant feel. The food was pretty good. I had the poke tuna nachos which were delicious and a bison burger that I would rate 7/10. The service was decent, but the waitress could have been more knowledgeable about the beer list and ABVs. Also, the restaurant turned on club-type music at what seemed like too early an hour as there were still tables finishing meals pre-bar crowd. Otherwise, it was an overall pleasant experience.

Tags: Good for a Date
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 4 December 2017

En todas las opciones que me dan para responde porque recomendaria este lugar, ninguno dice algo simple, "porque la comida es deliciosa" a eso se va a un restaurante. Me encanto y cada que puedo regreso.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 4 December 2017

Hangar steak salad was AMAZING! Atmosphere was quaint yet cute! Service was super attentive! We will be back FOR SURE! :)

Tags: Cozy, Romantic
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on 30 November 2017

Me and my wifi had a pleasant time in the restaurant.
The employees were all very kind and the food was great.
Definately would return

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 29 November 2017

Excellent neighborhood restaurant. Great food, great service, strong value.

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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 22 November 2017

Delightful as I knew it would be, if past is prologue. Love the kale Parmesan, their signature roasted Brussels Sprouts, and their daily soup special. And they make a mean Manhattan (I like their rye version) with seriously good cherries. The wait staff is warm, professional.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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Food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 19 November 2017

Fabulous evening. The cotes du rhone wine was excellent, and the special surf and turf was magnificent. Service could not have been better. The place is really, really great.

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Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 18 November 2017

Nicely prepared food, reasonable prices, excellent service, comfortable interior - right at Dupont Circle.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Fun
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Food3
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 17 November 2017

We arrived very early for our reservation but were promptly seated. The restaurant was very busy but pleasantly quite for the amount of people. This is a welcome change from so many restaurants these days. We ordered drinks, which came out relatively quickly. We then placed our dinner orders. The first course came out promptly but there was a lot of time until our mains arrived. Our server did apologized in advance of our entrees being served because of the lag time. The table seated next to us were seated much later than us but received their food first.
The plates looked nice, the plate itself was ice cold, not good for keeping your food warm. The food had good taste. I won't say it was outstanding, it was good. My dinner companion felt the same. I had the halibut and she the salmon.
We ordered the fresh baked chocolate chip cookies, they were not fresh baked, they were freshly warmed and were very dry.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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Food5
Ambience4
Service3
Value4

vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on 16 November 2017

Best Brussel sprouts in the business!

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Food5
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on 13 November 2017

A flat bread and macaroni and cheese were perfect to share between two people. And we finished the evening with their bread pudding. I️t was my second time there, and will definitely be headed back!

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Food5
Ambience5
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Value4

 
·Dined on 10 November 2017

The food was delicious. We had the pumpkin ravioli and the vegetable quinoa bowl. There was an event going on so it was a bit noisy but we were seated immediately and would definitely go back.

Tags: Healthy, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Fun
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Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on 9 November 2017

Four friends gathered in D.C. to celebrate our 85th year...all have birthdays in 2017! Staying in Dupont Circle area, so looked online and booked Circa. We were very pleased with the ambiance of the restaurant and the food choices. Granddaughter had arranged for champagne for our table...service gracefully handled. Knowing age and occasion, we were given a corner table, so altho restaurant is lively, we could talk and hear each other. Would go again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 9 November 2017

Ate at this restaurant three times in four nights, once with a group of 7, and, because of that experience, twice with a group of two. Excellent food and service every time.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Authentic
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Food5
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 (Nashville)·Dined on 8 November 2017

Only negative is we came during happy hour but happy hour specials were not available at tables, just the bar...otherwise great place

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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Food5
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Service5

vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on 8 November 2017

I love this spot.

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Food5
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Service5
Value5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 7 November 2017

Circa is always a good idea. The food is great, I love the new additions to the menu, the ambiance is always nice enough to have a conversation but not stuffy so you can't have a good time. I have never been failed by their service, particularly tonight, as our server was amazing.
Thank you as always!

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Food5
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·Dined on 5 November 2017

Was absolutely impressed with the service provided by MaryAnn. She answered all questions. She was a wonderful representative of Circa.

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Food4
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 3 November 2017

It was a lovely day to sit outside and enjoy a nice meal and good conversation. Always a nice neighborhood spot.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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Food4
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 2 November 2017

Went here for casual dinner - food was great, price was reasonable and the location was great!

Tags: Business Meals
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Food4
Ambience3
Service3
Value3

vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on 27 October 2017

Interesting menu with something for everyone. Certainly noisy so don't expect an intimate conversation. Good spot for a group of friends.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 26 October 2017

Martini's were perfect ! Flatbread BBQ chicken was outstanding and great way to start. Dinner were salads with salmon . Great food and all of staff is wonderful

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on 21 October 2017

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
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Service3
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on 21 October 2017

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 on 20 October 2017

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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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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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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 (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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 (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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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
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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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