CIRCA at Foggy Bottom

4.6
1004 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of Operation
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 11am
Saturday - Sunday: 10am
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Phone number
(202) 506-5589
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Nelson Rodriguez
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
I Street NW
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Parking Details
Public garage is located around the corner on 22nd Street between I Street NW and Pennsylvania Ave. Metered street parking is available in the neighborhood.
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Public Transit
Foggy Bottom Metro stop is located directly across the street, off the Orange and Blue lines.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1004 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.5
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.2
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Amazing experience and food. #RestaurantWeek

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Awesome experience! Perfect way to celebrate my birthday. Our server, Chris, was excellent! Great food and drink recommendations and insight about the theater shuttle. Definitely ready to go back!

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Good food and desserts, at decent prices. Although the service was a bit slow between courses, the wait staff did keep up on drinks.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

There for Restaurant Week and Pre-theater dinner. Staff was great even though it was a busy evening. Food was wonderful, especially the Mixed Berry Shortcake.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

I have lunch at Circa often and it is consistently good. This visit was for restaurant week and the menu was excellent. Service is also consistently good. It is a bit loud if that is a concern for people. I like to sit at the tables in the bar as the inside regular tables are really close together.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Friendly service and excellent, attractive dishes. Everything we ordered was delicious. Fixed price offer was an excellent deal at $35 for 3 courses. We were there for pre-theater, and they totally respected our time constraints without our feeling rushed. The only negative was that happy hour was available only at the bar (which was full), which isn’t explained on their web site and doesn’t seem appropriate anyway. Overall, we definitely would return to Circa.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Bartenders were attentive and friendly. We loved all the food and they have a great cocktail menu!

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

What can I say? Siz people, six raves. Food and service were excellent. Place was a bit noisy. Shuttle to Kennedy Center was convenient. I'd certainly recommend this place.

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5.0Dined on 12 August 2018

So many things I wanted to try! The menu is amazing and everything we ate was superb. Ahi nachos. Risotto. Steak. Salmon.

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5.0Dined on 12 August 2018

Went to CIRCA with family for dinner before a Sunday evening performance at the Kennedy Center. Service was top notch - not rushed, but friendly and attentive. We ordered Sea Bass, Salmon, Chicken and Scallops from the menu. Everyone thought their meal was excellent. A terrific option in Foggy Bottom.

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5.0Dined on 12 August 2018

It's been my second time there and so far everything has been consistently amazing!

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4.0Dined on 11 August 2018

Walked from the Kennedy Center with my spouse and two kids after seeing Hamilton on Saturday afternoon. We were giddy from the performance and the patio seating in the lovely afternoon light matched our mood. Service was great. Food was great. The brioche bread pudding and the mixed berry shortcake great ways to end the meal. Would recommend to anyone.

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5.0Dined on 11 August 2018

The food and service was grear. The atmosphere was very nice and quiet.

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5.0Dined on 11 August 2018

I made reservations at Circa based on internet reviews, and we couldn't have been happier! The food is wonderful and the servers are friendly and helpful. They are very used to patrons eating there prior to a show at the Kennedy Center, so dinner moved along at just the right pace (P.S. 5:30 reservation was perfect timing for this). There is a theater menu, which looked great, but we didn't need quite so much food so ordered off the menu. Bruschetta as an appetizer, which was fabulous - not your typical bruschetta! We had, as our two entrees, halibut & risotto and crab cakes. No dessert needed! All around great experience.

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5.0Dined on 11 August 2018

Delicious lunch before Hamilton matinee.

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5.0Dined on 10 August 2018

Always a favorite place, I had the Halibut, which had a strong sea-salt flavor, but I wouldn't say it was salty. I am just not used to salt! It was very good, the entire plate was lovely. Cookies for dessert were warmed and wonderful.

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5.0Dined on 7 August 2018

Excellent service. Food came out promptly as ordered. Never once needed to ask for a beverage refill. Flavorful food at a reasonable price for the quality, location, and ambiance. An enjoyable and easy spot to go to for a nice meal before a show at the Kennedy Center.

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2.0Dined on 5 August 2018

Everything went wrong. Sorry, I was not impressed. It was a recommendation from a colleague, but it wasn’t a great experience — the food, the service, the ambiance.

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5.0Dined on 3 August 2018

We had a party of six and everyone was over the moon happy with their selections. Each of us had three courses, lovely wine and wonderful service. The night could not have been more perfect. Authentic Ceasar salad, fresh seafood, amazing lobster ravioli, etc ... Thanks!

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5.0Dined on 3 August 2018

Play at Kennedy center

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2.0Dined on 31 July 2018

Went for a celebration of our son starting law school, on the recommendation of hotel staff, with high hopes. Our reservation was early, 7pm, and the place was not too busy, yet staff was indifferent and inattentative. We asked for recommendations but none were presented with enthusiasm. The scallops at the next table looked great to my wife and she was excited to order but, they were out. At 7pm? She settled for salmon, same as our son ate. The next morning at breakfast, she admitted her disappointment and expressed her desire to not return but, worse yet, our son said he thought his dinner could have been why he spent the night breaking-in the WC in his new apartment.

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5.0Dined on 29 July 2018

great meal before theatre. food was really good. had tuna salad and so fresh. portions perfect. dessert good too. waiter zach friendly and attentive.

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4.0Dined on 29 July 2018

Cheese wasn’t quite melted on my son’s hamburger but everything else was good

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5.0Dined on 28 July 2018

We met there before going on to the Kennedy Center to see Hamilton. I was a bit hesitant about timing and service (at 5:15), but they are clearly staffed up for an early incoming crowd ahead of KC's 7:30 and 8:00 curtains. The food was excellent, especially the Korean appetizer.

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5.0Dined on 28 July 2018

Great location pre theatre at Kennedy Center. Wonderful atmosphere and food.

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3.0Dined on 28 July 2018

The food was pretty mediocre though service was very attentive....

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5.0Dined on 26 July 2018

Wonderful food, wonderful service, plenty of time to make show at Kennedy Center.

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5.0Dined on 26 July 2018

We came in and had an excellent lunch. The burger is very good and it came highly recommended by our server. The Salmon was also very good.

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5.0Dined on 24 July 2018

This Was our 1st visit to Circa and it won't be the last! We had an outstanding experience. We loved the halibut and sea bass, and the brussel sprouts with blue cheese was superb. The entire staff was very helpful and professional. And they offer a 3 course pre theater menu.

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5.0Dined on 22 July 2018

This is a great place for dining prior to going to The Kennedy Center. The food is good and it's within walking distance. A much better value than you find inside the Center.

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5.0Dined on 22 July 2018

Always superior service and great food. Never disappoints! Ahi Poke Nachos and Nutella Trifle are favorite beginning and ending.

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5.0Dined on 22 July 2018

I have eaten here several times before a Kennedy Center performance. My table is always ready when I arrive; we have always received good service and best of all, the food is excellent. This is the best place I have found that is in close proximity to the Kennedy Center.

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5.0Dined on 22 July 2018

Great place to eat if going to the Kennedy Center. Next to Foggy Bottom Metro and the free Kennedy Center bus is located across the street.

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5.0Dined on 22 July 2018

Good food, good ambiance, good time!

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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

CIRCA was so delicious. Good drinks, food that’s filling w/o being too heavy, and excellent service. This was our first time (was going to a show at the Kennedy Center), but we will definitely be back! The Jambalaya and the brussel sprouts were amazing. Same with the brick pressed chicken and the wings and the ahi nachos

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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

From the moment we stepped in out of the downpour, we felt warm and welcomed. We were seated immediately, and our server followed close behind, offering menus and wishing us a good evening. We were never rushed, but the service was quite attentive. The food was wonderful, the wine selection excellent, the ambiance was beautifully intimate. One of the best restaurant experiences I’ve had. We’ll be back!

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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

A favorite place of ours before the Kennedy Center shows. The Kennedy Center shuttle sits across the street at the Foggy Bottom Metro stop. Very convenient.
If you go be sure to have the brussel sprout starter with blue cheese and bacon!

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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

First time to Foggy Bottom Circa and it was as good as all the others. What made Foggy Bottom stand out was the exceptional service from Tee. She was helpful, attentive, and not intrusive.

We had a bottle of wine and steak frites cooked two different ways. Both were prepared perfectly and the necessary accouterments were provided before needed.

A comfortable, good, and easy place for lunch or dinner! Thank you.

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5.0Dined on 20 July 2018

We had a great meal hear before seeing a show at the Kennedy Center. They have a fantastic happy hour M-F we took advantage of. Great cocktails, great food, great ambiance. We’ll be back!

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5.0Dined on 20 July 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed my scallops with risotto and our waiter, Chip, was outstanding!

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