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“Brilliant” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Circa

Circa
2 Acland Street, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia
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Ranked #45 of 190 Restaurants in St Kilda
Cuisines: Australian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Brilliant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

We loved our night at Circa. The service just right, atmosphere warm and food is both exciting and delicious. We loved every dish we tried and enjoyed the tapas style servings. I can't recommend Circa more highly for that special night out.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Canberra, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Go somewhere else. Terrible service, average food.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012 via mobile

After waiting five minutes for someone to notice we were waiting to be seated, we waited a further 15 minutes to have a breakfast order taken. No one so much as offered us a coffee.

The staff were more interested in talking amongst themselves than in doing their jobs.

The breakfast menu is long, from designer porridge with stewed rhubarb, to a take on a big breakfast, stopping at jackfruit, Vietnamese pork belly and a slew of other options in between.

The big breakfast had overlooked scrambled eggs, undercooked black pudding - and you'd have thought I'd asked to eat someone first-born when I asked for some hollondaise sauce to make the overlooked eggs edible. How dare I?!

Incredibly, I literally had to get up out of my seat and go and stand in the service entrance to flag down a staff member to get some condiments.

The atmosphere is sophisticated but casual - it is St Kilda after all.

The food is below average for what you're paying. The place doesn't deserve the Chefs Hat it got sometime ago. the hat jas well and truly fallen off. The staff are a disaster and the service is terrible.

There are plenty of other cafes nearby. Go somewhere else.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne Australia
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Reviews in 74 cities Reviews in 74 cities
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
“I Serve (very well)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Our first visit to Circa since the renovation of premises (and management) Having been fans of Circa since 2003 we were a bit cautious but very pleasantly surprised as the new Circa is actually better than the old Circa... So much for fond memories ! The table service was top notch, the menu very interesting, food was delicious, and excellent value in the wine list... Good range and surprisingly reasonable prices.... I thought a mistake had been made but no... a lesson perhaps for other restaurants.
Circa motto - Ich Dien means "I serve" and they do it very well.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Mebourne
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Yum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

We recently returned here for dinner to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Service was excellent, the duck main course for 2 was sensational as was the side of pumpkin. They did forget one of our sides, which we mentioned. We were given the option of still having it or cancelling and we decided to cancel. The Vietnamese version of Tiramisu was interesting, but I wouldn't order it again. The coconut and chocolate 'Bounty' was delicious. The coffee was a bit weak - could have had an extra shot in it. At the time of booking I mentioned it was our wedding anniversay and that we had married upstairs. They bought a small and delicious beautiful chocolate dish with a 'happy anniversary' written in chocolate. What a lovely thought and it capped a delicious dinner with good service.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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sunshine coast
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Fabulous food and service!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Just loved Circa......the tapas like portions allow you to choose and taste from a wonderful selection of foods....and don't forget the desserts.....yummmmm!! Wait staff and front desk receptionists were fantastic!

Visited October 2012
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