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“skip it” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Circle Bistro

Circle Bistro
1 Washington Cir NW, Washington DC, DC 20037-2347
202-293-5390
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Ranked #442 of 2,768 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American, European, Contemporary, Continental
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 23rd, New Hampshire & L
Transit: Foggy Bottom Metro Station
Los Angeles
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“skip it”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

We went the wek of 9/14. The place seems fun for a younger crowd. We thought the food was so so and was more expensive than it warranted. We would not go back to eat, maybe for the bar

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Mobile, Alabama
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79 reviews 79 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Food good, service slow”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

Circle B has very interesting decor, especially the swinging champagne bottles. But for one of the top 100 restaurants in DC, I was not especially impressed. On the other hand, DC fancies itself a foodie destination and it's really not. So take it for what it's worth. The burger was pretty good, the rose wine is a leave-it.

Visited September 2012
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Not quite excellent in every way.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

This is a very good restaurant and not quite excellent in every way. To begin with, the atmosphere is very good. Really nice decor though almost no one was there. Between 7:30 and 9:00 on a Saturday night there was only one other couple in the whole place. (Reservations for Sunday brunch appeared to be full.). Much of the food was excellent: tasty mussels, tart sorbets. The small plates menu was diverse and attractive. My trout, however, was only very good. Too much butter/oil. A simple thing to fix, but the fix requires some bravery on the part of the kitchen. Prices are completely in line with quality--a value really. Finally our server was attentive (of course that was easy with no other customers) and friendly but less knowledgable than he would need to have been in an excellent restaurant. Overall the Circle Bistro has lots of potential and is "very good".

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Fishers, Indiana
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80 reviews 80 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Yum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Thoroughly enjoyed our meal here. Easy to walk to from many of the areas sights. Good food and yummy desserts.

Visited July 2012
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Maryland
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237 reviews 237 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 61 cities Reviews in 61 cities
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
“Nice discovery.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

I often stay at the One Washington Circle Hotel. The Circle Bistro is next door. I've been remiss in not posting earlier about their attentive service, delicious trout, and, on a recent visit, Heirloom Tomato salad.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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