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“best brunch in arlington” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of CIRCA at Clarendon

CIRCA at Clarendon
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Ranked #35 of 870 Restaurants in Arlington
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Large groups, Bar scene
Dining options: Brunch, Drinks, Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
dnpinva
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261 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“best brunch in arlington”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

I love this place. Brunch is exceptional, and the restaurant is very accommodating for food allergies and creativity in general (adding/subtracting items from an entree). Waitress Maureen was among the best we have ever had in a restaurant - super attentive and very friendly. She knew just when to come by and when to hang back. We will be back. Of note, the chairs are very comfortable in the main dining room.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Arlington, Virginia
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223 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Good Overall”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2013

I go to circa quite a bit and it is always consistent. The food is really good and the drinks are great. I had a burger the last time I was there and it was very good. I will continue to go back. Also the beer selection is good.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Minutemen10
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Alexandria, VA
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1,247 reviews
578 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 487 helpful votes
“VERY FINE FOOD AND SERVICE, A GOOD VALUE TOO!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

Friends suggested that we have dinner last night at Circa's in Clarendon. The weather really cooperated and we were able to sit outside in the comfortable outdoor area. I had the crab cakes with a side of mashed potatoes. Salmon, a variety of salads were had by the co-conspirators. The restaurant will freely substitute on the sides. The crab cakes were very good and in the same league as Clyde's and Carlyle Grand in Northern VA. I like to gauge restaurants against competition like Clyde's and the Great American Restaurants which almost always deliver a great meal.

The service was friendly, knowledgeable and properly attentive. The bill for four of us with tips wine, 4 main dishes, 2 desserts and 3 coffees was $180. We sat there for 2 hours and enjoyed it thoroughly. You can sit inside but why if the weather is gorgeous. This was our first visit but we will return.The restaurant is apparently part of a chain; this one is located at 3010
Clarendon Blvd. Arlington, Va 703-522-3010. I would guess that a reservation would be essential on the weekend at least.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A very nice atmosphere with good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

This restaurant is less about food and more about the attractive space. It has beautifully manicured bushes our front with a Spanish style fountain, and a large covered patio to eat outside. The inside is pretty as well, with bottles of some presumably Spanish liqueur arranged artfully everywhere.

The food was good, but I was disappointed that nothing was really inventive or innovative on the menu. The service was unmotivated at best, but there were no serious issues. It just seems like the wait staff has no "ownership" of the dining experience.

I would try it again to see if they have a better time.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Potomac, Maryland
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
“Good solid food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

We ordered a variety of small dishes and shared. The food was very good and service was excellent. Can't wait to go back!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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