Circle Bistro

1 Washington Circle, NW
Washington, DC 20037


Neighborhood: Foggy Bottom/West End, Downtown

Cuisines: Modern, American, Breakfast

Opening Hours:
Open Monday through Thursday 7 AM to 10 PM; Friday 7 AM to 11 PM; Saturday 8 AM to 11 PM; Sunday 8 AM to 10 PM.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Nearby Metro Stops: Farragut West, Foggy Bottom-GWU

Price Range: Moderate

Noise Level: Intimate

Reservations: Recommended


Best Dishes:
Potato-crusted oysters with bacon-chive crème fraîche; roasted-beet salad with walnut vinaigrette; lamb rib eye with ratatouille and olive tapenade; duck with celery root, spinach, and orange; brownie sundae with espresso ice cream and candied walnuts.

Price Details:
Lunch appetizers, $7 to $10; entrees, $12 to $17. Dinner appetizers, $7 to $18; entrees, $19 to $27. Brunch entrees, $9 to $16. Three-course pre-theater menu (served until 7 PM), $35.

Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Valet Parking Available, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Breakfast

Happy Hour Details:
4 to 7 PM

Happy Hour Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

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In warm tones of cinnamon and apricot, this dining room and lounge, a favorite of Kennedy Center patrons, gives off a pleasing glow. The menu is short, but chef Ethan McKee, formerly of Equinox, has a way with flavor. Using local, sustainable ingredients, his plates draw on influences from Morocco to France to Korea but never feel strained. If the service seems a bit amateurish, the goodwill usually makes up for it.

What to get: Butternut-squash soup with cayenne-dusted pumpkin seeds; chopped salad with hearts of palm, avocado, artichokes, and truffle vinaigrette; rib-eye steak (we like it with the winey hunter's sauce) and crispy fries; trout amandine with lemony brown butter, haricots verts, and marble potatoes; at lunch, pork confit on baguette with pickled vegetables and chilies; lemon meringue tart.

Open Monday through Friday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for breakfast and dinner. Moderate.