CIRCA at Dupont

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CIRCA at Dupont With a prime location on the rim of the most famous circle in the District, CIRCA at Dupont offers nearby business professionals an excuse to sneak in a fancy cocktail at lunch – or stick around for the evening throngs of well... Washington, DC United States 38.911243 -77.044126
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Party Earth Review With a prime location on the rim of the most famous circle in the District, CIRCA at Dupont offers nearby business professionals an excuse to sneak in a fancy cocktail at lunch – or stick around for the evening throngs... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th 11am–1am, F 11am–2am, Sa 10am–2am, Su 10am–11pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth CIRCA at Dupont Review

The Scene

With a prime location on the rim of the most famous circle in the District, CIRCA at Dupont offers nearby business professionals an excuse to sneak in a fancy cocktail at lunch – or stick around for the evening throngs of well...

With a prime location on the rim of the most famous circle in the District, CIRCA at Dupont offers nearby business professionals an excuse to sneak in a fancy cocktail at lunch – or stick around for the evening throngs of well-to-do singles that call this neighborhood home.

During the week, the suit and tie crowd tends to fill the seats at the marble-top bar where they can catch the game over a few pomegranate martinis, as groups of cosmopolitan tourists and trendy friends take over the cozy, earth-toned dining area to snack on filet mignon sliders and lobster ravioli.

A long, communal high-top table in the center and a row of leather chairs along the narrow windows offer ample space for attractive singles to mingle and flirt, while the patio out front provides a good vantage point for watching the bustling Dupont scene.

Weekends, meanwhile, bring a brunch crowd looking to cure hangovers with a few pounds from a Red Hammer – the restaurant’s specialty Bloody Mary made with horseradish-infused vodka.

Sporting a sleek décor and comfy lounge atmosphere, CIRCA is a welcoming neighborhood bar perfect for relaxing, drinking, and exchanging numbers.

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Tip from Adriana:

Try the SPF80 – that’s tequila, coconut rum, sprite, and whipped cream. Yes, it looks like tanning lotion – but it tastes like a summer dream.

  • Crowd

    Trendy young professionals and tourists, well-to-do singles, relaxed couples, and groups of girls who brunch, mid-20s to mid-30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient instrumental music by day, slightly louder Top 40 and hip-hop by night. Three flat-screen TVs tuned to sports.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Café menu featuring small plates, cheeses, pizzas, sandwiches, and brunches till 4pm.

    Diverse dinner menu includes New York strip steak, jambalaya, and over-roasted chicken. Happy Hour Monday–Thursday 4–7pm.

  • Prices

    Brunch $5.50–$20, small plates $9–$15, salads and sandwiches $7–$18, pizzas $10–$14, entrées $18–$24.

    Beer $5–$10, wine $7–$10/glass or $33–$350/bottle, cocktails $5–$11.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Business casual to trendy: button-downs, slacks, pencil skirts, blouses, skinny jeans, trendy tops.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights for the posh in-crowd singles scene.

  • Close By

    Just around the corner is Bar Dupont (1500 New Hampshire Avenue NW), an upscale cocktail lounge catering to young professionals.

CIRCA at Dupont User Reviews

Average rating:
Circa in the Circle: Trendy, modern, and delicious
Cait P. May 23, 2013
The DuPont Circle location has $3 mimosas, and a mouth-watering menu. Those were just the two things that got me inside--once inside I noticed how clean, chic, and bright the setting was. Staff was eager to help, and willing to go the extra mile. I ordered a cheeseburger and was extremely satisfied with the prompt food delivery time and the cooked-to-perfection beef. I recommend this restaurant to any young up-and-comer looking for a good meal with even better friends.
Chic Cafe in the Circle
Tara R. Dec 8, 2012
I can’t speak for the nightlife at Circa, but I know it’s a prime lunch spot. Anywhere that serves fresh squeezed orange juice and fresh, good-tasting food is good to me. Circa is very trendy—that side of it is hard to miss, what with the floor to ceiling glass, the sophisticated white lettering and young, moneyed clientele—but it’s not overwhelmingly so. The food is nice, if pricey, and people-watching around Dupont is always a laugh.
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