|Address||1 Washington Circle, Washington, DC 20037|
We went for Restaurant Week and the small restaurant was full. The options for Restaurant Week were good. I had the fried oysters that came with thinly sliced lemon which were fried as well. Surprisingly good. The salmon was good, but nothing special. And the potatoes were underdone and still crunchy. The apple bread pudding was the best part. There was also a considerable amount of construction going on which made conversation awkward and was a bit of a nuisance altogether.
I thought that this was a good but not great restaurant, making it hard to recommend because of the steep prices. Everything we had was tasty but ultimately unremarkable. The salad had almost nothing in it besides the greens - it definitely wanted something else (artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, cherry tomatoes, anything). My cod entree was good but nothing to write home about. The apple turnover for dessert was excellent though. A special tip of the hat to our waiter, who let us order the theatre menu (available til 7:00pm) even though it was 7:05.
We went for restaurant week so the pricing was for an appetizer, dinner entree, and dessert. We both were allergic to items in the dishes and the restaurant was very happy to remove items.
The beet salad is amazing, the hanger steak is amazing, and the chocolate pot du creme was fantastic!
I highly recommend it- sort of nouveau American cuisine; very Metro-accessible (Metro- GW/Foggy Bottom).
What a bargain! I took a coworker for Restaurant Week, and we had a huge and delicious meal for $20 each. Obviously, this isn't the usual price for a three course meal there, but, based on the simple and good food, I'd be up for full price. By the way, their happy hour is great, too!
This is a restaurant that I really don't like. The food is never that good and the atmosphere is just cold.
It is expensive for what you get. Too bad because it is really close to home :(
The waiters were FAR too eager to take dishes away, even to the point of picking up my partner's dish when she was only 1/3 through it and whisking away a slice of bread that I had buttered and was in the midst of eating. We had to direct them pointedly that we wanted to go slower and not to be disturbed.
Otherwise, everything was delightful.
Friendly wait staff, but:
1. Bad acoustics - could hear a couple making divorce plans five tables away
2. Flat Diet Coke
3. Put ham in veggie omelette
4. Hair in omelette
I work in the area right off of Washington Circle (across from GWU and the GW Hospital). It is a difficult area to find a good meal, especially when entertaining out of town guests. Circle Bistro is one of those close, neighborhood restaurants that has good food and drink at a pretty reasonable price. The Bistro is located in the basement of the Washington Circle Hotel.
The service, however, is not as dependable. When making reservations, it is imperative that you double check your reservation prior to arrival. Wait staff are generally pleasant, but one should be prepared to wait, especially when dining with a large group of 10-15.
American fare with French flair. Good bets are the salmon tartar, lobster ravioli, and hangar steak. For dessert, try the three-flavor chocolate mousse! The menu is also seasonal.
Golden walls and honey colored wood furniture create a relaxing mood for happy hour. The spices of the Thai chili drumettes awaken the senses for all the right reasons: an evening madras and a cheap bill. I love this place.
Like eating in a sun-ripened mango-pleasant and relaxed. Has a great fireplace/bar area. Tends to be filled with World Bank-types and tourists.
Food is creatively presented for a mid-priced restaurant. The cone of fries is always a treat.
Service can be spotty-I've eaten there twice; the first time, the service was excellent, this second time, poor/average. They are extremely attentive to "regulars" and aloof to those that are not.
Dessert: creme brulee wasn't properly set-it was soupy in the bottom of the serving cup.