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Restaurants of Arlington - Circa

Updated: Nov 17, 2023

Nestled in the heart of Clarendon, Circa stands out as a gem in Arlington’s vibrant dining scene. Our recent visit to this American bistro, as part of Discover Arlington's Restaurants of Arlington tour, revealed why Circa is a beloved destination for locals and visitors alike.

Ambiance and Atmosphere:

Circa offers an inviting and energized social scene, making it an ideal spot for any dining occasion - be it a casual brunch, a business lunch, or a cozy dinner. With its spacious patio located on a bustling city corner, the restaurant promises an unforgettable dining experience.

Diverse Menu Offerings:

The menu at Circa is a testament to culinary creativity, blending traditional American cuisine with seasonal flair. Each dish is thoughtfully prepared and presented, and the extensive wine list, seasonal cocktail offerings, and local craft beers perfectly complement the food.


Here's a glimpse into the delightful dishes and drinks that made our experience at Circa truly memorable:

Tuna Poke Nachos: A fusion of flavors with sesame ginger marinade, wasabi avocado cream, and crispy wonton chips.

Fall Bruschetta: A seasonal favorite featuring goat cheese mousse, fig compote, and crispy prosciutto.

Braised Short Rib: Comfort food at its finest, paired with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and red wine jus.

Almond Crusted Rainbow Trout: A lighter choice with butternut squash puree and toasted almonds.

Veg & Quinoa Bowl: A healthful blend of kale, beets, avocado, and hummus.

Wild Mushroom: A delightful flatbread with a mix of mushrooms, pesto, and truffle oil.


Our dining experience was further enhanced by Circa's handcrafted cocktails:

The Vodka Mojito: Strawberry-infused vodka with a fresh twist of mint and lime. Maple Old Fashioned: A robust blend of rye, maple syrup, and bitters, aged in-house for three weeks.*

Purple Rain: A fiery mix of habanero vodka with blueberry-habanero shrub and pineapple.


We concluded our meal with:

Pumpkin Cheesecake: A seasonal delight with vanilla wafer crust and caramel sauce.

Brioche Bread Pudding: A decadent dessert with white chocolate and bourbon crème anglaise.


Circa is more than just a restaurant; it's a culinary journey that captivates the senses. With its vibrant atmosphere, innovative dishes, and exceptional service, it stands as a testament to Arlington’s rich dining culture. Whether you're a local or just passing through, Circa is a must-visit destination on your culinary map.

Interested in exploring more of Arlington's dining scene? Follow Discover Arlington and The Davenport Group for more insights into the best local eateries!


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