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Aug 31, 2005



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A far cry from the places you've listed under your French section, but have you tried Bistro du Coin at Dupont Circle? One of my fave go-to places for French cafe ambience and the big pot o' moules (mussels)for $13.95 served with a bowl of great french fries. Good for sharing. I've always gone with the moules mariniere (a light wine/broth/garlic sauce), but recently tried the moules in curry sauce. Heaven!


Circle Bistro was not nearly what I expected, particularly since it was one of your top 5. Our service was absolutely horrible....the waiter was innattentive, slow, and ambivalent about us being upset. He poured only 1/4 of a glass of wine (we had to ask for a full one!), he forgot to put in our entree orders which caused us to have an hour wait for them! He also forgot to bring us the bill 2 times. The food was mediocre.....I did like my steak, but dessert was a madeleine cookie with cherry compote, which was oily and greasy. I would not reccommend this restaurant to anyone. There are far better restaurants such as Vidalia and Corduroy


Given the date of this post, I imagine you went during Restaurant Week. Even so, that kind of service isn't really excusable. But one thing...you ordered the steak? Boooring! There are much better items on that menu. Sit in the bar area and order something like the duck or one of the fish dishes, and next time you'll have a much better time.


I truly urge you to get Circle Bistro off your top 5. The food was above average but the service was inexcusably bad. We had an hour and a half to eat before a show and we let the waiter know that we absolutely needed to leave by a specific time. To make things easier, the 3 people at my table ordered the pre-theatre menu. To make a long story short, the courses came very slowly, we had to take our dessert to go, my niece's birthday was never celebrated, and the host yelled at us that it was our fault. According to the host, we gave the wrong departure time to the waiter and we needed 2 hours for the pre-theater menu. All in all, an awful dinner experience and sadly, a below average birthday for my niece.


:O Wow. Not good. 2 hours for a pre-theater menu? That doesn't make sense since most are in more of a hurry than that and pre-theater menus are usually only available for 2 hours.


Took a job candidate there for lunch a couple of days ago and they are doing construction so it's very very noisy (the room almost vibrates). But, had the roasted chicken with fingerling sweet potatoes and mustard greens and it was delicious.


I don't know why Circle Bistro in on dcfoodies' top 5. I have been to Circle Bistro and the service was SO SLOW!!!!! Two tables sat down next to us, and they ordered drinks, appetizers, entrees, and dessert on their pre-theater menu before they took our dinner plates away on the SAME PRE-THEATRE MENU! We had to rush through our desserts in order to make a show! The waiter and host were oblivious to the timing! Even though the food was pretty good, only go if you have 2.5 hours to spend there.

Tom in DC

INSULTING PORTION SIZE - we ate here last night for my partners birthday dinner. My $15.00 seared scallops appetizer had ONE scallop. And the entree of fluke was almost as small. This is a terrible value. We eat out a lot - we would never go here again.

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