Seattle >Food & Dining > Circa
2605 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA | Directions 9811647.580956 -122.386950
Neighborhoods: North Admiral, West Seattle
Best comfort food in town – I am really surprised to see bad reviews of Circa. My husband and I drive all the way from Edmonds for the delicious pub grub (bacon-wrapped meatloaf with demiglace and mashed potatoes, BBQ chicken salad, mmmm!), generous pours of well-priced wine (his favorite feature), and fun servers. Circa is always busy, and the girls are hauling butt around this little restaurant. Anytime they have made a mistake, I've been compensated with a drink or dessert, which is more than any other restaurant in town will do. Their chocolate layer cake is totally worth being served the wrong entree for!
Terrible wait staff too much to endure – The food is great but the service is atrocious! I agree with the person who made the comment about the immature waitresses. My friends and I still order to go some times and even the service when you go to pick up your food is TERRIBLE! So many restaurants work hard to ensure that the customer is happy so I am just amazed that the owner of this place allows his wait staff to be so inattentive, blatantly impolite and downright trashy. I never write reviews on city search but had to get this out there after 2 years of watching this place function like this.
Immature Teenagers makes for a terrible wait staff – The food is good, but if you're going to see your waitress eat dinner, talk on the phone, and fraternize with her (seemingly underage) friends while you're waiting for your order, is it really worth it? No. I think not. We had to ask to get napkins. That's how lousy the service is.
We have been going to Circa since we arrived in West Seattle (about 4yrs ago). Circa used to be staffed by mature, adult waitress. In the last year to six months they have shifted their staff to untrained, inattentive, teenagers unable to deliver decent restaurant service. Considering the class of restaurant that Circa is (upscale, neighborhood pub/bistro) I expect more. I am very unhappy with Circa, and I don't expect to visit them anytime soon.
lovely food and wine! – I have been frequenting Circa on and off for the past 2 or so years and really love it! They have had a new chef for approx. a year, and her food is so good - her specials seem to take advantage of local and seasonal produce and fish that would rival anything you'd find in the downtown restaurants....and for half the price!
The wine list is full of things you wouldn't normailly find at a neighborhood pub (no smoking loon or columbia crest here!) and at a great price! They also have great chalkboard wine specials and a nice amount of local and European beers.
The service is personable and usually full of smiles...they can be bit sassy, but these women are busy and know how to work...especially at lunch!
A great place to eat alone! – I have been eating at Circa for years, and was shocked to hear all the negative service comments! Maybe the regulars get preference? In addition to moderately priced good food, I have always found the atmosphere to be friendly and gregarious. The staff and the customers are all delightful! Sitting alone at the bar and eating is a great pastime and interesting, intelligent conversation is guarenteed. Could it be that these comments come from a night I don't eat there?
Good food and nice servers – You can always count on a good meal here, with nice servers. The place is a little small and the servers have a lot of tables to wrangle at once, so sometimes you have to wait a bit, and even when you get seated, you still wait for service. Burgers and salads are fantastic, and they have a nice wine and beer selection. Good for when you have family in town and want to head to Alki area without the crowds. Decent prices for what you get, and generous portions.
service brings them down!!! food, location works – circa is a neat little neighborhood restaurant. loved by many ws folks, however, i swear, it's like they put out employment ads asking for "the meanest ladies of seattle to apply, no kind folks allowed"! how is it possible for a place to have so many rude waitresses. yikes! anyway, the men in the kitchen can throw down. love the grub and it's always on point, consistant.
Not friendly – Being new to West Seattle, I wanted to try another new restaurant, and I decided to try Circa. I had read the previous 18 reviews, and noticed 1/2 of them mentioned poor or someother style of service that was not positve. I walked in at 4:51 last Saturday not knowing that the restaurant did not open for another 9 minutes. What I was greeted by was a female and male server/bt? that initially said nothing. When I achnowledged that they did not open until 5:00, the male simply said,"yeah". That was it. A better greeting could have been, "we do not open until 5:00, but why don't you come in, (it was cold outside) and I can get you something to drink in the bar". Instead, I left after the cold greeting, and went to Elliott Bay Brewpub, and had a great bite to eat, and very personal, friendly service. I may try Circa at another time, but these past reviews have obviously been written for a reason.
Horrible Service but good food..... – Wow! I am still reeling from our last experience on Friday night at Circa's. The service was horrible! We have been to Circa's a few times before as we really enjoy the food, all-be-it over-priced, but good. The service has alway been under par for the price and this night proved it. We ended up sitting at the bar, which we do enjoy, rather than waiting in a very small entry way for a table for 20-40 minutes. We sat at the bar and for 10 minutes we were ignored by the 2 bartenders. We even made direct eye contact with the bartender and she still ignored us. She seemed more interested in putting her lip-gloss on than serving the paying customer. I even watched the other customers sitting around us and they all either had empty glasses or seemed just as perturbed as us. We ended up putting our jackets back on and walking out. We had a much more enjoyable meal and service at The Mission just down the way from Circa's!!! This was also not the 1st time this has happened to us. We thought the 1st time was maybe just a bad night, but this proved to us that we won't be going back. Very sad about that as we like the atmosphere and the food. I hope the Manager or owner of this restaraunt checks these reviews so they can hopefully make some adjustments accordingly. I just feel as though the waitresses don't really need this job and are snooty to boot!!!!
BEST Steak Salad in Seattle – I have eaten at Circa at least 2X per week over the last 2 years. The food is excellent and the experienced staff is friendly and efficient. ALL of the food is very good. My favorite, the STEAK SALAD is the BEST in Seattle, bar none.! The portions of all entees are generous and use the freshest availble ingredients.The rotating micro-brew taps continually provide an excellent suds selection and the wine list is concise but balanced and the wines available well selected. Parking can be challenging but the neighborhood is very safe if you have to park and hike. When table seating is full I strongly recommend sitting at the bar where service feels almost individual and doting. Dress attire is casual/comfortable.
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