Atlanta >Food & Dining > Cafe Circa
464 Edgewood Ave, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3031233.754354 -84.372490
Neighborhoods: Old Fourth Ward, Northeast, Northeast
So much promise - so much disappointment – First visit: Friendly yet incompetent service - mediocre food- great jazz/blues music
Second visit: Great ambience - salsa dancing - the worst expensive mojito ever (safe to order beer and wine
Third visit: Long wait (hardly any tables had food on them) - menu items unavailable (took another 1/2 hour to come back and tell us) - unaccomodating service (ran out of pork chops and didn't want to substitute lamb chops) - did I mention long wait ?- incompetent (server brought someone else's bloody undercooked lamb chops food to our table) - still waiting (finally comes back with unseasoned slabs of lamb meat) - Mole-marinated chicken wings drenched in sweet sticky chocolate syrup - nothing like mole.
We left without eating and won't be back.
I think I actually tried more than 3 times because it's such a nice looking place to have in the neighborhood, but they have got to kick up the service a few notches. Staff must be trained if they're trying to portray an image of class and sophistication.
Went to the hipster bar next door and got friendly efficient service and good food for a fraction of the price. . You decide.
A great place to hang out with friends – The ambiance and service is great ... I think the owners read past reviews and made some changes,because I have been there three times in the last two months, and have never experienced anything negative! The wait staff is friendly and the owners are present and concerned. I'm still getting texts from my party of 17 to say that a good time was had by all. We had the full scope of diets from veggie to meat lovers, and there is something for everyone on the menu. The live band made you want to move, and we took full advantage of the dance floor. Loved the Bohemia's... We had fun, fun, fun.
A Glimpse into Harlem: Hip, Fun, and Good Food – I started hanging out at Cafe Circa a few months ago and it is now my second home - comfortable, fun, and great food. The menu offers a variety of cuisine. My favorites are the gumbo and plantains. The owners are two young easygoing down-to-earth guys and the service is impeccable and warm. I absolutely love listening to the latest sultry live vibes on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Don't sleep on Cafe Circa!
Cool for listening to music and nothng else – Where do I begin. After hearing about how bad the food was, I didn't even bother to order anything. As i saw the food coming out of the kitchen, I realized I wasn't missing anything. My drinks were average. When sitting at the bar and it's not even crowded, I shouldn't have to chase the bartender down for a drink. The bartenders never checked on us and asked if we wanted refills or not.
I will only go to hear the band, that's about it.
don't bother – Call me a snob but I like fresh and not frozen food. When the waitress told us the calamari was so good that my friend and I should order two plates, we figured there was something to it. Obviously, she has no taste because this was a poor frozen brand. The remoulade dipping sauce wasn't bad but it was wasted. Then we were told we couldn't go wrong with the seabass and tilapia. Okay, so I was just in Seattle and San Diego recently where fresh fish is easy to come by and had seabass in both places. Honestly, I'm not even sure this was seabass. Clearly, if it was, it was frozen and when we asked the gal who seemed like a manager, she admitted it probably was. It was a tastless chunk of white fish with not too bad thai seasoning. Really, the fish just tasted like the seasoning that topped it. As for the tilapia; it had little taste at all. The mango salsa that was supposed to rock our world was much less than mango salsas I've made on my own. Sweet potato fries - either frozen or just bland potatoes. The one saving grace of the meal was the black beans; they were actually pretty good but certainly not reason enough to venture back for a second try.
Has potential, good food, but NEEDS A LOT OF WORK – Step #1 - reservation. After 5 calls over a 2 day period of being hung up on, put on eternal hold and just plain not being able to hear due to the noise level, I tried emailing our reservation at one point - it bounced. I tried calling some connections to get somewhere, although I shouldn?t have to do that. During this period of "will we get through to place a reservation" I found out that we have another case of people having no hospitality experience (A la Luckie's, Uptown) waking up one morning to say; "let's open a restaurant". Oh joy. Finally, I got through and hoped they heard me correctly. They seated us immediately even though only 3 of 7 had gotten there. The waitress threw 3 menus on the table. We asked her if she was having a bad day, which caused her pay true attention to us. She gave a smirk and said, ?no. just wanting for some of these people to leave?. Smile went away just as quick as she did. OK. When we were able to catch her again (this was really an issue, she didn?t check on us the entire time ? and you know tip was added to our bills for us under the disguise of ?service fee?), we pointed out that we had more people coming and that we needed more menus. We ended up sharing menus and somehow ordered our dinner AND desert. However, didn?t get to finish it all due to an over-achieving buss-boy that literally asked for my plate while I was eating off of it. Maybe if our waitress and he switched positions? Of course, the owners weren?t there and names couldn?t be provided/refused (I already knew, but it was a test), a la Luckie?s. Can?t imagine the noise level with a performed and they have an assigned/shared lot a block down Edgewood ? not private parking, but my fingers are crossed for rebirth to this area. HOSPITALITY 101 is needed otherwise it will either 1 ? close the place or 2 ? make it a magnet for an undesirable crowd. THis was April. The food is good, place itself is nice, but even with being in the area often - I haven?t been back.
Excellent neighborhood restaurant!!!! – My friend and I attend Cafe Circa at least once a month and we both love this restaurant. The drinks are excellent!! I will admit that the menu was lacking variety until a month ago, however they have now added several dishes that are very good. The chicken with savory black beans and rice is declicious and deep dish peach cobbler is so good that you will think your grandmother is somewhere in the kitchen!!! The pan seared salmon and vegetable medley is another winner in my book as well.
I think individuals are always hard on new restaurants in Atlanta. My recommendation is to go and try it for yourself. The service has always been top notch when I have dined there. A few of the comments regarding poor service took place during restaurant week. Please note that ALL participating restaurants were busy that weekend. I've met the owners and they are polite, respectful gentlemen with a vision. I urge all to give this restaurant a try.
Poor Customer Service/Average Food – I went to this restaurant earlier this evening with two of my friends. We'd been riding around the city and after being stuck in traffic we decided to try Cafe Circa. My friends and I love trying new restaurants all over Atlanta especially in revitalized areas. Upon entering the restaurant, we were very impressed by the ambiance and decor, so we expected to have a nice time--NOT!! We sat at the bar and ordered our meal as we were told they had reservations so that was fine with us. We place our orders and it took at least 45 minutes to receive our food. I only had an order of calamari and a side of mashed potatoes. Once I received it the calamari was cold and didn't taste the best ( agree with some of the other reviews). My friends ordered the blackened tilapia and wasn't fully satisfied. The main thing was the poor service as the waiters didn't check on us to refill our drinks or even cared to ask how we felt about the food. Basically one of the servers avoided making eye contact with us the rest of our visit.
We requested a comments card and filled it out to specifically direct our concerns about the server. We even asked for the manager and he took nearly 15 minutes after we paid to acknowledge us. He was also very nonchalant and showed poor customer service. I told him that he nor the servers never know who they are patronizing--word of mouth can make or break a newly established business.
I don't plan to attend Cafe Circa in the future.
Terrible service, NOT gourmet food. – I went to Cafe Circa with a group of girls for Atlanta restaurant week on a Tuesday night, expecting good service and a fabulous meal for $25. Unfortunately, Cafe Circa just didn't deliver. The service was extremely slow...we waited 30 minutes after ordering before any of our appetizers arrived and another 30 minutes for our dinner salads. In addition to the poor service, the food was nothing to write home about. Fried plantains were delivered burned and black, calamari was breaded in chicken finger batter and none of the accompanying sauces complimented the appetizers. Their house salad is offered with a "balsamic vinegrette" which we quickly discovered was actually chunky pesto dressing. The main entrees...also not impressive. This place is trying to be gourmet, but no where near it. Don't go.
Small but cool spot! – Great place to get some food - great alternative to the Harlem Bar! Prices are good and the music is chic - stays oen late!
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