Circus

Bars, Dim Sum, Pan-Asian, South East Asian, Vegan, Vegetarian, Vietnamese·
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SquareMeal Review of Circus

If you've ever wanted to run away and join the circus, this cabaret venue with its acrobats, dancers and burlesque performers is for you. The food is no novelty act however, with a confident, recently re-launched menu of pan-Asian specialties that makes telling use of luxury ingredients. Recent highlights have included rich beef and foie gras gyoza, punchy chilli salt squid in a delicate tempura batter and a dish of flaky Chilean sea bass dressed with a vibrant sauce of shaoxing rice wine, garlic and ginger. Such theatrically presented plates are ideal for sharing, with big groups taking advantage of the large central table that doubles as a stage. A sexy sci-fi interior, rocking tunes and kicking cocktails ramp up the party atmosphere, while friendly service is 'as entertaining as the acts'.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Bars, Dim Sum, Pan-Asian, South East Asian, Vegan, Vegetarian, Vietnamese
Ambience
Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Quirky, Unique
Food Occasions
Bottomless brunch, Brunch, Dinner, Late night dining
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Live music / dancing, Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

COVID-19 Update for Circus

Updated on 24 Sep 2020

We value our guests, staff and visitors’ safety and we are cooperating with government guidance to ensure a safe environment. We will ask for your details upon arrival to comply with NHS Test and Trace. You will be asked to share your details upon booking (or arrival, in the eventuality of non-reservation). We ask for your cooperation and we will keep your records according to our privacy terms.

 

On arrival, you might be asked to queue, maintaining a 2-metre distance between each other, until our staff will safely show you to your table. Signage on the floor will indicate appropriate distance and our team will assist to ensure social distancing whilst entering the venue. We appreciate your cooperation with this.

 

On arrival, a member of our team will take your temperature and we will kindly ask you to sanitise your hands using the hand sanitiser provided at our reception.

 

On departure please cooperate with our team so that your departure is in line with social distancing rules. We kindly ask our guests to cooperate and help keep everyone safe by following social distancing guidelines and promptly exiting the venue, when necessary, to ensure a thorough clean in preparation for other guests. If you would like to spend more time at CIRCUS and enjoy more shows, it will be at the management’s discretion, according to social distancing guidelines and venue capacity at the time.

 

Our reception will have a two-way system in place to ensure our guests can always enter and exit the venue safely, following social distancing guidance.

 

Our restrooms will be monitored by a member of our team. We kindly ask our guests to follow social distancing guidance while in the venue. Only 2 people will be allowed in the women’s bathrooms and 2 in the men’s bathrooms at one time to allow for social distancing. Please ensure you wash your hands for 20 seconds after using our restrooms and do utilise sanitising facilities provided.

 

Hand sanitising facilities will be present throughout the venue from entry point, to restrooms, to waiter stations and back of house areas.

 

All surfaces will be sanitised after use, in particular, all guests’ tables and chairs will be sanitised with approved chemicals after every seating and deeply cleaned at the end of every night.

 

Ventilation in our venue has been increased to maximise air circulation in the building and we have implemented all our units with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters.


FAQs

What is the dress code at Circus?

There are no hard and fast rules (smart jeans/trainers are fine) but the higher the ladies heels / the sharper the gents suits, the better!

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Does Circus offer gluten-free options?

Absolutely! All of our menus are available at https://www.circus-london.co.uk/menus where all information about GF options is available

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What is the menu like at Circus?

Our popular Pan-Asian menu is packed with fresh flavours and tempting dishes, and has been thoughtfully designed for enjoying with friends. For dinner we offer our ‘Tasting Menu’ with a vegan option also available. This four course menu is served to share and includes a glass of prosecco plus the evening entertainment. It is priced at £65 per person, plus a £10 per person supplement if you are dining at our Stage Table.

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Location for Circus

27-29 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9BA

020 7420 9300

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Opening Times

Brunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat 12:00-17:00
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri 18:00-22:00
Sat 18:00-22:00
Sun Closed

Reviews of Circus

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5 Reviews 
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Dean Y

Great Fun
30 July 2018  
Excellent food and the show was amazing. Like a mini cirque du soleil in between courses.
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Alex G

04 April 2014  
Circus is great fun, have no doubt about it , but the reason for going is the entertainment, namely a lot of burlesque dancing or, put another way, grown-up striptease (assuming that’s your cup of tea). Against this background, food seems – and is – almost an after-thought. Circus, like so many other wannabe places claims to offer a ‘pan-Asian’ menu. In other words, what you get is a little bit of everything, almost all appallingly prepared and thoroughly tasteless. Among the most memorable (in a bad way) dishes were the spicy squid starter (far too much batter, almost no squid or spice) and the chicken curry (an anonymous mass in an overly creamy and flavourless sauce). The salmon main and aubergine side were slightly more redeeming features. Nonetheless, although the food bordered on the most uninspiring eaten in a ‘restaurant’ for some time, it didn’t really matter: the alcohol flowed (in our group at least), the staff had a great attitude and the entertainment was fairly novel. Do go, but not with the expectation of having a fine meal.
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John C

So much better than before
21 May 2013  
Quite often, restaurants seem to decline over time and become pale shadows of their former selves. In the instance of Circus however the opposite is true – since I first came here three years ago, the restaurant has evolved in every possible positive fashion and now presents not only a fabulous night out with circus-style entertainment, but also food to match. Pan-Asian cuisine is the name of the game here and the menu is designed for sharing; a nice concept that works well for the typically larger groups of people that I saw here. We enjoyed a large selection of the menu, with foie gras dumplings, new york strip loin and the black cod being highlights. Drinks were excellent as before, service was friendly and professional and overall I really couldn't fault it. Thank you Circus, and well done for the improvements!
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sheenal T

27 February 2010  
The restaurant is not marked from the outside – hidden, discrete entrance, as long as you know it is number 27, you will find it, however. Enter and there is a short corridor with a cloakroom and reservation check desk. When you enter the restaurant, you will feel like you are entering a 70s disco era – very cool, lots of disco balls everywhere and sparkle. Decoration is great and adds to the ambience – check out the toilets, quite matrix-esque. Food is unusual to what you tend to find in London – I would call it Southern American with a twist. Good variety and probably a change to what you eat normally at an “American” -cuisined place. Very tasty and good sized portions. I rcmnd the side sauces. Food came very quickly. Service was smiley and friendly but slow – took a long time to take any orders (drinks, food, desert) and then took 30 mins to bring the bill, which is fine if you're sitting enjoying yourself, but a pain if you want to leave. Just keep on the waiting staff's case about bringing it. At hourly intervals after a certain time, the central long table becomes Cirque-du-Solei-esque and when we there, there was a contortionist and then a snake-charmer woman, which is a bit not-so-much for me when mixed with food. If you're not into this, request to NOT be on the central long table when booking. Restaurant seemed to turn into a bar after about 9.30pm with a younger crowd (<25). Would rcmnd for an ambient experience and good food. Good for a date or with a group of friends.
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Alice H

22 February 2010  
I celebrated my 30th Birthday here on a Saturday, and once seated we were told by the female waiting staff ‘You need to order now we want the table back at 9pm’ incredibly rude, as we knew we had the table from 7-9pm. We chose one main course only, as that is the only time we had! The food overall was good, although my medium steak was a little burnt, my friends dishes were nice, but not worth the £16+ price tag plus sides. The Circus acts were interesting, the flexi girls were great, but the Brazilian dancers were a little odd, seeing as it was a circus theme. Overall ok to try once, but I and my friends will not be going back
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