Our singular goal is to create 5-Star experience for our guests and our team members.

We are a locally owned and operated restaurant group formed in 2005. Our first concept, CIRCA at Dupont, opened in 2007, and we have grown to include CIRCA at Chinatown, CIRCA at Clarendon, CIRCA at Foggy Bottom, Open Road, and TRIO Grill. This Winter 2018, we look forward to opening CIRCA at Navy Yard and Open Road at Rosslyn.

We’re proud of the genuine relationships that we’ve built with our guests over the years. We value every guest and are passionate about providing them with the best experience by exceeding their expectations every step of the way. At each of our concepts, we strongly believe in sourcing the freshest ingredients, building seasonal dishes, mixing delicious craft cocktails, and providing great hospitality to our guests.


Quality, consistency, and WOW flavors
Our focus is on fresh and flavorful dishes

Our Team is committed to a uniquely high standard of quality in every ingredient in every dish, every time.  Attention to detail ensures a consistently delicious meal for our guests! We’ve been operating that way since 2005!

Since 2005

"Cooking with the seasons"

I enjoy cooking with the seasons and using what mother nature has to offer. Challenging our team to step out of their comfort zone and try new things, while staying true to our guests’ expectations and our core values is what we strive for. Working side by side, we learn and grow from each other.

Michael Huff

"Collective Input"

Our Beverage Program is unique since we are not based on one mind but collective input from all our staff. By valuing our people and gathering their input, it provides ownership throughout our program which lends to the passion and drive behind it. We never want to force anything on our guests but give natural education by providing a warm and welcoming environment that encourages them to try new things.

Paul Williams

good food. great experiences.


Our Team

  • Matthew Carlin
    Matthew Carlin President

    Loves his family, hoops, golf and his shichons “Blitzy” and “Tuddles”

  • Vincent Spinoso
    Vincent Spinoso Chief Operating Officer

    Loves his family, NY pizza, entertaining and cooking for others

  • Sonal Shah
    Sonal Shah Controller

    Loves chocolate, yoga and beating her hubby in fantasy football

    KEVIN NALLY Director of Operations

    Loves golf with a side of golf and losing to his coworkers in blackjack

    PAUL WILLAIMS Beverage Program Director

    Loves wrecking pavement, steak, whiskey and “Slow Dance” by John Legend

    COREY NEAMO Director of Operations

    I love to run, explore hidden restaurant gems in DC, and visit our national museums

    MICHAEL HUFF Culinary Director

    Loves his two daughters more than anything, hanging with family and friends, and a nice boozy cocktail

    NELSON RODRIGUEZ Senior Executive Chef

    Loves cooking, soccer, “Hotel California” and practicing his dance moves at staff parties

    RENEE ROJURAL Brand and Community Manager

    Loves the JMU Dukes, barre, and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies

  • Ludwine Johnson
    Ludwine Johnson Special Events Manager

    Loves sunshine and tacos and bourbon in the company of light hearted folks

Our Mission

"It Starts With me"

It starts with each one of us, every day.

"It Takes a Team"

Our teams are the heart of our company, and we are committed to each other’s growth and development.

"We Honor Our Guests"

We strive to create warm, thoughtful, memorable experiences for our guests.

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