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Circa on Chestnut, SF—Epic Groupon fail

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Circa on Chestnut, SF—Epic Groupon fail

dave94703 | Mar 8, 2013 02:29 PM

Watch out for the Circa Groupon, which judging from their business last (Thursday) nite was the vast majority of their customers. They offer a "half price meal for two" ($60 for $118 worth), then hand you a special, limited-choice Groupon prix fixe menu with a three-course meal plus a bottle of wine whose price on their regular menu adds up to an average of under $30 apiece, maxing at $36. Unless you think their Rock & Vine 2011 Three Ranches cab (only red you can get with the groupon deal, not on wine list, didn't see what the chard they were offering was) is worth $60 (retail $11.99-$14.99), you need to know that you're getting maybe $60 retail worth of food, plus a medium-cheap bottle of wine, for your $60. (And paying tax, which it turned out wasn't included, on $118). At least, that probably explains how they got their name. The food ranged from mediocre down to a massively and miserably oversweet wet chocolate cake concoction (might have been flourless, but they didn't call it that) with an unidentifiably mocha-looking (but not tasting, actually mintlike) and even-sweeter scoop of ice cream; in sum, food as genuine as their Groupon offer.

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