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About Circa 1922
Circa 1922 is home to tapas-style dining and wine bar in historic downtown Wilmington. Regionally-themed sharing platters are a popular new addition to the menu allowing guests to sample several tapas offerings. A 12-bottle custom cruvinet keeps our wines by the glass consistently fresh and true to taste or choose from an eclectic international selection of wines by the bottle. After-work tapas specials, weekly sushi specials and a 3-course prix Fixe menu make Circa 1922 a popular downtown destination.
Wilmington, NC 28401
Tapas / Small Plates, International
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live jazz piano standards Friday & Saturday evenings from 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Market Street parking deck located directly behind Circa 1922. First hour is free, $1 for each additional hour. Special rates for weekday evenings. $5 after 9:00pm on weekends. On-street parking is free after 6:30pm and all day on Sundays.
Private Party Facilities:
Semi-private upstairs dining room accommodates up to 65 guests. May be utilized for either hors d'oeuvres receptions or sit-down dinners. Private parties are offered a 4-course limited menu. Customized menus are also available.
Private Party Contact:
Greg Lightcap: (910) 762-1922
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Indoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Circa 1922 Ratings and Reviews
Really fun place. Appetizers were good but nothing spectacular. The entrees, however, were amazing. I got the filet mignon and my wife got the lamb ragu. The filet was cooked perfectly and the purée that accompanied it was fantastic. Portion sizes were perfect. Some might say too small. Love the mini dessert options.
Reservations were suggested but not required, at least on a Wednesday "after dinner" hour in September. The ambiance was "restful" with low lights and quiet corners. When I mentioned that it was hard to read the menu in the "candlelight" the staff provided us with a flashlight to provide enough illumination to make our selections. The wait staff and cook were responsive to the dietary restrictions of my 92 year old mother and were patient in explaining what grits were to an "out of stater." The food was delicious, echoing the words of our waitress when she stopped by regularly to check on our needs. I would recommend the shrimp and grits as well as the fried chicken. The food was well worth the price and I will, definitely, be visiting Circa 1922 in the future.
Está bien ambientado, es un lugar cálido, la comida buena, no puedo decir excelente porque para nuestro gusto el crab dip, estaba muy picante. El lamb si, excelente! y merece destacarse el servicio, ya que la persona que nos atendió muy buen conocedor de los platos y los vinos, fue muy profesional en su atención. La carta de vinos podría ser mas variada y tener alguno no tan costoso.
Thoroughly enjoyed our anniversary dinner. Excellent appy's and dessert. Main course was steaming hot, properly seasoned and right sized. Wait staff was well trained, timely with attention and details. This is the finest meal we've experienced in the two years we've been in Wilmington, bar none.
My daughter is a vegetarian as we always hunt for places that work for her but still have the delicious non-vegetarian food I love. Circa 1922 was a find on trip advisor and turned out to be great. We are looking forward to eating here again. The mac and cheese - crazy good. Mushroom ravioli was so earthy. House made mozzarella was delicious with balsamic thick as paste and wonderfully flavorful. Highly recommended.
The waiter was fantastic, knowledgeable, always ahead of any anticipated need. The noise of people's conversation was much too loud. Loved the hot crab dip..ordered filet mignon, but was disappointed that the steak was such a small portion, with only a few strands of spinach. Know that you'll have to order an appetizer, or you may feel like you didn't have much.
Server was on top of everything and unobtrusive. Our server was with us for the entire meal.We like that. Tapas...cheeses and asparagus...top notch. Our entrees of paella was a quality dish. I think it is difficult to make a mixed seafood dish with high quality and presented well.
Had a great meal- loved the choices of appetizers or tapas as starters. Sizes are perfect, not overwhelming, but just enough. I started with the spicy tuna tartar tapa. Was good with the crispy banquette, but wasn't really spicy. Not flavorful, I would have skipped that. My parents had the calamari with was tossed with a garlic, fruity, buttery glaze. It was amazing! My husband had the meat chicorones or something?? They were delish! We had the price fixe menu which included a salad with tempura coated and fried blue cheese, pecans, organic greens. Yummy! Dinner was hanger steak cooked perfectly. Hubby's fish was great. Drinks were great. Waitress, though great and friendly, was a bit slow. Mom asked for glass of ice with her cosmo (and had to ask twice more to get it long after we finished our first round. Other than that, great food- highly recommended!
This restaurant was a gem. It was really one of the best overall places where I have ever eaten. Great location and ambience, terrific service, wonderful high-end dishes, and incredibly reasonable prices. I was incredibly impressed! PS-Our server, Christina, was superb!
This was our first visit to Circa in 3-4 years.. not sure why we waited so long to come back! We had a marvelous meal.. Chef's special lobster bouillabaisse and an excellent hanger steak. It's an energetic restaurant located in downtown Wilmington in an older loft type building. Parking garage close by.. once dinner is over it's only a 1 block walk to the waterfront and a number of other "watering holes" and the live music scene. If I have a complaint it would be the noise level.. if in a large group be prepared to speak up if you plan to be heard.
This has always been one of my wife and my favorite restaurants in Wilmington. We were leaving the area to move to another place. We could think of no better place to have our last date as residents of the area. The food and atmosphere was perfect. When we visit we will definitely go again.
It was very loud. There happened to be a large party, 20+, next to us. When they arrived, they mingled around their table for 15-20 minutes and were on top of us. No consideration for other customers. No fault of the restaurant, just rude and loud customers. Otherwise, everything was good. Service was good, but a little pushy on the drinks. Our table was a party of non-drinkers.
We were greeted and seated immediately, noticing the restaurant was quite busy (Friday, 7:30pm) which is a good thing in my opinion. Our server was efficient and attentive, but didn't hover. When something was asked for, he either brought it immediately OR came to tell us it was on its way (drinks, for example). We started with the tuna sashimi and it was absolutely fantastic. I ordered the scallops and my husband got the hangar steak. I loved my scallops - the Ratatouille was different for scallops, but I loved it. My husband's meal came out cold, but our server responded quickly and fixed it (I chalk it up to a swamped kitchen) with no other problems; in fact, one of the hostesses assisted in getting his meal out quickly and a few other items to us which I appreciated as a former hostess myself! We finished with prosecco and mini desserts as we were celebrating our 5 year anniversary and it was the perfect amount - the pot de creme and cheese cake were both delish! I'd very much like to come back for drinks at the bar as I truly appreciated the relaxing, almost mysterious decor and feel of the restaurant.
This was our fourth time eating at Circa and probably the best experience we've ever had. The food was good as always, but the service was excellent! Gerald was an awesome waiter, friendly and fun, as well as spot-on service. He definitely made our birthday celebration a great one. We're already planning our next meal at Circa, it's one of our favorite restaurants in Wilmington.
(P.S. If you've never been here before, you must try the 7-layer chocolate cake... you can thank me later.)
Ash and his team deliver excellent food with friendly and professional service. The menu is wide ranging and my assorted oysters were very fresh. He runs a tight ship and it shows. Go and buy different plates to savor the flavors. Nice wines by the glass as well. Thanks, Hank
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