About Circa 1922
Wilmington, NC 28401
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.
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
Circa 1922 is one of our favorite places to eat in Wilmington and our last meal there was the perfect example of why. From the first course to the dessert and the cocktails in between we enjoyed a truly excellent meal with fabulous service that made our Valentine's Day dinner just perfect! We especially enjoyed the pickled shrimp, the smoked trout salad and the Potato Gnocchi, thanks for a wonderful evening!
We went for Valentine's Day and were expecting a nice meal. We were told the day of our reservation that there was a limited "chef's menu". Our table was crammed into what I consider an aisle and right in front of the main entrance. The wait staff were constantly bumping into my wife while trying to service the table behind her.
Our lobster bisque was cool. My wife's filet was supposed to be medium well, came out bright red in the center. By the time it was prepared properly, my dinner was finished.
Our waiter was apologetic and the assistant manager came over after I asked for her, she apologized but didn't do much else.
Paid $189 including tip for a Valentine's dinner that my wife and I watched each other eat separately.
Disappointed. Been here before and loved the place. This time we came back to celebrate our anniversary and my wife was extremely excited that Duck Confit was on the menu. Unfortunately it was some of the driest confit I have ever experienced. As a chef and restaurant owner, it was frustrating. However, we all have off nights. Hopefully this was just one of those for Circa 1922. Lighting could be turned up just a bit - We and another couple sitting near us were using our phone flashlights to read the menu. Both groups of us are a bit older than many that were there. But very difficult to enjoy if you can't read what is being offered. HOWEVER, our server was fantastic. Great personality and very professional.
The decor and pianist are wonderful and a fantastic welcome into the restaurant. The kitchen seemed a little slow when we were there on a Saturday night at 8pm. If this is typical, plan to spend at least 2.5 hrs there. The tapas and entrees were tasty, but the colossal creme brûlée was a disappointment. (If you're going to have dessert, go for the bananas foster!)
Four of us shared eight tapas. (We probably could have eaten a little more, but were going to a dessert wine tasting after, so didn't want to eat too much.) They were all delicious, as were the drinks. Fried calamari with a wasabi/sweet sauce and escargot in Pernod cream were the highlights for me. Our server was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening.
This was our first time dining at Circa. Drinks were well made and wine selection was decent. My husband and I both started with the wedge salad which was wonderful--one of the best I've ever had. I had the beef cheeks with barley and puffed barley; the contrast in textures was really interesting and the beef cheeks were delicious and succulent. Husband is not around to get his input, but he enjoyed his dinner and said he would go back.
Six of us enjoyed dinner together before an evening at the Wilmington Jazz Festival. Food, drinks and service were excellent. Wanting a light meal, I ordered the beet salad and the lobster and avocado (chilled) tapas plate. Fresh, light, perfectly seasoned- and gorgeous, they were. All 3 men in our party ordered the Eggplant, and finished every bite. We enjoy dinner at Circa 1922 each time we are in Historic Wilmington, and I think we will do so forever! Keep doing things as you are, Circa 1922- it makes your customers happy.
Price Fix Menu was a great deal, salad,entrees and perfect sized dessert. There were a variety of entrees to choose from for $24. Wednesday was half price bottles of wine made it an even better deal. Service was outstanding and timing on each course was perfect. It was a little conversationally challenged and rather dark. All of us at the table had to use our flashlights on our phones to read the menu. Food was tasty and well seasoned and perfect temp. when arriving at the table.
This was my first time at Circa 1922 and was pleased. Loved the menu! It had hot and cold tapas, meat and cheese plates, sushi etc in addition to large plate meals. Wine list had a number of affordable selections by the glass. Our server was able to properly describe dishes and their ingredients. Loved the beef carpaccio and that night's selection of fresh oysters. The braised wagyu beef cheek melted in my mouth!The esgargot was a tad overdone in Pernod sauce however and the paella had a bit too much paprika flavour for my taste but tasty none the less. Overall a great dining experience. Menu had something for everyone!
This my first visit to Circa with my fiancé. Walked in and the restaurant is stunning! Music was a little too loud , but a lovely ambiance vibe. Food was so spectacular! Our waiter was knowledgeable and kind. I definitely recommend this gorgeous restaurant.
Circa 1922 has been our favorite "go-to" dining place when we're in Wilmington, usually the first place we head for. This time the experience disappointed us. It was a busy weekend evening, even at our 8:00pm reservation time. We were told we would have to wait a few minutes while our table was cleared and reset ... understandable. The wait turned into 30 minutes, during which time walk ins were seated and larger tables reset for just 2 diners. The front desk attitude to us was demeaning, even suggesting they give seating priority to certain clients! We did receive an apology for the "misunderstanding", and an attempt to make things right, but the damage had been done.
The food was up to its usual fine standard, this is a great place to try a whole spectrum of different tastes and culinary experiences. There were a couple of dishes we ordered which turned out to be sold out, fortunately there's a large menu to fall back on for alternatives.
We will be back - although maybe not at weekends (even in January) and Circa drops a few slots on our favorite list.
My 15 year old son came downtown for a nice dinner. I chose Circa1922 because of their reputation of having a great menu with choices for both of us.
He loved the shrimp and grits- and for dessert the chocolate 7 layer cake!
The service was on point! Our server Gerald was awesome!
Went here on New Years Eve. Understandably, the service was a little slow. The food was good, but the portions were small. The lobster avocado salad was a bit bland. The duck was outstanding and flavorful. The scallops were tasty but only 3 medium sized scallops. The desert was their take on a s'more. It was very good, and the largest item on the 4 course meal. I would go here again, but on a less busy night.
My husband and I enjoyed our meal very much! He got the Calamari and said it was one of the best dishes he's ever had. My salmon was cooked perfectly and though I couldn't tell you everything that came on the dish, it was all delicious. We got the bread pudding to share and it was out of this world! Our server was very friendly and attentive, without being overly so. The only complaint I have is that it was a little dark and a bit noisy but the food more than made up for it. Highly recommended!
This is where we go for our anniversary every year. It's worth the hour drive. The dinner menu can be a little pricey but it's very good. The wine menu is more than acceptable and the service has always been top notch. Upstairs is more fancy and suited for nice dinners while the downstairs has a bar and is more casual, which is nice because you can go there all dressed up or in jeans.
We took our daughters there after a Holiday concert and chose to dine on their small plate "tapas" menu. We tried 1/2 to 2/3 of their menu. Of note were the mushroom dishes, the escargot, the tuna sampler.
All were well prepared and presented. This is our second visit to the restaurant and they have not disappointed either time.
I stopped in to circa 1922 for a few appetizers and a glass of wine. The cheese and meat selections on the appetizer menu were wonderful as were the selections of Italian and Spanish chorizo and salami. Flavor was good The wines offered, Malbec and the Coates du Rhone were not of great quality for the price.
Visited on a Sunday night before the holidays. Was a fair number of large groups but it was never noisy. Restaurant was decorated very well. Selected dinners (vs. tapas plates) and I loved the amount of food and price. Was a normal amount of food and the prices were very reasonable. Had a mussel appetizer which was very tasty. The shrimp & grits were a lighter version with a gravy which was a nice departure from the normal cheesy offerings. Definitely would return.
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