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.
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: 9107621922
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
Jamey was a great server with helpful re ...
Jamey was a great server with helpful recommendations from the varied menu. We had different tapas and wines to match. Nice way to taste different flavors with your group. Ash knows how to run a restaurant and make his customers feel like family. Try different items to share. Easy parking around the block.
Great downtown spot. Beet & blue cheese ...
Great downtown spot. Beet & blue cheese salad was excellent. Shrimp & grits were ok, but not super flavorful. Eggplant ragout was terrific as was the slow roasted chicken. If you're heading downtown Circa should be on your short list for dinner.
First visit. Liked the quiett surroundin ...
First visit. Liked the quiett surroundings (however, we were there on Monday evening early so do not know if it is quiet all evenings). Interesting selections on menu. Server described selections well. We Felt the portions were inconsistent with the pricing. The ambiance was positive but so dark have to use a candle to illuminate the menu. We did not dislike Circa 1922 enough to never go back. We would just adjust our expectation.
Excellent food and atmosphere, but our w ...
Excellent food and atmosphere, but our waitress made our night. Her service was superb, and her wit was quick. We thoroughly enjoyed her and she made our celebration extra enjoyable!! Have to say, the steak was to die for.
We went to Circa 1922 for a date night a ...
We went to Circa 1922 for a date night and celebrating 31 weeks pregnant. The food and service was great! I highly recommend the mushroom bruschetta and pork belly off the tapas menu. Well worth it! I forgot our servers name but he was great and very attentive without being too invasive. My only complain is the restaurant was a little cold! Tough time of year when it's hot during the day and cool at night. We will definitely be going back.
The food and presentation were excellent ...
The food and presentation were excellent, I would suggest going with the tapas and try several items. The mini desserts were amazing and just enough for a sweet fix. I saw some of the large versions come out and they look like they could serve 4. The decor is really nice and it can be noisy but not too much where you can't hold on a normal conversation.
I had not been to Circa in a number of y ...
I had not been to Circa in a number of years, so was looking forward to it. While the food was good, it took an hour and a half to get it and was WAY WAY WAY over priced. Dinner for 2 with 2 glasses wine each and it was $134.00. And they comped the dessert because it took so long. I won't be returning.
Food was excellent and very reasonably p ...
Food was excellent and very reasonably priced for a restaurant of this quality. Our server was efficient and attentive. Getting to and from the bathrooms located on the upper level is a little confusing for a first time diner who is not familiar with the restaurant layout.
Dinner was very enjoyable. Service was a ...
Dinner was very enjoyable. Service was attentive but not rushed, even after letting our server know we had theater tickets and had to be out at a specific time. Small plates we shared were tasty as was the lamb ragu and paella. Wine choices were good, tho not inexpensive. We've been before and we'll certainly be back.
We have been to Circa several times and ...
We have been to Circa several times and like to bring our guests there. We live on Topsail Island and don't mind the hour drive to get there. The food is that good. On the last visit, we all shared apps that included mussels, spring rolls, beet salad and mushroom bruchsetta. All were outstanding (especially the mussels). Dinner portions are smaller than some places but that is reflected in the price. The portions are perfect for us. We never leave hungry. I would recommend Circa to anyone who like fresh, creative food dishes. It has never disappointed.
Came here for a girls weekend. I ordered ...
Came here for a girls weekend. I ordered a wedge salad, and the waitress told me I could not make an modifications to it, I wanted to exclude bacon. I said, you can't just not put bacon on it? She had to ask the chef. It was ridiculous. The sangria was watered down, with no fruit it in. The service was ok, nothing great. The lighting was so dark upstairs we had to use our cell phones as flash lights. It was not the cute girls dinner we had hoped for.
This was our first time at Circa 1922 an ...
This was our first time at Circa 1922 and it was wonderful. Very professional server, Rob I believe. He knew the menu down to the finest details, he offered food and wine paring recommendations.
As we will be in Wilmington fairly often for the next several years we will definitely be going back. There are many more interesting dishes and appetizers we would like to try.
If you are looking for a fast meal this is not the place, while I am sure they could have expedited if we had asked, it is truly an upscale venue, food is prepared to order and will want to enjoy the surroundings!
Had read reviews which persuaded us to b ...
Had read reviews which persuaded us to book a reservation here. Arrived on time to be seated at a small table located up a very steep flight of stairs which my husband painfully climbed to accommodate their scarce availability of a deuce-top. Found out later there is an elevator available but hostess who seated us never offered this option. Her rush to seat us resulted in a first impression of unconscionable hospitality which set the tone for how she had primed us to then interpret every element of service which did or did not follow. The cuisine had so much to overcome unrelated to its preparation. Always a tough act to follow. Nonetheless, our thanks goes to the Chef!
We were there for a relaxed anniversary ...
We were there for a relaxed anniversary dinner. The service was good. The small plates we shared were all very good. The crab dip and paella were very good. The smoked oysters were just ok. The pitcher of sangria we shared was very well done. The only issue we had was we were seated next to a rather loud large group. They weren't obnoxious or rude, just a little loud. As young people are want to do. Overall it was a very good meal and we would return to eat again.
Saturday evening @ 7:30 was really crowd ...
Saturday evening @ 7:30 was really crowded so the noise level was pretty high, but other than that Circa 1922 is a wonderful spot! It's semi-casual with great food; tapas, salads, entrees; burgers as well and the wait staff is very attentive. The atmosphere is really nicely done, circa 1922 and lots of fun. I would recommend this restaurant for anyone visiting/or living in the Wilmington area.
Birthday for husband. Had been to Circa ...
Birthday for husband. Had been to Circa 1922 only once before and had a fabulous dining experience both times Was raining when we arrived so were offered seat at window in alcove. Another couple was seated there which made it a little noisy but not terrible. Gavin was our server who was excellent in describing dishes and level of attention. Food was creatively presented and delicious. My selection was Shrimp and Grits which I would recommend highly! Want to go back for more of their tapas!
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