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
Very loud and the food was just ok. We ...
Very loud and the food was just ok. We wished we had gone to one of the restaurants down on the river walk. They do have a bar special on tapas from 5-7. If we went back, we would go for bar food, not a romantic evening.
My 15 year old son came downtown for a n ...
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. Understandab ...
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 m ...
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!
Our eleventh dinner here in twelve years ...
Our eleventh dinner here in twelve years with family for the night before NYE. We love everything about this beautiful restaurant -- fabulous food, great service, beautiful decor. We tell everyone we know how good this restaurant is!
This is where we go for our anniversary ...
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.
In addition to a some great variations o ...
In addition to a some great variations on common food themes the place a certain vibe to it. Though it is on the high end it is good value and offers things not found in most restaurants. Staff was uniformly professional, hard-working, and amiable.
We took our daughters there after a Holi ...
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 app ...
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 hol ...
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.
Excellent Food. Tapas allow for a lot o ...
Excellent Food. Tapas allow for a lot of flexibility in the first course. We shared the sashimi, the spring rolls, and the broccolini - all were very good. Solid wine list and cocktails are first rate. I had the paella and my wife had the lamb ragu - both were rich in their flavors. They offer mini-desserts, which were a perfect end of meal treat without overindulging. Full desserts around us were intimidating.
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.
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