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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Private Room, Smoking Area (bar only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Circa 1922 Ratings and Reviews
Great server, as they all are at lovely ...
Great server, as they all are at lovely Circa. The food was good, but the Caeser Salad that I ordered was (once again) limp and not at all cool. But, I still love this place- I just wish they'd improve those salads!
Low value, pedestrian food trying too ha ...
Low value, pedestrian food trying too hard to impress. Regardless of the protein chosen from the menu, expect to receive 5 -6 ounces of what you choose. $20 chicken dish - 6 ounces; flank steak - 6 ounces; beef ribeye - 6 ounces. I had a duck entree - it came with a single drumstick without the thigh. Don't waste your time or money - take a 60 second walk toward the Cape Fear river, and go to Caprice Bistro.
Dim lighting and a superb wine list make ...
Dim lighting and a superb wine list make this gem of a restaurant a perfect spot for an evening out. Warm ambiance but sadly a terribly cold waiter named Bill. The food and wine were perfect, but Bill seemed to treat our presence as a nuisance and that created an awkward environment for my business meeting with a respected client. If I were as rude as Bill, I would not have tipped him. Luckily, I treated Bill with the amount of respect any human being deserves.
By far one of the best places we've eate ...
By far one of the best places we've eaten at in Wilmington. We used open table for reservations and were quickly seated as we walked in. Definitely a bonus during the dinner rush.
Wine selection was excellent, accompanied with delicious fresh oysters and pairing cheese and meats. The combination of duck pastrami, wild boar salami and chorizo rioja was amazing. For our main entrées we were not disappointed with the selection of braised beef cheek and crisp duck confit. The beef cheek melted in your mouth and the duck was full of flavor. We ended the night with the seven layer chocolate cake.
The only reason we gave this place a 4 out of 5 was due to the ambience and noise level. However, it is tourist season so we almost expect it. Would like to go back during the off season for a date night.
We throughly enjoyed our time at the res ...
We throughly enjoyed our time at the restaurant. The food was wonderful and the service was very good. We had the smoked oysters as an appetizer and they were great. We then had the paella and the shrimp and grits - also very tasty. My husband (a beer snob) like the beer list. Overall a wonderful experience.
My wife and I like this restaurant for s ...
My wife and I like this restaurant for special occasions and this last time did not disappoint. My wife had the lamb and I had the salmon. Both were very good, though the salmon was slightly overdone. Not so much that it wasn't good, but just a couple of minute less cooking would have made it perfect.
Food was excellent. Unfortunately we had ...
Food was excellent. Unfortunately we had a waiter who was less than attentive. Seemed to forget we existed. Didn't ask if we wanted desert and seemed surprised when he instead brought the check and we asked to see the desert menu. Hopefully this was an isolated case as the restaurant is usually top natch.
My husband and I had family from out of ...
My husband and I had family from out of state visiting for a couple of days. One of the couples had been to Circa 1922 before, but was a new experience for the other couple. The ambiance is always great. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and was able to recommend a wonderful wine to complement what we all were going to eat. He also had a fun sense of humor. My sister in law commented that even though the restaurant was basically filled, we could each hear our conversations and did not need to shout ! We always recommend Circa 1922 to friends and is always a top choice to dine with friends and family. Thanks for a great evening !!!
Really enjoyed our eclectic dinner at Ci ...
Really enjoyed our eclectic dinner at Circa 1922. Varied menu and the staff was supportive of our "tour." Not often, I think, that dinners start with oysters (local and great), move to salad (with tempura battered Gorgonzola, who would have thought?), Calamari in honey wasabi, Figs with Gooseberries and then Duck Confit. It might not sound like a harmonious meal, but the 4 of us were very happy with the variety. Great wine list with well priced wines at every level. Saw but did not order Cakebread Chardonnay at $84 - reasonable restaurant price for that wine.
Wait staff is excellent - attentive, knowledgable, funny and very professional. We were slightly late for our reservation (parking in Wilmington is not easy) and the hostess seated us immediately, very friendly. Would definitely (and have!) recommend.
Great place to dine in downtown Wilmingt ...
Great place to dine in downtown Wilmington. Right on front street in the middle of the action. Very cool atmosphere and the staff was great. We got the hot crab dip, the lobster gnocchi, the fish special of the day, and mini desserts. Everything was delicious (all the seafood is locally caught) and we were very satisfied after our meal. I love that they offer mini desserts for only $3 so you can have just a few bites to finish your meal. I wouldn't hesitate going back!
We've been to Circa a few times now and ...
We've been to Circa a few times now and we love it! The filet is AMAZING! Melts in your mouth! Calamari is my husband's favorite. 7 layer cake is huge and sooo rich! Never tasted anything we didn't love. Enjoy a great meal at Circa 1922, you won't regret it!
This place was great! We had a reservati ...
This place was great! We had a reservation but were early so we sat at the bar and had a drink. All of the staff very friendly. I had the lamb ragu and my husband had the duck confit then the almond joy cake for dessert. Everything was outstanding! The meal was extremely reasonably priced. Even with the bar tab, it was under $100. For the quality of food, we thought it was a steal. We will definitely be back.
It had been a while since I had been to ...
It had been a while since I had been to Circa and I had forgot how good everything was! The menu has downsized a bit, less tapas, but the portions were just right. Our party loved the lobster salad, cold and citrus flavored so that it was perfect for summer. I thought the scallop and cauliflower was delicious! There was not a bite left on our dishes! Our server knew we had a concert to get to and was very attentive to timing. I'll be back there soon.
Amazing Couple's Dinner Experience
My first visit here was on a weekend getaway with my boyfriend. We made our reservation online and our table was ready when we arrived. Welcoming hostesses and our waiter, Bill, was amazing! He knew all about the bar menu, recommended a great drink for each of us (wine and sangria). I had the sirloin and my boyfriend had the Duck. Nothing was left on our plates. The Key Lime Pie was an amazing dessert to finish the meal. Ambiance was great! Old style decor and art. Lots of great conversations: groups, families (incl children), and couples. I would go back again for sure!
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