Circa 1918
Circa 1918

Circa 1918

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Phone: (757) 599-1918
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch:
    Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00 pm
    Dinner:
    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    Closed Sunday & Monday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chad A. Martin
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: 50 to 100 people
  • Entertainment: wine dinners monthly

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Post street
  • Public Transit: Bus lets off a few hundred feet from the restaurant
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: there is also a public parking lot. Enter Hilton Village on Main street, take your first right into the lot.
A word from Circa 1918
Drop into Circa 1918 for good times and great food. The restaurant is a neighborhood favorite, and offers a casual, friendly dining atmosphere that you and your friends are sure to enjoy. Circa 1918 also features a friendly, professional staff of great people, who will make sure you enjoy your visit and that Circa 1918 lives up to its reputation for pleasant dining and superb cuisine.

The menu offers an inspired array of selections that is sure to satisfy everyone in your group, every time. Be sure to ask your server about new selections, daily specials, and special chef's creations. Whether you're in the mood for casual dining or a special occasion, Circa 1918 is sure to please.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Circa 1918 reviews from OpenTable diners
19 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.9
  • Food4.9
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (19)neighborhood gem (18)special occasion (14)romantic (9)hot spot (6)notable wine list (6)vibrant bar scene (4)great for outdoor dining (3)good for groups (2)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • The best meal we've had in a dining spot in years!
    Landoz
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    After sampling soup from Circa 1918 at a fund raiser a few years ago, I've wanted to dine at the restaurant. Because it's across the river, we waited for a special occasion to make the journey. We weren't disappointed; each portion of the meal was alive with flavor. The wine list was interesting and, fortunately, we were there on a Tuesday which is $5.00 wine night. Our waiter was very attentive, even though the place was filled to capacity. He took time to explain the menu and was quite personable. We look forward to making a return visit. Well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    AZinVA
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    This was a great dining experience, not just a "dinner out." The service is phenomenal and the food is incredible. I cannot wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome, again
    susfrann
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Once again, hands down, our favorite restaurant on the Peninsula!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always good
    luvobx
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This is our favorite place. We love sitting at the bar or at a table. Food always outstanding, service impeccable. Kip, the bartender is knowledgeable, creative, entertaining, and very good at what he does.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Special Treat!
    ClearMirrorHealing
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Circa 1918 is a great find! The food is elegant layers of delicate flavors and textures. But there is NOTHING delicate about the portions! Even the small plates are enough for a meal. I thought I would try several small plates and a drink with each - but the first one filled me up! The wine list is great but my favorites are the designer martini's. Each one is a unique treat. My goal is to stop in for one drink after work until I've tasted them all! If you want a seat at a table you really should make a reservation - this is a very popular spot! The bar usually has an open spot though & you can order a meal there also. Service is perfect, btw.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lucky
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Made a reservation using Open Table. Arrived at Circa 1918 just prior to my reservation, only to find out that they did not have me down. Fortunately, they actually had an available table, and we were able to be seated and enjoyed a wonderful dinner! When shown the confirmation email, the hostess apologized but repeated that they never received the info from Open Table. We were lucky, but I would strongly suggest that you call instead of using the app.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Circa 1918
    VBDiner
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great dining experience. Had the rock fish special which was an entire fish. Delicious and wonderful presentation. Had the beef carpacio first which is the best anywhere in the region! Leave the kids home unless they are young foodies and enjoy. Next time I am going for Lamb Burger that looks terrific!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Constant, always constant!
    John
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My wife and I have been going to Circa since it opened. As it was in the beginning it is now "FANTASTIC". This area is at a loss for a place that serves great foods with an ECLECTIC flare. We love it, and when our daughter and Son in law come to this area, we try to plan a night at Circa. Service is always great, and friendly. Keep it up, we need you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always awesome!
    susfrann
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This restaurant is our go to place on the Peninsula. Always great food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best dining on HR peninsula
    Beachbum
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I've dined here many times and the chef never fails to amaze. Crab cakes exceed the areas high standard. Lamb burger is excellent. My favorite is beef short ribs when on the menu. This time I enjoyed flash fried whole rockfish with kale salad and tuna tartar to start. The wine list is short but good and there are some excellent craft beers available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.9
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 110 reviews are from the Circa 1918 reviews archive.
  • Hugh
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We had several different appetizers -- all great. The oyster bisque had a great taste and consistency. Lamb bacon was totally different and was a great combination of flavors. The pork belly was very original and the Asian flavor was delicious. Our waiter was very professional. The decor is not particularly romantic -- more like an upscale bar, but the food and service are definitely worth enjoying.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Top notch
    Foodie63
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This place was fantastic. The food was well prepared and in addition to very good it also had excellent presentation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks to Kip et al.!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Always extraordinary!! Each visit brings a new revelation: the last, bison 'meatloaf'... Delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best on the peninsula
    Chuckleswmbg
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Probably the most sophisticated menu on the peninsula. Although it is almost an hour drive from my home to circa 1918 we do it several times a year. And that means driving past many good to very good restaurants. Great drinks, super wine list creative chef( and they are good) and deserts if you have any room left.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    CPope381
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Romantic enviroment, great for our5 year anniversary restaurant. Deconstructed pork belly bon mi is magnificent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BKLYNTOVA
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I heard about this restaurant from a friend. My collegues and I decided we would try it out after a long day at work. The place is not very big at all. But the service was very good and the server was very nice and polite. However when we looked online to check out the menu there was a big difference in the prices. I decided on the lamb burger but when I ordered it there was a $5.00 upcharge from the online price. We had a party of 5ppl and they included the gratuity without our knowledge. I just would have rather known of these changes ahead of time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy find!
    KatyVee
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We were told we were lucky to happen upon this place, by a couple who drove about an hour to get there...and the fellow was a chef! Mussels were extra good. We will go back when we are in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • John
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    As always, Great Food! Fantastic Service! "Circa" is a wonderful place to excite the taste buds. Keep up the Epicurean tradition, we need you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Menu
    K8THEGR8
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We were very pleased with our meal choices, food was cooked right and we finished everything on our plates. I was told to reserve a table in advance so I'm glad I did. my husband and I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service!
    Rockitmail2
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Me and my husband like to try new places when we are alone,traveling. and he found this place online , it was perfect- we went on a Thursday night, and there was only 1 other table occupied,,, we got quick service, great drinks, and the food was amazing-- the menu changes, there was something my husband saw online menu that wasn't on the menu when we got there- but he got the lamb and it was perfect- just like my cod!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    susfrann
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Once again, awesome! This is our favorite restaurant on the Peninsula and they never fail to impress us. We will be back again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YUM!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    I will go back to eat over and over again. You can never go wrong with any item on the menu. Food is AMAZING. One of the best places to eat in Newport News, nothing else like it. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Little hidden gem
    Seasmeil
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Always a wonderful time at this restaurant! Can't wait for a reason to go back! Food is great and ambiance is wonderful!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    ladyjtmb
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This place was amazing. Get the beef tenderloin with fried potato puffs. So good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    Foodie109
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We were celebrating our anniversary and Circa made the evening special. The food was fantastic and the champage was a special touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Wonderful food and wine. Is a little small and noisey but the food makes up for the lack of ambience. Best food within 40 miles hands down.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Does it get any better?
    brandibqVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    just when i thought their menu couldn't be topped - they add foie gras - delicately seared and beautifully plated foie gras. Circa never disappoints, always impressive - fresh - praiseworthy. They have an evolving wine selection, perfect pairings, unique beers, and carefully planned and executed cuisine. Even when full, its hard to pass up dessert at Circa because you know even the final course tops expectations. Come hungry - bring friends - Circa 1918 rocks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Used to be better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I've eaten here about 5 times in 3 years. I noticed some little details changed. My server wasn't as attentive as they used to be. The cobb salad was no longer stacked on the plate, but piled in a heap. Lacked presentation. The short ribs were a little tough on the outside and seems to be over sauced. There was way too much sweet potato puree on the plate. Drinks were good and wine selected by the waiter was good. It just seems the quality and attention to detail of the food has slipped in 3 years. Still, in a town where the chain reigns supreme and there's little to do, this is probably the best you'll get.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    nacardon
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    My first time there and I loved it. Close to home, great food, great atmosphere. Our waiter was great and we felt welcomed there. Would definitely go there again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Circa 1918 -- One of the BEST!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    An excellent bistro, with an extraordinary chef and sommelier, innovative menu, a contemporary classic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vibrant menu with unmatched service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    The menu at Circa is edgy, fresh with local products and is accompanied by service and attention to detail from the staff which is second to none. I have dined at Circa for several years now on many occasions both for business entertainment and social outings and each time the experience is new and exciting. The staff's knowledge of the food and wine menu is apparent and they will not hesitate go out of their way to accommodate. Regular guests are always welcomed with a personal greeting and the atmosphere is equally welcoming as energetic. For the value, Circa offers the best dining experience in Hampton Roads.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine delight
    Kacij
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    My husband and I came here on February 15th for a late valentines dinner. The menu was limited for the holiday, but even still our food was amazing. The waitress suggested two delicious martinis and the food was absolutely delicious.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Day Disappointment
    Foodie61
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We've eaten at Circa several times and prior to this meal I would have rated it outstanding. Unfortunately they didn't live up to expectation. The oyster dish from the 1st course was the highlight of the evening. The scallop dish from the 2nd course only came with 3 scallops but in retrospect that was good since they were severely overcooked and rubbery. The cheese board from the 3rd course was very good but the chocolate cake was very dry even with ice cream. Service throughout the evening was outstanding. Unfortunately the quality of the meal was not consistent with the inflated price. The fact that neither the fixed price for the meal nor inclusion of the gratuity was advertised made the total amount of the bill an unpleasant surprise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another outstanding meal
    PanthersMama
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    This was our 3rd time at Circa and it continues to delight. Food was delicious and the service was fantastic. I think it's gotten better every time we've been and that's saying a lot since they set the bar high in our 1st time dining there! A true hidden gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always good
    luvobx
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    As always, the food, service, and all else associated with dining here is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of our favorites...
    BRich
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    We live in the neighborhood surrounding Circa 1918 and are so happy this gem of a restaurant is within walking distance from our house. The staff is amazing, the food is amazing, the drinks are amazing. This is the perfect spot if you love unique and delicious food, want a romantic night out, or need a great glass of wine after a long day at work. I can't say enough about Circa except I hope they never go away! We love it here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Visit
    JoHanna
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Our first time dining at Circa 1918 was lovely. We took advantage of the restaurant week 3-course menu. Service was quick and polite. As a small establishment I suspected they wanted faster turnover of the tables. We were in and out in under one hour. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaraunt week
    Creekcrew
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    Great night with friends. Great food excellent service, will visit again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience, Excellent
    kaclr
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    Great Experience, Excellent Food And Service. A Must If Your In Newport News!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local place!
    FriendsandFondueVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    A friend and I tried Circa 1918 after hearing via word-of-mouth and Open Table reviews. I loved the food options and diversity being the foodie that I am. The ahi tuna and calamari appetizer was incredible! My date had the beef tenderloin and puff potatoes for her entree and it was very good - great crust on the beef. My pork special with cornbread and brussel sprout dressing was ok. Pork flavor was bland as was the cole slaw - neither appeared to be seasoned and might have done well with a little homemade BBQ sauce. The cornbread dish was awesome! Doughuts for dessert were ok (I've made better at home) but the chocolate creme brule was very good. Server was awsesome and very personable. I would go back just to try other things!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.