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Circa 1918
Circa 1918

Circa 1918 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Phone: (757) 599-1918
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00 pm
    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: Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic, Gastro Pub
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This restaurant is our go to place on the Peninsula. Always great food and service."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "This place was fantastic. The food was well prepared and in addition to very good it also had excellent presentation."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Always extraordinary!! Each visit brings a new revelation: the last, bison 'meatloaf'... Delicious!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Romantic enviroment, great for our5 year anniversary restaurant. Deconstructed pork belly bon mi is magnificent!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "As always, Great Food! Fantastic Service! "Circa" is a wonderful place to excite the taste buds. Keep up the Epicurean tradition, we need you. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Once again, awesome! This is our favorite restaurant on the Peninsula and they never fail to impress us. We will be back again. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Always a wonderful time at this restaurant! Can't wait for a reason to go back! Food is great and ambiance is wonderful! "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "This place was amazing. Get the beef tenderloin with fried potato puffs. So good."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We were celebrating our anniversary and Circa made the evening special. The food was fantastic and the champage was a special touch."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "An excellent bistro, with an extraordinary chef and sommelier, innovative menu, a contemporary classic."
    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."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "As always, the food, service, and all else associated with dining here is excellent."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Great night with friends. Great food excellent service, will visit again soon."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Great Experience, Excellent Food And Service. A Must If Your In Newport News!"
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "This Hilton Village restaurant is impressive! The food is always well-prepared, beautifully presented and absolutely delicious! The staff is friendly, enthusiastic and very helpful!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "The food was delicious. Staff are friendly and witty. Very small restaurant with tables close together."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "We love Circa, the food, staff and bar are all equally amazing. We love everything on the menu, especially the meatloaf. All the staff always greet you with a smile on their face and treat you as a part of the family. The place is small but very inviting and not as small as some other viewers have made it seem. Always make a reservation though, it'll be worth all the planning and waiting! The only place in Hampton roads worth going!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We love this restaurant! Everything we have eaten has been good. The staff is friendly and attentive. On a recent visit we had the tiger prawn appetizer - loved the grits. The pork-belly appetizer was really rich and delicious also. We had the beef filet with sweet potato gratin and the salmon. They were both cooked perfectly and the gratin and sauce that came with the beef were outstanding."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "My friends and I enjoyed our ladies night out at this cozy, delightful restaurant . Our server, Kip, was very attentive, his suggestions were perfect! We enjoyed the Autumn Punch, one if his awesome cocktail concoctions , which is our new favorite !the entrees and desserts were incredible! We will return again"
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "Amazing menu! Lamb burger was cooked perfectly. Candied bacon adds perfect touch. Really enjoyed tiger prawns and grits. Highly recommend if you are looking for fine dining in Newport News."
    Dined on 10/19/2013