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Circa 1922
Circa 1922

Circa 1922 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.circa1922.com
  • Phone: (910) 762-1922
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Tapas / Small Plates, International
  • Executive Chef: Kyle McKnight
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: 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
  • 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
  • Entertainment: Live jazz piano standards Friday & Saturday evenings from 8:00pm - 11:00pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Market Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: 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.
A word from 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Wanted to show new neighbors some good dining in Wilmington. The food was very good, prices reasonable and service top notch."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I went on a double date with my room mate and our ladies here and we were all more than satisfied with our food and service. Our waitress easily answered all questions we had regarding wine and food. Our appetizer was on the table in less than 5 minutes and our entrees took less than 15 minutes. The food was incredible all around, my room mates salmon was one of the best I've had. For dessert we got the creme brûlée and wow were we not disappointed. It could have easily fed 6 people, it was huge! It was better than bonefish grills creme brûlée(I eat there a lot and always get it for dessert.) the presentation of the food was top notch and the ambience and mood of the restaurant was warm and romantic. Was a perfect choice for our double date"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Always our #1 stop in Wilmington. The spinach salad is out of this world and the sushi is always good."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We sat 45 min after reservation time because they were so busy? Why have reservations. Service was extremely slow and no apology from anyone. Will not go back"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Reservation was for 7:15...not seated until 8:00 and we had to talk with the hostess several times. She kept saying they were cleaning our table right now....15 minutes later the same line. Once they said they had given our table away because we did not respond to a text they sent....there was no text. Very frustrating, yet excellent food."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Simply a great place for a nice meal. Friendly staff, imaginative but unpretentious food and a lovely ambience make this my go to restaurant in Wilmington. I strongly recommend the calamari with wasabi cream appetizer, and a piece of the chocolate cake (bring some to help, you can't put it all away on your own)."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We had a group of 8, and at least four of us had food that was cool to cold. Seems it had been sitting on the counter a while before delivery. The food was presented beautifully with accents and swirls...so being cold, it diminished the flavors quite a bit. Very disappointing."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We had an awesome dining experience. Every course was better than the last. Could not have been happier."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great food, great service and great location. A Wilmington land mark"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Service was fine, cocktails & wine were fine. Interior was comfortable and nicely appointed. Our appetizers and smaller plates were quite good. Our 2 entrees -- a lamb shank dish and a chicken/pasta dish --- were underwhelming and just so-so. We should have known better than to order entrees in a tapas eatery."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "1922 has done what so many southern restuarants have done and that is departing from traditional home style cooking by adding an eclectic flair to cosmopolitan dishes. Super small plate selections that will tease and tantalize your palate."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "This was my second time visiting Circa 1922. Honestly, my boyfriend likes this place because of the extra large creme-brulee. The actual dinner food is always great though. The atmosphere is also nice. I like the decor, it matches the historical town. I'd definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Terrible service, food not that great..wouldnt come back!!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Beautiful restaurant and great atmosphere, The service was wonderful and our server was helpful and guided us through our first visit. The food was great as well as the wine."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Our #1 stop when in the Wilmington area. Great Tapas menu. The spinach salad is must and the scallop plate was outstanding. This is a well managed operation, very consistent and always great! "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Circa is consistently excellent in food, service, and ambiance. It is one of our "go-to" restaurants in Wilmington. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We had a party of 10 on mothers day. Our waitress was great, the food was plated nicely and was delicious. They sat us in a cozy corner that felt private and relaxed. Enjoyed it. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We went for Mother's Day and had an amazing time. The group was comprised of all ages and types of appetites ( finicky to voracious ). Everyone enjoyed their food and complemented me on the choice of resturant. Lee were seated right away, and the service was super. I gave the wait staff a big gratuity. I can't recommend this place enough. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Loved everything from the starters through the desserts. Circa never disappoints."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "I went for my birthday dinner and it was great! In the middle of downtown and right across from Front Street Brewery but you step in and it's another world. We got the 7 layer chocolate cake and I am still eating it for breakfast and dessert a week later! Still so delicious. I am so glad I picked Circa 1922 and I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We stopped in Wilmington on our way to Savannah to celebrate our anniversary. Thought we were just stopping to sleep then head south. Turned into a fantastic restaurant find and city touring the next morning. Food was fantastic, we had sushi, seafood and pasta and fantastic wine. Service was outstanding the restaurant was beautiful and had such character. 100% recommend to everyone!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Circa 1922 has a multi-multi layered, dark chocolate cake with dark choc. icing that can only be enhanced further with a glass of whole milk! Decadence to the MAX!"
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Attentive wait staff and great food. Paella had a nice kick, with the squid done perfectly- not overcooked at all. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "We loved the relaxed ambience. Service was well-timed and friendly. The tapas and paella were yummy and wines were affordable. We definitely would return to try more dishes."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We have dined at a Circa 1922 many times and have always enjoyed it. This was our first experience for brunch and it was delightful."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend here for her birthday and we loved it! I had never eaten here before, but I've heard really good things about this restaurant. We had reservations, and got there about 10 mintutes early. They were not busy, and were able to seat us right away. I noticed the ambience right away, the lighting was dimmed which made for a really nice romantic setting. We started with the Calamari, which came in a delightful hot & sweet sauce with wasabi cream. Watch out, because the Wasabi cream has a bit of a kick! My girlfriend had the Filet Mignon, and I had the Skillet Fried Quail. My Quail was great, but the Filet was absolutely phenomenal! I believe I'll order that next time. They had Stella on draft, which was a big plus also!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "The food, service and ambience all met our expectations. An excellent dining experience; even offered closed parking in a garage immediately behind the restaurant. We were visiting Wilmington, Charleston and Beaufort intending to dine in topnotch restaurants and Circa 1922 certainly met that criteria in charming Wilmington. Definitely can recommend this restaurant to anyone interested in a fine dining experience."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "We've been dining at circa for years. The last meal left much to be desired. The bread is always amazing without fail. The new menu offers their once normal sized dinner entrees as "small plates" - smaller dishes with increased prices. My dish came out cold which only shows it is not cooked but microwaved. I sent it back. Normally the chef will start over. My dish was further microwaved. Came back warm but disappointed at the lack of attention. Seems more like a tourist place to shuffle diners in and out rather than the quality restaurant it once was."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Dinner started off on a low note with the hostess who rolled her eyes when we asked for an alternate table. The waiter was excellent, walked us through the menu and explained various items. The mushroom bruschetta, tasty, the carpaccio beef, melt in your mouth - unfortunately the Gouda cheese, though 'cave aged', had no tyrosine clusters, but did have bits of rind. We had several small plates, a salad, bottle of wine and then two entrees. The roasted monkfish was rather bland, but not bad. The three scallops as a 'large plate' left something to be desired. I have had wonderful scallops and had these scallops been *wonderful* I would have been happy to pay $6/per, but they were average."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Went to dine with friends from the area and they suggested Circa 1922. Meal was very good, and a value during restaurant week. Three of us went with the RW set menu, my wife ordered a la carte. My wife enjoyed the scallops, but was disappointed that there were only three on the plate - seems small for a main dish - especially at non-restaurant week price. Service was very good. All in all, an excellent dining experience in Wilmington"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "The food here was excellent. I ordered the Meyers Lemon Chicken, I didn't really find a lemony taste but rather a very smokey taste. I don't care for smokey food but my daughter thought it was delicious. The chicken was very tender and the sides were yummy. My daughter ordered the steak which I have had before and it was very good. We both had desert, the almond joy cake was very rich and delish. The creme brule, is definitely big enough to share with 2-3 people and was delish as well. The service was excellent. I really enjoy eating here."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "We love Circa 1922. The appetizers are excellent and the menu is varied."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "loved the ambience, great service and great food, my wife and I really enjoyed our first visit. we will go back."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We have lived here for years and just never made it here before now. I wish we would have gone sooner! The whole experience was wonderful. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This restaurant was nice! The food is tapas style which throw me off little. The service was good, the food was good. We ordered the salad which was fabulous, satay chicken was ok, bread with goat cheese was very good, Filet mignon, chicken with pasta which was in thick cream sauce. Overall ambiance was nice! Great little restaurant."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Full restaurant, lively place, good food. A piano player added to the ambiance of the great old building."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This restaurant was good but not great. We enjoyed our meal and the atmosphere was nice for a quiet dinner"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Fabulous location, fantastic food, terrific service. Live piano player. On the noisy side, but the menu, bar and wine selection more than compensate. If you have a day or two in Wilmington, make this a priority for evening dining."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Excellent service that didn't make you feel rushed, very attentive. All the food was exquisite, save the shrimp and grits, which was without taste and the shrimp were way overcooked. Other than that minor detail it was wonderful. We will be back for sure!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This was the restaurant for my wife and I for our 44th wedding anniversary. We thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance as well as the wonderful tapas menu. The wine list is superb. I would highly recommend this restaurant for any special occasion."
    Dined on 3/14/2014