Circa 1918

4.9
634 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
Dinner:

Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Friday & Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Closed Sunday & Monday
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Phone number
(757) 599-1918
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chad A. Martin
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Catering
50 to 100 people
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Post street
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Parking details
there is also a public parking lot. Enter Hilton Village on Main street, take your first right into the lot.
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Public transit
Bus lets off a few hundred feet from the restaurant
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Entertainment
wine dinners monthly
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 634 People Are Saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Raleigh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had the best meal- better than any on a date night in a very long time. Very creative dishes with succulent meats. We will go back again real soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating our 16th anniversary, I surprised my wife by taking her to circa 1918 for our first time(it won’t be the last). The food was exquisite, the service was excellent, and we look forward to going again. For me personally, this was a fine dining experience without feeling stuffy or formal, yet the entire experience was elegant and accessible; we felt comfortable and welcomed. We can’t wait to go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was very helpful and attentive. Food preparation and taste superb. Loved the ambiance.

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AM
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to Circa 1918 many times and have never been disappointed. Everything is always spectacular and it’s amazing how they can turn simple ingredients into something so delicious Every Single Time! I love how the menu is constantly changing to use in season food!

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CG
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Will go again and again! Cocktails were unique, food was cooked to perfection.

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KH
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, quiet, romatic and cozy. The waiter was awesome!

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LC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant experience possibly ever! I definitely recommend this place and be sure to make reservations.

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AM
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Although our dinner started to get a bit nosey towards the end with nearly every seat filled in a small restaurant the staff was more that friendly and polite and the food was absolutely fantastic.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have been to Circa several times and have never been disappointed. Super friendly staff and amazing food and drinks. Love the quiet atmosphere. It is the perfect date night.

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SW
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took three friends there for a special dinner. It was a perfect night out- no kids, delicious food, great wine, and great ambiance! Kip was very attentive and answered all our questions. I can’t wait to go back!

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JH
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Friendly service and lively, fun atmosphere brought down by merely average food. Maybe an off day in the kitchen. The great service and fun vibe motivate me to give it a second chance.

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BD
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service and food were noteworthy! We enjoyed our evening very much- except for one customer that talked VERY loudly. When the customer left the noise level was comfortable and conducive to conversation. Will definitely return and invite friends!

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DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go-to restaurant for special occasions. Great imaginative food coupled with craft cocktails and unparalleled service.

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c
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible fried oysters and mushroom crostini as starters. I had the bison meatloaf, which was tender and flavorful. Husband had the crab cake, which was superb. Excellent meal and service - as always. A favorite spot for us for a special occasion.

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AV
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible in every possible way. The duck was literally the most delicious thing I've ever tasted in my life.

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BC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in Connecticut and every time we visit our daughter at William and Mary we make sure we dine at Circa 1918. Takes us 40minutes from Williamsburg but so worth it. Always a delicious meal. Staff friendly and professional. We’ll be back again and again.

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m
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

About the best dining experience you will find in the region. Hint: Try it on Thuradays.

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DN
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food with outstanding service. The Bartender took very good care of us and was able to make great suggestions for my picky wife.

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GF
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was very friendly and service was outstanding. Loved the food.

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Key West
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was soooo good but I feel our service was a little lacking. Our server was very, very nice but I felt like everything took way longer to get to us than at other tables. I’m not really sure what the issue was. But I would still totally eat here again.

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SH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Creative and unusual specials, as well as fabulous regular menu. Have never been disappointed. Small and cozy, as well as some outdoor dining space. Fun atmosphere.

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MB
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was great. My lady picked it for her birthday. She had been before and I hadn't. I was surprised how good the meal was. Not a red meat eater but she picked place to eat so I had limited choices. So I decided to roll the dice and try bison meatloaf for 1st time eating bison. Loved it. It's pricey so have at least $100 if on a date. Should cover meal and tip or $120 max! Portions are decent not big but flavor is INCRED! Awesome chefs! I recommend this place any occasion or day. Make reservations to secure table because it's small! Otherwise great meals and ambiance!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, Kip is an awesome waiter overall, the total package I would recommend to any and everyone if you are ever in Newport News and don't stop here it is your loss.

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Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Creative menu w great mix of familiar & unique dishes - amped up - but timid diners will find plenty to be happy with. Cozy one-of-a-kind gem.

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KG
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I make it a point to eat here each time I’m in town. Continually impressive, great wine selection, terrific service. Food is second to none.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always! Thanks Kip and team for helping us celebrate Julie’s Birthday!

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DR
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing. My wife and I loved the service and the food. It made our anniversary extremely memorable.

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! I absolutely loved the seaweed wrapped tuna. Highly recommend!

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JS
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kip and the food were amazing!
Had tuna cerviché tacos which were
So creative and fresh. Swordfish was
best ever in my love’s extensive
gastronomical experience! Voyage 6
Malbec by Wagner with my bison meatloaf
rocked out with an extracted big
fruit barrage!! One of our fave meals ever
on the peninsula:0). John 17:3

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C
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We were cruising the Bay and stopped in Hampton. We like a fine dining experience after a day on the Bay and there didn't seem to be any good options in Hampton, so we went further afield, hailed Uber, and were very pleased with the experience.

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LP
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Circa 1918 is my husband’s and my favorite date night spot. The food is always fantastic and the service was impeccable. Kip, our server & restaurant manager, made us feel very welcome, calling us by name and taking the time to answer any questions we had about the menu. I love the Thursday night 3-course rotating menus they’ve been doing ($33 per person!) - you can also add wine pairings with each course for $15 (which we did). My husband had the strip steak and I had the duck leg. Both of our meals were imaginative, tasty, and cooked perfectly. My only complaint is that the restaurant can be a bit noisy when it’s full.

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LP
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another wonderful meal at Circa 1918. We shared the flash-fried oysters appetizer and had the swordfish and scallops for our main courses. All were absolutely delicious, but the swordfish was the best of all. We will be back again soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service; exceptional menu-we’ll definitely return.

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SH
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal! Everything was perfect! It was just me and my husband. We both had a drink, entree, and shared a dessert. From start to finish, everything was delicious

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PM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This is a favorite place for our anniversaries - this visit was for year 35. It is expensive, but the food is excellent. The only thing that would have made it a better experience would have been if we had been recognized for the big anniversary - and I did notify them when I made the reservation. We will certainly return - for a special occasion.

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JT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Would go back.

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JH
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A culinary adventure with the Prixe Fixe menu. Delicious and wonderful wine pairings. Love the cocktails too. Creative cocktails and always a positive dining experience.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food and cocktails! Perfect dinner!

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CJ
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place, it's our new "favorite". Kip and Paul, the servers were outstanding. The food is amazing. Well worth the price.

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t
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wine!

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