Circa 1918

4.9
733 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.
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SB
Richmond
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Circa. Friday nights are “seat of the pants” for us, so I rarely remember to make a reservation early enough...but this time I did and it was well worth the effort. Shrimp and grits app was delicious. I rarely order steak in a restaurant as I rarely find a steak better than I can cook myself at home...but this was the even rarer occasion where the ribeye was as good as (well OK, maybe better) than mine. Regardless, it was a great visit. We’ll be back again...soon.

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M
Richmond
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exciting menu. Friendly staff. Great place to celebrate. Delicious!

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R
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places to go to on the Peninsula. The food is always amazing. Wanted to get the 3 course meal special, but they ran out of some of the items early in the evening.

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F
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Circa 1918 never ceases to amaze me. The Three For Thursday Menu is excellent. I will be back!

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H
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was outstanding it just gets a little noisy and such a small place but the ambience still is very nice for a small restaurant

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoy this restaurant from the food to the service to the atmosphere. Reminds us of living in NYC. Kip is fantastic!

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D
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing place for fine dining. Paul was very attentive. Excellent presentation, food was perfectly cooked.
Just a little cold under the ceiling fans.

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A little loud with a group at the bar. Everything else was wonderful, as usual.

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NN
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Circa 1918 never disappoints! Elegant but casual enough to feel comfortable for cocktails or a family dinner. They use fresh, seasonal ingredients that accentuate the flavor in their specials.

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LW
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was great. Loved the decor and the place had a great vibe.
The food was exceptional, definitely the best we’ve had since moving to the area.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paul and Kip where a great team in the dining room, providing wonderful service. Food was awesome, we had the salmon entree and the scallop entree.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite place to eat in Newport News. Their 3 course menu on Thursday night is always phenomenal and their cocktails are some of the best I’ve ever had. Kip and Paul make you feel like family, always providing a great recommendation or explanation of the menu. Make sure to make a reservation before you come.

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RO
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cozy and intimate setting with a fun menu of food I couldn't make at home. The $5 wine glass deal was an unexpected surprise and allowed to taste several great wines.

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M
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was phenomenal! I have celiacs and this restaurant is a little less knowledgeable about gf food, so proceed with caution in that front, but the food my husband and I got was amazing.

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RN
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my husband here for date night and am pleased to say we had the best time possible. From drinks to dessert everything was just wonderful and made for a truly enjoyable night! Kip was great and really added to the experience with great suggestions all evening. The ambiance was so enjoyable and the duck tacos appetizer was my favorite by far! We'll be back again on our next date night or special occasion.

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LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in the World. My favorite place on the planet. Anything Chad cooks is the best, go crazy order something out of your comfort box, you will not be disappointed. Tell Kip at the bar what mood you are in and he will provide. My happy place!

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SH
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kip and his partners always provide one of the best dining experience in Tidewater. It is great food with a cozy ambience. Their knowledge of gourmet food prep and pairing wines .......a must do.

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TB
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the atmosphere to the most delicious food you will be very impressed! The duck was so flavorful and moist and the fried oysters were amazing! Don’t forget the dessert a cheesecake with yummy carmalized banana on top.

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Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A most fabulous evening, from the moment we walked in to the moment we walked out the service was top notch. Kip was gracious and attentive, remembering everyone's name and explaining the specials in delicious detail. The only disappointment was the dinner special was sold out. The food was prepared to perfection. Reservations are a must, and for that reason only, we don't get here as often as we would like to, but can't wait to go back.

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KH
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exactly what we were looking for on date night! We will be back again!

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AC
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crafty cocktails, and excellent food.

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JY
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Our waiter, Kip was friendly, helpful and made excellent recommendations. Thanks to Mattie as well for the help.

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LE
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and awesome service! Always recommend this place to my friends.

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D
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for date night, girls night, or a night out with friends! The food and drink selection is fabulous! I love the vibe of the place and the creativity of the menu. The service is phenomenal! I would recommend this restaurant to everyone!

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CW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is such a great restaurant . I love the changing menus and the Thursday offerings! Kip is also a total delight. He is friendly, welcoming and a great asset for the dining experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time! The wine, food and service was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner at circa. The appetizer special the pork sausage ravioli was out of This world we almost ordered another one !
The lamb burger and bison meat loaf were also spectacular. Finished with the bananas foster cheesecake and this was the best valentines meal we have had in years we might make this a tradition.... thanks so much for the great service and food

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k
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh menu ideas and a consistently excellent experience- so glad to have this gem in Hilton!

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SR
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant on the Peninsula! Everything is outstanding.

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DD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Circa 1918. The food never disappoints and the staff is awesome.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special 3 course meal for Valentine’s Day. The staff and service was excellent and the food was incredible with an excellent wine pairing. Ambiance was casual yet mildly sophisticated and the rose at the end of the meal was an unexpected surprise. Nice touch! Thank you Circa for the fantastic experience!

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T
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful fixed price dinner for Valentines! Most excellent service to go with a very reasonably priced three course meal and wine pairings. This is the best restaurant in Newport News.

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SA
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first experience at Circa was excellent and I will definitely return. Excellent choices in food and wine, prepared as one would expect from any high end dining experience. Our server, Paul, was very pressional and saw to our every need.
My friends and I will be back and have already begun sharing with others. Only drawback is the restaurant is small, reservations is highly recommended.

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SH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We're already making plans to return to Circa 1918 in a few weeks. The last time I had food of this caliber was in Paris, France. Every step of the dining experience, from the welcoming personalities of the staff, to the quality and presentation of the food, to the handshake farewell from Kip, was top notch.

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SM
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food! Great sercice. Food was fresh, great daily specials. Drinks we well made by the bartender. will be returning!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful.

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M
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good atmosphere but a little loud and small. A little overpriced for what we received.

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JS
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience all around, great waiter Paul, food was delicious!

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SA
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My Mahi Mahi was a tad on the salty side but my girlfriend really liked her scallops and the service was great. It was a bit noisier than I would have liked but I suppose it is harder to control when the dining area is small. Overall, a nice experience.

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OR
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was excellent as always. I am never disappointed.

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