Circa 1918

4.9
749 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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KH
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration

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M
Richmond
46 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great value and the food was great! Great seafood!

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j
San Antonio
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Amazing service as always, and great main dishes. The dessert was disappointing.

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Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful evening with an outstanding dinner and service. Great atmosphere and the noise level was good. It was a great experience for the 4th time.

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SM
Richmond
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Good place for a date. The bar makes outstanding drinks!

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve never had a poor experience here. The food is amazing, but more so the staff and service is always fantastic. Circa is a rare combination of style and substance.

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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience as always. The staff were spot on and fe food was fabulous.

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always dine at Circa when we visit Newport News!
We always have ab excellent dining experience there! Service is excellent, food is exceptional!

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AD
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and experience is consistently excellent with each visit.

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SU
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time and I absolutely loved it. The food was excellent. The service was excellent. It was my birthday and my brother was in from out of town and he asked me to pick a restaurant and one of the Physicians I work for the suggested Circa 1918 and we would definitely go there again!

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AT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice romantic atmosphere, great service, and food was good. The only downside of this restaurant is value. Our bill was $170 not counting tip and was way over priced. I would recommend this restaurant if you stick to the appetizers and forget the main dinner menu. Wine also way overpriced.

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B
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always an excellent meal and service at Circa 1918.

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JO
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience here, be sure to book early, they fill up fast

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

This was our 2nd time here and just as good this time around. It was our 22 year anniversary and I requested to have a cocktail waiting for my wife which was wonderful. I had the rockfish over linguini and my wife had the meatloaf! Just absolutely done with perfection. The place can be a little tight but the service, awesome cocktails and superb food make up for it.

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JV
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and excellent service. This location is never disappointing and I highly recommend it! We will definitely come back.

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SB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
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 on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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R
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
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 on March 21, 2019
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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Milwaukee
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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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
7 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
5 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
9 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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