Circa 1918

4.9
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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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4.9
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4.7
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Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service, fabulous food, fabulous atmosphere

SC
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place for a date night in town. I’m always impressed by the food, service, and ambiance.

m
Richmond
25 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect

CA
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing! The entire staff is eager to help with anything you need while you are there. From small plates to desserts, you will say we need to come back.

JR
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kip is a most gracious host; we've had Paul as our waiter a couple times and he always does a great job with everything. Food is wonderful, wines are great, service is exceptional.

r
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service 100 percent excellent. Pricing is on the high side, but you get what you pay for.

MG
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dining establishment in the greater Newport News/Norfolk area.

OT
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I brought my boss here because it is one of my favorite restaurants. She loved the food and everything about the restaurant. I had the fried oyster appetizer and the soup of the day, and both were too salty for me. Maybe I should mention that when I am ordering in the future?

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

OT
Dallas
32 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our time there. The food is always good, however the Duck dish was extremely good!! Thanks!

SW
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent both in presentation and flavor.

A
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had the pleasure of dining at Circa 1918. As foodies, we couldn’t have been happier with the food, presentation, and service. The lobster wontons were created perfectly. The flavor profiles chosen complimented each other well. It was a staple that continued throughout our dining experience. My husband ordered the Lamb burger on a brioche bun and I ordered the scallops. Again, burger was made to order. The truffle ketchup is now one of my new favorite foods. Amazing flavor combinations here. My scallops came on top of a pearl couscous. Scallops were cooked perfectly, absolutely what you want from a scallop. The flavor in the couscous were good on their own or mixed together with the scallop when eaten. Dessert also did not disappoint. The chocolate macaroons were some of the best we have ever had and my pistachio creme brûlée was very good. It’s a nice small cozy restaurant with attentive wait staff. Recommend a reservation here. Best dining experience we’ve had at any local restaurant in Hampton/Newport News/York area. Highly recommend dinner here!

BH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was absolutely incredible. My wife and I had a marvelous evening and a phenomenal meal. Just a few highlights from our dining experience. First, the manager called me about three weeks out to ensure we agreed with our table placement in the restaurant. Very nice personal touch! Second, the entire staff was amazing. Finally, I have eaten a lot of my lobster; however, Circa 1918's lobster tail was the best ever!

F
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Restaurant not as advertised. Extremely small and crowd. Lighting extremely dark. Website did not reflect current menu.

WM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience3

We went to Circa 1918 for their Valentine's Day special dinner. Both my date and I were very disappointed. There was no part of my date's dinner that she liked. She got a pastry for an appetizer that was bland, her Salmon was not cooked evenly and it tasted like they forgot to add sugar to her desert. I ordered Lobster bisque for an appetizer that was excellent. My duck was over cooked and my desert was bland. What is odd is that we went to Circa 1918 for Valentine's Day 2018 and it was excellent. Circa 1918 very expensive. I have no problem paying for a good dinner if the restaurant's quality is consistent.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always.

CP
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great. The food was a beautiful display and well prepared. I cant wait to go back.

G
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, creative, elegant, professional!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kip was attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. Top notch service in a relaxed atmosphere. The food was excellent. Meatloaf was tender and flavorful. Lamb burger was cooked perfectly. Will return soon!

BA
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had the Wago New York Strip, it was nothing short of amazing. We sat at the bar, Joe, the bartender, was great. He pretty much ordered for me, since I hate making decisions, and he was spot on! I wish we lived closer to the area, so I could make a stop at this restaurant at least once a month.

BT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all got the NY strip, and it was incredible. Absolutely delicious. This restaurant always does a great job, and that’s why I try to bring my clients there whenever possible.

HF
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food highlights: a gin cocktail that was both pretty and refreshing. Fried oysters with deviled egg sauce and avocado---perfection. Crisp and multi-layered salad w/ walnuts, mushrooms, and Brussels sprouts. Pork tenderloin, medium rare, like meat candy. Ricotta doughnuts w/ blackberry cobbler sauce (not overly sweet, hot and absolutely delicious) Management called me to say my reservation for 2 would be at the bar, which was a courteous heads-up, and since we usually find eating at a bar quite fun, I said okay. The bartender was attentive, and provided excellent service--- no complaints there. However, I'm not a large person, and I still bumped elbows with the man next to me, and struggled to stow my coat and purse on hooks underneath (since the stools have no backs) and found it strangely chilly, to boot. Ah, well...lesson learned. Will definitely be back to this wonderful place, and book earlier to get a regular table.

KM
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It never disappoints! Our go to place whenever we are in the area.

M
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love, love, love this restaurant!!! never not overly thrilled with service and top notch food!
Thank you Chef Chad and Kip and ALL the staff!!!

JE
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A consistently fabulous experience. The only place I want to go on date night. In fact it’s really the only place I want to go out and eat in Newport News!

KE
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect date night! The food and service was amazing. Will be back for sure!

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were outstanding, as usual

JJ
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you to Kip for being part of our amazing dinner. Our table was well appropriated. Food arrived promptly and was amazing. The beer and wine enhanced our meals and though the restaurant was busy we never felt rushed. We look forward to going back!

P
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was as usual: Well prepared and delicious food plated in a unique and tempting manner. It is always a pleasure to eat there, but I do wish something could be done about the noise level.

F
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Last year my co worker and I decided to try Circa for Restaurant week. The food was amazing as well as the service. We've been raving and daydreaming about the food ever since. Of course this year we had to go back and see what the menu had to offer. Unfortunately, the restaurant week food to us was sub-par this year. We left disappointed with not much to talk about food wise. I will say they are always top notch on service so I'd recommend this restaurant to anyone and maybe we need to go back to explore their regular menu.

AM
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and Kevin gave excellent and knowledgeable service

LL
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome, Awesome, Awesome. You might expect the level if service or the food to drop just a tad during Restaurant Week, but that was definitely not the case. The oyster appetizer and Pad Thai we're nothing short of amazing. Polite and friendly service as you expect from Circa. Our second visit was as good as the first. Well worth the 45 min drive from the oceanfront.

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Good food; excellent service. The place is small and lacks privacy if you are going to have a conversation.

GC
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food & service

A
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all agree that this was the best meal we have ever had!

SR
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I were delighted by Circa 1918. The food was exceptional, a symphony of flavors. Our server Paul was friendly, attentive and informative. Best restaurant in the Newport News, Hampton, Yorktown area.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for restaurant week and the whole meal was fabulous!

JS
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing experience here and definitely will be going back!

SC
London
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was beyond delicious, cozy table and attentive service. A perfect date night.

D
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down this establishment had the best food and service! They are passionate about their restaurant and the quality they put out! Even more important they are passionate about their customers!