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About Circa 1918
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.
Newport News, VA 23601
Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic, Gastro Pub
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed Sunday & Monday
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
wine dinners monthly
50 to 100 people
there is also a public parking lot. Enter Hilton Village on Main street, take your first right into the lot.
Bus lets off a few hundred feet from the restaurant
Chad A. Martin
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Circa 1918 Ratings and Reviews
We love Circa but we’re disappointed in this dining experience. We started with daily soup which was excellent. Then oysters flash fried were incredible. We also had ceviche which was fresh and had amazing flavor. However, our entrees were a bit disappointing . My husband had meat loaf which tasted leftover from night before. It was hard and dry. Mashed potatoes that accompany were very greasy. I had cos. Fish was over cooked and had way too many flavors going in at once which caused a confusing dish. We ordered
Cheesecake with bannas foster. The cheese cake was stale and the foster was cold. Not our best experience at this beloved restaurant.
Our two starters were excellent. However, the rack of lamb special entree was placed on top of a nice tasting group of vegetables including asparagus and then an added dominating taste of what we believed was wasabi. This taste overpowered everything else ruining enjoyment of the dish. For us, "too creative".
Circa is ALWAYS a great place to eat. I was taking a friend that had never been there, so he got the classic bison meatloaf. Their wasn’t a crumb left on the plate after he was done. I had the short rib... it got to the table, and I said, “watch this!” I took the bone and pulled it right out, the meat just falling off. We finished the with lemon cheesecake which was delicious!
Come here for the food. Great wine selection with beer and cocktails too. It does get a little loud as it’s a smaller space, but the staff is super friendly and it’s just so solid every time I’ve been. Make a reservation and come see and taste for yourself!
I was very impressed by the food with regard to creativity, presentation, and savory taste. The wait staff was exceptional and the wine was wonderful. My only complaint would be the 35° air that blows in from the front door when the door opens on an icy night. I would recommend a seat away from the door for the cold-natured person. I will definitely return to try the lunch menu as well though. Overall I would highly recommend Circa 1918 it you want something different from the status quo.
We go to Circa 1918 before concerts at the Ferguson Center - a five minute ride away. The menu is creative (plus they maintain some signature items such as Bison Meatloaf - exquisite), the food is expertly prepared and the service is first rate. This was our fifth visit over the last year; always look forward to returning.
The local acclaim for this place is well-established and perfectly justified, with little need for additional word from us. Tony yet gracious atmosphere, with affable and capable service. Every dish was beautiful, interesting, and delicious. Hoping to return soon with friends!
This was our 3d occasion to dine at Circa 1918--we continue to be very impressed, and believe this to be the best restaurant in Newport News. As the dining and areas filled to Saturday-evening capacity, things got a bit noisy...but with laughter and true companionship.
Date and I met here as a blind date location. Wow was I surprised, I live in Hampton and thought the service, attentiveness of the server, his suggestions for appetizers and dinner for new comers was fantastic. I had the scallops and my date had the meatloaf it was SUPERB!
The only down fall that another guest was listening in on our conversation but because the date was going so well I was not going to let that ruin the date.
It has already been discussed to visit again.
My boyfriend and I decided to try this out for a dinner date on a Saturday. We had reservations for 8:15 and were greeted at the door by the host. After we were seated, our waiter introduced himself and gave us a brief overview of the restaurant and menu, to include the seasonal rotations, wine recommendations etc.
We decided the foie gras for an appetizer,and it arrived on a bed of greens. Great presentation and it was delicious. I took our waiter's recommendation and ordered the red snapper. I am originally from Hawai'i and have not been satisfied with any fish dishes outside of the island. This dish was to die for, it was perfectly cooked and came apart with little to no effort. The snapper was served on a bed of panko crusted onions, brussel sprouts and roasted tomatoes. I couldn't finish the onions but all else was devoured. My boyfriend ordered the salmon and once again, perfectly cooked (medium rare). We were delighted with our meal choices!
If you prefer an intimate setting with amazing food and laid back atmosphere...this restaurant is for you. It was our first time there and we felt right at home with the service we received. We were pleasantly surprised to find such a gem in Hampton Roads where it is overwhelmed with franchise restaurants. Our waiter definitely set the tone for us and we look forward to dining here again in the near future.
We are not from Newport News, we travel to visit our son who is attending college. Circa is our “go to” restaurant for dinner every time we are in town!
We always have a great experience dining at Circa!
Food and service is always excellent! We have ordered off the menu as well as the nightly specials...and can never go wrong!
Had a Saturday night 7:30 reservation for three. Overall everything was fabulous and we had a great dinner. We had a warm welcome by the host, a nice table, and exceptional well-paced service! The appetizer special (grilled octopus) was flawless as were all our main courses (roasted leg of lamb special, red snapper, pork loin). The Brussels sprouts leaves garnishing the pork were beyond delicious. Portions were generous. We were dining at peak hour on a weekend and the place was packed -- so it was a bit on the loud side. But we look forward to returning soon!
We celebrated our anniversary here. The restaurant is quite small. Some would call it cozy and some might call it cramped. The food and service are out of this world. The dishes are quite innovative with many unusual ingredients. We had an Oregon Pinot noir that was excellent. The wine list is not cheap but it is good. Overall a very pleasant evening
Great gourmet food. Interesting and well-prepared. Good seafood entrees but nothing on menu (Saturday night) for vegetarians. Nice ambiance. Small place and full so a bit loud but could carry on a conversation. Expensive so only for special occasions. Long wine list. Beer selection good but not outstanding. Good friendly service (though I did have to wait just a bit and try to get waiter's attention for second beer.) Appealing neighborhood place with outdoor dining available. Would definitely recommend or take non-vegetarian guests there for a special meal.
The food was good but not great. The bison meatloaf was too spicy which over-powered the flavor of the meat. The scallops were pretty good but not memorable. I would like to try a few other dishes before I make a final decision but not blown away by the experience.
This place is so small but gorgeous scenery. It has a certain ambiance that's almost breath taking. The staff was excellent and very pleasant. The food was AMAZING to say the least creative and flavorful. I totally recommend this for a date night!
We have been before and every time is a celebration of taste on the palate. The food here is the best on the Peninsula. From the first bite you experience a mixture of various flavors in your mouth and are not quite sure what they are, but are just overcome with satisfaction and pleasure. Not a "Fancy" restaurant but it doesn't want to be. I highly recommend as the menu not to mention the Chef here is unbelievable.
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