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Circa 1922

1370 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
  • Tapas

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Circa 1922 is home to tapas-style dining and wine bar in historic downtown Wilmington. Regionally-themed sharing platters are a popular new addition to the menu allowing guests to sample several tapas offerings. A 12-bottle custom cruvinet keeps our wines by the glass consistently fresh and true to taste or choose from an eclectic international selection of wines by the bottle. After-work tapas specials, weekly sushi specials and a 3-course prix Fixe menu make Circa 1922 a popular downtown destination.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Tapas / Small Plates, International
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(910) 762-1922
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kyle McKnight
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Private party facilities
Semi-private upstairs dining room accommodates up to 65 guests. May be utilized for either hors d'oeuvres receptions or sit-down dinners. Private parties are offered a 4-course limited menu. Customized menus are also available.
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Private party contact
Greg Lightcap: (910) 762-1922
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Cross street
Market Street
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Parking details
Market Street parking deck located directly behind Circa 1922. First hour is free, $1 for each additional hour. Special rates for weekday evenings. $5 after 9:00pm on weekends. On-street parking is free after 6:30pm and all day on Sundays.
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Live jazz piano standards Friday & Saturday evenings from 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Indoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

The food was delicious and the service was very attentive. Went for my son's graduation from UNCW with his Master's Degree. Having reservations helped to make sure we would celebrate with style!

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

This was our third visit to Circa 1922 and had an excellent dining experience as usual. We will definitely be back!

vipOpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on November 21, 2017

Excellent food and service. The duck was prepared to perfection.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

It has been a really long time since I’ve been to circa, and it used to be my favorite place to go downtown. We were seated upstairs to celebrate two adult birthdays and there was only one other family up there with a baby. It was a Friday night but clearly the staff was ready for us to leave by 9pm as they were cleaning and blowing out candles. We also got shooed off the sidewalk in front of the restaurant as we were waiting on our Uber- kind of rude. I️ miss the old menu of tapas as well, wish they would bring that back as it seems the food was not as good as I recalled. That said the mushroom truffle bruschetta was my favorite.

OpenTable Diner (Wilmington)
4.0  Dined on November 15, 2017

We have always loved Circa, especially for special occasions. I was not as thrilled with the new menu. I guess it's been a while since we were in last. I miss the sushi roll.

RJOHNS (New England)
3.0  Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was good, but nothing to write home about. We walked in with high hopes based on all the good reviews, but ultimately left feeling it was nothing special. The highlight was the beet and arugula salad, it was delicious. The restaurant is beautiful, but overall the experience was underwhelming.

vipHank (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 12, 2017

Circa is always a great meal and offers a wide range of tasty food and drink. Ash and his team make sure you have a wonderful dinner. Go and try different things with your friends.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent service.

OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

First time in Wilmington, and we wanted to go to a nice restaurant to celebrate a birthday, and Circa 1922 was exactly what we were looking for! We were in a back booth, so it was cozy and romantic, and the piano playing was wonderful, but not overly loud. Our service was outstanding, and our server was attentive but not overbearing, knowledgeable, and friendly. We decided on a bottle of champagne, and our server did a great job with this! Food was exceptional--we had the shrimp and pork spring rolls appetizer--delicious! I had the shrimp ceviche cold tapas, I really liked it and loved the marinade. My boyfriend had the filet and said it was one of the best he's ever had. We will definitely be back when we are town again!

Rifkie (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

Lovely restaurant. Wonderful service. Waiter was especially helpful. Very good value

OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

Some of the best food I've had in years - and - priced reasonably. Next time I am in Wilmington I will definitely go back.

vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

One of the best meals we've had EVER - and we've travelled all over the world. Everything was delicious, great service, creative plating & nice ambience. Only complaint is the ceiling fans were on and it was quite chilly/drafty.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on November 8, 2017

We loved the food and wine! The service was excellent would go back for sure!

vipBDUJeff (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

This is my second time at this restaurant. Everything was very nice, but there always seemed to be one thing lacking throughout the night. From the moment the hostess sat us down at a table with four seats. We sat closes to the server, but the hostess took those settings from the table. We decided to wait to see if our waitress would move the other setting to over in front of us. She did not. Not a big deal, but it's just lacking that level of service I have come to expect at this level of restaurants. A few other things struck me in the same way throughout the night, but no need to list them. All of the food was timed very well. Temperature, presentation, and flavors were on point. Wine suggestions were all spot on. Dessert selection was the single shot glass style we have seen at many restaurants. We tried six (special night) and none were as good as the restaurant's own vanilla ice cream. We look forward to returning any time we come to Wilmington.

PatrickH (Greensboro)
4.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

An excellent array of tapas and some bodacious desserts. Our server, Yana, was great fun.

Annimal (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

A beautiful space. We ate upstairs. Amazing service,and a delicious array of tapas. Great for special occasions. Loud and lively on a Saturday night. A great experience.

FoodieJ (New England)
4.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

It was a special occasion for only 2, which was on our reservation in hopes of getting decent more private seating. The notes on the reservation were clearly not taken into account at all. Instead we were crammed at a 2-seater table at the end of a row in the back,right on the edge of a step, and surrounded by a very loud and large group (bachaelorette party.)
Neither meals, lamb ragu and paella were served barely warm. The best thing about the evening was our server, Robert, who deserves an award for keeping it all together as busy as he was. And no, I did not complain as he was already so busy.
I was really looking forward to Circa 1922 as I had only heard amazing things about this place as a “special occasion” venue and as a perfect ending to a full day of celebrating a special day. Doubtful I will return. What a let down.

Carolinaretirees (Wilmington)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

Absolutely loved our dinner. Great choices on the menu especially if you just feel like having a light bite. Plenty of tapas plates to choice from. Entrees were extremely thought out. And I loved that they have large plate desserts, big enough for our table of 4 to share. This was the first time we've ever sat upstairs and it was very romantic....The staff is definitely professional and our waitress made sure to ask if we had tickets for a play that evening and would make sure we got our food quickly. Circa is one of those restaurants that is a neighborhood gem with constantly great food and service and flexible in being a place for an intimate dinner, quick bite or a great place for a group.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on October 26, 2017

Disappointed the carpaccio wasn't available, but an excellent meal nevertheless.

AyserNC1 (Denver)
5.0  Dined on October 21, 2017

We really enjoyed the food and wine. Our server, however, was not very pleasant and that kind of put a damper on the mood.