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Circa 1875

Circa 1875 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.circa1875.com
  • Phone: (912) 443-1875
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner nightly: 6:00pm - 10:00pm Monday - Thursday
    6:00 - 11:00 Friday - Saturday
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary French
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broughton
  • Parking: No
A word from Circa 1875
Circa 1875 is a historic little gem in downtown Savannah, where the melodic tunes of classic Jazz and standards are always accenting the atmosphere.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "Walking into the experience at first glance is fantastic. Nancy is kind and was intuitive in selecting a table in the more muted room. In our unfortunate dining experience, the vibrant atmosphere did not prepare us for the lackluster provisions that came out of the kitchen; as much as the reviews raved about the steak frites, I did not feel that there was great flavor upon tasting. What is worse is the server's attitude put me off from asking for additional assistance. Our server in one instance spaced out in front of us and was looking outside the window for perhaps 20 seconds. Plain silence. Perhaps he was having an off-day. We regrettably had an experience that will lead us to no recommendations and no return."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Table was too small. We were the first couple that came in with reservation that evening and were given the smallest table. Food was great and server was friendly and courteous. Would had like the bottle of wine to be chill. Dessert - I ordered the special dessert that was made available that evening banana and pear cake with vanilla ice cream, good taste but the cake was too dry."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We have been to Circa many times - The gaps between courses was much too long - they were either understaffed or unprepared - too bad because the food was outstanding."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Great service and romantic location. Very pricey but also delicious. They were accommodating of my children, but for the price not a great place to bring kids."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "My wife and I were visiting Savannah for the first time together. We wanted a nice French restaurant with great food and good ambience. Circa 1875 met our expectations very well. We started with the tomato gorgonzola bisque soup, which was a nice way to whet our pallate. Then moved onto the beet salad, which was wonderful, light and fresh. Then we moved on to the Steak tartar, and the accompaniments were very tasty (gurkin pickles and pickled carrots). We had the salmon special, served over garlic savory beans, and thoughtfully they split our entree without us even asking. We finished with the chocolate mousse - just to die for!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The food is delicious and exquisitely prepared reminding us of the wonderful meals we have enjoyed in France. Our server was attentive and guided us through the menu and wine list and by making helpful suggestions. This restaurant is a treasure and a great find for our first trip to Savannah."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Even with the availability of mussels, this dinner did not disappoint. From the hostess to the server, graciousness was exhibited. The cobia entree was savory, steak (a perfect medium rare) frites (with truffle oil) a hit, and the wine list as enchanting as ever. The tables were full (on a Wed night), so the noise was a bit intrusive, but this is a no-miss choice that rivals Savannah's best."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "This is my first time having French food at an actual "French Restaurant" - The food was delicious and the service was spot on. Our waitress was very knowledgeable of the menu and menu specifics (ingredients, cook temps, dressings). She greeted us with the specials and also gave recommendations. I also noticed the other waitress and the hostess were spot on as well. They were courteous to customers and attention to details (dirty dishes, empty water/wine glasses). I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone in the Savannah area looking for amazing food or just a place for a special occasion!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Circa 1875 is a wonderful french restaurant. I was just in Paris and sitting in Circa made me feel like I had returned. Great atmosphere, excellent service, very good food!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Warm atmosphere, our reservation request for table with chairs and good view was honored right away. Despite small menu, the selection was good, wine list had too many expensive wines, but board showed medium priced wines by the glass. Food was very well prepared, took some time, but we sipped our wine. We shall be back."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "While the food was good I had a little sticker shock when I got the bill. Stick with dinner for 2 not for families"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "It was our second time at the restaurant and my wife and I were not disappointed. We both had one of the specials, the excellent French dish, coq au vin (it was Bastille Day week). Delicious, accompanied by a nice Italian pinot grigio, ample bread (some of the best "French bread" this side of the Atlantic). Excellent and pleasant, friendly service as well. Couldn't have been better."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Circa 1875 is now one of my most favorite restaurants in Savannah....The food was amazing! A lovely fine-dining experience ..quiet, romantic, our server was very attentive...came to our table at timely intervals.... Great wine list, specialty beers and drinks....just a lovely experience. I rate Circa 1875 at the top....."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We had an enjoyable and delicious dinner. Wonderful service!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Restaurant was beautifully decorated with a variety of vintage french posters, mirrors and wall ornaments. Service and food were great. We recommend the french rose champagne!!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We especially enjoyed our dinner at Circa. We were entertaining my father-in-law who has a passion for French Bistro dining and Steak Tartar. The staff asked the chef to make it special for our table as it was not featured that night. They called me in advance to tell me the chef was whipping up a special appetizer. Our server, Emily Elizabeth was exceptionally attentive and addressed all our needs. She even gave us a great parking tip. General Manager, Tony Rossing really has this place well tuned. We had a great meal in a fun atmosphere. This is now one of my favorite spots in Savannah!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Escargot was a bit over cooked (tough). Lupe de Mare (sp?) was excellent. Our table was too small for a party of 4. Desserts were great (Crème Brulee & chocolate mousse)"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We love the southern food but this was a very nice change for an evening"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Food was not up to expectations. Service was excellent but the place was empty. We would not go there agin."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "From the minute we walked in the door, we felt we were in Paris! The service was great and the food even better. I ordered the trout and the portion was so large that I couldn't do dessert. We definitely will be back!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Our waitress was so brash and rude that not only did she make the entire party upset and very unconfortabable when we made a very polite comment to the manager he completely dismissed her behavior and told us that's just the way she can be sometimes. Between the talking back, rude smirks and wrong plates I believe my favorite experience of the night was when one member of our party ordered the pork chop well done and was told she would ruin the dish and it would be dry. The rest of us also ordering the pork dish decided on medium which we were told would be great, which was prepared so dry we could barely cut through it. We were then scolded for ordering mediums when we told her it was dry because that was no good either, and rate was best"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My husband and I came here Monday night to celebrate our anniversary. It was very nice and quaint. The server was excellent, very knowledgeable about everything on the menu and answered all our questions. We will definitely be back !"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Had occasion to dine at this wonderful establishment a couple of weeks ago while visiting our daughter and future Son-in-Law in Savannah. What a great find! My daughter and her Fiance are real foodies, as are we, and they have the Savannah food scene wired pretty well. None of us had ever been to Circa, but had heard good things. The restaurant did not disappoint at all. We had a wonderful table downstairs, which was a cozy, intimate setting, with only about 6 tables. Our server was clearly overworked with too many tables, but he was really pleasant and friendly too. The food did not suffer either, and the wine was good. Of note were the Foie Gras en Torchon, the Escargot, Magret de Canard au Casis. A must try in Savannah."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • ""Circa" is my favorite local restaurant. As a chef, I tend to be moderately difficult to impress and they have never disappointed me. The food is always hot, fresh and full of wonderful flavors. The service is impeccable, courteous, helpful, and timely without ever making you feel as if you're being rushed. This is not a turn and burn restaurant. Sit back, relax and enjoy your dining experience. It's worth every minute and every penny."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "I thought we were going to have a great meal. Sat down and was served some delicious bread. Ordered the pate de campagne as an appetizer and it was tasting great. Things started to go south when I requested more bread for the pate. Thirty minutes later, we already had our entrees but still no bread. It finally came out and was inedible. My wife's magret de canard was very bland, my cassoulet pretty good. During that whole time, the manager supervising table service never came to apologize. They did not have the decency to remove the charge for the pate and our server added a 20% service charge to our bill. Forget the Southern hospitality, Circa 1875 made me feel like I was back in my homeland dealing with the most nasty of Parisian servers."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "BLUF: definitely go but try to get a table in the basement. First time visit. Had reservation for three at 8:15 on Sat but they were running 30 minutes late - not unexpected since it was busy and Mem Day weekend. Had a drink at the bar while we waited. It was pretty crowded too but we still found two chairs at the bar. Hostess came and found us and we got seated in the basement wine cellar. Perfect location, just a few tables and not crowded in like the ground floor room. We are not big time foodies but do appreciate a fine dining experience. Great service, great food. Being in the cellar and not having the back & forth foot traffic like the main floor was an extra bonus. just FYI .......BLUF is bottom line up front"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The food was great. I had the steak which was nicely seared but still medium rare. The other three people in my party had the flounder and all enjoyed it. However the service was lacking. We started out with one server but then after telling us the specials another one came over. She was much less knowledgeable, unable to answer any questions about the wine selection. She also forgot our drink orders several times. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Food as always was quite good. We love duck and escargot. Good wine selection. Service was slow and not up to the standards. We had kids with us, they were acting as kids do, but nothing over the board. Our waitress moved our neighbors further from us and was making faces that made me feel bad. So it is not very kid-friendly. Overall the visit was fine. We would be back for the food."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I've had the trout here twice and enjoyed it. Not a low cal dish though. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "From the beginning of the meal, we found the food outstanding. We started with an appetizer and salad , including fennel-infused mussels, and a pistachio and goat cheese salad. Both were excellent, fresh, and well-prepared. Then, we moved on to entrees, including pork with spinach and tomato and the pasta with vegetables. The bread basket included an extraordinary french bread (crusty and soft) and another hard-crust roll. The wine list was creative and fairly extensive. We enjoyed the food, service, and ambience and would return again!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I made a reservation for 8:30p.m. but I was not seated till closer to 9p.m. The waiter was very slow to take our orders, so we just sat there for a long time. One of my guests actually had to leave without eating because her order still had not been taken and she had to go meet someone else. The food was very good, my main complaint is do not go there if you have any time constraints or are very hungry."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Had ribeye and frites; truffled fries best part of the meal."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The food was excellent. The steak was cooked to perfection. The Frites were tasty, especially in the wine sauce that accompanied the steak. The mussels a delight. The Onion Soup was outstanding. The Profiterolles were good, but I prefer the individual profiterolle stuffed with ice cream and covered with fudge, not one big one, where the pastry got soggy. The service was top notch, even when the room filled up. The noise level a little too high caused by a middle aged woman "in her cups." Everything considered, it was an excellent experience which we plan to repeat ASAP. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Good food, great service I like it. The wine was so tests and the meat was so fresh. The environment feel like you in France "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "One of the most delightful dining experiences in savannah. Highly recommended "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "We had an excellent meal, good wine and a pleasant French waitress , Betty! Fantastic experience!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The food was good. The service was very friendly. We would go back on our next trip to Savannah"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "What a gem this place is. Best steak frites I have had in North America in a long time. Our Server Betty is from Paris originally and is a delight. Good wine selection with plenty by the glass. A 2009 St. Emilion Grand Cru at $59 was absolutely a steal. You must try this if you are visiting Savannah. Nice change from low country fare. Bon appetit!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "As far as noise level.. I would never sit at tables that are lined up to each other ... too noisy .. indiv tbls much better ...... Food excellent, as said above"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "We were very, very happy with your choice. We asked to eat downstairs because we heard it was quiet and a great place for a date. We were not disappointed. The server let us sample a couple bottles of wine before we made our choice. The chicken liver app was wonderful."
    Dined on 4/11/2014