Circa 1875

Circa 1875

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.circa1875.com/
  • Phone: 9124431875
  • 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 WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Circa 1875 reviews from OpenTable diners
73 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (44)romantic (43)fit for foodies (43)neighborhood gem (32)notable wine list (28)vibrant bar scene (19)late-night find (10)hot spot (6)good for groups (5)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I love this resturant. The food is wonderful and the service even better. From the really nice host how seated us to our fabulous waiter. I wish I could remember our waiters name because he was so helpful and nice. The next time I'm in town I'll for sure eat here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FoodE
    FoodE
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Very nice French style restaurant. Good cocktails, good food, relaxed atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd visit just as wonderful
    LuckyJack
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Have dined here twice now; once when daughter was considering SCAD, then during drop off trip. We've tried six different entrees, appetizers, dessert combinations now. Everything has been delicious. As only drinker, wines by glass have been perfect for each course. Can't wait to return to see daughter and restaurant again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fortify
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    A very good meal. Great service! Some selections were not available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Something different!
    Rangelsrus
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Circa 1875 was fantastic! The service was great, the food was great, and the atmosphere was great! We were in Savannah for my husbands birthday. I looked up restaurants to dine while visiting Savannah and Circa was on the list. It did not disappoint. It's a French restaurant which is something you don't see or hear about everyday. It was different but so good! Also has a great wine list! Overall- top notch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Novel yet somewhat limited Menu
    BillyBen
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Oui, could be in france! French oriented menu , ranging from Mussels, Pate, Cassoulet and Crepes. Attractive small"ish" dining room, almost "Cafe" style with posters, art and typically French chairs that are not overtly bottom friendly......... Great Bar area and our choice for our return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dr. Brett Ulander
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had dinner in the wine cellar. Everything was absolutely perfect, food, service, atmosphere, etc. Michael was our server and he was outstanding and very friendly. We very much enjoyed our Anniversary dinner at Circa 1875, highly recommend it and will certainly return soon with family and friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BlumaxVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was very tasty and ample portions. Friendly family-like service. Disappointed that the crab dishes I was looking forward to did not make it to the menu that day. Delivery "floundered" somewhere I suppose
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful Evening
    loveitalianVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    From the courteous and professional service to the great selection of wine and delicious food, Circa made for a beautiful date night. The warm, homemade bread that we were served while we waited for our meals was really good...always a good sign. I thoroughly enjoyed the ratatouille crepes and would go out of my way to order them again if I get the chance! It's rare to find such a flavorful array of veggies in one dish. The cheese board also looked great and I'd like to try that next time. We'd heard only good things about Circa from several local friends, and their recommendations did fall short.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Absolutely wonderful service from our server, Emily. She made some great recommendations. We really enjoyed the mussels. The French onion soup was good, we have definitely had better. Varied menu with several seafood options. Very interesting wine menu with several options for by the glass. We will definitely return the next time we are in Savannah. The wine cellar is a gorgeous area and we are looking forward to dining there
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Was a delightful evening, wonderful food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Repeated excellence
    Marilyn
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was fine as always (special bean and sausage soup was tasty and surprisingly light) and the service and atmosphere downstairs (requested thru Open Table!) was personable and quiet respectively
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelming Experience
    ClementineBarnabet
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was under par
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gators12
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Date Night
    KBerg77
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Authentic French Cuisine
    Strider
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently excellent
    DCfromSAVVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Experience
    WisconsinTourist
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Gem
    harry
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jaquesreview
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jess
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    While the food was good I had a little sticker shock when I got the bill. Stick with dinner for 2 not for families
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience!
    Chris
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    PrincesssouthVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience
    Birthdaygirl
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had an enjoyable and delicious dinner. Wonderful service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great French Atmosphere
    Carioca
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visit on June 28 early evening.
    davida
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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)
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not France but close enough!
    quiteedible
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We love the southern food but this was a very nice change for an evening
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-so
    1SavvyDiner
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Food was not up to expectations. Service was excellent but the place was empty. We would not go there agin.
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  • Great French Bistro
    CannizzVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never going back
    Alcarr
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice dinner !
    MrsGrizz29
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    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 !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time... Not the Last Time!
    VAC8IONVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding, as always
    savchef
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    "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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So dissapointing
    vnflyerVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
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  • Dinner
    RickinTN
    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
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, service lacking
    rwlake
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French-inspired little restaurant
    Kate
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 462 reviews are from the Circa 1875 reviews archive.