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About 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.

48 Whitaker Street.
Savannah, GA 31401
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French, Contemporary French

Hours of Operation:
Dinner nightly: 6:00pm - 10:00pm Monday - Thursday
6:00 - 11:00 Friday - Saturday

Cross Street:
Broughton

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(912) 443-1875

Website:
http://www.circa1875.com/

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Circa 1875 Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (54)
Good for Anniversaries (46)
Special Occasion (42)
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Romantic (41)
Cozy (36)
Neighborhood Gem (35)
Fit for Foodies (32)
Authentic (30)
Good for Birthdays (29)
Notable Wine List (29)
Pre/post Theatre (26)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Worth the Drive (16)
Bar Seating (13)
Business Meals (11)
Fun (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Casual (10)
Late-night Find (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Seasonal (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Happy Hour (3)
People Watching (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great Beer (2)
Healthy (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Scenic View (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent food serve by professionals. Menu selections were excellent
Had the special tuna dish and duck off the menu. Both were excellent
Waiter was Christen and he was very knowledgeable

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orlando)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent all around. Delicious and romantic dinner

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Very dated menu, which I sort of expected given the restaurant’s name, but would have liked updated bistro food. Mains were tepid had to go back and wait again for their replacements.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 3 days ago

We love this restaurant but this time it was off. Our waiter told us they were down a chef and the food reflected that.

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 (Naples)·Dined 3 days ago

Been going to Circa for five years. My meal came out by a server who plunked it Down in front of us and left. Our waitress never came over to check on us. I ran out of water. My half rack of lamb chops consisted of two and a half chops and a fourth bone with no meat. This cost us 38.00 for a pitiful plate of lamb chops. The managers solution was to offer a free dessert which we never eat. He wouldn't even come to our table to talk to us. He finally did after we told the waitress we were not pleased with his solution. His attitude was we are wrong and they are right. To top it off we had the discusting smell of cigarette smoke the entire time. Very disappointed with the whole night.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Lets just say, I have never had a bad experience at Circa. Its very good and very authentic and if you want a good meal then this is the place to go. It might be pricey but its worth every dollar. I had a memorable experience there and it was fairly well priced. That is why I will return many different times. Overall, I highly recommend this place. Enough said. I will add that I always sit downstairs which makes it a little better each time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Fun, Authentic, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

Steak was burnt and we never received our vegetables. Very expensive for what little we received.
Will not go back.

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 (Savannah)·Dined 4 days ago

This was our first visit to Circa 1875. It had been highly recommended by friends. It was a special occasion (Valentine Dinner). Our waitress was exceptional. She was friendly and knowledgeable regarding the specials and menu. However, we did wait quite a long time for our entrees as well as the dessert that we shared. The restaurant was crowded and it seemed that the tables were very close together. I don't know if this was normal or due to the holiday, but it created a rather noisy environment and was not as cozy or romantic as hoped. The food was very good. Our appetizer (Coquilles St. Jacque) was exceptional. My entrée was Monk Fish and I would definitely order it again. My husband ordered the Duck entrée and was not too happy as it was tough & chewy. The beet salad was good, although we have had better. We had a chocolate cake dessert that was very good and surprisingly light. All in all, a very nice dinner and, as we are locals, we will try it again on a regular night and not a holiday.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Lamb was wonderful. Ambiance is off chart.

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Quite traditional French cuisine plus some locally inspired dishes. Presentation of the food is okay - but everyone who knows French food also knows that it is less about the presenation (that's an American thing) but more about the taste and the ingredients.

Liked the wine list, plus the server made great recommendations. They definetely know their job better than at similar ranked places like the The Olde Pink House or The Grey when it Comes to Service and skills/ knowledge with the service staff. Prices average among these type of restaurants in Savannah.

For those reasons, if you go there or when I return (I will!) go for the French dishes from starter to entree and Dessert. Don't order anything with chicken or duck, get those at a southern restaurant in the city. Don't order US or NZ wines, but ask the waiter for French wine recommendations accompanying your food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food is always flawless. The waitstaff is perfection. For a quiet and romantic spot, ask to sit downstairs. If you are looking for classic French bistro food, look no farther.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 9, 2018

This was a spectacular place to eat. Excellent food, excellent food, and very attentive staff. If you want to impress a date or a significant other take them to this restaurant. There is also a bar area that seemed great and they have spectacular desserts

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Circa has a wonderful ambiance. Food was delicious and our waiter, Steve, was a perfect professional. We recommend this restrauant highly!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Everything was phenomenal! The food was fantastic, and our server was excellent.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Authentic Paris Bistro/Cafe. Many couples relaxing and enjoying dinners. Our service was wonderful and our server made our evening. A warm, cozy restaurant that transports you to Europe. The brook trout was delicious and we followed it with a fabulous lavendar Cream brule. Wonderful!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Overall it was good. Servers were very friendly and attentive. Appetizers and salads were very good. Entrees were ok (lamb chops) (yellowfin tuna with pesto and ratatouille...an odd combination). Desserts were great..creme brûlée and beignets. Great music and very romantic; I loved the atmosphere. We dined downstairs in wine cellar. I liked upstairs better, but it’s a little noisier with bar next door. I would definitely go again!

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on February 1, 2018

My wife & I think this is the best restaurant in Savannah

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We enjoyed a beautiful variety of French wines as well as a four coarse meal that was equally bright and delicious. Visually lovely the interior design catches your eye and inspire conversation. Our wait staff was stellar and very knowledgeable. Great experience

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We love this place! Dinner and service were excellent, as usual. We were going to the symphony after, and did not feel rushed at all even though we only had about an hour and fifteen minutes from the time we entered. We will be back for certain!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Always great food and service. Lively scene. Fun place to to have dinner!

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

They took us to the basement room
Not why I wanted to go there

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Excellent all around. Great wine selection by the glass.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Enjoyed food and server was great fun plus knowledgeable.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Wonderful evening, great, friendly staff, very accommodating of our in-training service dog, and great food! Visited this restaurant on a getaway weekend and would return to it again for sure!

Tags: Business Meals, Disabled Access, Fun, Comfort Food, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We went to savannah for the first time and I saw circa had good reviews we tried it the place was lovely the service was excellent. but we had the duck and the steak and our meals were not good I did not finish it was cold and tough.

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 (Naples)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Our girls night out was so fun. Circa took great care of us.

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 (Mississippi)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Service and food ok. Not overly impressive for the price. French onion soup was praise worthy

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Northern MI)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Although the restaurant is so beautiful and inviting, it needs to work on their food. The Coquilles St. Jacques did not have any resemblance to the original dish. unproportionate amount of sauce to scallops. When asked the duck came with seared crunchy skin the waiter said the duck had no skin, which was not true it had skin but not crunchy...otherwise, the duck was good. The lamb chops were so fatty we send them back. Although the restaurant is so beautiful it is far too expensive for the quality of the food. I would not go there again.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Delightful ambience. Service outstanding. Well placed relaxed meal. Food terrific. Nice wine list - broad range and reasonably priced.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 13, 2018

My experience was not pleasant for neither myself nor my companion. We arrived early, and were told to wait in the adjoining bar, but then told to leave the bar and that we could not wait there as they were not open either, despite the cold and wind outside. Eventually someone from the bar came and told us we cold wait in the bar. The service in the restaurant, once we were seated, was quite nice, but the food was quite horrible. I've lived in France, and am quite familiar with the food and can say the food here simply was not good, neither mine nor my companions. I was content to work my way through the appetizer, but when I received the duck and it was not only completely bland tasting and unseasoned, but tasted like like it had seen better days. I had to return it. I was not charged for it. I wish we had sent back my companions steak, which was also a poor cut and not seasoned well. The fries were disgusting and inedible.

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 (Savannah)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Not nearly as good as usual, Caesars salad wasn’t right, no dressing, lobster bisque much too thin.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Savannah)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Food superb..... as always..... great service.... called and had chef make steak tartare as starter...... is my go to restaurant..... always recommend to guest and visitors.....best of all ... usually see Savannah friends .... ever had a complaint concerning foot or service. .... wish they served Sweetbreads some time .. I know ..no one knows what they are

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Fun, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 12, 2018

While visiting Savannah we went to Circa 1875 on the recommendation of a friend. We're so glad we did! We sat on the pub side and had a great time as well as a great birthday dinner. The service was good, the owner friendly and the food and wine fantastic! Can't wait to go back to Savannah to have the Frisse salad with lardons and poached egg again. Scallops and pate were delicious as well!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Old school French worth the visit

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Everything excellent - food, decor, + excepcional service

Tags: Late-night Find, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The ambiance was fantastic. Our waitstaff was on top of things, and we were seated right on time. The food was great, flavor-wise. However both the dry aged NY Strip and the rib-eye were a little sub-par. Neither plate or it’s accompanying side were any more than lukewarm when served. What was supposed to be a rare strip was more medium, and what was supposed to be a medium rib-eye was extremely rare. We told our waitstaff and they offered to put the rib-eye back on and said the strip looked rare. We didn’t argue because we didn’t want to be wasteful or wait, but it was not our first time to eat a steak, and we both are well versed in food. When the rib-eye came back it was so well done the edges were burned and of course at this point on top of the edges being black crisps it was also very tough. We enjoyed the environment, it was absolutely lovely. But we would not get steak IF we went back. It was very dissatisfying as far as the food itself was concerned.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great little French style bistro with a great bar next door attached. Food is good to very good, the trout was excellent. Criticism is based on service. We were there for a relaxed meal on NYE and it was obvious the waiter wanted us out as soon as possible in order to flip the table and max out his tips. It all felt very 'rushed' and not 'Relaxed French' as we hoped. We'd booked 2 months in advance for the special occasion and left a little disappointed. Went to the bar next door afterwards and had a great time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New year’s eve for our family. Everything was absolutely perfectly done. Party of 11 - everyone felt special. Betty was fantastic. Would go back every time.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

There are not words to express how much we loved Circa 1975. We went for dinner before a show on New Year's Eve and everything was wonderful. The food was outstanding, the service excellent (Kristian was terrific), and the ambiance delightful. A friendly restaurant with everything you could want in a special meal. In fact, we enjoyed it so much we came back after the show to "ring" in the New Year. The bar experience was fabulous...we've been in very upscale places that didn't do anything for New Year's Eve (in fact they had a soccer game on the television), Circa 1875 didn't miss a beat. They provided hats and noisemakers for all the people in the bar as well as complimentary champagne. Servers as well as management were wonderful, happy to bring in a new year, celebrating with all the patrons. You should not miss Circa 1875 if you are anywhere near Savannah. I know we'll be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent service, food, drink, atmosphere, and all around!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Cozy, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre
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