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Circa 1886

4.8
2887 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Southern
Perfect For:
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Chef Marc Collins draws inspiration from many cuisines around the world to create a menu that is truly unique to the Charleston restaurant scene. Drawing inspiration from historic Southern dishes and always highlighting what is local and in season, Chef Collins puts a healthful, distinctive spin on classic Lowcountry dishes. This means there is less butter and cream than typically seen on Southern menus. Whole grains are incorporated to dishes and ingredients are used at the peak of flavor. The result is satisfying dishes that retain their bright, bold flavors without the large amounts of fat found in many restaurant dishes. From our Plantation Rice Bread Rolls made in house daily, to the selection of local seafood, to Pastry Chef Lovorn’s incredible desserts, each dinner at Circa 1886 celebrates the region we call home. Let our professional, attentive, experienced and knowledgeable staff guide you through the menu and help select a wine that is a perfect pairing for food and budget.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Southern, American, Low Country
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(843) 853-7828
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AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Business Casual
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Executive chef
Marc Collins
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Cross street
Smith
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Parking details
Off-street parking next to restaurant
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

The private dining room (Tack Room)with mirroring fireplaces and six windows overlooking our garden can accommodate up to 38 people. Our Garden Room also offers a private dining experience perfect for a party of up to 12. Several different banquet menus are offered for private parties.

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What 2887 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great food always. Friendly staff from the host to the bartender to the serving staff. Kaitland was excellent and attentive, but not too attentive--perfect.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Such a pleasure to enjoy delightful ambience, the appearance of linen, crystal, porcelain punctuated with the most beautiful rose blossom all supporting finely prepared foods. And, you could actually hear each other converse! What a treat! All of our meals focused on the essential component but were subtly enhanced by chef's choices of presentation. We will definitely return.

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1.0Dined 5 days ago

The food was not more than average, lacking creativity and luster. The price for the mediocre meal is ridiculous. Overall - disappointing.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We thoroughly enjoyed the experience of the 1886. The staff was without exception friendly and professional, with kudos to our waiter, Dennis. We mentioned that it was our wedding anniversary when making the reservation, and each person who attended us, from arrival through dessert, wished us a “happy anniversary”. Details are important. The meals were delicious. We recommend the artichoke heart and the fois gras as appetizers (unusual pairing of a white chocolate mousse with the fois gras was a very nice touch). The steak Piedmontese and the Loup de Mer were excellent as main courses, followed by sublime desserts, the soufflé and tropical “bombe”. Loved the setting as well - just a bit removed from the heart of the Charleston main tourist area, so it was quiet and charming, and we easily found street parking in the neighborhood.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful!

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Wonderful food, professional and friendly service. Bar was welcoming and friendly.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Excellent food, service, decor, and ambiance. A must visit place for anyone that deserves the best.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Awesome restaurant. Service was amazing. Food was incredible. I had the Antelope. Perfectly cooked.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food was wonderfully presented and excellent
The service (Anne) was outstanding

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Food exceptional, a little pricy but experience was great!

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

What a wonderful restaurant ,great food,great atmosphere,and great service

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu items. My husband had antelope that was excellent and recommended by the waiter. It was cooked to perfection and was not gamey. They brought some complimentary appetizers that were very unique. It was our anniversary dinner and we did not feel rushed. When my husband left the table a new napkin was brought to his plate. Everything was done elegantly. There is also outdoor seating and a lovely bar area. It was too chilly to sit outside, but on a nice night it would be very welcoming.

We will definitely go back in the future. The dinner and ambiance was worth the price.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

My wife had sea bass and I had scallops, both of which were very good and would get again. There is an extensive wine list and several to choose by the glass which we prefer. Service was impeccable. It was very nice to enjoy our anniversary in a refined, elegant restaurant without the noise and clamor that is typical of so many restaurants.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Wonderful anniversary dinner! Cannot recommend this lovely restaurant enough. The service, food and ambiance were top notch. The food was not the heavy, stereotypically southern style (fried, drenched in butter, cream, etc.) Rather, it was fresh, flavorful and delicious. Despite the lack of "heaviness" we were so full we couldn't quite finish our spectacular desserts. Since we were staying at the Wentworth Mansion this actually ended up being one of our more affordable fine dining experiences in Charleston (a city with some pretty pricey restaurants) and that was an added bonus. Regardless of whether we stay at the hotel again (which we definitely want to do) we will be sure to dine at Circa 1886 during future trips to Charleston!

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Dinner was delightful! Many different taste combinations and surprises. We will definitely return.
Circa 1886's reputation is well-earned.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Special evening with excellent service and awesome presentation.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

My wife and ent for our first anniversary. It was one of the best restaurants I have ever been to! They custom printed menus for us saying "happy anniversary" on top, the waiter Denis was funny, polite, knowledgeable, and he made it a point to thank us for coming down from Massachusetts to spend our night with them. The dessert came out with "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate. They gave us a free champagne toast. And the food ... oh my God. My wife had Antelope and I has sea scallops. Perfectly cooked and seasoned. Go here! You will not be disappointed. I would have paid double for the experience. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

65th birthday dinner with my family. Lovely venue, exceptional food and warm, attentive service. Never missed a beat. Would recommend it to anyone without hesitation.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food and great service! Our waitress was excellent, great hospitality. Will come back

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food and service were amazing!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Amazing food and service, expensive, but worth it for the experience.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Incredible food
Beautiful presentation!
Fantastic service!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Wonderful meal. Waiter Austin was so knowledgeable and charming. Gorgeous place.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

This was an outstanding experience. The food and service were top notch in every way.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The parsnip puree with my appetizer was so fresh and had the texture of velvet. I spent years teaching teens to cook so this was a special treat for me to dine here with my husband to celebrate our 40th anniversary. The dessert with mango, guava and passion fruit was so delicious that I had to work hard to control noises coming from my mouth. I did "happy dancing " in my seat, however. Lovely, lovely meal!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Best service and fantastic meal. Austin was wonderful!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

It’s a pleasure to experience food prepared to harmonize over all it ingredients. There were two complementary amuse-bouches; a seared tuna and a absolutely silken broccoli cheddar soup (fantastic!). We loved the pork cheek and braised artichoke appetizers. For the main course I had the coffee-rubbed antelope, sweet potatoes, collards and peppers. Meat was excellent and perfectly cooked. The greens and sweet potatoes combination was one of the perfect balances bringing the sweet creaminess of the potatoes with the vinegary bite of the greens together. My wife enjoyed the Kaffir lime blackened catfish, with crab Mac and cheese. Our server, Austin, was exceptional. He also recommended a nice wine that worked well with both our entrees despite the meat-fish spread. For special occasion dining In Charleston this is the place to go.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Our server was amazing from her personality, to her recommendations, to service. We got a duck dish and a scallop dish. Both were beyond tasty! The chef's compliments of the tuna and broccoli/cheese soup were so good it made you want more! One thing that was a nice touch, was the gluten free bread they offered when I mentioned I had Celiac and needed to be gluten free. And it was very good bread! This was our first time there and we loved the atmosphere. Very romantic!

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

We enjoyed our evening. It’s a beautiful restaurant. We found the menu a bit limiting for our palettes but still enjoyed the experience

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Just fabulous!

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3.0Dined on April 3, 2018

The menu was limited and the prices were very high for the quality. They do make an excellent Monte Cristo coffee

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Simply perfect. Outstanding food and service. We felt like the only guests. Made a special evening unforgettable .

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Service was the nicest of all the restaurants we've been in CHS, they explain what's in each plate & give recommendations. The food was delicious, worth every penny and place... Damn! Just try it and see for yourselves

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

A very good waiter Mark with his suggestion: antelope

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

This is probably the only restaurant of its kind in Charleston -- a pretty high bar, since Charleston is filled with amazingly great restaurants. Circa 1886 is truly an epicurean delight, with unique and wonderful dishes prepared brilliantly and served by an unbelievably competent staff. This was a 2-hour dinner for 5 that passed in no time at all. This restaurant provides a quiet and intimate atmosphere in which people can enjoy great food. If you can, be sure that you have Charles as your server -- knowledgeable and perfect in terms of timing and attentiveness.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Austin our server was amazing. We had such a wonderful experience from start to finish.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Absolutely fantastic food and service. Very neat place but expensive for those on a budget

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Great meal in what use to be a stable. Nice for a romantic dinner. The pecan bread pudding was wonderful! I would recommend locating the restaurant in the daytime as parking is not available in the lot that is located next to the restaurant. It is for the Wentworth Mansion guests.
Calling the restaurant didn't help much and our Goggle map wasn't locating well either. Didn't like parking in a dark lot on the corner of Smith and Debain(suggested by the restaurant) and walking a couple blocks as Charleston has very dark streets. Other than that, it was enjoyable.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Couldn't recommend highly enough. Food was fantastic and service was excellent!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Circa 1886 never disappoints. Very good food, attentive service, great ambiance.

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