Circa 1886

4.9
3089 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Southern
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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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Marc Collins
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Cross street
Smith
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Street Parking
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, 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 3089 People Are Saying
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Charleston
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wedding Anniversary

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Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another outstanding dining experience. During Restaurant Week, mutiple choices for the menu.
A very knowledgeable staff, and super presentation of each course. Each of us bragged that we had the best entree. So happy we were able to dine before the arrival of "Florence"

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DL
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was superb. We were there for Restaurant Week and had a wonderful experience. Service was exceptional, attentive.

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NW
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good and service very good. My husband was upset that only the restaurant week menu was available. They did let us have 2 appetizers rather than a a dessert.

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AF
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We came for restaurant week and overall the experience was good. I was a bit disappointed with the coffee brined antelope (I felt it was gamey which is probably the nature of the animal) but everything else was quite good. However, there wasn’t anything I had in particular that stood out to me. The presentation of everything was nice.

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AB
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In a town crowded with exceptional restaurants this one stands out

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this place! And the best part is that it was restaurant week!!! Caitlyn was our server and super sweet! If I back to Charleston, I’ll definitely be back!

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JM
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our dinner at Circa 1886! ALL of the food and drinks were delicious. With every bite we were saying "ooh yum". The environment was lovely and the staff was wonderful. We liked it so much we went back for dessert the next night! We would strongly recommend and we will definitely go back next time we're in Charleston. If you're not able to make a reservation they do have a bar area, but do try to make reservations!

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DR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

This was my second time at this lovely restaurant.
The food was good, but not nearly as good as my first visit. I expected an outstanding meal which it was not.
The service was superb.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy our meal at Circa and tonight was no different!

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TS
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent bargain during restaurant week. Fantastic salmon appetizer, very good beef, very knowledgeable server. A relief to be in a nice restaurant that’s not all noisy.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff and venue amazing. Food was very reasonably priced, beautifully presented, gourmet and delicious.

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R
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Late night server was Very Rude and Unprofessional...Utter Shock for circa...as we are regulars at this establishment and Normally Always get treated with the upmost respect!

Very tall, brunette lady...Extremely Rude made the whole night Bad!

However, Emily our server was Delightful as normal!

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EP
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints. The best fine dining restaurant in Charleston hands down. Their soufflé is amazing no matter which you get. If you’re luck you can get the peach vodka soufflé in season or their s’mores soufflé either way they don’t dispppint on entree nor dessert. This is the place to treat yourself and that special someone.

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

was a wonderful experience formal yet personal so nice thankyou

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MW
Charleston
48 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always. Impeccable service. We were there at restaurant week and there were numerous options to chose from.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ALWAYS outstanding food and service. In our opinion, the best restaurant in Charleston.

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DB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was superb, the ambiance cozy, the service impeccable. Little extras like a complimentary tasting of tuna and aioli and a demitasse of mushroom soup with truffle oil were much appreciated. The presentation of the appetizers, entrees, and desserts were stunning. We will go back.

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DF
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did not know it was a limited menu due to Restaurant Week but they had a good selection at a great value. The food was delicious and the service was top notch. They served a little cup of mushroom soup with truffle oil between the appetizer and entree that was amazing. Will definitely go back!

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O
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We recently had a chance to visit Charleston during Restaurant Week. Our 1st call was to Circa 1886 for reservations. Our dining experience was exceptional and epic for us. Absolutely wonderful food.
Thank you Chef Marc Collins and team!
Chelsea was our server and provided excellent service
Executive Chef - Marc Collins
Pastry Chef - Scott Lovorn
We Totally enjoyed the listed wonderful creations!

SMOKED SALMON
Cucumber Gelée, Carraway Seed Crust, Mustard Chantilly, Smoked Salmon Caviar, Crispy Capers, Red Endive

NIMAN RANCH PORK CHEEK
Spaghetti Squash, Pickled Green Apple, Crispy Kale, Herb de Provence Glacé

BUTTERMILK FRIED ARTICHOKE HEART
Parsnip Puree, Tomato Marmalade, Black Truffle Pesto, Basil, Baby Spinach, Prosciutto

KAFFIR LIME BLACKENED CATFISH
Crab Mac n’ Cheese, Fava Bean Puree, Celery Heirloom Tomato Crudo

PIEDMONTESE BEEF
Garlic Rosemary Potatoes, Baby Carrots, Asparagus, Blue Cheese Espuma, Honey Cabernet Demi, Peppercorn Dust

BENNE CRUSTED DUCK BREAST
White Peach Grits, Broccoli, Carmelized Shallots, Sour Vanilla Tea Demi GlaceÌ

SMORES SOUFFLÉ
Smoked Milk Chocolate Ganache, Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream, Graham Crunch

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AF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, outstanding service from Sarah, low noise level and perfect for our business meeting. We have also been here as a couple. One of our favorites in Charleston!

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Nashville
68 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very special restaurant in every sense. Absolutely outstanding! Restaurant is housed in a converted stable on the property of the Wentworth Mansion -- the charm is unparalleled. My husband and I dined here to celebrate our anniversary and it was the best meal we had in the entire city. The food was inventive and creatively presented -- perfect in every way. Service was impeccable. If you can only go to one restaurant in the city, this is the one!!

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TM
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service. Excellent food

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SA
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were half an hour late for our dinner but they were very cordial and happily sat us. We were there for our third Wedding annivesary (I mentioned it in the open table reservation). It was quiet quaint setting. The waitress was very attentive and accommodating and greeted us immediately by wishing us Happy Anniversary! She replaced my husband's glass of wine when I mentioned he preferred my glass (and let him keep the original glass of wine). The food was excellent. We wanted to share the Napa cabbage salad o they plated them separately for us. The steak and blue cheese fume was extremely tasty! I don't even like blue cheese! The deconstructed stawberry shortcake was to die for. They surprised us after dinner with two complimentary glasses of champagne! I parked on the Inn property but only after I had called ahead and got permission. Unfortunately, I got a ticket anyway (parking is apparantely only for Inn guests). I explained to the Maitre D who had my bill adjusted for the amount of the ticket (which I still had to pay). Very friendly staff. Very classy establishment! Wonderful food (and I'm a tough crowd!). Easily five out of five!

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T
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Circa well exceeded our expectations and Austin was a fabulous waiter! Very often restaurants with good ratings have chefs who try too hard and actually create dishes where the flavors all overwhelm each other, creating confusion on the palate and a poor dining experience. That was not the case at Circa 1886, as Austin had assured us when asked. The flavors and presentations were spot on! As was the hand crafted ginger beer that my husband had. It was a marvelous anniversary dinner and we will definitely go,there the next time we are in Charleston.

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MP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! I consider myself a foodie, and I definitely have eaten at many restaurants before, but this one was PHENOMENAL! Every appetizer, entree, and dessert was absolutely delicious. I’m the adventurous eater in the bunch so I felt like I should order the antelope and it was so worth it. Mom - who always says she doesn’t really like scallops - ordered the scallops and raved about them. Dad’s beef was very good - though probably the least favorite of the three. I highly recommend the pork cheek appetizer, which was extremely tender and tasty. And make sure you leave room for the desserts - we each ordered one, were given an additional one, and cleaned all 4 plates! I would definitely go back here!

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DH
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kaitlyn was beyond friendly & attentive! We couldn’t have asked for a better server! The food, every single bite of every single item we ordered, was outstanding! Our experience could not have been one bit more perfect than it was❤️

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dining experience!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my Mothers 84th birthday & wanted a special evening. We had the tasting menu which was ok but every course was very under-seasoned & we were told 2 of us could not get the short ribs as they were out of them (seemed strange given our early evening dining reservation). Everything needed salt. My Mom's short ribs came & there was no meat at all - entirely all fat! I give staff credit as they agreed & brought her a replacement. But everyone else was done eating by the time she got hers. Staff did take a little money off the bill & brought us a glass of prosecco which was nice. In a place that is trying to do fine dining & charges high dollar, I expected it to be "spot on" so was a little disappointed.

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MG
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a romantic and delicious anniversary evening. The complimentary chef offerings were a nice touch and let us experience his unique offerings!

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JZ
Charlotte
28 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Fantastic experience. Can’t wait to return.

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K
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service , delicious food, quiet ambiance. Music might have added to the ambiance.

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MC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance for a romantic evening. Food is excellent. Wonderfully prepared and perfect portions. Service is perfectly attentive, just the right amount of attention for a date night. I would highly recommend for a date night, special occasion or anniversary!

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Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boyfriend and I went for date night and were absolutely blown away. From the stellar food by the brilliant Chef Collins, to the gorgeous ambiance of dining in a converted historic carriage house, to the impeccable service by Emily, the whole evening was perfect. We will definitely be back to try out the tasting menu next time!

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BS
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tanya is amazing! Also Big thanks to Janessa in the kitchen. Everything went perfect!

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful all the way around!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptional and the service was flawless! They went out of their way to make our anniversary special.

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JM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary here. The service was impeccable and the food was delicious. I highly recommend circa 1886 for any special occasion!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Circa 1886 never disappoints!!! They made our anniversary evening out a nice get to remember!

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