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Circa 1886

4.7
4.7
3391 Reviews
$31 to $50
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. 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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Southern, American, Low Country

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm

  • Phone number

    (843) 853-7828

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Marc Collins

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Kristen Blackmon: (843) 853-7828

  • Neighborhood

    South Carolina

  • Cross street

    Smith

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,391 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on all time ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. l

    lewisg

    Baton Rouge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One word, Outstanding! Service was excellent and the menu was one of a kind.
  2. G

    Grandparents

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Special meal in a special place. The food, service, and surroundings were wonderful. One of our favorite places in Charleston.
  3. FD

    FineDining

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    When I go out to eat, and since I have traveled extensively in US and abroad, I think I have the basis for comparison. The service at Circa, its best feature, was definitely outstanding and, as should be in a high end establishment, the atmosphere was properly quiet, understated and pleasing. Unfortunately, though foos was well prepared and served the plate presentation was nothing special - and one featured item which is always mentioned as "not to be missed" was nothing more than a surprisingly small, poorly presented, glorified grilled cheese finger sandwich. Worse, for the effort it may take to prepare, and not unusual ingredients, it was way overpriced. Summary: A very nice restaurant that I can recommend, with some resrvations. Sadly, it did not meet expectations of "one of the top 4."
  4. l

    luvfinefood

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    2 year anniversary love everything about this place! Second time here. Listed one of the 51 top restaurants in the United States
  5. v

    vince

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2019

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    A pleasant place I have been meaning to try for some time, however I was a bit nonplussed. I have rather bad soy allergies, and the server indicated that prevented me from quite a number of items on the menu. Although this occurs frequently, it is seldom a problem at higher-end restaurants (i.e. soybean oil or vegetable oil containing soy is a cheaper alternative to olive oil, for example; a good restaurant should not be reliant on lesser soy products). Nonetheless, a pleasant enough meal.
  6. VS

    VictorS

    Greensboro

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding meal from appetizers to desserts. Wonderful service
  7. RJ

    RoxieJones

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our anniversary and enjoyed the entire experience
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience! Best meal we had in Charleston. Great place for a romantic meal that will treat you like royalty.
  9. HO

    HappyOne

    Washington DC

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Circa 1886 was a very wonderful experience for our 33rd Wedding Anniversary. The 5 course meal with wine pairing was exceptional. The customer service was over the top and the atmosphere was romantic and relaxing. I highly recommend this restaurant for any reason.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fayetteville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific experience! The food and service were both amazing and they catered to my wife’s gluten and dairy allergies wonderfully.
  11. KT

    KTCharleston

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are always so impressed with the service and the excellent food!
  12. WF

    WhitneyF

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Circa 1886 has always been my favorite Charleston restaurant. Our large group's dinner on Saturday, October 26th was tremendous as always. With 20 people, the staff at Circa went out of their way to be accommodating and gracious. Thank you for another memorable meal. I can't wait to come back!
  13. JH

    JanetH

    Tallahassee

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasting menu is highly recommended from beginning to end.
  14. MS

    MeghanS

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Circa 1886 was extraordinary! Definitely a culinary experience
  15. MA

    MarcusAurelius2

    Atlanta

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The wait staff and the food were outstanding. Our food arrived quickly and the presentation was superb.
  16. J

    Jimbo

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Super server. Good looking menu set up. Nice wine list. Enjoyed the 3-course dinner for Rutledge House guests. The inner room had a bit better ambience than the outer room where we sat. A very good 2-hrs. Would go again.
  17. D

    Dusty

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience at Circa 1886. My husband had the tasting menu which was outstanding and I tried the foie gras and the pimento cheese, both were excellent. Our server Austin was also pleasant and went above and beyond to ensure we had a lovely evening. We will definitely be back!
  18. NM

    NicoleM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were amazing. Portion sizes are more than adequate, we left stuffed. If you Do the three or five course tasking menu don’t skip out in the wine pairing, it absolutely enhances the experience. We had a wonderful time and would visit again while in Charleston.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Out of this world fantastic Service was incredible! Food prepared with creativity #1 in our books!
  20. LM

    LoriM

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved how the foods were paired regionally! My husband chose food from the Native American menu. He absolutely LOVED the rabbit starting dish. I chose the local South Carolina foods and all were good! Outstanding flavors and service means we Texans will be back!
  21. KM

    KellyM

    Orange County

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and very friendly staff. Wonderful evening.
  22. JK

    JacobK

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were on vacation for our wedding anniversary and this restaurant was a recommendation from a Charleston local. We loved the setting, and the food was excellent. Often times when you go to a restaurant of this quality, the food is excellent but you feel like there’s not much of it... not the case here. My wife and I both left extremely satisfied in the quality and quantity of food we received. Highly recommend Circa 1886 for anyone looking for a fine dining experience in Charleston.
  23. L

    Lulumom

    New England

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Beautiful place. Lovely food. Service was not as welcoming or helpful in finding alternatives for one of our party with dietary restrictions. This was with advance notice. There was only one thing on the menu that could be prepared differently. The final result was delicious, but was difficult to get there.
  24. S

    Skummy

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always dine at 1886 house when in Charleston. New menu (to us) is outstanding very creative (and tasty)tour of SC cuisine.
  25. BG

    BigGreek

    Charleston

    58 reviews

    3.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Dinner was just ok this time. The rabbit stew was unimpressive and our main entree was Grouper. The grouper was fresh but bland. It would have been much better with a sauce of some type on it. The wine pairing were particularly unimpressive - having a Pinot with the was not my idea of a good pairing All in all I was disappointed
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2019

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The food was amazing albeit the service was slow.
  27. ML

    MichaelL

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful place to celebrate our 48th Anniversary. So elegant and the service was outstanding
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time Great service Wonderful food
  29. l

    lynnh

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    It was my mother's birthday and the restaurant and associated hotel couldn't have been nicer. It made the event truly special.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A first class dining experience. The food was creative, but approachable, the service was great and we had a nice private booth. It is expensive, so expect $100 per person
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Very much what you expect from this place
  32. K

    Kam1372

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Circa 1886 exceeded our expectations. Service was wonderful. Food was impeccable. The grouper was excellent. Dessert was a showstopper. Highly recommend, especially for a special occasion. Really charming.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were outstanding. The thoughtfulness that clearly went into each dish was evident. This meal was special and one I will remember for a long time. ❤️
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a superb dinner. The food was wonderful. Our server Denis was so knowledgeable about both the wine and the foods. It was a wonderful dining experience.
  35. RY

    RebeccaY

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Most incredible meal we have gone for a long time. The service was impeccable, the food was outstanding and very unique especially from the native menu, and the Ambiance was perfect for a date night. Definitely coming back next time we are in Charleston! We had the rabbit, apple salad, venison and rainbow trout.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The amazing amuse bouche that the chef sent out before our meal set the tone for the entire night. I’m not going into detail about what I ordered but I did stay on the South Carolina today side of the menu (grilled cheese and fried red hen)😜. The service was exceptional and paced very well. I definitely recommend a night here!!!!
  37. PM

    PaulM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic venue, food and service. We had a wonderful evening and would definitely return. Thank you for a wonderful evening.
  38. HC

    HCCM

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tanya was an outstanding waitress ! She explained the menu nuances extremely well !
  39. SK

    StefanieK

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this place was fantastic - the food, service, ambiance/decor. Our server was so friendly, warm and accommodating when I told her about my husband having celiac disease. Every dish was incredible, presented so beautifully and flavorful. They even surprised us with writing Happy Anniversary in chocolate when our dessert was presented. It's little touches like this, that go a long way. We experienced true Southern Hospitality at Circa 1886, thank you for such a memorable time!
  40. c

    cidskull

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious. there was a nice selection of wines from which to choose. The menu was varied enough to suit all of us in the party (there were six). The service is impeccable. Requests are handled quickly and expertly. Desserts were a dream. Ambiance is nice. All in all, a wonderful experience.

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Circa 1886 is rated 4.7 stars by 3391 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Smith

  • Neighborhood

    South Carolina

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm

  • Cuisines

    Southern, American, Low Country

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Marc Collins

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (843) 853-7828

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Kristen Blackmon: (843) 853-7828

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