Circa 1886

4.8
3493 reviews
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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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Charleston
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the beginning to end this was a first class experience. The hostess was very kind and greeted us with a smile. The service was impeccable. Austin was our waiter who provided us with outstanding service and was very knowledgeable. We had the chefs tasting menu which was fantastic and very filling . Overall: Amazing.

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SP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I have always considered Circa 1886 the best restaurant in Charleston, but on this last visit, I did not find any of my courses exceptional. The meat course was a portion of a filet, with basic asparagus and a potato croquette. Not very much imagination was put into this dish. The Grouper was okay, nothing special. The poached apple salad, again not very imaginative. There seemed to lack developed flavors in any of the dishes this time. The dessert soufflé was not as good as desserts in the past there. The best thing I ate that night was the African Peanut Soup. The service, as usual was 5 star. Ambience exceptional.

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R
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is fabulous. The food is interesting and delicious. Ambiance is excellent. Will definitely go again if back in Charleston. There was NOTHING negative. All 5 star positives

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Charleston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were superb! Acknowledged my wife’s birthday in a classy manner.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent our anniversary here. We came here a few years ago we we first began dating, and to return after 3 years brought us back to that moment. The staff went out of their way to make tonight special for us, and the chef’s tasting is by far our favorite in Charleston! A must for a Charleston visit!

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JM
Charleston
42 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and wine were amazing! The service was incredible! Can’t wait to return! One of our favorite restaurants!

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HD
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always. Loved the new menu! The service and attention to detail is like nothing else in Charleston

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SR
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Circa 1866 was one of the best dining experiences of my life. Simply superb. The food was stellar, and the staff was just as good. The chef and manager should be very proud.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience, the staff was very courteous and understanding as we had 3 small children dining with us. We appreciated the time they took to help with their meal orders.

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MW
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Circa 1886 had a beautiful atmosphere and our service was impeccable. I loved how the menu gave you an insight to the history of the area. And the kitchen even sent out "gifts" before our dinner. We'll be back!!

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C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on the 4th of July. Brought our entire family, several younger children, 10 of us in total. The staff allowed us to eat in their private dining room. It was an incredible experience for us all.

The food was incredible, service impeccable and they made us feel at home.

Thank you.

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Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All I can say is WOW!! Unforgettable night at Circa 1886. The food was absolutely amazing. Uniquely unforgettable food and experience! The atmosphere was cozy and romantic!! Dennis provided the best service ever! He made it an unforgettable night... thank you!

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Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fried green tomato salad was tangy, creamy, and wonderful. The preserved rabbit stew was savory and had such perfect herbacious flavors. Our favorite was the Piedmontese beef--so flavorful and perfectly cooked. The venison was good but we would both order the beef next time. We had the squash cake for dessert and loved the fresh berries. Excellent service and perfectly timed courses.

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef's menu with wine pairings is always a brilliant choice! We love Circa so much!

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N
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the best restaurant I’ve been to. We had an amazing time and are very impressed by the food and the great service. We will definitely come back the next time we are in Charleston. I want to thank everyone there for making my fiancé’s birthday perfect!

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Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious. Our wait staff was impeccable and extremely knowledgeable. We sat outside so we could take our dog and the ambiance was wonderful. We tried the latest menu highlighting the foods from various areas brought to Charleston. The portions were perfect so there was room to have the fabulous dessert soufflé. Highly recommend dining at Circa 1886. We will absolutely return.

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MS
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience. Food and service was outstanding. A bit pricey, but worth every bit. Would recommend and will definitely repeat in the future.

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JK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent choice for our 40th anniversary. Beautiful restaurant with a great staff and outstanding food.

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JH
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our best restaurant experience at Circa 1886 during our 4 day visit. We had heard great things about 1886 and were not disappointed. The food was exceptional, i.e. vegetable soup, shrimp and rice grits, Piedmontese beef, souffle, etc. and the drinks were just right (try the Nip Tuck cocktail). Adam, our waiter was very knowledgeable of all the menu items (we asked a few questions), engaging, courteous and friendly. The ambiance was relaxing, low keyed and cozy, just right after a busy and adventuresome day in Charleston. As such, and based on our experience, Circa 1886 received superb
scores across the board. This restaurant is a "must do" when you visit Charleston, it has everything working for it and knows how to provide all with an elagant touch and flair.

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GP
Richmond
32 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our anniversary dinner at Circa and it did not disappoint. The restaurant is beautiful. The service was outstanding and the food was amazing. The historical tour themed menu was creative and we enjoyed the starters, entrees and desserts!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant in Charleston!

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C
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

I would recommend, but I was disappointed to find hair in my food. The server was a great sport, and was very apologetic. But, for a restaurant of that caliber, finding hair in food should not be happening. That being said, I was a good sport and just ate the rest of my dish; with the exception of the piece of food that had hair. The food was amazing and I did have a good time.

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AS
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice place, just expensive. It’s not a bad thing but it’d be hard to go to regularly given how much it costs. Food was good, service was fine, ambience was fine. With so many options in Charleston though I’m sure there are other expensive places to try.

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MM
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I asked many people where I should take my wife for our anniversary dinner while visiting Charleston and not many people mentioned this place. I am SO thankful that I took my own advice and went to Circa 1886. This is exactly the type of place you think of when thinking about the type of high-end cuisine Charleston has become known for. It the ambiance was amazing, being set in an old carriage house, and the phone, service, and overall vibe was PERFECT for our anniversary dinner. If you're looking for a place to share a special night out, look no further than Circa 1886. Absolutely incredible.

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EB
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Charleston. It is pricey, but not more so than a number of the other top places. The souffle alone is worth the dinner.

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Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 32 wedding anniversary here and everything was perfect. Quite possibly the best meal we have ever had!

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RT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The service was outstanding and the food was excellent. Atmosphere was a little loud but we still thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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P
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! We were seated early and the chef came out and spoke with us

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful! Would certainly recommend this place!

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E
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, expensive but worth the experience. The food choices were unique, but the dessert was worth the trip itself! We were on vacation and this is one of the restaurants we will look forward to visiting next year!

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CA
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal celebrating our anniversary. Food and service were wonderful as always.

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JY
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a thoroughly enjoyable experience from start to finish. we were met by a friendly hostess, and taken care of from soup to nuts by our waiter. he was deeply knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the chef's creations without being overbearing or pretentious (a rare skill). the ambiance is wonderful. c. 1886 is fast becoming my favorite haunt in charleston, precisely because it cleaves to the many values that so many haute cuisine tables are, sadly, moving away from. thank you. i will be back.

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JD
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food excellent! The Best in Charleston!

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C
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The chef definitely has a mission and the staff understands it and explains the food beautifully. Almost as if they are culinary training. A true dining experience. Prices ate not cheap but the care given to the preparation is considerable. The pimento cheese is NOT a sandwich. It is warm, wrapped in a paper thin sheet, the special ham cured in SC, topped with caviar. Remarkable. I can see how past guests were disappointed if they thought they were getting a grilled cheese.

Attention to detail in description, presentation and taste make this a top notch restaurant. Decor is not fancy but nice.

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LC
London
26 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and every dish from appetizer to dessert enjoyed by all 4 members of our party.

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CM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food at Circa 1886 was very good, but there are other restaurants in the area where you can get a better value. Inside of the restaurant was louder than I expected.

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LZ
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A lovely room in the Wentworth Mansion. Very good service, helpful with questions we had about the menu. Much of the menu was unique items that represented different countries.
If you are strictly a meat and potatoes type, this restaurant wouldn’t be up your alley.

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LC
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. The menu was very interesting but I was not prepared to get adventurous. Rabbit, veal, venison, oxtail, fried red hen and a beef dish. the beef entree was excellent . someone was smoking a cigar and the scent was wafting into the dining room. the huguenot torte souffle for dessert was very good. parking was a bit difficult as there is no dedicated parking lot for the restaurant. on street only.

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CB
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic choice for our first evening in Charleston! Nice selection of half bottles of wine and an interesting but approachable menu. Caitlyn, our server was a sweetheart and took excellent care of us.

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J
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful culturally diverse walk through the culinary influences representing one of the oldest, most unique cities in the United States.

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