Circa 1886

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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. 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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Very much what you expect from this place

K
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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. ❤️

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!!!

PM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic venue, food and service. We had a wonderful evening and would definitely return.

Thank you for a wonderful evening.

HC
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tanya was an outstanding waitress ! She explained the menu nuances extremely well !

SK
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

c
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

SF
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hostess was lovely, the waitress was wonderful, thank you Emily. She explained in detail every dish with pleasure. I had the peanut Soup as an appetizer, amazing flavor, rich and creamy, delicious! I then had the beef for my entree- medium rare it was perfect, and the soufflé dessert! The dessert was the highlight of our dinner! Love, Love, Love this restaurant and the ambiance! We had a quiet booth and a very romantic setting for our anniversary dinner!

DR
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love to eat at Circa my family comes for all special occasions to Circa! It has a quiet, relaxing environment ,great service, and superb food and we have never been disappointed!

OT
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious! Piedmontese beef was wonderful!

ES
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Everything was just ok. Not overly impressed with any of the courses. The amuse-bouche was the best part thing about the whole experience.

OT
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Gorgeous mansion. Fried hen was the only negative. It lacked flavor and was very fatty.

AS
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Every single employee who worked had a smile on their face and was always very polite. The employees make the restaurant !

RL
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. This was our first time but we will certainly be back

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was amazing. Our server Tayna could have been better. We opted for the restaurant week option with the wine pairing. The options were amazing and she was very knowledgeable when we asked questions.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service - was our best meal of our trip !! We had such a great server and the food was so great! The ambience was awesome too. Not stuffy but very nice setting in an old mansion. Will def be back on our next Charleston visit !! Thanks so much !!

L
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amuse-bouche was spectacular! African Peanut Soup with apple ribbons, toasted benne seeds, celery, and finely sliced pig ear was very tasty, and interesting; a smaller portion would be more than adequate.

Buttermilk Fried Red Hen with green bean casserole, Carolina reaper aioli, finger limes, pomme purée, and roasted shallot gravy showed the “Southern Style” impeccably.

Huguenot Torte Soufflé with green apples, pecan pie curd, ginger ice cream, and pecan streusel was a showstopper and a piece of art, one of the best desserts we’ve ever eaten. Each one of our selections were very unusual, complex, and interesting.

OT
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Charleston fine dining cuisine, with impeccable food and service. We truly enjoyed our evening

l
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful dining experience at Circa 1886! Love the ambiance and attentiveness of all the wonderful folks there. Food was divine and Chef Mark delivered a home run once again. Special thanks to our superb waiter, Mark.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went out to get a bite to eat
All as part of restaurant week
We choose Circa 1886
Alas, we forgot to take some pix
The food was divine
Even though we didn’t have any wine
The atmosphere was tasteful and quiet
And yes, we all just forgot about our diet
Would we go again you may query or ask
You betcha we would in a heartbeat, in a flash
So make a reservation as soon as you can
Take your mother,father,friend, woman or man

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food and atmosphere we have had in a long time! Amazing dinner!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dennis was most knowledgeable, kind, helpful and enthusiastic! Looking forward to our next visit!

TW
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal with excellent service. I went with two small children and we had a very enjoyable evening that we will remember always. Thanks to the chef and staff for the great taste of Southern cuisine and charm.

C
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Circa 1886 with a group of 6 and had a great time. Very upscale dining experience, amazing food and great wine list. Pricey but worth it for a special occasion.

RB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything outstanding. It’s a MUST TRY

NG
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Did not like the fact that you could not park in the main parking lot but were forced to park on the street or in a parking garage.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent and food was inspired and delicious. Can’t wait to dine here again!

JM
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, presentation, and service were all outstanding.
We had a wonderful evening.
My only complaint is that the place is hard to find.
If you'er never been there, the street address alone won't get you there.
But... once you are there, its wonderful.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always we enjoyed the evening at Circa 1886. We took old friends who we had not seen for over 20 years and everything was truly excellent. We were not disappointed with any of the dishes we chose off of the imaginative menu and the service was attentive but not intrusive. And, unlike many restaurants these days, the four of us were able to have a quiet conversation. This has always been a favorite place for a special meal and continues to please.

FX
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner truly was an extraordinary event earlier this week at Circa 1886. The entire evening was as near to perfect as humanly possible. The attention provided by our waiter was appropriate. The various courses were spaced, so no one felt rushed. The food was well prepared using high quality ingredients, and was very tasty. Nothing was lacking.

MR
New England
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and appropriately proportioned dishes that were elegantly presented, delivering a wonderfully unique flavor around quality core ingredients.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed Circa 1886 so much our first evening in Charleston, that we returned to dine on our last night in town, also. The atmosphere was romantic and quiet, great service, excellent food, and conveniently located on property at the Wentworth Mansion where we were staying. As many restaurants as are in Charleston, I would return in a heartbeat.

LM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience at Circa1886. We were there to celebrate my husband’S birthday. I can say the food and service were beyond exceptional . We did the 5 course with wine pairing. Phenomenal! It is definitely a place we will return on out next visit to Charleston!

K
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

What a lovely restaurant!
We were celebrating our anniversary with friends and hoped this would be a special evening. It was absolutely wonderful!
The grounds and the restaurant are beautiful. The staff is incredibly well-trained, very approachable, warm and welcoming. Our waitress, Caitlyn, was charming and efficient. She had a deep understanding of the menu, something you rarely see in servers today.
The food was wonderful; some was spectacular. I hate to admit that our two favorites were the grilled cheese (oh, the way the caviar cuts the richness of the cheeses!) and the souffle. That said, every dish we tried was beautifully executed, deeply flavored and well-seasoned.
All in all, this lovely place will not disappoint. I highly recommend a visit.
BTW, all the comments about parking issues are true - take Uber!

l
Charleston
43 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently superior food and service. Our go to restaurant for special occasions.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stayed at the Wentworth Mansion and ate dinner and breakfast at Circa 1886 and everything was amazing!

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent always

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We read all the reviews and it did not disappoint!!!

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