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About Circa 1886

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.

149 Wentworth St.
Charleston, SC 29401
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Southern

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Smith

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(843) 853-7828

Website:
http://www.circa1886.com/

Parking Details:
Off-street parking next to restaurant

Executive Chef:
Marc Collins

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Valentine's Day – Wednesday, February 14, 2018. $125 per person / $185 with wine pairings. Cost includes a complimentary glass of champagne. Other beverages are additional. Not inclusive of tax and gratuity.

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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.

Circa 1886 Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.9

ambience

4.8

value

4.6

Noise

Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (90)
Romantic (74)
Good for a Date (66)
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Good for Anniversaries (66)
Quiet Conversation (56)
Creative Cuisine (51)
Fit for Foodies (47)
Cozy (38)
Notable Wine List (38)
Good for Birthdays (34)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Local Ingredients (27)
Tasting Menu (25)
Worth the Drive (22)
Business Meals (18)
Authentic (16)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Healthy (8)
Fun (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Scenic View (6)
Seasonal (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Casual (3)
Organic (3)
Disabled Access (2)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vegan (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined 2 days ago

Our meal was fantastic! Restaurant is very beautiful and Mark our server was outstanding and very attentive. Praises all around for Circa 1886!

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 (Charleston)·Dined 2 days ago

One of my Charleston favorites. The food was amazing and the service was excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined 2 days ago

First time at this lovely restaurant. Amazing food. Top to bottom. One of the best food experiences ever. Wow.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 3 days ago

One of the BEST in Charleston. Our waiter, Charles, exemplified what a waiter is supposed to be. His knowledge of the menu was excellent. He was friendly and answered all of our questions. We will be coming back and Charles will be requested as our waiter.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined 3 days ago

One of the best meals I have ever had! Everything was wonderful!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

This was our second visit and we came during restaurant week. The menu selections offered a few good options. Those that had the beef entree were not disappointed. The service was excellent and we had an overall great experience. I highly recommend a visit.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

The food combined with the service and atmosphere makes this one of our favorite restaurants in the Charleston area. The staff from the bartender to the waiters are absolutely the best. This is what eating out is suppose to be.

Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

Best food we've had in Charleston in a long time. We'll definitely make this one of our favorites.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined 5 days ago

30th wedding anniversary dinner was outstanding. Definitely request s booth if available. The food, service and ambiance were all superb. Highly recommend.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

A truly remarkable meal, paired with outstanding service. We were unaware that it was Charleston Restaurant Week, but the chef still provided the full menu instead of a limited selection. Every dish was incredible, and the wine pairings (appropriately different for each dish as opposed to a standard selection per course regardless of order) were superbly selected. The caramel apple cake was without a doubt the best cake I have ever eaten. Sarah provided expert and comfortable service and was thoroughly charming. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone coming to Charleston.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 5 days ago

Absolutely wonderful meal, service, atmosphere! Great to be able to take advantage of restaurant week!

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Miami)·Dined 7 days ago

Great food. Everything was very tasty. Enjoy the atmosphere and the charm of the old building converted into modern day restaurant.
A very classy place to visit

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined 7 days ago

It was terrific, our best dining experience in two years. Thank you Chef - you're creations were awesome, delicious and beautifully presented.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Loved it! Get the coconut cake. The staff attentive and the food was exceptional ... be sure to have reservations ... the attire is jacket preferred but I saw a good mix

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, People Watching, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Stayed at the Wentworth Mansion for a weekend getaway in Charleston. We went to Circa 1886 our first night in town and absolutely loved it. It was restaurant week and the food was not only amazing, the prix fixe menu with wine pairing was an absolute bargain.

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on January 12, 2018

A friend and I gave Circa 1886 a try for restaurant week. We made reservations. The hostess gave us a call prior verifying it with us. The ambiance was oozing; the staff were friendly and attentive. The service was impeccable. The food and wine were very good. This place deserves a repeat performance on a regular basis.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Restaurant week 3 course menu. Very lovely restaurant newly renovated. Creative menu. Great pacing, attentive service and interesting menu choices. A great value for restaurant week. The beets appetizer was terrific, the antelope was tender and delicious. The desserts were also wonderful. Recommend this charming restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

Thank you so much for participating in restaurant week—as locals we really appreciate your participation.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Let’s start with mentioning the incredible service first. Our waitress Chelsey was incredible and knowledgeable. She made our experience at the restaurant all that much better. She will be a big reason we return to this restaurant. The rest of the staff, to include Gracey the hostess, provided excellent service. Moving on to the food, DELICIOUS is the word to describe it best! The dill ice cream (who knew) was very well paired with the lobster tail. We had a set menu due to it being New Years Eve. The menu was very well prepared and combined a lot of different elements to create the perfect meal. Hats off to the Chef! We will be returning and most likely will make this our New Year’s Eve location for every year to come!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

My husband and I went for their New Year's Eve dinner. Our service was excellent and the food was perfect and delicious. Would definitely go back (but due to cost for a special occasion).

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Quiet, elegant ambiance. Good wine selection but a bit disappointed in my entree. Pear salad was excellent but the crab cakes had an unusual seasoning with too much filler - had much better crab cakes in other Charleston restaurants.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was absolutely delicious and artistic in its presentation. Service was perfect and attentive. Ambiance was quiet and intimate. This restaurant was rated #2 in the country by TripAdvisor and it was well deserved. It was not an inexpensive restaurant but worth every penny.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great place. Wonderful food. Wife enjoyed her meal and wine selection.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Circa 1886 is a renovated carriage house tucked away in his stork Charleston. Charming ambiance and perfect service compliment the superb seasonal selections.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Although we were offered a free drink to move to the bar, we were at a table for 6, the audacity to ask us to move to free the table was rude and a true Pizza Hut moment. Two from the table were from San Francisco, two were on a first time meetng with new boy friend. Many in the restaurant were at their tables when we were seated. We must say there are many choices in Charleston. You, of course have lost a long time customer. Really! Who would think of asking 6 people to move to he bar. Just unforgiveable.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

The tasting menu was great! The wine pairing did not pair well.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 26, 2017

One of the best meals we’ve ever had. Had the pork belly, salmon and lamb. All amazing!! Tried two desserts...pumpkin soufflé and pineapple cake. Divine!!! Our waitress Emily was a delight. The small chef bites they brought to our table were delightful and well received. Cannot wait until our next visit when we return to Charleston. Well done Chef!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 26, 2017

As always, CIrca didn't disappoint. We took my brother who was in town for the holidays, and he has already put it on the list for us to return to when he comes in February. The food was spectacular as was the service. I've never had anything less than an exceptional experience there ... which is why we keep going back. If you plan on going, do everyone a favor and dress like you belong there. Yes, it was cold, but couldn't you take off your knit ski cap while you dined??? Jeans and flannel shirts just make you look like you don't belong there. But you certainly won't be treated any less charmingly by the staff. They manage to overlook all of the fashion faux pas.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Another delicious meal at Circa 1886. Charles is a delightful and extremely knowledgeable server. Appreciate that he was willing to work on Christmas Eve.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

My husband and I went to Circa 1886 for christmas eve dinner. We wanted something special and it did not dissapoint. The ambiance was comforting and the food delectable. The pumpkin souflee was a great way to end the meal. My only negative complaint is that our party size went from 2 to 4 and they were unable? unwilling to accommodate the extra persons. While dining it appeared that they could easily have made that happen for us.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 24, 2017

A truly wonderful dining experience.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 22, 2017

This was by far our favorite dinner while in Charleston. Our waiter Austin was incredibly knowledgeable about the area and the food on the menu. We were there for our anniversary. The food recommendations were perfect. My husband had the antelope which was cooked perfectly. For dessert I ordered the pumpkin soufflé. It was like pumpkin flavored air. We were able to bring our wine with us next door to the mansion and walk up to the 4th floor cupola and get an evening view of Charleston. We will definitely visit here again and recommend to everyone.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Outstanding restaurant! The food was great!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Excellent food, service, ambiance. Pumpkin souffle for dessert was outstanding.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We had a lovely dinner here. The food was great, especially the chicken fried salmon entree. The beet salad was wonderful. And the pumpkin souffle was perfect. It is a romantic venue with great service. It is in the Carriage House behind the Wentworth Mansion (which is a great place to stay, by the way). We will be back for another dinner!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Pleasant surprise on how nicely we were treated on our double birthday occasion. Super nice staff. Great food. Really enjoyed the evening.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

My husband and I came to Circa for date night. This was our first time here, as we like to try new places. This was a delightful experience from the waiter (Austin) to the table where we were seated. Everything single thing we ordered was very well put together by the Chef. I recommend the Pork Belly as an appetizer. We will definitely be back for seconds !!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Top notch service and excellent food in a cozy and quiet atmosphere. Everything was spectacular from the cocktails to the desserts.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Lovely evening on our 6th Anniversary

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Great service friendly people fabulous chef
and totally amazing.

Tags: Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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