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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

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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 (76)
Good for Anniversaries (68)
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Good for a Date (65)
Quiet Conversation (58)
Creative Cuisine (48)
Fit for Foodies (48)
Notable Wine List (38)
Cozy (37)
Good for Birthdays (35)
Local Ingredients (27)
Neighborhood Gem (27)
Tasting Menu (23)
Worth the Drive (22)
Business Meals (18)
Authentic (16)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Healthy (7)
Fun (6)
Seasonal (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Scenic View (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Casual (3)
Organic (3)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vegan (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on October 28, 2017

My wife and I save going to Circa 1886 for special occasions. Because Circa 1886 is a special occasion! The food is always creatively delicious and the wine list excellent. The servers are well informed as to each offering on the menu. We shared the wedge salad. My wife enjoyed the antelope and I loved the rainbow trout. We finished our special meal with the pumpkin souffle and port. We may have to think of more "special occasions."

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Superb dining experience!b I would highly recommend this for a romantic evening.

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Romantic, Cozy, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 27, 2017

A wonderful culinary experience. Creative and familiar as well. The atmosphere and staff were charming and welcoming. Looking forward to our next time!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

My wife and I had a quiet romantic dinner while sitting at one of the alcove tables. The Antelope was decilcious

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 24, 2017

For us, this place is way too stuffy and...old. The food is great but not better than other restaurants in Charleston. Go knowing that it is a much older crowd and that it is very quiet. This is not a fun, hip vibe by any stretch of the imagination.

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·Dined on October 24, 2017

The food was wonderful. More importantly the service was wonderful as well. This was our anniversary and we both agreed that Circa was one of the best dining experiences we've ever had.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Casual, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Memorable dining experience. Premium without being pretentious.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Excellent restaurant. Impeccable service. Chef starters awsome!! Specialty desserts truly special!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Dinner was part of a week long 30th wedding anniversary extravaganza. We had a 6:15 pm reservation which garnered us a lovely booth. The chef began with two l’agniappes. Our server was a very experienced server; I believe most of the servers are professional servers. They offered me gluten free bread, which I appreciated. We began with pork belly. A friend sugggested we try it, and it was delicious. Nothing like I would have imagined. Each bite had some pork, sort of the consistency of pulled pork but much richer in flavor and so much more tender, and the fat part of the pork piece just made the mouthful more delicious and juicy. I enjoyed the Broken Arrow Antelope entree. Again, a first for me. It was better than filet mignon- tender, flavorful (not gamey at all), yummy with the blackberry barbecue sauce and the accompaniments. My husband had the filet mignon, which was excellent, but I think he enjoyed the antelope as much or better! We had chosen the pumpkin soufflé for dessert when we were ordering our meal since soufflés need to be made on the spot, but all of their desserts are prepared fresh to order. We also had the S’mores dessert. It was better than anything I have ever had camping out. It was a memorable meal, not rushed, elegant dining room that enabled us to have a conversation without screaming at one another, perfect food. It may seem pricey at first, but the whole experience was worth it!

Tags: Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Fun
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

We always dine in local restaurants when possible. Circa is amazing - the menu was very eclectic, the food amazing & we had an awesome waitress - Kaitlin (Caitlin?). Chef prepared some seasonal dishes & samples were included & feedback returned to the kitchen. We could not have been more pleased with this birthday celebration. If unfamiliar with the area, may be a little confusing to find if walking from the Historic district, but should not be missed.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Circa 1886 was absolutely amazing! What a beautiful little treasure tucked into a gorgeous property!

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Had our anniversary and the next table were celebrating their birthday and our waiter was wonderful and the food was excellent our table was in the middle of traffic in the dining room that there were no other options for tables for a party of six it was located in and a renovated Carriagehouse we will definitely go back and we have raving reviews for anybody

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 19, 2017

It just doesn't get better, period. Just when you think everything has peaked, it is elevated......food, service, total experience, not to be missed!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 17, 2017

The place is absolutely fabulous- from the time you walk in the door until you leave after dessert. Food was beyond compare!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Perfect venue for date night. Circa is a fantastic restaurant that’s tucked away in the heart of Charleston. The food is exceptional with top-notch service to match. While waiting for your food you’ll be treated to some tastings compliments of the chef to arouse the taste buds. As a regular, I can say with confidence that everything on the menu is absolutely delicious.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Very good!!! Nicely done. We will be back. Pork loin was on poiny

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

It was incredible. They made us feel very special.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Our waitress, Kaitlyn, was genuinely enthusiastic about the menu & did a great job helping us make our selections (lamb loin & antelope were superb, as were the scallop appetizer & light, yummy pumpkin soufflé). Intermezzo a delicious, not too sweet cocktail. From the sage dinner rolls w/ orange butter to the two amuse-bouche (butternut squash soup drizzled w/ white truffle oil was our fav), we felt so pampered & vowed to return to Circa 1886 on our next visit to Charleston. To top it off, I had forgotten my reading glasses. Sharing my disappointment in not being able to read the menu, Kaitlyn didn't miss a beat, offering me use of several pairs of readers left behind by previous diners . Now THAT's exceptional service! Try Circa 1886. You won't be disappointed.

Tags: Seasonal, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 14, 2017

With all of the great restaurants in Charleston, sometimes it's hard to identify one that is above the rest. It took us 4 years in Charleston to finally visit Circa 1886, but WOW!!!!! This restaurant is without peers. Yes, everyone has a favorite, however, after dining here, it will become everyone's favorite. The chef has prepared one of the most creative menu's to ever be seen in a restaurant. This will become our restaurant of choice, and one we will take friends to (especially if we want to impress someone)!

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Organic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Really great destination for a fantastic dining experience.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We were beyond satisfied from the time we walked in until we left. Our server Dennis was very knowledgeable and helpful. The service was excellent and he kept bringing surprises for us to sample. We started with the scallops and they were HUGE and very tasty. My wife had the crab cakes and they are big and full of crab. I had the lamb and it melted in my mouth. The sides were perfect. We ended with dessert...my wife had the sorbet and I had the pineapple cake. They were both excellent. We really enjoyed our date might. Thanks Dennis and Chef :-)

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Amazing experience!! Not only was the food supurb but the atmosphere alone was enough of an experience! Tucked behind a marvellous mansion the whole resturant has a wonderful vibe about it!! The staff was lovely and made a huge impression on us! For dining reference this experience is not one that can be rushed. It is truly a three course meal and you need to have enough time to enjoy (if you have plans after make sure you have ample time)!! We will return for sure!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Food was amazing. Service was incredible. There was a table of 5 that was a little loud, but luckily we were far enough away that it wasn't a real issue. Once they left the atmosphere was definitely more romantic, but in no way do we blame the restaurant! Our server Sarah was fantastic. We are definitely going back before we head home.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Impeccable service and excellent cuisine in a charming yet elegant setting. My husband and I both tried dishes that were new to us. He had the antelope which was tender and perfectly seasoned, while I enjoyed the chef’s 5-course special. The desserts were exquisite! We were not disappointed in our selections and highly recommend Circa 1886 for a special evening out.

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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Not easy to find at night walking from our hotel. Not well lit

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 9, 2017

The food and service was outstanding. It was the best meal we had during our trip to Charleston. We would recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting the area. It is a MUST!

Tags: Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

The restaurant is beautiful, the ambiance is very relaxing and up-scale. Our waitress was very nice and adequate, but did not offer any extra information that we over-heard other wait staff offering on food choices and historic extras. The food was delicious and I would definitely recommend it and will go back.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Upscale but not stuffy. Wonderful service, amazing food. One of the best dining experiences we've ever had.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 5, 2017

A thoroughly excellent restaurant with superb food and service in a lovely setting.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Great service from Austin. Very knowlegable and paired the wine perfectly. The food was exquisite and the beautiful old carriage house is an impeccable location.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Seasonal
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Excellent restaurant! Highly recommend! From the service, to the quality of food, and ambiance......top notch!

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 (Austin)·Dined on October 5, 2017

We had our anniversary dinner here, everything was amazing. The staff was unbelievably friendly and we felt totally pampered the entire time. I had the chicken fried salmon, shut the front door amazing! Our drinks were perfectly poured and the creme brulee for desert, again amazing. We don't live in SC, but wished we could visit this place more often.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

The food, wine, and service were very good though a bit on the expensive side.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Everything was excellent. Food was creative and service was attentive without being creative.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

This was an average meal. Nothing special - other than the desert...

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Had the 5 course Chef's Tasting Menu with the wine pairing which was delicious and allowed us try several menu items and wines. The beet salad with Iberico ham and goat cheese veloute was one of my favorites, the salmon over grits with a corn sauce was also very good. For dessert we were served the pumpkin souffle which was light and airy and showcased the flavors of fall. Service seemed a little off at times, but nothing worth complaining about.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Never been to Circa 1886 prior to this one visit just because we like to try new places we haven't been to before. We'll definitely go back. Awesome service and thw food was delicious, especially the lamb!

Tags: Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Organic, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Celebrating our anniversary at Circa was as much the right thing to do as when we said "I Do" to each other, 43 years ago.
The only regret would be it is located in Charleston as opposed to us living in Asheville NC. Circa is the perfect compliment to staying at the Wentworth Mansion Inn.

Rick and Dorothy Mason
September 2017

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Cannot say anything more about Circa 1886. One of the best meals I've had ever!!! We frequent Charleston and this is one to not miss. Anne, our server was amazing. As my husband said, this wasn't a meal but an experience. Thank you Circa 1886 for making our anniversary so memorable.

Tags: Fun, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Our server, Charles was wonderful. My date got the lamb and I asked Charles to pick something for me - as everything looked good. I got the antelope - something I likely wouldn't have picked for myself and it was AMAZING! We also had the pumpkin soufflé which was yummy!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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