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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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

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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

4.5

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (111)
Romantic (96)
Good for Anniversaries (94)
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Good for a Date (86)
Quiet Conversation (85)
Creative Cuisine (73)
Fit for Foodies (64)
Notable Wine List (56)
Good for Birthdays (49)
Local Ingredients (44)
Cozy (43)
Neighborhood Gem (34)
Tasting Menu (34)
Worth the Drive (32)
Authentic (29)
Business Meals (26)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Healthy (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Seasonal (11)
Fun (10)
Bar Seating (8)
Scenic View (8)
Organic (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Disabled Access (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Casual (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Vegan (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Comfort Food (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

This is a terrific restaurant where the food is great and you can actually here one another in conversation. I would recommend highly.

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 (Toronto)·Dined 3 days ago

Our server Dennis was excellent. Main course and dessert chefs outstanding food!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 3 days ago

We arranged for some friends to have a date night dinner at Circa 1886 and they had a great time. The staff was able to accommodate several arrangements that made the evening special.

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 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

Fabulous meal and service. Would return again.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 5 days ago

Most enjoyable: great service, excellent food preparatiosn.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Circa 1886 was one of the best dining experiences I've ever had. I highly recommend doing the 5 course dinner with wine pairings.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Savannah)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I highly recommend this restaurant. What an amazing experience! The food was imaginative and unique, yet approachable and delicious. Service was excellent!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

One of the best local. Restaurants! We are foodies and this didn't disappoint

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Decided to visit Charleston for our 15th Wedding Anniversary. Circa 1886 was a perfect restaurant for our celebration. My Antelope was amazing and finishing with their Waffle Haus desert completed a wonderful evening.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

We had an amazing anniversary dinner at Circa 1886! We had been waiting to try it because it was hard to get a reservation, but well worth it! We didn't take a bite we were disappointed in and all the wait staff were friendly, professional and attentive!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Our waiter, Austin was an excellent server that was very knowledgeable about the restaurant and everything they offered on the menu. The meal was the best that we have had since moving to south Carolina four years ago and very reasonable. We will definitely be back .

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We both had antelope, and was the right choice. Choose rosemary roll or sourdough. We were give a sample of lentil that was light and tasty. We unfortunately didn’t get dessert, but had amazing options.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

It took us 20 minutes to find circa 1886, although it’s right behind the Wentworth mansion, the restaurant address plate is SO TINY .... you cannot see it in the dark .
But the dessert was worth the 20 minute walk in the dark unlit streets .....the best dessert we have eaten EVER !
My only complaint was that I had to eat the delicious dessert after eating the “ melt in your mouth “ delicious Foie gras , which made it hard for me to finish the dessert .
I would go back again just for the dessert !

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We were blown away by the service, quality of the food, presentation, and atmosphere at Circa 1886. We started with drinks at the cozy bar area. The cocktails featured house made ingredients and it was evident the bartender was quite knowledgeable in mixology. For dinner, I had trout and my husband tried antelope, the chef’s signature dish. Both dishes were beautifully presented and expertly cooked. We finished with a sophisticated take on smores. The dessert included flourless chocolate cake, homemade roasted marshmallows and graham crackers, and ice cream to tie it all together. It was plenty to share. Our server was great; she knew the menu very well and was able to answer all our questions. The restaurant is outside the main tourist district, but well worth the walk or Uber if you are traveling without a car. We will make a point to come back the next time we are in Charleston.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Let me preface by saying, we are from out of town. Even with a GPS in my car, I had a difficult time locating the restaurant. It is really tucked away. Once discovered, it is a gem! The service, fare, and ambiance are terrific. A beautiful venue, very competentently staffed and extremely well provisioned equaled a fantastic dining experience.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Four of us ate here for my birthday and Austin was our outstanding waiter. While he was very pleasant, he wasn't stuffy and joked along with us all evening. The food as usual was excellent. I had the chicken which was a hidden gem. I normally don't order chicken at a fine dining restaurant but this was, without a doubt, the best chicken I can recall. Everyone at the table had a bite and agreed. Chicken-fried salmon was outstanding as was the beef. My dessert, Waffle Haus, was complete with bacon and egg ice cream and candied bacon on top. Delicious. The only thing that was slightly above average (according to my companions) was the pumpkin souffle. They said it didn't have a lot of pumpkin flavor though it was good. Another memorable dinner at this wonderful restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Overall a perfect dining experience. This lovely carriage house tucked behind The Wentworth Mansion is well suited for a date or special occasion. From the amuse bouches through dessert each course is presented beautifully, creative and delicious! The scallop appetizer with blood orange gastrique was well composed and a delight to look at. The beet salad was nice with iberico ham and goat cheese veloute.
Lamb was perfectly cooked and tender and all the components in my husband's chicken dish were great- he loved it!
Pineapple cake dessert was amazing with coconut sherbet, brûléed pineapple and banana and tropical salsa YUM! I highly recommend this for people who appreciate fine food. When I go back to Charleston I would love to return for Chef Collin's fabulous cuisine.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Single best tasting menu in 5 years. Have been to several top 10 restaurants including French Laundry and Alinea—best all around FOOD.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The staff made our anniversary very special. It was quite a memorable meal. The food was excellent and the staff very professional. My favorite in Charleston by far!

Tags: Happy Hour, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Wonderful! What more is there to say? Absolutely worth a return visit... soon!

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Food and service was outstanding. Prices were a little high for some of the dishes. Pumpkin souffle was amazing!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 1, 2017

My favorite meal in Charleston! Compliments to the chef.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Circa was recommended by a friend as a place not to be missed. He was not wrong. My wife had rainbow trout, had many yummy sauces, spices etc. perfectly prepared. I had the antelope, a first for me. Perfectly cooked, incredible crust/char outside, tender tasty meat on the inside. Some like venison , but not strong.
Keeping this from a five star was the broquiny, a green NASTY veggie, the only taste was vinegar. Everything else was perfect

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Service was and always is 5 star. You never feel rushed and the special little nibbles from chef make you feel valued. I gave 4 stars for the food because I felt that the proteins were a little over cooked with the exception of the duck.... it was amazing !

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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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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 (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

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·Dined on October 16, 2017

It was incredible. They made us feel very special.

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