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Thu, 2/22
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Circa 1886

2786 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Southern, American, Low Country
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(843) 853-7828
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Marc Collins
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Cross street
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Parking details
Off-street parking next to restaurant
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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vipSusu (Charleston)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

The food was wonderful and Charles provided outstanding service! We will be back and we highly recommend.

OpenTable Diner (Western NC)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

This was our 2nd time dinning at Circa 1886 while visiting Charleston, our 2nd Birthday celebration there.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Very elegant and very expensive. Interesting and unusual menu with extensive wine list. Service a bit too obsequious for my taste. A walk up to the cupola on the Wentworth Mansion was wonderful.

vipCharlotteeats (Charlotte)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food but a little pricey for just any night out. Service was incredible and the food was awesome even if it was a little eclectic. Best apple soufflé I've ever had, hands down.

3.0  Dined 5 days ago

My husband and I dined at Circa to celebrate our 7th anniversary. The food and service was amazing. Our only gripe was that the amount of food was far less than expected. After appetizers, our meal, and even dessert, we had to plan our "after dinner meal". We spent nearly $200 for two and left wanting more, but while the food we had was great it simply wasn't enough. I would certainly recommend Circa, but with that disclaimer. Great food, but we won't be back.

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

The food was amazing. The have a pastry chef so the desserts were made to order and delicious.

WilliamR (Denver)
2.0  Dined 6 days ago

We had a reservation and arrived on time. Greeters (two young gals) initially told us we had to wait "because our waiter had just gotten another table seated", then as soon as we sat down to wait we were told our table was ready (elapsed time about 15 seconds). The restaurant was pleasant but not noteworthy. Food was quite bland (the duck breast was thick and tasteless; the tuna was just OK; the fried artichoke appetizer was so poor that the waiter apologized and took it off the bill). We were disappointed as this was a special weekend in Charleston and we had heard good things about this restaurant. It is pricey but not worth it.

vipOpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

This was our first time at Circa 1886 and it we had a wonderful meal. The service was spot on as well. I had the artichoke appetizer and the blackened catfish main course. Both were very well prepared. My husband had the cabbage salad and beef dinner and he thought both were wonderful. We were too full for dessert. The wine selection by the glass was good and the prices were in line with other fine dining in Charleston. We would visit Circa 1886 again.

FrankCaddell (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

One of our favorite places to dine in Charleston

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Circa is and continues to be our favorite restaurant in Charleston