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For 2
Date
Thu, 2/22
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10:30 PM
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Circa 1886

4.8
2787 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Southern
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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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Cuisines
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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Business Casual
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Executive chef
Marc Collins
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Cross street
Smith
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Summerville 
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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FrankCaddell (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

One of our favorite places to dine in Charleston

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

Circa is and continues to be our favorite restaurant in Charleston

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OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

The epitome of Charleston fine dining!!
Arrive early to enjoy the ambience at the bar, as well as the divine cocktails!
Would kill for the white peach grits recipe, would settle for an order the size of a sand pail.
Service, ingredients, preparation, presentation -all a complete delight!
Enough of a reason for a trip to Charleston.
And the bourbon smash at the bar was soooo A++++!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

We enjoyed a great birthday dinner for Mom’s 80th celebration dinner.

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VincentG (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We went to celebrate my gierfriwnds birthday and had a great experience.

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Catherine (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Had an anniversary dinner here and Circa 1886 made sure to make it very special. We were treated like royalty - very friendly service, wonderful food, comfortable ambiance. I’m vegetarian and they were very accommodating to my needs. Thank you, Circa 1886 for making our first anniversary such a memorable experience.

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OpenTable Diner (Tallahassee)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Circa 1886 was probably the best dining experience I have had in Charleston. We celebrated our one year wedding anniversary and the staff went above and beyond to make it special for us. The atmosphere is perfect - elegant, classy, quiet. The food was phenomenal. Our server Emily was extremely attentive and knowledgeable. We will definitely return.

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vipniteoutdine (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Absolutely one of the best meals we have enjoyed in a long time. The restaurant does not disappoint in any area! Food and service are exceptional. We will return on our next visit to Charleston!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

I was told that Circa 1886 was an experience not to be missed. After one evenings dinner I must say it is true. What an exceptional meal, ambience, and service!!! Austin, our waiter, knows the food and the wines. Three of the four of us had the chefs five course meal with wine pairings. The food was beyond delicious and each wine paired spectacularly with each dish. The variety was a party for your tastebuds. Don’t miss out on experience.

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WardI (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Great atmosphere, excellent food, outstanding service...
Highly recommend!!

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Ruthie (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Circa 1886 was everything it was billed as... from the walking through a beautiful garden to arrive at the front door to the stunning presentation of each food course. Ann, our waitstaff, was impeccable—-providing the kind of service one expects at a 5star restaurant—-while not being overbearing. We have eaten at many great Charleston restaurants—had wonderful food—and do not plan on returning. Not that there is anything wrong with the restaurant—-more that there are MANY great restaurants in town. This restaurant we definitely WILL RETURN ago visit—-and were already scheming who we would take with us.

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JeannieN (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Had a fantastic dinner for hubby’s birthday. Service was excellent (Ann). Great for special occasion or just great meal.

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DerrickN (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Excellent food, particularly the antelope and my wife enjoyed the chicken fried salmon.
We were here on vacation from Scotland and have to say Southern Hospitality really exists! Not the cheapest meal that we have had in America but as the saying goes you get what you pay for and we definitely got what we paid for! Excellent service, food and ambiance!
Need we say more??

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GeorgeG (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

My wife and I come here every year for our anniversary and more. Our servers are always great. And this time our server was Sarah. She was wonderful !!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

We were passing through Charleston, and were only going to be there for a night, and chose Circa 1886 for our one dinner . We were not disappointed. Food, service, location, and ambiance were all outstanding. This is a world-class restaurant that could hold its own in New York, London, or Paris.

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Mike (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Had a fantastic time. GREAT food and the staff was outstanding!

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vipArthur (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Iv been to many iron chef restaurants. This place is better.

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Texasfoodie (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Delicous, good service, comfy chairs, nice ambiance.

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CindyL (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Dinner with daughter attending interview at CofC

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

The food was outstanding, Great dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Outstanding food, great ambiance. Most of the staff was fantastic, but the waitress seemed very distracted and we barely saw her. As she only had one other table, it was a bit odd in an otherwise amazing place.

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Linda (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

Amazing historic carriage house, wonderful food and attentive waiter.

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