Circa 1886

4.9
3116 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Southern
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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(843) 853-7828
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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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Street Parking
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, 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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New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated two birthdays there and they did an outstanding job of making it so special .
Wonderful service and delicious food.
A special place !

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GK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We visited Circa 1886 for our 20th anniversary, so it was a very special occasion. We thoroughly enjoyed the tasting menu that they offered. Mark was an excellent waiter and we enjoyed speaking with him throughout the dinner. The one negative I will mention is that we both thought the food should have been slightly hotter. It wasn't cold, but just warm; not hot.
This is very nice restaurant and overall we did have a great meal.
Excellent wine list.

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j
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went here with friends on a weekend trip to Charleston. I had let the restaurant know that it was my friend's birthday and they provided her with a special menu and her dessert was presented beautifully with "Happy Birthday" in what she said was delicious chocolate!

The service was IMPECCABLE. All four of us had our food served simultaneously. It's been many a year since I received such wonderful service.

I hope to return for another special occasion.

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LF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As a group of six we were sat in a private room. That was good and bad, bad because I didn’t see much of the restaurant. What I did see was very low light and romantic. Good because we six like to laugh and carry on, and I would have felt subconscious being loud it the main dinning area.
The food is amazing. From appetizers to dessert I couldn’t ask for much more. Our original wine selection wasn’t available but the substitute was good.

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L
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place for a special anniversary dinner. Service by Anne was impeccable. Wine selection was outstanding. Appetizers, meal, and dessert were all delicious. They even specially printed our menus with Happy Anniversary at the top and wrote Happy 20th Anniversary in chocolate on each of our dessert plates. Very special touches made it an incredibly intimate and fantastic experience.

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n
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food was fantastic the service was amazing. celebrated 40th birthday it was a night to remember

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and overall service. We personally did not like several of the dishes in terms of the items the chef paired the food with. For example, the foie gras was paired with other ingredients that had their own tastes so as to mask the taste of the truly great foie gras. It did not work for us. We ate the items separately instead of as a symphony. The steak was paired with a blue cheesy kind of thing which to us did nothing to improve the taste. Again no symphony. The steak by itself was great.

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C
Miami
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. We were celebrating my husband’s birthday. We did the chef tasting menu. It was amazing. And the service was outstanding

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a
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Circa 1886 is one of the best restaurants in Charleston due to location, service, food quality and value. The menu is very creative and service is outstanding. I would highly recommend the restaurant as it is in the quiet neighborhood in the Colonial Lake area which makes for a nice post-dinner walk.

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taste of Charleston

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C
Pittsburgh
45 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an outstanding experience at this lovely restaurant. We started by visiting the cupola at the top of the Wentworth Mansion and enjoyed a fabulous view. We then walked over to the carriage house to experience a wonderful meal. Everyone enjoyed something different and it was all excellent. Our server Caitlin made the evening. She was very pleasant and professional and made the evening even better.

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AN
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I travel miles and miles just to dine at Circa 1886. Excellent service, excellent food, elegant ambiance. One of the best restaurants in the county. Please please please don’t wear sneakers, shorts, baseball caps at Circa 1886.

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for our anniversary and it was excellent. Server was a little off putting, but overall a great experience and exquisite food.

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A
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

loved everything including the bread-and-butter which had a hint of Orange.

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EG
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable. Food was immaculate. Overall wonderful experience.

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LD
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Austen was extremely knowledgeable not just of the food choices and pairings but the history of the Mansion.
My husband had antelope for dinner and was not disappointed!!! The chef prepared the dish perfectly!

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c
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Went to the Circa 1886 for our anniversary dinner after hearing good things about it. While the service was very good, thought that the food could use improvement. We both had the Piedmontese beef which was very underseasoned if at all and also thought that the beef was stringy. After having had a perfect steak dinner the week before at the Palm Restaurant in NYC, this was quite a let down. No salt/pepper on the table. I know that chefs like to do this because they think that their beef is prepared perfectly. Not so in this case.

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FT
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Antelope main course was excellent! Appetizer (cabbage salad) and dessert (taste of tropics) were good, but I did expect more for such a high-end restaurant.

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JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think Circa is the Gem of Charleston and will refer to it as such. The setting is perfectly romantic and you have food to match.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tremendous service. Extremely creative food prep.

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FD
Charleston
25 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice meal at Circa. The flounder was good but the scallops were excellent. Although pricy, the wine choices are plentiful and excellent. Our service was also excellent. I will definitely go back for special occasions.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Circa 1886 was spectacular! Best meal we've had in a while, and Caitlyn and Charles treated us so incredibly well. Thank you!!

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best anniversary dinner! Food and service were top notch! Will definitely be back again when in town.

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New England
16 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we have had in a long time. Foie Gras was the best we’ve ever had. Catfish was spectacular. The service was great. We loved this restaurant

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Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Overpriced and the food wasn’t that great.

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Omaha
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful waiter. I tried things based on his suggestions and was very pleased.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was phenomenal and the staff was excellent

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D
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wedding Anniversary

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O
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another outstanding dining experience. During Restaurant Week, mutiple choices for the menu.
A very knowledgeable staff, and super presentation of each course. Each of us bragged that we had the best entree. So happy we were able to dine before the arrival of "Florence"

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DL
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was superb. We were there for Restaurant Week and had a wonderful experience. Service was exceptional, attentive.

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NW
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good and service very good. My husband was upset that only the restaurant week menu was available. They did let us have 2 appetizers rather than a a dessert.

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AF
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We came for restaurant week and overall the experience was good. I was a bit disappointed with the coffee brined antelope (I felt it was gamey which is probably the nature of the animal) but everything else was quite good. However, there wasn’t anything I had in particular that stood out to me. The presentation of everything was nice.

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AB
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In a town crowded with exceptional restaurants this one stands out

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this place! And the best part is that it was restaurant week!!! Caitlyn was our server and super sweet! If I back to Charleston, I’ll definitely be back!

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JM
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our dinner at Circa 1886! ALL of the food and drinks were delicious. With every bite we were saying "ooh yum". The environment was lovely and the staff was wonderful. We liked it so much we went back for dessert the next night! We would strongly recommend and we will definitely go back next time we're in Charleston. If you're not able to make a reservation they do have a bar area, but do try to make reservations!

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DR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

This was my second time at this lovely restaurant.
The food was good, but not nearly as good as my first visit. I expected an outstanding meal which it was not.
The service was superb.

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy our meal at Circa and tonight was no different!

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TS
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent bargain during restaurant week. Fantastic salmon appetizer, very good beef, very knowledgeable server. A relief to be in a nice restaurant that’s not all noisy.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff and venue amazing. Food was very reasonably priced, beautifully presented, gourmet and delicious.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Late night server was Very Rude and Unprofessional...Utter Shock for circa...as we are regulars at this establishment and Normally Always get treated with the upmost respect!

Very tall, brunette lady...Extremely Rude made the whole night Bad!

However, Emily our server was Delightful as normal!

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