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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.
Charleston, SC 29401
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Off-street parking next to restaurant
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
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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
First time here and it could not have been a better experience. The service was excellent and our table for two was in a quiet room away from the larger groups that were present this night in other areas of the restaurant. Quite romantic for our special occasion. While the menu was somewhat limited, it was more than ample, had something for everyone’s taste, and was quite creative. The wine list is extensive. The pumpkin soufflé for desert was outstanding. We’ll be back.
Circa 1886 last Veach up to the Forbes and AAA diamond ratings; the service was spot on and the pace of delivery was perfect, even as my wife and I were quickly cleaning our plates. I had a dish named Southern Fried Salmon; my wife had to stop me from going into the back and hugging whoever was dredging the fish in the fried chicken batter. You must get the pork belly as a starter; I’ve never had better. They actually dissolve like butter in your mouth. A huge wine list and hand-crafted specially cocktails answer any need for a pairing or after dinner drink. Last but not least, they ask to order your dessert with dinner to give the pastry chef time to plate these masterpieces. The Waffle Haus is everything you could want in the south; a Belgian waffle, Bacon & Egg Ice Cream, and Maple Caramel drizzle.
I had a very nice dinner here. We started with the foie grad and pork belly both of which were amazing. Then we had trout I believe for the fish and lamb. My boyfriend didn’t care that much for the trout but he really loved the lamb as we shared each dish. I thought both tasted nice. We got a great wine from Chile and the gentleman helping us pick it out was very knowledgeable of all the wines. The server Emily was knowledgeable of the menu and very friendly. It’s a great romantic spot behind the mansion. Will revisit when I visit Charleston again and recommend it to others visiting. It is a formal setting but for a nice night it’s wonderful.
We went for a birthday dinner. The location was a surprise for my girlfriend as neither one of us had experienced Circa before. Gracie greeted us with a smile and instantly after me telling the reservation name, she wished my girlfriend a happy birthday The rest of the staff couldn’t have been more attentive to us. Austin explained the menu and wine list in detail and made everything happen faultlessly. Every course surpassed our expectations. I have already shared our great experience with others and will definitely be back to explore more of their menu.
We've dined at several of Charleston's fine restaurants, but this was our first visit to Circa 1886. It was an absolutely dazzling experience.
- impeccable service, comfortable pacing. The server's knowledge of the menu and preparation was incredible.
- imaginative, perfectly prepared and presented dishes. Everything we tried was delicious.
- courtesy and friendliness of the staff. Austin is one of the top servers we've encountered in Charleston.
The only even remotely negative element was not the fault of the restaurant. We had a nice table for two in a beautiful room until a rather inconsiderate group of eight took a table near the center of the room, shattering the cozy and romantic ambience.
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 .
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 !
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 !
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."
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