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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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Circa 1886 offers a 6 course prix fixe menu for $140 per person excluding tax and gratuity. The regular menu will not be offered on New Years Eve. A credit card is required at the time of reservation. There is a 72 hour cancellation policy. Cancellations and no shows charged $140 per person.

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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

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food

4.8

service

4.9

ambience

4.8

value

4.5

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (108)
Good for Anniversaries (89)
Romantic (88)
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Good for a Date (79)
Quiet Conversation (75)
Creative Cuisine (67)
Fit for Foodies (59)
Notable Wine List (54)
Good for Birthdays (48)
Cozy (45)
Local Ingredients (39)
Neighborhood Gem (33)
Tasting Menu (32)
Worth the Drive (30)
Authentic (24)
Business Meals (24)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Healthy (11)
Seasonal (11)
Fun (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Scenic View (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Organic (5)
Casual (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Disabled Access (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vegan (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined 4 days ago

Top notch service and excellent food in a cozy and quiet atmosphere. Everything was spectacular from the cocktails to the desserts.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Great service friendly people fabulous chef
and totally amazing.

Tags: Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Everything superb except the bartender was short and somewhat rude.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent. Wonderful. One of the very best culinary experiences anywhere.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Having higher end wines available by the glass was a big plus for us since my wife and I like different wines.
The waiter was very friendly and provided excellent service.
All in all an excellent meal and experience. One of the best in Charleston.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 29, 2017

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.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Fantastic as always - best desserts in Charleston! Menu is varied for all types including vegetarians.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Loved loved the food, service was perfect. It is a little bit chique but in a relaxed way. The scallops were outstanding. My husband loved the fact he could drink outstanding wines by the ounce

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 23, 2017

This was one of the BEST meals I have ever eaten. Everything was wonderful. I will be dreaming of this meal for months to come and I look forward to returning again next year!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 22, 2017

What a wonderful place to bring out of town guests with high foodie expectations. Circa did not disappoint!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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 on November 16, 2017

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 on November 16, 2017

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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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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.
Especially noteworthy:
- 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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Casual, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Fabulous meal and service. Would return again.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 14, 2017

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.

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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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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