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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:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Southern, American, Low Country

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/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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

4.6

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Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (90)
Romantic (80)
Good for a Date (75)
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Good for Anniversaries (69)
Quiet Conversation (62)
Creative Cuisine (52)
Fit for Foodies (45)
Notable Wine List (41)
Cozy (35)
Good for Birthdays (33)
Local Ingredients (28)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Worth the Drive (22)
Tasting Menu (20)
Authentic (16)
Business Meals (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Seasonal (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Healthy (7)
Bar Seating (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Fun (4)
Casual (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Scenic View (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Comfort Food (2)
People Watching (2)
Vegan (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Charleston)·Dined 2 days ago

One of our favorite places to dine in Charleston

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Circa is and continues to be our favorite restaurant in Charleston

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 (Detroit)·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 5 days ago

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

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·Dined 7 days ago

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 7 days ago

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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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 10, 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!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·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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·Dined on February 9, 2018

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Kansas City)·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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·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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 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??

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 7, 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 !!

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 5, 2018

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 5, 2018

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

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Delicous, good service, comfy chairs, nice ambiance.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Dinner with daughter attending interview at CofC

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The food was outstanding, Great dining experience.

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·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Amazing historic carriage house, wonderful food and attentive waiter.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The best Restaurant in Charleston

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 25, 2018

It was a really nice experience. Food was artful and tasty—very creative. We always love going there

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Authentic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Beautiful atmosphere. Creative menu. Excellent service.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

All I can say is FABULOUS ! The waiter was friendly and very helpful in picking out our wine! A must for dessert is their souffle....outstanding!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Fine, elegant surroundings. Extremely attentive service that was very knowledgeable and helpful.
Food was very good and extremely inventive.
Overall a great experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 23, 2018

This was our first visit to Circa 1886. The servers were very polite and personable. Our waitress was able to tell us in detail about all of the items on the menu. The food was very beautiful and innovative. My husband and I went for our anniversary and they provided a personalized dining experience for us in honor of our anniversary. I have no complaints about this restaurant and would recommend it to anyone looking for a romantic evening.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Another excellent dinner at Circa 1886.
"Like art in your mouth" was the consensus last night!
Thx again

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The restaurant week deal was outstanding! I had the pork belly app, antelope as the main course, and pumpkin soufflé for dessert. All were fantastic! My date had the same but ordered the beef Piedmontese which was equally as delicious. Great service and excellent wine selection!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 20, 2018

It was delicious and service was amazing. Sarah was a wonderful waitress!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Fantastic meal as always. Service is impeccable. My husband and I love this restaurant and have been going here for 12 years. It does not disappoint.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The food was fabulous. The staff was friendly and attentive. The location is beautiful. We definitely will be going back

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Circa 1886 is one of our favorite restaurant in Charleston. The restaurant week menu choices are excellent. The food was good and the staffs are just outstanding.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Tried this restaurant for the first time Friday night, (restaurant week), wasn't expecting it to be terrific, because usually restaurants during restaurant week are too busy to pay attention to detail, I was wrong, wrong, wrong. The service, from Caitlyn, was outstanding only matched by the restaurant week menu. Everything was perfectly prepared and served piping hot, only to be beaten by the dessert, the Caramel Apple Cake, one of the best desserts I've ever had.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Our meal was fantastic! Restaurant is very beautiful and Mark our server was outstanding and very attentive. Praises all around for Circa 1886!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Had dinner at Circa 1886 to celebrate anniversary. Second time at this restaurant. The food and service were top of the line. It is pricey but good for special occasions. Enjoyed an enclosed booth which made the evening very cozy. The restaurant was full and the conversation level around us was lively but not too noisy. Will consider this restaurant again for other special occasions.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 18, 2018

We have eaten at restaurants all over the US and Europe. None were better.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 18, 2018

One of my Charleston favorites. The food was amazing and the service was excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 18, 2018

First time at this lovely restaurant. Amazing food. Top to bottom. One of the best food experiences ever. Wow.

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