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Circa 1886 Restaurant

Travelers' Choice award winner
$$$
Downtown
American, Seafood, Contemporary
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149 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC 29401-1733 (Smith)
843-853-7828
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5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Chef Marc Collins draws inspiration from many cuisines around the world to...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A special evening

A lovely evening in a lovely setting. Beautifully prepared, flavorful and flawlessly plated food. We sat at an intimate private booth, as suggested by a Trip Advisor reviewer. Our waiter, Charles, could not have been more pleasant and helpful with suggestions. We thoroughly enjoyed the lamb and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Peter L
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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English first
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

A lovely evening in a lovely setting. Beautifully prepared, flavorful and flawlessly plated food. We sat at an intimate private booth, as suggested by a Trip Advisor reviewer. Our waiter, Charles, could not have been more pleasant and helpful with suggestions. We thoroughly enjoyed the lamb and scallops. The unusual presentation of the delicious deserts made a perfect ending to... More 

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Salem, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

First and foremost, the food here is fantastic and definitely worthy of all the good reviews. The service was attentive, friendly, and very knowledgeable. Each of the courses, appetizers through dessert were great and perfectly portioned. The only gripe we have with the place is the stuffy, outdated outfits that the servers wear. Definitely one of the top three places... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We have lived in Charleston for 17 years and had never been to Circa 1886. What a wonderful treat! Everything about the restaurant was pleasant: the setting is beautiful as is the decor of the dining rooms; the selections are easily able to satisfy varying palates. The wine list covers a wide range with a significant range of price points... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

What a beautiful dinning experience! Circa 1886 is set in the carriage house on the grounds of a historic mansion. It's is difficult to find (especially at night) as it is set back from Wentworth Street. The grounds themselves are lovely and the decor of the restaurant reflects the beauty of the grounds. The dinning room is small and quiet... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

My wife and had dinner here during a short visit in Charleston, a city we've visited several times before. Very nice atmosphere for a couple out for a romantic evening. It's hard to find a nice restaurant that is quiet enough for two people to have a pleasant conversation. This was great. Charles our waiter provided excellent service. Excellent cheese... More 

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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this review

We are delighted to read that you enjoyed a romantic evening at Circa 1886 Restaurant. We are glad that you were pleased with the atmosphere and service at our restaurant. We appreciate the compliments to the menu, as well as your comments on the food items that you did not enjoy. We are grateful for your feedback and look forward... More 

High Falls NC
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We ate dinner at Circa on a Monday night, and they were busy. Reservations are recommended. Our server, Andrew, did a fantastic job of making sure that we received excellent service. The atmosphere and décor are elegant, and the building is part of the Wentworth Mansion's historic stable complex. I had the chicken with saffron dumplings which was a most... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

One of the best meals in my entire life. Quiet and romantic the perfect place for a romantic evening. Excellent staff and service and they strive to please the patron. The menu constantly changes every season but I don't think you could order anything that wasn't outstanding

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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review. We are thrilled to read that your dinner at Circa 1886 Restaurant was one of the best you have ever had! We appreciate your comments about the atmosphere, service, and food at our restaurant. We appreciate your recommendation and hope to see you on your next trip to Charleston. Sincerely, Richard Widman and Chef... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This was the most romantic dinner of the 3 my fiance and I enjoyed in Charleston (others were Charleston Grill and Cypress). The formula for success for a romantic evening with your significant other goes as follows: 1. Make reservation ahead of time and request booth seating. 2. Arrive 15-30 minutes early and stop first at the Wentworth mansion at... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We went for our last night in Charleston and I was very impressed with everything from the decor to the food . Top of the line and very good for couples who want some intimacy. Decor was what you could imagine in this historic structure . Nice soft music and service beyond reproach.

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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this review

We are pleased to read that you enjoyed a romantic evening at Circa 1886 Restaurant. We are delighted to read your comments about the food, service, and decor. We appreciate your review and hope to see you on your next trip to Charleston. Sincerely, Richard Widman and Chef Marc Collins, Co-Owners More 

Largo, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Experienced service, food was incredible, chef was amazing with presentation and exquisite flavors. Would highly recommend if you have the opportunity!!! Experience the real south caroline cuisine

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 149 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC 29401-1733
    (Smith)
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 843-853-7828

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 45
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions

Description

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.
Open Hours
Monday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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