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Circa 1886 Restaurant

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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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Hours:
Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: 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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Couldn't have asked for a better dining experience. Wonderful atmosphere if you like peaceful dining in a well-lit (didn't need a flashlight to read the menu) room with historical charm. Excellent for couples. Not for the rowdy. Wife and I sat in a booth and practically forgot there were others... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Zabro1
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Toms River, New Jersey
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Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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Toms River, New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

Couldn't have asked for a better dining experience. Wonderful atmosphere if you like peaceful dining in a well-lit (didn't need a flashlight to read the menu) room with historical charm. Excellent for couples. Not for the rowdy. Wife and I sat in a booth and practically forgot there were others in the room. Interesting menu and everything was perfectly prepared,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Went with my wife for her birthday. Wonderful historic mansion and nice grounds. A bit away from downtown where we were staying, so a 15 minute walk. The wait staff was perfect. If I wanted to pick out a downside, it was they were very efficient and a bit business like. They could have been a bit more personable; however,... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Quite possibly one of the finest restaurants on the east coast of the United States. Every item on the menu is of top quality and cooked to near perfection; 1. lamb dish huckeberry, yukon potatos, pesto, goat cheese, horseradish....simple to die for, and standout dish that is phenomenally delicious. 2. blackened beef - another to die for piece of meat... More 

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

Thank you for your review of Circa 1886 Restaurant. We are thrilled to read that our award winning cuisine and service set us apart from other 5-star dining experiences you have previously had. Chef Marc Collins' cuisine focuses on offering the freshest ingredients, properly prepared and presented. We are glad to hear you were so pleased with your dinner. Thank... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Went last night for a late dinner and had a tremendous meal! This is fine dining at its best. The dishes were all very original with outstanding presentation, cooked to perfection and flavors that truly astound. My compliments to the chef and staff! I can highly recommend the salmon and couscous and I will not lie I tried my girlfriend's... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Went to Charleston with a foodie friend for a girls weekend. This place was wonderful! Quaint, beautiful building grounds, historic location, delicious food, and great service!

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

Thank you for reviewing your dining experience with us at Circa 1886. It is wonderful to hear that you were pleased with your meal. We appreciate your compliments in regards to our beautiful grounds and great service. Thank you again for your feedback. We hope to see you on your next trip to Charleston. Sincerely, Richard Widman and Chef Marc... More 

Clinton, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

The service and food was outstanding. Good value. Charleston is gifted with great restaurants. This is one of the best

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Wonderful setting on the Wentworth Mansion grounds. Very nice and upscale ambiance, with very good food and top notch service. Will be visiting again when in the area.

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

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent dining experience. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed a romantic evening at Circa 188 Restaurant. We strive to provide a five star experience in all areas, so we are thrilled to read your review. We look forward to your return visit. Sincerely, Richard Widman and Chef Marc Collins,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

My husband and I recently visited Circa 1886 to celebrate a new baby on the way. Our waitress, Chelsey, was wonderful - attentive but not intrusive. (We couldn't have asked for better service!) From start to finish the meal impressed and satisfied. My husband and I look forward to bringing visiting friends and family to this restaurant to give them... More 

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Chelsey was great! food was awesome! thank you! We came for a dinner to celebrate a friends birthday and all waa great! The desserts were amazing and the entrees were unbelievable! We will be back the next time we come to Charleston!

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

Thank you for reviewing your recent dining experience with us at Circa 1886. We are glad that you enjoyed your meal, as well as the location of our restaurant on the enchanting grounds of the Wentworth Mansion. Thank you for your compliments on our service; our goal is 100% customer satisfaction. Thank you for your feedback. We look forward to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Not only was the food delicious, but our server ANDREW made the experience so much more enjoyable. Not only was he knowledgeable about the menu, he was witty and fun. Andrew is the best!!

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Additional Information about Circa 1886 Restaurant

Address: 149 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC 29401-1733
Phone Number: 843-853-7828
Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > Downtown
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
Average Prices: USD 25 - 45
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Contemporary

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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, Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine

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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