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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: Dinner, Dessert, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, 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
Perfect for our 10 Year Anniversary!

We came to Charleston to celebrate our 10 year anniversary and the city did not disappoint! We ate in all top-notch restaurants and my husband and I BOTH agree this was by far our favorite experience! The space is beautiful, our server (Christian) was so sweet and attentive and I must say that my... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 2, 2015
Haley S
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

We came to Charleston to celebrate our 10 year anniversary and the city did not disappoint! We ate in all top-notch restaurants and my husband and I BOTH agree this was by far our favorite experience! The space is beautiful, our server (Christian) was so sweet and attentive and I must say that my sea scallops were the best I... More 

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Tampa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is a little distance from downtown. We had to take a taxi there. We went there for an 8:00 reservation so could not see the grounds that is restaurant is on. There is a hotel there, looked like gardens, etc. Hard to see in the dark. The restaurant is very pretty. Great for a special occasion. The food... More 

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

Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed our charming location within Charleston’s historic district. We appreciate your recommendation and are thrilled that you enjoyed the cuisine and service. We look forward to your next visit. Sincerely, Richard Widman and Chef Marc Collins, Co-Owners More 

Charleston, South Carolina
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132 reviews 132 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

That was the amuse bouche - African cabbage soup, in springtime in Charleston, huh? The choice and combinations were amateurish both in concept and execution (ie sea scallops covered in melted cheese.) The foie gras appetizer was a piece of it seared (perfectly and delicious) but bare on the plate except for the melted butter it was in, and accompanied... More 

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

Thank you for reviewing your dinner at Circa 1886. Your return visit is our greatest compliment, so we are very sorry to read that you were displeased with your recent dining experience. We are disappointed that your entrees were lacking and your overall expectations were not met. We are sorry that we did not have the opportunity to correct these... More 

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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

Beautiful restaurant tucked in behind the Wentworth Mansion hotel. Friendly service, wide variety of fresh menu choices.

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

Our reservation was set up by our hotel through their arrangements with Circa for our anniversary. Located in the back of Wentworth Mansion - though we didn't see any direct entry signage to enter from the front of the mansion - it's in its own separate space, the restaurant is decorated in a very subdued & semi-formal manner. We were... More 

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Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
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52 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

A really great space. Interesting menu with outstanding preparations. Rarely ask to speak to the chef - this was a must for me to give my personal compliments.

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

We are thrilled to read that you enjoyed your dinner at Circa 1886. Thank you for your recommendation. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you on your next trip to Charleston. Sincerely, Richard Widman and Chef Marc Collins, Co-Owners More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I were visiting Charleston on our anniversary and we went to Circa 1886 for a nice meal. The service was great and the food was delicious. The cost is a little high but it is worth it. If we are in Charleston again we will be going back.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

My husband and I spent our 10th anniversary at Circa 1886. The atmosphere was quaint and elegant. The service was outstanding! Sean, our server, was very friendly, personable and knowledgeable. The food was absolutely amazing. Thank you so much for making our anniversary one we'll remember for a long time.

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

Thank you for choosing Circa 1886 for such a special occasion. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your anniversary dinner. We strive to provide a five-star experience in all areas, so we are very pleased to read your comments. Thank you for your compliments about the menu and our staff. We hope to see you on your next... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

This as our first time at this restaurant and we were very pleasantly surprised! The waitstaff as very good, very attentive but not intrusive. They didn't hurry and did not sell you more wine or different wine than we wanted. The food was excellent, from the amuse bouche on down! to the delicious desert. In conclusion, of a week's stay/food... More 

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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6 reviews 6 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

My husband and I went here on our first visit to Charleston at the recommendation of our concierge. Since the hotel and the restaurant are part of a group we weren't expecting it to be quite as wonderful as it was. It is in the carriage house of the Wentworth mansion and the atmosphere was lovely and the service top... More 

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

Thank you for your wonderful review. We are honored to be listed on you top 10 dinners of all time! 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 you for your kind words about Joseph and our service team. We look... More 

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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: Entertaining clients, Romantic, 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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