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“"Alway the Best"” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Circa 1886 Restaurant

Circa 1886 Restaurant
149 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC 29401-1733 (Downtown)
843-853-7828
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Ranked #2 of 735 restaurants in Charleston
Price range: $25 - $45
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Smith
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.
Boonton Twp., NJ
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“"Alway the Best"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

We visit Circa 1886 several times a year and have never been disappointed. The food is so amazing which is matched by the friendly, knowledgeable service. We always recommend Circa 1886 to friends and family visiting Charleston. This is a gem of a restaurant !
Charlie Maraziti

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“Knowledgeable serve Outstanding food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

Peter our server was very knowledgeable and able to guide us through the menu. We had the Char, Bison short ribs and Antelope. All were very good but the star was the Antelope. For the app we decided to try the 62.5 degree egg. Not my favorite but it is a good conversation piece. Dessert ... there is only one choice, the Banana souffle. You must order at the start of the meal. Dont hesitate, just go ahead and order it. YUM. Good job guys!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
We are thrilled that you enjoyed each of your three courses and experienced the antelope. Many of the dishes you noted are new additions to our spring menu, so we are glad to have your wonderful feedback. Peter is an amazing member of our service team and we'll be sure to pass on your compliments. Thank you for your review. We look forward to hosting you again.

Sincerely, Richard Widman and Chef Marc Collins, Co-Owners
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“Never disappointed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

In a city filled with amazing restaurants, Circa 1886 is an unsung hero! I've been to all of the trendy and hyped up restaurants in the area, but always compare them to Circa. We've made it a tradition to go here during Restaurant Week and have always had amazing service, food, drink, and ambience. One of my biggest complaints about Restaurant Week is that the restaurants pare down their portions and some don't care to give you a creative dish. It should be a celebration of food and something for locals to enjoy, yet some restaurants seem almost reluctant to provide anything more than the bare minimum. This is never the case with Circa, they seem excited to showcase new menu options and wine pairings. Well worth the money and definitely something I look forward to every six months!!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this review, February 5, 2013
We really enjoyed reading your review. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We appreciate your Restaurant Week loyalty! We strive to deliver an exceptional experience all year round and are very grateful for your recommendation. Please visit see us soon to try our new spring menu.

Sincerely, Richard Widman and Chef Marc Collins, Co-Owners
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Durham, North Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Creative and delicious food.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Loved everything about the dinner we had. Service is impecable but also friendly. We didn't have a reservation but were treated royally.

Visited January 2013
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this review, February 5, 2013
Thank you for such a great recommendation - and for your note about our staff. We take great pride in our team here at Circa 1886 and love to read reviews like yours. We hope you'll join us for dinner again soon and experience our new spring menu.

Sincerely, Richard Widman and Chef Marc Collins, Co-Owners
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Charleston, South Carolina
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“The best food in Charleston”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

This is the best place to dine in Charleston, hands down. It is elegant, off the beaten path, and fine dining at its best. Worth the price.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this review, February 5, 2013
We're thrilled to be your favorite restaurant in Charleston. Thank you for such a wonderful recommendation. We hope you'll join us again soon to try our new spring menu.

Sincerely, Richard Widman and Chef Marc Collins, Co-Owners
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