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Circa 1886 Restaurant

Travelers' Choice award winner
American, Gluten Free Options, Contemporary
As featured in 3 Days in Charleston and 1 other guide
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149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401-1733 (Smith)
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Charming old house, we were seated in a smaller back room, very pleasant and quiet. Service was really special, David, our server, was extremely helpful without being intrusive, Menu choices were very interesting and the food preparation and presentation were outstanding. This is certainly a destination for special occasions or if you want to treat yourself to a better than... More 

Thank Frank G
Hemet, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited 1886 Thursday 22nd sept. This was restruant week, I applaud the owner of putting together a menu of dishes for one basic price. It takes away the difficulty of choosing a meal in a fine dining location on the basis of cost. Many times I have been tempted to try more adventurous meals but was put off by the... More 

Thank Paul B
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Went with 5 girl friends. When they walked in their eyes rolled, they were so impressed with the decor. It really is an elegant restaurant. We all had an appetizer, dinner and desert. Wonderful. Can't say enough about this place. Highlight of our trip. A little pricy but well worth it.

Thank Mary Ann W
Wilmington , DE
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61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

To reach this extremely elegant restaurant, you must walk through a courtyard and past the outdoor dining area. Inside you will find a beautiful and charming restaurant. This is extreme high-end dining with properly attired wait staff. While there does not seem to be an enforced dress code, you will want to dress up a bit. It will add to... More 

Thank StephenWilmington_DE
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The staff, atmosphere and food were amazing! They made our night out for our Anniversary very special. We look forward to going back!

Thank Lindsey W
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I have dined at many fine dining establishments all over the world. Circa 1886 is a nice fine dining restaurant. However, their wait staff come off as pretentious snobs. Let me rephrase that, our server came off as a pretentious snob. We arrived a little before our reservation time. We sat in the bar and my wife enjoyed a nice... More 

Thank Tim P
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this review

We appreciate your review, but are sorry to read that you did not experience a five-star evening here at Circa 1886. It is our goal to provide an elegant yet relaxed dining experience where all guests feel comfortable. While we are glad to read that you were pleased with the efficient and attentive service, we are very sorry that you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I hosted a private dinner meeting in their upstairs dining room for 15 guests. We invited a speaker for an educational program. The room, space, audio visual accommodations were more than adequate For the program. We had a set budget and every detail was discussed. They are true experienced professionals. The 5 course dinner was Phenomenal! Even though it was... More 

Thank ruerue2
Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed the chef's seven course meal and couldn't fault a thing. The service was faultless and the atmosphere is cozy and intimate.

Thank William S
Charleston, South Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While the food, beverages, and atmosphere were all amazing, the server made the experience unforgettable. Thank you Randy!

Thank HDGreene
Morehead City, North Carolina
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61 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When we made this reservation, we actually did not realize it was going to be restaurant week. So we were thrilled to choose the menu that came with wine pairings. Each wine was chosen to perfection! We were treated to start with a complimentary taster and then a complimentary soup. The soup was lobster bisque made with blood orange. Hands... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25 - $45
American, Gluten Free Options, Contemporary
Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401-1733
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 18438537828
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?