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Circa 1886 Restaurant

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149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401-1733 (Smith)
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My firm does many corporate events and Circa 1886 was outstanding! Every detail was handled seamlessly and Ginny and Mark Severs were terrific to work with. Client feedback was that this restaurant was one of the best they had every visited. The food and ambiance were exceptional as well. Well done and highly recommended.

Thank Bonnie H
Daytona Beach, Florida
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

On May 8th of this year, I had the opportunity to take 10 senior Speedway and CFC executives to dinner at Circa 1886 in Charleston, SC. The Circa 1886 staff's preparedness for our arrival for our reservation, level of service, attention to detail, along with the excellent food, beverages and desserts delivered an excellent experience to our group. The compliments... More 

Thank dkurtz2017
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

After first reading they had corn bread as a dessert I was skeptical but it was hands down one of the best desserts I have ever eaten. Sweet and savory with the perfect crunch. Peach soufflé is very light and sweet as well.

Thank Alis0n401
Ann Arbor, MI
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The service was excellent and the food was amazing. We were two couples and had the Chimichurri Beef, Antelope and Duck. The antelope was a standout as was the peach souffle for dessert.The wine list was quite extensive and included several hard to find wines.

Thank bebeAnnArbor_MI
Pacific, Missouri
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32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful setting and impeccable service. Food was not quite what we expected, but still very good. Several had the flounder and thought it could have been more flavorful, the "au poivre" duck could have been a bit more peppery. Dessert soufflé was good, the chocolate bread pudding disappointing as too dry.

Thank David E
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing your experience at Circa 1886. While we are delighted to read that your service was impeccable, we sincerely apologize that your dinner fell short of your expectations. We appreciate your feedback about the seasoning of the Duck "Au Poivre" and the Flounder. Thank you for your comments about the Bread Pudding, as well as your compliments... More 

Boulder, CO
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Circa has the most amazing pastry chef! He keeps bringing us back every time we visit Charleston. This time was an absolutely wonderful peach soufflé. Last time, this to die for doughnut creation. Save room for dessert! This guy will not disappoint. That said, the whole menu is just assiduously done and the service and presentations are top shelf. Don't... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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397 reviews
221 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We returned, after having been blown away by the incredible food and service during our first visit, for an anniversary dinner and then again in the morning for breakfast (stayed at the Wentworth Mansion which is incredible). Ok, so we had high expectations based on the first visit but, geez, this was such a disappointment I feel almost guilty giving... More 

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

We strive to provide personalized service and the highest quality menu items, so we sincerely apologize that your dinner fell short of your expectations and our high standards. We pride ourselves on the perfect execution of food, so we are very sorry that you were not pleased with the Lamb and Sea Bass. We apologize for the service and food... More 

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7 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We called around 6:15 to see if we could get in and they said if we would be there in 30 minutes they would have a table for us. We took uber and were seated immediately. Austin was our waiter and he did an incredible job. Since our hotel Fulton Lane was associated with Circa 1886 we were offered a... More 

Thank Larry F
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for this wonderful review of Circa 1886. We are so pleased that you chose to dine with us during your stay in Charleston. Your compliments to our menu items, such as the Peach soufflé, and our service are much appreciated. We hope you will join us for dinner again soon. Sincerely, Richard Widman and Chef Marc Collins, Co-Owners More 

Orlando, Florida
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111 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is becoming one of our top 10 restaurants in the USA! Outstanding chef creations! And if you can, request Austin as your waiter to get unbelievable service and explanation of the menu! Can't wait to visit again!

Thank R-Ann
Carlsbad, California
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are looking for an elegant restaurant with innovative & yummy menu items and a great wine list located in a historic & beautiful venue, this is your place. My wife & I just loved this place and highly recommend it.

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

Thank you for dining with us at Circa 1886. We are thrilled that you enjoyed our creative and delicious menu as well as the atmosphere of our restaurant. We appreciate your compliments and we hope to serve you again soon. Sincerely, Richard Widman and Marc Collins, Co-Owners More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$25 - $45
American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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: 843-853-7828
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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