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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying at the Wentworth Mansion, so the restaurant is right there, but had dinner hear because we had heard from friends that the food was great. This was not just a meal but an experience. The staff was attentive and friendly and the...food was phenomenal! And because I was celebrating my birthday, they went above an beyond (I won't spoil it for anyone else). If you are in Charleston, dinner here (and reservations) are a must.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the review! We are thrilled to hear you had a memorable birthday experience at Circa. We hope to welcome you back soon!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant combines outstanding cuisine with impeccable service in a beautiful location. We had the 5 course wine pairing menu and it was excellent. Make sure you dine at Circa 1886 when you visit Charleston. Bravo!

Date of visit: December 2022
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the great review! We are happy you enjoyed your experience, and we hope to see you again in the future!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is not the finest restaurant I’ve been at all over the country or even outside the country, not the most expensive nor the greatest in taste. Yet the server kind of rude/ snooty/ entitled as if only certain people deserve to eat there and...others are not rich enough to eat there. I typically went to 3 different restaurants for dinner during my trip so I could experience as much as I can in a city considering my trip usually a weekend trip once a month. So My partner and I never order 2 entrees at one place. But I ordered one entree, 1 appetizer, 1 dessert and 4 glass of wine for this place as my first stop, yet the server told me “they don’t normally do this and I need to order 2 entrees” as if I just don’t fit in that box of people who can afford a meal there. their entrees is only around $50 - $100 in which I’ve eaten in much more expensive places from NYC - LA, but I will not eat too much food knowing I have 2 other restaurants waiting for me to try/ explore. no need to act that way especially as a server, the one whom their job is to serve customer.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are sorry to read your experience did not live up to your expectations. We are 100% committed to treating each guest with respect and Southern hospitality. We strive for perfection and hope you would consider visiting us again in the future.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We read the great reviews but came away quite unimpressed with Circa. For the amount of $$ spent here the meal was less than average. The service was ok, but food just did not hit the mark at all. Also, ambience was that of a...rest home. Very bland and boring and no life at all in the restaurant. Overall, very disappointed.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We are sorry that your experience didn't live up to your expectations. Most guests compliment the ambiance and atmosphere, so we are sad to read you didn't feel the same. We strive for perfection...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went to this restaurant for our anniversary dinner. It was part of a package at the Fulton Lane Inn where we were staying. The food and service was great. We would definitely go agai.

Date of visit: December 2022
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the great review! We are pleased to read you enjoyed your experience and we hope to see you again in the future!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Husband and I had each of the 5 course tasting menus. The service all around was top notch. Wine parings were perfection, and the quality and quantity of food was amazing. Best meal. I cannot speak highly enough of this hidden gem!

Date of visit: January 2023
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! We are thrilled to read you enjoyed your dinner and service. We hope you will be able to visit us again!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have traveled around the world at the best restaurants and this restaurant matches them. Fabulous food, service and ambiance!

Date of visit: December 2022
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the review! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience. Please visit us again!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

To give Circa 1886 a great review is nothing new. To give executive Chef Mark Collins an absolute top recommendation is just another day at work. But that is just the exact point. Over the last 5 years of dining here, impeccable attention to every...dining detail has been consistent. The experience starts immediately with the amazing cocktail making abilities of the barkeep... Every member of the 6 person party had the best drink of their life. When you speak of service at Circa, you are going to experience hospitality in a different league. Attention to EVERY detail, including the ability to modify your meals for allergies or intolerance for any ingredient without ANY loss of flavor or quality. But the experience highlight is definitely when the meal starts to come out. The current tasting menus are absolutely amazing. The combination of ingredients in each and every course are presented in a culinary masterpiece like they were literally made to be combined together. Your dining pleasure culminates with some of the most amazing and interesting desserts which you can easily share between your dining partners no matter how large your party - so many awesome options! If you have not endulged in this dining pleasure at Circa 1886, you are missing one of most unforgettable eating experiences of your life. And if you have been, but not for a while, then plan your next visit to Chef Collins' team and treat yourself to food the way it was meant to be made - with amazing skill and obvious love.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for this incredible review! We are thrilled to read how much you enjoyed the tasting menu and the service from our wonderful staff. Chef Marc truly is amazing, we are so lucky to have him!

Reviewed December 19, 2022

CIRCA 1886 Restaurant - Simply the best services from start to finish. You are always greeted with a warm welcome to Circa 1886. I suggest you wear more Business dress, as this place has a more formal setting with great polished vibes and an intimate...tone. The staff was well dressed and knew your needs for a perfect dining experience. We started with an appetizer, and my wife had tomato soup topped with refined avocado lemon oil that blended well. It came with a fritter mixed with some corn. I had the Shrimp and rice with a light, great flavor and a defined broth that captured every ingredient. Our entrées were delicious too. My wife had the shrimp and rice with Cabbage Leaves, Goat Cheese, and Smoked Ham Hock. I had the Garlic Stripped Bass with ginger butter, Smoked Salmon Wonton, and Tomato Lemongrass Broth. The grand final ended with strawberry shortcake souffle, completely a WOW factor. This restaurant is part of the Wentworth Mansion.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 21, 2022

Thank you for this wonderful review! We are delighted to hear that your time with us was memorable. We hope to welcome you back to Circa 1886 soon!

Reviewed December 15, 2022 via mobile

We love dining at Circa! Their new tasting menus are fantastic with or without the wine pairings! We chose with and Circa's sommelier John really paired the wines well with our courses. I have a seafood and shellfish allergy and the chef easily made adjustments...to the tasting menu for me. Can't say enough about the food, service and wine. Try it...you won't be disappointed!More

Date of visit: December 2022
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 19, 2022

Thank you for the wonderful review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience dining with us. We hope to welcome you back soon!

Reviewed December 2, 2022 via mobile

Great food and service. The annual progression dinner is great. Get tickets early as it's always a sell out.

Date of visit: November 2022
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2022

Thank you for the review! We are delighted to hear you enjoyed our annual progressive dinner!

Reviewed November 23, 2022

The food was incredible and the service was impeccable! Highly recommend, will definitely go back again!

Date of visit: November 2022
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 28, 2022

We are delighted to hear you had a memorable anniversary dinner! We hope to welcome you back soon!

Reviewed November 3, 2022

This restaurant lives up to its reputation as one of the most romantic restaurants in Charleston. We so enjoyed the quiet ambiance of the dining room and the caring approach by our server. The food is amazing. The menu offers 2 tasting menus which can...be paired with wines. I ordered one menu and my husband selected the other menu. This allowed both of us to taste more of the wonderful creations by the chef. Each course was special and the dessert course on the evening we were there was a dessert souffle which is a very rare find and very much appreciated.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2022

Thank you for the review! We are happy to read you enjoyed our new tasting menus and dessert! We are also thrilled to read you enjoyed the ambiance and your server. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed October 29, 2022 via mobile

Arriving later in the evening the restaurant is easy to find. The staff were incredibly pleasant, attentive, and helpful. Wine list very good and had a wonderful bottle. For dinner I had shrimp and grits and sea bass. On the menu it sounded great and...food was very tasty. However, I felt it was over done and difficult to really get flavors of the seafood. Sometimes it is best to let the flavor be itself. Overall, very good and wonderful evening.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2022

Thank you for the feedback! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. We hope to welcome you back to Circa 1886 soon!

Reviewed October 16, 2022

Francesco, our server, and the entire team provided outstanding service. We were wowed at every moment. The manager obviously loved his job, and his good attitude and passion permeated through the staff. We felt like royalty, and it made an extremely pleasurable experience. Additionally, the...food was wonderful! It was very rich and creative with concepts and ideas we had never seen before. I think the standouts for me were the squash and peanut soup (although the foie gras was interesting), the trout, and the pistachio and chocolate dessert. It was all delicious though, and left us satiated and satisfied.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2022

Thank you for the kind review, Elizbeth! We are thrilled to hear you had such an excellent experience dining with us. We hope to welcome you back to Circa 1886 soon!

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Thanks. I posted several questions and a nice gentleman from there called me right back. Breakfast is casual. He was extremely helpful in answering all my questions. I’m looking forward to our stay there.
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not a strict dress code, but many people wear jackets.
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