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$25 - $45
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American, Contemporary
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I recently had an amazing evening at Circa 1886. We had arranged to go there for our wedding anniversary and we were thrilled with our experience! Not one detail was overlooked. Even the parking arrangements make it pleasurable; the private lot was...gated and the entrance was lovely. We were instantly greeted and wished, "Happy Anniversary!" We were seated in a romantic booth- alcoved and private. Service was impeccable and every dish was divine: Sirloin Steak, Shrimp and Grits, Green Goddess Caesar salad, Loup De Mer, Chocolate Cremuex and Apple Rum Souffle. We have been to so many great restaurants in the area, but this one is definitely a cut above the rest. We will be back!More

Date of visit: November 2021
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience. We are thrilled we were able to help make your wedding anniversary special. We hope we will see you again soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Circa 1886 was definitely the best restaurant we went to in Charleston. I hosted a family reunion consisting of 12 cousins. We all fell in love with this place. We were given a private room with 1 round table for all of us. That was...great! The food was amazing, the ambiance perfection, and the service was outstanding. I had a cousin from Chicago who said she’d come back to Charleston just to go to the restaurant again.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your kind words. We are thrilled you had such an amazing experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very nice dinner - cocktails, diinner and service were all excellent. We selected from different parts of the unique menu. I preferred the African, as I like spicier food, and my wife selected from the international section. Interesting, and creative!

Date of visit: November 2021
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are happy to ready you had an excellent experience. We look forward to seeing you again in the future.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The entire meal was special from start to finish. The seasonal elements of the meal- taking inspiration from the history of Charleston- was well curated. John, our waiter, was very attentive and helped make sure the experience was timed and executed perfectly. We had the...chef's tasting menu with wine pairing- I highly recommend this, particularly for first time diners at Circa 1886. To finish we ordered an espresso martini and other staff remarked on the cocktail as we left- all staff has mastered details and service.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for the positive review. We are happy to read you enjoyed your service and chef's tasting menu. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife enjoyed the BROKEN ARROW VENISON with Roasted Onion, Parsnip Potato Puree, Acorn Squash, Juniper Chestnut Sauce and I started with the PRESERVED RABBIT Corn Cob Bouillon, Seewee Bean Succotash, Hickory Nut Oil and loved the entre PRIME U.S. STRIPLOIN Melting Potatoes, Spinach, Bell...Peppers, Horseradish Espuma, Applewood Cheddar Mornay and we finished with a delicious dessert of APPLE RUM SOUFFLÉ Hot Toffee Sauce, Candied Praline Ice Cream Our waiter recommended Merry Edwards, Russian River Valley '19 Sauvignon Blanc for my wife and Patricia Green, "Freedom Hill Vineyard", Dundee Hills '18 Pinot Noir for me. The service is impeccable and personal. As locals, this is our favorite restaurant in Charleston -- a city where there are many.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Circa 1886 and celebrating your anniversary with us. We are so pleased that you had a pleasurable dining experience. We look forward to serving you again!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While the menu was creative, I had a hard time getting good alternatives from the chef to suit my dietary restrictions. This should not be difficult for a fine dining establishment. It did not help that we were seated in the side room which contains...some of the restaurant's wines, under an air-conditioning vent that had evidence of mold or else had not been cleaned in a very long time. A quick glance showed other a/c vents with similar "spots". Service was attentive and the atmosphere was suitably refined, which patrons should expect in fine dining. It was good as a one-time experience but I'm not sure if we would go back since we have yet to sample Magnolia's (undergoing renovations) and Fig (an idiotic and impossible reservation system at Fig). Circa 1886 seems like worthy one-time experience, with hopes for a fix for the negative points noted to make it a repeat experience.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We appreciate you sharing your feedback. We continuously strive for perfect execution regarding our food, service, and ambiance. We are disappointed that your experience did not meet your expectations. We take your review very seriously and hope that you will return to Circa 1886.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Service was good, but a bit rushed even though we asked for a slower service. Desert showed up even before finishing a bottle of wine and coffee showed up after dessert was finished. Food was, lets just say not very good. Mashed potatoes with the...venison had ZERO flavor- Best part of the meal was the caramel sauce on the dessert. Southern Grilled cheese again over rated and not very good. I think you get it for a $563.00 dinner for 2 people****So many better places.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We appreciate you sharing feedback about your experience at Circa 1886. We continuously strive for perfect execution regarding our food and service and are disappointed that your experience did not meet your expectations. We take your review very seriously and hope that you will return...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was an amazing restaurant!!! The service and ambiance was fabulous! I recommend going there if your ever in Charleston….everything was fabulous

Date of visit: October 2021
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the kind words! We are delighted you had a fabulous experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was by far the most memorable and unique dining experience I've ever encountered! It's a fantastic concept of a 3 course meal that you can choose from their limited menu that we were told constantly changes, so next time we go there will be...other options. Definitely an adventure but one worth taking!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Circa1886. We are happy to read you enjoyed your meal. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed October 19, 2021

We celebrated my husband's birthday last week with a delicious meal at Circa 1886. Lovely table, as requested, and delicious steaks, done to a turn. We finished with warm apple souffles with rum caramel sauce that I'm still dreaming about! Gracious service too. Don't miss...dinner at this lovely pace!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Circa 1886 and celebrating your husbands birthday with us. We are so pleased that your dinner exceeded your expectations, especially rum caramel sauce. We look forward to serving you again!

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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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Circa 1886 Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5