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“Truly Five Star food and service”

Circa 1886 Restaurant
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Ranked #7 of 933 Restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $45
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
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.
Reviewed November 12, 2013

I've been quite a few places around this blue marble, but the charm and hospitality of the staff and locals who make this restaurant happen are outstanding. We had the three course meal with wine pairings and I couldn't have been more pleased. The food was delicious and the wine was diverse and complimentary. The setting is beautiful and let me mention again...the staff is outstanding. Top notch service!

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Reviewed October 31, 2013

about this perfect place for an adult experience in fine dining in Charleston, SC. There are so many terrific places you will find to eat here but this one is truly special. The menu is inventive but with lots of updated classics -- I have had antelope and duck entrees but my dearest hubby sticks to something less "exotic" ... the service is wonderful, the staff all familiar with menus and the wine list and the ambiance makes you want to spend the night -- which is possible if you have planned ahead ... so share this only with your best pals who should want to go there with you ...

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Thank LeighTM
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2013

We really enjoyed reading your note. Thank you for taking the time to review your five-star experience. You made some great menu selections. We appreciate your feedback on the food and excellent service. We hope to see you back again soon - with your 'best pals' in tow.

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

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Reviewed October 31, 2013

We decided to try the antelope and the duck entrees. The antelope was perfectly cooked with the best grits I've ever tasted and deep fried avocado (how could that be bad). The duck was also beautifully prepared with tasty greens. We tried the chocolate soufflé and the caramel pecan cake for desert. Both were outstanding. They waitstaff was very attentive, the food amazing isn't that what a restaurant should be.

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Reviewed October 30, 2013

My husband and I were referred to this restaurant while staying at the John Rutledge Inn and wow did they do us right! Our server Peter was absolutely wonderful as well as the rest of the staff. Although located within the Wentworth mansion and having all of the class the feel was not pretentious at all but inviting and warm. The food was magnificent and service was first class. If you are in Charleston for the evening this is the place to have dinner.

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Thank Robin F
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2013

Thank you for choosing to spend an evening with us. We are thrilled to have your feedback and will be sure to share your note with Peter. When you find yourselves in Charleston again, please come back and visit! Thank you for the wonderful review.

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

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Reviewed October 29, 2013

My girlfriend and I had the pleasure of eating at circa 1886 on our recent vacation. the food and service were superb. We will never forget the courses including the roast duck and the quail for our entree. We had a creme brulee and ice cream with a semifreddo. bravissimi!

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