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Circa 1886 Restaurant

149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401-1733
+1 843-853-7828
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Overview
  • Excellent81%
  • Very good12%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Open Now
5:30 pm - 9:30 pmAll hours
CUISINES
American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$$$
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LOCATION
149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401-1733
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is located in the historic downtown district of Charleston, SC. It has a pleasant atmosphere and excellent food. You will be pleased if you give it a try.

1  Thank jlowerat
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review of Circa 1886. Thank you for your compliments to our food and atmosphere. We appreciate your recommendation and hope to see you again soon. Sincerely, Richard Widman and Chef Marc Collins, Co-Owners

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant is in a beautiful building and the setting is lovely. I had the 5 coarse with wine pairing. It was spotty, some dishes were amazing while others were just okay. My fiancé ordered off the menu and his dishes were good. The steak...More

2  Thank Sara M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On the last night of a holiday visit to Charleston we sent the teens off to a casual dinner on their own and came here for a date night. Circa 1886 did not disappoint. The entry is behind the beautiful Wentworth Mansion and we had...More

Thank MDFTDF
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are delighted to read that you chose Circa 1886 for your special evening without the kids. Chef Collins strives to provide a dinner perfectly prepared and presented. We are thrilled to read that you enjoyed every bite, from the breads to the s’mores dessert....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Let’s start with mentioning the incredible service first. Our waitress Chelsey was incredible and knowledgeable. She made our experience at the restaurant all that much better. She will be a big reason we return to this restaurant. The rest of the staff, to include Gracey...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were in town for a quick Charleston Christmas trip last week. Having researched fine dining for weeks before our trip, we knew this restaurant was a must for us. Everything about our experience was top notch, including Austin, our server. The opportunity to see...More

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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are so pleased to read that your experience at Circa 1886 exceeded your expectations! We appreciate your compliments to the food, service, and historic Wentworth Mansion. We will certainly share your comments with our staff. Thank you for your recommendation, we hope to see...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a good time sampling some unusual combinations of menu items. The plating and presentations were high quality. The service was great too. The food was really good too. Not quite to the mark I anticipated. But really good. Portions are perfect. I'm glad...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoyed dinner at Circa as part of a wedding party. The food, the service, and the atmosphere were all fantastic! The room for the private wedding partly was truly lovely. Additionally, the six course meal was excellent with a nice variety of pairings. When...More

2  Thank BrentY77
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for sharing feedback about your dinner at Circa 1886. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed a six-course meal as a wedding guest. We are happy to be a part of such a special memory. We look forward to your return visit....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We sat at the bar and had dinner with great conversation with the bartender Brian. Really knowledgeable and fantastic with service Brian's cognac cocktail was outstanding. We had antelope and the trout with lobster, absolutely wonderful! The food here is exceptional as was the service....More

1  Thank chzeater
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Dined here Christmas Eve with my husband. Had a reservation and arrived about 15 minutes early. Waited in the bar for table. Had to stand as every bar stool had been taken by the occupants of one high top table. Bartender was rude and abrupt....More

Thank spcox
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are very sorry to read about your experience on Christmas Eve. This evening was especially busy for us and we are sorry you were unable to get a seat in the bar. Your experience does not reflect the high value we place on customer...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ordered the chef special with 5 Course meal with wine pairings. Menu changes nightly. 3-1/2 hours of pleasure. Pricey but appropriate for a special occasions with special family & friend.

1  Thank Dan1229
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for sharing your Circa 1886 experience with us. We are thrilled that you took advantage of the Chef’s Tasting Menu with wine pairings. We hope to celebrate more special nights with you in the future. Sincerely, Richard Widman and Chef Marc Collins, Co-Owners

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abbigailruiz1
28 April 2017|
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Response from OwnerCharmingInns | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry. We have an outdoor patio that can certainly accommodate dogs. Unfortunately, the patio is not available during inclement weather, so please call ahead to guarantee availability.
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abbigailruiz1
28 April 2017|
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Response from OwnerCharmingInns | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry. We do not have gluten free entrees on our menu, but we are willing to make substitutions to make certain items on our menu gluten free. Please call us at 843-853-7828 and we will make arrangements... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 25 - USD 45
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
Monday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401-1733
    (Smith)
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 843-853-7828
  • E-mail
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.
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