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Circa 1886 Restaurant

Travellers' Choice award winner
As featured in 3 Days in Charleston and 1 other guide
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149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401-1733 (Smith)
17:30 - 21:30
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Kingsport, Tn
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19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A definite gem in a city that has so many wonderful restaurants. Austin was a fantastic server! I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for an above ordinary meal.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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148 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The restaurant is known for high quality food but the Valentine's Day special event was, well very special. The facilities are quaint and quiet encouraging romantic conversation. The service was well above average with a very attentive lead waiter. Each course was brought by a different server. The special tasting menu was a foodie's delight and brings a new meaning... More 

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Waco, Texas
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I enjoyed a wonderful dinner with my husband at Circa 1886. The service was impeccable as the food! The crab salad was delicious, but the avocado gelato served with it was an incredible experience, so different and tasty! The flounder was mouth-watering, only to be rivaled by an almost religious experience Apple crisp Souffle! Worth every calorie! I will be... More 

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Banner Elk, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were fortunate to find a late evening reservation during restaurant week. We arrived a few minutes early and entered through the Inn, and were allowed to take a few minutes to view the city from the rooftop platform of the inn, a nice extra to start our evening. Once in the restaurant, the food did not disappoint and the... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to review Circa 1886. We are so pleased that every part of your evening with us was without flaw. Our servers are passionate hospitality professionals, so it is wonderful to hear that they guided you through the menu with ease. We will be sure to pass along your compliments to our pastry chef, Scott... More 

Charleston, South Carolina
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I recently had the pleasure of an evening at Circa 1886 and everything i had been told was true. From start to finish the experience was superb, beginning with the location and ease of getting there and the beautiful surroundings. The staff are really professional and helpful, they are knowledgeable and attentive. The restaurant is very comfortable and not crowded,... More 

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Williamsburg, VA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had high hopes for Circa 1886 after seeing their menu online. Not only did they list a vegetarian entrée, but an extremely innovative one. Our server informed us that this was a relatively new menu, that the portion sizes were designed for ordering Starter, Entrée, AND Dessert, and, because the Pastry Chef made everything to order, we would need... More 

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

We sincerely apologize for your disappointment in your dinner at Circa 1886. We strive to deliver a memorable dinner for our guests, so we are very sorry that your experience fell short of your expectations and our high standards. We wish we had the opportunity to know that you were displeased with your dinner. It is our policy to correct... More 

Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What makes a perfect "10" in a dining experience? In my opinion, it starts, of course, with the "perfect 10" food, which has to be spectacular, but then you need a comfortable and pleasant atmosphere and attentive and professional service from the staff. Circa 1886 delivers on all of these - and earns that perfect "10" from me. This is... More 

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review of your experience at Circa 1886 Restaurant. Our philosophy is to provide top quality menu items in three courses that leave you feeling satisfied but not overfed. Our attention to details allows our service to stand above the crowd in many respects and your personal experiences... More 

New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

By far one of the best restaurants in Charleston. The food was incredible!! I had the beef and my husband had the antelope, both served to perfection. The chef sent over a tasting of peanut soup, it's a must. Now on to service, by far exceeded expectation. Our waiter Charles rocked it!!! Dessert is Elvis Fluffernutter...

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Cleveland, Ohio
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78 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We eat here on every visit to Charleston, expensive but worth it. Have probably dined here 8-10 times or more, never been disappointed. The chef has been on board for over 10 years but continues to develop new takes on southern food. The descriptions on the menus cannot do the flavors and combinations justice. In a "foodies' city" this place... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to share such a great review of Circa 1886 Restaurant. We pride ourselves on our award winning cuisine and professional, passionate, and longstanding service staff. In a city known for its food, we are honored to stand out as your restaurant of choice. We look forward to hosting you on your next visit to... More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I were in Charleston for the weekend to celebrate her birthday and had dinner at Circa 1886. This may be the best overall dining experience we have ever had. Our server was incredible. He made great recommendations and was extremely attentive. The food was fabulous. I had antelope for the first time and it was wonderful. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 25 - USD 45
American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401-1733
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: 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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