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Circa 1886 Restaurant

Travellers' Choice award winner
American, Contemporary
As featured in 3 Days in Charleston and 1 other guide
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149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401-1733 (Smith)
+1 843-853-7828
17:30 - 21:30
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Charleston, South Carolina
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95 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My wife and I came here for 2017 restaurant week and loved it. The place is popular so you need to book in advance but it's worth it. Restaurant week menu was varied in it's selection - even catering for the vegetarian in me and were able to swap out some options. The atmosphere is delightful, service excellent and you... More 

Thank ErnestEga
Charlotte, North Carolina
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent experience overall Food was tasty and service was excellent. I loved the apple souffle. So so good.

Thank mp9708
Chicago, Illinois
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2,255 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,463 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There are so many outstanding Michelin-type restaurants in Charleston, South Carolina, that a traveler simply doesn't have enough time to sample them all during one vacation trip. Maybe two--if you spend five days on each trip. But which one is the best? Surely, Circa 1886 is in the conversation. Located in the original carriage house of the historic Wentworth Mansion... More 

1 Thank Taylor B
New York
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went for restaurant week. The food was great, the wine paring was excellent and a very good value. Our waiter Austin was one of the best. He knew the food, knew the wines and made the experience a memorable one.

Thank c48gold
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this review

We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your evening at Circa 1886. We are so glad to hear about your wonderful experience. In a city known for its food, thank you for setting us apart. We hope to see you again soon. Sincerely, Richard Widman and Chef Marc Collins, Co-Owners More 

Beaufort, South Carolina
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My husband, brother in law and I had dinner here during restaurant week! We took the special deal and did the wine paring with dinner! Wow! We each had a choice of appetizer, entree and dessert! My favorite app was the scallops! Amazing! They were cooked perfect! Dinner was delicious and even though I never thought to try Antelope, it... More 

Thank KristenWMcHale
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Intimate and historic restaurant--best for couples or small groups who want creative and delicious food with outstanding service . Wine list is extensive and excellent. Chef is innovative and gives tastings of recent creations while you wait for your appetisers. Including sweet potato and bacon purée and creamy tomato bisque. Bread was fresh with orange infused butter. I had salmon... More 

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

Thank you for reviewing your experience at Circa 1886 Restaurant. We are thrilled to read that you enjoyed your dinner. Chef Marc Collins strives to provide a menu that offers unique menu items, perfectly prepared and presented. We appreciate your feedback and appreciate your recommendation as we strive to be the very best in a city known for its food.... More 

Charleston, South Carolina
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35 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We celebrated my birthday at Circa 1886 and it was lovely! We all had the tasting menu with paired wines, it was perfect. Instead of small tastes of wine, we were pleased with the generous glasses with each course. The atmosphere is very nice and cozy. We really enjoyed our evening and will return.

1 Thank Stargazer2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We had a date during restaurant week and it was amazing. All 3 courses for each of us were delicious as well as the pairings. Service was great.

Thank Ruthanne B
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review. We appreciate your comments on our ambiance, service staff, and cuisine. It is always our goal to create a memorable experience for our guests, so we are pleased to read your comments. We hope we will get the chance to serve you again. Sincerely, Richard Widman, Proprietor More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I took a long weekend trip to Charleston to just get away. My husband is a big foodie and will try anything, and I am more picky but have been more willing to try new things at good restaurants. Both my husband and I agree that this is one of our most favorite restaurants!! Reference: my husband... More 

Thank Bethany G
Burlington, Canada
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43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

we are here during restaurant week and Circa 1886 has a 3 course dinner menu . absolutely fantastic dinner. I had the beef and my wife had the Snapper. Perfectly done. Started with Scallops finished with Apple crisp. everything done to our highest expectations. Ryan, our server was fun, friendly, totally knowledgeable on the preparation, and answered all questions including... More 

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

What a great review of Circa 1886. Thank you! Our chef, Marc Collins, is always looking for the most creative and delicious ways to surprise and delight our guests. We are pleased to hear that our service staff was so attentive that it warrants a personal mention. Thank you for including Circa 1886 in your Charleston weekend. We hope you... 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
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
Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
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: +1 843-853-7828
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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