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Circa 1886 Restaurant

149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401-1733
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  • Excellent81%
  • Very good12%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401-1733
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

One of the best restaurant experiences of all time! At a restaurant of this caliber we fully expected to be "restaurant week shamed". Upon being seated we were only offered the restaurant week menu. Usually restaurants make you ask for it. The RW menu was...More

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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for this wonderful review of Circa 1886. We are honored to be placed at the top of your restaurant experiences. Your overall time with us from the service to the final presentation of dessert is exactly what we hope for all of our...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of those dining experience where you wish you could share it would all of your friends and family! We had the Chef's tasting from the meal, to the wine, to the Desert. Our meal included Chicken Fried Bass and Antelope which was...More

Thank Terrell H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Parking is the only downside, pay attention and park across the street in the labeled lot. The meals are great and unique. The restaurant itself is quaint and historic. Staff is wonderful and will accommodate requests/More

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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for reviewing your experience at Circa 1886. We are pleased to read that you enjoyed the atmosphere, food, and service at our restaurant. We welcome our guests to park across the street at our designated parking for the restaurant. We are very sorry...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just ate at Circa 1886 tonight. All four of us agreed our food was excellent. And we also were delighted by being seated in a very comfortable both which made the dining experience, and thus our conversation, that much better, in a restaurant that is...More

Thank FWhiteIII
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

No joke, my wife and I decided this was the best meal we've ever had! The service was impeccable; Austin was nothing but courteous, knowledgeable, hospitable, and gracious for the whole evening. We were very impressed. The food was out of this world! The beef...More

Thank Steven_Meg
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for joining us for dinner at Circa 1886. It is an honor to be at the top of your list for dining experiences. We pride ourselves on our passionate staff and delectable dishes. We are so glad that you enjoyed the foie gras,...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was excellent, the service provided by Austin was excellent, we took the wine pairing and loved it. I would definitely return!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our 1st time, even though we have lived in the area for 6 years. Went for our anniversary. Lovely atmosphere, exceptional service (thank you Randy!) and outstanding food. The presentation of each course was wonderful as well! Can't wait to go back!More

Thank amyjowalstra
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review Circa 1886. Your assessment of our hospitable service and delectable dishes is exactly what we hope for all of our guests to experience. We look forward to your next dinner with us! Sincerely, Richard Widman and Chef...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First class dining experience! Tremendous wine list, impeccable service, great food presented elegantly.

Thank Paul Z
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We celebrated our 30th Anniversary with dinner at Circa 1886. The evening was perfect! The bar and wait staff were great and the food was superb!

1  Thank Michael H
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for choosing Circa 1886 to celebrate such a special occasion! We are thrilled that your service and dinner were exactly what you were hoping for. We hope to have you celebrate with us again soon. Sincerely, Richard Widman and Chef Marc Collins, Co-Owners

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We've been wanting to visit this restaurant for a while and this time it worked out for an anniversary dinner reservation. This restaurant is associated with an inn located in a historic building. There is parking available for the restaurant, a little beyond the inn...More

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28 April 2017|
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.
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
Bill O
21 April 2017|
Response from OwnerCharmingInns | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry. We have a full bar with a wide selection of vodkas and can certainly accommodate requests for martinis. We hope to see you soon! Sincerely, Richard Widman, Proprietor
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$45
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
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
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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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