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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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Mon - Sat 17:30 - 21:30
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our experience at Circa 1886 was absolutely delicious with incredible service! The staff made our 20th-anniversary celebration so special with their creative thoughtfulness. We would highly recommend this restaurant for a special evening on the town!

Thank Kim B
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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535 reviews
320 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is truly a gourmet restaurant and has to be one of the best in Charleston. We had excellent service from Kaitlyn and every item that we ordered from the appetizers (broccoli ricotta gnudi and rabbit confit) to the dessert (apple soufflé and doughnuts) that four of us shared were delicious. We all ordered different entrees, sea bass, flounder, antelope... More 

Thank Stucolco
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was my first experience at this fine dining facility. Reservation was made well in advance, arrived on time and the staff was excellent. We were promptly seated and greeted, we had the 6 course dinner menu with champagne, all was very good. The staff explained each course of the meal and kept our glasses filled. Definitely a special occasion... More 

Thank Marco S
Goose Creek, South Carolina
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A VERY comfortable eating environment. We will return for another "special occasion" as soon as possible. Personnel, décor, quietness, were impeccable. Our waiter, Charles (which we requested because our last experience was go GOOD), was again the BEST person to assist us. He knew we were returning guests, what table we sat at last time, remembered that my wife was... More 

Thank Rosesc118
Willow Spring, North Carolina
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36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Chef was completely on target and wait staff attentive. Food was creative and delicious. We loved this experience and will return when we visit Charleston again to see what is new on the menu.

Thank Pamela E
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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153 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was our first visit to Circa 1886 and I'm sure we'll return. We were in Charleston for several nights just after Valentine's Day, and decided to make our Circa 1886 dinner our Valentine's celebration. The dining room is quiet and just lovely, a perfect place to spend with someone special. All of the staff are extremely knowledgeable, welcoming and... More 

Thank CarolinaKitty
Old Bethpage, New York
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to Charleston for a wedding on Feb.17,2017. When last there we discovered Circa 1886 Restaurant. We loved it so much first time there four years ago that we could not wait to return. Did not disappoint. Food and service were as phenomenal as we had remembered. Wonderful ambiance, great waitstaff, and superb dishes makes Circa 1886 an experience not... More 

Thank kgs1973
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Tremendous restaurant, and beautiful setting and scenery. Top notch service by Charles. Fixed price menu for Valentine's Day was outstanding. Chef was absolutely amazing in ability to combine disparate ingredients and food types. Don't miss.

Thank Mark M
Kingsport, Tn
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19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

Thank bpainter1978
Charleston, South Carolina
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149 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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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
US$25 - US$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, 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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?