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Circa 1886 Restaurant

149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401-1733
+1 843-853-7828
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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 3 days ago via mobile

I cannot say enough about circa 1886. Simply devine. It is definitely more sophisticated ,less casual than some Charleston restaurants, however,don't let that scare casual diners away. The food is excellent. Quite frankly,I would return for the orange infused butter and the apple souffle alone!...More

1  Thank Linda B
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for taking the time to review Circa 1886. It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed our elegant atmosphere and creative cuisine. We hope you will join us for dinner again soon. Sincerely, Richard Widman and Chef Marc Collins, Co-Owners

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed the experience of the 1886. The staff was without exception friendly and professional, with kudos to our waiter, Dennis. We mentioned that it was our wedding anniversary when making the reservation, and each person who attended us, from arrival through dessert, wished...More

1  Thank Jotaese75
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The food was not more than average, lacking creativity and luster. The price for the midiocare meal is disappointing if not ridiculous. Don't waist your time here!More

Thank Leah W
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We are very sorry to read that you were disappointed with your dining experience. This is certainly not the impression we wanted to make. We wish that these issues were brought to the attention of our manager at the time of your dinner. It is...More

Reviewed 4 days ago

Amazing dinner at Circa 1886 with great attention from our Austin our server/culinary guide for the evening. Highly recommend Circa 1886! A 5+ rating is deserved for the chef and staff at Circa 1886.

1  Thank OrthoDoc69
Reviewed 5 days ago

I can say enough great things about this restaurant. The setting is beautiful. It is set in what was an old carriage house. Inside and out you get a feel of charm. The service was impeccable! Our server Caitlin is one of the sweetest, friendliest,...More

1  Thank dslye3
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for this wonderful review of Circa 1886. Our Chef works diligently to create memorable and delicious dishes and we are so glad you enjoyed them. It is wonderful to hear that the service you received was notable enough to warrant a personal mention...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My husband and I had an absolutely amazing dinner. The food was extraordinary and the staff was gracious and welcoming. We've dined at many great restaurants, but this is by far our favourite. Wish I could give it more than 5 stars!

1  Thank rjb0420
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this restaurant because it was recommended by a friend. The atmosphere was nice. The food was not very good. Maybe they were having an off night. I’m not sure I will give it a second try. There are too many other restaurants in...More

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

We are very sorry that you were displeased with your dinner. We wish we had the opportunity to know that you were disappointed with your food while you were still at the restaurant. We strive to deliver a five-star experience in all areas, so we...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I celebrated my birthday here with a fabulous dinner. The service and food were both superb and they went out of their way to make it special. We took advantage of the preset price offered through our hotel, The John Rutledge House,...More

1  Thank Cindy H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very high-quality restaurant with an excellent wait staff. You will not be disappointed. My duck was great, as was my wife's scallops.

1  Thank wndslr
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our third year returning to Circa for our anniversary. It was really nice because they remembered us. We had the same server as the previous two years (Charles - excellent service), and they even printed a special menu for us that said "Happy...More

1  Thank jojo2322
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are thrilled that you joined us at Circa 1886 for the third year to celebrate such a special occasion. Your compliments to Charles are very appreciated and we will be sure to pass them along. Thank you for noting our delicious menu items. We...More

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Questions & Answers
27 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.
27 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
  • 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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
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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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