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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 yesterday

Tried this restaurant for the first time last night, (restaurant week), wasn't expecting it to be terrific, because usually restaurants during restaurant week are too busy to pay attention to detail, I was wrong, wrong, wrong. The service, from Caitlyn, was outstanding only matched by...More

Thank jmt0279
Reviewed 2 days ago

Circa 1886 Love letters to Holy City ... This is my "kind of review"; the one that I joyfully love to write.... A review about finding a new great gastronomic place... A place were palate pleasing and artistry abounds. This is "my kind" of review...More

3  Thank acasasnovasg
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a lovely restaurant tucked back away from it all in downtown Charleston. The menu is thoughtfully planned and the food expertly executed. Delicious. The service is attentive but not overbearing. Do plan a few minutes ahead of or after dinner to walk through...More

Thank Dave S
Reviewed 3 days ago

Just go. Make reservations well in advance. Lives up to it's reputation, unlike so many other Charleston restaurants.

1  Thank coopchamp
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is hands down the best meal we have ever had in charleston! The food comes out quickly, is plated beautifully, and tastes outstanding! They truly bring together unique flavors and offer items you can’t get any where else like antelope! I definitely recommend asking...More

1  Thank Babz S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant is located in the historic downtown district of Charleston, SC. It has a pleasant atmosphere and excellent food. You will be pleased if you give it a try.

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

Thank you for your review of Circa 1886. Thank you for your compliments to our food and atmosphere. We appreciate your recommendation and hope to see you again soon. Sincerely, Richard Widman and Chef Marc Collins, Co-Owners

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant is in a beautiful building and the setting is lovely. I had the 5 coarse with wine pairing. It was spotty, some dishes were amazing while others were just okay. My fiancé ordered off the menu and his dishes were good. The steak...More

2  Thank Sara M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On the last night of a holiday visit to Charleston we sent the teens off to a casual dinner on their own and came here for a date night. Circa 1886 did not disappoint. The entry is behind the beautiful Wentworth Mansion and we had...More

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

We are delighted to read that you chose Circa 1886 for your special evening without the kids. Chef Collins strives to provide a dinner perfectly prepared and presented. We are thrilled to read that you enjoyed every bite, from the breads to the s’mores dessert....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Let’s start with mentioning the incredible service first. Our waitress Chelsey was incredible and knowledgeable. She made our experience at the restaurant all that much better. She will be a big reason we return to this restaurant. The rest of the staff, to include Gracey...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were in town for a quick Charleston Christmas trip last week. Having researched fine dining for weeks before our trip, we knew this restaurant was a must for us. Everything about our experience was top notch, including Austin, our server. The opportunity to see...More

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

We are so pleased to read that your experience at Circa 1886 exceeded your expectations! We appreciate your compliments to the food, service, and historic Wentworth Mansion. We will certainly share your comments with our staff. Thank you for your recommendation, we hope to see...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, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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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