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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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Mon - Sat 17:30 - 21:30
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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 

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Burlington, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Fabulous food, quiet surroundings and great service - Circa did not disappoint. We took advantage of restaurant week and thoroughly enjoyed our meals with wine pairings.

Thank shirl96
charleston, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Took advantage of Restaurant Week to make our first visit to Circa and were not disappointed. Our waiter, Kekoa, was professional in presentation and in answering questions about the various courses, but he also shared with us a sense of humor and an attitude toward making our visit an enjoyable experience. We requested he make choices for the wine pairings... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Good food but I would not return. Thought the restaurant was too pretentious and over priced. The waiter was very arrogant, not friendly. We had better food at several other restaurants in Charleston.

Thank bcarey2013
Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

While this has long been one of the best restaurants in Charleston, the restaurant week menu is special. It has beef tenderloin, antelope, fish, lamb osso bucco and much more. The scallop appetizer is marvelous! And the apple suffle was superb. Service is attentive and efficient.

Thank Lpatch
Visalia, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

With so many wonderful restaurants in Charleston, we think twice before returning to one we've eaten at before. That, however, is not the case with Circa 1886. It has become not only our favorite restaurant in Charleston, but also one of our favorites throughout this country. Above all else, the food is incredible- the variety of choices, presentation, and layers... More 

Thank fripper2016
Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a wonderful experience. I thought Circa 1886 would be a nice place to bring my parents when they came to visit and it exceeded all of my expectations. Their restaurant week menu had more options for each course than most places and it was certainly a great value at $45. I had the quail, antelope, and sweet potato donuts,... More 

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had another great dinner at Circa 1886 tonight. We had the pork chop and beef for entrees and both were excellent. Charles was our server and provided the same outstanding service we have come to appreciate. Thank you for a great evening.

Thank Lakefinder
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is part of the fabolous Wentworth hotel and would have to be good. The restaurant is in the carriage house and the ambiance is splendid. Lovely spaciousness, an attractive bar area from which you are led to table. The food is good--fresh and tastefully presented. But it does not reach the level one might expect for such a... 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
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
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?