About Circa 1886
Charleston, SC 29401
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.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Off-street parking next to restaurant
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
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The private dining room (Tack Room)with mirroring fireplaces and six windows overlooking our garden can accommodate up to 38 people. Our Garden Room also offers a private dining experience perfect for a party of up to 12. Several different banquet menus are offered for private parties.
Circa 1886 Ratings and Reviews
My wife and I went here for dinner to ce ...
My wife and I went here for dinner to celebrate her birthday. We usually share appetizers, entrees, and desserts as we are not big eaters. It was restaurant week and we were not allowed to do that. That is not a very customer focused approach and set a negative tone for the dinner. The food was good but there are a lot more restaurants in Charleston that are much better.
Charleston has a number of great restaur ...
Charleston has a number of great restaurants, but Circa 1886 is one of the few where you can enjoy a quiet restaurant where you can actually carry on a conversation at your table. In addition, I had the souffle' for desert ,which was the best I've ever had anywhere.
Incredible dinner as part of Charleston' ...
Incredible dinner as part of Charleston's restaurant week. Fine dining at it's greatest. All servers were warm and caring, and added just a bit of fun time. I would recommend Circa 1886 to any couple looking to have a nice romantic evening.
Antelope was fantastic. First time tryin ...
Antelope was fantastic. First time trying it and I'm convinced it could not have been better. The snapper was overcooked, which was disappointing for a Charleston resteraunt. Based on the price I will most likely not done there again based on the service and quality provided.
I recently went to Circa 1886 with my hu ...
I recently went to Circa 1886 with my husband. This was the our third trip to this wonderful restaurant. Each time, we were happy with everything we ate from the tiny spoonful of a soufflé ( I believe it was a soufflé) of Sweet Pottatoes that was so smooth and perfectly seasoned; to the absolutely delightful Apple Crisp Soufflé that came with a luscious ginger ice cream. The entire meal was expertly prepared, presented, and served by a crew who obviously cared.
We had a fabulous experience at Circa 18 ...
We had a fabulous experience at Circa 1886! The food was amazing and our waiter, Austin was so attentive and professional! We have been in Charleston for over 3 yrs and just recently heard about circa so with restaurant week we decided to give it a try and pleasantly surprised! Also loved the 2 small "prelude appetizers" of mashed sweet potatoes and also the cream potato leek soup...both not on the menu but used as teasers..I guess. Loved Circa!
As a resident it's great to have places ...
As a resident it's great to have places like Circa that treat all of their clientele like they will be returning, something lacking at many establishments in a town that caters to visitors.
The food, atmosphere, and service were first rate with creative combinations of foods and a strong wine list. The menu is varied offering different selections for those looking for seafood or interesting non-seafood items, for example antelope on the evening we dined. The whole experience was enhanced by our server, Brian, who was attentive without being overbearing.
I would recommend this as a first stop for anyone looking for a truley upscale dining experience in Charleston.
Good food but a bit strange- got the ant ...
Good food but a bit strange- got the antelope and it was Mexican themed with tortilla pico and avocado. Feel like this place doesn't really have an identity. Also didn't like how I was charged $6.50 for water- should be mentioned when they ask if you want sparking or bottles 'natural'. Spending so much money for dinner you would think the water is free, even if bottled. Maybe it was just because it's restaurant week but we had to ask for dinner rolls and share water at some points. Wasn't the best service but good food.
We were a party of 6. The tastings from ...
We were a party of 6. The tastings from the chef were a nice surprise and very good. I had the pork chop which was very moist and delicious with wonderful accompaniments. 2 at our table had the antelope. One of the pieces was delicious and tender. The other person got a piece which was very tough and very disappointing. That person said he would never return. Our server (Keko) took care of business but was not as attentive as the prior time we had visited the restaurant. At that time we had a server named Charles who was very attentive and welcoming. He recognized us from our prior visit and came to our table several times just for friendly comments. I would return as my food was delicious but I know I will never get my friend back who had the tough antelope.
We treated some family members to dinner ...
We treated some family members to dinner there since we have been before and just loved it. They thought it was absolutely divine and want to go back. It's a beautiful restaurant with wonderful food wonderful service wonderful ambience you can't go wrong here.
Sarah-Fantastic server and very comforta ...
Sarah-Fantastic server and very comfortable energy about her. We were the first table in dining room, there forever it was drafty and you felt anytime the door was opened, therefore it diminished your comfort level. I would have liked some type of support in the lower back from the chairs that were otherwise comfortable and aesthetically congruent with the rest of the carriage house.
We had such an enjoyable meal here. Our ...
We had such an enjoyable meal here. Our waiter Kekoa was super nice and knowledgeable about the menu. A couple of amuse-bouche: salmon sausage with goat cheese and basil oil; Vidalia onion soup with truffle oil. Yum! We both had the salad to start - greens and veggies were all super fresh with a nice light dressing. The melted manchego cheese was great. My friend ordered the salmon with dill grits and brussels and bacon. I had the antelope. Both dishes were great. It the salmon really was exceptional. We split the apple strudel soufflé with caramel and ginger ice cream. So light and delicious. The meal here was really wonderful.
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