About Circa 1886
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
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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
Absolutely a fabulous dining experience. ...
Absolutely a fabulous dining experience. I was in Charleston for a short vacation and it was the highlight of my stay. If you're visiting, go there. If you live there and want a memorable experience for a special occasion, go there. You will not be disappointed.
My wife and there to celebrate our honey ...
My wife and there to celebrate our honeymoon and we were not disappointed. Each course was expertly prepared and crafted from the appetizers to the desserts. This was easily the bestean that either of us had ever had. The experience may be pricy, but it is well worth it.
My wife and I visited Charleston and dec ...
My wife and I visited Charleston and decided to have a nice romantic date night. I booked well in advance. The ambiance was excellent and the staff was great! Everyone on staff was very friendly. Our waiter, Ryan was awesome. The food was very delicious. The only thing I didn't care for was the steak and egg salad. The steak was so small and thin that it could hardly be identified. If I had known that's what I was getting I would have not ordered it. Either add more meat or change the name to egg salad.
I would return again.
Everything was incredible!!! Did the fi ...
Everything was incredible!!! Did the five course sampling and everything was so delicious (best scallop I have ever tasted)! Austin (think that was his name) was an amazing server, offered suggestions for food options and even gave us a lunch suggestion for the next day that was excellent as well. Had a large party next to us so a little noisy but not terrible. Ambiance was so perfect for our one night out as a couple in Charleston, very romantic setting! Highly recommend!!!
Great spot off the usual path of King St ...
Great spot off the usual path of King Street. This restaurant, located in the carriage house of the Wentworth Mansion, is an intimate dining spot for a special occasion. I recommend the antelope and the apple souffle. Tried my first Hemingway Daquiri and enjoyed it. I was slightly disappointed in the list of wines by the glass-but our server Ryan finally helped me find one I liked. Will go there again.
This is a restaurant that believes the m ...
This is a restaurant that believes the main elements of a fine dining experience contain rigidity and snobbery. My husband and I have dined in fine restaurants all over the world, and we can honestly say that the attitude of staff (which is typically the same attitude exhibited by management and mimicked by staff) truly affected what should have been an excellent meal. I'm certain we did not appreciate the efforts of the chef and his/her team because we were so put off in every other way!! This was our 30th wedding anniversary dinner (so noted in the Open Table reservation) and we were forced to wait for a table for more than 20 minutes and then there was absolutely NO recognition of a special event. We got to the restaurant about an hour early due to the traffic in Charleston pre-hurricane Matthew. We dutifully sat at the bar and had drinks then decided to walk around the property a bit. We went back into the restaurant at 7:07 and were finally seated at 7:27 (our reservation was for 7:30). The restaurant opens at 5:30 p.m. for dinner and it was NOT even close to full; the table we were led to had been empty the entire time, as well as the next table we were given. By the way, we had dined at the Charleston Grill on Saturday (October 1) and since the Belmond knew we were in Charleston for our anniversary, the grill did also, and they went totally out of their way for that dinner. In our minds, the dinner at Charleston Grill was our anniversary dinner (even though it wasn't on the actual anniversary). It all boils down to poorly trained staff from the hostess, to the somm, to the waiter. Not one of them asked if we were there for a special occasion; the somm didn't even ask what we were planning to eat before commenting on a wine we were considering. We are so sad that we chose Circa 1886 for such a special occasion. It almost makes me cry!!!
What a wonderful and intimate place for ...
What a wonderful and intimate place for dinner! Besides eating in the former carriage house of Wentworth Mansion, the historical aspect was very interesting.
We dined having the five course dinner with surprise tastings. All of the courses were superb!
Restaurant was wonderful but they forgot ...
Restaurant was wonderful but they forgot the anniversary customizable menus when we arrived. They did provide some complimentary appetizers but nonetheless it was a special day for us and I was a little upset. Food and everything else was great though.
Outstanding service. Loved the parmesan ...
Outstanding service. Loved the parmesan and truffle panna cost appetizer. My wife's lamb occo bucco was superb as was the steak. Apple crisp dessert was great. Washed it down with a 2012 Kosta Browne RRV. Corkage was $25.
We enjoyed our meal. The food was excell ...
We enjoyed our meal. The food was excellent. My companion had the Pork Chop and I had the Antelope. For dessert she had an exceptional mixture of chocolates and I had a Black Walnut Cake that was quite good. The building is beautiful. The service is good but just not quite up to the standards of the better places in town. It's good, don't get me wrong but I had to flag down our waiter twice to get water refills, for instance. Other than that slight item the visit was very good.
Loved learning the history of the restau ...
Loved learning the history of the restaurant. Enjoyed the atmosphere and the romantic vibe. The food was great, I especially enjoyed the lamb. It was fall-off-the-bone delicious. My husband liked his beef and we started with quail. The server brought out little tastes from the chef, which was such a sweet/hospitable gesture, but we really didn't like the bites. The restaurant knew it was our anniversary so they brought us a dessert which was so wonderful. All in all, not our favorite meal of the trip, but a really special place that we're glad we ate at.
For the price, I expected the food to be ...
For the price, I expected the food to be "Amazing!" It was ordinary. Steak and potatoes shouldn't cost $33, nor should a salmon filet. The food just didn't have that wow factor, while the restaurant itself set high expectations. Whomp whomp
We celebrated our wedding anniversary he ...
We celebrated our wedding anniversary here and it was fabulous! Beautiful setting in what was a carriage house now an elegant, sophisticated restaurant. The bar is small but beautiful. Service and food quality: impeccable!
I took my wife to Charleston for her bir ...
I took my wife to Charleston for her birthday, and wanted a special dinner. After mucho research, I chose Circa 1886. Glad I did. Service was better than the food, if that is possible. Smallish dining area, but roomy spacing for privacy. Bright and quiet ambiance. The meal was perfectly prepared and presented. Large wine list with only a 2-3X markup, which is great for an upscale restaurant. Sommelier available for suggestions. Desserts were magnificent. Upscale price, but not outrageous considering. Small bar. Free parking across the street. I can highly recommend for a special occasion.
Ambiance- heard a loud conversation abou ...
Ambiance- heard a loud conversation about deer hunting between the two tables behind us. Not the fault of Circa, but a reflection of the diners who may frequent there. Had the 5 course chef's tasting menu with wine pairings- Ryan, our waiter, was very animated but also knowledgeable. Food was excellent and not unreasonably priced.
Dinner was overall wonderful. My tender ...
Dinner was overall wonderful. My tenderloin was slightly overcooked for medium rare, and so that was a little disappointing. My entrée was served with quite ordinary fingerling potatoes. I think this was a poor complement to the tenderloin. The apple soufflé dessert may have been the best dessert we have ever eaten. This is a beautiful restaurant, and lives up to its reputation. I will also note that our starter salad was exquisite. I have never seen or eaten such a delicious fresh vegetable salad. The dressing featured a Riesling vinaigrette that was perfect in every way. Coming from Santa Barbara, where we have an abundance of wonderful healthy salads everywhere, this salad coming from Charleston, was a surprise. It was as beautiful as it was delicious.
The dining room was cold even after bein ...
The dining room was cold even after being moved to somewhere less draughty most uncomfortable. Food was ok but because it was the end of a fixed price week and we were told by the Waitress that because my wife did not want three courses it would be reflected in the bill,the chef said no we were to pay the full price!!! Not that we mind paying the full price for the food we ate. Shame as we were expecting more!!
We celebrated our anniversary here and w ...
We celebrated our anniversary here and were very pleased with the food, selection, portions, and especially the service. We had the beef and pork dishes and both were excellent. The chef was told of our anniversary and decorated our dessert dishes for the occasion. We had a very enjoyable evening.
Outstanding! Food selection was unique ...
Outstanding! Food selection was unique (I had antelope) and the presentation was pristine. Our waiter, Ian, was gracious and knowledgeable. This was restaurant week, yet we were told this was their regular menu. This restaurant hit high notes on all scales. Would highly recommend for a romantic evening or casual friends who want to be able to talk to each other.
Was visiting Charleston with my wife, an ...
Was visiting Charleston with my wife, and we wanted to go to someplace special for dinner. We were very pleased with our meal, drinks, and service. Excellence is how I would describe the character of this restaurant.
It was my first time at Circa 1886. Th ...
It was my first time at Circa 1886. The lobster bisque was superb! Presentation and food quality was among the best in Charleston. Food quantity (and quality) presented excellent value for price paid. Service could not have been better. I shall return!
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