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
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
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!
We always love"1886" Fabulous service! ...
We always love"1886"
This time we had a group of 6. Four of us where delight with our meals, with the exception of the beef being a little salty.
My husband convince one our guests to try the antelope. He has had it in the past and raved about it. It turned out to be very tough and therefore, not enjoyable.
Not sure why this was different. Aside from that, we will definitely be back
CIRCA 1886 ALWAYS is at the TOP of its G ...
CIRCA 1886 ALWAYS is at the TOP of its GAME!! it never disappoints. Marc Collins ALWAYS has a creative, delicious, well "constructed" menu! And he always surprises us with some fantastic Amusee Bouche that is more than fun! WE LOVE that we can have a pleasant conversation and not have to shout over "the buzz" as some people like in restaurants. not us...this is so pleasant and so comfortable and so intimate. Our wait staff is always near by but NOT intrusive. Our lead person, Randy, was so pleasant, so well informed and made the whole evening leisurely and most enjoyable.
We came here for our one year anniversar ...
We came here for our one year anniversary and requested two tasting menus (one vegetarian) with wine parings--this was the first time we had ever ordered tasting menus and eaten in such a high end place, and we both decided we would love to do this more frequently. Our waiter was excellent and very knowledgeable about wine, the food was incredible and since we both had different options it led to much conversation about the meal, and the overall experience was exactly what we were looking for on a special occasion.
Wow, Circa 1886 never fails to impress. ...
Wow, Circa 1886 never fails to impress. Three of us went as part of Restaurant Week, although all of us had been there before. The food was inspired, creative, and delicious. I had the antelope and it was great. Brian, our server, was outstanding. He was there exactly when we needed him and left us alone at other times. He is truly a professional. The bartender, Mark (?), was understated, but affable when appropriate, and mixes a great drink! Free parking is available behind the Inn next to the restaurant in a neighborhood where parking is tough. If you can get a reservation, you'll be happy with the overall experience. In a city where fine dining is an art, Circa 1886 has it down with the best of them! Well done. Thank you for another great experience!
Absolutely amazing. Food is a little "ou ...
Absolutely amazing. Food is a little "out there" culinary wise but everything was delicious. Smaller portion sizes allowed for appetizer, entrée, and dessert to be enjoyed. We enjoyed the Deviled Eggs, Chicken Fried Lobster and the Antelope, and the Chocolate Truffle Soufflé. Wouldn't change a thing about the meal. Our waiter, Ian, was a great educator about the meal.
Amazing! Highly recommend especially th ...
Amazing! Highly recommend especially the chicken fried lobster...already recommended to many friends that were also staying in Charleston. Service was impeccable and genuine. Bar is quaint and quiet perfect for a low key romantic dinner and drinks.
I absolutely loved this place! It had a ...
I absolutely loved this place! It had a very comfortable, homey type feel upon entering. The waiting staff was very attentive and met all of our requests very quickly. I couldn't have been more pleased with both the appearance and flavor of my selected entrée (Antelope). I will be going back in the near future and highly recommend it to foodies or casual diners. Oh, and parking is free and right across the street which is a huge added bonus.
Our overall experience at Circa 1886 was ...
Our overall experience at Circa 1886 was incredible. Our server, Ian was fantastic. Always checked in at a good time, but not too often. He was very attentive to our table. The food was incredible. The chef's specials for the day were exquisite and a fun treat! For our main course, I had the salmon for my dish and it was perfectly cooked! The antelope was also very delectable. I wish I had discovered this sooner being that we are leaving Charleston soon :(
Service was excellent! My wife and I to ...
Service was excellent! My wife and I took our 2 sons and our 1 daughter in law to Circa. Food was amazing! We do not drink alcohol so no comment on this. This was our second time dining there and plan to make it at least twice a year for special occasions. It was a wonderful evening with our family! Very quiet and easy to talk to each other instead of yelling across the table as some of the more high end Charleston restaurants require due to the noise level. I would highly recommend Circa 1886 for any occasion or special date night with your spouse!
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