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Circa 1886 Restaurant

149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401-1733
+1 843-853-7828
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  • Excellent82%
  • Very good12%
  • Average4%
  • 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 2 days ago

We had an outstanding experience at the Wentworth. The staff was very attentive and hospitable. They contacted us prior to our visit to offer help with any needed reservations and recommendations for dining. Once we arrived they were extremely welcoming and the staff at the...More

1  Thank jfmeis
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

If we could rate it higher, we would. Maybe this is one of Charleston's best kept secrets. After living here over 20 years, I'd never heard of it. Circa 1886 Restaurant was everything we could have expected and more. We loved everything about it! Impeccable...More

1  Thank Lisa G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent food and service! Had a 5 course "meal of the day" . Outstanding and the cocktails were good too.

1  Thank Joanna V
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing. A remarkable experience. Out of words to describe how good it was. All I can say is you should try it for yourself and discover how good it is

1  Thank Juan V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The staff was extremely friendly. The food was a work of art. I would highly recommend it for a birthday or anniversary dinner. If visiting you must try it.

1  Thank Dana L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the cheerful welcome upon our arrival to the sincere thank you when we departed, everything was perfect. It was truly the highlight of our trip to Charleston. The staff was familiar with the menu and the service was attentive but not hurried. The most...More

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

Thank you for reviewing your experience at Circa 1886. I am proud to read your notes about our passionate staff. They never tire of helping our guest. We are thrilled that you had such a noteworthy experience dining with us, our Chef, Marc Collins, is...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After 50 years of marriage, we thought we deserved someplace special to celebrate. We selected Circa in Charleston, South Carolina, and we’re very pleased – more than pleased with our evening. The service was outstanding as was the food preparation and presentation. We were lucky...More

1  Thank RED P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

With all the good food, hospitable service and stunning settings there are in Charleston restaurants, to call Circa 1886 one of the best means that they are really the creme de la creme. And I feel reasonably comfortable saying that, admitting that there are still,...More

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

Thank you for this wonderful review. Your impression of Circa 1886 is exactly what we hope every one of our guests takes with them then they leave the restaurant. Our Chef is known for his antelope dish, and it is always a staple on the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We made reservations well in advance as it seems everything is Charleston books up fast. Circa 1886 was quite lovely inside. The ambiance was perfect. The menu is interesting and every dish we had was perfect. The portions are large but yummy! We took a...More

1  Thank Maryalice E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were staying at the Wentworth Manor and ate here the day we arrived. As residents were could have a 3-course dinner at a special rate so very good value. We were served very good amuse bouches and excellent smoked salmon starters. For the main...More

1  Thank sagatourist
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your evening dining with us. Thank you for your compliments to our delicious entrees and dessert. We hope you will choose to dine with us again the next time you visit Charleston. Sincerely, Richard Widman and Chef Marc...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
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
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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