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Circa 1886 Restaurant

149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401-1733
+1 843-853-7828
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  • Excellent81%
  • Very good12%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“souffle” (121 reviews)
“apple crisp” (21 reviews)
“amuse bouche” (36 reviews)
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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 5 days ago

Back to Circa 1886 for the ??? time. Participated for the 3rd time in their Christmas Progress Dinner. As in the past, a memorable evening from soup to dessert. Excellent.

Thank BlufftonGooch
Reviewed 1 week ago

From the amuse bouche to the dessert, nothing felt mundane, yet all the basic ingredients were familiar. It's an event to eat here and the staff is well trained to advise, explain, or accommodate. Definitely give it a try.

Thank BillyReyn
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited Circa 1886 in November 2017. Our server Austin was very welcoming and knowledgeable about the unique dishes being offered as well as wine pairings. The chef, Marc Collins, mixed many unusual flavors together, that I would never have thought to place in the...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago

First of all, this is a pretty cool setting in a former carriage house on the property of the four star Wentworth Mansion. Celebrated an anniversary dinner and chose this based on the many favorable reviews. Got there a few minutes early and had a...More

Thank Joseph A
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to share your Circa 1886 experience with us. Your compliments to our atmosphere and historic setting are very appreciated. We are thrilled that you enjoyed our bar and the delicious soufflé by our pastry chef, Scott Lovorn. We are...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate here for breakfast as part of our stay at the Wentworth mansion--the food was outstanding. So few places bother with being inventive at breakfast and they clearly have talented chefs who pour their creativity into their dishes. Great service as well!

1  Thank Terry S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My beautiful close friend and I went to eat here after looking through the many restaurants that Charleston hast to offer/. It's not often that we are able to go to places like this but we really wanted to splurge and eat some incredible food...More

Thank Jorge G
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for joining us for dinner at Circa 1886. It is wonderful to hear that you felt at home at our restaurant and were thrilled with the dishes you choose. We pride ourselves on our passionate service staff, and it is great to hear...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a glorious mansion! It was set up by our friends mark and Sue who are from Charleston-they set up a private wine dinner with the chef for my birthday, amazing food, drinks and service was fabulous! SHARON

Thank Sharon G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The wife and I came in for dinner to kick off our vacation week in mid October. We started with cocktails at the bar and they did not disappoint. The bartender Brian was extremely friendly, made great cocktails, and also gave us great reccommendations off...More

1  Thank chucktownchef2244
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an expensive restaurant and our expectations were high. We were disappointed. It was nice that the chef sent a couple of samples to try but we weren't impressed with the food.More

Thank Bob L
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We appreciate you sharing feedback about your experience at Circa 1886. We wish we had the opportunity to know that you were disappointed with your food while you were still at the restaurant. We strive to provide a menu that pleases a range of tastes,...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed a fine meal from appetizer to dessert. Service was very good and when wait staff was not available, other staff assisted with requests. Food was very good and chef provided a couple of tasting compliments. Two reasons it did not get a rating of...More

Thank Barbara A
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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
Bill O
21 April 2017|
Response from OwnerCharmingInns | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry. We have a full bar with a wide selection of vodkas and can certainly accommodate requests for martinis. We hope to see you soon! Sincerely, Richard Widman, Proprietor
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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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings
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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