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Circa 1886 Restaurant

149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401-1733
+1 843-853-7828
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  • Very good12%
  • Average5%
  • 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 via mobile

I will not waste my time with adjectives about this place. Instead I will tell you about the fixed menu that did not disappoint. To start off let me say that you will need to have an advanced palate to appreciate this meal. If you...More

1  Thank Wayne T
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The white peach grits that accompanied the duck breast, were one of the most amazing mouth experiences I have ever had. Sadly, they are not available by the bucket, or even a small soup bowl, but OMG they ought to be. Everything we tasted was...More

1  Thank greagan
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

What a wonderful review of Circa 1886. Thank you! We are thrilled that our peach grits were so memorable and delicious. Your recommendations to future guests are perfect and we couldn't agree more. We look forward to serving you again in the future. Sincerely, Richard...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Cannot give enough praise for this restaurant! We'll be back over and over. Great for a intimate night out. Make sure to make a reservation way ahead of time!

1  Thank Mallory W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was told that Circa 1886 was an experience not to be missed. After one evenings dinner I must say it is true. What an exceptional meal, ambience, and service!!! Austin, our waiter, knows the food and the wines. Three of the four of us...More

1  Thank sp4home
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for sharing your Circa 1886 experience with us. It is wonderful to read that every aspect of your dinner with us was exceptional. We appreciate your personal mention of our staff and will pass along your compliments. We hope you will join us...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We initially missed our reservation because our flight to Charleston was severely delayed. Although we were placed on a waitlist, and there were even openings a tad later that night, we were not going to make it. At the time, the hostess said that the...More

1  Thank Phebe T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had dinner here with friends. The atmosphere is quiet and elegant; the food was delicious. I thought a couple of things were a bit too "precious:" the tiny cups of grits soup that had nothing we could figure out to do with grits and...More

Thank Donna B
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to review Circa 1886. It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed our elegant atmosphere and creative cuisine. We hope you will join us for dinner again soon. Sincerely, Richard Widman and Chef Marc Collins, Co-Owners

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I celebrated our 40th anniversary at Circa 1886 Restaurant tonight. The experience was outstanding. The atmosphere and service could not be better. We both enjoyed the coconut crab cakes; DELICIOUS. Our server Dennis was very professional and a delight to talk with....More

1  Thank wkw3rd
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Atmosphere, Service and The Food Amazing! I had the opportunity to dine here while I was staying at The Wentworth Mansion. The presentation and the food were amazing. It was by far my best dinner while visiting Charleston. I look forward to dining here again...More

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

Thank you for joining us at Circa 1886 during your stay at the Wentworth Mansion. Your overall experience is exactly what we hope each of our guests will enjoy. We are thrilled to be at the top of your list of Charleston restaurants and we...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dinner at Circa 1886 was top notch, gourmet offerings and excellent curated service. Make sure to walk through the adjacent hotel that is part of the facility to see some of the most spectacular wood work and stained glass you will ever see.

2  Thank girlsingr
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I’ve been here probably 4 times. Each time has been a very pleasurable event. The menu is interesting and the food is excellent as is the presentation. I have no complaints about the service either. The only comment made at our table is that the...More

Thank 926Wando
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review Circa 1886. Your compliments to our cozy atmosphere and dedicated staff are so appreciated. We are glad you enjoyed the lamb and our extensive wine list. We look forward to your next dinner at Circa 1886. Sincerely,...More

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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
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
  • E-mail
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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