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Circa 1886 Restaurant

) #6 of 696 Restaurants in Charleston ₹₹₹₹ American, , Vegetarian Friendly
149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401-1733
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  • Excellent81%
  • 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 yesterday

First of all, I was disappointed by the house itself. I expected something less monochrome and dull inside. Secondly the service was very mediocre. I went with my two adolescent sons and was asked what we were celebrating as if we were somewhere we shouldn't...More

Thank SarahJupiter
Reviewed 2 days ago

First of all...this place is a quaint, quiet spot for an incredibly memorable meal. Walking up it is beautiful on initial site. Then you are warmly greeted upon coming in (make sure to make a reservation). Then Randy, our amazing waiter greeted us, and to...More

Thank kristynejohnson
Reviewed 2 days ago

There are many great restaurants downtown Charleston but this one is definitely in the top 5. I live here and have been to many of them. I had the antelope and my friend had the sea bass. I tried the antelope since you never really...More

Thank patriot8383
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had one of our best restaurant meals ever (top five) at Circa 1886 and we have definitely had some good meals around the world. We were guests of the hotel - the Wentworth Mansion, so we booked our anniversary dinner on property. We were...More

Thank Janet B
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fine dining restaurant, tablecloths, professional wait staff, and excellent food. The chef sends several small appetizers before your meal. Everything is fresh and delicious. Not cheap, but worth it.

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

Thank you for joining us for dinner at Circa 1886. We are thrilled that our dishes exceeded your expectations. We hope to welcome you back soon. Sincerely, Richard Widman and Chef Marc Collins, Co-Owners

Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited a few different places while in town and this was by far our overall best experience, from their top-notch, professional waitstaff to the melody of flavors in every dish. We were staying at the John Rutledge House Inn so were able to do...More

Thank awinters123
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is on par with the best restaurants in the country. Foods exploding with flavor, brilliant combinations that would make any foodie thrilled to partake. Truly a terrific experience!More

Thank drabin2008
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for joining us at Circa 1886. It is an honor to be placed at the top of your list for restaurants all across the country. We hope that you will join us for dinner again in the future. Sincerely, Richard Widman and Chef...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Their service is outstanding and ambiance charming and intimate yet not cramped. Food is consistently excellent.

Thank shawnk264
Reviewed 1 week ago

Circa 1886 was the final stop for our long weekend in Charleston and we are thrilled we stopped in. I am disappointed that we didn't catch our waiters name but he was a pro and incredible and the level of service we received was some...More

Thank Ashley M
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

What a wonderful review of Circa 1886. Thank you! We will be sure to pass along your compliments on the service to our passionate staff. We strive to provide unique delicious dinners that leave our guests satisfied, and it is great to hear that this...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant is a must when visiting Charleston, the food and atmosphere were great. Charles (our waiter) was awesome, thank you Charles for making our night a lot of fun!

Thank Mike-Nicole-Monroe
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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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
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: 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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