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Circa 1886 Restaurant

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Thu, 1/24
20:00
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Travellers' Choice2018 Winner
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Food
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Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings

Menu

APPETIZER
$11.0
Vertical Roots Lettuce
Pumpernickel "Soil", Young Carrots, Cauliflower, Crispy Shallots, Buttermilk Yogurt Dressing
$15.0
Charleston Hot Quail
Sweet n' Sour Pear, Carolina Gold Rice Grits, Neufchâtel, Chives
$13.0
61°c Farm Egg*
Asparagus, Salsify Mousseline, Duck Gravy, Toasted Hazelnuts, Blood Orange Oil
$16.0
Heart of Kobe*
Hearts of Palm, Kobe Beef, Toasted Chestnuts, Pumpkin Seed Oil, Bliss 9 Vinegar, Horseradish Gelée
$15.0
Lobster Custard
Piquillo Pepper Paint, Haricot Vert, Velvet Pioppini Mushrooms, Vanilla Poached Potatoes
$25.0
La Belle Farms Foie Gras*
Grain Mustard Mornay, Braised Cabbage, Pretzel, Applejack Raisin Compote
MAIN COURSE
$34.0
Rainbow Trout
Pecan & Duck Sausage Wild Rice, Grilled Scallion Bubbles, Melted Leeks, Champagne Apricot Sauce
$36.0
Piedmontese Beef*
Garlic Rosemary Hasselback Potatoes, Baby Spinach, Stewed Hot House Tomatoes, Stracchino Béchamel
$36.0
Sea Scallops*
Anson Mills Sage Grits, Pomegranate, Delicata Squash, Pistachio, Pea Shoots
$35.0
Bass
Bacon Crust, Flageolet Beans, Sundried Tomatoes, Celery, Onion Marmalade, Crab Hush Puppy
$40.0
Antelope Loin*
Lavender Polenta, Brussels Sprouts, Baby Beets, Sundried Blueberry Bordelaise
$30.0
Mushroom Bourguignon
Root Vegetables, Fingerling Potatoes, Pearl Onions, Cabernet Truffle Veggie Glace, P'tit Basque Crostini
$33.0
Ginger Brined Pork Tenderloin*
Lemongrass Scrapple, Shiitake Mushroom n' Sweet Potato Hash, Baby Bok Choy, Red Curry Hollandaise
$35.0
Plank Salmon*
Smoked Huitlacoche Pudding, Upland Cress, Agave Cranberry Chutney, Juniper Salt, Stewed Squash
SWEET FINISH
$13.0
Pluff "Mudslide" Soufflé
Bailey's Chocolate Anglaise, Mocha Chip Swirl Ice Cream
$12.0
Sweet Potato Brulee
Bourbon Pecan Brown Butter Cake, Sorghum Marshmallow
$11.0
Apple Walnut Cake
Spiced Port, Local Honey Ice Cream, Poached Sour Apples
$11.0
Key Lime Entremet
Cheesecake, Bavarian Cream, Lime Curd, Raspberry Coulis
$11.0
Valrhona Double Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding
Sea Salt Butterscotch, Milk Gelato
About
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
PRICE RANGE
US$25 - US$45
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
American, Contemporary
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, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed yesterday

Late birthday visit for my wife and I. Food, service, everything was outstanding! We will return for many special occasions in the future and highly recommend Circa for a romantic stop.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank reelescape1
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We're in Charleston for my birthday, and my husband chose this restaurant for the night of. What a delight! We ordered off the Restaurant Week menu choices and were not disappointed. Everything was fantastic. I had the lobster custard, Piedmontese beef, and a divine soufflé...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank Hsteinmiller
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

In a foodie town, being a restaurant consistently at the top is no easy feat. It’s easy to see how Circa 1886 has held on to that honor and earned national recognition within minutes of walking in. From the warm greeting from our hostess to...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank mlsphillips
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were very excited about having dinner at Circa 1886 for my fiancé's 40th birthday. We are visiting from San Francisco and thought this would be an amazing place to celebrate his special birthday. I emailed and called ahead to let them know we were...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank SMcD114
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We sincerely apologize that your experience at Circa 1886 fell short of our high standards. We enjoy helping our guests celebrate special occasions and we strive to make birthday celebrations memorable. This experience is certainly not the impression we were hoping to make and we...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant has everything for any special occasion or just a great night out for dinner. Very charming and the wait staff is attentive and knowledgeable about foods and wines. I had the beef entree which was very good. My husband got the sea scallops...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank Cindyonthego
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to review Circa 1886. Our service staff is compromised of hospitality professionals, and it is wonderful to hear that they exceeded your expectations. Our Chef works diligently to create memorable and delicious dishes and we are so glad you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The atmosphere is very nice and the staff is super friendly and knowledgeable and its a great place for a high end date night. But you need to have an adventurous palette to eat here. Not a place to get a ribeye and baked potato....More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank Rob F
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your wonderful review of Circa 1886. Our hospitable service staff is a huge part of our dining experience and we are thrilled you enjoyed them. We strive to provide a menu that pleases a range of tastes, so we are...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was likely the best meal and the best dining experience I have ever had. The menu was varied and adventurous but not gratuitously over the top. I started with the unusual 61 degree egg appetizer (with hazelnuts, asparagus, spinach and duck gravy) but played...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank Hank A
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for reviewing your experience at Circa 1886. Our Chef works diligently to create memorable and delicious dishes and we are so glad you enjoyed them, especially the Piedmontese beef and the souffle! In a city known for its food, we are thrilled that...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant caught my eye with Antelope on the menu. we were not able to get a reservation for 2, but the bar opened at 5 and had full meal service. got there early and were lucky to get the booth by the bar. Bartender...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank coolgal500
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for spending an evening with us at Circa 1886! We are thrilled that you enjoyed our bar and the delicious soufflé by our pastry chef, Scott Lovorn. It is wonderful to hear that the service you received was notable enough to warrant a...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The overall experience was amazing and affordable for such an upscale restaurant. We felt very fortunate to have a special deal due to the hotel we stayed in. We stayed at the Fulton Lane Inn which entitles us to a special price at the restaurant,...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank 93seminoles99
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for this wonderful review of Circa 1886. We are so pleased that you chose to dine with us during your stay in Charleston. Our Chef works diligently to create memorable and delicious dishes and we are so glad you enjoyed them. We are...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Charleston to dine at 4 of the top 25 TripAdvisor restaurants in the US. So the (3 of 4) is our ranking out of: Circa 1886, Charleston Grill, Hall's Chophouse, and Grill 225. They are all 5 star restaurants but I want...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank NJOYNC2CA
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review Circa 1886. Our detail-oriented staff is an integral part of our dining experience and we are thrilled you were pleased with the level of service we provide. Our Chef works diligently to create memorable and delicious dishes...More

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Paradise46117
20 September 2018|
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Response from planningpro | Reviewed this property |
not a strict dress code, but many people wear jackets.
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abbigailruiz1
27 April 2017|
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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.
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