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“Exquisite food tasting in historic setting”

Circa 1886 Restaurant
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Ranked #4 of 984 Restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$45
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Cross street: Smith
Description: 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.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The restaurant came highly recommended by a friend, so we decided to try out the Chef Selection five-course tasting menu.
The intimate setting and the surroundings of the restaurant immediately confirm that you are in for a very special treat, and the Chef Selection certainly did not disappoint.
Each of the five-course meal was prepared with so much attention to detail, presentation, flavor, and incorporation of multiple cooking techniques that one has to wonder whether the chef can continue to impress all the way to the end. The answer is: absolutely! as we continued to be surprised by his innovative and magical touch.
The dishes easily blend so many flavors together, each of which compliments the other without ever being overbearing.
This was a true culinary experience within the perfect setting and with the utmost attentive and personalized service.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was our anniversary so our desserts came with "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate and with a glass of champagne to go with them. We both had fish entrees and they were cooked to perfection.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I eloped one year ago and had dinner at Circa afterward. We chose to celebrate our first wedding anniversary there as well. We were lucky enough to have the same waiter, Charles, and he made our evening very special. We were impressed that he not only remembered us, but remembers details like where we worked and the fact that my husband had a cast from hand surgery. We chose the five-course tasting menu with wine pairings and it was delicious. Highly recommend Circa 1886 if you want to celebrate a special occasion or simply want to enjoy a decadent meal.

1  Thank Kyrston P
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Incredible food is quite and understatement. Food and service were both beyond compare, as well as the wine list. Excellent place to have an anniversary dinner with your love

1  Thank captainhook6847
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful dinner at Circa 1886 last weekend. Anne was our server and gave us great recommendations, tuna for my husband and duck for me. Both were delicious. Brian (bartender) picked out a nice wine pairing for our dinner as well. Overall a great experience!

1  Thank Mandy K
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