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Charleston Restaurants

Circa 1886

Updated 11/28/2012

Fodor's Review

Near Wentworth Mansion, in a former residential home full of hand-carved marble fireplaces and Tiffany stained-glass windows, rests the intimate Circa 1886 restaurant. The award-winning eatery sets a sophisticated tone with low lighting and a yellow rose atop each table. Executive chef Marc Collins emphasizes seasonal offerings, highlighted by the menu's heirloom-tomato salad, a deconstructed BLT made with bacon gelée, Romaine espuma (foam), and white-grain toast.

Collins also shows off his Texan extraction, serving an antelope dish, the free-range game procured from the Broken Arrow Ranch in Texas hill country. The tender variation spiced with horseradish is a must-eat for the adventurous.

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Restaurant Information

Address:

149 Wentworth St., Charleston, South Carolina, 29401, USA

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Phone:

843-853–7828

Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Closed Sun. No lunch
  • Reservations essential

Updated 11/28/2012

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Oct 8, 2007

Well Done!

We were not let down at all at Circa 1886. The food and service as well as atmosphere were outstanding. Trust your waiter's suggestions. We were not disappointed.

By BJ

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Oct 7, 2006

Not Impressed

I was really looking forward to eating here after reading reviews. The food was not terribly appetizing. I ordered Fois Gras but it was indistinguishable from chicken liver. Also ordered chicken-fried quail which was quite dry quail served on biscuits that weren't even as good as what my 15 year old daughter could make. The cheese sampler was a tiny dollop of not very good cheese. The desserts sounded like selections at Dairy Queen -- shortcake, bannana

splits?? Where was the creme brulee? The service on the other hand was superb.

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By Sharon

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Apr 17, 2006

A huge letdown - Circa 2006

On a recent visit to Charleston, we elected to try Circa 1886. We love fine dining and had never been to this restaurant. I can't imagine why this restaurant is rated highly. The food sounded innovative but sometimes innovation just doesn't work. The fried green tomatoes and shrimp were just okay - a little bland but overall the best dish we had. The mushoom pate was way too salty, but lacked any other descernible seasoning. The cilatro painted

yellowtail over peanut flavored grits was just awful - the flavors did not blend at all well and the garnish of pepper jelly was cloyingly sweet. The portions were miniscule - the smallest I've seen in a long time - two small squares of yellowtail (each about 2 inches square)and no veggies or anything to accompany it except for the disastrous grits. Given the taste though, the small portions were really a blessing. Service was excellent and the ambiance was very nice but the food was truly a total failure.

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By Cynthia

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Jan 2, 2004

Bring A Magnifying Glass To Find Your Dinner

Gorgeous restaurant. Great service. Food is extremely overpriced. These were the smallest portions we had ever been served. Not that we were expecting "super-sized" fries :) but a 5 bite salad for $9 was a little on the small end. SUPURB bread, fantastic soup, but entree (duck breast) was just OK at best. As was the potato entree which was room temperature and as bland as white bread. Would not return.

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