Welcome to Circa 1886
A Refined Dining Experience

Welcome to Circa 1886 Restaurant, where our menus are a testament to the artistry of exceptional dining. Step into a world of culinary discovery as we proudly present our distinctive array of offerings, each designed to elevate your dining experience to new heights.

Tucked within the original carriage house of Wentworth Mansion®, Circa 1886 evokes the romance and old-world charm of historic downtown Charleston. Look beyond its original pine floors and charming architectural details, explore a creative menu bursting with flavors, and experience unrivaled Southern hospitality. We invite you to experience for yourself why Circa 1886 consistently earns its place among Charleston, South Carolina’s most esteemed fine dining establishments.

Private Gatherings

Intimate Celebrations

From anniversaries and family reunions to weddings and rehearsal dinners, our staff is experienced in creating unique, personalized, and memorable events.

Make the most of your time in Charleston by taking part in our unique and special activities.

Exclusive Experiences

  • cocktails

    Private Mixology Classes

    Shaking With The Seasons

    Learn the basics of using different spirits and seasonal ingredients to create delicious libations.
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  • John Riddick

    Private Wine Tasting

    Secrets of the Sommeliers

    Learn the basics of how grapes become wine and how to pick the perfect wine at a restaurant.
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    Executive Chef

    Marc Collins

    Executive Chef Marc Collins has been masterfully creating culinary magic for more than 20 years, transforming any ordinary night out into a spectacular experience.


    • "Birthday Celebration"
      Hi Ginny, You and your team were AMAZING! Michael Dawson was fantastic, the food was delicious and all of your staff could not have been more gracious and helpful. Everything was seamless. THANK YOU! We’ll be back!
      Liz H.
    • "Top-notch dining experience"
      What an amazing dining experience this was. Set in what was once the carriage house. Beautifully decorated and a lovely restful experience. Our waiter was superb (and we connected immediately with him as he is originally from the same state and area as we live). My husband and I each had the tasting menu. He had the Cooper Menu and I had the Ashley Menu. The food was absolutely top rate! If you want a quiet, elegant meal, I highly recommend Circa 1886.
      C6239KKmonicad | Nashua, New Hampshire | 4/30/23
    • "Perfection!"
      Husband and I had each of the 5-course tasting menus. The service all around was top-notch. Wine pairings were perfection, and the quality and quantity of food was amazing. Best meal. I cannot speak highly enough of this hidden gem!
      dpp74 | St. Augustine, Florida | 12/31/22

    Awards & Accolades

    Celebrating Excellence

    No. 1
    Most Romantic Restaurant in South Carolina 2023
    No. 4
    Best Hotel Restaurant 2021
    USA Today 10Best Awards
    No. 9
    Best Fine Dining Restaurant
    TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2022

    Dining at Circa 1886? Start the evening off with our Burrata Salad, featuring Beet Puree, Micro Arugula, Phyllo Nest, White Balsamic Vinaigrette, and Bee Pollen.

    This delectable appetizer is the perfect starter for your culinary journey at Circa 1886. Secure your reservations now and experience the finest in Charleston dining!
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    Be sure the check out this month’s edition of The Dish!

    This month, we dive into one of our exclusive experiences: “Secrets of the Sommeliers”- for more details check out the link in our bio!
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    Indulge in pure decadence with our Valrhona Chocolate dessert! With dark chocolate mousse, coffee crème, and croissant ice cream, this sweet delight is the perfect way to finish off your evening.

    Don’t miss out! Reserve your table today!
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    Sip, savor, and celebrate National Wine Day in style at Circa 1886! 🍷
    Indulge in our exquisite wine selection curated to complement our award-winning cuisine. Cheers to the perfect pairing of exceptional wines and culinary delights!

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    Make the most of every special occasion. Our dining room offers an unparalleled ambiance, with unbeatable elegance and impeccable service.

    Don`t miss your chance to dine in grandeur! Book your table now!
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    Indulge in the exquisite delight of our seasonal soufflé, expertly crafted to perfection with the finest ingredients.

    Treat yourself to a taste of perfection on your next visit! Book your table now!

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    A dining experience unlike any other

    Book your table now and enjoy the finer things in life
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    We are pleased to announce that Circa 1886 will be open for service on Sunday, May 26th!
    Indulge in your favorite dishes, discover culinary delights from our new seasonal menu, and experience the warm Southern hospitality you know and love.

    Limited tables available - reserve yours today!
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    Discover the latest culinary delights and exclusive happenings with `The Dish` – our monthly newsletter at Circa 1886! Be sure to check out this month`s edition as we dive into our new spring cocktails and our new seasonal desserts!

    Use the link in our bio to read the full newsletter!
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    Sip into spring Circa 1886 with our new specialty cocktails!
    Indulge in seasonal flavors with our new cocktails that are crafted to perfection!

    Join us today and toast to spring🍹🌸☀️
    (full list in our bio!)
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    Savor the indulgent flavors of our Lobster Risotto at Circa 1886!
    Topped with English Peas, Pea Shoots, Parmesan, and Vadouvan Spice, this delightful appetizer is the perfect way to start your evening!

    Don`t miss out on the chance to savor our Lobster Risotto and more. Secure your spot at Circa 1886 today!
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    Look at these beauties from our amazing @pastry_chef_ashley from the @thegibbesmuseum On the Street event! 🍋 ❤️

    Lemon and Sweet Tea Trifle
    Southern Pound Cake, Sweet Tea Gel, Lemon Mousse

    Date night, anyone?
    Our exquisite cuisine and intimate ambiance create the perfect setting for an unforgettable evening. Call now to reserve your table!

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    Calling all wine & food lovers! There`s still time to join our exclusive Luli Wine Dinner on April 18th with Master Sommelier Sara Floyd!

    Be sure to call the restaurant at (843)-853-7828 to secure your spot!

    We`re looking forward to an evening of great food and exquisite wine!🍷🍽️

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    🎉 We`re thrilled to announce the launch of our brand-new e-newsletter, The Dish!

    Dive in as we give you an exclusive dose of all the delightful happenings at Circa 1886! We`ll keep you in the loop on all the latest news, including menu changes, upcoming events, and exclusive insider information!

    Check out the link in our bio to read this month`s edition, and be sure to secure your reservations for your next night out!

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