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

    The July issue of "The Dish" has just been unleashed! Don`t miss the latest on Circa 1886 - check your inbox now!

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    We are thrilled to announce that @travelandleisure released its 2024 World’s Best Awards, and our sister hotels were recognized!

    @wentworthmansionsc has been awarded the #1 Best Hotel in Charleston for the second consecutive year and ranked #7 Favorite City Hotel in the Continental United States! In addition, @johnrutledgehouseinn ranked #2 Best Hotel in Charleston! Another congratulations to the City of Charleston for being named the Best City in the U.S. for the 12th year in a row!

    This prestigious recognition is a testament to our commitment to providing an exceptional experience and our dedication to preserving Charleston’s rich history and timeless charm, along with all our amazing guests who have supported us throughout the years. This achievement would not have been possible without their continued trust and patronage. Congratulations! 🎉

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    Happy Independence Day from all of us at Circa 1886!
    We`re open for dinner service tonight, so come celebrate with us and enjoy an unforgettable meal. Book your table now and make your 4th of July extra special!

    Mark your calendars! The inaugural Food & Wine Classic arrives in Charleston this September, and we are excited to be a part of this amazing celebration!

    Our Pastry Chef Ashley @pastry_chef_ashley will be showcasing her delectable creations at the luxurious Grand Tasting Pavilion, the heart of the event! This is your chance to experience Circa 1886`s culinary artistry firsthand, alongside renowned chefs and a world of exquisite wines and spirits.

    Don`t miss this opportunity to savor the flavors of Charleston! Secure your tickets now! Check out the link in our bio for more details!

    We hope to see you there! 🥂🍷🍽️
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    Indulge in a slice of perfection with our Lemon Olive Oil Cake at Circa 1886! 🍋✨

    Paired with Pistachio Gelato, Lemon Curd, Whipped Olive Oil, and Lemonade Gel, this dessert is a symphony of flavors that’s as unique as it is delicious.

    Join us and savor every bite! Book your table now!

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    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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