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
    Yelp
    No. 4
    Best Hotel Restaurant 2021
    USA Today 10Best Awards
    No. 9
    Best Fine Dining Restaurant
    TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2022

    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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    Sip and savor excellence at Circa 1886. Be sure to check out our extensive wine list to enhance your dining experience!

    Reserve your table now and let our team plan your perfect evening! 🍷🥂

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    Indulge in culinary perfection with our exquisite Burrata Salad🍽️

    This delectable appetizer features a Beet Puree, Micro Arugula, Phyllo Nest, White Balsamic Vinaigrette, and Bee Pollen.
    Elevate your dining experience with us today! Reserve your table now and embark on a journey of exquisite flavors and impeccable service.

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    Please join us for our upcoming Luli Wines Dinner this April!

    Guest host and Master Sommelier Sara Floyd will join Executive Chef Marc Collins for a delectable four-course meal with perfectly paired wines. For more details, use the link in our bio.

    Limited seating is available! Secure your spot by calling Circa 1886 today at (843)-853-7828.

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    Try our Truffle Toast when you order the Ashley Tasting Menu this season!

    This decadent piece features Whipped Neufchatel, Black Truffles, Crispy Brioche, Leek Puree, and Paddlefish Caviar.

    Book your table now and try the new tasting menus. Use the link in our bio for more details🍽️
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    One of Charleston’s Most Romantic Restaurants Awaits!

    Secure your reservations for the perfect date night now❣️

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    Discover Pastry Chef Ashley’s exquisite creation tonight at Circa 1886, in honor of #NationalPiDay!

    Indulge in her handcrafted Apple Pie adorned with Brown Butter and Rosemary Streusel, served with our Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Salted Caramel.

    Don’t miss out on this delicious special! 🍏🥧

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    The perfect setting for a memorable meal🍽️🥂

    What`s your favorite experience at Circa 1886?

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    ✨A refined dining experience unlike any other✨

    Plan your perfect evening. Secure your reservations today!

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    Complete your evening affair with the perfect touch and try one of our handcrafted espresso martinis. Join us at Circa 1886 and let the night unfold in the most delightful way.

    Here`s to unforgettable moments! 🍸✨

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    We`re excited to share our Executive Chef Marc Collin`s recent participation in the Lowcountry Food Bank`s 25th Annual Chef`s Feast Gala!

    This event unites Charleston`s culinary stars for an evening of exquisite food, camaraderie, and giving back to the community.
    In his 23rd year of participating, Chef Collins demonstrated his culinary skills, contributing to a memorable experience while raising vital funds for our community.

    Thank you, Chef, for your dedication to culinary excellence and your commitment to making a positive impact!

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    Indulge in our latest menu! Experience culinary delights and elevate your dining experience to new heights!

    Reserve your table today and savor an evening of top service and exquisite flavors! Use the link in our bio to get started!

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    Celebrate in style at Circa 1886, where every meal is a journey through history and flavor. From anniversaries to birthdays, elevate your special moments with our historic charm and exceptional cuisine.

    Make your reservation now and let us ensure your occasion is truly unforgettable!

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    Indulge in timeless elegance at Circa 1886! Immerse yourself in the ambiance of our historic bar as you sip on expertly crafted libations.

    Enhance your Circa 1886 dining experience by starting with a cocktail or a glass of wine – the perfect prelude to an unforgettable evening!

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