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

    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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    🎉 Congratulations to our sister hotel, @wentworthmansionsc for being named the No. 2 Best Hotel in Charleston and No. 5 Best Hotel in South Carolina by @USNews & World Report! 🥂 #wentworthmansion ...

    We’re in love with our soufflés too🤍
    What’s your favorite dessert at Circa 1886?

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    Not sure what to order?
    Try our Seared Foie Gras, with White Chocolate Banana Bread, Passion Fruit Gel, Pecan Banana Relish, and Cinnamon Chantilly.

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    Indulge in an unforgettable dining experience at Circa 1886, where the perfect blend of classic elegance and exceptional cuisine awaits you. 🍽️✨
    Secure your reservation today and immerse yourself in a culinary masterpiece! Reserve your table now using the link in our bio.

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    Cheers to a fantastic weekend ahead! 🌟 Whether you’re unwinding with a drink at our bar or savoring delectable dishes at Circa 1886, make it a weekend to remember. 🍹✨ Secure your reservations now for any occasion and elevate your weekend plans with us! 🥂

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    Embracing the elegance of a new year, we extend a warm welcome to all our cherished guests. The doors of Circa 1886 are once again open, ready to create unforgettable culinary memories. Here`s to a year filled with delicious food and unforgettable memories!

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    ✨ Happy New Year, from your friends at Circa 1886! We`re sending you our warmest wishes for a joyous, prosperous, and delicious 2024!

    As the confetti settles and resolutions take flight, we`ll be taking a well-deserved break to recharge and refuel for another year of culinary adventures. ‍️

    We`ll be closed today through January 7th. Our doors will swing open again on the 8th, ready to welcome you back with open arms and an irresistible new menu.

    Cheers to a happy, healthy, and delicious New Year! 🥂

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    Raise a glass and sip on our new specialty cocktails!🥂

    Secure your reservations today!

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    Check out the latest issue of @charlestonmag to spend 15 minutes with our talented Executive Pastry Chef, @pastry_chef_ashley ! 👩‍🍳

    You can read the full feature in the online edition and get an inside peek into Ashley`s passion for crafting exquisite desserts and some of her favorite things! 🍰 #Circa1886 #PastryChef #CharlestonMagazine #CulinaryArtistry

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!🎄
    Check out what our talented Pastry Chef @pastry_chef_ashley has been making, including a gingerbread model of our sister hotel @wentworthmansionsc

    Happy Holidays from Circa 1886!🎁

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