Circa 1886 is a fine dining restaurant located on the grounds of the Wentworth Mansion in downtown Charleston, SC. One of Charleston’s best restaurants, Circa 1886 serves a seasonal menu with a focus on local product, high quality ingredients and Southern flavors. Executive Chef Marc Collins puts his own forward-thinking spin on traditional Lowcountry dishes and the result is food that is both modern and comforting.
Each bottle of our 250 bottle wine list has been carefully selected for its character and ability to pair well with our cuisine. To keep pace with varying menus and trends, our wine list is ever-changing as well. In cooler months, the list is stocked with rich and bold wines, whereas in the warmer months, the focus is on light and refreshing profiles. All of our wines are stored in the original wine cellar of the Wentworth Mansion.
Circa 1886 is located in the original carriage house of the historic Wentworth Mansion, built in 1886. The building still retains much of its original character. Many of the earliest architectural details still exist, including the wood-burning kitchen fireplace, stable doors, light-filled windows and original heart-of-pine floors. Designed to mimic the original carriage openings, cozy and romantic arched booths are set along the wall of our main dining room.
The restaurant’s romantic warm hues, wood paneling, candlelit tables and plush interiors lend themselves to an elegant fine dining experience that is both comfortable and cosmopolitan. Voted one of the country’s ’20 Best Restaurants for a Date’ by Men’s Fitness Magazine, Circa 1886 sets the mood for a romantic evening in downtown Charleston.
Circa 1886 Restaurant holds a Forbes Four Star distinction, AAA Four Diamond rating and is consistently recognized by Wine Enthusiast as one of America’s Best Wine Restaurants.