Experience South Carolina Foodways
From Its Humble Beginnings

Tucked within the original carriage house of the 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 and discover an unexpectedly modern take on the city’s classic Lowcountry cuisine. Circa 1886 regularly ranks among the finest restaurants in downtown Charleston SC.

20 Aniversary

Celebrate 20 years of Circa 1886

On December 31, 1999 Circa 1886 opened their doors for the very first time to host a New Year’s Eve dinner. 20 years later, Circa 1886 is one of Charleston’s most beloved restaurants. A few years after the opening of the Wentworth Mansion, Charming Inns Chairman Rick Widman wanted to create a freestanding, full service compound within the Harleston Village neighborhood to accompany the historic inn.

He envisioned a space where people can converse in a comfortable setting while enjoying southern food that showcases Charleston’s culinary history— two decades later, Circa 1886 is home to just that and so much more. 2020 is the year of celebrating Circa 1886 and sharing all of the wonderful stories, experiences and menus that have helped transcend the success of the restaurant over the years.

Sign up for our email or follow us on social media to celebrate with us. In addition to sharing special moments with you, we will also be offering specials to guests of Circa 1886 as our way of saying ‘Thank You’. We simply would not be the restaurant we are today without all of you.

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Happy Hour

ENJOY $7 before 7

Grab a seat at the bar or on our patio surrounded by our lush gardens and take advantage of our popular Happy Hour celebration, $7 before 7. From 5PM until 7PM, Monday through Saturday, guests can select from a list of wines and specialty cocktails created by our mixologist, all costing only $7 each. Wines will vary and include a choice of sparkling, two white wines, and two red wines. In addition, guests are invited to stay and dine with us and enjoy the seasonal menu.

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The Perfect Gift

A Circa 1886 gift card is the perfect gift for any occasion. 

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Circa 1886 restaurant entrance


  • #2 Best Hotel Restaurant 2019 USA TODAY 10Best.
  • Top 15 Best Fine Dining
    Restaurant in the U.S.
    TripAdvisor’s 2019 Travelers’
    Choice Awards
  • 2017 OpenTable Diner’s
    Choice Award
  • The Most Romantic
    Restaurants in the World
    Architectural Digest
  • The Award of Excellence DiRoNA

Uniquely Charleston
Celebration Spaces

The Tack Room

Perfect for a private dinner, a bridal or business luncheon, the beautiful space has two original fireplaces and uniquely Charleston touches and can accommodate up to 40 people.

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Uniquely Charleston
Celebration Spaces

The Garden Room

This warm and welcoming space is ideal for a private lunch or dinner with up to 12 friends.

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Celebration Spaces

Lawn and Patio

Our tree-lined courtyard and patio are picture-perfect for an outdoor cocktail reception overlooking the lawn.

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Uniquely Charleston
Celebration Spaces

Restaurant Buyout

The ultimate in good taste, a full buyout offers exclusive access to the entire restaurant, indoors and out.

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