Flavors That Come Together To Tell A Beautiful Story

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.

Secrets of the Sommeliers

Now offering private wine tastings

Just saying Sommelier can be intimidating. Wine shouldn't be! This experience will cover the basics from how grapes become wine to how to pick a wine at a restaurant. You will leave with a greater understanding and appreciation of wine.

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Shaking With The Seasons

Now offering private mixology classes

Learn the basics of using different spirits and seasonal ingredients to create delicious libations.

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Intimate Celebrations

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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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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Lawn and Patio

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

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Restaurant Buyout

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

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Circa 1886 restaurant entrance


  • #4 Best Hotel Restaurant 2021 by USA Today 10Best Awards
  • #5 Best Hotel Restaurant
    2020 by
    USA Today 10Best Awards
  • 2020 Local Food Champion by Small Luxury Hotels of the World
  • Top 20 Best Fine Dining
    Restaurant in the U.S.
    TripAdvisor’s 2020 Travelers’
    Choice Awards
  • 2020 Best of Award
    of Excellence
    Wine Spectator Award
  • The Most Romantic
    Restaurants in the World
    Architectural Digest
  • 2019 South Carolina Chef
    Ambassador by
    Discover South Carolina