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Romantic Dining: The intriguing name of this romantic Charleston restaurant gives a hint at the source of its charm--based largely on its historic roots. Circa 1886 sits on the beautiful Wentworth Mansion hotel property, though its host establishment (founded, you guessed it, circa 1886), Wentworth Mansion, is more like a grand bed and breakfast than any ordinary hotel. Whether or not you're a guest of Wentworth Mansion (or the Urban Nirvana spa on-site), you're welcome at Circa 1886. Reservations are recommended for this fine dining establishment, along with an adventurous appetite. Dishes on this seasonal menu are beautifully plated, from the Broken Arrow Antelope Paillard to the Lamb Loin with ginger pea crust or Curried Heart of Palm. Take note: desserts at Circa 1886 are a beautiful as they are decadent--not to be missed.

Dessert: The recently renovated Circa 1886, at home within the grand and stately 5-star Wentworth Mansion hotel, is a fine dining restaurant known for its elegant presentations and sophisticated atmosphere. Within the beautiful interior, Circa 1886 creates a romantic scene fit for an intimate dinner, or better yet, a sampling of desserts. If you're already destined for dinner at Circa 1886, try out the Chef's 5-Course Tasting Menu, so as not to miss out on a dessert that pairs perfectly with your wine, your appetizers and your entrees. If you're headed to Circa 1886 solely for dessert, order a few items to share, such as the "S'Mores" with Graham Cracker Ice Cream, Ginger Lemongrass Creme Brulee, or Pan Seared Banana Cake.

Lowcountry: Circa 1886, nestled within the massive Wentworth Mansion bed & breakfast, is a destination in itself, drawing diners from both the property's guest list and those staying elsewhere. This elegantly appointed restaurant offers high class service and expertly crafted and presented lowcountry cuisine, alongside frequent culinary and holiday events. Dishes like the Tasting of Broccoli, Poach Salmon and Flounder highlight local lowcountry ingredients and traditional preparations. Don't skip dessert at Circa 1886; this restaurant is known for its artistic dessert plates that wow in both presentation and flavor ingenuity. Not sure what to order? Try the Chef's Tasting Menu, available daily for $75, $110 with wine pairings.

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Local Expert Clare Sweeney Says:

Romantic Dining: "Visiting Charleston? Opt for an indulgent stay at The Wentworth Mansion, where Circa 1886 is housed. Grand 4-poster beds and luxury accommodations, plus a 4-star restaurant steps away? That's a good deal."

Dessert: "If you're coming for dessert, don't miss an exquisite dinner beforehand! Circa 1886 is often ranked as one of the country's best restaurants, and is housed within a 5-star property!"

Lowcountry: "Make reservations in advance, and expect to find this fine dining restaurant within the beautiful Wentworth Mansion bed & breakfast property."

Best for Romantic Dining Because: Circa 1886 gives Charleston an elegant date night option in an unbeatable location, a comfortable fine dining atmosphere in the stunning historic Wentworth Mansion.

Best for Dessert Because: The dessert items at Circa 1886 easily keep up with the artfully plated and presented entree dishes, attracting diners to join them just for dessert.

Best for Lowcountry Because: Circa 1886 is one of Charleston best lowcountry restaurants for more than just its menu; Southern hospitality rules the setting and service here.


Specialty Cocktails
Champange & Sparkling

Wine List

Vintage Champagne
Multi-vintage Champagne
Sparkling Wines
Cote de Beaune
Cote Chalonnaise
United States
New Zealand
South Africa
Napa Valley
Sonoma Valley
Central Coast
Paso Robles
Left Bank
Right Bank
Petite Sirah
Northern Rhone
Southern Rhone
Côte de Nuits
Côte de Beaune
Southern Italy
Dessert Wines

Circa 1886 Fall Menu

Main Course
Sweet Finish

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