Watch Circa 1886 Executive Chef Marc Collins discuss antelope, which is included in a dish on the new menu
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Circa 1886, the AAA Four Diamond, Mobil Four Star restaurant on the grounds of the Wentworth Mansion®, is rolling out a streamlined spring/summer menu that encourages locals to make the restaurant part of their regular dining out routine, rather than reserving a trip to Circa 1886 only for special occasions.
Starting April 22, the menu features sustainable meats and seafood, such as organic beef shoulder, wild American salmon and antelope loin, while offering an eclectic mix of cuisine inspired by turn of the century Charleston fare.

“With our spring menu, we wanted to simplify the options, giving people menu choices with their favorite dishes, as well as the opportunity to try something new,” says Marc Collins, executive chef of Circa 1886. “With our free parking and no jackets required dress code, Circa 1886 is a great place to have dinner any night, not just when it’s your anniversary or a once-a-year celebration.”

The menu includes appetizers of seared sea scallops, terrine of green asparagus, seared Labelle Farms foie gras, and 24-hour pork belly served with Charleston baked beans, smoked Tupelo honey and Valencia orange slaw. For a second course, diners can enjoy boiled peanut bisque, baby lettuces, tomato carpaccio salad, a trio of cheeses or a BBQ blue crab salad.

Featured entrees are organic beef shoulder tender with potato mousseline and zucchini; wild American salmon with Carolina Gold rice; a tasting of poulet rouge with collards and sweet potato; Lowcountry bouillabaisse with shrimp sausage and oysters; antelope loin with spicy leek ‘n corn ragu; white sturgeon with “blackened” watermelon and green bean salad; fried catfish with hopping john and chow chow; and, as a vegetarian menu option, heart of palm Wellington with wild mushroom duxelles and fava beans.

The dessert menu features summer flavors, such as a wild strawberry float, blueberries and cream soufflé, chocolate seduction, and banana crème caramel pie.

In addition to the a la carte menu, Executive Chef Collins is also offering a chef’s tasting menu daily for $75; paired with wine, it is $110.

Parking for Circa 1886 is free, including parking at the doctor’s office located at the corner of Smith and Beaufain streets.

The restaurant is open for dinner Monday through Saturday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., and prices range from $8 to $16 for appetizers, $20 to $30 for featured courses, and desserts start at $10. For more information and reservations, please visit or call (843) 853-7828.

About Circa 1886
Set inside the historic carriage house for the award-winning Wentworth Mansion® hotel at 149 Wentworth St. in Charleston, S.C., Circa 1886 is a AAA Four-Diamond, Mobil Four Star restaurant offering traditional southern cuisine with a modern twist in a sophisticated, historic setting. Executive Chef Marc Collins, named by Esquire Magazine as a chef to watch in 2001 and co-founder of the successful Charleston Food + Wine Festival, presents innovative southern dishes, which draw on the rich culinary history of Charleston during the time period when the Mansion was originally constructed. Collins also brings a French influence and a touch of 21st century culinary artistry to his creations. Circa 1886 has received numerous accolades, including the DiRoNA award for fine dining in North America, as well as the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.


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