Another lavish hotel and restaurant combination comes courtesy of Wentworth Mansion and its signature dining spot, Circa 1886. Built between 1885 and 1887, the Mansion is the city’s highest-end small hotel—Lewis Comfort Tiffany glass window panes, oak and mahogany floors, and a 4th-floor cupola that affords a 360 degree view of the city are just a few of the period details that abound, and the historical vibe extends to the spa, set in the former stables, where a treatment feels like a trip back in time. Circa 1886 adjoins the spa in the former carriage house, cultivating an intimate atmosphere that’s ideal for a romantic meal for two. The menu tends includes some gamier options, like antelope loin with chick pea barigoule, olive oil cured olives and feta, a nod to the region’s hunting traditions.
These four spots barely scratch the surface of Charleston’s dining scene—for a city of just over 115,000 people, there’s a disproportionate number of exceptional restaurants. But unlike other foodie havens, no matter how haute the menu, the vibe is distinctly laid back, without formal dress codes or prissy service. You could probably even get away with wearing Crocs, but considering where you’re reading this, thankfully, that probably isn’t an option.