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Charleston's best seafood and fine cocktails. - The Establishment, Charleston, SC

The Establishment

4.8
4.8
1528 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood

Everything at The Establishment begins with well-sourced ingredients from sea and field. Through developing relationships with local farmers and fishermen, our ingredients will be consistently seasonal, fresh, and pure. Chef Elliott Howell's menu will always reflect a clean, focused, and balanced approach, delivering a selection of thoughtful and refined cuisine.

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Booked 48 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (843) 789-4028

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Elliott Howells

  • Private party facilities

    When enjoying our private rooms, you will receive impeccable service and the best of Charleston cuisine. We will customize the menu for your event to suit your personal and group tastes.

  • Private party contact

    Betsy Brabham: (843) 608-8295

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Cross street

    In between Church and State streets

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,528 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Charleston

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  • Charleston

    Notable Wine List

  • Charleston

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    The food and service was great. This is the second time we have sat in the bar area and some folks at the bar were very loud and a noxious. Just wish the management would control the noise level a bit better.

  2. R

    Rebekah

    Charleston

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food and quite unique. Olivia was our server and she was exceptional. Great ambiance.

  3. DH

    DavidH

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service5ambience3

    The food at the Establishment Wawa’s excellent. However the serving size was unbelievably small. My group of four had grouper, swordfish, and tilefish. All were excellent but the servings were too small,

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food, drinks, and service were all outstanding and well worth the price. Our server made perfect recommendations for us that were 100% on the mark and were honestly some of the best dishes we had ever experienced, and we were promptly and attentively cared for, truly a gold standard of service. The only negative, though perhaps "negative" isn't quite right because it was truly an exquisite experience, but it is something to be aware of; expect to spend far more than what OpenTable or Google say; maybe if you only had a single entree. Between a drink, a taste, and a savor item expect to spend ~$100 or more per person. Again, it's absolutely worth it, but this is not somewhere to go on a budget.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was unbelievably good. The gnocchi appetizer is fantastic. The wine list is impressive. The mains were delicious. Our server CT was knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. A memorable dining experience. Highly recommend!

  6. DP

    DPSMRS

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The Blue Crab Gnocchi was one of the best dishes we have had in years, and we are from New Orleans, where we put crabmeat on everything!!!!!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely delicious! The crab gnocchi, scallops, carpaccio… everything!

  8. S

    Suzy

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was incredible. We like to share, so we got the gnocchi, which was so delicious and the swordfish. Ambience and service was perfect. I would definitely go back!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and atmosphere! Serving size was perfect not too big just right. My swordfish was delicious

  10. j

    jimw

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had reservations for my wife's birthday on a reccomendation. From the moment we walked in to the time we left, all the staff was smiling, friendly, accomodating, and professional. The food was absolutely delicious and unique...every morsel of it. We couldn't have had a better birthday dinner experience!

  11. l

    lawrencec

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service2ambience3

    Slow service Brought out wrong dish My flounder dish was I’ll conceived and overcooked

  12. CC

    CCA1

    New York Area

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was awesome. Service also excellent and our server was great at directing us to the best food and wine selections.

  13. RP

    RodneyP

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best restaurant I've tried in years in Charleston. Probably going to be my new favorite.

  14. P

    Palmettofoodie

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was wonderful! Chef Elliott Howells always does a wonderful job with creating delicious dishes! Always nice for a date, or with friends. The bar is a fun stop to go early and have a cocktail before being seated! I live here in Charleston, and this is one of my top favorite restaurants! Maria K Mungo @palmettofoodie

  15. JS

    JimS

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Aniversary

  16. F

    Foodie123

    Charleston

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server Mr. Smalls was amazing! Food was delicious!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food2service5ambience4

    Too expensive and portions were small

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful evening with our friend visiting from the UK! As always, the food was magnificent and the service excellent. Always our favorite Charleston restaurant!

  19. BJ

    BrianJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place was awesome. Would recommend going there the first chance you get

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience all around from moment you walk in until you walk out. Never felt rushed…we’re able to enjoy a great meal and conversation.

  21. JK

    JaimeK

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Establishment is an excellent choice for fine dining in Charleston. The location on Broad Street is in a quieter section of the city, as opposed to the busier areas of King Street. The restaurant is lovely inside and relatively quiet. The service is wonderful. All of the staff are incredibly friendly and take time to greet you while you are there. The food is amazing and meals are very well-paced. My husband and I can't wait to return.

  22. EK

    ErinK

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was great! We got seated in a quiet location near the window which was perfect for our anniversary. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable. Will definitely go again.

  23. SS

    SSkish

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service, food was excellent, will be back next time my husband and I are in Charleston.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome experience. Service and food were top notch. This is certainly added to my list of best Charleston restaurants.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was great. Wonderful service and the food was excellent. I would recommend the flounder and be sure to order the rolls with whipped ricotta. The gnocchi appetizer was also delicious but very rich.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent all around

  27. KS

    KatherineS

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful experience! The service & ambiance were fantastic. The food was exceptional!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was great & our server, CT was great!!!

  29. A

    Attymikeb

    Oklahoma City

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food, service, and atmosphere. The wine and whiskey lists are wide-ranging and have some top-shelf selections. Unique food preparation that adds levels of taste. Overall highly recommend!

  30. M

    Mikeyb

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our dinner was excellent. Portions were a little small but the quality and preparation of the food was exceptional. This was a culinary experience. Our waiter, Michael, was knowledgable and attentive and the ambiance is great.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Anniversary

  32. KB

    KiaraB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was excellent. Our waitress was friendly and knowledgeable!

  33. a

    amyj

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Totally enjoyed everything about this place. Fantastic food. We had the gnocchi to start and the flounder and grouper with peas. Awesome

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We’ve dined all over the world, and this is certainly one of the top 3 dinners we’ve ever had. Each course was phenomenal for different reasons. Service was outstanding. We were celebrating an anniversary and felt very celebrated by the staff. Requested a window seat at booking and got the best seat in the house. Couldn’t recommend The Establishment enough for a special occasion!

  35. F

    Foodie1989

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    The food was good. The waiter was pushy. Seemed like we were rushed to get out the door.

  36. C

    Carlos

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The best flounder that I have ever eaten! Service was great. My wife and I shared a crab-based appetizer that was delicious! My wife really enjoyed her swordfish.

  37. VM

    VirginiaM

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Seated timely and courses were spaced well. Size of first course dishes were small but tasty. Would recommend the carpaccio and asparagus apps. Steak was excellent as were the scallops. Sorbet and pot with crème were exquisite.

  38. KM

    KimMca

    Charleston

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We liked the Grouper, rib eye and Scallops. Nice evening with friends

  39. S

    Saludable

    Fort Lauderdale

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic evening. Excellent proportions. Delicious specific daily menu opt for appetizer and main dishes. Celebrating my wife's 55th birthday - was a great experience overall. Highly recommend this restaurant.

  40. RM

    RandyM

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is probably one of the best kept secrets in Charleston. I grew up here and dine out a great deal and this place was and now is one of my favorites. The Gnocchi was one of the best appetizers I have ever had...I hesitated to write the review because I don't want out of towners to learn about it.

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The Establishment is rated 4.8 stars by 1528 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 48 times today
Google Map for The Establishment

28 Broad St Suite 100 Charleston, SC 29401-3004

Additional information

  • Cross street

    In between Church and State streets

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Elliott Howells

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (843) 789-4028

  • Private party facilities

    When enjoying our private rooms, you will receive impeccable service and the best of Charleston cuisine. We will customize the menu for your event to suit your personal and group tastes.

  • Private party contact

    Betsy Brabham: (843) 608-8295

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