The Establishment

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$31 to $50
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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 Matt Canter's menu will always reflect a clean, focused, and balanced approach, delivering a selection of thoughtful and refined cuisine.
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Restaurant Week Menu

We are celebrating restaurant week with a 3 courses for $40! We are keeping our same daily changing menu and simply passing along the discount to our guests! Tax and gratuity not included

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 7, 2019

Ends: September 22, 2019

Availability: Mon-Sat 5:00PM-10:00PM

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice meal, fun atmosphere for a date night. Cool looking bar environment with expansive choices and soothing piano music

The Establishment
Responded 20 hours ago

Thank you so much for the review! We have our live pianists' every Thursday-Saturday and during Sunday Brunch!

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EJ
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall a nice experience! The food was all that everyone said it would be. It was restaurant week and it was busy!! We were early and went to the bar for a drink. We had to wait 15 to get a drink and once we ordered our drinks the hostess came by to get us for our table. She ended leaving us because we had to wait for our drinks to be made and then when we went to the hostess they said the table was not ready. So we waited while listening to the pianist which he was amazing!! Finally we were seated and Justin was our server. He was so nice and helpful with the menu items. We ordered the duck confit, raspberry salad, ribeye, whole fish, each dessert. Every part of the meal was delicious, but I have to say hands down the ribeye was amazing!! I loved the ambiance except how close we were to other tables. We heard the other couple next to us who ended up getting in a fight. Overall, great time and great food.

The Establishment
Responded 20 hours ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and a wonderful rating. We always appreciate honest feedback from our guests. We hope to see you again soon! We have our live Piano every Thursday-Saturday and during Sunday brunch!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ambiance and food so incredibly tasty (a little salty but otherwise good). The pianist was engaging and played wonderfully. We were a group of 9 ladies, so overall, we loved it

The Establishment
Responded 21 hours ago

Thank you for the review, we are happy to hear you all enjoyed your experience. Our talented pianists' are here Thursday-Saturday and Sunday brunch!

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A
Charleston
28 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for dinner and discovered it was restaurant week. We ordered the 3 courses and were pleased with everything we received. The food was prepared perfectly. I'm in love with the asiago bread. The wait staff here is probably the best I've personally experienced. Each person that attended us really seemed to enjoy their job.

The Establishment
Responded 21 hours ago

Ally, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review!

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was amazing!

The Establishment
Responded 20 hours ago

Thank you!

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OT
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My gal pal and I had the best experience! We came for restaurant week, but were treated like royalty and not rushed through our dinner. We were able to savor each delicious bite!

The Establishment
Responded 21 hours ago

Thank you for the wonderful review, we always want our guests to leave feeling special!

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V
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner! Sat near open kitchen and loved it. The gnocchi with crab was the stand out favorite! We will definitely be back soon.

CG
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The was perfectly prepared as usual. The waiter was not as good as I am use to at the Establishment but I think he was relatively new.

J
Charleston
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for Restaurant Week- because we've been wanting to try The Establishment. The selection was great, the food was fantastic. Crispy duck, and the best gnocchi I've had in years. Our waiter Chad, was really helpful, well-informed, and a pleasure to be around. Thanks for a great evening-we'll be back!

The Establishment
Responded 21 hours ago

Jake, thank you so much for the kind words! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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d
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Brunch menu very limited. Expected more. Jazz was a piano player whose breaks were longer than playing time

JB
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. We’ll be back

The Establishment
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thank you! Come see us for Happy Hour M-F from 5-7pm.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely amazing as always! Service was very friendly and on point!

The Establishment
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for your review, we are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit!

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and staff. We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience.

The Establishment
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thank you!

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TT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitstaff took EXCELLENT care of us as we had a lavish three hour dinner. It was wonderful. Live piano music, open kitchen to watch the action and yummy food.

The Establishment
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thank you for the review, we are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us.

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time we visited we totally enjoyed everything from the drinks, the food, and the staff we will definitely come back when we are in town 100% romantic atmosphere.
I give you guys a 10.

The Establishment
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thank you Mariah, we look forward to seeing you again!

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very fresh food, expertly pared. The SC Peach Appetizer was amazing. Service was great and the waiter was well versed in the food preparation and tastes.

The Establishment
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thank you for the review!

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MM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around favorite! Also a wonderful restaurant to eat at the bar. It’s very spacious

The Establishment
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thank you Marian! Remember, we have Happy Hour M-F from 5-7PM. We also have a great menu just for the bar guests!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner and atmosphere.. beautiful place! Justin was great!

The Establishment
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thank you! We will be sure to let Justin know!

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g
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

The food and service are amazing. But at least for tonight it was a piano bar filled with tourist couples and bachelorette parties singing along to the Titanic theme song and Billy Joel staples played live by an in room piano player. If you are looking for a party with great food and service this is your place. If you are looking for a romantic dinner or peaceful ambience this is most definitely not your place.

The Establishment
Responded on August 31, 2019

So glad you enjoyed the food and service! After 930 on weekend nights the music does get a bit more lively and we did ask the guests to take down the energy. They were not drinking much so it was not a situation where either of the two tables that were singing had been served irresponsibly. The guests were just having a good time and I am disappointed that these guest's impacted your overall experience. Very isolated incident. We have one of the most romantic and peaceful restaurants in the city

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SL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great night! Service was exceptional! Piano player was icing on the cake! We will be back!

The Establishment
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thank you Sandra, we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JS
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time dining at The Establishment AND THE OVERALL EXPERIENCE ENTIRELY EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS!!! The energetic hostess was so pleasant and accommodating; our server, Caitlynn was simply outstanding with everything we requested; the water glasses were filled continually; the Laurent Perrier Champagne was sensational and the Manager checked to make certain that we had a beautiful experience! NOW, onto the food - the first course or appetizers of the duck confit was crispy and savory and the gnocchi with crabmeat was beyond description, so light and airy with decadent flavors; the main courses were the ribeye - prepared perfectly, incredible flavors, and the grouper with corn medley was sweet and a perfect accompaniment to the grouper; the dessert was a chocolate cake baked with olive oil, drizzled with toasted hazelnuts which was amazing and then the addition of the chocolate hazelnut ice cream was rich, fresh tasting and so incredible! This is one of top spots in the world!!!

The Establishment
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thank you so much John! We are happy to hear your enjoyed your experience with us!

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Charleston
41 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place to go for delicious, fresh, creatively prepared seafood in Charleston!

The Establishment
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thank you so much!

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C
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening the service was outstanding in every way. We had three different entrees, a steak, swordfish and a vegetarian dish and all were excellent. A very nice evening in every way.

The Establishment
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thank you for the kind words, we are glad to hear your enjoyed your experience.

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JR
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place!
Having enjoyed previous meals in the front of the house we chose the chef's table for this visit. Good choice. Enjoyed watching the care and attention of the kitchen staff in the preparation and presentation of our meals which were excellent.
Attentive staff, no feeling of being rushed like other downtown venues.
It's on our must do list.

The Establishment
Responded on September 6, 2019

We are happy to hear your enjoyed your visit, and yes, the chef's counter is a whole different experience! We hope to see you again soon!!

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B
Charleston
150 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three couples attend the Dock Street together and it was my turn to pick the restaurant. I confidently picked The Establishment. it was a great choice. Small plates or dinner entrees and in between make for excellent choices. The service is impeccable and the ambiance beautiful. Valet parking is a plus for those attending the theater. In the front dining area you can carry on a conversation as the area is quiet. It picks up later in the evening. What a great place.

The Establishment
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thank you for the review! The Dinner and a Show package is hard to beat!

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ordered everything on the appetizer menu, all excellent. Butterscotch desert awesome as well. The peach - blue cheese combo no so much but points for the creativity.

The Establishment
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thank you for the review!

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D
Charleston
34 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Establisment is a lovely cozy spot with a good contemporary menu. The staff is outstanding. I had the pork chop which was very good and the peach salad. The peaches were hard and tasteless. I would have given 5 stars otherwise. My husband enjoyed the heirloom tomato salad and the grouper. We will return. The wine list is quite good, but I wish they had a french red by the glass....

The Establishment
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thank you Davis! We hope to see you again soon.

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OT
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Establishment is one of the new restaurants that are still flying under the radar. It’s the best kept secret in Charleston in my opinion I will be returning the next time I am in Charleston. Great restaurant.

The Establishment
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thank you so much for the review! We hope to see you again soon!!

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P
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food & service. Ambiance was perfect. Second time, and won’t be our last.

The Establishment
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thank you for the wonderful review, we look forward to seeing you! Stop by for Happy Hour, M-F 5-7pm!

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OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef went above and beyond to accommodate my friends dietary restrictions! Everything was wonderful the service was fabulous! Nick was our server and was so attentive to our needs!

The Establishment
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thank you for the review! We will be sure to thank Chef and Nick for you as well!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, awesome service

The Establishment
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thank you for the review!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal!! Also, very accommodating of my allergies.

The Establishment
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thank you!

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l
Charleston
44 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent good and service. Very nice way to celebrate our anniversary with friends.

The Establishment
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thank you for celebrating with us!

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OT
Charleston
22 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely as always. Stellar service, beautiful atmosphere, creative menu, impressive wine and cocktail selections.

The Establishment
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thank you for the wonderful review!

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JL
Minneapolis
114 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Establishment is one of the “places” in Charleston, so my expectations were high. It is in the thick of the historic district of this amazing city, and deserves some props just for “being there” as Charleston becomes known for its world class cuisine.

Though Charleston- with its steamy summers and casual lifestyle - is not know for its wine savvy, The Establishment has a credible cellar. Eating solo this evening, I visited their “by glass” offerings, and found very nice accompaniments for my dinner. Their white wines, for me, are much more relevant than their reds, due to the great seafood-centric fare. I ordered - and fully enjoyed - both a Sauvignon Blanc and a Chardonnay. The restaurant offered a fried oyster salad- delightful - and I had their lump crab ravioli as a main course -delicious,

The staff is friendly, prompt and professional. It is not a bargain, but it is an experience and investment well worth your time.

The Establishment
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thank you for the kind words Jim! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us!

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OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food. Great service. this is a restaurant for foodies with a discerning pallet . The gnocchi with crab was out of this world. Who would ever of thought blue cheese ice cream and peaches would work? They were to die for.

The Establishment
Responded on August 23, 2019

Thank you for the wonderful review. Our gnocchi is a fan favorite and we are happy to hear you enjoyed our latest dessert addition of Bruleed Peaches!

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F
Charleston
24 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Swordfish and grouper entrees as well as duck confit appetizer were all superbly prepared. We were surprised to see so few seafood options (4-5) as entrees although we were certainly satisfied with our order.! Piano music was a bit loud at times... nice touch but difficult to hear my husband across from me. We will definitely return!

The Establishment
Responded on August 23, 2019

Thank you for the wonderful review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us. Our menu is locally sourced and is ever changing in response to the sustainability of our local resources, so at times we don't have quite as many options as we would like. We do look forward to seeing you again soon and hope to have even more options for you to enjoy!

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c
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A true improvement in the food since our first visit last year. The space is gorgeous and ambience is wonderful. My only complaint was that I felt very strongly that our server was really trying to upsell the menu. He kept trying to point out as we ordered appetizers for entrées that they were extremely small For example 6 gnocchis or just several shrimp . We found the portions to be good and we were happy with our choices. We left full and there was no wasted food.

The Establishment
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thank you for the review, we are happy you enjoyed your meal with us!

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HB
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good meal

The Establishment
Responded on August 22, 2019

Thank you Howard!

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B
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Foot, service, atmosphere are all wonderful. They have a series of signature cocktails, which are quite interesting. I highly recommend the fish. Our waiter was so well-informed about the dishes that we wanted him to join us for dinner. This is a highly recommended restaurant in a less frenetic part of downtown Charleston.

The Establishment
Responded on August 23, 2019

Thank you for the review! We are so glad you enjoyed dining with us. Be sure to stop by during Happy Hour M-F from 5 to 7, we have great signature cocktails on special during that time!

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