The Establishment

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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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New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was wonderful and treated us to a bottle of champagne for our wedding weekend. Great service, food and overall experience.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had brunch there and they were very accommodating of special food requests that were not listed on the menu. We enjoyed the ambiance with the piano player! It was a great experience!

The Establishment
Responded 11 hours ago

Thank you! We have brunch every Sunday from 10:30 to 2:30pm!

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MU
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding from every perspective~food, service, ambiance! Just a delight!

The Establishment
Responded 11 hours ago

Thank you Marion!

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed our dining experience here but wasn’t quite up to par with our other experiences in Charleston. Nothing really bad but food just didn’t blow us away. Great ambiance and environment and waitress was great.

WH
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful night. The food and service were absolutely fabulous!

The Establishment
Responded 11 hours ago

Thank you Wayne! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience!

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

Very nice place with professional staff and an amazing Chef. I have absolutely no complaints except for maybe that they don’t have cheesecake on the dessert menu. Swordfish verified amazballs.

The Establishment
Responded 11 hours ago

Thank you for the review! Our menus are ever-changing, keep an eye out on our website and you may just see one of your dessert preferences pop up over the holidays!

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EM
Miami
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service... very knowledgeable about menu and wine choices.

Food was outstanding.

One of the best in Charleston.

The Establishment
Responded 11 hours ago

Thank you for the kind review!

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WS
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is intimate, romantic, and chic. We enjoyed the piano music. The food was delicious .
The service was excellent. One of the best restaurants in Charlesron.

The Establishment
Responded 11 hours ago

Thank you Wallace, we are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience. You can catch one of our talented piano players Thursday through Saturday night or during Sunday brunch!

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Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. Service and food was excellent. Also, very much enjoyed the piano player.

The Establishment
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you! We have our live pianist every Thursday through Saturday night and during Sunday brunch!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Father son outing

The Establishment
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you!

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SL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will back again and would love to sit at the bar next time.

The Establishment
Responded 7 days ago

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

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GE
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

I made the mistake of dining there on a Friday when crowds were large and noisy and staff a bit shorthanded and overwhelmed. They were moving fast, but this is a fairly large restaurant, and they couldn’t keep up.

Menu is very modest/brief.

Piano player exceptional—though largely ignored.

AC
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Becoming one of our favorite restaurants. Very crowded tonight with Parents Day at The Citadel and a large Bridesmaids party but the ambience was there! Delicious food and well made drinks. Love the piano playing in the background, feels like old times but in a modern sophisticated place!

The Establishment
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you so much for the wonderful review! We look forward to having you back soon!

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wanna get out of the hustle in Charleston. Go just a couple blocks over to Broad street to The Establishment. Great vibes, great food, excellent service. Lucas took time with us, was very knowledgeable about the menu, helped us with a perfect wine pairing and still got us out and to our show on time. We'll definitely be back.

The Establishment
Responded on October 5, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for us. We are happy to know you enjoyed your experience and will be sure to pass on your kind words to Lucas.

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JR
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time. Service was great, enjoyed the food, and liked the live piano music

The Establishment
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you Jude!

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S
West Virginia
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Appetizers were great. Entrees not so much. Little tadt. Swordfish was dry

The Establishment
Responded on October 5, 2019

Thank you Steve for taking the time to leave a review, we take all of our reviews very seriously and will be sure to pass this information on. We hope to see you again in the future.

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S
Charleston
22 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing find on our part and I receommend it to anyone that wants great service and excellent food!

The Establishment
Responded on October 5, 2019

Thank you Scott! We hope to see you again soon! Stop by our bar some time for Happy Hour. M-F from 5-7pm.

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time there and just as good as the first.

The Establishment
Responded on October 5, 2019

Thank you so much, we hope to see you again soon!

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JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Sunday Brunch was Fabulous. We had the Whipped Ricotta Appetizer and the Steak and Eggs Entree. Best steak and eggs ever. We enjoyed the live music. Our server was fantastic and made us feel very special. I wanted a bloody mary but do to allergies could not have the local mix that they use. The bartender went out of his way to make a special drink just for me! Will definitely be back next time we are in town.

The Establishment
Responded on October 5, 2019

Thank you Jennifer! We are glad you enjoyed spending your Sunday Brunch with us!

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JW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, would highly recommend and plan on definately returning. Was in town visiting colleges for my children. A must visit place!

The Establishment
Responded on October 5, 2019

Thank you Jim, we look forward to seeing you all again soon!

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OT
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Previous reviews mentioned the high level of personal service and we certainly can confirm them. Starting off with valet parking and a warm welcome we felt well cared for. Kate our server and Brian our sommelier were attentive without being obtrusive and spoke knowledgeably about the menu and wine (many interesting options!) while being causal allowing for just enough variety to offer a nice range of options but with focus on very creative preparations and presentations that brought out the best of each offering.

There was live music that was very complimentary to the ‘atmosphere‘ and we didn’t have to compete with it to chat. The restaurant was well laid out and while we had a window table (Again the service!) I would have been happy with any spot in the room.

Thanks to the staff seen and not, for a very nice meal. Highly recommended for the service, atmosphere and creative food that has Charleston front and center as a culinary destination.

The Establishment
Responded on October 5, 2019

Thank you for the kind words! We are always happy to hear that our guests have enjoyed dining with us and that our wonderful staff have taken such good care. We have our live pianists every Thursday through Saturday for dinner and during Sunday brunch. We hope to see you again soon!

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable experience with my parents who were visiting from out of town. Food, music, and service were all above bar. Thanks!

The Establishment
Responded on October 5, 2019

Thank you! We are so happy to hear you all enjoyed the experience of dining with us! We have our live pianists every Thursday through Saturday night!

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JM
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was not hot, but was very tasty. Waiter went into too much detail on each menu item.

The Establishment
Responded on October 5, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, we always appreciate feedback from our guests.

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MM
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every thing about the restaurant was perfect . Great drinks , appetizers, main course and dessert . The atmosphere is conducive for talking , nice back ground music and we had great view of kitchen . The gnocchi appetizer was outstanding . We tried chicken, pork chop, grouper and ribeye for main course . Everyone cleaned their plate 😊

The Establishment
Responded on October 5, 2019

Thank you for the wonderful review Melonie. Our gnocchi is definitely a fan favorite! We hope to see you again soon.

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M
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

This was our third time dining at the establishment. Food as always was excellent but where they seated us this time was next to the kitchen and neither us or our servers could hear. We ended up shouting at each other. In the past our service has been excellent with attention to every detail. This time we barely saw our server. It was a very busy night. We brought friends and wanted them to experience the same great service and food that we had enjoyed before. Unfortunately it was an evening of shouting at each other although the food was still excellent. Will continue to be our favorite restaurant in Charleston but will definitely request that we not be seated in the area near the kitchen.

The Establishment
Responded on October 5, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We take all reviews very seriously. We are always happy to accommodate our guests seating preferences and will be happy to do so on your next visit! We look forward to seeing you again!

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MP
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Personable and friendly experience. Food and drink were excellent. Staff worked as a team and knew eat each food item. What a treat! Can't wait to return.

The Establishment
Responded on October 5, 2019

Thank you! We look forward to seeing you again as well. Stop by the bar soon for Happy Hour, M-F from 5-7pm!

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CF
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brian the sommelier and our server Caitlyn went out of there way to ensure that we had a fantastic evening. I would not hesitate to reccomend The Establishment to my friends and family. Thank you for a great night catching up with a dear friend.

The Establishment
Responded on October 5, 2019

Thank you for the kind words, we will be sure to pass it on to our amazing team! Come see us again for Happy Hour, M-F from 5-7pm at the bar!

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EP
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect in all ways. Service, ambience and especially the food.

The Establishment
Responded on September 27, 2019

Thank you Elizabeth, we work hard at being the best we can be! It is always nice to hear we are hitting the mark!

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

Went back a second night. The duck appetizer is spectacular. Nice wine selection and the grouper, swordfish, pork chop and fish stew entrees are all very good as are the shrimp and lettuce appetizers.

The Establishment
Responded on September 27, 2019

We are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience(s) with us! Thank you for the review!

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R
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a delightful and delicious brunch. Disappointed that nothing was done in honor of the 2 birthdays we were celebrating, even though we were asked if there was a special occasion when we made the reservation on Open Table. Most restaurants will bring a dessert or glass of champagne to the birthday person. Why ask if you’re not going to do anything?.

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Establishment is hands down my favorite place in Charleston, and I’ve lived here for a long time. The genuine welcoming atmosphere is so refreshing, and every time I go back (which is often), I’m remembered and greeted personally. The food is incredible- a seemingly simple menu, but one that changes often and when the food comes, it’s more incredible and imaginative than you could expect. The cocktails are very unique and I can easily tell apart their drinks from others. I love the atmosphere inside, it’s a luxe yet friendly vibe and especially the live music is the best in any Charleston restaurant. This restaurant has quickly felt like a home away from home for me, and if you’re considering any other place, go here instead.

The Establishment
Responded on September 24, 2019

Thank you very much for the kind words! We look forward to your next visit!

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SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Was looking forward to dinner there but service was very slow-took three hours to get to dinner. Was restaurant week and kitchen was perhaps overwhelmed but server kept apologizing for miscommunications with appetizer course and then again for main course. Food was good when we received it but poor service left us disappointed.

DT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went here for the first time during Restaurant Week, and it was fantastic. A bit more expensive than some others at $40 for three courses, but worth it. My husband’s first course gnocchi was amazing, and my fried oyster salad was delicious. I was surprised by five oysters for a starter, and the salad was a generous size. Our second courses and desserts were wonderful as well, he having the seafood stew and flan, and myself the grouper (the accompanying fresh creamed corn was fabulous) and the olive oil chocolate cake. We will definitely be making this restaurant a go-to for special occasions!

The Establishment
Responded on September 24, 2019

Thank you Denise! We love to celebrate special occasions!

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K
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening with amazing food and atmosphere. I would highly recommend it!

The Establishment
Responded on September 24, 2019

Thank you Kari!

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OT
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. Food was amazing and the waiter described it as it was served.

KN
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were fabulous. Can't wait to eat here again!

The Establishment
Responded on September 24, 2019

Thank you Kim! Come see us for Happy Hour at the bar sometime, M-F from 5-7pm.

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OT
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was great, great recommendations on cocktails and food.

The Establishment
Responded on September 24, 2019

Thank you! We are happy to hear you enjoyed dining with us!

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FP
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A group of 7 of us celebrating a birthday.

The Establishment
Responded on September 24, 2019

Thank you!

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m
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, service and the restaurant is gorgeous.

The Establishment
Responded on September 24, 2019

Thank you Maureen!

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Food was fantastic, wait staff was very knowledgeable and attentive. “The Impressionist” cocktail isa must get!

The Establishment
Responded on September 27, 2019

Thank you! We love our signature cocktails!

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