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

3 Courses for $40 !!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 9, 2020

Ends: January 20, 2020

Availability: Daily 5:00PM-10:00PM

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FD
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always exceptional.
Dine here often.
This was restaurant week.
Spectacular price-fixed offerings.

JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Place is lovely and food was delicious. Would return.

The Establishment
Responded a day ago

Thank you Jean, we hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Charleston
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was well over the top. Even the bread was delicious beyond our experience. We enjoyed the restaurant week venue which was selecting our choice of appetizer,entree, and desert off their main menu. Each entree was unique and delicious. We dine in Charleston often and this was our first time at the Establishment. It certainly will not be our last.

KS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and exceptional food. Loved the pianist in the background as we enjoyed our meal. Would absolutely return on our next trip to CHS!

The Establishment
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you Kaitlyn, we are happy to hear that you had a wonderful experience with us!

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OT
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience5

1st time to this beautiful restaurant, highly recommended by one of my friends. The drinks were tasty. The main dish I ordered they ran out of and the server did not tell me prior to ordering, so I ordered the snapper, which they ran out of as well, so they substituted a less expensive lower quality fish and charged me the same. Our server let our waters go empty. Food was bland. We had to ask for salt and pepper for the swordfish. In my experience this place was poor quality here in Charleston. I will not recommend this restaurant to anyone unless you enjoy wasting your money.

M
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and wonderful service! Very knowledgeable server who offered great suggestions and answers to all questions. All food was absolutely delicious- can’t wait to come back!

The Establishment
Responded 2 days ago

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

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OT
Cleveland
26 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Katlyn was a great server. The food was quite good and the star of the night was the gnocchi dish and the scallop appetizer!
Go to the Establishment! You won’t regret the experience!

The Establishment
Responded on January 10, 2020

Thank you for the review, we are happy to hear Katlyn took great care of you! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JG
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. The scallops were delicious. Great service.

The Establishment
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for the review!

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MM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had two great meals at The Establishment! Justin took great care of us snd the food was terrific! I had a beef dish and duck app and we shared Brussel sprouts. Lovely service and a memorable evening. Great for groups, work or date night. Nice bar with ample seating as well!

The Establishment
Responded on January 10, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, we are happy you enjoyed dining with us and will be sure to pass along your kind words to Justin!

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food.

The Establishment
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thank you for the review!

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CG
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chad is the Best server in any restaurant in Charleston. Chad makes your dining an experience for you that is exactly what you would expect from a fine dining restaurant in Charleston. The food has always been impeccable.

The Establishment
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thank you for the wonderful review, Chad is an invaluable member of our team and we will be sure to pass along your kind words! We appreciate your patronage and hope to see you again soon!

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JV
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was superb, loved the atmosphere of piano music. Service was great , the Sommelier was extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

The Establishment
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thank you Julie! We are happy to hear you had a great experience with us!

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KS
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were a table for 8. Our drinks came out sporadically to the point that they didn’t charge us for two because they forgot. Two of our dinners were returned for being over cooked so they gave us free desserts. The portions were small. They only came around with bread once.
We love the restaurant but New Years Eve was very chaotic and more than the restaurant could handle. We’ve been there before and had a great experience so this was disappointing. Most of our meals and appetizers were great.

The Establishment
Responded on January 7, 2020

Karen, we apologize that this experience was not congruent with your other visits. We hope to see you again soon so that we can provide the level of service and quality of food that we aim to provide every day. We appreciate your feedback, as it is taken to heart and used to make us better!

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AC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful new year's eve dinner. Excellent food and service. Couldn't have been better! Thank you.

The Establishment
Responded on January 7, 2020

We are pleased to hear you enjoyed dining with us on New Year's Eve!

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BB
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Limited menu. We brought friends there and embarrassed over selections, portion size and price of portions. We had gnocchi as appetizer and got 4 very small pieces for $50. It was a joke. We’ve been there 4 previous times and unfortunately won’t be back. I use to think they were on same level as Halls. No way

d
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish - a most delightful & delicious experience!

The Establishment
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thank you Debbie for the review, we are happy you enjoyed dining with us!

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place. I cannot day enough good things about it. The drinks were phenomenal and the service was friendly and attentive. The food was incredible. So fresh and clean. Can’t wait to come back!

The Establishment
Responded on January 2, 2020

Thank you for your taking the time to leave us a review! We hope to see you again very soon! We have a wonderful Happy Hour at the bar every Monday-Friday from 5-7pm.

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SS
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really amazing experience. Would highly recommend. I think this is why The establishment is so well thought of. The meals (grouper and swordfish) were absolutely the best I have ever had.

The Establishment
Responded on January 2, 2020

Thank you for the wonderful review Shawn!

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JJ
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Interesting restaurant, rather limited menu, everything is ala carte. The food was tasty and artfully presented, but the entree portions were a bit on the small side considering the price.

The Establishment
Responded on January 2, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Our menu is locally sourced and therefore can be limited based on the season and what is available, however we do our best to provide well rounded options. We are very pleased to hear that you did enjoy the meal and hope to have you back in to see us again soon.

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JB
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect

The Establishment
Responded on January 2, 2020

Thank you Jeremy, we are happy to hear you enjoyed dining with us!

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SW
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we tried was fantastic including food and cocktails. We visited the buay bar and also sat at a very comfortable booth. Great people watching aside from the great food. Our waiter was helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable about the menu. This is our new favorite in Charleston.

The Establishment
Responded on January 2, 2020

Thank you for the wonderful review! Come back and see us during happy hour in the bar; Monday-Friday from 5-7pm!

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RG
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An excellent dining experience. Innovative cuisine and superb service. Highly recommend this restaurant, clearly one of Charleston's best.

The Establishment
Responded on January 2, 2020

We are so happy to hear your enjoyed dining with us! We hope to see you again soon!

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GP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. The food was outstanding. The seafood was excellent! We had a larger party (8) and the shape of the table was perfect. You could easily talk with everybody. Also our server, Nassar, was right on point. He was there when needed, but we never felt rushed.

The Establishment
Responded on January 2, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience. We are pleased to know that Nasser took wonderful care of you and that we did an outstanding job!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Nice atmosphere. Not too noisy. The cocoa flan was unbelievably good!

The Establishment
Responded on January 2, 2020

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

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M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent server who was proud of his city, business, and restaurant. Very knowledgeable from both a food and beverage standpoint. A real pro! Other staff engaging and pleasant. Brian, the manager, was of perfect temperament and attitude for the position. A sense of calm and confidence without a hint of arrogance.

The Establishment
Responded on January 2, 2020

Thank you Mark, we greatly appreciate your kind and thoughtful review. We will be sure to pass these compliments on to our staff!

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Christmas Eve

The Establishment
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thank you for the 5 star rating!

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E
Charleston
26 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve dinner was delicious at the establishment! We look forward to returning when we can experience the full menu. Our server was a delight!

The Establishment
Responded on January 2, 2020

Thank you Ellen! We look forward to seeing you in the new year!

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SL
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing experience! We sat at the chef’s side bar to celebrate a special event. My father was in town and it was the first time we had been here. I highly recommend!! Food was phenomenal and service was perfection!

The Establishment
Responded on December 26, 2019

Thank you Shannon! We are happy you and your Father were able to celebrate with us and enjoy the views at the Chef's counter!

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c
Charleston
39 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Great food! And try the drink The Illusionist

The Establishment
Responded on December 26, 2019

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

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LB
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the time of my reservation until dessert, it was a truly unique experience. Not only was the
food prepared uniquely, but the drinks were also very unique. They even called back after the
reservation to inquire of any special desire.

The Establishment
Responded on December 26, 2019

Thank you Leo, we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us!

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WN
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, great food , everyone
Wish us a happy Anniversary , enjoyed the
Entire day Fter brunch , would definitely
Recommend friends, family to come for a
Special occasions.

The Establishment
Responded on December 26, 2019

Thank you for the kind review! We are happy you chose to celebrate with us!

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J
St. Louis
30 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch & fabulous service. Cute carolers and kids decorating cookies. Very festive!
French toast was am

The Establishment
Responded on December 26, 2019

Thank you for the review, we are so glad you could join us for our special holiday brunch! Come back and see us for dinner soon!

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OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was amazing. The food was good but portions were a little small.

The Establishment
Responded on December 26, 2019

Thank you for the review!

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zach was fabulous!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and outstanding service. Our server, Johnny, was very knowledgeable and friendly. Brian was courteous and attentive. Some of the best food we’ve had in charleston, will definitely return.

The Establishment
Responded on December 26, 2019

Thank you for the wonderful review, we will be sure to pass along your kind words to our amazing team!

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Staff was very knowledgeable.

The Establishment
Responded on December 26, 2019

Thank you!

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LR
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic from drinks to dessert. The service was great and love the ambiance!!! Highly recommend if you are wanting something other than the traditional restaurants in Charleston.

The Establishment
Responded on December 26, 2019

Thank you for the review Lisa!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great drinks fantastic food! This is my fourth visit since they opened.

The Establishment
Responded on December 26, 2019

Thank you for the review! We value our regular guests and are so happy to hear you enjoy your time with us! We look forward to seeing you again very soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All five stars- only the excessive noise level as the restaurant became full detracted from an all star performance.

The Establishment
Responded on December 26, 2019

Thank you for the review!

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SL
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our second visit. Lovely space, and our server, Justin, was well-informed and very helpful. We tasted a wine with which we were not familiar, and exchanged it for something different. We didn't care for the apple cider sherbet, and it was taken off our bill.
Our entrees were very good - pressed lamb over collards and creamy parsnips, and a fish stew very much like bouillabaisse.
We enjoyed our evening and will definitely return.

The Establishment
Responded on December 26, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, we always appreciate feedback from our guests. We look forward to seeing you again in the near future!

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