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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Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly wonderful meal in all aspects! Will definitely dine here again!!!

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night out in Charleston!! Nice atmosphere and exceptional service from Andy.

OT
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful! Everyone enjoyed the evening, the food and the experience.

MR
Charleston
30 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Excellent service. From arrival to departure it was a wonderful dining experience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic!

The Establishment
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thank you!

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DK
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff at The Establishment was welcoming and courteous even though our reserved table was not ready upon our timely arrival. I only mention this because the restaurant contacted me via text five (5) times to re-confirm my reservation since I originally made it. One of these re-confirm requests (#3) was by phone and the restaurant requested a credit card to hold the table. An additional comment on the noise level of the dining room with the piano where we were seated. The piano player was in competition with the conversation level thus exacerbating the decibel level above what I would consider for such a nice establishment making normal conversation difficult.

Once seated, the service was above average, the dinner was well above average and our overall experience was quite good. Our shared appetizers, the ceviche and gnocchi were well prepared and served; the mains of duck confit, flounder, swordfish and seafood stew were all quite good with the duck confit and flounder taking the top votes. The seafood stew broth was very flavorful. All portions were on the smaller size which was welcomed. Shared desserts of the flan and profiteroles finished off the dinner nicely.

Overall, with the exception of the noise level, a very nice experience

The Establishment
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, we greatly appreciate your feedback!

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TC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Would recommend but only for special occasions. Food was excellent but expensive for amount. Wish they had just given a basket of bread instead of serving each person just a slice. Fairly loud, felt I had to up my volume just to have a conversation across the booth, and no, I do not have hearing issues.

The Establishment
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thank you for the review Tanya, we always take our guest reviews seriously and will be sure to take your feedback into consideration. We are happy to hear you did enjoy the food and we hope to see you again.

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AC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Establishment is my new Charleston favorite. The food is amazing and the service is impeccable.
The chef is very accomplished and will work with a guest who has allergies and food issues. Brad Mogan and staff are true professionals. What a pleasure!!!

The Establishment
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thank you for the kind words! We are happy to hear we have become your favorite and we hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Accommodated large party

The Establishment
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thank you for the 5 Stars!

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall1food2service3ambience2

Courteous enough but it seems you’re paying for a lot of pomp and circumstance. Small portions, the sea bass was very good but the blue cabbage side dish needs a lot more work.

L
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two of our three couples were new to the Establishment and all loved it. The menu is a wonderful variety and our server, Chad, exceptional! You have become one of my top three restaurants in Charleston!

The Establishment
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thank you for the wonderful review! We will be sure to pass along your kind words to Chad! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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e
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very nice meal

The Establishment
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thank you!

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d
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner perfection

The Establishment
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thank you for celebrating with us!

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M
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I went there with the CSO membership card and was pleasantly surprised to receive a glass of Prosecco with our order. The grouper was tender and flaky as was the tilefish my friend had. It was a treat to find Corsican wines on their wines by the glass listing. I have not seen this before in this area. The rosé was wonderful. I’m already looking forward to returning for a repeat visit.

MR
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

This is my third visit to the Establishment and as usual the food was outstanding! Fresh seafood, creative desserts, and generous portions. The rain had been heavy in Charleston, which caused the plumbing to malfunction and the restroom down the street was the only available facility, I note this because the management went above and beyond to help the situation. The reason for the 4 stars is the service; they were attentive but way too much attention. Our dinner conversations were repeatedly interrupted and while still chewing my plate was swept away while my friend was still eating. A restaurant of this caliber should know to not clear plates until all the guests are finished eating.

The Establishment
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback concerning your last visit. We greatly appreciate your observations. It is this type of feedback that allows us to continuously improve.

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l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined here for my birthday while visiting Charleston and it did not disappoint! The server's description of the dishes we inquired about was like none other I've encountered. It was as if he prepared the dishes himself. Everything was fresh and tasty ... definitely a cut above!

The Establishment
Responded on February 27, 2020

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

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J
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Establishment never disappoints. The food is always interesting and exceptional. The service is always attentive without being intrusive. The ambiance is elegant without being stuffy.

The Establishment
Responded on February 27, 2020

Joan, thank you for the kind words! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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HB
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, attentive service and fantastic food!

The Establishment
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thank you Heidi!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and our waiter where top knotch.

The Establishment
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thank you for the review!

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c
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great bar, good service , food was good but the bread remains an issue. find a good bread baker, yours was way too sour, quite bad actually

The Establishment
Responded on February 19, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Our bread has a sourdough base with asiago cheese folded in and is baked fresh daily by our in house pastry chef. We apologize that it is not to your liking. We do appreciate your feedback and will be sure to forward this information on to our culinary team.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I am sorry to say that we were very disappointed with our experience. The restaurant itself is a great location with a good ambience and a very helpful staff.
The food was not great and for us was disappointing- overall the food lacked flavor and was not as good as it promised to be. We ordered the Grouper and shrimp and the short ribs.
The biggest disappointment for us was the bottle of wine we ordered. Although the sommelier was complimentary on our choice we were very disappointed by the fact that the bottle was so chilled that it made it impossible to enjoy this bottle of Nebbiolo with our meal. In fact it was still cold by the time we left with half of it still in the bottle.
Overall, the price and service did not match the price.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could have had 4 servings of the Gnocchi. Phenomenal

The Establishment
Responded on February 19, 2020

We are happy to hear you enjoyed it! Come see us again soon!

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MB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Although touted as a seafood restaurant, both fish dishes we tried were mediocre.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing, I was a bit sad that they were out of their only vegetarian entree option for my reservation on Valentine’s Day but I still enjoyed the pasta app!

The only thing negative about my experience was that we waited for 40 minutes for a reservation. Both my boyfriend and I have worked in F&B so we understand the struggle, would have appreciated it if they offered something for the amount of time we waited.

JM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food, Service, and ambience were very nice. Disappointing was the portion size.

The Establishment
Responded on February 24, 2020

We appreciate you taking the time to leave a review. We do our best to craft the type of dining experience in which you can sample from different parts of our menu, allowing yourself to taste and savor and when it's time to leave you aren't feeling gluttonous or overly full. We do have certain items that do offer a larger portion size and our knowledgeable wait staff is always happy to help with a recommendation! We hope to see you again soon!

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GO
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and our waiter was very engaging and the overall experience was amazing. Will defenitely go back to enjoy the bar scene

The Establishment
Responded on February 20, 2020

Thank you for the great feedback! Come see us during happy hour; every M-F from 5-7pm!

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DS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived in town last night for a wedding this weekend. We planned ahead and made reservations for Valentines. Valentines is one of those holidays that test a restaurant as they are trying to serve as many people as possible and it is all couples wanting to have a long leisurely dinner. The Establishment handled it flawlessly.

Dinner was wonderful. We had a few minutes wait so sat in the bar area which is gorgeous. Staff was very attentive.

The food was incredible. We started with oysters on a blood orange mignonette. We joked that they test a relationship as you get three of them. Apparently I love my boyfriend more :). We also got the gnocchi which was to die for. I really wish there had been bread on the table to soak up the sauce. My boyfriend had the bone in ribeye and I had the grouper. To me food is celebration so this restaurant is a star!

The Establishment
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thank you for the wonderful review Diane! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed dining with us!

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H
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect Valentine evening! Snapper and Grouper were really good and the dessert was delicious.

The Establishment
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thank you Helen!

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JF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal spot in downtown Charleston! Everything about it was great and we’re excited to return to the chef bar and have a meal.

The Establishment
Responded on February 20, 2020

Thank you Jason! You can always request to sit at the Chef's counter when making a reservation; we definitely think it is the BEST seat in the house!

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KM
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent and Dennis our food server was great!!!!

The Establishment
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thank you Kathy

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Right up there with the top restaurants in Charleston. Great fish, beautifully prepared. Flawless service.

The Establishment
Responded on February 19, 2020

Thank you for the great review!

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W
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful time, and our server, Nasser was perfect!

The Establishment
Responded on February 17, 2020

We are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience! We will be sure to pass your compliments along to Nasser!

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FB
Atlanta
43 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lively bar with great cocktails pre-dinner, Restaurant never disappoints- we always include The Establishment for dinner when in Charleston. Interesting options for each course, especially dessert.

The Establishment
Responded on February 19, 2020

Thank you for the wonderful review. We are happy to hear that we make your places to visit list! WE look forward to seeing you again!

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OT
Savannah
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated Valentine’s with a trip to Charleston and dinner at the Establishment. We always love to try new places when we are in town, and The Establishment certainly did not disappoint! Fabulous ambiance, chic decor in a warm and welcoming environment. The service was excellent, and the food delicious. We will definitely be back!

OT
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

we went on feb 12 and it was a really bad idea , we had the 3 course Valentines special. First we had to wait 55 minutes to get our salad. I can see waiting alone time if it was a 8 course dinner but it wasn't. I had the short rib and the whole top was pure fat(eww). WE usually go and are delighted with the service and the food but we will never go during a special.

JC
Charleston
82 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Having previously patronized this restaurant, we expected a place fit for foodies with wonderful service. Our surprise was the Valentine week offering which featured a three course meal for $40 with choices directly from the standard menu along with a glass of sparkling wine. That made this an outstanding value. As before, our server gently guided us to outstanding selections while the sommelier's recommendations were excellent and priced below other wines being considered. Caping a perfect evening was complimentary valet service.

RC
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the bar looking into the kitchen. Wow~they have got it down!
The dishes are gorgeous, so tasty,and go out coordinated together so the food is fresh and hot!
Loved every bite! cocktails are delicious as well. 5 Stars!

The Establishment
Responded on February 12, 2020

Thank you for the review Rebecca, we are happy to hear you enjoyed your dining experience with us! We love the view at our Chef's counters!

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a superb experience! Delicious and creative
Beautiful atmosphere as well

The Establishment
Responded on February 12, 2020

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

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WI
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the restaurant week special, salmon with sweet potato.

The Establishment
Responded on February 12, 2020

Thank you for the review William!

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MW
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service with outstanding food

An exceptional experience!

One of Charleston’s Best of Class

Seafood and great wine list

The Establishment
Responded on February 12, 2020

Thank you for the review Mike, we hope to see you again soon!

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