The Establishment

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899 Reviews
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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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Valentine's Week

Enjoy a three course menu for forty dollars or better yet bring someone in Monday February 10-Thursday February 13 and share two different 3 course meals together with a complimentary toast of bubbles.
2 for $80 with free bubbles. Beat the rush and enjoy Valentine's Day on your terms!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 10, 2020

Ends: February 14, 2020

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

Half Off Wine!!

Our entire wine list will be available at a 50% Discount starting 11.11.19-11.16.19 No limit on the price of the bottle selected or number of the bottles that can be consumed on premise with the exception of safe alcohol consumption.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 27, 2020

Ends: February 2, 2020

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

What 899 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.8
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Charleston
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the second best meal we have had in Charleston, and we have had a lot of meals here.

AN
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an amazing dinner and experience that the wife and I had. It was an amazing experience with a great atmosphere, wonderful service, and the food was top notch. I would definitely love to go back and experience this place again. With a lot of places having sketchy service this place blew beyond all expectations. Highly recommend.

SM
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely!! Food, service, ambiance. Everything was perfect.

D
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The piano player was a nice touch but too loud for people at our table to chat. Also I only have one gripe and it’s that the vegetables are alacarte. I’m always disappointed when a restaurant gives you no vegetables with your entree but then upcharges for them.

J
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love their menu and the ability to order a few tastes and a few savors and share them at the table. The food is consistently good as is the service.

MC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Ordered ribeye Med Rare, came med well. Server never asked. Took 10min to get salt and pepper

l
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dining experience! The food was wonderful as well as the service!

The Establishment
Responded on January 20, 2020

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

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P
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was perfect! Our waiter Lukes was excellent. I mentioned that our last experience at The Establishment wasn’t too good but this time more than made up for it! They brought each of us a glass of champagne to say thank you for letting them know. The food was excellent both times.

The Establishment
Responded on January 20, 2020

Thank you for giving us another chance Patricia! We are happy to hear that we could redeem ourselves and we hope to see you again in the near future!

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G
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my three cousins, who were visiting from out of town, this past Saturday night. Our meals were delicious. Service was good. Ambience is great. Location is perfect. Highly recommend.

The Establishment
Responded on January 20, 2020

Thank you for the wonderful review!

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OT
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our new favorite in Charleston. Server very knowledgeable food and drink pairings. Excellent food and atmosphere.

The Establishment
Responded on January 20, 2020

Thank you! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us! Come see us for Happy Hour; Monday-Friday from 5-7pm at the bar!

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ES
Pittsburgh
23 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This meal was fabulous from stsrt to finish! Gnocchi with crabmeat and duck confit were two of the best appetizers I've ever tasted. Wreckfish main course was tender with a flavorful sauce that didn't overpower. Chocolate cake and buttermilk panacotta were the perfect ending. Waitstaff were personable and attentive. We were also made to feel welcomed by one of the managers/coordinators. Overall a very pleasurable experience. Am eager to go back.

C
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Might be my new favorite! Great food, excellent service and lovely ambiance with the piano. We were glad to be in the back room, could still hear the piano a little bit but it was much quieter for conversation at our table. The bar looks fun and I'm hoping to return for cocktails soon. I had the gnocchi with crabmeat for an app (amazing, would do it again!) and the swordfish which was awesome, I also tasted my husbands wreckfish and it melts in your mouth. A pricey evening but I would definitely recommend!

The Establishment
Responded on January 20, 2020

Thank you for the kind review! Come see us during Happy Hour at the bar; Monday through Friday from 5-7pm!

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m
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The starter was great, but our entrees were lackluster. The fish was cooked well but the seasoning wasn't my favorite. Especially the beans underneath, which didn't have the least bit of salt or seasoning on them. Just plain, chalky beans. Dessert was ok. On a brighter note, the pianist was wonderful, and the service was really good. I feel like they probably have other good tasting options, just didn't care for mine.

The Establishment
Responded on January 20, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for your recent experience. We take all of our guests responses very seriously and never like to hear that you were not fully satisfied with your meal. We have passed your comments along to our culinary team and hope that you will visit us again and we can provide a meal that meets our high standards and yours. We are very happy to hear that the service and overall ambiance was enjoyed. We hope to see you in the near future!

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambiance were amazing. Our new favorite in Charleston!

The Establishment
Responded on January 20, 2020

We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OT
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great choice for restaurant week! Wreck fish and sword fish were cooked perfectly. We will be back.

DR
Charleston
22 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Charleston

The Establishment
Responded on January 20, 2020

Thank you! We hope to see you again soon!

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M
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The cuisine is creative and well presented. The dessert could have been better, rather basic for an expensive restaurant. We went during restaurant week on a Thursday evening and the noise level was very high. A table of six close to us was very laud. The restaurant staff should have said something to this group and insisted on an observance of restaurant manners, which is lacking in many establishments.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A pleasant evening with friends, good food, wine, ambiance plus served very professionally and timely by knowledgeable staff!

The Establishment
Responded on January 20, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review!

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KE
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE came for restaurant week. All dishes were off the menu and true to size. Very delicious food!! Our server was on point and very friendly! We will be back!

The Establishment
Responded on January 20, 2020

Thank you Kelley! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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FD
Charleston
23 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

The Establishment
Responded on January 20, 2020

Thank you for the review, we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Place is lovely and food was delicious. Would return.

The Establishment
Responded on January 16, 2020

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

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OT
Charleston
26 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
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.

The Establishment
Responded on January 20, 2020

Thank you for the wonderful review, we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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KS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
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 on January 15, 2020

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 on January 15, 2020

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 on January 15, 2020

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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