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Charleston's best seafood and fine cocktails. - The Establishment, Charleston, SC

The Establishment

4.8
4.8
2389 Reviews
$50 and over
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 Elliott Howell's menu will always reflect a clean, focused, and balanced approach, delivering a selection of thoughtful and refined cuisine.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (843) 789-4028
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Elliott Howells
  • Private party facilities
    The Establishment offers incredible, local seafood paired with an award-winning wine list. If you’re looking for elevated cuisine paired with fine wine, for a location that pairs a rich history with modern amenities, or for a room that is perfectly situated in Charleston’s historic French Quarter, look no further than The Establishment.
  • Private party contact
    Betsy Brabham: (843) 608-8295
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Charleston
  • Cross street
    On Broad Street between Church and State
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,389 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Carolina

    Best Ambiance

  • South Carolina

    Seafood

  • Charleston

    Best Overall

  • Charleston

    Best Food

  • Charleston

    Best Service

  • Charleston

    Best Ambiance

  • Charleston

    Good for business meals

  • Charleston

    Innovative

  • Charleston

    Great for fine wines

  • Charleston

    Romantic

  • Charleston

    Good for special occasions

  • Charleston

    Seafood

2,389 Reviews
  1. DW23236

    Richmond

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined today

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our latest evening at The Establishment was extraordinary. The menu held several exciting choices, the result was great food; along with impeccable service while having our experience enhanced by a wonderful pianist. A great evening indeed.

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    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great overall. Bartender wasn’t prepared when we arrived and was a bit overwhelmed / annoyed. But otherwise our table service was amazing.

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  3. Telzey

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant, great ambiance, fantastic waiter and service, food was excellent and the music by “Doc” was fun and delightful!! We really enjoyed the restaurant.

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    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal, great service, great ambience! We will return.

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  5. FredA

    Charleston

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It would have been 5 stars across the board except that the focaccia bread was gummy—particularly annoying when it isn’t complimentary.
    The EstablishmentResponded today
    Thanks for visiting us, FredA! We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience at The Establishment. We apologize for the inconvenience you experienced with our focaccia bread. We appreciate your feedback and will definitely look into this matter. We're always striving to improve, and your input helps us do that. We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again soon. Warm Regards, The Establishment Team

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Welcoming staff and servers make for an enjoyable evening from bar to table.
    The EstablishmentResponded 1 day ago
    Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a wonderful review. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your evening at The Establishment. It's great to know that our staff's welcoming attitude and our servers' exceptional service made your experience enjoyable from bar to table. We appreciate your high ratings and your feedback on our food. We always strive to provide top-notch food and service, and we're glad to hear that we hit the mark for you. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Warm regards, The Establishment Team

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always love dining at the Establishment! Service and food are superb every time! Try the crab gnudi. It’s incredible! Thanks for another great dinner at one of our absolute faves in CHS!
    The EstablishmentResponded 3 days ago
    Hello! We're thrilled to hear that you always enjoy dining at The Establishment! Your kind words about our service and food truly made our day. It's always a pleasure to serve you, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Thanks for your support and encouragement!

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  8. RGBMD1

    Charleston

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Spectacular , fresh, beautifully presented food. Personal, warm service. My only suggestion is better olives for the martini🤷‍♀️ Love the space, the staff , the food.
    The EstablishmentResponded 3 days ago
    Hello RGBMD1, We are overjoyed to hear that you had a spectacular experience at The Establishment. We take pride in our fresh, beautifully presented food and the personal, warm service. Your kind words about our staff, space, and food truly mean a lot to us. Thank you for choosing us and for sharing your experience. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Best regards, The Establishment Team

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  9. JenniferM

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, both food and service were exceptional! Price point is high, but a great choice for a splurge dinner.

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  10. JackM

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience as usual. Excellent service and my flounder was tasty.

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FAQs

The Establishment is rated 4.8 stars by 2389 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today
Google Map for The Establishment

28 Broad St, Suite 100, Charleston, SC 29401-3004

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    On Broad Street between Church and State
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Charleston
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Elliott Howells
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (843) 789-4028
  • Private party facilities
    The Establishment offers incredible, local seafood paired with an award-winning wine list. If you’re looking for elevated cuisine paired with fine wine, for a location that pairs a rich history with modern amenities, or for a room that is perfectly situated in Charleston’s historic French Quarter, look no further than The Establishment.
  • Private party contact
    Betsy Brabham: (843) 608-8295
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