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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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and our waiter where top knotch.

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 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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.

GO
Charleston
11 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 3 days ago

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!

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.

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 3 days ago

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!!!!

OT
Washington DC
2 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 4 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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JC
Charleston
78 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.

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.

RC
Columbus
7 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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TM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in all aspects. Wonderful service, superb food.

The Establishment
Responded on February 6, 2020

Thank you Tucker, we are happy to hear you enjoyed your dining experience with us!

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c
Charleston
40 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I like this place! Fun drinks, fine decor, and great food.

The Establishment
Responded on February 6, 2020

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

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OT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Belongs in the upper echelons of the finest restaurants in Charleston!

The Establishment
Responded on February 12, 2020

Thank you got the great compliment!

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CM
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are never disappointed with the food, wine selection and service at The Establishment. The pianist was wonderful as well. Great place for a date night or a small dinner party. Our friends were very impressed.

The Establishment
Responded on February 4, 2020

Thank you Charlene, we are happy to hear you and your friends enjoyed dining with us! We hope to see you all again soon!

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LJ
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An exceptional experience! I dined with a party of eight and we were running late due to bad weather. The restaurant was very understanding and pushed back our reservation. We were seated at an awesome table with views of the open kitchen. Our server was professional but friendly and very attentive. The cocktail list is creative - hard to pick but I went with “the stylist” (if you like lavender, it’s a must). We were slightly disappointed that our favorite wine was out of stock but the substitute was great (and half price all week!) We shared the Gnocchi, butter lettuce, agnolotti and fried cauliflower apps. All moderately sized and excellent. Six of the eight has the seafood stew and two had the wreckfish. The stew was packed with seafood and the broth was amazing. The wreckfish was cooked perfectly and the cabbage was a spot-on compliment. We skipped dessert but took our after- dinner drinks and gathered around the piano man. He played one request after another and soon we had a small crowd gathered. We might have been a bit more lively than the restaurant would have preferred but sorry...we are coming back!!

The Establishment
Responded on February 4, 2020

Laura, we are so happy to hear that you all had a wonderful time dining with us! Our talented piano players are here every Thursday through Saturday night! Thank you for the great review and we look forward to seeing you again!

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B
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance with great food and service
Well done!

The Establishment
Responded on February 1, 2020

Thank you for the review!

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C
Toledo
43 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We decided to try the restaurant again after two mediocre experiences a year ago. The food was ok. We waited for ten minutes for sommelier consultation and finally just chose without help. I give it a B.

CM
Indiana
105 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the surprise treat of our latest trip to CHS. We have traveled to CHS numerous times over the last 20 years and have a sense of the dining scene as it comes and, sometimes sadly, goes away--BUT this was a discovery for us and a delightful one, too! In fact, our server at Husk suggested we might want to give The Establishment a try. Thank you! Beautiful, creative space--stunning bar with video screens--quiet restaurant (it wasn't a crowded time of year in CHS)--delightful server (Nasser) who had time to visit and talk about the food scene in CHS and elsewhere. My wife ordered the butter lettuce salad as a starter and was complimentary. I ordered the gnocchi with lumb crab--just really tasty. She ordered the seafood stew and enjoyed it. Nasser recommended the swordfish and didn't steer me wrong. Excellent. Best of all, it was half-price wine night and so we could enjoy a lovely French white wine that typically would have exceeded the price range. We have been talking about this restaurant for the two weeks since we were there--staff very friendly, atmosphere ideal, convenient walk from downtown hotels, excellent in all respects. We trust The Establishment will do well even in the competitive dining market of beautiful Charleston.

The Establishment
Responded on February 12, 2020

Thank you for the wonderful review! We are so pleased to hear that you had such a wonderful experience dining with us! Thank you for the wonderful compliments. We hope on your next visit to Charleston we will see you again!

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s
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

The Establishment
Responded on February 1, 2020

Thank you for the review! We hope you have enjoyed your time in Charleston and will come back and see us again soon!

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AN
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
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.

The Establishment
Responded on February 1, 2020

Thank you Andrew! We greatly appreciate your feedback and compliments! We work hard as a team to provide the best experience possible and are always pleased to hear that our guests have had an amazing time dining with us! We hope to see you again soon!

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SM
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

The Establishment
Responded on February 1, 2020

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

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D
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
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.

The Establishment
Responded on February 1, 2020

Thank you Joan!

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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.

The Establishment
Responded on February 1, 2020

Thank you Eloise! We look forward to seeing you again!

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