The Establishment

4.8
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836 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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4.7
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TM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t wait to go back!!!

The Establishment
Responded 10 hours ago

Thank you Tammy, we look forward to seeing you again!

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RA
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food and service

KL
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience! Good food, good service, loud, but not too bad, although my dad couldn't hear very well with his hearing aids due to the background noise.

The Establishment
Responded 10 hours ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review Katherine!

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R
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service.

The Establishment
Responded 10 hours ago

Thank you Russ!

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our very favorites in Charleston. Cool modern vibe. Beautiful bar. Open kitchen. Service is exceptional and a new select menu every night. Thoughtfully prepared and presented.

The Establishment
Responded 10 hours ago

Thank you for the wonderful review! We are happy to hear we have made the favorites list!! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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P
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and very well executed. Next time we’re in Charleston we will go back.

The Establishment
Responded 11 hours ago

Thank you Phil! We look forward to your next visit!

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OT
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We finally got the chance to take in this great restaurant. From the hostess greeting us at the front or the house to our last bite what a great experience. Had the opportunity to be seated at the chefs table and converse with the chef preparing the first courses. Made is a terrific gnocchi and a celery root soup with mussels. Two tremendous seasonal craft cocktails made it feel like the Fall and Thanksgiving. Private Events Coordinator Shane Diviney does an amazing job of describing all of the food choices we made. Picked us out a delicious Old World Chenin Blanc. Can’t wait to visit again. PJ Bonfilio

The Establishment
Responded 11 hours ago

Thank you very much Mr. Bonfilio! We are so excited to hear that our guests are having wonderful experiences. The chef's counter is an amazing way to enjoy dining with us and we are happy you enjoyed yourself! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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TM
St. Louis
13 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our meal was excellent! There are so many good restaurants in Charleston but will definitely put The Establishment On the “go again” list!

The Establishment
Responded 11 hours ago

Thank you Terri, we look forward to seeing you again!

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RA
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the atmosphere and most of all our server ..over the top fabulous!!

The Establishment
Responded 11 hours ago

Thank you Robert! We take a lot of pride in what we do and love hearing that our guests are enjoying their experience!

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A
Charleston
35 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit for my wife’s birthday. Great service and incredible food. Very nice location and overall a great experience.

The Establishment
Responded 11 hours ago

Thank you Andy, we love to celebrate and are happy to hear you both had a great time!

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BB
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it and can’t wait to go back! Ambiance is wonderful. Our waiter was excellent. The food was outstanding. Loved the piano music—perfect volume because even though we were seated close to him, it was not too loud.

The Establishment
Responded 11 hours ago

Thank you for the wonderful review Becky! You can enjoy our live piano music Wednesday through Saturday!

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B
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Exceptional service. Live piano provided wonderful ambiance. The whole restaurant went above and beyond to provide a wonderful experience. One of the best meals in Charleston.

The Establishment
Responded 11 hours ago

Thank you Bryan! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your dining experience with us, we hope to have you back again soon!

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CG
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just lovely in every way

The Establishment
Responded 11 hours ago

Thank you very much!

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w
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mussel soup and the Grouper !

The Establishment
Responded 11 hours ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review!

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p
Charleston
39 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience5

We want to like The Establishment because of its wonderful ambience and location, so we've now tried it for the third time. Unfortunately, the food is disappointing, both in preparation and portion sizes. Even light eaters are likely to leave hungry unless they maximize the bill by ordering a couple appetizers and side vegetables.

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all the way around

The Establishment
Responded on November 20, 2019

Thank you so much!!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine dining at its best! The wife and I were celebrating 22 years of marriage, the Establishment made our entire night! The staff was extremely pleasant and attentive forgive me for forgetting their names but the it was a great experience. The piano in the background and the ambience was fantastic. Next time I am in Charleston we will be back!

The Establishment
Responded on November 20, 2019

Thank you for the wonderful review! We love to celebrate here at The Establishment and are so pleased to know that we were able to make your anniversary night special!

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was incredible, starting with the phone call confirming our reservation and asking if there were any special dietary requirements. The service was impeccable. The food was delicious, the sauce for the gnocchi was so good! We were visiting from out of town but I will be returning when we get back to Charleston. Worth it!!

The Establishment
Responded on November 20, 2019

Thank you for the kind words! We look forward to seeing you on your next visit to Charleston!!

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AD
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Tasty but not special. Friendly service and fresh ingredients.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brian and Keilan were absolutely fabulous. Everything was wonderful. We will definitely be back. It was classy and fun place.
Loved everything, the food, the service, the pianist and the ambient.

The Establishment
Responded on November 20, 2019

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

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A
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Establishment was great! All four of us enjoyed every thing we ordered. Service was impeccable! Great restaurant!

The Establishment
Responded on November 13, 2019

Thank you Anne!

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u
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing experience. The staff gave teamwork whole new meaning. Seems as every employee knew the simple yet elegant menu and represented it well.

The food itself was excellent. Servings that were large enough to share yet so tasty that you didn’t really want to share.

Ambiance, quality and service... just amazing

Thank you,

Bill & Zara

The Establishment
Responded on November 13, 2019

Thank you Bill and Zara!

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SH
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff knew it was our 40th anniversary and gave us each a glass of cava - very nice of them. The food was delicious and our waitress was very knowledgeable. Can't wait to go back to Charleston and eat here again. The gnocchi was outstanding

The Establishment
Responded on November 13, 2019

Thank you for celebrating with us Susan, we hope to see you again!

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OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Table was not ready we waited a long time
sat us at the kitchen counter not impressive at all watching the kitchen
My food was not good flounder very basic and dry my husbands spaghetti was good
Very basic food but restaurant had great ambiance and bar was nice

C
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary and the wait staff was incredible! They treated us great. The food was great We will be back!

The Establishment
Responded on November 13, 2019

Thank you Claudia, we are happy you chose to celebrate with us!

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j
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Establishment was a great place to have our first meal in Charleston. The service was great and the food very inventive.
Their farm to table menu featured dishes that were light and tasty.
Try the gnocchi with crab. It's made with ricotta and not heavy at all.
It was a nice dish to share as an appy. We both had the grouper and again it was amazingly lite.

The Establishment
Responded on November 13, 2019

Thank you for the wonderful review!

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JC
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great atmosphere and food. But kitchen was undermanned , we were told, and courses came late and slowly Negatively affected a potentially wonderful dining experience. Manager apologized, and to their credit, comp’d the food. Nonetheless, it affected our impression and this commentary.

M
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Max was our server. He was friendly and engaging. He guided us through the menu with great knowledge. Our food was superb! The grouper was dense and delicious to the paladar. We had an amazing time. The ambiance was relaxing and beautiful at the same time. Also , there was life piano music.

The Establishment
Responded on November 13, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, we are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us!

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MB
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

The Establishment
Responded on November 6, 2019

Thank you for celebrating with us Margaret!

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OT
Raleigh
72 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Establishment has top-notch service. Our appetizers were wonderful. My wife had the chicken and loved it. Our deserts were both outstanding. However, the medium-well ribeye that was ordered came out medium-rare and had to be sent back. It was a blemish that prevented us from giving 5 stars across the board.

The Establishment
Responded on November 13, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review!

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K
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice dining experience!

The Establishment
Responded on November 6, 2019

Thank you very much!

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OT
Savannah
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We asked well I. Advance for a table by the wi Dow. When we arrived we were seated at a table not by the wi Dow and it was set for six not four as our ressie stated. We had to stand while they moved a table and removed the extra settings. Not the welcome we anticipated. It was a dual birthday celebration, but turned into poor service. Waiter said we had finished our bottle (when we finally had gotten it) and it as we pointed out was I. The bucket near the wi doe. Will not recommend

OT
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best duck confit I’ve ever had

The Establishment
Responded on October 30, 2019

Thank you for the wonderful review! Our duck confit is a fan favorite!

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SB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Group of 4. We all had a great time.

The Establishment
Responded on October 30, 2019

Thank you Sue and Bill, we are happy you all enjoyed dining with us!

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K
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Sunday brunch plus delightful follow up at the gorgeous bar with the beautiful video wall showing lovely scenery.

The Establishment
Responded on October 30, 2019

Thank you Kimberlee! Join us for Happy Hour M-F from 5pm to 7pm to take in more scenic views from our video wall in the bar!

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PH
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always. Great food and amazing service! Chad is the best!

The Establishment
Responded on October 30, 2019

Thank you Paula, we think Chad is pretty great as well!

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CT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were exceptional. Pure class with an energizing and vibrant atmosphere. The food has the perfect twist to an array of food choices. It’s become our favor air place to dine and have fun.

The Establishment
Responded on November 13, 2019

Thank you Craig!

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C
Charleston
32 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food, good service, a nice atmosphere, welcoming staff everywhere one of our party left a cell phone at the table. I received a phone call from the restaurant to report that it had been found and in a safe place until it could be collected. Within 30 minutes the cell phone and its owner were reunited.

The Establishment
Responded on October 30, 2019

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

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D
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable service, waitress was so knowledgeable and food was incredible!!
I will return frequently

The Establishment
Responded on October 30, 2019

Thank you Lisa, we are happy to hear you enjoyed dining with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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MN
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant w great ambiance. We made reservations online & they were very aware of our anniversary, welcome us w warm greetings & made us feel very nice. All the food we ordered we excellent, nice presentation & I love their use of seasonal fresh produce of pumpkin & squads, what a nice way & combination to prepare those.
Waiter was very nice, cheerful, fun & helpful but not overpowered. Thanks Lucas. Definitely will be back to try other dishes. This was our first time.

The Establishment
Responded on October 30, 2019

Thank you Michelle! We are pleased that you chose to celebrate with us, we look forward to seeing you again in the near future!

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