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

The Establishment

4.8
4.8
2358 Reviews
$31 to $50
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

9:30 PM


Booked 28 times today
Experiences are available.
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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

Experiences

  • 4 Course Wine Dinner Featuring Adelsheim Vineyard

    $150.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Mar 9, 2024 only
    A Four Course Wine Dinner Featuring Adelsheim Vineyard The Establishment will be hosting a Four-Course Wine Dinner on Saturday, March 9th featuring some of Willamette Valley's best wines. Adelsheim Vineyard will be showcasing their Chardonnay and Pinot Noirs with Assistant Winemaker Shaun Vrooman. Chef Elliott Howells has tailored a complimentary menu to highlight these outstanding wines while showcasing our incredible local and regional ingredients. Dinner starts at 6pm with passed hors d'oeuvres in our private dining room. Come join us for a truly exceptional experience! No refunds will be issued after March 2nd. No menu changes or substitutions available.
    4 Course Wine Dinner Featuring Adelsheim Vineyard Photo

What 2,358 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
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • 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

2,358 Reviews
  1. IndustryVet

    Chicago

    105 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    105 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner for four before a show at the Dock Street Theater. Great apps, fabulous entrees, and super-friendly service. Can't go wrong!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was not our first time at The Establishment. We like it, liked it last night and will go back. The food and service are exceptional. There is one deficiency I must note though- we ordered pre-dinner cocktails and they took forever to be made and served and tje delay seemed to be at the bar. The bartenders were clearly prioritizing patrons at the bar. The night was not a particularly busy night but we came within seconds of canceling our cocktail order and going straight to the bottle of wine we ordered for dinner when our server appeared with the drinks (having thrice apologized for the delay). My suggestion for diners - visit the restaurant but consider skipping cocktails.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific Seafood in the heart of Charleston. Cordial and attentive staff. There when you want, not when you don’t. Terrific work with excellent and primarily local ingredients. Sit at the chefs counter and enjoy food, conversation and some education about your meal.

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  4. Jess

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb experience! Friendly staff and amazing food!

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  5. Tbrow24

    Western NC

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We love this place and have eaten here several times. Our server last night really put a damper on the evening. She barely checked on us, seemed in a hurry, and spent a lot of time talking with a table of what seemed to be her friends? We skipped dessert even though we were there for a 50th birthday dinner. Disappointed.

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  6. SirArthurStubbs

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you are visiting Charleston, or live here, DEFINITELY EAT HERE 1st. Money well spent!’ They do EVERYTHING right Enjoy!

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  7. Lynnbeelee

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great night out! From the sweet greeting from the hostesses to the helpfulness of our waiter, we had a wonderful meal here for our anniversary. But the best part was the pianist that serenaded us all evening. He was phenomenal! Great song selection and he played beautifully. It was expensive but we splurged because it was a special occasion and don’t regret it at all. We love this restaurant!

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  8. MeterMan2

    Charleston

    92 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Will was our server and he started our night off with excellent service, the food was just as good and the music made the night! Thanks Will and the Establishment!

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  9. Shreddermom

    Sacramento

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food just not up to par for Charleston and for price point. Drinks are excellent

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  10. LyndaBee

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food but very pricy for small portions. Im from Boston and a comparable restaurant would have larger portions for the price charged.

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  11. Kurtis

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding! Everything was perfect! We will definitely be returning.

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  12. JamesT

    Western NC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible dining experience! Food was amazing, one of the best ribeyes I have ever had. Tanner, our server, was very attentive and easy on the eyes! Live music was a bonus! Will definitely go back on our next visit to Charleston!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Multiple visits now for Establishment and it’ is quickly moving towards one of our favorite downtown restaurants. Both food and service are excellent, and it’s obvious this place is wanting to please its patrons.

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  14. Laura

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome service at the bar and table! Food and wine list outstanding

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were recommended to dine here and we absolutely loved it. We are from out of town and the atmosphere was fantastic with a great vibe. Our server Adam was very knowledgeable as was Brian the sommelier, they both made great recommendations. We also met Shane another one of the general managers and everybody could not have been more accommodating or friendly, checking in on the table. The food, especially the whole black bass was extraordinary and their chicken liver was out of this world. Will be heading back next time we go to Charleston for sure—- you definitely want to put it on your list.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had Daren as our waiter. He was super knowledgeable and very pleasant. The food was great and one of the few times in the past year that the price of the meal matched the quality of the experience. Will be coming back to see Daren and have more great dinners. Also they had mock tails for my pregnant wife which were great as well

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  17. brennad

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another amazing experience - the service and food are the best of the best every single time …. And this is our 5th or 6th visit ….thank you for a lovely evening we will always remember

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a great meal! Nehemiah was an amazing server and did a great job explaining the menu to us and giving us suggestions based on our preferences. The food was incredible, especially the Salmon app! My wife had the grouper which was buttery and I had the ribeye and it was cooked perfectly and tasted amazing. Can’t believe we just found this place, will definitely be back soon!

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  19. GaleK

    Charleston

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Yes, we recommend this restaurant often to friends and family. It is one of our very favorites and happily right in our neighborhood. The food is always superb and the service is equally amazing. The entire staff really cares and always remembers what, us. What a treat!

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  20. Mark

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent drinks and dinner. Fun time at the bar. Enjoyed talking with the chefs at the Chef's counter where we age.

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  21. PaulL

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You will never be disappointed with a meal at The Establishment. This is our go to restaurant for special occasions or just wanting to treat ourselves. The food is always prepared and presented beautifully and the staff overseen by Brian and Shane reflects the standards they have set for themselves.

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  22. Sunshine

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for Valentine’s Day and had a great meal and drinks, with great service. Sean, the manager, is a delight.

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  23. DanielL

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, reliable, food and service, in a subdued, modern setting

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  24. GaryG

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Establishment is always a treat! Special occasions or a spur of the moment night out.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience as always. I love the menu that changes slightly while keeping favorites. I truly appreciated that the co-owner is always wearing many hats, behind the bar to help out, and even saving a dish for our table!

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  26. DennyWayne

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere, wonderful food. Classy and casual

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  27. Dogmama

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and food was exceptional! Highly recommend! Gnudi was outstanding!!!

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  28. FoodZ72

    Charleston

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and food! There were 4 of us; each ordered a different entree and we all raved about them. There were so many intriguing choices that it was difficult to choose. Highly recommend.

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  29. DanielaB

    Essex

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was excellent. I would recommend this restaurant for all occasions

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  30. LeonM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic Food, Cocktails and Service!! We'll be back!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional food and service. Drinks were great, and you could have a conversation! Highly recommend.

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  32. MarieB

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another outstanding meal and service from the staff and chef at The Establishment. We had the fresh fish, scallops and the poached grouper entrees, the pate and 2 orders of the gnudi. Our guests were so impressed with everything. The staff are professional, knowledgable and friendly. What more could you ask for...oh delicious cocktails! One of my very favorite restaurants in Charleston that is not overrun by tourists. Thank you for another wonderful evening, Marie

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  33. TomW

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visiting The Establishment in Charleston was a delightful experience. My wife and I enjoyed the Flounder and Butter Poached Grouper, both of which were prepared with care and showcased the freshness of the seafood. The Flounder combined local flavors in a simple yet satisfying way, while the Grouper, tender and well-complemented by its buttery sauce, stood out for its delicate taste and texture. The restaurant's ambiance was inviting, with thoughtful decor and a warm atmosphere. The staff were friendly and attentive, contributing to a comfortable dining experience.

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  34. MatthewW

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oh wow. Darrin our server. Excellent! Food. Excellent! This is our kind of restaurant. Nice. Upscale. Not stuffy. Laid back yet precise in everything it does. Just another excellent experience at The Establishment

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  35. CoreyE

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Elliott is awesome! The staff is very supportive. Great place!

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  36. BenW

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience, look forward to doing it again!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service are excellent. Just be prepared for the cost. I have been there several times and have never been disappointed.

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  38. PaulS

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal and experience! Will definitely go back.

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  39. BasilK

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent, the atmosphere was comfortable and yet stimulating. The service was some of the best I've experienced in Charleston.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place was highly recommended and it did not disappoint! Love the changing seasonal menu. Cocktails and wine were superb as well!

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FAQs

The Establishment is rated 4.8 stars by 2358 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 28 times today
Experiences are available.
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
    $31 to $50
  • 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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