The Establishment

4.8
1176 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 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were very impressed with the overall experience for our anniversary dinner. The menu wasn’t over complex but remained varied enough for a diversity of pallets. We enjoy foodie experiences and this was one we both would revisit. My complements to all the staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at The Establishment was a culinary Trifecta-the ambience of this beautiful building coupled with an impeccable level of service by a highly attentive and knowledgeable wait staff would have been enough to ensure a truly memorable evening but the food quality the Chef and his staff delivered confirmed this is the best restaurant in Charleston. The fresh local ingredients and complex layers of flavor in each dish are a mastery of the creative menu that provides something for everyone. Suggest sharing appetizers as you’ll want to taste them all!
Regret I failed to take photos of this beautiful food.

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janice
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent service and nice menu. small plates were perfect size. attention to detail

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Vicky
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love eating at that bar! The ricotta gnocchi keeps me coming back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening. Warm welcome,waiter was top notch,chef was in the zone, and Brian was shredding the wine pairings once again!
The Mc’s

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vipMichaelL
London
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great people. Shane make us feel very comfortable... He's the best.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing staff, food and service. 10 out of 10. I highly recommend to anyone staying in Charleston.

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PaulS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Daily menu. The only weakness was paucity of dessert selections

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DanH
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maybe our best overall meal experience in Charleston and Charleston is our favorite foodie city. The staff was amazing and we will recommend to everyone. A great experience for a special dinner occasion.

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LauraneM
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding gnocchi and grouper for dinner. Wine was excellent. Only complain, we wanted a nice crusty bread to mop up the wonderful juices for gnocchi sauce. The rolls were like wonder bread. Very strange. Everything else was over the top.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening. Everyone enjoyed it.

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vipRUBINSF
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Establishment is very soft and cozy inside and has a great bar. We had an especially attentive wonderful female server was especially great! Food options were excellent!

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vipGreatwine2try
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Henry and Paula were exceptional! From the time we walked in, to the time we finished dessert, the entire experience was perfect!

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JaneA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thank you for helping make our 31st Anniversary special

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vipVirginiadiner
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and Food. Menu changes daily and it was very well done with all great choices when we were there. The décor is quite nice. We sat at high top table near the kitchen, and noise was good/energetic and our group could easily have a nice conversation. We would definitely return when we are back in town. Might have been the best swordfish I've had in quite a long time!

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vipJorgeG
West Palm Beach
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Food was a little bland, limited items on menu with a number of them being unavailable. Temperature of restaurant was on the warm side. Even dessert selection was limited from item on menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Outstanding food and service, the waitstaff and bartenders were the best!

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zoel
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

It was FREEZING! We asked multiple times to have AC Lowered but cold air blew on our legs and feet until we gave up and moved to the bar. Otherwise, was a wonderful waiter, service, food.

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AshleyT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service, perfect atmosphere and an overall great experience! We will visit again!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious. The lump crab gnocchi was superb!!! The wait staff were very knowledgeable and friendly.

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Kathythefoodie123
Charleston
30 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food we shared was exceptional: Snapper, spaghetti squash and gnocchi…….
Chase, our waiter was very knowledgeable about the chefs menu, but I would like to suggest that when clients order a cocktail that he brings them to the table before going over all items and then asking if we were ready to order.

We really wanted to have our cocktails and chat before even thinking about looking a t menu.

Warm Regards, Kathy Gardner

PS. Paula, the water girl should be promoted to a waitress. Big smile, lovely attitude and efficient.

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KarenF
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was superior and so was the wait staff!

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mirandat
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fabulous. The food was great and the service was impeccable.

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Katie
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service was phenomenal. Our waiter was very knowledgable and gave excellent recommendations on food and wine pairings. Definitely will be going back!

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vipBarryR
Charleston
53 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional as always!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences of our lives! Can’t wait to come back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

appetizers were good. entrees were underwhelming

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Laura
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always! Accommodated our request for a particular table. Food and service truly 5 star. Thanks to Michael and Paula as well as the rest of the team for providing a memorable dining experience. Loved the taste recommendations and the special “fluffanutter” ice cream!!

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Floridafoodie
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was delicious and beautifully presented. Service was spot on and ambiance was lovely.

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vipUpstater
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful pleasant and warm personnel. Excellent food. Offer limited entrees (10 or so) but the focus is on high quality preparation and it absolutely succeeds.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved the setting! Very good food, excellent service and great drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome !!!

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vipHenryD
San Francisco
116 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Establishment is a treat. The food is quite good and the service is flawless. It was a great surprise to find in Charleston...and most welcome.

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vipBrent
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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vipmaryf
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are local to the area and so happy The Eatablishment is open again.
From the moment you walk in you feel the warmth of the staff and the ambiance of the resturant.
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Service is perfectly timed to allow quiet conversation. The menu draws you in with just the right amount of choices and all fresh to the area.
Wine Stewart took the time to help is make the right choice for the eve ING meal. Checked to ensure we were pleased.
We will be back....

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The atmosphere was quaint and our server was very knowledgeable and friendly. Unfortunately, our actual meal was on the average side.

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Westerlund
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious as always and had a delightful time!

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Marym
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best swordfish ever, moist and tasty with a nice crust. French Sauvignon blanc excellent

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vipAndrewM
New Orleans
73 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Late night dinner - tried 3 small plates. Outstanding presentation and flavor. Service was impeccable. Will definitely be going back!

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Seyed
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Small menu, good selections. Excellent friendly service

FAQs

The Establishment is rated 4.8 stars by 1176 OpenTable diners.

The Establishment does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/the-establishment/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.