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

4.8
4.8
1895 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

10:00 PM


Booked 17 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • 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

    When enjoying our private rooms, you will receive impeccable service and the best of Charleston cuisine. We will customize the menu for your event to suit your personal and group tastes.

  • Private party contact

    Betsy Brabham: (843) 608-8295

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Cross street

    In between Church and State streets

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Jazz with Zandrina Dunning and Mayor Tecklenburg

    $50.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Feb 4, 2023 only
    The Establishment is hosting a dinner and a show on February 4th. Come enjoy vocalist Zandrina Dunning and Charleston’s Mayor John Tecklenberg on piano performing a set of jazz standards starting at 9pm. Seating is very limited. We will be seating between 7:45 and 8:15 for this event. Deposit of $50 per person is required to hold your reservation. Deposits will be credited towards your check at the end of the night. Reservations for this event are now available - please visit us on OpenTable or call the restaurant (ask for Brian or Shane) to book your table today! Reservations will be held for 15 minutes and then may be subject to forfeiture.
  • Bourbon Dinner Showcasing Barrell Craft Spirits

    $170.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Feb 16, 2023 only
    Come join us for an evening with award winning Louisville-based Barrell Craft Spirits paired with Executive Chef Elliott Howells' tasting menu. We have four courses paired with these original, independent blends of unique, cask strength whiskeys. Recognized for their blending expertise since 2013 and taking #3 of Top 20 Whiskeys of 2022. Barrell Craft Spirits skillfully designs and produces unique products that surprise and delight whiskey lovers. Greet - cocktail Tallow candle and bread 1st Course - Seagrass Whiskey crudo, sea beans, citrus, puffed rice 2nd Course - Vantage raz el hanout sweetbreads, pumpernickel, cherry 3rd Course - Dovetail Painted Hills beef, bone marrow potatoes 4th Course - Armida smoked apple tartine, caramel

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What 1,895 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
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Carolina

    Best Ambiance

  • South Carolina

    Innovative

  • South Carolina

    Seafood

  • Charleston

    Best Overall

  • Charleston

    Best Food

  • Charleston

    Best Service

  • Charleston

    Best Ambiance

  • Charleston

    Innovative

  • Charleston

    Great for fine wines

  • Charleston

    Romantic

  • Charleston

    Good for special occasions

  • Charleston

    Seafood

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I mentioned it was my wife’s birthday in the notes when I made the reservation and they gave us one of the most romantic tables and the server wished her a happy birthday when he introduced himself. Was very impressed they actually read the notes. Food was amazing!
  2. SS

    SusanS

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time dining at The Establishment and it won’t be our last. The food and the service were fabulous. Our server, Sully was extremely knowledgeable about the menu, attentive, and had a wonderful sense of humor.. It’s not always just about the food, but the ambiance and the server. All were top notch. If you like mussels you must try theirs. They are prepared with bacon and brown ale rather than the traditional white or red sauce, and they were perhaps the best I’ve ever eaten! If you are in Charleston and looking for fine dining, look no further.
  3. AC

    AndrewC

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, attentive service by Daniel and the staff. We were very pleased with the entire experience.
  4. JM

    JohnM

    Charleston

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Service was extremely slow. A little on the expensive side, but an overall nice experience.
  5. DS

    DeniseS

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been to The Establishment four times and have always had a fantastic experience. The wait staff has great recommendations and are very friendly and helpful. The food is amazing and unique compared to the typical Charleston cuisine. Some of our favorites include the mussels and crab gnocchi. The ambiance with its mix of historical Charleston and contemporary chill is well done. This has become one of our all time favorite restaurants. It’s a true hidden gem.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We always make it a point to visit the establishment when we visit Charleston. The food is always unique fantastic and utterly delicious. The creamy potatoes were to die for. We repeated the gnocchi with crab which is wonderful. We were placed near the kitchen this time. Next time I will request the front dining room.
  7. WG

    WendyG

    Miami

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Food was bland
  8. P

    Patty

    Charleston

    32 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    Arrived early for an 8 pm reservation and were able to be seated early. Unfortunately I forgot to request seating in the dining area away from the kitchen. I didn’t ask to be moved because the restaurant was very busy and realized it would be very difficult. We were celebrating a special occasion and enjoyed cocktails followed by appetizers all in a timely fashion. Sadly this was the end of a good experience. Our main course was not delivered until 9:30 pm. The server forgot to enter our main order. The restaurant has a very dramatic manager however he did not make his presence known until after the fact. He did compensate us on our bill but quite frankly it did not balance for the fact that our celebration was spoiled.

    The EstablishmentResponded on January 15, 2023Madam, The miscommunication between server and kitchen transpired for which we took ownership, apologized, and took care of 75% of your bill. Again, Apologies. However you neglect to mention in your review two male members of your party, and you were quite rude to the young lady server resulting with her in tears. We apologized and were respectful, however folks of your caliber are not our desired clientele. Therefore, we wish you the best in your future dining endeavors.

  9. D

    Diva4dining

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I have to eat gluten free and our waiter, Tanner, was the first waiter ever to check that on our reservation and already had reviewed the menu with the chef to help me with food selections. That will keep us returning. Not to mention how delicious the food was.
  10. HS

    HilS

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing. Our server did a great job explaining all the meals and giving recommendations. Drinks were delicious and the flavors in all the fishers were incredible. Would definitely eat here again!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Things could not have gone better! To start with, I received a call concerning some diet limitations that were on my OpenTable profile. The chefs had gotten together to recommend a fantastic meal off the menu. Shane, one of the managers, called to ask for my input. It sounded fabulous and required no input from me. We had asked for a table in a specific location due to Covid risk. They could not accommodate that particular table, but gave us one equally risk free. Our server Tanner could not have been more attentive, knowledgeable, and accommodating. A prior server, who we adored, stopped in to see how the meal was going. Also, the manager stopped at our table to make sure things were as they should be. The Establishment is a restaurant that knows how to treat customers! We will return often.

    The EstablishmentResponded on January 16, 2023"The Establishment is a restaurant that knows how to treat customers!" - Anonymous Thank you so much for the kind remarks! We will see soon! The Establishment Team

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The gnocchi was excellent. The Brazilian seafood stew was perfectly prepared with lots of creamy tomatoes and fresh seafood. The green salad with butternut squash and apples tasty.
  13. f

    fundy

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Faboulous atmosphere and vibe. Food and service were top notch. Visited with Shane for an in depth discussion about bourbon. His knowledge and recommendations were amazing. One of the best restaurant experiences I’ve had!
  14. AC

    AuntsugarCHS

    Charleston

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Monthly dine out with friends. We’ve been here a few time now and it is always a very pleasant experience. Excellent wait staff and great food.
  15. MT

    MichaelT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Tanner was great, made suggestions and prompt service
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it! Great food! Great service!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kayla was exceptional as our server and knew the menu inside and out. The Foie Gras appetizer is a must. Wine list was great, lots of French blends and although this place is seafood based, the dry aged ribeye was as good as it gets.

    The EstablishmentResponded on January 11, 2023Thank you! We will see you soon. Cheers! The Establishment Team

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    Great service, great tasting food. However, the menu is limited and changes every day so if you go based on reviewing the menu and wanting a specific dish, you may not be able to get it that day.

    The EstablishmentResponded on January 9, 2023Anonymous, Would you care to shed more light on the 3 star overall review? Seems that food, service, and ambiance all got excellent marks with a 3 star for value. Just wanted to be sure we did all we could for and your dining experience. Best, The Establishment Team

  19. SS

    SamuelS

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed and always have enjoyed the excellent service and food at The Establishment and look forward to our next visit!

    The EstablishmentResponded on January 10, 2023Thank you, Samuel! We look forward to seeing you soon! The Establishment Team

  20. NR

    NancyR

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous evening and dinner. I highly recommend!
  21. BD

    BroadwayDrTony

    New York Area

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a solid, consistently terrific culinary experience. Service outstanding.

    The EstablishmentResponded on January 7, 2023Thanks Dr Tony! We will see you soon!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience was wonderful from start to finish. The hostess was so sweet and appreciative that we didn’t care where we were seated. That surprised me. I guess people are often insistent. The waiter made great suggestions and knew what was appropriate for allergies etc. we had wagyu carpaccio and gnudi which were fantastic. Daughter loved her duck entree. We will be back.

    The EstablishmentResponded on January 11, 2023Thank you so much for the great review! We hope to see you soon. Best, The Establishment Team

  23. SP

    StephenP

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food and service was excellent, the wine was over priced however

    The EstablishmentResponded on January 6, 2023Stephen, Sorry to hear you believe the wine to be overpriced. You had ordered a bottle of Martin Ray Pinot Noir, and our price point is in line with other local restaurants. Unfortunately, we are not able to compete with the retail stores' price points. That said, we hope to see you in the future and wish you the best. Cheers!

  24. JH

    JuanH

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and amazing food, good ambience and nice place
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating NYE with our friends at the Establishment! Always perfection!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Years Eve dinner at The Establishment was excellent. Tanner, our server, took excellent care of us. Every dish was delicious including the cowboy ribeye shared three ways.
  27. CB

    CarolinaBlue2462

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best choices in Charleston, made even more special by Shane! Our New Year’s Eve was flawless, second time celebrating there and will be where we go next year. Highly recommend for any occasion!
  28. A

    Andie

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    The concept of the minimum charge was not explained, so we paid for more food than what we ordered. Sending back undercooked food only to have it brought back after everyone else had finished was unacceptable.

    The EstablishmentResponded on January 6, 2023Hello Mrs. Rousseaux, Thanks for your feedback. I'm terribly confused. I was present at your table many times that evening. We did our absolute best to correct any issues brought to our attention. When the meal concluded, the table was smiling and thanking us for our efforts. In regards to your deposit, all details were explained verbally and in print for both of your bookings. I refunded your deposit in full during an extremely busy service. You only paid for what you ordered. Thanks again.

  29. CS

    CarrieS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    The service was wonderful as well as the ambiance. The food, however, was terrible. I would not go here again nor would I recommend the restaurant.

    The EstablishmentResponded on January 7, 2023We appreciate your feedback. And look forward to serving you in the future. Our leadership team has reached out directly and has discussed making amends for your experience. Thank you!

  30. RR

    RicardoR

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The restaurant is elegant, and the service is impeccable. The food was subpar for the price. My lamb was way undercooked, and I ordered it medium. My wife's Halibut was way overcooked. The sides were so not impressive, and yes, we had to pay for bread service. The mashed potatoes were the hit of the evening. The food does not match such a beautiful and elegant restaurant.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    NYE. Excellent experience! Tanner was amazing and very knowledgeable. Food was outstanding! We didn’t know we would be sitting in the bar/open kitchen area- would have preferred more of a dining room experience.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The service and appetizers were outstanding. My fish entree was over cooked, but its flavor was very good. Would definitely return
  33. I

    Ilikeeating

    Richmond

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Year’s Eve dinner. Server was outstanding and the food was very good.
  34. DH

    DennisH

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly memorable food with lovely attention from the staff. Highly recommended.
  35. MD

    MarkD

    Dallas

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about our dinner was fantastic! Great food, service and atmosphere made for a great night. Paige, our server was phenomenal! Looking forward to our next visit!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Gnocchi ever! Whole fish was a red snapper, perfectly cooked. Michael our waiter was amazing. Great recommendations.
  37. W

    Watsonfoodiesandfriends

    Western NC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful! Everything about the Establishment!!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious. Our server Gwen was very kind and helpful. The crab gnocchi was a standout for us.
  39. KB

    KathyB

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The food was excellent! Side dishes were enough for 2-3 people(we thought single serving).we ordered too much but it all was delicious. Service could have been better-wait staff could have been more attentive. That being said we would return again. Recommend it for adults-not a place for younger children.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal service! We added the truffles and it was well worth the upcharge. Shane gave incredible service and the dishes were all sublime. Can’t wait to return!

FAQs

The Establishment is rated 4.8 stars by 1895 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 17 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Establishment

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

Additional information

  • Cross street

    In between Church and State streets

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • 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, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (843) 789-4028

  • Private party facilities

    When enjoying our private rooms, you will receive impeccable service and the best of Charleston cuisine. We will customize the menu for your event to suit your personal and group tastes.

  • Private party contact

    Betsy Brabham: (843) 608-8295

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