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

The Establishment

4.8
4.8
1731 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

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
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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

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What 1,731 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
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • South Carolina

    Best Ambiance

  • South Carolina

    Notable Wine List

  • South Carolina

    Seafood

  • Charleston

    Best Overall

  • Charleston

    Best Food

  • Charleston

    Best Service

  • Charleston

    Best Ambiance

  • Charleston

    Notable Wine List

  • Charleston

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  1. SC

    SydneyC

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Our server was phenomenal and is the only reason I would recommend this place over other restaurants. The food was average. The wagyu beef carpaccio appetizer was amazing but the ribeye and scallops were just okay. A little disappointing considering how expensive the food is. Can definitely get better food for less money. The location and ambiance of the restaurant were very nice though.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great apps but very disappointed in the entree’s. 1 of our swordfish entrees was fishy. Others were just mediocre.
  3. LV

    LainaV

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful time as usual. Food and service was excellent.
  4. W

    Whattheheck1

    Charleston

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent and the food was wonderful. The employees all made us feel special on our 39th anniversary. They couldn’t have been nicer.
  5. CC

    ChristopherC

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely the best meal we had during our trip to Charleston. The food was impeccable and the service was fantastic as well. Prices were what you’d expect for a fine-dining experience, but well worth it for the overall quality of the meal and experience. Will definitely be back here for future trips
  6. CM

    ChristianM

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe, great service, great food. Our server, Micheal is a true gent.
  7. JG

    JG01

    Charleston

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Had the whole fish for the first time. Big enough for two people. Was absolutely outstanding
  8. TC

    TaraC

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambiance...I really enjoy this place. Such a cool spot.
  9. A

    Andie

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Amazing food, lovely wine, comfortable room, and good vibe.
  10. TC

    TiffanyC

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The ambiance was nice. We had a good starter but both of our entrees were overcooked. The restaurant was very busy but for the price we expected more attention to detail with our meals. This was our first visit but not sure if we would return since there is so many amazing resturants in Charleston.
  11. b

    barryc

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a wonderful meal before our short walk to the Dock Street Theater performance. The Chicken Liver Mousse pate' is excellent for an appetizer to share. Our entrees of Swordfish and Scallops were cooked perfectly! Service was excellent. Our waiter, Tanner, was informative and professional. The manager, Shane, provided light conversation and ensured that every detail of our dining experience was attended to. The Establishment is a hidden Gem among a renowned "Foodie Town". The bar is a great place to cool down after a hot day on Broad Street.
  12. MU

    MarionU

    Charleston

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Attentively friendly, personable individuals at every service level that work together as a great team to provide an exceptional dining experience! Thank you for a wonderful Anniversary dinner!
  13. O

    Octoberroad

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic service and food! We have eaten at quite a few top restaurants in Charleston, but this is the first one we left feeling like we definitely wanted to return.
  14. RR

    RonnyR

    Nashville

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Very good. Well go back
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Overall we had an amazing experience. We were celebrating our anniversary and everyone from the hostess stand to the manager acknowledged it. Gwen was our server and she was very friendly, explained the menu and made suggestions which I always like to get the viewpoint of a staff member. We had the crab gnocchi and the spaghetti squash special and the rolls. They were incredible, craving the gnocchi ever since. For entrees we had the grouper and the swordfish. I found them to be a little salty for my taste but it was obviously still good. We didn’t have dessert since we were going to a desserterie but the manager did serve us a complimentary glass of champagne which was a nice send off. We sat in the front room which had a quieter ambience, we really enjoyed our experience and will definitely return.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reservation was easy to make through Open Table. Hostess and waiter were extremely friendly, welcoming and attentive. Drinks were tasty and we had a bottle of Pinot Noir for under a hundred dollars. Food was consistently delicious from appetizers through main courses to dessert. I’ve been coming to Charleston for 27 years and had never heard of this place before, but we will be back!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We experienced exceptional service and the food was top notch. The creative, daily menu is why we choose to try The Establishment and we are not disappointed. We truly enjoyed every aspect of our dining experience and have added this to our list of 'go to' resturants.
  18. BP

    BlytheP

    Charleston

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Michael our waiter was awesome. Knowledgeable, kind, efficient, cool. Amazing all the way around. The food was on point as per usual!
  19. GG

    GrantG

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Enjoyed our meal. Service was good but a little slow.
  20. DM

    DMTK

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent all the way around. Grouper entree and presentation outstanding. Page, the server, attentive, knowledgeable and engaging. Bar staff prior to dinner also excellent and fun. Been to all high end restaurants in Charleston and consider the Establishment the best for an overall great dining experience.
  21. l

    lovecuisine

    Charleston

    120 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    120 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Warm welcome at the front. Very good service by CT and nice to see Mike C. Gary (Mgr) stopped by to ensure all was going well. A well oiled/smooth operation. The Roasted Mushroom Mezze is to die for - so yummy. Fish entrees always good. Love the low key ambiance and audios wine list. This is a hidden gem. Luv it.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the place and our server. One of the best dining experiences I've had in a while!
  23. a

    apsmith

    Charleston

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience! One of the best in Charleston! The food and staff are amazing.
  24. MB

    MicheleB

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service by Zac and his colleagues. The food was prepared exactly as described by Zac. Food quality, preparation and flavor profiles are exceptional. Portions are perfect as is timing and pace of the meal. Well crafted cocktails. Dessert was yummy. Seated on time per our reservation. 5 stars all around.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zachary was a great server and he helped us select the perfect meal.
  26. DW

    DubynW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything from the greeting at the door to the dessert was amazing! Brianna was very knowledgeable and friendly. Definitely try the crudo and cantaloupe! The wine recommendations were on point!
  27. j

    jkrgroovy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Incredible ambiance and very gracious staff! Food was delicious, although not perfect for the price. Mike, our server was outstanding! Will definitely go back and likely request to be seated in Mike's section if possible.
  28. SG

    SGTY

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff at the Establishment took excellent care of us! My husband and I had, quite literally, a life-threatening experience and decided to treat ourselves to dinner and drinks at one of our favorite spots after having pulled through the harrowing events. I mentioned in the "special requests" line of our reservation simply "We survived" and the staff went to great lengths to celebrate life with us. We were offered complimentary champagne, one of the best tables in the house, and thoroughly warm conversation. 10/10 will visit again (and again).
  29. CM

    ConstantineM

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, good service
  30. RM

    RandyM

    Charleston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best kept secret in town.
  31. l

    lovecuisine

    Charleston

    120 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    120 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Warm welcome at the front, Mike C’s service and recommendations were excellent. The roasted mushroom mezze was incredibly yummy (split as an appetizer), and the snapper was wonderful. Very good wine list and love the low key ambiance. You will love it. ❤️🍷😊
  32. M

    Mary

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Server was good and nice , when we ordered he insured us that they have everything from the Menu but after some time turned out that the fish that we ordered was sold out. We ordered 3 starters and 2 main courses One of the starters was plane and tasteless One of the main courses was too salty Hostess was nervous, unprofessional and rude She brought us in , then realized that the table is not ready, sent us back to the waiting room
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    We celebrated 24th anniversary here. The place was packed showing how popular it was, but I felt it overwhelm the servers and the cook staff. It took us 20 minutes to get our drinks and over an hour for food. My husband loved the swordfish I had the pork and I wasn’t impressed. The broccoli was seasoned with their in-house salted butter, which made it almost impossible to eat because of the quantity of salt. Deserts left amazing and the ambience was great. I think I just chose the wrong meal. It is a great place to celebrate any special occasion please refer to the menu because it is limited
  34. TB

    TedB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress, Kayla, was outstanding. Very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about all of the dishes.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    We waited 35 min to get a dirty martini & a Manhattan. Our waiter was inattentive & let us know it was his last week as he was leaving to be a bartender at another establishment. That pretty much set the tone for a very average experience at a highly rated restaurant. Our appetizers were lovely-beef carpaccio & a tomato selection. We should have stopped with these. Our entrees, Grouper & Swordfish, were diminutive. The swordfish was so heavily salted it was inedible. Our waiter only asked if I wanted a box! My dogs will now enjoy a $37 entree once I rinse the salt off!! It was my birthday-oh, well…no champagne or dessert to go. We truly had hoped for a great dinner-in our new hometown. Not so much….
  36. GP

    GregP

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well oiled machine - service was impeccable. Kitchen is efficient as well.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and our server was very attentive.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was fabulous and food excellent.
  39. D

    Diane

    Charlotte

    30 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Repeat customers should be treated hospitably, which isn't the case at The Establishment unfortunately. With the Charleston dining scene being so vibrant, customer service is a high priority that helps distinguish one great restaurant from the next.
  40. Y

    Yoyo

    Atlanta

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great “new” spot in Charleston. One of the foodie capitals of the world.

FAQs

The Establishment is rated 4.8 stars by 1731 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
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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