The Establishment

4.9
972 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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4.9
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Phoenix
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb all the way around!!

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datenightfail
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting Charleston for the weekend and wanted to try something new. The Establishment had just reopened after covid. Great recommendations on cocktails and dinner. Absolutely loved the gnocchi appetizer and heirloom tomatoes. Gnocchi were the most tender and truly best I’ve ever had and I’ve had a lot! My husband had the seafood stew which was very tasty, a little spicy by so good. Could have used some crusty bread to soak up all the delicious broth. Highly recommend giving this restaurant a try, great atmosphere and wonderful bar.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, everything was perfect. Ryan, the bartender did a fabulous job and the meal was simply exquisite.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff did a fantastic job. They welcomed us in on our anniversary with a glass of champagne. The drinks and food were exquisite. The waiter was engaging and the executive chef made us feel like family. Cannot recommend it enough.

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vipRichmonder
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Refined but not stuffy, The Establishment serves the the best-tasting farm-to-table food in the heart of Charleston's historic downtown peninsula. The menu shifts with the seasons of the low country and that means a variety of outstanding ingredients impeccably cooked. Adored the chicken thighs rolled around a truffle-y mushroom puree and the sous-vide cooked local snapper.

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Mark
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice to see them back open again! The food and service was excellent !

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vipKTCharleston
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy the wonderful restaurant is back open.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service, and atmosphere! Would highly recommend!

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vipkavaky
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was holding my breath a little, anticipating whether it would be back to the level it was before the covid close down. Exhale - it was excellent! Standouts were the gnocchi and grouper. Perfection. Excited to tell everyone and get this one back into a regular rotation.

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BarryW
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend. Dined here pre covid and was excellent. Now after only being open 1-2 weeks post covid this restaurant seems to be back on track delivering excellent food and service. Dined at the bar on June 11, 2021.

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vipFrafirs
Western NC
17 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We missed them and are happy to say they are back and were as good as ever.

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Patricia
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just an amazing dining experience. Exceptional food and service....
The management really cares about you having an aging experience.
Thank you, thank you.

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CHSFoodie
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very excited to see that The Establishment had reopened after closing for COVID. The food was even better than we remembered and it was great seeing that so many of the original staff had come back. The ambience was quieter than normal because of reduced seating but overall it was a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the BEST experience and dinner at The Establishment. To start off, they were able to change our reservation the day of due to a change in our harbor tour. We ended up with a reservation at the bar, something we've never done before...turned out to be the best experience EVER! The bar was beautiful, the service was impeccable, and the food and drinks were PHENOMENAL!!! If you are ever in the area, this restaurant is a must!!! 👍👍

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Establishment was closed for over a year due to the COVID Pandemic, and we are so thankful that they returned. Not only that, but they came back as strong as ever. Every single cocktail, appetizer, and entree I have eaten at the Establishment has been nothing less than perfection. I highly recommend!!! The only thing lacking from pre-pandemic is the grand piano player. That truly made this a dining experience to remember.

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travelpatty
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful food and wonderful staff. Our favorite restaurant!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On vacation and this restaurant did not disappoint. Definitely one of the best restaurants we have been to. Will be coming back to Charleston just for this restaurant!

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vipCPFOTO
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So glad we were able to enjoy The Establishment. It was their first official opening day after 14 months of being shut down during COVID-19. When you first look at the menu your reaction is that it has few options and simple offerings, but after you dig into the preparation and actually listen to the servers & attentive staff, you realize you are in for a treat. My wife and I shared 3 "taste" items followed by 2 "savor" items. The scallops crudo was amazing as was the crispy duck. Two really good small plates. We also enjoyed the Shrimp taste plate with champagne vinaigrette.
For the "Savor" items, our server highly recommended the Black Truffle Chicken and/or the Rabbit. We decided on both and WHAT A GOOD DECISION that was! Though we couldn't finish the chicken dish (ate it for lunch as leftovers today), the rabbit dish rocked as did the chicken.
If you haven't been to The Establishment, you must go!

From Chicago with Love!

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DougD
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The halibut was the best seafood dish I have ever had. Absolutely delicious! Also loved the key lime dessert. My wife and I are at 4 top Charleston restaurants during our stay. The Establishment was clearly the best!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great meal!!! The service was wonderful - well informed of the menu and a great communicator. The chef and the team hit the ball out of the park on day 1 back from Covid! We are thrilled The Establishment is back and we can’t wait to return for another meal!

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AndrewS
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy to have returned to many familiar faces for their reopen! Chef's menu shows tremendous finesse and highlights the best ingredients the low country has to offer. The service team is always gracious, engaging, and attentive. Thank you chef, Brian, David, Andy and team. We look forward to returning. Congratulations!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly wonderful meal in all aspects! Will definitely dine here again!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night out in Charleston!! Nice atmosphere and exceptional service from Andy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful! Everyone enjoyed the evening, the food and the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience it was my birthday thanks

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vipMartinR
Charleston
32 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Excellent service. From arrival to departure it was a wonderful dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic!

The Establishment
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thank you!

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vipDavidK
New England
55 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff at The Establishment was welcoming and courteous even though our reserved table was not ready upon our timely arrival. I only mention this because the restaurant contacted me via text five (5) times to re-confirm my reservation since I originally made it. One of these re-confirm requests (#3) was by phone and the restaurant requested a credit card to hold the table. An additional comment on the noise level of the dining room with the piano where we were seated. The piano player was in competition with the conversation level thus exacerbating the decibel level above what I would consider for such a nice establishment making normal conversation difficult.

Once seated, the service was above average, the dinner was well above average and our overall experience was quite good. Our shared appetizers, the ceviche and gnocchi were well prepared and served; the mains of duck confit, flounder, swordfish and seafood stew were all quite good with the duck confit and flounder taking the top votes. The seafood stew broth was very flavorful. All portions were on the smaller size which was welcomed. Shared desserts of the flan and profiteroles finished off the dinner nicely.

Overall, with the exception of the noise level, a very nice experience

The Establishment
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, we greatly appreciate your feedback!

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TanyaC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Would recommend but only for special occasions. Food was excellent but expensive for amount. Wish they had just given a basket of bread instead of serving each person just a slice. Fairly loud, felt I had to up my volume just to have a conversation across the booth, and no, I do not have hearing issues.

The Establishment
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thank you for the review Tanya, we always take our guest reviews seriously and will be sure to take your feedback into consideration. We are happy to hear you did enjoy the food and we hope to see you again.

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vipACDS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Establishment is my new Charleston favorite. The food is amazing and the service is impeccable.
The chef is very accomplished and will work with a guest who has allergies and food issues. Brad Mogan and staff are true professionals. What a pleasure!!!

The Establishment
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thank you for the kind words! We are happy to hear we have become your favorite and we hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Accommodated large party

The Establishment
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thank you for the 5 Stars!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall1food2service3ambience2

Courteous enough but it seems you’re paying for a lot of pomp and circumstance. Small portions, the sea bass was very good but the blue cabbage side dish needs a lot more work.

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vipLpatch
Charleston
24 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two of our three couples were new to the Establishment and all loved it. The menu is a wonderful variety and our server, Chad, exceptional! You have become one of my top three restaurants in Charleston!

The Establishment
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thank you for the wonderful review! We will be sure to pass along your kind words to Chad! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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eddiep
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very nice meal

The Establishment
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thank you!

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dsscop
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner perfection

The Establishment
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thank you for celebrating with us!

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Marilyn
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I went there with the CSO membership card and was pleasantly surprised to receive a glass of Prosecco with our order. The grouper was tender and flaky as was the tilefish my friend had. It was a treat to find Corsican wines on their wines by the glass listing. I have not seen this before in this area. The rosé was wonderful. I’m already looking forward to returning for a repeat visit.

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vipMickeyR
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

This is my third visit to the Establishment and as usual the food was outstanding! Fresh seafood, creative desserts, and generous portions. The rain had been heavy in Charleston, which caused the plumbing to malfunction and the restroom down the street was the only available facility, I note this because the management went above and beyond to help the situation. The reason for the 4 stars is the service; they were attentive but way too much attention. Our dinner conversations were repeatedly interrupted and while still chewing my plate was swept away while my friend was still eating. A restaurant of this caliber should know to not clear plates until all the guests are finished eating.

The Establishment
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback concerning your last visit. We greatly appreciate your observations. It is this type of feedback that allows us to continuously improve.

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lhuff222
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined here for my birthday while visiting Charleston and it did not disappoint! The server's description of the dishes we inquired about was like none other I've encountered. It was as if he prepared the dishes himself. Everything was fresh and tasty ... definitely a cut above!

The Establishment
Responded on February 27, 2020

Thank you for the review. We are happy you chose to celebrate with us!

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Joan
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Establishment never disappoints. The food is always interesting and exceptional. The service is always attentive without being intrusive. The ambiance is elegant without being stuffy.

The Establishment
Responded on February 27, 2020

Joan, thank you for the kind words! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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HeidiB
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, attentive service and fantastic food!

The Establishment
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thank you Heidi!

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The Establishment is rated 4.9 stars by 972 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.