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The Establishment CHS

Charleston

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The Establishment CHS logo
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The Establishment CHS

Charleston

(921)

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Whether this is your first time in Charleston, you visit every year, or you’ve lived here all of your life, you know that the Holy City delights in culinary perfection. At The Establishment, we understand how this is achieved: with fresh, seasonal seafood from in and around Charleston, South Carolina.

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R
30 November 2019

Good food and service

T
30 November 2019

Can’t wait to go back!!!

R
27 November 2019

Amazing food and service.

K
27 November 2019

Great dining experience! Good food, good service, loud, but not too bad, although my dad couldn't hear very well with his hearing aids due to the background noise.

2
26 November 2019

Excellent service and very well executed. Next time we’re in Charleston we will go back.

O
26 November 2019

One of our very favorites in Charleston. Cool modern vibe. Beautiful bar. Open kitchen. Service is exceptional and a new select menu every night. Thoughtfully prepared and presented. More...

T
24 November 2019

Everything about our meal was excellent! There are so many good restaurants in Charleston but will definitely put The Establishment On the “go again” list!

O
24 November 2019

We finally got the chance to take in this great restaurant. From the hostess greeting us at the front or the house to our last bite what a great experience. Had the opportunity to be seated at the chefs table and converse with the chef preparing the first courses. Made is a terrific gnocchi and a celery root soup with mussels. Two tremendous seasonal craft cocktails made it feel like the Fall and Thanksgiving. Private Events Coordinator Shane Diviney does an amazing job of describing all of the food choices we made. Picked us out a delicious Old World Chenin Blanc. Can’t wait to visit again. PJ Bonfilio More...

B
23 November 2019

Amazing food. Exceptional service. Live piano provided wonderful ambiance. The whole restaurant went above and beyond to provide a wonderful experience. One of the best meals in Charleston. More...

B
23 November 2019

Loved it and can’t wait to go back! Ambiance is wonderful. Our waiter was excellent. The food was outstanding. Loved the piano music—perfect volume because even though we were seated close to him, it was not too loud.

A
23 November 2019

This was our first visit for my wife’s birthday. Great service and incredible food. Very nice location and overall a great experience.

R
23 November 2019

The food, the atmosphere and most of all our server ..over the top fabulous!!

W
22 November 2019

Mussel soup and the Grouper !

C
22 November 2019

Just lovely in every way

A
15 November 2019

Tasty but not special. Friendly service and fresh ingredients.

O
15 November 2019

The service was incredible, starting with the phone call confirming our reservation and asking if there were any special dietary requirements. The service was impeccable. The food was delicious, the sauce for the gnocchi was so good! We were visiting from out of town but I will be returning when we get back to Charleston. Worth it!! More...

O
15 November 2019

Fine dining at its best! The wife and I were celebrating 22 years of marriage, the Establishment made our entire night! The staff was extremely pleasant and attentive forgive me for forgetting their names but the it was a great experience. The piano in the background and the ambience was fantastic. Next time I am in Charleston we will be back! More...

O
15 November 2019

Excellent all the way around

C
14 November 2019

Awesome Food . Ask for Chad ❤️❤️❤️

O
10 November 2019

Brian and Keilan were absolutely fabulous. Everything was wonderful. We will definitely be back. It was classy and fun place. Loved everything, the food, the service, the pianist and the ambient. More...

A
9 November 2019

The Establishment was great! All four of us enjoyed every thing we ordered. Service was impeccable! Great restaurant!

U
8 November 2019

What an amazing experience. The staff gave teamwork whole new meaning. Seems as every employee knew the simple yet elegant menu and represented it well. The food itself was excellent. Servings that were large enough to share yet so tasty that you didn’t really want to share. Ambiance, quality and service... just amazingThank you,Bill & Zara More...

S
4 November 2019

The staff knew it was our 40th anniversary and gave us each a glass of cava - very nice of them. The food was delicious and our waitress was very knowledgeable. Can't wait to go back to Charleston and eat here again. The gnocchi was outstanding More...

C
2 November 2019

My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary and the wait staff was incredible! They treated us great. The food was great We will be back!

O
1 November 2019

The Establishment has top-notch service. Our appetizers were wonderful. My wife had the chicken and loved it. Our deserts were both outstanding. However, the medium-well ribeye that was ordered came out medium-rare and had to be sent back. It was a blemish that prevented us from giving 5 stars across the board. More...

M
1 November 2019

Anniversary

M
1 November 2019

Max was our server. He was friendly and engaging. He guided us through the menu with great knowledge. Our food was superb! The grouper was dense and delicious to the paladar. We had an amazing time. The ambiance was relaxing and beautiful at the same time. Also , there was life piano music. More...

J
1 November 2019

Great atmosphere and food. But kitchen was undermanned , we were told, and courses came late and slowly Negatively affected a potentially wonderful dining experience. Manager apologized, and to their credit, comp’d the food. Nonetheless, it affected our impression and this commentary. More...

J
1 November 2019

The Establishment was a great place to have our first meal in Charleston. The service was great and the food very inventive. Their farm to table menu featured dishes that were light and tasty.Try the gnocci with crab. It's made with ricotta and now heavy at all.It was a nice dish to share as an appy. We both had the grouper and again it was amazingly lite. More...

K
31 October 2019

Very nice dining experience!

K
27 October 2019

Wonderful Sunday brunch plus delightful follow up at the gorgeous bar with the beautiful video wall showing lovely scenery.

S
27 October 2019

Group of 4. We all had a great time.

O
27 October 2019

Best duck confit I’ve ever had

P
26 October 2019

As always. Great food and amazing service! Chad is the best!

L
23 October 2019

Unbelievable service, waitress was so knowledgeable and food was incredible!!I will return frequently

M
21 October 2019

Beautiful restaurant w great ambiance. We made reservations online & they were very aware of our anniversary, welcome us w warm greetings & made us feel very nice. All the food we ordered we excellent, nice presentation & I love their use of seasonal fresh produce of pumpkin & squads, what a nice way & combination to prepare those. Waiter was very nice, cheerful, fun & helpful but not overpowered. Thanks Lucas. Definitely will be back to try other dishes. This was our first time. More...

O
21 October 2019

Excellent food,all locally sourced. Great service

S
19 October 2019

Amazing meal and service!

1
19 October 2019

We came for dinner. The menu was mostly seafood. We both had the seafood stew, which was very good. I understand that the menu changes often. I’d like to go back when there’s more meat on the menu. More...

O
19 October 2019

Very very small portions but overall good experience.

S
19 October 2019

Amazing food and service ! Gnocchi, swordfish and grouper! All fantastic.

H
18 October 2019

First time visit to Charleston and the Establishment did not disappoint.we started with drinks at the bar and the were seated in a private booth where the meal and service were first rate

D
18 October 2019

Excellent option out of the norm for Charleston. So many good choices, this stands as a unique, high quality experience.

L
17 October 2019

Split the gnocchi, arugula salad and grouper e tree. Amazing. Service was impeccable. Wines recommendations were on point. Highly recommend.

O
16 October 2019

We had a wonderful dining experience at The Establishment. Serving sizes were appropriate and not overwhelming. Taste and quality were exceptional. Lukas took great care of us. We’ll be back. More...

O
15 October 2019

Just really nice from start to finish. Attentive staff, delicious food, great decor. Grouper was lovely, the gnocchi best we’ve ever had.

O
15 October 2019

We were celebrating my daughters 23rd birthday. Justin was our server and he made it just wonderful!

E
14 October 2019

Great food in a beautiful place!  Large interior with a couple of different seating areas, all of them very nicely decorated.  Interesting artwork on the walls and a big screen of scenery behind the bar.  We visited for brunch.  They had a very nice homemade ricotta, but the highlight was the rosti.  It truly was one of the best dishes I've ever had.  Duck confit in a delicious sauce over crunchy potato.  Then a soft poached egg on top to finish it off, truly a masterpiece! More...

O
14 October 2019

The staff was wonderful and treated us to a bottle of champagne for our wedding weekend. Great service, food and overall experience.

O
13 October 2019

We had brunch there and they were very accommodating of special food requests that were not listed on the menu. We enjoyed the ambiance with the piano player! It was a great experience!

O
12 October 2019

Enjoyed our dining experience here but wasn’t quite up to par with our other experiences in Charleston. Nothing really bad but food just didn’t blow us away. Great ambiance and environment and waitress was great. More...

M
12 October 2019

Outstanding from every perspective~food, service, ambiance! Just a delight!

A
12 October 2019

I went during restaurant week and the selection of choices were excellent. Our server was knowledgeable, helpful, and attentive. Had a Nice piano music player in the corner. More...

W
11 October 2019

We had a wonderful night. The food and service were absolutely fabulous!

W
10 October 2019

The restaurant is intimate, romantic, and chic. We enjoyed the piano music. The food was delicious .The service was excellent. One of the best restaurants in Charlesron. More...

E
10 October 2019

Excellent service... very knowledgeable about menu and wine choices.Food was outstanding.One of the best in Charleston.

O
10 October 2019

Very nice place with professional staff and an amazing Chef. I have absolutely no complaints except for maybe that they don’t have cheesecake on the dessert menu. Swordfish verified amazballs.

J
10 October 2019

Amazing first time for our anniversary! Justin our server was amazing, professional with great suggestions. We tried most of his recommendations and were extremely happy with them all. I can’t believe we haven’t been here before! The online picture do not do this place justice. It was much more beautiful in the evening light than the bright pictures shown in most of the pictures! A must try!! More...

N
6 October 2019

I really loved the atmosphere and the food was exceptional. I will definitely be returning!

O
6 October 2019

Beautiful restaurant. Service and food was excellent. Also, very much enjoyed the piano player.

S
5 October 2019

We will back again and would love to sit at the bar next time.

O
5 October 2019

Father son outing

O
4 October 2019

Wanna get out of the hustle in Charleston. Go just a couple blocks over to Broad street to The Establishment. Great vibes, great food, excellent service. Lucas took time with us, was very knowledgeable about the menu, helped us with a perfect wine pairing and still got us out and to our show on time. We'll definitely be back. More...

A
4 October 2019

Becoming one of our favorite restaurants. Very crowded tonight with Parents Day at The Citadel and a large Bridesmaids party but the ambience was there! Delicious food and well made drinks. Love the piano playing in the background, feels like old times but in a modern sophisticated place! More...

H
4 October 2019

We came here while in town celebrating my husband's 50th birthday! One of the only places wiling to work with me for a large party (16 people). Shane was awesome to work with! Food, drinks and staff were wonderful that we came back for brunch on Sunday! Had the same experience! All the food was fantastic! I would come back in a heartbeat and have recommended to friends! More...

J
3 October 2019

Had a great time. Service was great, enjoyed the food, and liked the live piano music

O
2 October 2019

Second time there and just as good as the first.

S
2 October 2019

Amazing find on our part and I receommend it to anyone that wants great service and excellent food!

J
29 September 2019

The Sunday Brunch was Fabulous. We had the Whipped Ricotta Appetizer and the Steak and Eggs Entree. Best steak and eggs ever. We enjoyed the live music. Our server was fantastic and made us feel very special. I wanted a bloody mary but do to allergies could not have the local mix that they use. The bartender went out of his way to make a special drink just for me! Will definitely be back next time we are in town. More...

M
29 September 2019

Excellent restaurant. Food was outstanding. Happened to be restaurant week when we went so the price was right. $40 for 3 courses. The server explained all the dishes & sources, collectively we tried several things. The renegade cocktail was really good, whiskey based, smooth. The asiago bread-amazing. I almost would just come here for a glass of wine and the bread. Oyster salad with green goddess dressing was pretty good, the oysters were good, the salad was fresh, the dressing was ok, kind of watery, not bad but didn't jump out at me. Grouper was amazing, sous vide, so super moist, no sear, served with a corn/creamed corn, absolutely my fave item. Tomato app was delicious, the tomatoes were fresh, served over ricotta, with parm crisps. You could make it at home, but it was delicious either way. Swordfish was very good, had a nice crispy sear, I think swordfish tends to be a little dry so needed the bean salad/hash (it was like a succotash) for moisture. But excellent flavor. The gnocci was good, the sauce was amazing. It was a creamy buttery crab sauce, I spooned it up after my friend was done eating the gnocci. Dessert was ok, nothing exceptional, would have liked something more exciting. Only 2 choices, chocolate mousse cake or flan, both I can make at home. They were good, don't get me wrong, but I would expect a restaurant like this to have a higher level of dessert, something seasonal (the fish/entrees were seasonal, so why not dessert). Wine was good, there was just one problem. The wine guy, who we thought was the sommelier, says (after we ordered the first bottle) that he doesn't really like/drink wine. So that was totally confusing, and the second bottle of wine ended up not being what we were looking for. I saw him when I walking to the bathroom so I let him know (after he asked how the wine was), he said he would swing by the table to check on us, and he never came back. So that seemed kind of hokey, if you are going to have a person suggesting wine, they should really be a wine drinker, and they should never admit that they don't drink it. More...

J
29 September 2019

Great food and service, would highly recommend and plan on definately returning. Was in town visiting colleges for my children. A must visit place!

O
28 September 2019

Unbelievable experience with my parents who were visiting from out of town. Food, music, and service were all above bar. Thanks!

M
28 September 2019

Every thing about the restaurant was perfect . Great drinks , appetizers, main course and dessert . The atmosphere is conducive for talking , nice back ground music and we had great view of kitchen . The gnocchi appetizer was outstanding . We tried chicken, pork chop, grouper and ribeye for main course . Everyone cleaned their plate More...

J
28 September 2019

Food was not hot, but was very tasty. Waiter went into too much detail on each menu item.

O
28 September 2019

Previous reviews mentioned the high level of personal service and we certainly can confirm them. Starting off with valet parking and a warm welcome we felt well cared for. Kate our server and Brian our sommelier were attentive without being obtrusive and spoke knowledgeably about the menu and wine (many interesting options!) while being causal allowing for just enough variety to offer a nice range of options but with focus on very creative preparations and presentations that brought out the best of each offering. There was live music that was very complimentary to the ‘atmosphere‘ and we didn’t have to compete with it to chat. The restaurant was well laid out and while we had a window table (Again the service!) I would have been happy with any spot in the room. Thanks to the staff seen and not, for a very nice meal. Highly recommended for the service, atmosphere and creative food that has Charleston front and center as a culinary destination. More...

E
28 September 2019

Great business casual to semi-formal restaurant in Charleston. The restaurant itself was quite large and spacious - you never felt like you were "sitting on top of" the table next to you. Our server Lukas was fantastic. Super knowledgeable about the various dishes and wine pairings, and overall was very passionate about the food. His suggestion of the gnocchi to start was marvelous - some of the fluffiest "pillows" we've ever had, topped with crab meat. Next, our entrees - Lukas recommended me the pork chops while my pescatarian wife ordered the flounder. My wife described the flounder as some of the best fish she has had. The pork chops were delicious, but hard for me to compare as I infrequently order pork chops (Lukas described it as his favorite pork chops ever, just as another opinion). We asked for wine pairing suggestions (by the glass) - here was where Lukas also shined. They had two sommeliers on staff, but Lukas had some great suggestions. My wife ordered a white with hints of fruit that paired well with the flounder and its base. I was recommended a grenache syrah blend of the Rhone variety (but from central CA) that paired perfectly with the pork. Lastly, the dessert did not disappoint - we ordered the chocolate olive oil cake. It was the best part of the meal - a wonderful chocolate mousse layer on top of an almond-flour based chocolate cake, topped with macadamia nuts. My wife could not stop raving about the cake, which didn't stand a chance to the two of us. Some other miscellaneous thoughts: from a cocktail perspective, I had the Sweet Lil Nellie, which was a rye-based cocktail. Absolutely delicious - tasted like Christmas (mildly sweet with notes of orange and spice). As we were halfway through dinner on a Saturday evening, they had a live piano player start playing (softly enough that you could still hold conversations, and we were sitting right next to the piano), which was a wonderful addition to ambiance. The staff was also great and attentive - we could not have more than 2 - 3 sips of our water before someone came around to refill our water (from the glass bottle that they left on our table - so we could have done it ourselves).Overall - would highly recommend this restaurant. Great food, great atmosphere (for dates, celebrations, business events, etc.), and great staff. More...

M
27 September 2019

Personable and friendly experience. Food and drink were excellent. Staff worked as a team and knew eat each food item. What a treat! Can't wait to return.

M
27 September 2019

This was our third time dining at the establishment. Food as always was excellent but where they seated us this time was next to the kitchen and neither us or our servers could hear. We ended up shouting at each other. In the past our service has been excellent with attention to every detail. This time we barely saw our server. It was a very busy night. We brought friends and wanted them to experience the same great service and food that we had enjoyed before. Unfortunately it was an evening of shouting at each other although the food was still excellent. Will continue to be our favorite restaurant in Charleston but will definitely request that we not be seated in the area near the kitchen. More...

L
26 September 2019

Another fantastic dinner, this time with 3 courses for $40 during Restaurant Week.  I enjoyed the gnocchi with crab, pistou and breadcrumbs, seared swordfish with salsa verde, fresh shelled beans and brown butter, and chocolate olive oil cake with creme anglaise and mousse. Pictures of each dish show how well composed each course is, and glasses of bubbly to drink made it a celebratory occasion. More...

C
25 September 2019

Brian the sommelier and our server Caitlyn went out of there way to ensure that we had a fantastic evening. I would not hesitate to reccomend The Establishment to my friends and family. Thank you for a great night catching up with a dear friend. More...

E
24 September 2019

Perfect in all ways. Service, ambience and especially the food.

O
23 September 2019

Went back a second night. The duck appetizer is spectacular. Nice wine selection and the grouper, swordfish, pork chop and fish stew entrees are all very good as are the shrimp and lettuce appetizers.

M
23 September 2019

I had a really nice dinner here. The food was excellent and the service was even better. Anna did a great job being attentive and was very knowledgeable about the menu. I had the Tomatoes, Grouper and Okra. All were fantastic. I also got to listen to a wispy bearded gentleman teach a table about champagne for 15min and that was really cool to listen to as well. More...

H
22 September 2019

Impeccable service! Excellent food! I was recently here for a friend's birthday celebration and we were treated so well! They took many extra steps to ensure that my friend's birthday was very special! I enjoyed the duck confit and the gnocchi. The chicken is also incredible and the hand made desserts and ice creams are to die for! I cannot wait to visit again! More...

A
22 September 2019

If you're looking for outstanding food and service, this is the place. Everything is a wonderful and spectacular treat for your tastebuds. Made reservations for a party of 8 to celebrate a birthday. We wanted a place that would be special and celebratory. The staff at The Establishment delivered. Our host Lisa, seated us right away for our 8:15 reservation with a special happy birthday wish as we noted on the reservation that we had a birthday in our party. Champagne flutes at every place setting were a nice touch that added to the atmosphere that this was a special occasion. Shane brought out a bottle of champagne to kickstart the festivities. We started off with a toast. It was restaurant week, so we opted for the three courses. At our table we had the gnocchi with lump crab that was absolutely the best gnocchi I've ever had. I am still wanting more. I cannot get enough of it. Two in our party had the crispy duck which was rich and flavorful. The heirloom tomato appetizer is accompanied with fresh soft cheese and delicate, thin, crisp cheese medallions. They sent our table an order of the raspberries as well. It was fun sharing a little taste of everything around the table. The wine selection is one of the best I've seen. There were great selections for everyone's palette with a sommelier on hand to assist with the selection. I no nothing about wine, but his recommendations were spot on. For our main course we had swordfish , the ribeye, ( I would definitely put this place as a top steak dinner destination) grouper, and ratatouille. It was all delicious and beautifully plated, but my favorite surprisingly was the ratatouille. For dessert we had chocolate olive oil cake topped with a light and airy perfection of chocolate mousse, flan, and made in house ice cream. We paired our desserts with cappuccinos that had a nice amount of foam that made this one of the best cappuccinos I've ever had. The service the entire night was just fantastic. I cannot day enough about the service of everyone and the attentiveness and knowledge of our server Katlyn D. When I was unsure of what to order for my main course. I've eaten here several times at the bar and enjoy the food immensely, but I'm so glad I got to experience the top notch service you get sitting at a table. This is quickly becoming the best fine dining spot in Charleston. I am adding a photo of the menu for that particular night. If you are a foodie or just want great food and great service, The Establishment will deliver and much much more. Prior Review:  . Make reservations and do not miss out on dining here. The service is amazing. Maggie made sure my cocktail was refreshed at the bar while waiting for dinner. I enjoyed our chat and she was attentive. The food was spectacular. The eggplant, served as my starter, had a pleasant pairing of pickled green cherry tomatoes. I had the scallops as an entree.  They were succulent and tender. The watermelon side dish blended well for sweet and salty perfection. When each dish arrived, Brice explained each one thoroughly. If you're a foodie or just looking for a fabulous meal in an elegantly hip setting, then this is the place. I believe they have a community chef"s table if you get there early and don't mind making new friends while you eat. If you have to wait, I assure you the bartenders will make your wait enjoyable. More...

M
22 September 2019

Nice ambiance, good food and professional, friendly staff.

D
22 September 2019

Went here for the first time during Restaurant Week, and it was fantastic. A bit more expensive than some others at $40 for three courses, but worth it. My husband’s first course gnocchi was amazing, and my fried oyster salad was delicious. I was surprised by five oysters for a starter, and the salad was a generous size. Our second courses and desserts were wonderful as well, he having the seafood stew and flan, and myself the grouper (the accompanying fresh creamed corn was fabulous) and the olive oil chocolate cake. We will definitely be making this restaurant a go-to for special occasions! More...

O
22 September 2019

The Establishment is hands down my favorite place in Charleston, and I’ve lived here for a long time. The genuine welcoming atmosphere is so refreshing, and every time I go back (which is often), I’m remembered and greeted personally. The food is incredible- a seemingly simple menu, but one that changes often and when the food comes, it’s more incredible and imaginative than you could expect. The cocktails are very unique and I can easily tell apart their drinks from others. I love the atmosphere inside, it’s a luxe yet friendly vibe and especially the live music is the best in any Charleston restaurant. This restaurant has quickly felt like a home away from home for me, and if you’re considering any other place, go here instead. More...

R
22 September 2019

We had a delightful and delicious brunch. Disappointed that nothing was done in honor of the 2 birthdays we were celebrating, even though we were asked if there was a special occasion when we made the reservation on Open Table. Most restaurants will bring a dessert or glass of champagne to the birthday person. Why ask if you’re not going to do anything?. More...

S
21 September 2019

The cocktails list was nice and the drinks were great. The appetizers were tasty and the main meal excellent. The desserts were very nice and tasteful. Our waitress was amazing. The menu changes weekly. More...

K
21 September 2019

Service and food were fabulous. Can't wait to eat here again!

O
21 September 2019

Everything was perfect. Food was amazing and the waiter described it as it was served.

K
21 September 2019

We had a wonderful evening with amazing food and atmosphere. I would highly recommend it!

M
20 September 2019

Fabulous food, service and the restaurant is gorgeous.

F
20 September 2019

A group of 7 of us celebrating a birthday.

O
20 September 2019

Our waitress was great, great recommendations on cocktails and food.

O
19 September 2019

Great! Food was fantastic, wait staff was very knowledgeable and attentive. “The Impressionist” cocktail isa must get!

O
19 September 2019

The whole experience was great ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ from the reservation process to the check out. Thank you Mason for building such wonderful restaurant. A true diamond in the crown of Charleston. As the menu so properly displays: Tasty,Savory and Delightful. I won’t spoil your experience by telling you all the tastes and treats of the menu suffice to say you can’t order wrong. Service,ambience and fresh food. Perfection. More...

O
18 September 2019

With so many great restaurants in Charleston, honestly, The Establishment fell off our radar until food and wine week. The menu looked stellar so off we went. To our surprise, everything blew us away. Truly, the gnocchi starter is what dreams are made of. I think about it frequently. Service was also impeccable. Corina was our server and she never missed a beat with a full food and wine fueled section. She was knowledgeable, thorough, personable, and welcoming. We'll absolutely be back. Trust me, go here. More...

O
18 September 2019

Excellent food. Scott was exceptional. Will visit again soon

M
18 September 2019

Nicholas, our server, was outstanding. The food was delicious and presentation was artful.

L
18 September 2019

Superb food starting with gnocchi - light and delicate, with crab, verdant pistou and breadcrumbs, perfectly seared swordfish topped with salsa verde, fresh shelled beans and brown butter for my entree, and for dessert the moist and flavorful chocolate olive oil cake with creme anglaise, and a scoop of mousse. Two glasses of bubbly made this a perfect dinner, and Restaurant Week made it an incredible deal for 3 courses. Service, as always, was personal yet professional. More...

S
17 September 2019

We were celebrating my husbands birthday. Also had our 4 month old. Great food & service. We were lucky to enjoy restaurant week. Highly recommend

C
17 September 2019

My friend and I dined at The Establishment during Charleston’s restaurant week. We were absolutely blown away by not only the food, but the service. Every single person we encountered during our evening was welcoming. Our server, Ryan, gave incredibly detailed descriptions of each dish as well as a fun little history lesson explaining how The Establishment received its name. Our swordfish and grouper were cooked perfectly and Ryan gave excellent wine recommendations to pair with our entrees. I will absolutely be recommending The Establishment to friends and family! More...

O
17 September 2019

Beautiful restaurant and great vibe. Our server Scott, was knowledgeable and paced our meal perfectly for us. The food was excellent and we will return again...and again.

R
17 September 2019

Very good food,environment and service! The seafood stew was my favorite! Will definitely come back

S
16 September 2019

Went during restaurant week, and everything was incredible! From the food, to the atmosphere, and the wonderful service everything was perfect. I can’t wait to go back again!

O
15 September 2019

Wonderful from beginning to end. For sure to return.

K
15 September 2019

My boyfriend and I had the best time at this establishment(lol) last night. We went here for restaurant week! The food was awesome and the drinks were strong which was a plus! I'm from Arizona so when my boyfriend boasted about going here, I became filled with excitement since the food looked amazing and the restaurant had very good reviews. It's the perfect spot for date nightIf you're in the area, I definitely recommend you going here! More...

E
15 September 2019

Overall a nice experience! The food was all that everyone said it would be. It was restaurant week and it was busy!! We were early and went to the bar for a drink. We had to wait 15 to get a drink and once we ordered our drinks, the hostess came by to get us for our table. She ended leaving us because we had to wait for our drinks to be made and then when we went to the hostess they said the table was not ready. So we waited while listening to the pianist which he was amazing!! Finally we were seated and Justin was our server. He was so nice and helpful with the menu items. We ordered the duck confit, raspberry salad, ribeye, whole fish, each dessert. Every part of the meal was delicious, but I have to say hands down the ribeye was amazing!! I loved the ambiance except how close we were to other tables. We heard the other couple's conversation next to us who ended up getting in a fight. Overall, great time and great food. More...

O
15 September 2019

Beautiful ambiance and food so incredibly tasty (a little salty but otherwise good). The pianist was engaging and played wonderfully. We were a group of 9 ladies, so overall, we loved it More...

E
15 September 2019

Overall a nice experience! The food was all that everyone said it would be. It was restaurant week and it was busy!! We were early and went to the bar for a drink. We had to wait 15 to get a drink and once we ordered our drinks the hostess came by to get us for our table. She ended leaving us because we had to wait for our drinks to be made and then when we went to the hostess they said the table was not ready. So we waited while listening to the pianist which he was amazing!! Finally we were seated and Justin was our server. He was so nice and helpful with the menu items. We ordered the duck confit, raspberry salad, ribeye, whole fish, each dessert. Every part of the meal was delicious, but I have to say hands down the ribeye was amazing!! I loved the ambiance except how close we were to other tables. We heard the other couple next to us who ended up getting in a fight. Overall, great time and great food. More...

O
15 September 2019

Very nice meal, fun atmosphere for a date night. Cool looking bar environment with expansive choices and soothing piano music

O
14 September 2019

Food was amazing!

A
14 September 2019

We went here for dinner and discovered it was restaurant week. We ordered the 3 courses and were pleased with everything we received. The food was prepared perfectly. I'm in love with the asiago bread. The wait staff here is probably the best I've personally experienced. Each person that attended us really seemed to enjoy their job. More...

C
13 September 2019

The was perfectly prepared as usual. The waiter was not as good as I am use to at the Establishment but I think he was relatively new.

V
13 September 2019

We had a wonderful dinner! Sat near open kitchen and loved it. The gnocchi with crab was the stand out favorite! We will definitely be back soon.

O
13 September 2019

My gal pal and I had the best experience! We came for restaurant week, but were treated like royalty and not rushed through our dinner. We were able to savor each delicious bite! More...

N
13 September 2019

I was blown away by this place. The food is incredible (don't miss the gnocchi), service was outstanding and the atmosphere is awesome. The sommelier stopped by just to check in and talk wine with us. Cocktails were spot on. Definitely one of my new favorite spots in town. More...

J
11 September 2019

We came for Restaurant Week- because we've been wanting to try The Establishment. The selection was great, the food was fantastic. Crispy duck, and the best gnocchi I've had in years. Our waiter Chad, was really helpful, well-informed, and a pleasure to be around. Thanks for a great evening-we'll be back! More...

A
11 September 2019

Wow! This was a 10 out of 10 dining experience! My boyfriend and I showed up around 6:30 PM on a Wednesday for dinner having picked this as our restaurant of choice for Charleston Restaurant Week. We were greeted politely and asked if we had a reservation. The place was very empty as it was early in the evening, but they said they had no tables and asked if we would be okay sitting at the Chef's Table (a barstool type seating overlooking the kitchen area). Having read some stellar reviews about the Chef's Table, we gladly accepted. Within about a half hour the whole place was packed, so I can see why they mentioned having limited seating available without a reservation. Regardless, I think we got the best seats in the house because our experience was wonderful and very memorable! Our server was top notch, walking us through all the options as well some friendly chit chat. I thought it was lovely that their Restaurant Week menu was their real menu and not some particularly small menu with very few options. I started off with Lump Crab Gnocchi (this was a cheese instead of potato based gnocchi, so light and airy, I never want to go back to the traditional way) and it was to die for and my boyfriend had the Fried Oyster Salad. We watched them prepare several other dishes, two of which, the Shrimp and Duck both looked amazing as well. We then moved on to the main entrees where I had the Swordfish and my boyfriend had the Grouper. Both absolutely amazing. We split a side of the Polenta but started eyeing the Eggplant after seeing it prepped, we inquired with the chef and he offered us a small portion of it complimentary just try! So very thoughtful! After the main course we moved on to dessert, a Chocolate Cake and a Flan, neither of which are my favorite types of dessert, but I'm glad we didn't pass them up because they were incredible! I should also mention we enjoyed a couple of signature cocktails and they were excellent as well. Definitely one the best dining experiences I've had in downtown Charleston since having moved here 3 years ago! Highly recommend! More...

T
1 September 2019

The waitstaff took EXCELLENT care of us as we had a lavish three hour dinner. It was wonderful. Live piano music, open kitchen to watch the action and yummy food.

O
1 September 2019

Fantastic food and staff. We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience.

O
1 September 2019

Food was absolutely amazing as always! Service was very friendly and on point!

J
1 September 2019

Great food and service. We’ll be back

S
31 August 2019

We had a great night! Service was exceptional! Piano player was icing on the cake! We will be back!

O
31 August 2019

Great dinner and atmosphere.. beautiful place! Justin was great!

M
31 August 2019

All around favorite! Also a wonderful restaurant to eat at the bar. It’s very spacious

O
31 August 2019

Very fresh food, expertly pared. The SC Peach Appetizer was amazing. Service was great and the waiter was well versed in the food preparation and tastes.

M
31 August 2019

This was the first time we visited we totally enjoyed everything from the drinks, the food, and the staff we will definitely come back when we are in town 100% romantic atmosphere.I give you guys a 10.

B
30 August 2019

Three couples attend the Dock Street together and it was my turn to pick the restaurant. I confidently picked The Establishment. it was a great choice. Small plates or dinner entrees and in between make for excellent choices. The service is impeccable and the ambiance beautiful. Valet parking is a plus for those attending the theater. In the front dining area you can carry on a conversation as the area is quiet. It picks up later in the evening. What a great place. More...

J
30 August 2019

We love this place!Having enjoyed previous meals in the front of the house we chose the chef's table for this visit. Good choice. Enjoyed watching the care and attention of the kitchen staff in the preparation and presentation of our meals which were excellent.Attentive staff, no feeling of being rushed like other downtown venues.It's on our must do list. More...

C
30 August 2019

We had a wonderful evening the service was outstanding in every way. We had three different entrees, a steak, swordfish and a vegetarian dish and all were excellent. A very nice evening in every way.

T
30 August 2019

The place to go for delicious, fresh, creatively prepared seafood in Charleston!

J
30 August 2019

It was our first time dining at The Establishment AND THE OVERALL EXPERIENCE ENTIRELY EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS!!! The energetic hostess was so pleasant and accommodating; our server, Caitlynn was simply outstanding with everything we requested; the water glasses were filled continually; the Laurent Perrier Champagne was sensational and the Manager checked to make certain that we had a beautiful experience! NOW, onto the food - the first course or appetizers of the duck confit was crispy and savory and the gnocchi with crabmeat was beyond description, so light and airy with decadent flavors; the main courses were the ribeye - prepared perfectly, incredible flavors, and the grouper with corn medley was sweet and a perfect accompaniment to the grouper; the dessert was a chocolate cake baked with olive oil, drizzled with toasted hazelnuts which was amazing and then the addition of the chocolate hazelnut ice cream was rich, fresh tasting and so incredible! This is one of top spots in the world!!! More...

O
29 August 2019

Ordered everything on the appetizer menu, all excellent. Butterscotch desert awesome as well. The peach - blue cheese combo no so much but points for the creativity.

D
28 August 2019

The Establisment is a lovely cozy spot with a good contemporary menu. The staff is outstanding. I had the pork chop which was very good and the peach salad. The peaches were hard and tasteless. I would have given 5 stars otherwise. My husband enjoyed the heirloom tomato salad and the grouper. We will return. The wine list is quite good, but I wish they had a french red by the glass.... More...

O
24 August 2019

Awesome food, awesome service

O
24 August 2019

The chef went above and beyond to accommodate my friends dietary restrictions! Everything was wonderful the service was fabulous! Nick was our server and was so attentive to our needs! More...

P
24 August 2019

Phenomenal food & service. Ambiance was perfect. Second time, and won’t be our last.

O
24 August 2019

Establishment is one of the new restaurants that are still flying under the radar. It’s the best kept secret in Charleston in my opinion I will be returning the next time I am in Charleston. Great restaurant.

J
23 August 2019

The Establishment is one of the “places” in Charleston, so my expectations were high. It is in the thick of the historic district of this amazing city, and deserves some props just for “being there” as Charleston becomes known for its world class cuisine. Though Charleston- with its steamy summers and casual lifestyle - is not know for its wine savvy, The Establishment has a credible cellar. Eating solo this evening, I visited their “by glass” offerings, and found very nice accompaniments for my dinner. Their white wines, for me, are much more relevant than their reds, due to the great seafood-centric fare. I ordered - and fully enjoyed - both a Sauvignon Blanc and a Chardonnay. The restaurant offered a fried oyster salad- delightful - and I had their lump crab ravioli as a main course -delicious, The staff is friendly, prompt and professional. It is not a bargain, but it is an experience and investment well worth your time. More...

O
23 August 2019

Lovely as always. Stellar service, beautiful atmosphere, creative menu, impressive wine and cocktail selections.

O
23 August 2019

Phenomenal!! Also, very accommodating of my allergies.

L
23 August 2019

Excellent good and service. Very nice way to celebrate our anniversary with friends.

F
22 August 2019

Excellent food and service! Swordfish and grouper entrees as well as duck confit appetizer were all superbly prepared. We were surprised to see so few seafood options (4-5) as entrees although we were certainly satisfied with our order. ! Piano music was a bit loud at times... nice touch but difficult to hear my husband across from me. We will definitely return! More...

O
22 August 2019

Great Food. Great service. this is a restaurant for foodies with a discerning pallet . The gnocchi with crab was out of this world. Who would ever of thought blue cheese ice cream and peaches would work? They were to die for. More...

H
21 August 2019

Very good meal

C
21 August 2019

A true improvement in the food since our first visit last year. The space is gorgeous and ambience is wonderful. My only complaint was that I felt very strongly that our server was really trying to upsell the menu. He kept trying to point out as we ordered appetizers for entrées that they were extremely small For example 6 gnocchis or just several shrimp . We found the portions to be good and we were happy with our choices. We left full and there was no wasted food. More...

C
20 August 2019

Felt like a queen thanks to the impeccable staff and outta-this-world food! You can tell it's a labor of love with the attention to detail, flavor, and soft ambiance. The moment you walk in there's a Charleston vibe thanks to the original brick archway from the 1700s and tbh whoever designed the place I would want for my future home from the soft greys to the stylish light fixtures. The entire staff is personable, cordial, and Anna, our server, was the best by keeping us hydrated and checking in often with a friendly spirit. My friend won an instagram contest so we balled out more than usual by starting with appetizers: lump crab gnocchi and roasted tomato, parmesan sugo ravioli. Truthfully the next time I'm going to the Establishment I'm most likely requesting a bowl of those succulent sweet tomato raviolis. *drool* I can't stop thinking about them!!! Next I savored the grouper with creamed corn, heirloom tomato vierge and sampled my friend's chicken (love the crispy skin part yum) and the ratatouille which was equally delightful. For the finale we decided to go for the chocolate olive oil cake with praline anglaise + mousse. I love their dessert options and after dinner drinks. I will save more room for desert next time haha. Can't wait to return!!! Keep up the excellent work! More...

B
20 August 2019

Foot, service, atmosphere are all wonderful. They have a series of signature cocktails, which are quite interesting. I highly recommend the fish. Our waiter was so well-informed about the dishes that we wanted him to join us for dinner. This is a highly recommended restaurant in a less frenetic part of downtown Charleston. More...

L
18 August 2019

The gnocchi’s lite n delicious - lite sauce too. We bad the swordfish and chicken - the latter as it was our last dinner of the trip and I had a lot of seafood already. Plus, they didn’t have the whole fish. Both very good. Don’t believe them when they say the sorbet scoops aren’t big - interesting combo’s of flavors too. More...

T
17 August 2019

Beyond phenomenal food!!!

C
17 August 2019

We always have a pleasant and enjoyable time when we dine or just sit at the bar for a drink. Our friends who came with us said their meals were incredible.

C
17 August 2019

This is one of our new go to places in Charleston. we really love the location the bar and the restaurant. Our waiter, Lukas with a "k" (reminded us many times) was a bit overwhelming but nice guy, very knowledgeable about the food. the food was very good but not quite as good as the last several times we have eaten there. we could not get a reservation during prime time so we went at 6:30 which was fine but half the dining room was empty until almost 8 so I was surprised we could not be seated at 7 or 7:30. we will be back without question. the bar tender George was fantastic. More...

L
17 August 2019

This is the second time I’ve been to the Establishment and it definitely won’t be the last. My husband and I were blown away by the service, food, and ambiance. We got to sit right next to a gentleman playing piano and it made our night! Looking forward to our next date night at the Establishment. More...

S
17 August 2019

Our anniversary was amazing thanks to the staff. This food was amazing and the service was Impeccable

M
17 August 2019

Smaller plates yet delicious food!

M
17 August 2019

We have dined at the Establishment numerous times and it just keeps improving. The food was fabulous, service impeccable and overall outstanding. Highly recommend

O
16 August 2019

We had not been to The Establishment yet so decided to try it. I’m from Charleston and eat seafood all the time but the scallop appetizer. ..best scallops I’ve ever had. Delicious food and great atmosphere. More...

B
16 August 2019

Wonderful evening. Lovely atmosphere, great service, well timed courses and very good food and wine. Birthday event my that was well received. Highly recommend.

J
15 August 2019

We loved our experience. Took friends in from Paris and everyone was impressed, the food, the service, the wine the atmosphere. We will be back and will add this to our list of favorites. More...

J
14 August 2019

The ambiance was amazing. The service from Justin and the chef was very good. We asked for something that was not on the menu and Justin and the Chef came through for us. My swordfish was a little dry and the lima beans below it were not remarkable. I would go back for a special occasion or to visit the bar. More...

C
13 August 2019

We loved the service and wonderful menu at The Establishment. We had a couple birthdays being celebrated and they certainly catered to them. Food was very good and recommendations were on point. i loved the fact that they called to see if anybody had any food allergies (I do) and let me know about what dishes to avoid. Wonderful experience, we will certainly be back! More...

L
13 August 2019

Elegant atmosphere, excellent food and service!! Lukas was superb!

O
12 August 2019

Cousins from California in Charlston planing wedding

O
12 August 2019

Everything was wonderful! I had the duck and my wife had the scallops for our starters. I had the ribeye and my wife had the ratatouille for our entrees. Dessert was incredible too. Wine choices were excellent. Lukas, our server, did a great job! We will return. More...

H
11 August 2019

Great Anniversary night! Thank you so much. Food, wait staff, atmosphere everything was just fabulous.

T
11 August 2019

Fabulous food, great ambiance and friendly, professional staff.

J
11 August 2019

From the time we entered the restaurant the staff was amazing. Our waitress Katlyn, provided excellent service. The piano music added to the ambience of the evening. We purchased the dinner/play package which is the best deal in town, and bonus...they valet your car til play is finished! Thank you for a fabulous evening...we will be back soon! More...

F
11 August 2019

Staff was amazing from the moment we walked in and made us feel very comfortable and personable. Food was amazing and can’t wait to go back

R
10 August 2019

It was our anniversary and they really made us feel special! We weren't in the room with the piano player and it hadn't filled up yet and was very quite. The service was great and food was very good. A great evening. More...

S
9 August 2019

It a was wonderful experience! Great service, ambiance, and awesome service.

Z
8 August 2019

Very upscale environment and excellent service. The Food was the STAR of the show. Every bite was truly outstanding. Give this place a try soon.

K
8 August 2019

Outstanding grouper.....well prepared, great pairings, and very flavorful!!!! Outastanding evening with my wife.....thank you!!!

O
8 August 2019

I've eaten all over the world. This is hands down some of the best well balanced flavorful food I've ever had. Excellent service, exceptional food and fantastic atmosphere.

A
5 August 2019

Our server, Katlyn, was tremendous. She was extremely knowledgeable about the menu items, answered all our questions and guided us to a wonderful experience. We went to Establishment for our anniversary. We will not wait a year to return. More...

J
4 August 2019

We live in miami with plenty of restaurants. The Establishment brought a sense upscale comfort food. We were four and all the dishes were spectacular, from the Butter fish to the lump crab gnocchi. The hostess Lisa was very accommodating and sat us before our reservation time, our waiter Ryan was attentive and timely.Will definitely visit again when in town. More...

E
4 August 2019

We had a great experience at brunch, this restaurant has everything. It was outstanding in everyway , food, service, atmosphere including a live piano. Can't wait to try dinner.

O
3 August 2019

Parents visiting

A
3 August 2019

From the moment we walked into The Establishment we were in love! Friendliness of the staff, decor and food was amazing!!!

D
2 August 2019

Incredible restaurant!Very high quality experience of prep, chef work, menu and customer CARE. As we always know you usually get what you pay for, but The Establishment is not overly priced for the experience of finer dining with a great southern hospitality comfort in the atmosphere as well as the freindly relaxed feeling of being welcome.

O
2 August 2019

If you are looking for a quite romantic dinner with excellent service, this is the place! We were celebrating our anniversary and made a note of it when we made our reservations, so they had a wonderful table prepared for us with a view along with a little surprise. Very thoughtful and we all know that it's those little touches that make different between good and great. Thank you to the staff and management for creating an outstanding experience! More...

J
2 August 2019

Wonderful atmosphere with amazing food and service.

O
1 August 2019

Great food and ambiance

T
1 August 2019

I enjoyed the food, the staff, the whole experience. I would recommend this restaurant, one of the top restaurants on my list of favorites

A
30 July 2019

Loved this place! Was excited to try it out and everything we had was truly delicious. Will definitely be back!

B
29 July 2019

If I could give more than 5 stars, I would. The food was excellent, and the service was unbelievable. As soon as they found out it was our anniversary they brought us a complimentary (rather large) toast of champagne, and when we declined dessert they brought us one on the house anyways. Server was incredibly knowledgable and made a great recommendation (pork chops!). There were at least 3-4 different people paying attention to our table - as soon as a dish was empty it was whisked away, and the water glass never went below half full. The decor is beautiful and the environment was great! Loved the live piano music as well. Can't wait to come back next time I'm in Charleston. More...

A
29 July 2019

The Establishment was recommended to us by friends who had recently had a good experience there. The first impression upon entering is impressive--handsome dark wood decor, nicely laid out space, welcoming hostess and an attentive waiter. The menu options run toward seafood, which is fine with us. Our guests ordered the fried oyster caesar salad as a started to split, which they declared to be excellent. My wife had a duck confit small plate. She thought it was tasty, but also considered it to be somewhat overcooked and dry. I had a grilled peach salad with a very interesting ubriaco di raboso cheese, country ham, and watercress, Excellent. One of the guests ordered the grouper with creamed corn. He extolled the preparation and the taste. His wife's dish was the swordfish, which was also excellent. My wife selected the Gnocchi, lump crab, pistou, bread crumbs--which the waiter pointed out were actually gnudi--a similar pasta but without potato. The dish was superb. I ordered the Whole Fish with romesco, roasted cipollini onions, pickled peppers. The fish was a red snapper. The dish was attractive and more than ample. Unfortunately the fish was overcooked and dry--unforgivable when the price was $46. The waiter offered to bring me something else, but with everyone else enjoying their meals I demurred, not wanting to make my guests feel awkward. The good news is that the desserts were terrific: Bruleed peaches with Point Reyes Ice Cream and Ricotta Panna Cotta decorated with peaches, basil, and crumble. The wine we selected with advise from the sommelier was a Kerner by Abazzia di Novacella which was excellent. Dry, but with excellent structure and not overly acidic. Overall we had a nice time marred by a couple of flaws in preparation--most seriously the overly dry snapper. We will return and hope these were aberrations. [Also--the bar makes some very interesting cocktails!] More...

B
28 July 2019

Fantastic experience. Food was delicious and received some of the best service I've ever had. Highly recommend, will be back.

C
28 July 2019

We had a wonderful experience. The food was excellent and beautifully presented. The entire staff was hospitable from the time we entered the restaurant. Our waiter, Rich, was well informed about the menu and provided recommendations and excellent service. The piano music added to the ambience of the evening. We were seated next to the piano and the pianist was very cordial. The level of the music and the choices were perfect for the evening. We will definitely be back. Thank you for a very enjoyable evening. More...

A
27 July 2019

Simply Amazing cuisine and impeccable service!  Prix Fixe menu was perfect, three courses for $40 and the wait staff and chef went above and beyond to make a special meal for our three year old.  Everyone was extremely knowledgeable regarding the menu and the wine list.  Live music by a talented piano musician played in the background all evening to our delight.  A great evening! More...

E
27 July 2019

I don't think I can rave enough about this place. A girlfriend and I went to a food blogging event and won a gift card and even met the head chef (Matt? ) while trying some of their seafood stew. He recommended that when we make the reservation to request the chef counter so we did just that! We finally were able to visit this last March and I completely forgot to express how amazing it was until I met the marketing manager recently who reminded me of how awesome it was!While I hate people who call themselves a foodie, this was one of the best meals, if not the best I have had in Charleston in the five years I've lived here. We ended up ordering three appetizers, three entrees and a couple desserts and split everything so that we could try as much as possible. Sitting at the chef's counter made it that much easier to order as we were able to watch everything freshly prepared and put together into such a beautiful plate of art.Our server (an older gentleman who was fantastic) was also outstanding and helped with recommendations along with the sommelier who was amazing and helped us pick out a bottle of wine to pair with our selections. Everyone on the staff was top notch and so extremely friendly and knowledgeable, which made our experience that much better throughout the evening.We had the roasted carrots, duck confit, beef deckle, snap beans, veggie rissotto, swordfish, seafood stew, banana ice cream, and they even wanted us to try the flan so badly that they provided it complimentary. Everything was outstanding as we cleaned every plate during this meal. I honestly don't think I could say enough great things about this dinner and this establishment (ha, see what I did there!). If you are looking for outstanding service and incredible food, then this is your place to check out. I wish I could give 10 stars instead of just five! I will definitely be back! More...

I
27 July 2019

A wonderful/delicious meal with wonderfully attentive but not disruptive service, all in a beautiful atmosphere! It was also great the restaurant offered a "Charleston Restaurant Week" of their own in the middle of the summer . . . 3 awesome courses for $40!!

O
27 July 2019

Food was absolutely incredible and customer service was excellent! This is my new favorite restaurant in Charleston!

D
27 July 2019

Simply Amazing food and service!

L
25 July 2019

What a lovely experience! We are locals and just finally got around to trying The Establishment. Everything was superb, from the cocktails to the food to the service to the piano music to the valet parking, we were very impressed. Our server was Zac, he was attentive without hovering and had excellent suggestions/descriptions of menu items. This restaurant is sophisticated and chic, beautifully designed to keep bar, diners, and large tables separated in a large open space. The live piano is such a welcome relief from canned music , it certainly added to the ambiance. A large selection of appetizers, 8-10 entree choices, plus sides and desserts. We will definitely return to try more of the menu, looking forward to a return visit. More...

M
24 July 2019

The food and service was excellent. Some outstanding dishes were the gnocchi, peaches and ham and the porkchop. Our waiter Justin wad outstanding. Definitely one of the top dinners we had in Charleston. More...

L
23 July 2019

Fabulous meal! This restaurant was recommended by The Spectator Hotel where we stayed, and it was such a wonderful dining experience! It was an incredible value for the Prix Fixe Restaurant week, and each selection was out of this world! Our server Amanda was so knowledgeable, attentive and engaging, and deserves recognition for her part in making our evening so enjoyable! In a word ~ GO ~ you won’t be disappointed! More...

D
22 July 2019

The Establishment simply never disappoints! Since opening last year they've become one of my favorites and I'm always excited to bring "new recruits" into the family:) The menu is thoughtfully and creatively devised of the best seasonal local ingredients, perfectly prepared and beautifully presented. My biggest dilemma on every trip back is whether to enjoy an item still on the menu that I previously loved or savor something new. Whatever my choices, every meal presents a "come back moment" and every leaves me looking forward to the next time. The wine list in both glasses and bottles is well curated to please any wine over. The cocktails are awesome so whether you choose the bar, the dining rooms or prefer to sidle up to the raw bar and watch the show, you won't be disappointed. The staff is professional, knowledgeable and genuinely enthusiastic about the place and it shows. Speaking of which, thanks to Anna, our server, this week for her outstanding service and joyful spirit-we enjoyed you! Important to note given the continuing challenges of parking on The Peninsula, The Establishment offers shared valet parking with Oak Steak House just across the street. So come once and you'll come again! More...

L
21 July 2019

My new favorite restaurant! ANYWHERE! My husband and I took my mother, Betty Howell, out for our routine Saturday night soiree and we all three agreed. ..every dish from Starters to desert made our senses of dining out as close to perfect as we can remember. Just go there. No explanation needed!  But here's One... Our  waiter, with a wink of his eye,,  had alerted the auto valet, before we stood up to say  Goodnight or Yum! More...

O
20 July 2019

My server was amazing even though I didnt eat there because you didn't have oysters my server gave me multiple options to still be able to find some for my birthday

B
20 July 2019

Very nice establishment (pun intended) with good food at right sized portions (small for some) but not cheap.

O
20 July 2019

Overall best value fine dining life to date. The service was spectacular and the food exceptional. Blown away!

W
20 July 2019

Great place, nice ambiance, accommodating service. Had an allergy in our party that we notified the restaurant of ahead of time. They let us know what dishes could be changed based on the ingredient. It was very appreciated. More...

D
20 July 2019

Great new restaurant with great food and service. We appreciate the valet parking as well.

O
20 July 2019

Tastes were subtle and complex with obvious attention paid to presentation. Service was a little slow but otherwise showed exceptional attention to detail. The atmosphere is a little loud and boisterous but totally in keeping with the social theme. More...

D
20 July 2019

Absolutely wonderful, waiter was very knowledgeable and we had excellent service!

O
19 July 2019

A lovely visit! The food was delicious and so were the drinks!

O
19 July 2019

Had family in town for the weekend

T
18 July 2019

Awesome experience at Chefs table in back. Watching the Craftsmen assemble great dinners. Steak was perfectly cooked med-rare. Impeccable service contributed to a memorable evening.Kudos to manager Brad and his talented and fun staff. More...

P
17 July 2019

Went here for a business dinner and was well worth it. Cocktails were excellent. We ended up eating a $40 price fixe menu which was nice but you also had the choice of ala carte too. I had a seafood stew as well as a stuffed pasta. Both were excellent. However the star was the watermelon and cheese side. Sounds like it shouldn't go together but it really did. Would highly recommend. Service was tip top as well. Attentive but not too much so. More...

J
17 July 2019

Wonderful staff, interesting and ever changing menu in a beautiful setting. Management was involved in every table. Just watching the open kitchen is a show. The kitchen staff is professional and super clean. From the hostess staff to the waiters to the management every one of them made it their intent to ensure a pleasant experience. Beautiful bar area and an interesting choice of seating just adds to the overall atmosphere. Ask to see their very interesting wine cellar! They are rightfully proud and pleased to show you. Enjoy !! More...

J
16 July 2019

We had a perfect dinner at The Establishment.  We chose the Prix Fixe menu (starter, entree, and dessert).  Every course was delicious and the service was fantastic.  Highly recommend!!

S
15 July 2019

This was my 4th time dining at this beautiful restaurant, and every time they outdo the last. The ambiance speaks for itself. The service was spot on and the food was even better! Fresh and thoughtful. We had a vegetarian at the table and there were so many creative options for her, we had to do a 4th course! Thank you to the front and back of house staff who continue to impress me! More...

A
14 July 2019

Make reservations and do not miss out on dining here. The service is amazing. Maggie made sure my cocktail was refreshed at the bar while waiting for dinner. I enjoyed our chat and she was attentive. The food was spectacular. The eggplant, served as my starter, had a pleasant pairing of pickled green cherry tomatoes. I had the scallops as an entree.  They were succulent and tender. The watermelon side dish blended well for sweet and salty perfection. When each dish arrived, Brice explained each one thoroughly. If you're a foodie or just looking for a fabulous meal in an elegantly hip setting, then this is the place. I believe they have a community chef"s table if you get there early and don't mind making new friends while you eat. If you have to wait, I assure you the bartenders will make your wait enjoyable. More...

A
14 July 2019

Super service, fun atmosphere that worked great for our group of 6 - food was fabulous loved the appetizer with duck!

F
13 July 2019

The food and service was off the charts.

T
13 July 2019

Taste plates were out of this world and so many to choose from, highly recommend trying many and sharing an entre. Love that they try and execute different exceptionally well.

S
13 July 2019

All the food is excellent. my faves the duck confit with blackberry gastrique , the ribeye with tallow butter. excellent service cool craft cocktails,solid wine list with nice big burgundy choices. and half off on bottles of wine at certain times. More...

O
12 July 2019

Came in to celebrate a friend’s new job- absolutely wonderful time. The service was fast and attentive, we were assisted by Kate for main service but if there was ever a moment when it looked like we needed anything, other waiters like Justin stepped in to assist. Fantastic wine recommendations from Brian and Andreas as well- we ended up with a delicious Gamay. Would absolutely recommend! More...

O
12 July 2019

The restaurant is simply EXCEPTIONAL! We live in Charleston and frequent diner of restaurants in Charleston. Everything about our experience was top notch. For locals go there now and again. Visitors book on Open Table or call ahead, and enjoy! More...

K
12 July 2019

We had a great well paced meal here in a nice setting with very good service. A welcome surprise was that all wines were half off so we got to try a nicer bottle from their extensive wine list than we usually would have picked.

O
11 July 2019

What a great experience! The service by our waiter Justin was exceptional. Everyone in our party thoroughly enjoyed our starter and entree choices. The wine chosen by Andres was delicious and well paired. We were very pleased with our dinner and will return! More...

J
10 July 2019

We had a beautiful and delicious meal at the Establishment. Not only were the food, cocktails, and wine excellent, but the service was outstanding. We let the staff know that it was our daughter’s 11th birthday and that she is an aspiring chef. They went above and beyond for her: seated us next to the open kitchen so we could interact with the chefs, several members of staff stopped by to wish her a happy birthday, and to top it off, they gave her a signed menu and a thoughtful book! She, and our family, will remember and appreciate this meal for a long time. More...

O
10 July 2019

Excellent! Best meal we've had in Charleston. Service was outstanding and staff was courteous and welcoming. Gnocchi appetizer was fantastic.

A
9 July 2019

We had a memorable meal. Four of us each ordered a variety of selections and everything was delicious!The service was outstanding, too. Lovely atmosphere. Well paced. Special dietary needs were perfectly addressed. We will be back! More...

B
9 July 2019

Impressive restaurant- good food, nice ambiance & well-traimed

D
9 July 2019

Creative and delicious food served in a beautiful environment by a skilled and attentive staff. The Establishment is always a great experience

O
8 July 2019

It was a culinary delight as always. We love the ever changing seasonal dishes with the freshest ingredients. It’s how fine dining should be.

O
6 July 2019

Always among our best dining experiences since we moved to Charleston. The whole fish happens to be my favorite entree in the city. I wake up dreaming about it frequently! It’s that good! Chefs counter is fun to watch the magic. Head chef, managers, and waiters go the extra mile to make us feel welcomed and ensure a top notch dining experience. More...

O
6 July 2019

The ambiance and decor is restful and beautiful. The attention to detail with the menu is outstanding. Entrees are a bit small. Salad was large. Bread offering was very disappointing. Our waiter, Lucas, was attentive and well informed. The chocolate olive oil cake and panna cotta was delicious. We would definitely try it again. More...

O
6 July 2019

Entrees were just ok. Service was great. Place is beautiful and loved the piano music.

O
6 July 2019

Service was slow and the food was inconsistent. Some people got the same thing and some was great and some was ok. I loved everything I had personally.

W
6 July 2019

My experience was at the bar for drinks and dinner. The experience was great from the kindness of the hostess to our amazing bartender Nick. He was very knowledgeable as well as entertaining. He helped us make the best selections on top of an overall fun experience! The food was flavorful and the drinks were on point! The restaurant itself was beautiful. We will definitely be heading back to see our new favorite bartender! More...

G
5 July 2019

Food not what expected at price point. Expected better and seemed uninspired. Service was excellent as was the ambience

O
3 July 2019

Our first anniversary was made special by complimentary valet, wonderful staff, saving us a great table, and even a special dessert at the end. Our server was knowledgeable, friendly and sincere. We had a wonderful evening, the food was outstanding: duck, grouper and Ribeye were some of the best we’ve had. Thank you for a great evening! More...

E
3 July 2019

The restaurant is beautiful and the food is incredible. Top notch.

N
2 July 2019

Always an excellent experience which is why I go often.

P
2 July 2019

2nd time in this restaurant. We weren’t disappointed except for the waiter getting lost or forgetting about us. But Shane, a Manager, took care of us throughout the night. Grouper and the seafood stew are excellent. Good wine list. Highly recommended. More...

E
2 July 2019

This was our first time here and definitely won’t be our last. Everything was amazing from the drinks all the way to dessert. We are a family of four and we had the shrimp, tuna, heirloom tomatoes and duck from the taste menu and two orders of the whole fish from the Savor menu. Our children had the watermelon sorbet and the blackberry ice cream sundae for dessert. We highly recommend it! More...

O
1 July 2019

Great food and decor. Staff very “easy and relaxed”.

P
1 July 2019

1st time here. Impressed with the service, menu and management. Duck confit and scallops are good appetizers. Fresh fish (mahi mahi this evening) was done just right. Good wine list. Shane is a very attentive and friendly Manager. We’ll be back. More...

M
30 June 2019

This is my new favorite spot in Charleston. I haven't been as thrilled and satisfied after eating at a restaurant like this in Charleston for a while. We started out with the agnolotti and I must say that I never thought lobster would pair so nicely with mushrooms. It was delicious and we paired it with a glass of Falanghina. The Establishment's wine list is small but mighty. We proceeded with the duck, which was cooked perfectly in a blackberry sauce. My mouth is still watering as I write this review, it was seriously scrumptious and we paired it with the Corvina blend. I then had the seafood stew and my husband had the 16 oz sirloin. We enjoyed the Corvina blend so much during our appetizer that we bought a bottle for the main course and it paired perfectly with both the stew and the steak. Finally, I had the chocolate olive oil cake and my husband had the pana cotta, which we paired with a glass of 1988 Sherry wine. It was heaven.This is our new go-to place. I can't wait to go back!! More...

K
30 June 2019

This was our first time dining at The Establishment, and it was a “grand slam” in all respects. Excellent food, service, and ambience. We are already planning to return!

O
29 June 2019

Great service and food!

S
29 June 2019

Everything was fabulous, so enjoyed our experience! Justin was such an amazing waiter and really went above and beyond to make our experience such a great one! We will definitely be back every time we return to Charleston! More...

K
29 June 2019

Incredible service and a wonderful meal. Every bite and sip was my favorite! The duck confit was out of this world. I am already looking forward to my next time at The Establishment.

L
29 June 2019

We enjoyed from the minute we walked into the restaurant. Staff, Food and Cocktails were amazing. The wine cellar,,,well done!

P
25 June 2019

Sat at the "Chef's Table" which is really a bar overlooking the kitchen. Fun to watch them cook and prep the meals. The chefs were quite friendly. Wait staff and management were very attentive. The food was AMAZING! We did multiple starters with wine followed by the chocolate dessert, also heavenly. Each small plate was unique and flavorful. Wish we could have tried them all! More...

L
24 June 2019

One of the best dining experiences we have ever had! And this is coming from a chef, my husband, and a server, me(!).

C
23 June 2019