With something of a Midas touch, everything about The Establishment works: buzzy, popular, and teeming with energy around the bar, service remains personal and intimate. The space itself feels historic, with high ceilings and portions of artfully exposed brick, yet the large, digital aquarium and chef’s table dining area are fresh and contemporary. Fun meets foundation — there’s undeniable chemistry from the start. Pretty as a picture, the beet-cured mackerel is comprised of a lightly pink, translucent fish, vibrant blood orange slices, toothy fresh potato crisps, and sprigs of feathery dill. The clean, bright citrus notes balance the inherent fishiness of the rich, perfectly cured mackerel. Combined with dill crema, it’s an impeccably balanced bite. As far as entrees go, land and sea are both exemplary. The ribeye is pricey, but served with confit fingerling potatoes, hen-of-the woods mushrooms, and a black garlic butter sauce, it’s worth every penny. The light, perfectly cooked grouper is also heavenly. Where others aim to impress with exuberance, the beauty of restraint is on full display here. Resting atop an unbelievably buttery and entirely craveable dish of white acre peas and topped with a salsa verde of parsley, lemon zest, and olive oil, the local fish is elevated to love sonnet status. —Vanessa Wolf (Dish, Winter 2019)

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