Muse Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
This Charleston locals’ favorite is nestled away in a historic home in downtown Charleston. The charming restaurant and intimate bar are reminiscent of a Mediterranean Villa, where Executive Chef, Jordan Moore melds the cuisines of Italy, Spain, France, & Greece, featuring fresh preparations of Seafood, Fish, Savory Meats, Homemade Pastas, Homemade Bread, and Salads, all served by a warm and friendly serving staff. The extensive wine list complements the experience and offers 75 selections by the glass. The cozy bar empties out onto a terrace, offering outdoor dining and drinks. There are numerous menu items, which are gluten and dairy free and vegetarian, and there are vegan options as well.
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.5
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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome, very wonderful evening. Donnie was an awesome host, waiter, bar tender, sommelier. Dinner was very good, sea bass was wonderful and tagliatelle was equally good. Everything tasted fresh. Dessert was very good as well. Their take on tiramisu is very yummy. Will definitely be back.

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vipInternationalfoodie
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Service was awful. In a large restaurant there appeared to be only two servers and only two In Kitchen. From time order was taken, cocktail timely delivered. Then 45 minutes for appetizers and another 45 minutes for dinner. I would not recommend anyone go there. Much better choices around.

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vipPaulP
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone and everything was fantastic. Food and service was exceptional.

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MichaelE
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Patio is very small and the noise level very high. Food was correct but not outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great/charming service. Johnny knew his drinks, the food was truly wonderful. Gorgeous ambience. Warm and inviting.

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SusanW
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful experience with an attentive host! I would definitely go back next time in Charleston.

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ColonelMo
Richmond
25 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Diamond in the crown of food options in Charleston, especially if you want fresh, authentic pasta. My husband had the ricotta gnocchi and I had bolognese with freshly made ribbon pasta. Unique drinks (The Repo Old Fashioned) and exceptional hospitality by Donnie and his staff made the evening a wonderful 30th anniversary celebration. We will return to Muse next time we're in Charleston & share with everyone we know as a "must eat"!

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Sass
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took a chance after reading the reviews and so glad we did! Interior was beautiful but it was raining and Covid so we requested outside seating. The service was spot on, the food was fabulous and the owners were friendly and accomodating. My husband had the pork chop and I had the veal parmesan and we split an arugula salad. All were delicious but next time I am ordering the pork chop - it was presented beautifully and I never tasted a better one. Reservations are necessary but you won't be sorry you had dinner there. We will go again next time in Charleston.

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vipJonU
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Space is very tired . Needs a coat of paint and and new furniture Food was just ok. My carbonara was actually a very gloppy Alfredo.

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StaceyS
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited 6/27/20 we had the Calamari which had a good flavor I have just decided that it's me and I'm not myself a huge fan of it. We also had the Tuna Tartare as well as the humas platter, both were simply amazing. I highly recommend the Tuna Tartare! For our main course we had the Grouper and Red Snapper (Red Snapper was substituted for Sea Bass due to unavailability at the time) both were incredibly delicious. Honestly I do not feel you could have gotten any better service! Our waiter was exceptional he knew the menu inside and out and was also very knowledgeable on the alcohol beverages. I highly recommend eating here!

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viplisaP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Donnie was awesome! Really likes the staff and great menu options. A quaint place to enjoy a nice glass of wine and a mediterranean-style meal

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JoseC
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service, very accommodating, following COVID-19 recommendations

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vipCarmenL
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was excellent. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food amazing.

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Louis
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

June 21, 2020 (Fathers Day)

Despite the fact the Muse employees were working on one of restaurants busiest nights with a skeleton crew while at the same time complying with Covid restrictions, they still somehow found a way to make it happen. The staff was amazing and our meals were perfect. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you’re looking for memorable... this is it. Best restaurant experience in Charleston. The food was excellent but the service was on another level. Donnie is a mensch.

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CindyS
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional evening at Muse! This was the best dinner we’ve ever had in Charleston. The scallops and veal parmigiana were delicious (had to refrain from licking the plates) and the flourless chocolate cake and triffle were the perfect end to the meal. Thank you for a memorable experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Wonderful food!!!

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SheilaP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the perfect hidden gem in Charleston. The food made me feel like I was in Italy! So good. Donnie was so accommodating and helpful. Will be going back on a regular basis.

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DanB
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food and good ambiance. I enjoyed the meal and the experience.

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vipCarol
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In Charleston twice a year, and love trying different restaurants. Absolutely loved this place. Donnie, the owner, his wonderful staff Hunter and Caroline, made the experience top notch. Highly recommend the fresh tuna appetizer, and the best fresh pasta with bolognese!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancé and I had our 3rd anniversary here and it was amazing! Donnie was our server and he actually offered to pick our entire meal including our bottle of wine! It was a great experience. They put us on a private upstairs balcony and it was beautiful! We also had Hunter and Caroline as our servers and they were equally as great! Can’t wait to come back a again! Thanks guys!

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Cindy
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice, small restaurant, great food. We are outside and enjoyed the patio experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice time. Enjoyed it.

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KellyS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We were in town for the weekend and decided to try Muse. Sam, our waiter, was exceptional. Knew the menu and wine list and was able to steer us in the right direction. He was super friendly and the service was wonderful. We even met Donny, the bartender, who couldn’t have been nicer. The staff here goes over the top for their patrons.

The food was good for the price. If you’re not into loud-ish restaurants, this could be your one hold out for booking here. Being from NYC, I’m used to tightly packed restaurants with a higher level of noise, so we didn’t find it troublesome at all.

Located in an old townhouse, the restaurant has great character and charm. Perfect place for a nice dinner or date night out.

Sam is the consummate waiter! And we will definitely come back and sit in his section again.

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AJ06151997
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to Muse to celebrate my 23rd birthday! I very nervous about how they would be able to accommodate us, given the current COVID situation, however, I was extremely impressed. We were seated upstairs in a room with only one other party. We did not feel crowded at all, in fact, it was very spacious. The staff was very attentive and the food came out quickly and was absolutely delicious. The restaurant happily worked with my parents over the phone to help surprise my friends and I with appetizers, which were ready at the table upon arrival. Overall, I have a wonderful experience and would absolutely recommend to any of my friends in the future. We will be returning soon!

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MichelleM
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, wine and service

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vipEarlS
Boise
35 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

They are working through COVID issues and taking them seriously. Food was dynamite. We requested outside but only inside available. Need to work on kinks to make sure you can book the tables at a pace that works for reservations. Waitress seemed frustrated to be there. I am in the service industry and have to adjust daily. We had try to adjust to a different reservation but didn’t let it spoil our night. The staff has to adjust to the current norm with hospitality. I hate wearing a mask but I make sure my customers never know. Worth the trip, again the food was fantastic. Safe eating place. Still left a 25% grat because they were doing their jobs in a tough time. Remember we are all having to adjust. Be kind and smile, even if behind the mask.

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vipDTripleG
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great location in historic CHS downtown. Excellent food and friendly service and hosts.

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FredK
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and fantastic food - very accommodating even with last min reservations.

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JohnB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Donnie is the consummate host. We always have a memorable dining experience at his restaurant. The food and service has made it our favorite local place.

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TinaF
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous, delicious dinner! We loved Donnie, he was very knowledgeable about the wine and had a great personality!

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Blue
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We ate on the night of a riot. The staff was great they all stepped into action to help calm the diners

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vipRebekahJL
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We decided to eat here while in Charleston celebrating our anniversary, based on the delicious looking menu and good reviews. Unfortunately we were quite disappointed. The sausage we got as a starter, while packing a lot of flavor, was fairly dried out. My pasta and hubby’s risotto were both overcooked. Our server wasn’t very informative and seemed rushed the whole time, despite providing pretty slow service. Hubby requested another glass of wine when our entrees were delivered and didn’t get it until he was finished eating. The only thing we really loved about this restaurant was the ambiance. We were seated on our own private balcony, which was a lovely touch, given the occasion.

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DaddyStacks
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Donny is the best. Great for couples.

DG
DuGueZ
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
27 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After weeks of lockdown, we chose Muse as our first fine dining experience. I am so glad we did. The whole experience was excellent. I highly recommend the arugula salad! My wife had the black cod over black rice and it was amazing. I had the veal parmigiana with spaghettini and marinara. Delicious! We paired that with a bottle of white Bordeaux!
We will be back soon! - D. Carr

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WoodsWife
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were outstanding!

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WIHikingGurl
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, what a cute, unique place with quality service and food! We are so glad we found this place to celebrate our anniversary for our first trip to SC. The owner greeted us and had casual chats with us while we were there and the menu had wonderful options that were still approachable (not too foo-foo!!!).
The location is quaint and right off of King street so you can go there early and explore the neighborhood shopping and such.

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vipPVFam
Jacksonville
17 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were visiting Charleston

FAQs

Muse Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 577-1102.

Muse Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 2048 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.