Muse Restaurant

4.3
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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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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.4
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4.4
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, ambiance was wonderful being that you are in an old Charleston house. Restaurant Week menu was delicious. Get the Sweet Potato Gnocchi!

NW
Charleston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service2ambience2

the dishes took extremely long to get to the table. we sat down at 6:40 and got our entrees at 8!
the table next to us was very loud, if the outside seating was more open it would've helped with that

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We have had wonderful food at Muse in the past, but not this time. The bread that came out was gummy and not cooked. The main course was SUPPOSED to be cassoulet, but what we were served was lamb broth and a few pieces of meat, but no beans—a main component of that dish. We were compensated on our bill with no charge for our wine, but we would rather have had the food that sounded so good on the menu but came out very disappointing.

D
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very good experience in an old historic house with excellent food. Service was very good at the table but we waited at least 5 minutes at the hostess stand until someone showed up to help us (we had a res). So, overall, excellent food, very good ambiance, and good service.

OT
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great house concerted into a wonderful place to dine and or relax. Extensive menu, great food and drink and personable staff! Bravo!!

V
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Pretty good food for restaurant week. However, waited in hall for about 5 mins on arrival before anyone acknowledged us, which does not leave a good impression, and space seems cramped.

LZ
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal . Great food, wine and service. We enjoyed restaurant week specials and items from the regular menu.

e
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience5

The food bland, fresh bread was raw in middle, and waitress was rude and flighty. I think she was serving the entire upstairs. 4 of us ordered different foods which were all served over the same parsnip puree. There are so many better restaurants downtown.

MT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for a night out with the girls!
Mrs Tony Ward

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Seated right away. Atmosphere is cool in an old house. Service was pretty good and quick. Food was great.

KS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The staff and ambiance was great but for the price can’t make up for the lackluster food quality. Scallops undercooked, steak full of gristle, pasta blah, etc.

OT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Bartender very knowledgeable, good food, excellent service.

MD
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We arrived early. The restaurant is in a historic home. We were seated on the second floor. Beautiful decor. Lovely menu with extensive wine list. Loved our steak and lobster tail. We’ll be back!

j
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We really enjoyed our dinner there. The atmosphere had a cool vibe in the house. Next time in Charleston we will definitely dine there and recommend to others.

R
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

It was our first time going to Muse...we had the New Year’s Eve dinner. The atmosphere was wonderful our server was right on time. The starters were delicious. I had the Baked Oysters my friend had the Beef Carappio. My entrée was the Fillet Mignon my friend had the Pork Chop. She ate about three bites and said it was too tough and chewy but did not want to complain or send it back. My steak was delicious. We decided to box her pork chop and I would eat it for lunch the next day. I tried to eat it the following day for lunch but found it to be very fatty with a lot of gristle. It was really unedible. I ended up giving it to my dog he seemed to enjoy it. All in all I would say the atmosphere and service was excellent but the food and price not so much.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Will come again!

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was incredibly knowledgeable regarding the menu and made wonderful wine pairing suggestions! Food was absolutely delicious and we had such an enjoyable evening!

c
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome rigatoni. Great service beautiful place

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We made a last minute reservation when we got into town. We stood at the entry for at least 10 minutes bf we saw the host and we had to approach him about confirming our reservation. I’m not sure what was going on, but he was no where to be found for a while and there were a lot of people standing around wondering what to do.

We’re Italian and from Philly, so we know Italian food. My local shrimp dish was fabulous. The others loved their entrees also. Overall the food was great. The server was super pleasant even though we were her last table and up on the second floor. Those servers are up and down the stairs 10x/hour.

It had a tiny, but cozy bar by the entry, which was super cute.

The ambiance is nice. It’s an old home restored, so a little rickety and a little loud. The outside porches looked like a lot of fun. I would definitely go back. Give it a try!!

VA
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Adorable little place hidden off an alley in the middle of historic downtown. Nice place for a glass of wine and an an appetizer. But the food is very mediocre and way overpriced. Our basket of bread arrived RAW. Literally hot dough inside round crust. Mussels appetizer arrived lukewarm after a long wait. Entrees were bland and visually unappealing. Service was very slow and spotty.

B
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food was great; service so so. Waiter seemed preoccupied. Told us bread would be out of the oven shortly, but we never received it. We were halfway through our entree and he never said anything further about the bread. Also, it was our 50th Anniversary dinner and the only person to acknowledge it was the young man who seated us. Nothing said by our waiter; no complimentary offer of congratulations.

CW
Little Rock
266 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

My server was excellent. She did everything a great server does — very attentive without being pushy. The arugula salad with pecans was very good. The pasta pillows with ricotta and spinach were attractive but COLD. She brought them back and, rather than make a new batch, chef reheated the original. They too arrived cold and now tough.
The very young host looked liked he was going to a surfing party. When I suggested to him ( Roman) that he might want to upgrade his attire, he replied “ or not.” I would have fired him on the spot but perhaps he owns the place.

BP
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, reasonably priced. Well done

LB
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I would not go again. The building is beautiful and our server was delightful but the food is not worth the price tag.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice. Busy there but service was quick!

OT
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great little place tucked away off the beaten path downtown. Very reasonable considering downtown Charleston. I would recommend.

MR
Charleston
28 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Muse is always a wonderful dining experience. The service is top notch and the food is well presented and very tasty.

HH
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

This should have been a five star restaurant. Beautiful environment. Very quaint. We were seated in a beautiful room with only three tables. Unfortunately at times our waitress seemed at times to forget we were there.

I ordered the veal scallopini and my wife ordered the sea bass. The sauces on both dishes were OUTSTANDING - truly 10/10 rating and complements to the chef. However my wife’s sea bass was never deboned - there were more bones than meat. My veal was a little tougher than I would expect at a fine restaurant.

Our waitress comped us 2 desserts which were excellent - salted caramel gelato and the chocolate torte.

I would try this restaurant again. The chef produced some of the best flavored sauces I’ve ever tasted. Hopefully the meats/fish will be prepared just as well.

OT
Charleston
141 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The mussels were fantastic but rest of dinner was mediocre.

BW
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Quaint setting with warm ambience and Old world charm. Easily overlooked location. Food was excellent, nothing rushed and plenty of conversation time between courses. The Tiramisu is to die for.. 5*.

RD
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the atmosphere! Food was great and the service could not have been better!

BG
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is an interesting restaurant. The setting is an old home and the decor inside was reminiscent of a time when dark paint and wall paper were popular. The lighting was soft enough to be pleasant and you could still read the menu. The menu was varied with emphasis on Italian dishes. We both enjoyed seafood dinners. One of scallops on butternut squash risotto the other swordfish over orzo were both presented nicely and were well prepared and seasoned. Our server was just the right combination of attentive and pleasant. Once we chose our dishes they were served in a timely fashion, not rushed, and we still had plenty of time for dessert and be off to the theatre.

LS
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Quiet, good food and very pretty restaurant. Great value.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience4

3 scallops and about 3/4 risotto - really?????

JR
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made reservations for my husband's birthday, and it was well worth the wait. The ambiance, food and staff were just wonderful! We are looking forward to visiting again.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

First time there. Lovely decor. Friendly female waiter. Excellent bartender. Good wine selection. Had the fresh catch of the day which was an eight on a ten scale. The duck breast appetizer was a nine.

FF
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My date and I enjoyed a lovely evening with terrific food and wine.

I would go there again. It is a bit on the expensive side, but it is worth it.

JS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We went to Muse for my birthday dinner. We ordered two entrees (scallops, ribeye) and two vegetable sides. The waiter returned to tell us that one of the vegetables (asparagus) was not available. So my husband ordered green beans. The waiter didn't tell him that the steak he had ordered already came with green beans, so we wasted that order. My scallops were good but not amazing. My husband's steak came with too much gristle and no seasonings. It was tough. The total for our two entrees, two vegetable sides, and two glasses of pinot noir was $163. At that price, I would expect both better food and better service--and I would have had those at many other Charleston restaurants.

FF
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The swordfish was the best I have ever tasted. My date said the scallops were also excellent.

WM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful...staff, service, food and ambience! Would recommend and will go back.