Muse Restaurant

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1986 Reviews
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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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4.3
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4.4
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4.4
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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service and ambiance was great! I was disappointed in the appetizers (cheese plate and duck), but our meals were delicious.

OT
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Celebrated my wife's 60th birthday at Muse. A very special dinner that exceeded every expectation. Wonderful food and the very best service. I give Muse my strongest personal recommendation. Enjoy!

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner last night at Muse! Started out with the Merguez Sausage appetizer which was very tasty, then for dinner I had the Veal Scaloppini and my husband had the Lamb Chops both dinners were excellent. The service was wonderful and we really loved the atmosphere. Muse is definitely on the top of my list for dining experiences in Charleston.

PM
Charleston
49 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a wonderful dinner at Muse. It's a beautifully done older building in what used to be a dentist's office on the ground floor and residence above. We very much enjoyed the atmosphere of the setting. The only fifteen side was it was a little bit tight. Thre food was delicious. I started with the potatoe soup with an English chedder ale infused cheese. I would have locked the bowl if I was at home. My wife had the Meze platter with hummus, olives, and marinated vegetables along with an ample supply of pitas. She was kind enough to share so I can say that was also very good. The main course was a difficult decision because so much on the menu looked enticing. I settled on the piah since I don't usually get that. My wife got the crispy fish. My fish came with scallops and shrimp grilled deliciously along with mussels over saffron rice. My wife's fish wad excellent too although i only got one bite of that. Along with 2 glasses of malbec out was a delicious meal topped off with a tasty chop of coffee and a wonderful pomegranate and pistachio dessert. Oh, I don't want to forget our server, Todd. He was terrific. Very personable, knowledgeable of the menu, and willing to make suggestions. All told for appetizers, dinner, dessert, 2 glasses of wine, 2 glasses of ginger ale, and coffee and a cappuccino the bill came to $155 including tip.

DT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner before the Three Dog Night concert the other night. We should have stayed at Muse! The concert was terrible but our meal at Muse was awesome! Jenny was our waitress and her husband Rob was the sommelier. We couldn’t have asked for better food, service and conversation. Muse is a great place and we will be back!

e
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The service was excellent and the ambiance was great. The food was below our expectations. We were there Restaurant Week and ordered off that menu. The food appeared to have been prepared in advance and warmed up. I wonder if our experience would have been different if we had ordered off the main menu.

GP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service, specifically the waiter, was exceptional.
The food was excellent, and the bar tender was great.

OT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. The food was great, the service was good and the atmosphere is pleasant. Would love to go back again and will soon!

M
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful experience at Muse during restaurant week! The food was creative and tasty! Our waiter was wonderful and so helpful!

EM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Maybe. Food was good but starters and main course were stone cold. And very noisy. They did comp which was appreciated.

DJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Muse is a very energetic fun restaurant. The food was excellent. Everything we had we was well prepared. We were there during restaurant week so the service was a little uneven but we enjoyed ourselves. We sat out on the patio with the heaters on (it was a pretty cold evening) and we were quite comfortable. It was also very loud inside the restaurant so we enjoyed the quiet outside with the few other hearty diners. It’s in a great part of town and we enthusiastically would recommend it if you are visiting.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
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 on January 15, 2020
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

ES
Pittsburgh
24 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Chose Muse as a new experience during Restaurant Week based on menu. Was not disappointed. Enjoyed cheese fondue appetizer, shrimp and mussels paella, and pomegranate triffle for dessert. All were very tasty and different.

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
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 on January 12, 2020
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 on January 12, 2020
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 on January 11, 2020
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 on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

e
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
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 on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
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
267 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
14 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.