Muse Restaurant

4.5
2568 Reviews
$30 and under
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, Josh Ogilvie, 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2568 people are saying
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Beautiful1
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Muse is a favorite that does not fail to deliver delicious food to the table.

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vipCWM3
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EXCELLENT!!

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MariR
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant tucked away from main area of downtown . John our waiter was super attentive to all. Great Veal Saltimbo!

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vipAjoy2b
West Palm Beach
70 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a must when Charleston. Our server, Donny, couldn’t have been better. He was personable and witty and attentive to our every need. We ate mainly starters. the duck breast was superb. The beat and bib salad was crisp and fresh. The bruschetta was perfectly toasted with a soft center. Not to mention the flourless chocolate cake at the end

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vipRuthS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We travel and eat out a lot. This place was a treat and a nice change of pace!

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viplifeissweet
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The best part of the dinner was the wine we chose. The pasta was over cooked and the sauce had no taste. I had to ask the waitress for Parmesan cheese and nothing was added to the olive oil to dip your bread. It was very disappointing.

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sheric
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We had high hopes based on the reviews, but Muse just missed the Mark. The sausage appetizer was delicious but the entrees (chicken parm and veal scalloping) missed the mark. I would say that there are much better options in Charleston and Mount Pleasant for authentic Italian and Mediterranean quinine.

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Reinsford
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Such a nice vibe to hang out with friends. It’s a little off the street and very cozy.

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noname
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I had the veal which was fine although skimpy on meat with lots of spinach my husband had the braised beef and found it very wanting with very little meat; our guest had seafood which was good. Overall rather pricey for small mains & no sides.

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Supriya
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambiance! Our server; Donnie gave us personal attention. The food was delicious but the portions were small. Highly recommend fir ambiance and service.

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vipmaryf
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We are raving fans of Muae. Our reservation this time was for New Years Day .
The experience with the waitress was preasured almost as though we were eating in a a diner.

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Nydia
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Manager took out menus and surprised us for every course. Everything was outstanding. The array of flavors in every dish were amazing. We will be regulars for sure!

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MarcusS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent from first waking in the door through paying the check. Has a first date and the table, cuisine, service, quality and ambiance was ideal. New to town and found a gem!

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JuliaB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We had a New Year's diner here. Food was great! Service was slow but maybe because of a lot people having dinner at the same time. Anyway, I would come back there again!

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Rick
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire staff was most professional, welcoming and fun.

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Tsurf
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot ! Awesome food. Best veal I’ve had in many years !

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DonA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I decided this would be our special New Years Eve destination. From the moment we entered we could tell it was going to be a special evening. The building is so old town and authentic. It definitely felt like a genuine Charlestonian experience. The service was polite and attentive. Our table was for two but almost large enough for four. There seems to be several unique vignettes separated into Different rooms, and an open air outdoor dining area. The place is really cool, but the food is absolutely amazing. My wife had a Shrimp dish in a dark sauce over polenta, with tomatoes. I had the sea scallops, with wild mushrooms over a smooth rich cream sauce and risotto. This was one of the best meals we have ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve

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Barbara
Tallahassee
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed everything and plan on dining at Muse again!

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OIB50
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Grazed on several appetizers...they sere all delicious! I will be back.

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Ralph
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, food was good, both of us had fish dishes that were well prepared. Great bar also!

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cherylm
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and very cool
Old building. Cozy and quiet.

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TWood
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Food okay... atmosphere okay...service not very good... overpriced for the experience.

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4foodiFam
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Checked in for dinner reservation and stepped into the bar as suggested since table wasn’t quite ready. This was among the most uncomfortable experiences we’ve ever had in a restaurant . Bartender never acknowledged our presence for over 15 minutes we waited beyond our reservation. - he actively checked in with the 10 patrons seated at the bar and NEVER even made eye contact or asked what we would like.
The meal itself was awesome…. The Albariño was delicious and the vibe was relaxed and comfy. Had to mention what a miss the bar was - would never recommend that aspect of Muse and there are plenty of other restaurants who understand what true hospitality is. I’d skip Muse and choose another.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Would definitely recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The entrees were not served in an hour and a half, so we left.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for date night. Our server John was a little over stretched but not his fault and others stepped in to cover. We'll definitely go back as food was wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Everything was ok. Not great.

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Melissa
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Donnie was great!! Made our Christmas Eve dinner so special

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was wonderful. We loved the wine selection and the bruschetta, ravioli, and tagliatelle. We definitely would recommend Muse!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Took over two hours for food to get to table. Un acceptable. Ordered short ribs expecting a cut of meat, what came out was more of a stew with with 6 dice sized cubes of meat. Rest was vegetables.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regulars at Muse, and they always exceed expectations. Wonderful.

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Tyler
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food, Wine and Service. Top notch atmosphere that's classy without being pretentious. Very comfortable and romantic dinner spot!

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DonaldF
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was a fantastic restaurant with great food, superb service and friendly staff. The price was in line with similar restaurants. We really enjoyed our meal. My only criticism is the noise level. It was hard to hear. Work on acoustics.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We really enjoyed Muse! Will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Donnie was the man! This was our first time in Charleston and we were celebrating our anniversary. We often get stuck in choosing stuff we normally eat at new restaurants, but Donnie took care of that. He choose our appetizers, our entrees, and desserts. The duck was an incredible appetizer and the veal was out of this world. 10/10 through and through. Will definitely be coming back to Muse every time we come to Charleston, SC!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. The portions were good and the staff were absolutely wonderful! Definitely will go here again next visit to Charleston!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Way over priced

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vipGretchenH
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, the ambience superior and service perfect. Kaitie expertly guided us through the menu and greatly contributed to a lovely evening. The duck appetizer was WONDERFUL!!! Would love to have it in a full entre form.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible dining experience! No idea how this gem stayed hidden so long but will be back soon for more!

FAQs

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

Muse Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 2568 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.