Muse Restaurant

4.6
2490 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 2490 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad we chose Muse. Don took great care of us and made it a truly unique dining experience. Food and atmosphere were both first class. I will strongly recommend it to my friends that visit Charleston.

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luvsbobo
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience2

One dinner out of Five loved it....he ordered the daily special which was snapper over couscous. The steak I ordered came out medium and I ordered rare. Three people in our party ordered the Veal parmigiana, they described as dry. Went for business meeting, wine was good, overall food was okay, not remarkable. Food did not live up to the reviews I read previously.

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside, which was very cozy and quiet. Service was great, food was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The reviews are true - food is incredible and so is Donnie (along with the other staff). Donnie ordered all of our food and gave us a memorable culinary experience. 10/10 would recommend.

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PeteB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Slow service, average food.

Overall not a bad experience, but not great.

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LauraT
Charleston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, food, service and ambience! Will definitely go again.

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vipCassieL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Muse for my sisters bachelorette party and everyone had a great time. My favorite dishes were the duck appetizer and the Bolognese. Thanks, Donnie!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Donnie was awesome! We had a great time and enjoyed our dining experience.

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vipHockeyFan
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner at Muse. The food was good and we took advantage of eating outside. Recommend the outdoor patio area. Service was great - ask for Donnie.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was so nice and he actually took our menus and asked us what we didn’t like. He then brought us out a bunch of different dishes that were all unique and amazing! We have never had that experience it was so much fun. Thanks again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, wonderful waitress, delicious food!!! Highly recommend!!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was beyond amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Muse is one of my top favorites! Always fabulous food and five star service! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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AmandaC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. What a great time we had at Muse. We started with the bruschetta, which was amazing!!! I ordered the catch of the day which was stuffed flounder and it was incredible. He ordered the veal scalloppine, also delicious. Our server was Sam and he was great! He was very knowledgeable about the wine and helped me find some delicious wines. Brandon made some delicious Old Fashioneds. We finished his birthday dinner with some Limoncello. We were both very pleased with the food, server and atmosphere. We will definitely be returning!!!

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PhilipG
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Donnie was our server. He was amazing. His service I must say was the best part of the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was amazing! We will absolutely go back!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was so friendly and attentive. The food was amazing. Such a great experience all around. Will definitely go back if we are in the area.

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vipOlinec
Fort Lauderdale
314 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful restaurant set in an historic house offers simply wonderful food. Prices range from moderate to more on the expensive but every dish is work it. We started with Meze Platter with hummus, olives, feta/cucumber/onion salad, baba gannoush and flat bread. A bargain at $15, shareable, and lovely way to start the meal.
Spinach ad ricotta ravioli with pine nuts, blistered baby tomatoes in a tomato cream sauce and tagliatelle bolognese with veal, pork and beef ragu were so good.
Our waiter was friendly, efficient and professional. He also for all our order and once and he would keep the courses timed. He did. Great service

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Tutu
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chicken parmigiana was very good
Ahi stack was excellent
Asparagus risotto was great
Nice wine list
Great way to spend anniversary and birthday and very close to Barksdale Inn which I would highly recommend

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MelissaB
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible, our waiter, Sam, was so friendly and attentive. The place is quaint and personal, the whole experience was super cool, definitely must go.

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TerriC
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The venue was wonderful. It's very historic and beautiful. The food was excellent and the service was very good. Our server was very helpful and knowledgeable about the original house.

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Snac
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Very noisy. Food was over cooked and service should improve.

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vipYSteaklover
London
58 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy I found Muse when I was looking for a restaurant to accommodate 11 of us for dinner.

The restaurant is in a cool, funky historical house with both outdoor and indoor dining in several little rooms. It was hopping when we arrived and still was when we left.

We dined by ourselves in a top floor room that was lovely and felt transported back in time.

Our server Sam was very attentive and managed to serve all of us efficiently and charmingly. We chatted with the equally charming owner Donny.
We began with drinks from the classic cocktail list and each one was amazing.
We all enjoyed our starters: heirloom tomato salad, mussels, shrimp cocktail and Bibb salad and our entrees: veal parmigiana, chicken parmigiana, tagliatelle Bolognese, veal scallopini, fettuccine carbonara, scallops and all the accompaniments were delicious. Good wine list too.
We were all very pleasantly satisfied so had no room for dessert….maybe next time because we’ll be back.

You won’t be disappointed if you visit Muse.

Thanks for a great evening Donny and Sam!

LG
LaurenG
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Donni did a great job! We loved our food and wine and had a great time at dinner! We all (party of 6) left and all agreed it was the perfect meal.

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SarahV
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best meal we've had in a while. Make sure Donnie is working when you go! He ordered our whole meal for us and we did a family style experience to make sure we didn't miss anything good! From our drinks to dessert, our group of 7 didn't have to make a single decision the whole night and somehow each app/entrée was better than the last! It was HEAVEN!

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vipEdMea
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Donny and Steph were the best! They made the entire experience wonderful and personal. Food was off the charts. Highly recommend a stop at Muse!!!! LOVVVEEEEE

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pizzaguy
Naples
20 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Was told making reservations at restaurants in Charleston would be difficult. Made them at Muse about one week in advance. Located downtown between Meeting and King, the restaurant is in an old converted house with seating outdoor in the entry vestibule, downstairs adjacent to the bar and upstairs in two smaller rooms. We were seated in the piano room at one of three tables. Beautiful original coffered ceiling that had original painted Victorian scenes. Service was very good. Wine list decent and the menu had enough variety to please anyone. We had the veal scalopinni with polenta which was very good and the tagliatelle bolognese which was excellent. The bolognese was very authentic with the subtle flavors of the celery and carrots throughout the sauce of veal, pork and beef. Very good wine list. We had the Nero d’Avola which is my favorite wine from Sicily. Terrific evening with great food and service.

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iconnolly
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chose at the last minute without much to go on other than availability and location. Was excellent all around and felt very Charleston, from the venue (an old house) to the southern hospitality (waiter, Donny). Had duck and caprese salad appetizers followed by bolognese and scallops. Delicious. All in with 3 glasses of wine and dessert was a good value for nice dinner in the city.

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Dadof5
Charleston
22 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service from Donnie. Food was deliciously prepared and would be delighted to return again. Parking was easily found on the street close by.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I make it a point to go to Muse every time I’m in Charleston. Food is absolutely fabulous!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience. Accommodated a large group and everything was great

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vipKathyT
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly staff and great food.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our experience at Muse. We had 9 people for a bachelorette party and Donny made it so special for us and was extremely accommodating. The cocktails and the dishes were all incredible. We let him pick the appetizers and dishes for us to try and did a family style setup and it paid off. I would definitely go back next time I’m in Charleston.

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Daisy
Columbus
17 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Some of our courses were excellent, others fair. The 8oz fillet steak did not appear to be a true 8 oz and was not worth $50. We were having an early dinner and seated in a small annex area in cramped conditions. When we were seated there was no one else in the rest of the restaurant. Then a group of 3 was seated right next to us in even more cramped conditions. They asked to be moved as it was almost impossible to access one of the chairs.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

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Weenie
Charleston
43 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Staffing was minimal with only one server in the upstairs area of three rooms We realize that short- staffing is a challenge today. The food was mediocre. The restaurant is located in an old house that is badly in need of freshening-Faded paint,dim lighting and shabby bathrooms. Lots of potential but overall in need of some attention.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Mississippi
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our server was great and the food was very good. We would have enjoyed the experience so much more if we were near a window seeing the Charleston sites or a room with some character. We had a back room believed to be a porch or balcony back in the day and had no view or interesting ambiance. Yes we had a reservation.

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vipNancyM
Charleston
46 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy the Muse when we are in Charleston …the staff is outstanding and the food is never disappointing …a hidden gem… always a wonderful evening

FAQs

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

Muse Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 2490 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.