Muse Restaurant

4.6
2503 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 2503 people are saying
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missie
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service and better value than many spots in Charleston. Lucky to get an outside reservation. Wine recommendation was perfect. Scallops were excellent and shrimp were vg too.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Very slow service.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rare date night with my wife. This was a great experience from start to finish. We walked in and someone immediately asked us if they could help. As they prepared our table no less than four others asked if they could help us. Donny asked if we had any dietary restrictions and if he could recommend our meals. We loved this approach! He brought us some unique and amazing cocktails. Two appetizers and two entrees that we licked the plates clean. Paired a couple fantastic wines and we finished with a great shared dessert. Muse, and more importantly, the staff are a gem of Charleston.

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vipBeeper123
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant evening. Donnie was great and chose delicious food for us to try. We sat outside on the porch. We loved it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very congenial host. Food excellent. Made us happy notwithstanding very crowed night.

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GInaL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was just OK. The server seemed to be doing her best, but forgot a lot of things, needed many reminders. The worst was a large family of adults and children near, it was so loud we could hear each other talking which ruined the evening.

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vipSweetspot
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm and inviting atmosphere. Excellent service and food. We’ll be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurant experiences ever. Donnie was incredible, the food was amazing, and the rest of the staff was so great. Donnie was super great about dietary needs (I’m a vegetarian and he was awesome with his food selections for me). I cannot recommend this enough and SO glad we found this! The location was also pretty and historical, a great way to see the interior of these historic homes. Endless Kudos to Donnie and staff for an amazing birthday experience!

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vipGigi
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Donnie is great!

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vipPeterJ
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Muse is a favorite for many years. Nicely hidden from the crowds, it consistently exceeds expectations.

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vipSummitTravellers
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service from Donnie. Very accommodating and great recommendations. Would highly recommend.

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vipFudgiefoodie
Naples
39 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Mussels as a starter excellent, large and “meaty.” Black Grouper entree overcooked. Lovely historical building.

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Thefoodsavior
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Muse is one of my favorite restaurants In Charleston. The ambiance is amazing, the food is spectacular and the service is out of this world. Donny is amazing and will make sure you have the most incredible time at muse!

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vipHillNimo
Philadelphia
81 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Visiting Charleston and booked our first nights dinner at Muse. It didn’t disappoint. Food was outstanding. Pumpkin ravioli especially wonderful as was the mezzo platter. Flourless chocolate cake for dessert was divine. Great experience!

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WendyH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent. It was a busy night but the staff were still smiling and attentive.

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FernandoM
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my wife's birthday. Everything was great, the food, the place, the attention. It was an excellent choice for this special day. We recommend it.

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Jay74
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is spectacular. Old Chatleston vibes. Will be back.

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Steve
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I was disappointed. The bread they brought to the table for the olive oil could have been Wonder bread with sesame seeds.

The bruschetta bread was also soft, no crunch whatsoever. The spread on top was a little greasy with no real taste.

The shrimp was not cooked well and still had the clear color - not white. The brown sauce was to me a dense beef broth.

Wait staff were kind and efficient.

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KYGreek
Key West
9 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We had an 8pm reservation. No one came to the table until 8:10 to greet us. Bread was not offered as we had to request it. Entree arrived at almost 10pm. Hostess finally brought our bill a bitt after 10pm. Needless to say we did not order dessert! Very noisy patio!
One positive was that our food was fresh and hot.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
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 on October 12, 2021
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 on October 12, 2021
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 on October 9, 2021
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 on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Slow service, average food.

Overall not a bad experience, but not great.

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LauraT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
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.

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 2503 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.