Muse Restaurant

4.5
2530 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 2530 people are saying
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vipJessicaN
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We thoroughly enjoyed the bruschetta special of the day (French onion soup inspired) and the bartender was a definite warm Bon Vivant! The Nero d’Avila was wonderful .

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StephenP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Overall a nice experience but clearly there is a staff shortage as wait times for service we long, but luckily we were in no rush!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Server was terrific offering multiple food options of mix and match it turned out great and he also offered an Italian wine that he has when Italy. Best value meal in town plus the food is just outstanding

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a new waiter but he was excellent, very nice and accommodating. Donnie also came by the table when we had a small issue and assured us he was taking care of it. He is excellent at making sure you are pleased with your dining experience. Highly recommend Muse

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Donny, seriously, best meal, ambiance and service we’ve had in Charleston. New favorite restaurant.

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heather
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always stop at Muse when in Charleston!!

Thank you Donny for the excellant service and the Allagash

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OpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Waitor was great. Think we may have found a hidden gem. Tables are tight. Not super modern. But easy to look pass because the food was so good!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always, Donnie makes the experience like being a part of the family.

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DeanA
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience3

Were charged for things we did not order. Don was like a used car salesman!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lovely! We ate outside and their courtyard is covered, heated and charming. The food was delicious and the service was wonderful. Would definitely go back!

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vipWHTravellers
Greensboro
78 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our most favorite restaurants in Charleston. The cocktails are some of the best I have had anywhere, the ambiance is something that is perfect in the old house or on the patio. My wife and I both had the red fish special and it was perfect. Our food was delivered hot and fresh from the kitchen. The service is both friendly and professional.
Though it had been a few years since our last trip to Charleston and Muse, everything was still as perfect and delicious as ever. We will never make a trip to Charleston without a meal at Muse.

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JenniferL
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night in Charleston! traveling from MD to FL. We were not disappointed with our Muse dinner choice. Staff greeted us warmly, seating us in outdoor heated patio, as requested. Donnie offered the tasting menu which we were all about. If you don’t mind sharing plates and want a break from decisions, this is fantastic. We had ALL delish spinach & artichoke tarte, tender duck breast, grilled Bronzino and fresh tagliatelle Bolognese finishing with a pomegranate pistachio trifle. Donnie paired our meal with a smooth Italian red wine within our price range. He and team checked in for each course. Donnie delivered on his promise to take care of us. Thanks Muse for a lovely meal to remember - Salut!

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vipJim1
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was excellent. Service was about average. Great place for families.

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NedD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The restaurant was all we expected. Creative and satisfying food, outstanding wine selection. Booked during a short stay in Charleston, wold definitely go the again. My wife loved it.

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Arundelld
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My wife, who is a seafood fanatic, said "the swordfish was the best she ever tasted in a restaurant". We will surely return.

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Chris
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The food was OK, but the service was absolutely terrible

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The food was incredible!! However it is a very quaint restaurant and tables close together and the groups around us were very loud.
Glad we did try it. But definitely the senses were on full alert!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Took longer than expected to get seated and served but the food was well worth the wait.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing experience! Go see Donnie and you won't regret it!! Food and service was spot on.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a wonderful time at Muse. We will return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience1

We felt like an afterthought shoved in a storage closet - turned dinning room because there we’re already too many guests. We were taken to a small dank room with broken fixtures showing exposed wires. This was also where the glasses were stored for the rest of the restaurant. 3 small tables were crammed in extremely tight. There was also a strange sewer smell. It felt like the waiter kept forgetting we were back there as well. The food was ok, definitely NOT good enough to make up for the atmosphere.

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Writerbyday30
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good environment and fantastic food. Found the wait staff a little snobbish and the food took a while to come out, but that may be because it was truly cooked in-house and not frozen, so a wait is not a problem.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Donnie, was terrific. As we sat down he asked if he could take the reins and surprise us with dinner. We’re adventurous eaters so said sure, surprise us. We had a most delicious dinner filled with pasta, seafood, different meats, along with wine pairings. It was simply terrific. Would highly recommend. Great food and great experience.

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EricM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Look into my eyes
You will see
What Donnie means to me (and Patti)

We left our house at 5 am today and got to Charleston at 8 pm. Exhausted, we found a reservation open at Muse, and Donnie decided to pick out the most absolutely delicious food for us, and even threw in a shot and a dessert for us, since tomorrow is my birthday. We’ve only been in Charleston for 3 hours, and already feel at home! You MUST go to MUSE!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
36 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and ambiance were wonderful as always! This is where locals dine, and we are picky😁

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PhilP
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was excellent, the kitchen a little slow but it's a pleasant, quiet place to wait.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great date night! We really enjoyed our dinner:)

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vipcontent
Fort Lauderdale
40 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant in beautiful house off the beaten path.
Mediterranean food served in lovely atmosphere.
Seated in small rooms.
Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Awful, rude service, food was nothing special and way overpriced for the quality level. Very disappointing!

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vipAnonymous
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

So much fun!

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Keith
Frankfurt Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service EVER! The food was great too. Ask for Donny(ie?), awesome, down to earth, hilarious guy.

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vipVaBeachDr
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family wedding. Donnie was known by “host” family and treated us like royalty!

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MadMan2443
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and not the last !! Being from New Orleans we are “foodies” and Muse ranks with our places back home. Food, service and wine was excellent !

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vipGman
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dining experience. Like being in Paris. Ambiance was very romantic in the traditional French style. Cheese plate, braised short ribs and flourless chocolate torte were perfectly prepared. Service, spot on. Lovely restaurant to take your most special person.

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SueH
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Two story historic home tucked away down a side street. We stumbled upon it by accident and struck up a conversation with one of the employees out front. After hearing his description of the menu, wine bar and house we decided to give it a try. We were not disappointed. Tables were spaced apart. Staff wore masks. Great wine list. We had pumpkin ravioli (seasonal chef special) and chicken parmesan. The serving size was enough for 2 to share. Our waiter (Sam) was friendly and had a fun personality.

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vipmissie
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
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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Cate
Tallahassee
15 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Older building; nothing special as to ambience. We were told we would be seated upstairs. Not particularly pleased about that (we are not young). Our server had to fetch everything downstairs and bring it up. It took a long time just to get what we wanted as a pre-dinner glass of wine. It arrived after the entrees.
Our server had little to no knowledge of the menu items. This is something management should provide. Sea bass was listed on the menu. I asked her if it was Chilean sea bass; she did not know. I ordered it and could not distinguish what it was, but definitely NOT sea bass. Some type of thick, tasteless fish. I asked her about it and she did not know. I asked for the manager. Eventually, he came to the table and admitted that they had other diners who experienced this and that perhaps they should make it more clear on the menu. He said they were allowed to call it sea bass. What?? After he left, a diner sitting near us said he ordered grouper, and that it was not grouper. In fact, it looked exactly like my "sea bass."
In fairness, my dining partner ordered one of the Italian dishes, and he said it was quite good.

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GaryG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was mediocre. I ordered the grouper but the fillet was very thin and small and grouper usually a thicker fish. It was also served cold and over cooked. The service was not attentive as the waitress was too busy.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Very slow service.

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 2530 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.