Muse Restaurant

4.5
2156 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 2156 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Miamimama
Miami
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Outdoor seating in the very back was dirty. Service was very slow and food avg. the server said he was the only one and only two people in the back but that shouldn’t be an excuse when you pack the restaurant.

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davida
Louisville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the place to go. Food and service is consistent and friendly. I am there every 2 - 3 weeks.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Great food but the service was the best and really stood out.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stumbled upon this hidden gem on Saturday night and I am so glad we did. We just moved to Charleston about 2 months ago and it’s the best experience/food we’ve had since we moved here. Quiet, quaint, and located in a old Charleston home where you could feel the history. We will absolutely be returning regularly. I would recommend this to anyone who’s wanting a romantic date night spot.

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vipKllj
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Service was lousy. Too high prices for service to act like they are doing you a favor delivering food. Cause that’s how it felt. They were just delivery people. Food was not that great. I had the branzino...loaded with the bones. And I get all the time so I get how it should be prepared. Cocktails were good. Calimari was half of a plate Decor was cool tho and that’s prolly the only reason they are still in business I go out a lot in Charleston. Lots of competition for the food and service to be subpar

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vipMelanieL
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

They put us on a private balcony for two. It was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service. Loved it.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Donnie is the best!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Overall lackluster service. Food was enjoyable but not worth the wait we had after being seated (we did not receive our starter for 30 min, and the entree took an hour and a half.)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The beat food and service! Thank you Donnie for always making us feel welcome! We love Muse!!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was outstanding! Will return.

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vipDebbie
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely evening and Donnie made it a lot of fun!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Donny & Sam were a great service team that was both friendly and knowledgeable making it a great dining experience. The food and atmosphere was outstanding as we did al fresco dining in the courtyard. We had the Chicken Parmigiana and Veal Scaloppine topped off with a slice of their carrot cake, all of which i would highly recommend. Definitely will return next time were in the city. Also a shout-out to Roman who made sure our water glasses were always full and we had everything we needed

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most excellent evening at Muse. Food was excellent! Our server (Donnie) was very friendly and welcoming. Loved the atmosphere, wine, meal, and dessert. Another couple was visiting Charleston and said they had been there several nights in a row. I understand why! Will definitely be back soon!

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DanielP
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice restaurant with an intimate setting. I had the strip steak and my wife had the grouper. Both were very good. Service was exceptional. They do take COVID-19 very seriously here and you have to tap on the glass by the bar so that they can see if you are wearing a mask before they will open the door to let you in.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for date night. Went to dinner with two other couples and had a wonderful time as always! Competent servers that are well versed in the dinner and cocktail menus, fantastic ambiance, and of course delicious food. Never disappoints and will continue to be a go-to spot for me!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shout out to Donnie....wonderful experience..never disappointed

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vipchristineh
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous on all levels. Donny was our server and he is terrific! We will go back many times!

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SamC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service. Lovely atmosphere. Restaurant located in good area (off side street).

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sporter
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

really cool atomosphere, and terrific food! seasonal , and
really hard to choose an entree there were so many good
options.
service was great too. a great evening, not rushed
so you could enjoy everything.

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Thomas
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really like this place. Outstanding food, service and atmosphere. Pricey but in line with other downtown restaurants.

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TracyD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent evening at Muse. The food was excellent and our server, Caroline, was the best! Donny, the bartender, served up some superb Bloody Marys and some great conversation. We will definitely dine there again next time we are town!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 31st anniversary here. Our server was wonderful and the food was amazing! I have a gluten intolerance and had pumpkin goat cheese ravioli ... gluten free!!! So delicious! I can’t wait to go back!

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Analaine
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Beautiful space, good service, but just average food.

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crazyforwine
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

A bridal party was making a great deal of noise. Our table couldn’t hear our conversation. Guess it goes with the territory.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a nice time - we left our credit card - someone called us and mailed it - very nice it them...

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vipBeetleB
Western NC
20 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent evening. Our compliments to Donnie.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and amazing food! This is a must!

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vipmariec
Orlando
41 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food & service. Very eclectic, inside definitely could use a refresh!

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Deborahnv
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

If you are looking for a truly special experience in Charleston, then MUSE is a must! Even if only to be served by Sam, the best waiter we have ever had!!!
The ambiance is so cozy, in a gorgeous old building and the wine list is varied and contains selections from France, Italy, Spain, California, New York....many favorites to be had!
Can't wait til our next visit to Charleston to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing experience, the food was phenomenal and our waiter was so friendly and attentive. Definitely going to go back again soon.

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vipElizabeth
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was the best food ever! So great!

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Awesome
Atlanta
38 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Muse was pretty good, but not great. The tuna tartare was bland, probably frozen pieces. I expected more. The waiter was not as classy as the restaurant tries to be. All of the food was just average. We put in an appetizer order, but they seemed to hold it hostage until we ordered our entrees. My shrimp was overcooked. The crowd seemed to be all locals, so it must be consistently decent. Not a lot of attention to detail. Not 5 star. Sorry.

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vipAlan
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolute wonder experience and meal. Sam was our waiter and provided excellent service. I couldn't get to the bottom of my water glass. We were able to get a seat outside in their wonder courtyard. My wife and I split the arugula salad with the most delicious manchego cheese. I had the seared bass that was perfectly de-boned with caramelized opinions and red peppers. The highlight of the dish was a cauliflower purée that I wanted to take a bath in. It was creamy and over the top delicious. My wife had the local fresh shrimp and polenta. She said is was a steps above a shrimp and grits dish. If in Charleston, you want to be sure to dine here.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect! Great service and food

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great experience, superior service. Inconsistent entrees, some were great, some were ok. Enjoyed the meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Bad customer service , bland food , not worth the money.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend! The food was out of this world as was the service. We were visiting Charleston to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary and the folks at Muse went out of their way to be sure we had a fantastic experience.

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vipWeaverjj
Cleveland
41 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

There are places you go to eat, some where you go to be get fed and those where you go to dine. Despite being extraordinarily busy due to the day and inclement weather, Muse made sure we were comfortable and provided exquisite food for our 28th Wedding Anniversary celebration.

A bottle of El Arino from Spain as a thoughtful pairing to their Snapper special and my fried whole Sea bass created a great meal.

We recommend anyone dine here for a good epicurean experience...especially when celebrating!

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 2156 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.