Muse Restaurant

4.6
2194 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 2194 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fabulous evening. Food was outstanding, love the vibe of the place, but Donny made it most memorable. Probably one of the best servers I have ever had. Not only did he ask all of us our names (there were five of us), he remembered our names, and the names of all of the guests at every table around us! That’s pretty impressive!!!! We will definitely be back!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing time with Donnie!!! Great service

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vipFantastic
Baltimore
47 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a gem. Food was incredible, service impeccable and great atmosphere.

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Happytraveler
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

he manager was very concerned about all guests well being. Service was excellent as was the presentation. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals. We will return!

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vipJTee
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Donnie has fantastic eclectic French/Southern restaurant. Coming from Boulder, CO we always enjoy his menu, attentive staff (GF friendly for my Wife with celiacs) & family favorite every Fall ~ Winter ~ Spring when we drop-off/pick-up our Son at CoC. Cheers to a better 2021 - Fondly!

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SherriS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. What a great, intimate local find!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service with a knowledgeable waitress! Good wine recommendation for our delicious meals.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great dinner experience in a warm, romantic, intimate setting.

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DeaC
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a table for 2 on a Juliette balcony. The oysters, pasta and dessert were just wonderful.

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Shaun
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a gem of a restaurant in Charleston. The food was delicious, the service was attentive and kind, and the ambiance was romantic. We had a great time and we highly recommend Muse!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Food tasted very good but took extremely long to come out, so I don’t know if they had staffing issues or not. Was also weird they didn’t really acknowledge how long everything was taking. A simple “sorry for the wait/delay” would’ve gone a long way.

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GraceS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing... everything! I had a lobster bisque & scallops, they were super good and for dessert we had a pomegranate trifle that is an invention of the chef here, it's just too good to believe! I live in Florida and have gone twice in consecutive months, just for their food, wish they would open here.

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vipGooch
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant recommended by our hotel. EXCELLENT service and information on selections.
Meal courses well prepared and served with care and diligence.

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AlfredoN
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food ... amazing service and ambiance. Can’t wait to go back !!!

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vip57mgaman
Charleston
283 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience2

Terrible meal!! Service was good. One of the worst meals that we have ever had! Went to this place 12-13, and was very good. 12-31 was horrible!!! Will Not go back again. Mangers could care less!

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vipSugaree
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!! Service was great and food was delicious!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We showed up early and were seated immediately. It was just us and one other table in our section for a time, which was nice. It took a bit to get our drinks, though no fault of the server. Sam, our server, was excellent. His dinner recommendations were spot on. I had the sea scallops and risotto and my husband has the sea bass. Overall, excellent meal & experience and would return.

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2OutofTowners
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad I was able to find table here. This was the best meal of our little escapades in Charleston SC. Caroline, was very pleasant and on-point with her suggestions. Tonight we had cocktails, potato & leak soup, beef capaccio, baked oysters, sea bass, local shrimps, nice Bordeaux, pomegranate trifle, flourless chocolate torte... Compliments and thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just the BEST!!

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vipKFMJAM
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joseph and his team were spectacular!! Food was some of the best we had in Charleston.

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TORIB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend this restaurant! We were running late due to the backup on I-95 and the staff at Muse shifted our reservation with no problem. We were warmly greeted and seated upon our arrival and met our server, Samuel. (We decided to adopt him!) He was knowledgeable and helpful as we decide on wines and entrees. Started with the bake oysters, MUCH creamier than a rockefeller and so delicious! I opted for the Local Shrimp that was served perfectly cooked on a bed of mascarpone polenta. OMG!! LOVED IT!! Also ordered at the table was the Tagliatelle Bolognese- so rich with beef and delicious. Scallops over a wonderful risotto, and lastly, the special of the night, grouper with artichoke hearts, baby potatoes etc. We all tasted each others' entrees and all deemed completely fantastic. Did you say dessert? We did! Flourless Chocolate Cake and Carrot cake were brought as well as coffee, and port. Our entire experience was, frankly, unforgettable. Too bad we live in Virginia and can't become regulars. But we will be regulars at MUSE every time we visit Charleston!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve

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TomB
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Muse on Christmas Eve. The food and service was A+. Would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great evening. Don, our waiter, took fantastic care of us. Food was excellent and the ambiance was inviting, casual and a great overall experience. We sat outside and it felt like our own private courtyard. Will definitely be back!

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viplouist
Orlando
14 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

a solid Italian restaurant, easy walking distance from downtown king st. small, cozy, intimate with great food and service!

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ChuckJ
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Donny & Roman did a great just job making us feel welcome. Great job of social distancing during this Covid time. Plenty of spacing between diners. Food was great! If we lived here we would visit it often. Will return next time in Charleston!

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Seahorse
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an outside table with a wonderful tall heater beside. It was warm and toasty to sit outside. The atmosphere was wonderful, service outstanding and the food was excellent. Highly recommend, felt very safe during these Covid times.

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vipDmp1269
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The food and service were great. We were sat next to a very loud and unaware party. Was hard to have a conversation with my fiance in between f-bombs and such.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place!

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vipjtpockets
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We continue to make outdoor reservations here for a number of reasons: 1) the food is awesome 2) wine selection on point 3) service (Donny in particular) is fantastic and 4) they care about safety during a crazy, global pandemic!

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vipwendyjm
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific spot downtown. We will only dine if there’s an outdoor option and Muse has a covered porch. A good option if you want a relaxed atmosphere and delicious food.

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LarryP
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Muse is our favorite restaurant in Charleston.

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Renee612
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit to Charleston and we loved it! Muse was an open table find...and it was a winner! I had the bolognese and my husband had veal. Both were delicious. The service was great and really cute indoor space plus nice covered outdoor seating with heaters. Nice, subtle jazz playing. Great choice!

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Genn
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in Charleston for three nights, went to Muse first night. Food and Cosmos so delicious, spot on we went back again the third night. That’ says it all, with so many amazing restaurants in the city we did it repeat. Great food. Great drinks, great service.

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TeresaA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hubby and I in town and wanted something different than Low-country food. This place close to hotel and what a hidden gem. Great food- I had scallops and hubby chicken parm. Both excellent along with service and wine.
A must stop while in town.

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Genn
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Across street from out hotel, so came in for convenient. What a great surprise. Food was fresh, hot and delicious. Drinks superb and staff very friendly and knowledgeable. So good we are going back tonight.

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MattV
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outside dinning

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Miamimama
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
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 on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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 2194 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.