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Muse Restaurant

1557 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Romantic (30)
  • Good for a Date (28)
  • Special Occasion (23)
Nestled away in a historic home in downtown Charleston is MUSE, an elegant restaurant and intimate bar reminiscent of a Mediterranean Villa. Executive Chef, Jason Houser melds the cuisines of Italy, Spain, France, & Greece, featuring preparations of Grilled Seafood, Seared Fish, Savory Meats, Homemade Pastas, and Salads. The extensive wine list complements the experience and offers 100 selections by the glass. The cozy bar empties out onto a terrace, offering outdoor dining, tapas, and cocktails.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Mediterranean, Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(843) 577-1102
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Joaquin Bustos
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Private party facilities
Muse is comprised of five separate dining rooms, all of which can be used for private parties. The entire establishment may also be booked for special occasions.
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Private party contact
Beth Anne Crane: (843) 301-1450
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Parking details
A city parking lot is 1/2 block away
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
What 1557 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipAviddiner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Delicious food and beautiful presentation. Love this restaurant for catching up with friends as noise level is very low and you are seating in one of the various rooms in the house

vipDaniel (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Fantastic and creative

Grizz33 (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent food. Service was fantastic. Cant wait to go back.

ghirofelgo (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We dined at Muse for Valentine's day, everything was pleasurable and they have a great wine list. My only complaint is that my steak was very thin but then again it was a limited Valentine's day menu.

vipBigdaddy (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Muse is a good spot for a romantic evening with most tables set for two. We were there for Valentine's Day and had a set menu. It was varied enough that both my wife and I were able to have what we wanted. The service is very good but the decor could use a little sprucing up.

vipBobo (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Visited Muse for Valentine's Day. Place was packed but service was outstanding (many of the servers have been with Muse for several years). Had special Valentine's menu: appetizer(duck confit over a bibb lettuce/golden beets salad), entree (seared lobster over a brussel sprouts risotto), and dessert (flourless chocolate "pate"). Always have a wide selection of wines, recommendations by the glass and reasonably priced bottles. Muse never disappoints.

POPaG (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Very delightful meal loaded with great taste, nice presentation and overall well done.
It was a fixe price selection menu for valentines and all courses were great pairings
Will be back

JacquelineF (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

This was our first visit to Muse and we were delighted! The food was prepared perfectly and served very hot. The event was Valentines and there was a fixed menu, but they had several choices. My lobster was melt in your mouth good and my husband loved the scallops he ordered. Desert was awesome and the wine selection was very good. The service was very personalized and it was a very good evening at Muse.

vipCarol (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Our dinner here was a great experience.They have a great little bar.I had a soup that was marvelous and mussels that I loved.We had such a nice waitress.The restaurant is in a very old house.The dining room on the first floor only has 6 tables. It was a lovely evening.

donnam (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Authentic, period 1858 house. Service A+, lovely presentations, house made pasta perfect. Only negative was (although varied) wines were too expensive, should have more avg priced.

vipTheophanu (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

This was my third visit to Muse. It's a little gem. A very nice Mediterranean-themed menu, with exquisitely prepared food. I especially recommend the duck breast appetizer---I would never have thought of eating duck with onions and dates, but it was a wonderful flavor combination.

RayKath (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent experience and a very warm ambience with service and creative choices.

MarkS (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Great food. Very good service. Only issues were ambience. The rustic setting would be a lot better except for the split seat cushions and open view of the service area with dirty linens visible.

OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

My wife and I loved having dinner at Muse Charleston. The atmosphere was lovely, the food was delicious, our waitress was very knowledgeable and courteous, and the manager was very nice.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

It was incredibly noisy and service was slow. We left and did not eat there

AV50 (Naples)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Bartender was awesome. Very pleasant Look forward to returning

FXM33 (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Muse is off the beaten track where the tourists usually dominate. It's in a quiet historic neighborhood, but convenient to tourist spots. The restaurant is in an historic building dating back to pre-Civil War days. It has a pleasant bar area and separate upstairs and downstairs rooms for dining. The food selection is excellent and the food is very well prepared and tasty. Service is prompt and cheerful. Prices are reasonable for their high quality food.

OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Great restaurant hidden in downtown Charleston. The bouillabaisse was fantastic.

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

This was such a cute place. We will be back!

OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
2.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Honestly, we felt more like a nuisance than anything at dinner. When we were seated we had time to briefly review the menu and decided on two starters. When we attempted to order starters our waitress let us know that due to high volume that evening the kitchen wanted customers to order starters and entrees at the same time and she would come back and get both orders. Maybe this was because it was restaurant week however, we both ordered from the regular menu. This also seemed strange since it was 5:00OPM and there were very few tables occupied. Our waitress came back minutes later to get our full orders. At one point in the evening we heard an employee walk down the hallway say that they just needed to make it though the evening. We definitely did not know the context of the conversation but it personally made me feel like we should exopodite our meal. We did appreciate that we were seated promptly upon arrival and enjoyed the music through the home.

The food is fine but if you are looking for a Charleston dining experience to rave about this is not the restaurant.