About Muse Restaurant

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.

82 Society Street
Charleston, SC 29401
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(843) 577-1102

Website:
http://www.charlestonmuse.com/

Parking Details:
A city parking lot is 1/2 block away

Executive Chef:
Joaquin Bustos

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.

Private Party Contact:
Beth Anne Crane: (843) 301-1450

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Muse Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

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Quiet

85% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (28)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
Good for a Date (25)
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Creative Cuisine (22)
Special Occasion (22)
Cozy (21)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Authentic (19)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Notable Wine List (15)
Worth the Drive (12)
Late-night Find (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Casual (8)
Business Meals (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Healthy (5)
Seasonal (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Fun (5)
Tasting Menu (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (Charleston)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

The ambiance at Muse is truly unique. You feel as if you have stepped back into time. Our food was good and they have a great wine selection!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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·Dined 5 days ago

I found the food to be over-priced and mediocre. Service was excellent but that’s about all I can say. Will not be back.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Food was just an great as the service! We’ll be back again for sure!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We went for restaurant week and was very happy with the menu, food and service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Another great experience at Muse! We felt a little rushed by the waiter in the beginning, but that decreased throughout our 2-hour time there (we made sure there wasn't a wait for the table!) The server made a great wine recommendation and was happy to answer any questions about the menu. I did include that it was my birthday in the OpenTable reservation, but this isn't the type of place to bring you a free desert unfortunately. We had the squash soup, calamari and duck for appetizers; as well as the sea bass and osso buco, all was deliciuous!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Fantastic food and really great atmosphere. Impressive wine list as well.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Seasonal
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The food was ok, but the place is old and tired. Tables are so small and close together that it is impossible to have a private conversation. I don’t call this setting romantic as they claim, I call it cramped and uncomfortable.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Excellent homemade pasta wine choices.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had New Years dinner and was very disappointed. When entering the host was sitting and without a welcome or looking at us she just yelled, "Your name?" The wait staff seemed more interested in taking/processing our order in contrast to an enjoyable experience. We ordered the cauliflower soup which was salty and the fish on the select menus was also very salty. I will not go back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Years Eve Pre party dinner. Seated upstairs. Dark & dingy atmosphere. The maitre d explained how Sick she had been and shouldn’t get too close. Took 20 minutes to get a beverage. Ordered a Chardonnay. Waiter brought me a Cabernet. Finally brought me a Chardonnay. He admitted he didn’t know a thing about wine. Ordered the lobster and gnocchi. Lobster came quickly. The gnocchi was mushy then I noticed the lobster was actually cold and translucent. Couldn’t cut it as it was raw. Returned my meal. They brought it back out on the same mushy gnocchi, top appeared seared when I flipped it over the bottom was still cold & raw. At that point I sent it back & had shared my daughters steak which was prepared fine.
They didn’t offer to adjust our bill nor did we ask unfortunately but I could not possibly eat my meal.
We felt that because it was New Years Eve they were just trying to get us in and out quickly.

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We loved Muse! The cauliflower & potato soup was divine!

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

disappointing for new year's eve. Server seemed overwhelmed.
I ordered lobster with gnocchi - lots of pasta, not much lobster and the
tiny bit I had was poor quality.

Bit of a ripoff considering the price.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We enjoyed a great 3 course meal that was the special New Years Eve menu. You selected one appetizer, entree, and dessert from about 4 options in each category. The four of us all selected different things, and all were wonderful! The price was very good, for downtown Charleston. Our server was personable, prompt, and informative. A good way to end 2017!

Tags: Happy Hour, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Service was poor. Could not pronounce the specials we had to overhear from another server st another table. Server opened wine and poured taste for someone who wasn’t drinking. Then did not pour wine for rest of table. Did not provide appetizer plates so we had to use bread plates. Did not clear dirty plates before entrees were served. Food was good but portions were small-not much value. Would not go back. For the cost, service should have been way better.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Wonderful atmosphere and great food. The bar is lively and the bartender Donny makes everyone feel so welcome. The restaurant is very cozy and the food never disappoints. I have only lived in Charleston for a little over a year and have tried many great places, but I keep coming back to Muse because it is one of my favorites.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Everything we ordered was fantastic. The server forgot a few items, but we were completely full and highly satisfied. Best bolognese ever

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 26, 2017

EXCELLENT service. Yummy dinner!

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

The waitstaff at Muse was most accommodating when we told them we had someone in our party of 15 who could not walk easily up the stairs. Our party was transferred downstairs without any complaints by the staff. In addition, the food was fantastic and everyone said what a memorable Christmas Eve was shared by all. Thank you for making this holiday so special for our family. Also, my husband said we will be back for the incomparable lamb sausage appetizers.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We were a family of 6 and were excited to dine at Muse for a special holiday dinner. We found the service painfully slow, although the servers were pleasant. The menu had adequate choices but the portions were very small. We do not expect a plate that is heaped with food and is enough to take half home. The chicken liver pate was a tiny spoonful. The Calamari was uninspiring and far from the best we have had. The boullibaise was barely an adequate portion for the lady and not for the gentleman. The gnocchi was just okay and the biggest disappointment was the portion of spaghetti that was so small our 15 year old granddaughter said “this seems like an appetizer”.
We all gave her bites of our small portions. The desserts were very good. We have eaten at most all the top restaurants in Charleston and hoped we had found a hidden gem but that is not the case. Your restaurant is rough around the edges, and needs to to be reviewed by YOU. Sadly, we cannot not recommend Muse to others.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Dinner was phenomenal. They make all their own pasta and the gnocchi was sublime. The calamari was served grilled instead of fried. It was delicious. After dinner we went to the bar and sat with Danny the bartender. He was hysterical. It was a fabulous dining experience followed by a great nightcap. Neighborhood gem.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Our reservation was at 5:00 p.m., right when they opened. The atmosphere when we walked in was cozy, quaint, and so welcoming. My girlfriend and I were greeted by a few staff members and were seated at a very comfortable table in the corner. Stephanie was our server and she couldn't have had a better personality or demeanor, she was outstanding! As an appetizer we ordered the Bruschetta, it was delightful and so flavorful. My girlfriend ordered the Gnocchi Verde with grilled chicken as an entree, and I ordered the Chef's Choice of Steak which wound up being a 12 oz. New York strip. Both of us were extremely pleased with our choices and left next to nothing on our plates! Everything about our experience was exceptional! They have a great selection of wine and a pleasing beer selection as well. Five stars all around, we will definitely be back! We've both worked in f&b long enough to know when we've struck gold, and Muse radiates quality and hospitality! Well done! Thank you so much for a memorable experience, and a wonderful date night!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Authentic, delicious Italian fare pared with an amazing wine selection recommended by a very knowledgeable staff! Arrive early for drinks at the cozy bar, and listen to the bartender's advice. Appreciate the imported ceramic service as you arrive at your table, and be sure to ask about the town in Italy from where it is imported (Ravello). Personal favorite menu selections include the lamb merguez meatballs, great cheese plate selections, beet salad...and, later, the bolognese is to die for, as is the crispy sea bass, the scallop plate, and whatever steak selection the chef has prepared for the evening. Don't hesitate to order the veal if you're a fan, because it is out of this world good. Allow your server to pair each course with an appropriate wine, and you will have an incredible, perfectly well-rounded dining experience. Five stars every time!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Cozy, Fun, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 11, 2017

OUR WAITRESS, CAROLINE, WAS EXCELLENT AND VERY FRIENDLY. GOOD FOOD AND GREAT SERVICE...

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Christmas party

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 8, 2017

This place is great! The bartender Don is the best! Great time. The arugula salad is the best salad I have ever had.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 6, 2017

A gem, much less touristy, more authentic, electic historic building, wonderful location in the middle of downtown and one of the nicest service teams in Charleston.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food and the Piano room upstairs were awesome

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great place for a date night. The atmosphere was good and the food is amazing.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 24, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants and it's consistently good. It's in an old house and the various rooms are decorated differently and delightfully with an old world decor. Each room is relatively small with two larger rooms and two very small rooms with maybe 3 tables each. The wait staff are excellent and knowledgeable when it comes to wines and their offerings. Can't say enough good things about Muse.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Business Meals
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Wonderful food and extremely friendly service!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Muse is a quirky restaurant in a very old Charleston house.
The food and wine were excellent.
The menu was appealing, with some different twists.
I especially enjoyed the Lamb Oso Bucco. (sp?)

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Delicious!!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent food and service. A favorite! Jen is a wonderful server - attentive, amiable, and gracious!

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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Horrible cheese plate. Literally the laziest I have ever seen. It would be wise not to go eat here.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

The ambiance was unique, food was exquisite, and Ross took amazing care of our table

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great find! An excellent location with great food and very good service.

We had a dinner party of 15 and had a fantastic time.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We have been here 4 times now. It has been excellent every time. This time we had the calimari appetizer. Nice Smoky flavor. The trigger fish, scallops and veal scaloppini. All delicious. The waiter recommended a medium priced red wine. It really was a great evening.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great food and wait staff. The atmosphere at Muse keeps bringing us back every time we come to Charleston.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

An excellent light meal before a performance at the Gaillard auditorium nearby. Lovely wine recommendation to go with the trigger fish special. Highly recommended. Have eaten there several times in the last couple of years and never been disappointed.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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