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

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4.6

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4.5

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4.2

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87% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (31)
Good for a Date (29)
Special Occasion (23)
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Creative Cuisine (23)
Cozy (21)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Authentic (17)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Notable Wine List (15)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Worth the Drive (13)
Local Ingredients (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Casual (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Business Meals (5)
Seasonal (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Fun (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Healthy (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great Beer (1)
Scenic View (1)
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined 2 days ago

Fantastic and creative

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 (Charleston)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Casual, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Cozy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Bar Seating, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Charleston)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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 (Charleston)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

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·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 3, 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.

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 (Charleston)·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.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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 (Naples)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Bartender was awesome. Very pleasant Look forward to returning

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 (Charleston)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 24, 2018

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

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 21, 2018

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

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 (Charleston)·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.

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on January 13, 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 12, 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 12, 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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Excellent homemade pasta wine choices.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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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vip
 (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 30, 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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vip
 (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 26, 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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 (Charleston)·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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vip
 (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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 (Charleston)·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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