Muse Restaurant

4.4
1821 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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.
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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time at Muse and it was just as great as the first! Made a last minute reservation for 7 on a Saturday and was able to sit outside. Service was fantastic. I enjoyed the super Tuscan, bolognese, and cheesecake. Definitely recommend for a date night or special occasion! Server was awesome too. I forgot his name but he wore glasses - please thank him for us!

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Charleston
34 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Muse has been a favorite restaurant of ours for years. They have an excellent selection of well-prepared seafood, meat, and poultry dishes. On our most recent visit, the mussels were superb (tender, juicy, and plump). My husband thoroughly enjoyed the seared scallops on wild ramp risotto, and I was equally impressed with the crispy whole sea bass (served deboned with the head intact...delicious and beautifully plated, if you don't mind your fish staring at you as you eat it, which I don't). The chocolate torte was fabulous, too. All in all, a great meal at a reasonable price for downtown Charleston, in a charming old single house with lots of ambiance.

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Very very loud. Food was way over salted
We have had much better experiences there

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M
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Server was great. Would have given the food a higher grade but there was a very obvious hair in my risotto.

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R
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends came in from up north and I wanted to try a place we had not been to before so I chose Muse! A really great restaurant overall. I love when someone takes an old Charleston house and turns it into something wonderful.

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MR
Charleston
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Muse is our favorite restaurant in Charleston.
Wonderful ambiance and the building is a gem.
The food always pleases.
And the service is unequalled.

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TR
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was very good! Portions could have been larger for $27+. Waiter was not attentive @ all. Knowing he was guaranteed a 20% tip he should have been on his A game! I would try it again with 2 or 4 people & see if the service was better. The cheese cake was UNBELIEVABLE!!!

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PP
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food excellent service and wine😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘

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A
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When we discovered we didn't have advance reservations on a Friday night, our hotel concierge suggested we try booking a table at Muse. Luckily there were a few left and we enjoyed a wonderful meal with excellent service in a charming restaurant. We didn't realize some dining was upstairs until time to be seated. The staff quickly assessed the situration and realized the stairs would be difficult for us. Without blinking an eye, they redirected us to a table on the first floor. We appreiciate the fact that they were considerate and that we didn't even have to make the request ourselves. Great 53rd anniversary celebration and delicious veal scallopine!

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MS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

While the service and ambiance were good, we were disappointed in the quality of the food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Catch of the day was great, service great, intimate dining, we had a table of 10 and felt well taken care of.

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HH
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a few starters, wine and dessert. It was quiet, great ambiance, and great service! Definitely will be back!!

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PN
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have been living in Downtown Charleston for three months and this is one of our new favorite restaurants. The first evening we had a cocktail at the bar and then enjoyed our dinner at a beautiful table in the lower dinning room. My husband is hearing disabled and the staff was attentive to his needs. Our table was perfect and Nick was able to hear and conduct a conversation
A friendly, yet intimate spot, we returned last evening, sat at the bar and enjoyed their magnificent food

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The food was ok, nothing to write home about. Some of our appetizers came out with dinner. The wait staff rushed us through the whole meal, with open tables around us.

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L
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delightful service and wonderful food were a great start to our evening. Very easy walking distance to the Gaillard.

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CJ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

The server was friendly and professional without being intrusive. Our wine was wonderful and overall, the wine list was thoughtful, with a wonderful variety of old world wines at an array of price points. We chose a $72 Pouilly-Fuisse to accompany our seafood choices. That's where everything took a downturn. The gazpacho was room temperature, not the chilled soup one would expect. The flavor was very good until I tried a bit of the crabmeat lumped into the center of the bowl. Behind the smokiness of the spices, the crab meat itself tasted off. Just bad. Our server graciously took it back and quickly replaced it with wonderful briny oysters. Ok, everyone makes mistakes, all was forgiven. Then our entrees came out. We both ordered the catch of the day, grilled swordfish over greek rice. Very fresh but, both raw in the center. Not wanting to be difficult, I ate around the center and took the rest home. The cooked edges were tasty but, being that swordfish can be parasitic, I prefer to eat it cooked. The Greek rice was also flavorful but a bit liquidy, like it hadn't cooked long enough. We ordered tiramisu for dessert, it was not bad. We paid our $200 bill and left 20% as the server was wonderful. However, it seemed the kitchen was all over the place with food safety and temperature. It makes me nervous to go back and unfortunately, with so many other choices, we probably won't.

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RM
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined here during a sisters' birthday week. The upstairs room in which we were seated was decorated very nicely and comfortably. The waiter was knowledgeable and attentive without being overbearing. Food was presented nicely and tasted delicious. Highly recommended.

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DD
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Seated on outdoor patio where noise level was very high. Paella portion for entree was ridiculously small. Had ONE scallop, a few mini clams, ONE. Shrimp and no sausage. Swimming in oil. Worst paella ever. Waitress hard to flag down. We had salad for starter, was all greens with a small amount of pistachios. Do no go here. This is what a cost cutting restaurant does but keep prices high. Very poor value.

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MG
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The whole place is unrestored shabby chic, ok but shabby. The portions were on the small side, but tasty,(lamb chops,grouper, except for the ribeye “special “ which was about $15 above the regular menu, and was small, tough and chewy. The wine list was extensive, and the staff friendly. I would go back and avoid the special.

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AH
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Rib eye steak was good. House red Cabarnet was good taste, and a good size pour. Unfortunately the menu was rather limited for my wife, who is a vegetarian. So, that was disappointing for her. Hence, the average scores.

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B
Nashville
30 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wife and I were in Charleston for weekend celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. After dining at The Peninsula Grill the evening before, we thought sure our next dinner would disappoint. We were wrong! Although our upstairs dining room was small and unnecessarily crowded with a grand piano, we made the best of it and met some nice locals at adjoining tables. Todd was a terrific and attentive server. My wife ordered the tagliatelle bolognese and, on Todd’s recommendation, o ordered the local shrimp. Both dishes were terrific but the shrimp with polenta was superb! Though the atmosphere not as elegant as the peninsula, the food was just as good. And far cheaper. Highly recommend. We will be back next trip to Charleston.

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JT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was great and the food was good. For the price, I think the food could have tasted just a bit better.

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p
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

Came to Chalreston with wife for 1st time and we spent a lot of time finding our first dinner reservation because Muse's menu said anywhere you looked that they served a rabbit confit; one of our favorite dishes. When we arrived and handed menu, no rabbit. Waiter says "Hasn't been on the menu for a while". He could see how disappointed we were, a real buzz kill. It was pouring and a Friday night so had no chance to go somewhere else. Really a bait and switch even if it sude to incompetence or negligene rather than intent. Could have offered something to ease the disappointment, but nothing. Just empty IM SORRY words.

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A
Charleston
46 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This restaurant is conveniently located next to a theater that we frequent. Service and food was prompt and very enjoyable. We plan to return.

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NP
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a lovely local gem. Great ambiance, service and food.

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SM
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A hidden gem right off King St...intimate space, warm and knowledgeable staff, terrific food! Unique in Charleston...if you’re looking for a hipster foodie spot or fried seafood platters, this isn’t it. Muse feels more like a cozy bistro in Paris. The gazpacho was super fresh, cheese plate didn’t disappoint, and the simple preparation of halibut let the quality ingredients speak for themselves. Have eaten at lots of Charleston restaurants and this is a favorite...Will be back!

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RA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a wonderful dinner at the Muse. We had the halibut and the sea bass and both were prepared perfectly. Delicious food, great wine selection and the service was attentive but not intrusive. This was a great value for the downtown area.

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OT
Charleston
32 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal with a Spanish and Mediterranean flare

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Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Pasta carbonara with shrimp was excellent! Glad we checked out Muse. Will definitely go back.

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MV
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was good, but it was just an average experience.

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OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome experience at Muse. It has a romantic touch, and the food is awesome

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Felt like you were in someone’s home. Great food. Great service. We had a lovely evening 😊

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j
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent. Nice night so we sat outside.

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E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a “do over “

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G
Charlotte
156 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. The lamb sausage was so good. The tagliatelle and halibut were also really good. The wine was reasonably priced for such high quality. The service was spot on. There's nothing but good to say about our experience. We're glad that we chose Muse.

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KW
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and great service.

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KM
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I enjoyed sitting at the bar with Jeremy. Nice wine list. Especially recommend the lamb sausage and brussels sprouts. Muse is a gem!

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JR
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a nice dinner on a Saturday evening. We were seated as soon as we arrived, in the small room on the 2nd floor, with two other couples. The room next door had two large parties, but the noise level in our room was fine. Our waiter was very nice and attentive, but gave us plenty of time and space. The food was perfectly reasonable. After reading some of the other reviews, I was worried. But our experience was at least four stars, and we really had no complaints.

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D
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places to eat in Charleston

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BF
New England
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Quaint old venue with great food, especially the fresh fish dishes

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