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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.
Charleston, SC 29401
Hours of Operation:
Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
A city parking lot is 1/2 block away
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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