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Muse Restaurant

4.5
1558 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Top Tags:
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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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Cuisines
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
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
What 1558 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
value
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LauraB (Charleston)
3.0  Dined 3 days ago

The food was very good. We were upstairs and it was quiet. I think downstairs would have been more fun. Service was lacking. Once we were seated, it took about 10 minutes before any wait staff even acknowledged we were there even though they walked by several times. I could go on. Since the food was so good, I will try it again and hope the service is better.

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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

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

Fantastic and creative

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Grizz33 (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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RayKath (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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AV50 (Naples)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Bartender was awesome. Very pleasant Look forward to returning

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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.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Charleston)
4.0  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!

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
3.0  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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vipWino4life (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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SBeal (Charleston)
5.0  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!

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OpenTable Diner (Nashville)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

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

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CM56 (Miami)
2.0  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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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 9, 2018

Excellent homemade pasta wine choices.

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
1.0  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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