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.
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: 8433011450x
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
Muse Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
The menu was varied and it was hard to s ...
The menu was varied and it was hard to settle on a dish. The Mojito cocktail was very refreshing on a warm night. I brought a shrug to guard against aggressive air conditioning but the room was comfortable and it wasn't necessary. Our waitress was knowledgeable and pleasant and the service was prompt and unobtrusive. The delicious mozzarella and tomato salad was was enough for two. The veal scallopini and tilefish special entree were very flavorful and perfectly cooked and presented. We shared a lemon torte for dessert. We would definitely return to sample those other items on the menu we were considering.
The food was excellent; I really enjoyed ...
The food was excellent; I really enjoyed the ricotta gnocchi and my husband said his special fish of the day was fabulous. The wait staff was one of the best, and in Charleston where service is paramount, this is saying a lot. We ate outdoors on their patio, which was a little funky (chairs too low for the table, notably). The bar needs refurbishment. We were early for our dinner reservation so we thought we'd have a glass of wine there. The bar stool seats were torn and needing inner springs, not comfortable at all. The list of wines by the glass was surprisingly prosaic considering how they tout their wine selection. We will most likely go back for the food (and sit indoors). On the whole, it was a very good experience.
First, we dined early so that may influe ...
First, we dined early so that may influence how quiet it was.
Not a "trendy" restaurant, which is a plus to me. Have eaten at several other highly regarded places in Charleston and Muse food was at least as good as any we've had in Charleston.
It was our anniversary and we were given complimentary glasses of champagne, nice touch.
Service was excellent, food was excellent, dessert was great! We will definitely be back on future visits to Charleston.
Decided to go to Muse for my birthday di ...
Decided to go to Muse for my birthday dinner with friends. We were seated upstairs in a lovely room that only had 3 tables in it. It was quaint - I loved that the house dates back to the 1850s. Food was good - portions on some meals a little small (lamb chops, scallops). Desserts were good - especially the tiramisu! I liked that I left the restaurant feeling satisfied...not stuffed! I would definitely go back again.
I read the reviews before making a reser ...
I read the reviews before making a reservation, and I was a little hesitant because they weren't consistent. The gal that greeted us upon entry wasn't that welcoming or friendly, and she suggested that we wait in the bar since we were early. The bartender barely greeted us as we waited. The place is quite dingy too - although my husband claims that's part of the identity. I wanted to leave but we stuck around. I'm glad we did because once we were seated our server was great and the food was amazing! We shared the Meze platter - delicious! My in laws had the catch of the day, I had the shrimp and polenta, and my husband the steak - all very good! We then shared the ricatto cheesecake and chocolate cake - yummy! Give it a try!
We came in for a quick bite between a bu ...
We came in for a quick bite between a business meeting and theatre. The lite bite we had was excellent as it has been in the past. One of us arrived a bit late for our reservation, but our waiter was very accommodating and got us served and out in good time for the show. Overall another excellent experience in this restaurant!
Our large party was excited to dine here ...
Our large party was excited to dine here. After eating here though, the food reviews were mixed... I absolutely loved my pasta carbonara and the sea bass also had high marks, but those who ordered steaks were left disappointed as the steaks seemed well cooked, but unseasoned (with no salt on the frites or green beans as well) and rather disappointing for the price ($40). The wine list was wonderful and the ambiance gorgeous as the restaurant is located in an old home built in the 1850s. Unfortunately, it was a steamy Charleston summer night and despite their air conditioner working hard, the restaurant was quite warm with it getting more uncomfortable as our meal progressed. Overall, a good experience for some, but others said that they would not want to come back.
Charleston has more than her fair share ...
Charleston has more than her fair share of fabulous restaurants. This little gem is a rare find because it feels like Charleston. The home is only slightly revamped for restaurant needs; the curb appeal is modest; the menu is concise; the music is subdued... This NOT a showplace restaurant. Muse is an all new / old (in a good way) experience. IT IS LOVELY. We relished it! Dining in Charleston has become an art and this experience was uniquely Charleston. We had two salads that were simple 3-5 ingreediants like dining at a friends. The entree size is ample, and it is a meal (ie snapper, mixed veggies, and roasted potatoes ). The desserts were large enough to share but not over the top. If you enjoy being full order an appetizer, entree, and dessert. If you are going out after the entree will leave you satisfied not stuffed. Give yourself a full hour to hour and and a half for dinner. Make reservations and let them know if you prefer outside seating.
Food was fabulous! I read some of the n ...
Food was fabulous! I read some of the negative reviews and I was a bit apprehensive, but this restaurant 'brought it'! Great pre-dinner cocktails, great appetizers, over the top entrees, and a notable wine selection. This is an Italian restaurant serving authentic cuisine. I've been to Italy many times and I was always disappointed when I returned home and couldn't find true Italian food. The chef nailed it! The service was amazing.. The only negative comment I have is 'I don't have a plate of the gnocchi with grilled shrimp' in front of me right now. Such a great restaurant.
Definitely good food. Med style is very ...
Definitely good food. Med style is very different from what most Americans eat. But if you appreciate diversity, you will enjoy it. Sea bass excellent. If menu says whole fish, expect the whole fish. Never had sea bass before, the taste is unforgettably good. Service was excellent also. Friendly, quiet atmosphere at 530 PM. Really enjoyed the music also. Not too loud, and able to enjoy one another's company. One cocktail, one app, 2 entrees, $100 after tipping. I would rate overall experience 4.5 out of 5.
We may have hit the restaurant on an off night since reviews were good. This was in celebration of our 40th wedding anniversary. We ordered our food and all seemed well. When the food arrived, my wife's order was correct, but mine was not. This meant we were out of sync for the meal. I should have just accepted what was brought because then after waiting for my meal it came and was inedible. Probably because it was rushed, the scallops were not properly cooked and the entire flavor of the dish was off. At this point our waitress basically disappeared and we had to flag down another waiter to get help. I ended up ordering what had been brought previously because I did not trust them to cook scallops properly. The portions were small and the grilled asparagus was pathetic. My wife is an excellent cook and she remarked "I expect to have food at least as good as I can cook myself when we go out." That did not happen this night. In order to "make it right for our mistake", they gave me my glass of wine for free. Whoopee! I cannot recommend this restaurant for anyone. Poor food and poor service are a very bad combination.
I was in Charleston for the Spoleto Arts Festival and was attending an 8pm performance on Sunday. I was looking for somewhere close to the venue that had good food reviews. I settled on Muse, and subsequently I got a recommendation to go there from a Charleston resident I know and with whom I spent the afternoon. She further advised me to sit at the bar as I was dining alone -- which I did.
Very small bar (maybe 10 seats) with a mix of Spoleto-goers and some bar regulars. I think the building used to be a residence. Bartender was attentive and the company was inclusive and friendly. They have an extensive selection of wines by the glass as well as cocktails. I ordered the grilled calamari appetizer -- it was well-seasoned and a little smoky and delicious. Then I ordered the crispy sea bass. (both had been recommended to me by my friend and I asked the bartender as well about the entree). It came, delightfully displayed on a cauliflower puree, kale , and romesco. The romesco was nicely smoky and spiced and the fish was prepared well with a crispy skin as promised. I drank a fulled-bodied white burgundy that stood up well to the stronger flavors.
I would for sure go back to Muse if I return to Charleston, for a drink or for dining.
Awesome meal. One of us enjoyed the steamed mussels as a starter. The other two saved room for the dessert (panna cotta) which was "to die for". We all enjoyed the Catch of the Day which was prepared perfectly. The waitress was knowledgeable and helped us choose a bottle of wine that matched. Muse is a unique restaurant -- an older house remodeled to provide a series of eclectic dining rooms. Very effective in keeping the noise level down. Doors opened at 5p, we had reservations and were seated immediately.
The food at Muse was excellent.
I had perfectly cooked steak frites, which, even if a somewhat boring choice, was simply delicious and very satisfying. My husband had pasta bolognese; it was very richly flavorful, and came with homemade pasta. Ricotta cheesecake with berries topped it off, very light and yummy. Service was good, even though the restaurant was quite busy.
location, value and great service to boot!
We picked here as we were going to a Picolo event next door. We couldn't have been more pleased. The server was perfectly attentive without being overbearing, had good suggestions and the food was excellent and not too pricey. A great find!
Since I live in Charleston this is my favorite go-to restaurant. Filled with locals/regulars but also people visiting there is always a fun crowd at the bar.
During busy/event times of year--SEWE, Spoleto, etc the staff is terrific at working to get you out the door when you need to be.
The menu is diverse and perfect for all types, whether you just want a bite or a full meal.
There is outside dining and the bar area is the "Cheers" of Charleston!
Servings were very small. Hubby got 3 s ...
Servings were very small. Hubby got 3 scallops that were small and no flavor. Salad for hubby OK, I asked for blue cheese for my salad and was told there was no blue cheese in the kitchen at all. Salad size is small. Service was very good- no complaints. We had a guest with us who ordered a New York Strip which was OK but was small for a strip.
Overall, it was OK but not anything to brag about (for the price). We will not return.
We loved Muse. Have been coming to Char ...
We loved Muse. Have been coming to Charleston for years but never had been here. Loved the atmosphere and we sat outside on a small patio. All the entrees that we tried were just the right portion size and delicious. The waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable but not pushy. Would definitely go back next time we are in town.
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