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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine, Wine Bar
Muse Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
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.
Good time with no distractions
Celebrated end of fourth decade of second son at restaurant of his choice. We all agreed it was perfect. So intimate, so Charleston, great food, wine, dessert, service, and no distractions such as loud music. Crispy sea bass presentation unique and reportedly delicious. Creamy sweet onion soup was amazing. Tasted my first super Tuscan; more please. Just go.
We had a really nice evening at Muse. It ...
We had a really nice evening at Muse. It was our wedding anniversary, so it was just nice to be out. The food was fantastic. I was a little disappointed in the flavor of the lamb chop, but it was really nicely cooked, and the beans and rainbow carrots were great! My husband had the chef's steak, and I got a little taste of that- SO GOOD! Our waitress was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable.
My sister and I met in Charleston last weekend and wanted to have a nice, relaxing special dinner for one of our evening meals - not a typical touristy spot. Muse had good recommendations and the menu looked good, so we booked our table. The meal was delicious. Our issue, on which we agree, is that we felt very rushed and not relaxed. Stephanie was aggressive in wanting to move the evening along, get orders in, and move us on out. While we could have indicated we wanted more time to relax, we did not feel welcome enough to so indicate. I will also say the manager on duty was not congenial or hospitable - no checking in, not even eye contact when he and I met face-to-face in the hallway. We accomplished half of our goals - good meal , but the secondary goal was not accomplished.
My girlfriend and I went to Muse on a Th ...
My girlfriend and I went to Muse on a Thursday night and it could not have been better. The host asked us if we would like to have a table on the patio, it was a great day so we both agreed. Surprisingly we were taken up stairs to an outside deck with one table viewing Society Street. There was no doubt in my mind that we had the perfect table.
Our server came by with menus and explained in detail the specials and walked us through the wine list. We received our drinks and ordered our food which thinking that the view and our server could not be outdone. I was wrong, from our appetizer to our main course we were pretty quiet because we could not stop eating. Our server was attentive but not over bearing which is rare in this town as most servers tend to check on you about 324234 times before the end of the meal.
The experience was worth the price, no doubt. I would highly recommend this to anyone.
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