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 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 nice option in the increasingl ...
Muse is a nice option in the increasingly competitive Charleston restaurant scene: very good food at decent prices in a wonderful old house in a quiet spot. The menu is varied, although not extensive, and the combination of Italian/Mediterranean flavors and local seafood and other ingredients works very well. With tables located throughout the house, dining can be as intimate as desired. We were not able to enjoy the patio on our visit, but it looks to be a great spot in hospitable weather.
As life-long lovers of Charleston and "repeat offenders" on the dining scene, we are always pleased to add a restaurant to our "we'll be back" list!
Walking up Society street, seeing Muse c ...
Walking up Society street, seeing Muse come into view started the evening off with the anticipation of a quaint, cozy, romantic evening. We were greeted warmly and seated outside, which was perfect for the lovely Charleston evening. Stephanie was our server who took us on a journey of a beautifully picked bottle of Malbec and 4 small plates. (Local Cheese Board, Bruschetta, Tuna Crudo, & Meze Platter) Our favorite was the special Bruschetta for the evening which was a Cherry compote on top of the creamiest goat cheese. SO GOOD, that we went the next day to (goat.sheep.cow) to purchase some compote and goat cheese to recreate that dish back here in Savannah. The only thing that would made it even more of a euphoric experience was if there was a little more acid or something with the Tuna Crudo. All in all we finished our special evening the dessert of the night that was an incredible Pumpkin Spice Panna cotta.
We had a late dinner at Muse. Our reserv ...
We had a late dinner at Muse. Our reservation was at 9:45. By the time we were eating dessert, the bar area was getting pretty busy and loud, but it wasn't a deal-breaker. Our food and wine were excellent. We had salads, soup, tuna appetizer, salmon, pasta carbonara, and a delicious chocolate dessert with strawberry-rhubarb sauce. Everything was quite good, and we would definitely return.
Old house setting; great background musi ...
Old house setting; great background music; excellent wait staff; shared a meze platter as appetizer; mediocre Malbec; wonderful shrimp entree off the menu; strip steak special was perfect. If there weren't so many dining choices in Charleston and only so many nights during our stay, we would definitely return to Muse. Who knows... we still have three more nights!
Had a nice but not spectacular dinner th ...
Had a nice but not spectacular dinner there last nite. We're seated upstairs by ourselves in a quiet room, ambience meh. Very good waitress, food was served promptly ,and we all agreed was interesting and well prepared. Place needs an update in furnishings, but if you can get past that, the food is worth a visit.
Staff was extremely accommodating and kn ...
Staff was extremely accommodating and knowledgeable. The osso bucco was delicious and fell right off the bone. The friend had the scallops and really enjoyed them as well. Restaurant was surprisingly empty for a Saturday night, but we enjoyed sitting outside and the quiet setting.
We had dinner here before a show at the ...
We had dinner here before a show at the theater next door and were very impressed.
Food was really delicious, service great. Pretty, historic place.
Only negative I would say is it could use a good thorough cleaning....probably because it is such an old building, it seemed a bit dusty and on the 2nd floor you can see right into the service area...needs a screen or door.
But definitely would go back and recommend this restaurant.
The food was excellent and the ambiance ...
The food was excellent and the ambiance was perfect for our occasion. I had the salmon special and it was delicious. My mother in law had the bass and said it was the best she's every had. I would highly recommend Muse to anyone visiting or living in Charleston.
Muse is a special gem in a city full of ...
Muse is a special gem in a city full of excellent restaurants. The building is vintage and well kept. The food was excellent and popping with taste. We had six different entrees and all each was excellent. We will be back in the future for sure!
Spectacular food prepared by Executive ...
Spectacular food prepared by Executive Chef, Joaquin Bustos, and served by awesome Stephanie. My grandson had the gnocchi with oyster mushrooms and a drizzle of truffle oil followed by a dessert of white chocolate, sour cherry panna cotta. Best dessert ever, according to my grandson. My daughter and I shared the whole sea bass which was flash seared and served over cauliflower purée with a side of roasted tomatoes. We also shared a side of creamed corn risotto. Scrumptious and so flavorful. For starters we had the steamed mussels and arugula salad. Wonderful! All was magnificent. We certainly enjoyed the dinner, ambience, and wine! I would definitely recommend Muse Restaurant for anyone visiting or living in (lucky people) Charleston, SC. Beautiful, charming city and some fantastic food choices!!!
Muse did not match up to the reviews we ...
Muse did not match up to the reviews we had read. We had asked for a quiet table and were escorted up stairs to an enclosed area that may have been a porch. The ventilation did not work well. It was fairly quiet however. The service was halting. My white wine arrived warm and I had to wait for it to be replaced. My knife and fork were taken after my salad was finished and I had to ask for replacements, which were slow in coming. The food was good, but not more than that. My husband was served a most unusual presentation of an entire sea bass, which was flavorful but a little dry. The most efficient part of the entire evening was the bartender procuring us a rickshaw for the long ride home to our hotel. If we return to Charleston, we will not be going back.
Was very good, overall. Was recommended ...
Was very good, overall. Was recommended to get the steak as well as the grilled calamari. Unfortunately, we weren't crazy about either. Also, with so many great steak places in Charleston, I should've tried something different. My wife's food was great though!
Always interesting to dine in an old hom ...
Always interesting to dine in an old home turned restaurant. Cushion seats could have used a little reupholstering, but otherwise quite nice. 4 of us dined and all enjoyed our main courses ( I like my fettucine carbonara with a poached egg on top, it was pre-mixed, but they obliged with an extra egg on top, no charge). The sauteed calamari was a fail, rubbery and tasteless, but our waitress took it off the bill without us even asking after noting we did not eat much of it. Overall a very nice experience
My husband and I came for our anniversar ...
My husband and I came for our anniversary, and it was lovely. The wine bar is fantastic. The ambiance is very old world/European feeling. I loved it. The food is very good as well. I had the veal scallopini and while it was not a preparation I'm used to, it was absolutely delicious. We loved everything about it. It was also nice to be in a restaurant that isn't trying to be trendy.
I thoroughly enjoyed my dining experienc ...
I thoroughly enjoyed my dining experience at Muse. The food was wonderful. The atmosphere was great with a lot of charm and ambience. Great staff, very helpful and nice; they made you feel comfortable and at home. A great dining experience, and I certainly want to return soon.
Terrible place in a city full of great r ...
Terrible place in a city full of great restaurants, sorry we waster one night there. Good totally underwhelming and presented very poorly. Snapper presented on a couple potato pieces with some shards of leek in a milky white sauce. Really unappetizing. More awful than the food was the decor. Broken down house in need of repairs and a serious deep cleaning. It looked dirty in low light must be really terrible in day light. Don't waste your time or money with so many great options in Charleston.
We are natives of Charleston. Went to M ...
We are natives of Charleston. Went to Muse on reviews for our anniversary. Not sure if the reviews were of the same place. Food very disappointing. Maybe it would rate the reviews if it were in Columbia or Savannah. Mussels were hopelessly bland- there are several places in Charleston that have better- best can be found at Rue de Jean (we went there to get a good anniversary meal). Pastas were also unimaginative, again, much better choices elsewhere downtown. Alas, they knew it was our anniversary, but not even a "Happy Anniversary" from waitperson.
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