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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
A great place, with spectacular food and service. The gnocchi and bouillabaisse were our favourite, though we tried quite a lot of the menu and they were all fantastic. Beautiful old house, though the main rooms are more comfortable than the smaller corner room. Looking forward to being back.
Great besides portions. Took 5 guys for a bachelor party dinner and they were all still hungry after. I would definitely recommend appetizers and salads and doing the full course meal. Don't depend on the entrées to fill you up. Taste wise it was all great.
I have read mixed reviews of the restaurant. My wife and I both had seafood and found the food to be very good . We were seated promptly. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable. While the service definitely wasn't rushed, I never felt it was taking to long to receive our food. Muse isn't our favorite restaurant, but we had a very nice meal and would recommend it .
Once again we ate on the patio prior to going next door to Threshold Rep theater for Piccolo performance. Our server remembered what we drank and suggested dishes she thought we'd like based on our previous trips there's. As usual, We had a fun, wonderful dining experience.
Do not eat here. We had reservations on the Sunday night of Memorial Day weekend; getting us seated seemed to be a confusing exercise for the staff. Muse is in an old house and dining takes place in rooms, upstairs and down, with several tables in each one; very charming. However - this makes it difficult for your server to see you or that you, for example, may need to order, or be welcomed to your table, or be given a glass of water. We were seated for over 10 minutes before anyone came to our table to ask us what we wanted to drink.
The rest of this will be brief. Restaurant was dirty and poorly maintained; every light fixture had at least one bulb burned out. There was an old white blanket draped over something in the corner. Staff was harried and overworked. Service was so confused that it detracted significantly from the experience. Prices are unjustifiably high. Food was great however - too bad the kitchen can't get a better service operation.
This restaurant is located in an old house built in the late 1800s and has a world of charm. The individual dining rooms did not have more than four or five small tables. The menu was varied from seafood to pasta with chicken or shrimp and steaks. All meals were prepared with a Mediterranean flair which was very enjoyable. Our server was very knowledgeable and quite personable. We will go back again on another visit to Charleston.
I think this restaurant could be better than my rating, but our experience wasn't that great. We arrived on time for our reservation, but the table wasn't ready. We were seated 30 minutes late, after sitting outside and watching through the window into the bar as two people groped each other lewdly. We were seated upstairs on the porch at a table jammed up against big curtains that I had to brush against constantly. Our server was in no hurry, although by now it was late and we were starving. I have a daughter that must eat gluten free, dairy free and the options were minimal and the server seemed uninterested in seeing if the chef could help. He just said, "sorry there aren't more options". The food was fine, but not necessarily memorable. Given all the choices in Charleston, I don't think we will be back.
Made a reservation for a late Mother's Day. Ordered some great cocktails/mocktails, bartender did a good job of whipping up specialty stuff for us.
Had the calamari as an appetizer, which was pretty bland for calamari.
Ordered the steak, which was excellent. Side of fries were a little meh, but I didn't really care about them.
Finished with Tiramisu, which was outstanding.
A nice experience, but hardly phenomenal, and a little on the pricey side for the quality.
Was annoyed that they said we didn't show up for my reservation when we absolutely did show up and on time, and dined at the restaurant. Just an annoyance. My appetizer of tuna carpaccio was delicious, but the lamb chops were the most gristly, difficult to eat chops I've ever had. I had to fight around the gristle. I've eaten a lot of lamb chops and I have to wonder if this was actually still a "lamb" chop or a more mature animal.
LOVE love love this restaurant! I recently had several famly members in town and we ate at sweveral restaurants. MUSE was by far the very best. Great southern charm and ambiance without being sappy. Great menu selections and special. Wine list was great. Dessert was scrumptious. Wait staff was attentive. What more could we want? Everyone enjoyed it.
We have eaten at Muse several other times while visiting Charleston. It is located on one of the quaint side streets in Charleston, Society, and it located in an old house. It happened that their was a outdoor concert going on across the street in a Hampton Inn so there was noise which you would normally not experience. The food and wine was excellent, Jennifer was a great waitress and we enjoyed our meal.
We attended my nieces college of Charleston graduation before bringing 8 people to dinner. The bartender gave her a glass of champagne and a congratulations when we entered. With such a large party I liked so many choices for drinks, appetizers, dinner and desserts. The waitress was very informative and patient. Perfect place for a large party. Everything was delicious.
We were a large party celebrating a graduation. While the room was somewhat private, it was a bit musty. Also, I wish we were notified of having to be upstairs as I would have requested 2 tables on the first floor as 3 in our party have difficulty with stairs. We had a reservation and were seated promptly, yet we were short one chair and it took at least 10 minutes for our server to bring one over. Service overall was very slow and not very attentive--which I assume was the result of the tip being added to our large party. My husband, daughter and I had visited the bar and had a great experience with Donnie, thus prompting me to make a reservation.
One of the best kept secrets in Charleston! Owner Beth Anne Crane has had the same wonderful wait staff for years and the food is always great! Don't miss the duck with sumac, the Merguez sausage, any of the pastas and the daily fish special!
Wonderful food; expert service. I took a friend to Muse, because it was a short, pleasant walk from the hotel, and I hoped to be able to converse over a very good meal. All that happened, on an unusually quiet night at Muse (Wednesday). Even though only a few tables were occupied upstairs, the staff did not discourage us from dining there, and the waiter was cheerful and prompt. He discussed our wine and dinner choices with us knowledgeably - that makes it fun and makes for better decisions. I had the wreckfish entree, which was sauteed beautifully, not overcooked, and was accompanied by some slightly crunchy veggies. My friend had the lamb, which was tender and passed her approval - and she's an expert on lamb. We shared the lemon tart - suitably tart and soothed by a dollop of whipped cream. Lovely evening.
My wife and I recently had a four night mini-vacation in Charleston. We tried a different restaurant each afternoon and night. Muse was the last we visited. While we never had a bad meal, if we had visited Muse earlier, we would have gone back. The next time we are in Charleston we definitely will. We had a hard time choosing from the menu, because everything sounded great - and everything lived up to its description. We opted to follow a tapas-like approach. We shared the soup of the day (potato with porcini mushrooms ), then each had a salad (Roasted Baby Beets with Nutmeg Creme Fraiche, Toasted Walnuts & Balsamic Glaze, and Bibb Lettuce Salad with Honey Crisp Apple Slices, Gorgonzola Cheese, Crispy Farro, & Sherry Vinaigrette), and two appetizers (House Made Grilled Lamb Sausage with Red Peppers, Fennel, Radish, Tzatziki, Harrisa & Flat Bread, and Duck Breast Rubbed with Sumac & Served with Medjool Dates, Madeira Onions & Pomegranate Jus). Everything was outstanding. The server was calm, unobtrusive, helpful, and came around at just the right intervals. The restaurant is in an old house with dining in former parlors, dining rooms, bedrooms, etc. Since we were kind of on a date, we really enjoyed being in one of the upstairs rooms by an open window where we could watch the sun set,and enjoy some privacy. There were two other tables in use in the room, but spaced far enough apart to keep things quiet and private. For folks who want things more lively, the outdoor dining and bar on the first floor would definitely fit the bill. Speaking of "the bill", the price was very reasonable. Try it!
Fantastic meal. Our waitress was knowledgeable about the wine list and made an excellent recommendation. A great alternative to the usual haunts. It says a lot about the restaurant scene when the food is that good and it isn't considered in the top 50 in some surveys.
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