About Muse Restaurant
Charleston, SC 29401
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
We went during Restaurant Week. Therefor ...
We went during Restaurant Week. Therefore the restaurant was very crowded and I am sure under the strain of the crowd. The the food and service were average. Orders were mixed up. No bread was brought to the table until we asked a second time for it. I am sure this would be better during a normal week.
We were looking forward to Muse but the ...
We were looking forward to Muse but the experience was disappointing. The venue itself and setting was everything we excepted. Service was intially friendly but quickly became apparent they were overwhelmed. All the food had good flavors but the cut of meats felt like poor quality. We both left half of our plates.
My husband recently went to Muse for a q ...
My husband recently went to Muse for a quiet date night and had a lovely meal during restaurant week. The restaurant is warm and inviting with soothing hip music. The service was outstanding and the food was mouth watering. Loved the bruschetta! We will definitely be back and look forward to sitting on the balcony upstairs. Just beautiful.
We ate at muse on new years day and it w ...
We ate at muse on new years day and it was quiet but perfect. Lamb sausage is awesome! So many delicious menu options make it hard to choose but everything I have ever eaten is so good. This place is a little hidden gem.
Second time here and service was good bu ...
Second time here and service was good but it took a while to get food. The steak for our children came out under cooked and when it returned it was charred beyond recognition. They had to remake the plate and it was fine. Dessert was on the house but wouldn't go their again as a first choice.
I was very disappointed. Made the reser ...
I was very disappointed. Made the reservation - even stated it was our 39th wedding anniversary and we chose this restaurant to celebrate. Was greeted hurriedly - another (possibly Host) rushed over, pushed her aside and said follow me. Dropped the menus off, left
us in a small (music room) - 4 2 seat tables, poor wall conditions (tried to repair cheaply) no ambiance, no introduction. Server was just a little better had 3 other tables fill up - got to
talking with two other tables ....they have been long time guests and they were disappointed.
Will never go again.
When we told the Marriott staff and/or d ...
When we told the Marriott staff and/or drivers that we had reservations @ Muse, their eyes lit up and they became animated about their love of Muse, the restaurant, the bar and the food. They told us Muse is a local, hidden gem. Muse is located in a historic house across the street from The Renaissance Hotel and The Grand Bohemian Hotel.
We are accustomed to dining at high end restaurants. When we ordered Sea Bass on New Year's Eve 2016, we were pleasantly surprised by the presentation. The fish was served as a deboned fillet with head, severed, yet appearing as if attached, in a decorative fashion, with the fillet twisted, as if in motion. The taste was light and salted to perfection.
We really enjoyed our experience. I can' ...
We really enjoyed our experience. I can't say enough about the pleasant and professional service we received. The food was so good. Everyone enjoyed their plates and they were gorgeous. Loved the ambiance. Definitely a romantic destination!
We sat upstairs and all six of us agreed ...
We sat upstairs and all six of us agreed it was one of the best meals we had had in a long, long time. We could have eaten multiple orders of the goat cheese bruschetta appetizer and been very happy! The calamari and cheese plate appetizers were also very good (calamari used a light hand with the breading and oil so it wasn't as unhealthy as it often is at restaurants). As entrees we got the shrimp, scallops, snapper, and gnocchi, and each was fantastic. For dessert we split a chocolate torte and a tiramisu, both of which were amazing. I should note that I'm pretty hard to impress because I frequent top restaurants all over the country, but Muse definitely earns a spot in my top 10 ranking.
Was very excited to try this restaurant. ...
Was very excited to try this restaurant. The ambience is a beautiful home, and that adds something special to the evening. However, our group all felt that we were hoping for smoother/quicker service. (One entrée was completely forgotten, we had to ask for it a second time. It arrived 10 mins. after everyone else was served). Our waitress was pleasant but perhaps they were understaffed or just a slow paced kitchen. Several diners in our group had fish and thought the presentation was great, but the flavors not what they were hoping for.
Lovely restaurant! The food and atmosphe ...
Lovely restaurant! The food and atmosphere were excellent. Our waitperson could have been better. We told her before ordering that we had dessert plans for later in the evening so we would be eating light. She must have assumed, incorrectly, that the bill would be small, and her tip would follow. She was attentive to the tables nearby, but not friendly or available to us. It turned out that the food was so good we passed on desert later.
We really enjoyed our Christmas Eve dinn ...
We really enjoyed our Christmas Eve dinner with friends at Muse. It had been awhile since we visited this restaurant, but, being longtime residents of the city, would highly recommend it to the open-minded folks who want to eat a creative meal downtown without the hype and tourist pressure. Big menu, cool/funky atmosphere (old house), great unobtrusive service, and just a charmed evening. We will return soon!
Our dining experience was good; ambience ...
Our dining experience was good; ambience is fine; service was wonderful. The historic house is very unique. Excellent cheese plate for appetizer; my entrée of scallops and risotto was very good. My hubby had the 14 oz strip steak of which only about half could be eaten. Unfortunately, it had some tough veining and was just too tough to eat. The flavor of the steak was ok; nothing special. A restaurant of this quality should be serving filet not strip steak. We only went to this restaurant because it is close to What If Productions and we were seeing a friend in a production there. I would go back and perhaps order a pasta dish or seafood, but not the beef. It was rather strange having a restroom in the midst of diners on the second floor, but because of the layout of the old home, I understand why it is there. I think I'd like to try Muse in the summer and eat outside; the patio looked fun, but it was too cold. With so many outstanding restaurants in Charleston, this place is good, but not way up there on my list.
Fabulous restaurant. Food was excellent. ...
Fabulous restaurant. Food was excellent. Mussels, sea bass and special of the day, wreckfish all delicious. Also loved the intimacy of the house and small dining rooms. Waiter was attentive, but not intrusive. Will be back!
Decided against wine after 3 bottles tha ...
Decided against wine after 3 bottles that were on the menu were not available. Service was not that welcoming. Food was small portion for the price. I am not someone who eats a large meal. But with so many fables resteraunts in areas would not go back or recommend.
I have eaten in many of the fine restaur ...
I have eaten in many of the fine restaurants in Charleston over the years. This trip was a girls (seniors/aarp) trip. We ate at Many top restaurants and enjoyed them all but our most memorable meal for the five of us was Muse. The ambiance, the service and the food were outstanding I hesitate to give this review because we were able to get a reservation on the same day and I would be afraid that in the future it might be difficult.
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.
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