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
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.
We found the food to be fresh and deligh ...
We found the food to be fresh and delightful! Our waitress was very personable and very attentive.
The only complaint is the ambience is awful and desperately needing a very delicate update to enhance the structure.
Third visit to Muse. A great choice befo ...
Third visit to Muse. A great choice before a show next door at the Threshold Reportory Theater. The food is great, focus on Mediterranean. This visit we had the chef's steak, which was delicious and perfectly prepared. The panna cotta dessert was awesome. Our waitress was Alex, who was very, very good.
This restaurant is not surrounded by oth ...
This restaurant is not surrounded by other restaurants or retail stores so it may be missed by some. The food was fantastic, the homemade pasta definitely worth getting and the service was really good. Wine recommendations paired very well with the meals.
We went on restaurant week and the value ...
We went on restaurant week and the value was great. I was going to the theatre next door so it was extremely convenient. Don't let that stop you though as they seem to have the same offering on the theatre bill. They gave us a nice quiet spot as we had 2 children. There were a couple of flying gnats but even those were caught by the wonderful waitress. Great experience!
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.
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