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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
Not what we expected. Small portions. We were there early, 7pm on a Saturday night, and we were informed by the waitress that they were out of a lot of things on the menu. The waitress brought us a different wine than what we had ordered. She told us that they were out of the wine that we wanted and that this replacement was not on the menu, it was a substitute for the same price. I checked the wine menu, after we accepted the substitute, and found the wine that we were drinking on the menu. It was $10 less than the wine we originally ordered. The old bait and switch. Not impressed with this restaurant and I won't be going back.
We ate here during a trip to Charleston to celebrate a birthday. The food was amazing, and the ambiance was wonderful. The restaurant was completely full, yet we didn't feel that it was loud. We also got our food really quickly, especially considering how busy it was. We were in and out in under an hour, and that's with an appetizer included.
From the slovenly dressesd whistling hostess to the filthy drape that was supposed to hide the storeroom to the dirty windows, frayed pillows, woodwork that begged for clean paint, hardwood floors that pleaded for cleaning and varnish, no Southern Comfort, no salt and pepper on the table, sticky carbonara and a flavorless specialty if the house to the mantle that served as a coffee pot and water shelf, this had to be the worst dining experience in some time and it wasn't cheap. With all of the fine dining venues in the area, this was a poor choice.
What a cozy gem! The food here was awesome and the service was too. Cozy Mediterranean vibe with a menu that gave options for vegan and gluten free guests (along with the carnivores of course- haha!) This would be a great date night environment too, definitely recommend!
The evening was enjoyed by all. The food, service and ambiance were very good. A special note - we were dining as the sun was dropping. The sun hit my friend in the face as soon as she sat down. Before we had to ask a curtain was placed over the window and the issue addressed -
thoughtful and considerate staff!
Went here for dinner with friends last Saturday night. Decor is funky/cozy. The restaurant is located in a small house. We were seated downstairs. One of our party ordered the tuna tartare appetizer, was told after a while that the tuna wasn't good and the chef had decided to pull it. She ordered a second appetizer which took ages to appear. Other than that, the service was good. We all thought the food was ok, not great.
Our guests had arrived ahead of us and been seated. The staff were all scurrying about and kept promising to seat us asap. More diners were gathering in the tiny reception area. My husband checked upstairs, and finding our guests there, hailed me to come on up.
The upstairs space was very tight and our waitress helped us adjust the table a couple of times to make space for traffic or the adjacent table.
One entree was not as hot as it should have been and one had to be sent back for additional cooking. The flavors were good and the presentations beautiful.
We gathered that the crunch was because nearly everyone in the restaurant (at 5:45pm) was going to the theater next door ... yes! Saw many, now familiar, faces there.
Would love to return for a later time and when there is no performance to put such pressure on this staff and space.
This was our best dinner in 5 days in Charleston. The food was great, the portion sizes just right, and the personnel amazing. I had the arugula salad, the shrimp plate and finished with the ricotta cheesecake. I can't say enough good things. On top of everything, this was one of the least expensive meals we had.
Booked table for 6. A celebration meal. The venue is an old Charleston home. Lovely place. Arrived on time and was immediately seated in back corner on 2nd floor (what used to be) porch.
Unfortunately the waiter did not do well and seemed to forget about us. We did not receive ANY food until +35 mins after arrival. When some food did arrive, it included both the appetizers and 1st course salads. The bread bowl - normally automatic and in our case somewhat necessary for the cheese plate ordered - did not arrive until later and only after two requests. Complained to manager which did no good. Water glasses remained empty. Made multiple requests for some oil and spices for the little saucers to dip the bread into. Then we noticed several tables around us received their entrees long before we did, but our family was seated 5-10 mins prior. Another complaint to management still did not fix the situation and may have made things worse. We were now pariah. Eventually our waiter was replaced with a new waitress.
While waitress #2 was fine, no one apologized for the earlier waiter's amazingly bad service. They did however try to blame us for being late (we weren't).
In short, interesting decor, average food, terrible service. There are so many good restaurants in Charleston. Go enjoy one of the others.
The place has a nice ambiance. Some of the food is really good, other not so much. The sea bass is great, the calamari dish kind of odd. Also, while the service is pleasant, the food come out very slowly, which made us think that the kitchen was having trouble keeping up.
Great dining experience on a busy Food + Wine Festival weekend!! There were 9 of us, which is always a challenge. Wonderful service - from decanting the wines to sharing the desserts! Whole fish was excellent, as was the tagliatelle bolognese and the scallops over brussel sprouts risotta.
Ambience gorgeous. Wine list extremely interesting, with extensive by-the-glass selections. Salads, in particular the arugula/arughetto salad, a bouquet of flavors. Second courses absolutely authentic and delicious... but extremely small portions. With this one note of caution, an extremely caring staff and a very unique dining experience. My wife and I have a second home in the "Holy City" and are comfortable in revisiting "Muse".
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