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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine, Wine Bar
Muse Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
We loved Muse. Have been coming to Char ...
We loved Muse. Have been coming to Charleston for years but never had been here. Loved the atmosphere and we sat outside on a small patio. All the entrees that we tried were just the right portion size and delicious. The waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable but not pushy. Would definitely go back next time we are in town.
Heavenly evening with outside dining, de ...
Heavenly evening with outside dining, delicious selection of beautifully prepared foods and excellent service. Our party of five was so impressed!
Great food and a very accommodating owne ...
Great food and a very accommodating owner/staff. Highly recommend.
Wonderful food and great service! Foun ...
Wonderful food and great service! Found this neighborhood place via Open Table.
Good time with no distractions
Celebrated end of fourth decade of second son at restaurant of his choice. We all agreed it was perfect. So intimate, so Charleston, great food, wine, dessert, service, and no distractions such as loud music. Crispy sea bass presentation unique and reportedly delicious. Creamy sweet onion soup was amazing. Tasted my first super Tuscan; more please. Just go.
A historic house with original 1850's de ...
A historic house with original 1850's decor. Great food. The wine list was fair priced. Service outstanding. Highly recommended.
Great ambiance! Had a group of 8 and the ...
Great ambiance! Had a group of 8 and they were very accommodating , quick to serve, and responsive!
Mother's Day Dinner Alfresco
We ate here to celebrate Mother's Day an evening early, and we ate on the side patio outside. The food and service were very good as usual, and the atmosphere on a pleasant spring night was wonderful.
High pressure to give up table. Didn't e ...
High pressure to give up table. Didn't even offer desert or coffee because they had another more valuable client next. We were there 90 mins.
daughter's graduation dinner
Great service, food .We were a group of 8 , we were not rushed, food was brought in a timely manner, Server was friendly and helpful.
We were seated in a small outdoor courty ...
We were seated in a small outdoor courtyard where we could both watch the street activity and enjoy some patio privacy. Service was upbeat and efficient! I highly recommend this delightful restaurant:)
It was great!
It was great!
We had a really nice evening at Muse. It ...
We had a really nice evening at Muse. It was our wedding anniversary, so it was just nice to be out. The food was fantastic. I was a little disappointed in the flavor of the lamb chop, but it was really nicely cooked, and the beans and rainbow carrots were great! My husband had the chef's steak, and I got a little taste of that- SO GOOD! Our waitress was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable.
Muses our favorite foods always on point ...
Muses our favorite foods always on point and service is wonderful! Stephanie is the best!
WE LOVED THE FEEL OF THIS PLACE
PLACE IS BEAUTIFUL, VERY OLD,COZY AND DARK. THE SERVICE WAS TERRIBLE, AND THE FOOD NOT SO GREAT
My sister and I met in Charleston last weekend and wanted to have a nice, relaxing special dinner for one of our evening meals - not a typical touristy spot. Muse had good recommendations and the menu looked good, so we booked our table. The meal was delicious. Our issue, on which we agree, is that we felt very rushed and not relaxed. Stephanie was aggressive in wanting to move the evening along, get orders in, and move us on out. While we could have indicated we wanted more time to relax, we did not feel welcome enough to so indicate. I will also say the manager on duty was not congenial or hospitable - no checking in, not even eye contact when he and I met face-to-face in the hallway. We accomplished half of our goals - good meal , but the secondary goal was not accomplished.
Really great entree of fresh snapper. Wo ...
Really great entree of fresh snapper. Wonderful time! Highly recommend it
My girlfriend and I went to Muse on a Th ...
My girlfriend and I went to Muse on a Thursday night and it could not have been better. The host asked us if we would like to have a table on the patio, it was a great day so we both agreed. Surprisingly we were taken up stairs to an outside deck with one table viewing Society Street. There was no doubt in my mind that we had the perfect table. Our server came by with menus and explained in detail the specials and walked us through the wine list. We received our drinks and ordered our food which thinking that the view and our server could not be outdone. I was wrong, from our appetizer to our main course we were pretty quiet because we could not stop eating. Our server was attentive but not over bearing which is rare in this town as most servers tend to check on you about 324234 times before the end of the meal. The experience was worth the price, no doubt. I would highly recommend this to anyone.
Society St. Gem
Nice Charleston ambiance, excellent service and food.
The sumac duck and the swordfish were both fabulous!
Either this place does not like children ...
Either this place does not like children or the service is just plain bad. Our server spent more time at the reception desk than attending to her guests and gave out kids cream instead of milk. Wanted to try it because of their homemade pasta but very few pasta dishes. Overpriced.
Overview of Muse Restaurant
The restaurant, in physical apperance, is somewhat "tired". It does not give a first impression of being really clean - of course it is a very old building which contributes to that feeling. However, the service and food were outstanding. We had cocktails and then enjoyed the fact that their selection of wine by the glass was very good.
We are outside so noise level great! Foo ...
We are outside so noise level great! Food was delicious.
Dinner marred by 6 noisy adults
Food great. Service great. Owner. Setting tables, setting a great example. But 6 mature, noisy adults raised the noise level to a din. Dinner for four was neat $175. Shouldn't have to be abused by loud party in a relatively small room.
Pasta and Wine
The homemade pasta is unreal, and the winelist is extensive and yet reasonable!
Always a winner!
Always a winner!
There is really only good things to say about this Gem on Society Street! The Food is amazing! Sea bass was to die for and the steak was the best ive had!
My daughter and I stumbled upon this restaurant when she was attending CofC. It has become a MUST visit on each trip. This former home serves as a quaint backdrop for the excellent food, wine and service. The menu is very fresh and daily specials are creative and delicious. Pastas are outstanding!
Kind of neglected by our waiter. Sad.
Kind of neglected by our waiter. Sad.
Take a pass
The restaurant looks tired, and nothing occurs during the meal to perk up one's interest. The wines are nondescript, and the appetizers are, at best, forgettable. We tried three different ones, and not one was worth eating. Very disappointed by our experience, and will not return.
Great Italian restaurant with roots from Phila. PA
Love this neighborhood restaurant just off King Street for Italian food! Their pillows of Gnocchi are so popular they ran out of them when we wanted to order them! I think the Food and Wine participants found this gem and ate all the gnocchi's! The owner is from Philadelphia and she knows how to cook excellent Italian dishes! Try this restaurant out for a wonderful dinner!
Not what it says
Very disappointed. Menu on website in no way resembled what the menu actually was. Supposedly marketed as an Italian restaurant - no way was it Italian.
Perfect for date-night
My husband and I had an enjoyable dinner. Our waitress was lovely. The lamb sausage was delicious. I could have eaten the taziki sauce in a bowl with a big spoon all by itself. I had the shrimp dish and my husband had the lobster risotto and they both were perfectly seasoned and portioned. It was the best meal we've had in 6 months
Always exceeds expectations
Muse doesn't get the press of the places on East Bay or on upper King but they always deliver in terms of food, wine and service. The menu offers variety from appetizers to dessert, the servers have excellent timing(i.e. They don't bring your entry 3 minutes after your salad!) and they have a very nice and varied wine by-the-glass list.
My wife and I arrived for an early reser ...
My wife and I arrived for an early reservation on a Sunday so we could make a show at the Gaillard. We were literally the only ones in the restaurant and then they seat four cackling old ladies right on top of us. Why? There were tables everywhere and they seat these people in our laps? The intimate table for two that we were sitting at became a table for six. Needless to say, having a private conversation with my wife was impossible. Aside from that the service was good as was the food. We ordered Striped Bass and Snapper and both were fresh and well prepared. Portions were a bit small however for a moderately expensive price point. Good wine list. Would we go back? Well it's a nice restaurant but with all of the wonderful choices in Charleston, probably not.
Not my first choice.
The wait staff was very friendly and the restaurant itself was nice. The food lacked seasoning and the portion size's were small especially considering the price. Ordered everything from appetizers to dessert and was not impressed by one dish. It was mediocre at best. If your looking for a great restaurant in Charleston this is not it.
We pick this restaurant because of reviews that said it was quiet and romantic. The night we went it was very noisy and very busy with everyone having to walk by our table. When I mentioned this to our waitress, she suggested we move to the patio. She helped us move our appetizers and drinks and set us up outside. From then on it was wonderful. The food was fantastic! The waitress did suggest that we, if we return (which we most likely will do), request a quiet table and they would do their best to help us.
A wonderful Birthday celebration of r my daughter
I had asked during the on-line reservation for them to please do something to embarrass my teenaged daughter for her birthday. so after a wonderful meal-the carbonara is new and incredible-the waitress turned off the lights and presented her with cake. I started to sing Happy Birthday and my daughter shushed us. She said this was embarrassing enough. then the three other tables that were on our floor all burst into Happy Birthday and my family joined it. as always, a great meal and perfect event. thank you so much, Muse.
Great location, great food and great atmosphere.
We had everything from appetizers to dessert. Everything was perfectly prepared and perfect in terms of taste texture and temperature. Staff was pleasant and professional and knew their food and wine. Although we were expecting more Italian(rated as number 1 Italian in USA today) it was more Mediterranean and not the traditional Italian we were somewhat expecting. The bouillabaisse was perfect as was the bib salad. This was the perfect choice for a romantic dinner for my husband and I. Although the portions were small there was value in the quality in the selection of contents and preparation.
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