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
The food was excellent and the ambiance ...
The food was excellent and the ambiance was perfect for our occasion. I had the salmon special and it was delicious. My mother in law had the bass and said it was the best she's every had. I would highly recommend Muse to anyone visiting or living in Charleston.
Muse is a special gem in a city full of ...
Muse is a special gem in a city full of excellent restaurants. The building is vintage and well kept. The food was excellent and popping with taste. We had six different entrees and all each was excellent. We will be back in the future for sure!
Spectacular food prepared by Executive ...
Spectacular food prepared by Executive Chef, Joaquin Bustos, and served by awesome Stephanie. My grandson had the gnocchi with oyster mushrooms and a drizzle of truffle oil followed by a dessert of white chocolate, sour cherry panna cotta. Best dessert ever, according to my grandson. My daughter and I shared the whole sea bass which was flash seared and served over cauliflower purée with a side of roasted tomatoes. We also shared a side of creamed corn risotto. Scrumptious and so flavorful. For starters we had the steamed mussels and arugula salad. Wonderful! All was magnificent. We certainly enjoyed the dinner, ambience, and wine! I would definitely recommend Muse Restaurant for anyone visiting or living in (lucky people) Charleston, SC. Beautiful, charming city and some fantastic food choices!!!
Muse did not match up to the reviews we ...
Muse did not match up to the reviews we had read. We had asked for a quiet table and were escorted up stairs to an enclosed area that may have been a porch. The ventilation did not work well. It was fairly quiet however. The service was halting. My white wine arrived warm and I had to wait for it to be replaced. My knife and fork were taken after my salad was finished and I had to ask for replacements, which were slow in coming. The food was good, but not more than that. My husband was served a most unusual presentation of an entire sea bass, which was flavorful but a little dry. The most efficient part of the entire evening was the bartender procuring us a rickshaw for the long ride home to our hotel. If we return to Charleston, we will not be going back.
Was very good, overall. Was recommended ...
Was very good, overall. Was recommended to get the steak as well as the grilled calamari. Unfortunately, we weren't crazy about either. Also, with so many great steak places in Charleston, I should've tried something different. My wife's food was great though!
Always interesting to dine in an old hom ...
Always interesting to dine in an old home turned restaurant. Cushion seats could have used a little reupholstering, but otherwise quite nice. 4 of us dined and all enjoyed our main courses ( I like my fettucine carbonara with a poached egg on top, it was pre-mixed, but they obliged with an extra egg on top, no charge). The sauteed calamari was a fail, rubbery and tasteless, but our waitress took it off the bill without us even asking after noting we did not eat much of it. Overall a very nice experience
My husband and I came for our anniversar ...
My husband and I came for our anniversary, and it was lovely. The wine bar is fantastic. The ambiance is very old world/European feeling. I loved it. The food is very good as well. I had the veal scallopini and while it was not a preparation I'm used to, it was absolutely delicious. We loved everything about it. It was also nice to be in a restaurant that isn't trying to be trendy.
I thoroughly enjoyed my dining experienc ...
I thoroughly enjoyed my dining experience at Muse. The food was wonderful. The atmosphere was great with a lot of charm and ambience. Great staff, very helpful and nice; they made you feel comfortable and at home. A great dining experience, and I certainly want to return soon.
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.
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