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: (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
Service was really slow and not helpful. ...
Service was really slow and not helpful. Extremely overpriced menu for the quality and portion sizes of food. For a valentines day menu, extremely limited with not even a salad option?? That's disappointing.
First and last visit.
We went for Valentines Day. I made my r ...
We went for Valentines Day. I made my reservation on Open Table. two days before, I got a phone call to advise me the dinner would be a price fixed limited menu. This would have been good to know, as I did not have any time to make another reservation. The meal was ok, but, not anything we would have normally have ordered.
We ordered the mussels, and as soon as t ...
We ordered the mussels, and as soon as they arrived we knew they were bad just by the way they smelled. We did taste one each, and yep, we were right. Awful. Thankfully no charge. We had to ask for a Diet Cole twice from our waiter and then we never received any refills on it or water. The Scallops and Risotto was bland, to say the least. The best I could do with that was ask for fresh ground pepper. The Bolognese was amazing, by far the highlight of the night. We will never go back. What a disappointment after a great culinary experience all week.
Muse continues to be a very pleasant pla ...
Muse continues to be a very pleasant place to dine, with nice ambiance in historic converted single house. The menu is not overly fussy and has a good variety of choices; wine list is not extensive but a good one. Prices are reasonable for downtown.
We loved that Muse is an old Charleston ...
We loved that Muse is an old Charleston house and they are utilizing it well. Wallpapers and floors are well worn which is part of its charm. Our server was excellent and the food good. We would return when in Charleston again.
Our meals were spectacular! I had the sc ...
Our meals were spectacular! I had the scallops, my husband had the bouillabaisse, our guests had osso bucco and pasta bolognese, and we were all impressed. Our server, Alexandra, was exceptional and gave us just the right amount of attention. Muse is one of our favorite local restaurants with special attention to service, atmosphere, and excellent food! We've never been disappointed.
Muse is in a charming Charleston buildin ...
Muse is in a charming Charleston building and has a lovely bar and a good kitchen. BUT the facility is looking tired and is in dire need of a facelift. That would also improve the atmosphere by nakibg it more upbeat.
My husband and I enjoy trying new restau ...
My husband and I enjoy trying new restaurants whenever we go out for date night. I found Muse while looking through the restaurant week participants. Muse's menu looked very appetizing and we decided to try it. We are very glad we did and look forward to returning. The staff was great and on top of our needs. The food was delicious. The tiramisu was one of the best we've ever had and we have tried many over the years. My husband and I make our own tiramisu and this was even better than ours. They have a huge wine list, which most can be purchased by the glass. We really enjoyed the Muse atmosphere. The character of the old home turned restaurant gave us a charming experience that added to an enjoyable evening.
I am local, and with all the new fad res ...
I am local, and with all the new fad restaurants opening, it is refreshing to have a consistently great experience at a restaurant I love. The restaurant is in an old house and has all the charm that goes with that. There is a small bar downstairs for an intimate drink before dinner. I've never been disappointed, and despite the hustle and bustle of restaurant week, my dining companion and I had an incredible meal, with attentive and great service.
We had a very nice meal at Muse. I loved ...
We had a very nice meal at Muse. I loved the ambience...very European, with stuccoed old world type paintings on the ceiling, and a series of small rooms set into an old downtown house. The wine list was deep and the waiter knowledgeable about the vino.
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.
Creative, delicious dishes. Fondue with ...
Creative, delicious dishes. Fondue with figs and pistachios - not what I would have chosen, but thankfully my dining partner did. Truly special dinner, again. Our waiter was knowledgeable and friendly. Since this restaurant is in an old Charleston single house, I highly recommend it to visitors. You'll get great food with true Charleston ambiance.
The service was not up to par. The tone, ...
The service was not up to par. The tone, the body language, the way/when they reached across the table. There were so many small acts that were an inconvenience and appeared unthoughtful. Perhaps they were having a bad day; it was restaurant week. However, it was bad enough to form a negative impression of Muse. The ambiance was quite charming tho. The cozy bar downstairs was especially inviting.
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.
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