Romantic Dining: Charleston has a real affinity for romantic restaurants housed in restored historic homes, and Muse falls firmly into that category. That's a good thing--a really good thing. Any couple who enjoys a quieter, intimate, low-lit atmosphere (and dishes like Bouillabaisse or Lobster Risotto), can count on a memorable experience at Muse. The cuisine is Mediterranean, making it an easy choice for couples with varying tastes. What's more, Muse's Society Street location is centrally located in the historic Ansonborough neighborhood downtown, just begging for a lingering moment on the restaurant's porch or a slow after-dinner stroll through the surrounding residential streets.
Italian: Muse truly shows its dedication to authentic Italian cuisine in the carefully planned menu, atmosphere, and decor of this reliable locals' favorite. It was from the ancient Villa of Mysteries in Pomeii, Italy, that the idea of Muse Restaurant was said to have been originally inspired. Be sure to make reservations in advance - this historic home turned Society Street restaurant is a popular place for eating, drinking fine wines and lingering over intimate conversation. For starters, try the Clams Fettunta, Grilled Calamari, or one of Muse's creative artisan salads, like the Seared Manchego Cheese & Baby Arugula, dressed in a Blood Orange Vinaigrette. For a light but plentiful main course, sample the Gnudi with green pea puree and cauliflower, or the Fennel Dusted Scallops with lima bean and tomato ragu. Whatever you elect to order at Muse, your dish will arrive elegantly presented and full of robust local flavors.
Local Expert Clare Sweeney Says:
Romantic Dining: "Reservations are recommended, but you're likely to get a great table without one on weeknights and early evenings."
Italian: "Ask for a courtyard patio table at Muse - covered and cozy in rain or shine!"
Best for Romantic Dining Because: Muse is seriously underrated, but we like it that way. Delicious, beautifully plated dishes at reasonable prices in an adorable setting is hard to beat.
Best for Italian Because: Muse offers a romantic historic house setting, an eclectic menu and beautiful dish presentations. It's a somewhat hidden gem.
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