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“Disappointing”

Muse Restaurant & Wine Bar
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Ranked #114 of 916 Restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $39
Cuisines: Wine Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Frederick, Maryland
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed June 5, 2013

This restaurant is not at all as pictured... it is very dark, my husband described it as "dingy". The dim lights, dark walls, old drapes and pillows gave me a feeling of not being clean, though I can't honestly say I saw dirt or dust. The poor waiter seemed to have the dining area we were in, as well as the outside dining area and the upstairs. He was clearly over whelmed- though did a great job in spite of the obvious challenge. He was so harried we did not want to bother him for any reason. My rib eye was excellent, though my husband felt the sword fish was "water logged"- and the mezze plate appetizer was good, but nothing special; the hummus was average, the tampenade flavorless and the olives were a bit strange, tasting of all spice and cinnamon. The wine list is pretty good- I wouldn't hurry back.

  • Visited June 2013
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English first
2 reviews
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“Absolutely Perfect”
Reviewed May 31, 2013

What a fantastic experience. Beth Ann, the owner, seated us at what we considered to be the restaurant's best table. We enjoyed a private balcony that overlooked Society Street. The door to the balcony could be closed off from the rest of the house which made our dining experience seem private and intimate. Our server Danny was spectacular; undoubtedly at the top of his game. He was attentive without being overbearing and very friendly. The service in itself could have stood alone in making the experience for us. The food was equally as impressive. Our dishes were both executed flawlessly. In fact, both of us were full halfway through our dishes but left with nearly clean plates. A thank you to the staff at Muse for what I consider to be at the top of my dining experiences.

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank Kcevans18
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New York City, New York
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Fine dining in an intimate setting”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Muse is a tiny townhouse tucked away in quiet Wentworth Street. You'd have to be looking for it, because you wouldn't just happen to find it. Very good food and service, appropriately priced. The night we were there, the hostess was tramping around as heavily and loudly as she could, but if you didn't let that bother you -- and sometimes it was hard -- this was a very nice surprise for two tired travelers just arrived at the Renaissance across the street, who weren't looking for adventure on this particular night.

Visited May 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 6 Contributor
122 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Terrific in Every Way”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

I've eaten at Muse at least six times and it never disappoints. Over Memorial Day weekend we had a group of 11 for dinner and Muse really delivered. The service was excellent and that's not easy with so many people. The food was delicious -- fresh and innovative without going over the top. And Muse offers a great atmosphere -- almost like eating in someone's home.

Visited May 2013
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1 Thank BarbKnowles
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Singapore
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Exquisite food in a wonderful atmosphere”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

Scallops and catch of the day (Grouper) were wonderful.
Lovely atmosphere and attentive service. Great selection of wines. The Tuna appetizer was amazing.

  • Visited May 2013
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