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Moonstones

Moonstones Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.moonstones110.com
  • Email: info@moonstones110.com
  • Phone: (978) 256-7777
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday- Saturday: 11:30am - 4pm
    Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 4pm - 10pm
    Thursday - Saturday 4pm - 11pm
    Happy Hour: All day, everyday (but, more specifically Monday thru Friday 3pm-5pm)
    SUNDAY BRUNCH 10:15am-2:15pm, DINNER 4pm- 9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Rob Jean
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: moonstones offers two semi-private and private dining areas. Just removed from the action of the lounge, our semi-private Chef's table is well suited for parties of six to eight. Whether you prefer to order our numerous tapas and crostini selections in a continuous flow, or sit down for a traditional plated meal of filet and lobster this area is ideal. Our front room is also an excellent space that can comfortably seat up to twenty five. In addition to selecting an assortment of small plates to start, family style cuisine is prepared to order. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our banquet manager and we can work with you to plan the perfect event for any size party or occasion.
  • Private Party Contact: Peggy McFarland (978) 256-7777
  • Special Events & Promotions: moonstones dining room, lounge, or chill bar are all excellent areas for any special event. With the space to accommodate parties of all sizes, our staff is prepared to make any event, whether a birthday, anniversary or just a memorable night out.

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: moonstones has an extensive, private parking lot situated behind the restaurant and away from traffic on Route 110.
A word from Moonstones
Created by the owners of long standing restaurant COBBLESTONES of Lowell;
Moonstones is named for the pearly moon-like precious gem and oyster native to New England. Moonstones celebrates global bonds—the moon, the sea, the love of food, wine and revelry. We invite you to celebrate with us the worldly influence in all elements ranging from our local, creative raw bar selections, to our tapas
designed for sharing life with friends in mind, to the bread we bake fresh each day to accompany our ‘crostini’ selections. Our creative cocktail menu draws inspiration from various international favorites, as does the carefully selected beer and wine list.
Our design seeks to promote celebration, or just relaxation, in a local, sophisticated atmosphere to chill with friends. Think global, eat local.
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Diner Reviews
  • "What a great dining experience! Our server was very knowledgeable and attentive but not annoyingly so. Loved our cocktails and the food was kinda sort Asian fusion, but with enough variety on the menu that someone wanting more traditional fare would be happy to eat there. Loved the romantic table for two in arm chairs. Perfect for a TH night out when we wanted to talk."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Went for an early dinner with a small group before an event in Lowell. No crowded at all (at 5:30pm). Took a while to be acknowledged by server, but after that she was very attentive. Knew the menu well, had tried all the specials. Kids next to us were noisy and seemed out of place at this nice restaurant. Overall room we were in felt a little crowded and maybe a bit too noisy. Otherwise good ambiance. Tapas were great - I highly recommend the peppadews if you like goat cheese. As a vegetarian my options were limited but I was able to find a few things, and one of the specials was vegetarian as well, which almost never happens."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "The owner is a nice guy, and he has established two decent establishments in Lowell and Chelmsford. Chelmsford really needs a place like this. But sometimes the food is just off. My wife's salad, an off-the-menu special, was really boring and a poorly executed mix of cooked and fresh vegetables. My pork chop had a gloppy sauce that wasn't mentioned in the menu description and also had a lot of fat, albeit with perfectly cooked root vegetables on the side. Our server was cheerful and attentive. I just wish that the quality of the food would be more consistent."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Great interesting food. Super friendly staff. We went for family brunch. Looks like a place we want to go back to for specialty drinks and dinner."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "In Chelmsford, MA,near the NH line, Moonstones early (6:00 p.m.) on a Friday night: sophisticated ambiance; top-drawer quality of service. Adequate table spacing -- though we wished for a partition to separate us from five ladies enjoying themselves at top volume nearby. Menu is interesting, rooted in northern Italian, but varied; supplemented buy monthly specialties from around the world. Wine list is limited, emphasizing the lower end of the price range, and very short of French offerings. Our yardstick, Veuve Cliquot Yellow Lable champagne, was (1) available (good), but (2) priced at $90, well to the high side of the usual double the liquor-store price (bad). Service well above average, and a gracious welcome from a manager (owner?)."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Great place, from ham croquets to main entre and finishing with an espresso and the chocolate pâté everything was spectacular. Great and personable service made it an enjoyable and memorable dinning experience."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "If the prices at Moonstones were cut in half, the restaurant would still be overpriced. A few days earlier, we dined at Morton's in Boston...a four course meal was less per person than two courses at Moonstones. The meal itself was good, and the service was excellent, but that does not make up for the much inflated prices. Atmosphere wise, it is dull and drab. Yes, I was there on a Monday evening which isn't the busiest for any restaurant, but it seemed that the only "action" was a few people at the bar. I really can't find a single reason to return. It was a great disappointment."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Once I opened the door to this restaurant I seemed magically transported to some hip eclectic place that one would expect to find in a major city. The energy in the place was upbeat and by the looks of the other diners it appeared everyone was having just as good as a time as my date and I (my wife and I were celebrating our 16 years of togetherness). In retrospect I would have preferred to dine on the "quieter" side of the restaurant to enjoy my meal then move toward the bar area for drinks and socializing. We sampled a variety of small cold and hot plates (8 in total) and I enjoyed the special of the evening. From start to finish, pure perfection. The food, drinks and dessert were impressive to this couple of foodies!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Moonstones is always enjoyable, with lots of choices of both small plates and main dishes. This night we stayed with a succession of small plates to share, all of which were either very good or excellent, and the service adhered to our wishes to spread their arrival out over time so that we could relax and enjoy each dish."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We've been to Moonstones before and we love the ability to sample different foods using the small plates. The service was outstanding as we've come to expect. The noise level is highly dependent on where you are seated - some of the seating nearer the bar can be very loud. I was a bit disappointed in the wine selection of sparkling wines, given that we view this as a special occasion restaurant."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Great upscale place off the beaten path in Chelmsford. Quiet romantic room with a gas fireplace. Tapas and vines are quite surprisingly good for suburban joint. Money and time best spent on a Valentine's night!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We went for dinner on a snowy Saturday night for my mother's birthday. It was packed, as it was Valentine's Day weekend. Our server, Chris B. was fantastic. He was knowledgeable, friendly, and super attentive. The only complaint I would have is that our food was lukewarm at best. I will definitely be going back again, maybe on a not-so-busy Saturday!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I had been looking forward to Moonstone's for a long time after reading their menu but the food was mediocre at best.. We ordered small plates and asked the waiter to spread them out in time but he brought them all at once so there was no room on the table. Lamb Chop appetizers were curled up meat that was mostly fat, Carpaccio was the smallest portion I have ever seen - four pieces instead of a typical dozen and no capers, Gambas Ajillo was really just shrimp in garlic butter - no shaved garlic that is typical in Spanish restaurants and the shrimp were large - unlike typical Gambas Ajillo. Parking was difficult."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "My daughter in law lives in Chelmsford and was dying to try this restaurant. My, her, her sister in law, and mother in law went. Loved the win, atmosphere, drinks, and food were fabulous. We loved the sample desert, the little dishes are 4-6 bites. We order the beets, fries, bread with garlic. It was a dining experience with great drinks and lots of laughs. The server Cheryl, was very helpful and knowledgeable about the dishes and drinks. My son feels it is not enough food for him, he wants prime rib when he eats. But, us ladies will be back..."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Moonstones menu states that the cook to order but when asked about no onions I the risotto they could not accommodate the request. Also, the gluten free options are extremely limited. We had 2 apps, 1 drink each and dessert for $84 and was still hungry."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Based on reviews I read online from several sites, I made a reservation at Moonstones for a party of six. The reviews were spot on. Everything was fantastic; the service, the menu, the food, the drinks and the atmosphere. Despite getting increasingly busy as the evening wore on, was never rushed. The variety was a pleasant surprise with a tapas menu and a regular menu. Moonstones gets two thumbs up and a spot on my list of favorite restaurants."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Not impressed with either the service or the quality of food."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Moonstones has a wonderful selection of appetizers and small plates from which one can make up a light or not so light meal. Everything we had at our recent visit was delicious and fresh tasting. The wine list is quite extensive as well and offers good value by the glass or quarto. I have been to Moonstones several times and have been very pleased on each occasion. Our server, Cheryl, was friendly, helpful, professional and responsive to our special requests."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "The every item on the menu looked appetizing. The food we ordered was great. I liked the idea of the DIY Bloody Mary bar, but the area was messy and some items ran out. Also, the Bloody Mary mix ran out and we had to wait. We also had to stand for a while and try to get the bartenders attention to shake them up for us. It seems like they could have had another bartender and more waitstaff. This is why I gave only a 4 for service."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "I have been to Moonstones in the evening many times before but this is the first time I went for Sunday brunch. I was delighted. I was surprised when a waiter brought an amuse bouche. At places where you get such a surprise treat, it is often just one bite of something, but this was a little bowl of cubed cold cooked winter squash, with a few raisins, granola, and a dab of unsweetened yogurt. It was yummy and really a whole first course. I ordered the exotic mushroom, spinach, and cheese frittata and a side of smoked ham, which as all excellent and I would definitely get it again. The staff refilled my coffee cup 3 times and offered a 4th. I didn't partake but there was a fun Bloody Mary bar, with your choice of ingredients and garnishes."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "The meal was very expensive without drinks. We each had water. Three scallops cost way too much money! Waiter suggested we needed it with what we ordered. Very disaapointed in that dish. When they asked if we wanted hummis at the beginning of the meal we thought it was complmentary with the olives like most restaurants. We did not expect to be charged with what is usually complimentary at nice restaurants. I gave everything the highest rating on open table because other than the cost of the meal everything was excellent. Disappointed with the scallops because literally it was three scallops on a plate and no complimentary bread or hummus while we waited for our meal. Just water. Great atmosphere and wonderful attentive waiter."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "My wife and I decided to go with the Tappas and eveything was excellant. Our table was not ready at the time of our reservation, but they bent over backwards to take care of us, bring us a drink and keep us informed of our table. We probably waited another 15 minutes, no big deal. Towards the end our waitress disappeared and although she was lovely we had to ask for the check and we probably would have had another drink or dessert, but didn't want to wait. This was the only problem keeping this from getting 5 stars. I would recommend it."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Our first time at Moonstones. My husband was watching a recent Phantom Gourmet episode and it all looked so yummy we thought we'd try it. Reservation was timely our waiter was very attentive. The food was so amazing! Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Excellent menu with interesting variety. Good wine list. Attractive setting and décor. The only down side is dining room is very loud when restaurant is full."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We celebrated our anniversary here and couldn't have been more pleased with the meal, the service or the ambiance. Every menu - drinks, food, dessert - is creative and interesting. And tasty! Can't wait to go back"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Interesting mix of options made for interesting dinner."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Excellent food - various tapas, and main entrees, excellent atmosphere, but a hard sell on the most expensive appetizer by the waiter, in two instances."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Moonstones is an upscale dinning experience. The food was excellent. The staff was attentive and not overbearing. It was our first experience at Moonstones and certainly will not be our last. A delightful break from the chain resaurants with an atmosphere that we could actually talk softly and still hear one another. I had made on-line reservations which turned out very well. Mid-week dinning is preferred. Parking is limited during the weekends but not to be considered a show-stopper."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "always love going here!!! my favorite dishes are here. You can not go wrong!"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "The food was good however, the service could be improved. Not many options in Chelmsford for good food this is doable."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "I have been dining at Moonstones since it opened, but I have yet to review it. We ordered a few tapas, the asian bbq short ribs (one of my fave items on the menu), the korean style pork belly lettuce wraps, the seared scallops with bacon truffled potato and lemon butter (party in my mouth) and oysters. For my entree I ordered the best filet mignon I've had out in a long time. The husband ordered the veal special and he is still talking about it and it's been 5 days since we went. Oh and for dessert, yes, we made room for dessert...I ordered the Italian zeppoli and they were the perfect end to a ridiculously indulgent meal. Perfect date night!"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "My wife and I swear by Moonstones for a romantic dinner out, which has become our restaurant of choice for celebrating life's milestones or just when we want a little extra special date night. Service was wonderful as always with a courteous, attentive and personable staff. Food was delicious as always - we've always enjoyed all of the dishes we've tried there over the years. For a quiet, candlelit dinner out with your special someone or catching up with a close group of friends, Moonstones delivers amazing cuisine with picture perfect ambiance - very unexpected and impossible to find outside of Boston."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "We've been to Moonstones several times before and we love the flexibility of being able to try multiple different small dishes with a nice glass of wine. The food is really good and the choices are great. Moonstones does attract a number of sizable groups and on our most recent visit there were a number of groups. That slowed down the service a bit and raised the noise level considerably. Plus the dining room was very cold - to the extent that it was uncomfortable. All in all we love Moonstones and we'll be back but wearing sweaters just in case."
    Dined on 10/28/2013
  • "We came in on a Sunday night so restaurant was very quiet; not busy at all. Server was extremely educated on the food and menu and very nice and helpful. Ambience was great. Our food and drinks were excellent. The only complaint is that service was extremely slow. Not the server's fault, it seemed like the food was taking a LONG time to come out of the kitchen. We got everything else very quickly and server was extremely attentive so I think it was an issue in the kitchen. We would try this again as food was great but am a little leary of timing on a busy night - was a little pricey but good for a special occasion."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "First time here for my husband & I. The food was really good. We started by sharing a couple of apps: a perfectly seared Ahi tuna tataki & 1/2 chilled lobster cocktail (note to self, will not order this again. It was market price of $15, & their version of 1/2 is actually 1/4 in the real world). For entrees, my husband enjoyed his pan roasted cod and I savored the sesame soy salmon, not to mention the creative way of putting the rice side dish inside a crispy baked phyllo. I loved that! We shared a very tasty creme brulee for dessert. The wine line is extensive, giving options to whatever is your budget. We managed to finish a bottle of nice, smooth Malbec. Knowledgeable & great service despite our waitress being so busy ~ thanks Lindsay!"
    Dined on 7/21/2013