Moonstones
Moonstones

Moonstones

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.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 9782567777x
  • Special Events: 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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Moonstones reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (21)good for groups (15)special occasion (14)vibrant bar scene (10)neighborhood gem (10)romantic (9)notable wine list (8)hot spot (7)great for lunch (6)late-night find (3)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • One of my favorites
    Allison
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Everything here is amazing. The flavors are unique and presentation is beautiful. I love the atmosphere and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great flatbread; overcooked burgers
    DFB55
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Girls' night @ Moonstones. The restaurant specializes in small plates; none of us were interested in any. 3 of us ordered burgers and 2 ordered flatbread. The waitress was attentive at first, but forgot about us when she realized we weren't ordering the more expensive menu items. After our food arrived, we never saw the waitress until we were done with our meals. All 3 burgers were severely over cooked and dry. In fairness, the burgers were well seasoned & tasty. We were so hungry we ate them anyway. We told the waitress when she cleared the table. The manager came over to apologize. He offered free dessert; but we were too full. He took the cost of the burgers off the menu. He went above and beyond to fix the negative situation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Prix Fixe CCA Menu
    SJGates
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Moonstones offers a prix fixe menu for Chelmsford Center for the Arts patrons. Three courses, three choices, and all delicious. The lobster bisque is outstanding, worth coming back just for that. The steak frite with grilled romaine and string fries was a hit too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great
    steveVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    this place is top notch. We are very hard to please and the food was great. great flavors presentations just super. Manager heard it was our first time and brought over a beet salad to try. He also came out to see if everything was great. Itwas a total great experience. Going back soon.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Flexibility
    NicknameVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We like the flexibility of being able to order small plates and sample a variety of foods.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very surprised...
    northshore
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Very surprised how nice this place is. It doesn't look anything special from the road, but inside is very tastefully done and a great layout. Bar area is vibrant and a separate raw bar too. Food was extremely good and the rib eye was one of the best I've had and up to Boston steak house standards. Highly recommend this for anyone. Nice outdoor casual seating with fire it sets off the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice birthday brunch
    siouxcq
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I took my husband to Moonstones for a special birthday brunch. The service was great and htey even gave us mimosas on the house for the occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food / Loud Atmosphere
    DodgerMom
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We were sat in a small room with two large parties which made it extremely difficult to hear. Even the waiter had time hearing us and vice/versa. Food was excellent. We ate our way through tapas menu and tries a unique variiety of flavors. Highly recommend Frozen grapes, truffle fries, the Korean pork belly lettuce wraps and scallops. Our waiter very friendly, knowledgable and entertaining. Too bad he disappeared after he served our desserts and we had to go hunt for him for our check.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very enjoyable evening
    Gordo
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Our group of six enjoyed a very pleasant experience at Moonstones. The wait staff was very helpful answering questions about the various menu options, and easily complied with special requests. The round table made it easy for our group to converse with each other, and we never felt rushed by the wait staff. The food was delicious and well presented. The wait staff was very good at anticipating our needs, such as beverage refills and keeping water glasses full. Moonstones is a very good place to meet with friends for dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    Colay
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I recommend the tapas. I haven't had an entree yet, but tapas is a fun way to try new things. They have a variety.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal, great service
    Edman61
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Went to Moonstones while back in the are visiting family. We had previously lived in Lowell and had great experiences at Cobblestones. We went to Moonstones on a Friday evening with my Niece and her husband. We all had a great time. Will definitely be back next time we are in the area. We had a mix of tapas and everything was great. The scallops were perfectly cooked and seasoned. The salmon tartar was over the top and the mushroom risotto was delicious. The wine recommendation from our server Joseph was excellent as well. Joseph was excellent - very attentive and great attitude. Outstanding overall experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Second Visit
    WestfordDiner
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    When I brought my wife here for her birthday, we were very surprised that a restaurant with such nice food and fantastic service existed in Chelmsford. When I had mentioned that it was my wife's birthday, they had prepared a nice placard for the table and the wonderful server brought her a birthday dessert. We were very touched. When my in-laws visited, this was our first choice for the lunch. I mentioned that this was a special visit during the Open Table reservation. When we arrived, we were seated promptly. However, the server, who explained that he was new did not seem very interested. I am sure that he is a nice person, but maybe not the best host. The food was fine, but we were disappointed. We probably won't return. It is a shame.
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  • Great cocktails!
    ShannonBVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food was very good - I loved the diversity of the tapas. And my cocktail was wonderful! Well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 419 reviews are from the Moonstones reviews archive.
  • So good
    JaniceVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Dinner was great. Split 5 tapas between 2 people. Drinks are fabulous. What a great restaurant in the burbs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday dinner?
    KAKe
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My husband & I have been to moonstones several times since it opened, but this last trip was the worst by far. Our waiter was very nice/attentive, but two of the servers were rather clutzy, spilling part of a drink, sticking his band aid thumb in it & leaning in rather awkwardly, maybe it was an off night. The food was not as good as we've had in the past. I also noted in the reservation that it was my birthday so I'd hoped we would be sitting at a nice table, nope bar scene near 20sumthings in tshirts. My DC friends were not impressed & I was bummed at the decline in the experience at Moonstones. Def not worth the $ that night. :(
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice tapas
    WinoNH
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Excellent menu of tapas and entrees. All seem to be presented and executed very well. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Moonstones
    MrTR
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food was fine (not outstanding) but price was out there or what I consider credit card roulette.....
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed everything about Moonstones
    susan
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Very good food, very good service with lovely ambiance....something for everyone...can't go wrong...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Went with family after graduation. Great drinks, raw oysters, excellent steak!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem
    JJJJ
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    This was the 2nd time I've eaten at Moonstones, both times sampling the tapas plates menu. A+ on food quality and unique options, and on the wait staff! I'll be returning for more. Neat decor, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Strictlybusiness
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We've been before and everything was just as we remembered. Our waiter, Cole, was outstanding., The portions were smaller and the food not quite as great as we remembered, but we would go back again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too busy for their own good?
    Omnivore
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We've been to Moonstones many times. The food is always good but, service a bit slow. This time a lot slower at first. The waiter suggested pita bread, hummus etc. while we wait. The wait for THAT was very long. They apologized, said that the batch was over cooked and a new one was coming. Hmmm, maybe. Just getting a glass of water took forever as well. My guess? They don't want to hire more staff. Ok, I'll go less often. Great asian pear drink. Wine list with no years! -bleah. The oysters were excellent. Service improved with our food. The waiter was doing his best to be very correct. My steak frite was over salted, borderline but by the time I finished it that is what stuck in my mind. The others were happy with their plates.
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  • Always enjoyed the food and drinks
    JoanjpsVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The red velvet pancakes are great, as are the brunch appetizers. I have been many times.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The service was a tab bit slow, it was almost 30 mins for our bottle of wine to be delivered to the table without any acknowledgment of the delay! The manager was great about ensuring one of our guests allergy needs were met, this does not go unnoticed when you are concerned about a reaction! Overall, we did enjoy the very slow paced dinner experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place, attentive staff
    luv2winedine
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We typically frequent the sister restaurant Cobblestones in DTL, but this was our first time at Moonstones. Different ambience, clientelle and atmosphere with a raw bar, lounge and dining area. The lounge being the largest area, abutting both the dining room and raw bar. Neither of us were feeling adventourous and didn't venture to try anything other than the Rib Eye and the Filet. Both were exceptional cuts and cooked perfectly. A positive expereince, will return to try some other dishes when we are feeling a bit more spontaneous.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A hit every time
    ShawnVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This has been our 5th or 6th time here. We really enjoy coming here. The service is just as great as the food.
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    Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic!
    FrancaVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Love everything about this restaurant! Food is always consistent, the chef's choices are always spot on.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A bit pricy
    Iatethere
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Moonstones is a good restaurant for the area it is in. The menu is a bit pricy for the portion size so I would not recommend them for the big eater. Can be romantic if you request the upper dining area. My biggest problem with moonstones is the very very small cocktails for top dollar. Management needs to fix this. A margarita in a small glass, mostly ice cubes for a top dollar price? Smallest margarita I've ever seen. Overall I rate them good for the appetizers and the raw bar.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We Loved It!
    Foodie
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre-event dinner
    Erin
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always want to like this place
    OmnivoreVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    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.
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  • Great brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A N Mass, S New Hampshire discovery
    Crossen
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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?).
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd Time!
    AlbertVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Chelmsford Restaurant
    OrchidmanVIP
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    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.
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  • Are you sure I'm not in Boston?
    Melina
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lots of choices
    Richard
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Toe-Tapping Tapas? Hardly
    GarWVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    This particular location at the nexus of Chelmsford and Lowell, MA has changed hands more often than that fruit cake you got from Aunt Berta last Christmas. However it seems to have settled on Moonstones, a trendy (or at least they want to be trendy) tapas bar for people of a certain age...that is to say: younger than us. The drink list is pretty cool, and there are quite a few small-plate options. But there's just not enough substance there for me to be going back any time soon.
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    vibrant bar scene
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  • Sounds good but....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the flexibility
    NicknameVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.