Over The Moon Cafe
Over The Moon Cafe

Over The Moon Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.overthemooncafe.net/
  • Phone: 2532843722x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday 11:00am - 4:15pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:15pm - 8:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:15pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, American
  • Executive Chef: Deanna Harris Bender
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: We do private events in the restaurant for up to 40 people sit-down. Please contact the restaurant directly for specific menu options and reservations.

  • Private Party Facilities: Relaxed comfortable and professional private dining offered in this small restaurant that provides personal touches and great food.
  • Private Party Contact: Harris Deanna Bender 2532843722x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 7th between St. Helens and Broadway
  • Public Transit: Bus stops are located 1/2 block above on St. Helens and one block below on Broadway.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is parking in front of the restaurant and on our side street of 7th. This is paid (75 cents an hour) 2 hour parking that is monitored Mond thru Fri 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday get all day for paying for 2 hours.
A word from Over The Moon Cafe
Treat Yourself to Something Wonderful.



Located on historic Opera Alley in downtown Tacoma, Over The Moon features Northwest and European cuisine along with a small hand-picked wine list. Voted one of Tacoma's Best Places and Best Places to Kiss in years past, as well as reader voted Tacoma's best "hole in the wall" for its unique location and decor, as well as Most Romantic Atmosphere, eclectic and European...Over The Moon is a hidden treasure to find.

Lunch features homemade soup daily, seasonal entrees, sandwiches, salads and desserts. Dinner showcases various entrees including wild salmon filet, CAB steaks, duck, and various other fabulous mouthfuls. There is an emphasis on both Italian and French fare.

This restaurant is a jewel in the heart of the historic St. Helen's area. Turn in to the Alley and experience a truly unique fine dining experience in an atmosphere of understated elegance. "Cafe" -- An unpretentious restaurant.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Over The Moon Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
73 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (53)neighborhood gem (49)special occasion (48)fit for foodies (32)great for lunch (26)notable wine list (11)great for brunch (5)late-night find (5)hot spot (5)good for groups (3)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Saturday night diners
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Delicious dinner. Steaks were perfectly cooked with subtle mushroom sauce. Salad was perfect and not too much or too many flavors; lightly dressed. Service was thoughtful and efficient. Very friendly and knowledgeable. Simple wine list with enough selections; well priced. Dinner was very reasonable. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • always delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Otm has never failed. I do wish they would get a few new standard entrees (especially seafood) on the menu because that would give us more excuses to visit this wonderful place! But don't let that distract from this gem of an establishment.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique and comfortable
    Sadie
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Small and cozy feel with food choices and combinations that set it apart from most competitors. Reasonable prices for quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful!
    annylb
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    A friend and I enjoyed a lovely lunch at Over the Moon Cafe. The decor is quaint and comfortable, the service fabulous and the food outstanding. I highly recommend this little gem and definately plan to return!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great
    samoansao
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I use to live in tacoma and go there on special occasions I have been living in las vegas now for the last 5 years and there is no place like over the moon cafe so every year I visit I come by for lunch or dinner
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Intimate Charm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The ambiance is just right for a table of 2-4 to enjoy meaningful time gathering together. You can take your time or meet just before going to the Grand Cinema (grandcinema.com). The price would be too much for me to go more than once or twice a year, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent - as always
    Fiberlyone
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We drive up to Tacoma from Portland just to eat at Over the Moon. The plan to have the mushroom mac and cheese was thwarted by the special dungeness crab mac and cheese and it was fabulous, as was my husbands Moon of Montana (roast beef) and Monte Cristo, which was baked, not fried, giving it a fresher taste. Next time lunch will be on Friday so we can have the crab bisque (since dinner is harder for a day trip), which is among the best things I have ever tasted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lived up to newspaper review
    JSue
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    A small, intimate restaurant tucked into a quiet side street in the theater district. The food was plentiful, good quality, and well-prepared. It's unusual to visit a reviewed restaurant and not be disappointed! We enjoyed the meal and the quiet ambience where we could actually enjoy talking to one another!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tommy Dinwiddie
    Tommy
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This is the best kept secrete in Tacoma. The food is amazing and timely. The service outstanding. The waitress doesn't write anything down which makes you feel listened to and cared about. She was knowledgeable about the food and her suggestions were spot on. The atmosphere is over the moon classy. It is very quiet and warm. I do and will continue to recommend this place only to the people I love because if word gets out how great this place is there will be a huge waiting list. Lol.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food was awesome!!! I went this restaurant with my two sons, 25 and 20. All dish, duck and soup and pasta satisfied perfectly our expectation. Strongly recommend for your special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    Papa
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    This was our first visit, but it won't be our last. Great food, service, ambience. You MUST try the crab bisque.Wow! We came here for our 26th anniversary and it was perfect. Nice menu with wonderfully unique offerings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find
    loomer
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had lunch at this wonderful, little cafe while in town for a wedding. It is on a fun, funky little block in Tacoma. From the minute we walked in we loved the atmosphere;Old brick walls, rich colors, comfy chairs, very romantic and cozy. Our waitress was so friendly and helpful. The food was absolutely delicious; flavorful and fresh. We would now like to go back and try the dinner menu. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere
    fdru22VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This was our second time at The Moon Café and it was just as nice as the first time. Food is great. Service is friendly and we enjoy it a lot coming here. Definitely will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Out to dinner for our 25th...
    MandJA
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    It was a "Goldilocks" dinner out....everything was just right---the food, the ambiance, and the service. A special thanks to Danielle for her thoughtfulness. We had a lovely time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Tacoma Restaurant
    Goebs
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This place never ceases to amaze me. I almost hating writing a review this good because I don't want it to become over-packed like most great places. Service is great and the food is definitely top-notched, great wine selection and the price is good too. Still my number one place in Tacoma.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    One of my favorite places. The food is so good, I want to go back tonight. The server went out of way to make sure we were satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    23WeddingA
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We have had better food in past years. It was disappointing but had been warned from neighbors that dinners were no longer that good for the price but that lunches were the better bet. The salad dressing on my pear spinach salad was bitter and did not seem appropriate for a "summer refreshing" salad. My husband had the Caesar. The dressing was way over the amount needed. It was soupy. The veggies on my entree were raw or dried. It was a special occasion but I think with all the other local fairs we can find something less expensive and worth our time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleased I found this place.
    Pleased
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My wife and I were celebrating our 29th wedding anniversary. I wanted to find someplace we had never been, more of an event than just dinner. Over the Moon Café delivered. Our waitress was smart and cheerful and understood just how much to assist us. She knew the menu, and the wine. She knew just how to make us feel it was a special occasion that the restaurant was happy to be a part of. (That's huge) The Food was spectacular, the duck breast was delicious they even split the salad course on two plates for us to share. I ordered the Duck, my wife ordered the chicken, the chef plated half of each dish on each of our plates because we wanted to share. The whole experience was wonderful. If I had any criticism, the chicken was a little dry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it loved it LOVED IT!!!!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This place is magnificent! The food is to die for, the service is top notch, and it's a great date place. I took my wife on a Friday night and we fell in love with the place.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • missed the mark
    disapointed911
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    This restaurant missed the mark with the food.the bread and wine were good.the duck was good and had good flavor. The rest of the items were very ok.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing every time!!!
    aliciajean99
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I absolutely love Over the Moon Cafe!! It is one of my favorite restaurants :)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ChisnCourt
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Hidden away in the old town area of Tacoma lies this 5 star restaurant with the most friendly and accommodating staff in surprisingly romantic atmosphere. The experience is incomparable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    MJung
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I was very impressed with the decor, service and food of Over The Moon Cafe. Such an outstanding find in Tacoma. I am anxious to try dinner. I was also impressed with the communication the cafe provided, down to confirming my reservations and directions. Thank you MJ in Graham
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    All my expectations were met. Great food and service with a romantic setting. The choice set a very good impression my date and were going on a second. Thank you
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • MarilynH
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Never had a bad meal or service here. It is sublime on every level.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise dampened our experience
    dotdashkayaker
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Amazing, delicious cuisine, but unfortunately we were distracted by the steady noise of an old fan. I've been here at least 3 times before, don't recall the loud, obnoxious droning background noise of the fan. It was so disruptive that it was hard to carry on a conversation and my friend developed a bad headache from it. There were a few quiet moments, but the server said that was because they weren't cooking, didn't need the fan on. The building is so old that the fan is noisy. I sure wish they could resolve that problem, as it had been my recommendation that we go there. Now I'm not so sure if I'll return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous food and ambience
    Lucylu
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    What a great find in Tacoma. We went for my husband's birthday and we will definitely go back. The waitress is the owner's daughter and she is so very friendly and fun and tried so hard to make everything perfect. The restaurant was full and yet she took time with everyone. She is amazing! My husband had the pork chop and it was great and I had the salmon which was also good. The strawberry shortcake was wonderful and I had the gluten free three berry dessert that was almost like a cheesecake and it was fantastic. The restaurant is in a cute little alley down the street from the Pantages Theater so it would be a great before theater treat. There also seemed to be a large "local" crowd as well. Overall it was a wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    Barry
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Over the Moon Cafe is such a great little place in Tacoma that most people would never find. Opera Alley is such an off the beaten track place that it is very difficult to even find Over the Moon---but it is well worth the effort. The Moon over Montana sandwich on the lunch menu is my favorite. It is a very tasty sandwich on Dave's Killer Bread with a bit of a spicy taste to it. The hostess is wonderful...you have to feel sorry for someone who makes tens of thousands of trips up the stairs from the kitchen. We just love going there.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Ambiance & Service
    VegLovers2
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I really liked the ambiance and the service was excellent but I would have liked more than one dinner option that was vegan friendly. It was pretty good but they definitely specialize in meat-based entrees. The spinach salad was great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over the Moon? Over the Moon!!!
    cathVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Our foursome had a great meal, and AWESOME service. Thanks again for another wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really nice!
    DanaandDick
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We always love Over The Moon....We live a couple of hours away and actually make it a destination when heading South. The staff is very accomodating and pleasant.....and the crab cakes are the best anywhere! I wish we lived closer!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic and yummy!
    Kyliefornia
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Celebrated our 5 year anniversary at this place... It was our first time to Over The Moon Cafe... But after how good the food was... It will become one of our favorite go-to places for a good date night! Had a great experience all around and can't wait to dine there again :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The venue is pleasant, with very good service. Food isn't anything special.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mothers day
    Rooster
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    restaurant was great. food was awesome. stuffed pork chop with italian sausage and garlic mashed potatoes. took wife to dinner for mothers day. was very romantic. she cried reading the little paper notes that people wrote in the box on the table. price was good,service great. one demerit for bad coffee. but the homemade ice cream made up for it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gluten-Free Dream
    GFprincess
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Absolutely delicious food served by wonderful people!! I could not have asked for a better anniversary dinner experience. The books on the table provided good conversation starters and the music selection was divine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice I would go again!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Excellent food, friendly staff, good service! What more could you ask for! Great place for a date!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 37 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 495 reviews are from the Over The Moon Cafe reviews archive.
  • We don't want to go anywhere else!
    foodietraveler
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    My husband discovered Over the Moon and brought me here for my birthday dinner. We don't want to go anywhere else for date night anymore! The food is exceptional, the servers are friendly, and the atmosphere is perfect. I love this place!!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still a favorite
    Fiberlyone
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Never disappointing. OTM makes the 3-hour trip from Portland worth it. Fabulous crab bisque and the duck breast did not disappoint (but it never has). As always the server was efficient, friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tacoma Treasure
    happydiner
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    My friend and I went to Over the Moon Café for lunch before a show at the Pantages Theater. I found this restaurant online and the reviews were good. It is a very short walk from the theater. The food was delicious, healthy and well presented. There was a decent wine list also. The atmosphere is cozy and can be intimate if you go with your sweetie. The service was outstanding. This is a little gem in downtown Tacoma that I will revisit!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • the food
    hate2dinehere
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The food was not good. I had the spinach salad and it was like the chef just dumped a bag of spinach on my plate and a hard boiled egg with a tiny bit of hard bacon. There was not enough dressing for the salad either. The salad did help me stay on my diet though!
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet