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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Over The Moon Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
69 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelQuiet
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (50)neighborhood gem (47)special occasion (45)fit for foodies (39)great for lunch (20)notable wine list (14)hot spot (6)late-night find (3)great for brunch (3)good for groups (3)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Service
    Mymhungry
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    This restaurant is great. However, I was disappointed in the service. The poor waitress was overburdened and clearly needed assistance. She finally got some help, but alas the poor young man didn't know what to do. You need more help during the lunch period.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    ARWilliams
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    What's a foodie? I'll make a proper review later when that term is defined. Foodie? Odd, very odd.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lyd143
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Our server, Alex, was very attentive despite being super busy. He was great! The food was great as well, particularly the crab bisque and the duck. Yum! It's a little expensive for just a normal dinner out; two entrees, an appetizer and a bottle of wine put as $100. But for special occasions it's perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy Restaurant, Fantastic Food!
    GHGirl
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Every part of the experience was exactly what we had hoped for on our first(but definitely not our last) visit to Over the Moon. We were celebrating our 47th anniversary and wanted some place different, but special. BINGO! We went at 6:30 on a Tuesday, which may be why we found the noise level to be quiet. Our waiter was attentive, but not clingy. The spinach and heart of romaine salads were a good size, fresh and nicely dressed. The Tuscan Chicken and the Flat Iron Steak entrees were excellent! Both were deliciously hot and tender, perfectly seasoned, nicely accompanied by vegetables done just so. Everything was as the menu promised. OTM provides a generous pour of wine, and an interesting dessert menu. No dessert for us, though.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice meal
    5ich009
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Nice restaurant tucked away in Opera Alley. We ordered the cioppino and Tuscan chicken. Both were good, but not memorable. Service was great until it got busy, then we couldn't get drinks refilled. All-in-all it was a decent meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    AnnaJeanne
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I came here with 2 girlfriends for an early dinner at 4:30 on a Friday - we made reservations which was a good thing because the place got full closer to dinner time. The atmosphere is super romantic and cozy with low lit lights but pretty small. Large groups probably aren't what they are known for. They have more tables for 2 or 3 people, with cute cushioned, floral print chairs. Our waitress was very nice and on top of things. The cook made a mistake on one of our orders, it was ordered gluten free and the chef made it with noodles. As our waitress was serving the dish she noticed right away that it was not gluten free, apologized profusely and took it back to the cook to correct it.The food was amazing though, overall great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Opera Alley Jewel
    UniqueEats
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Great café for business lunch meeting - had never been. Can see that it would be a great lunch or evening dinner/date location. In a great, newly updated artful street/alley of downtown Tacoma.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing menu
    greeneyedlady
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was excellent, the wine fantastic! It's quiet, quaint, romantic and the service was great! Afterwards, head across the street to B Sharp for live music
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love it there!
    ILoveTacoma
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This was my second time at Over the Moon Cafe. I went with my fiance for our 6 year anniversary and it is very romantic and has delicious food. We will definitely be back! I also have been for lunch and it was fantastic! Make sure to make a reservation because it is always packed there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hard to choose
    Strawberry
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    There were at least 6 or 7 of the entrees that I wanted to try. I choose the duck breast which was the best I've had since France - perfectly medium rare and tender with a delicious port/cherry reduction. I liked the timing of the service - not a long wait between courses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We have gone for anniversary and birthday and really love it...on our own or with friends. Food is great and ambiance is perfect eclectic. The old books by the tables are fascinating. The wait staff has just the right balance of attentiveness and casualness.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Udderly Amazed
    deridereVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This little cafe packs a big punch. The food is fabulous, the ambiance changes, but always seems to stay the same. Come for the "adult grilled cheese", stay for the fabulous dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food - lousy view
    FeetofclayVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We were seated so that my only view was of the kitchen, particularly the dishwasher. Too bad, because the food was spectacular.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Akways, consistently perfection
    MarilynH
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We are never disappointed in any aspect of our dining experience here. The minute you walk in the door you are glad you came. When you leave, full of fine food and excellent wine, accompanied by just the right amount of attentive service, you can hardly wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Non-plused
    SomethingPretentiousVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The novel of a wine list introduction would make you believe that they would have some good finds, however, the Melbac we ordered was not even as good as the buy one get one frees they have at Bevmo. Food was just OK. Service was less than stellar and the restroom was dirty and a mess. Since it is family owned and I had heard good recommendations from friends, I had high hopes for a new best place in Tacoma.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • almost perfect
    EJFV
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The restaurant was almost five stars. The food was remarkable and was priced just about right. The ambiance was almost great being kind of a small place it got loud at some times and I was seated on the bottom row which is next to the kitchen and there was no wall or curtain which stopped us from looking into the kitchen. If you book here I would highly recommend requesting on of the top tables. Unfortunately though the service was mediocre at best we waited for half an hour just to get drinks. Hand to wait another hour after that to get our food. So in all it was almost a great place.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    BakingBlondie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    What a wonderful, charming spot for date night...my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our meal from appetizer to dessert...and we highly recommend the ragu entrée! Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu. The table we were sat at was tucked away and had a giant book of name meanings, which was a unique way to pass the time. The ambience was enchanting, and Opera Alley, where the restaurant is located, is a special find. We will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience all around
    foodiewannabe
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This is a very quaint cute little restaurant with lots of ambiance. The service and the food were wonderful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this place!
    Padishah
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We seem to be in another rut...whenever we go to the theater in Tacoma, we reserve a table at Over the Moon Cafe. It is fresh and local, nicely prepared and there is a great choice of options. We'll be back!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a night out in Tacoma
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Great food and service in a funky little restaurant. Has a changing seasonal menu
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed over the moon!
    William
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The service is what really made the night. Our server was very friendly and fully knowledgeable about the menu and what would work best for us. The crab bisque was very good. The wine recommendation fit very well with our meal. All of this while sitting in a kind of goofy romantic little old opera house. Just different and that is why we liked it. Make reservations ahead of time for a window seat. Enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday night diners
    PDXDiner
    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 2014
    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
    FiberlyoneVIP
    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.