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About Over The Moon Cafe

We are a small 40-seat, family, scratch kitchen boutique-style restaurant and it is our desire to bring you a warm and welcoming dining experience. I strive to keep our menus fresh and updated for every season, while rotating customer favorites. We source local products as much as possible, and it is my belief that real food is the best food and I cook what I love to eat.

Dinner features various entrees , starters, salads and desserts. There is a heavy emphasis on both Italian and French fare, along with my love of comfort food. I do my best to provide wines that are of good quality, are affordable and approachable.


Turn in to the Alley and experience a truly unique fine dining experience in an atmosphere of understated elegance. "Cafe" -- An unpretentious restaurant.

709 Court C/Opera Alley
Tacoma, WA 98402
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, European

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday 11:30 to 2:30
Dinner Tuesday , Wednesday and Thursday, 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Dinner Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
7th between St. Helens and Broadway

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(253) 284-3722

Website:
http://www.overthemooncafe.net/

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.

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.

Public Transit:
Bus stops are located 1/2 block above on St. Helens and one block below on Broadway.

Executive Chef:
Deanna Harris Bender

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wine

Over The Moon Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (20)
Romantic (17)
Special Occasion (16)
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Cozy (15)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Casual (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Authentic (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Fun (4)
Seasonal (4)
Healthy (4)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Tapas (1)
Business Meals (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful ambiance and great food - as always. We've eaten there a few times and it never disappoints!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Wonderful friendly service, food, wine list.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 11, 2017

It was our third time there. Again, love the food...ache for better service. Empty water glasses and dirty plates were on the table for waaaay too long.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Tapas
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Over the Moon is one of my favorites--definitely top 3. I've been there twice in the past seven days and would go again today if I had time. There are so many wonderful choices that ordering a meal is always interesting. I am allergic to wheat and never have a problem finding many options that work for me.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food can't be beat. Pricing makes it a sometimes destination but is not out of line with the value this place provides. Great for dates, anniversaries, fancy outings in general.

Tags: Organic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Always a great time.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent food and service. Accomodated our special dietary needs with a smile.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We wife and I took our daughter and son in law out for my daughter’s birthday. It was a great experience. The menu is diverse and creative. Two of has the Dick , which was excellent as was the beef ragu bowl. The crab bisque soup was exquisite. This was our first time but we will go back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

One of the best steak dinners I've has in along time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

We were looking for a romantic evening to share a nice dinner and a bottle of wine. We were not disappointed. We enjoyed the restaurant so much, we will most definitely be back. The service was incredibly friendly, the ambiance was fun and romantic, and the food was fantastic. The pricing, while not necessarily inexpensive, was fairly priced. The portions were generous and we found for the two of us, that sharing a steak entree was perfect with an app and wine.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Outstanding food and great service! The local owner is always on site and really cares about your experience at her restaurant. She has done a amazing job on menu selection and the ambiance while dinning. The best kept secret in Tacoma!

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We were disappointed this visit. The food was not prepared as well as previous visits. Over peppered pork chop and undercooked duck breast that also came with too much salt in the rub.

Sitting in the downstairs section should come with a 20% discount as it's ambiance and seating are vastly different then upstairs. Uncomfortable chair or hard wood bench.

Lack of choice on the sides is what it is, but the veggies and mashed potatoes were the best part of the meal.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 8, 2017

This is one of our go-to places in downtown Tacoma—small, intimate, with every bite manifesting uncommon care in preparation. We started with the impeccable Dungeness crab cakes, pan-crisped and profoundly meaty. I went with the beet salad and my wife went with the Caesar; both were delicious (the only thing we lacked were additional anchovies on the Caesar, which is our common request). The chef's technique with duck breast (served with roasted root veggies and a perfect cherry reduction) is probably the best anywhere—medium rare breast but with a reliably crispy skin. Mmmmmm. We also had the cioppino, also a winner; if I were to tweak the cioppino at all, it would be to add a hint of fennel seed to the stew. We'll go back again and again, regardless.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Over The Moon Cafe is my favorite Tacoma restaurant! The food is excellent every time and the chef is very creative. The only negative comment I have ever made is about the location. It is located in an alley with no view whatsoever, but if you want to concentrate on your date or group you are with with no distractions, this is the perfect place. My husband and I keep coming back because the food is fabulous and the ambiance allows us to focus on each other. We have come with other couples and everyone loved what they ordered. We have tried several of the restaurants in Tacoma including those along the waterfront on Ruston Way, and Over The Moon Cafe's menu beats them all!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 30, 2017

For the money paid for the meal, I felt that the restaurant lacked finesse in meal preparation, playing and menu selection.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 25, 2017

It was pretty expensive, but super good. I was very happy with our experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great food and service!! The only drawback was there is not a bar in the restaurant and I was hoping to have a martini prior to dinner. Other wise it was fantastic.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great food, decent service, nice ambiance. Overall, an excellent place to eat. We celebrated our anniversary there. First time to visit, and we will certainly return. Service was a tad slow, but definitely didn't feel rushed. Perhaps they were short staffed during our visit. Regardless, A very nice experience.

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

One of my wife and I's first dates and still an amazing quiet little gem years later. Food is great, environment is fantastic. The little touches of the place make it the home away from home of romantic dining. Recommend to any couple on their first date to the couple celebrating their many years together.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Great experience, great food.

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·Dined on August 17, 2017

Wasn't sure what to expect walking into the restaurant, but once inside I was pleasantly surprised. The ambiance was a cross between whimsical and casual elegance. The service was impeccable and very attentive without feeling rushed. The best part of the experience was the food....delicious. I would definitely recommend this hidden treasure.

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·Dined on August 16, 2017

The most romantic café in Tacoma---really has no competition in that regard.
Very innovative menu, with seasonal changes.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Absolutely fabulous, as expected. Great ambience, great service, wonderfully prepared food and super helpful with my special food needs. They'll even sneak out a wedding ring with dessert for ya. ;)

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Innovative, flavorful food, back by knowable and friendly service. What's not to love?

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Overall the ambiance,dinner and our experience was very nice. Only thing I can say negative is that for a 9.00 glass of wine it was a very small amount. Not worth the money in my opinion. Next time I would not order alcohol.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Casual, Special Occasion
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·Dined on July 30, 2017

We had an amazing time at over the moon. Cute and quirky and charming place - but oh my, the food was fantastic. My husband was hesitant, but had the New York, he is not a huge fan of balsamic, but he loved it. I had the duck, and it was the best that I have ever had (I grew up eating duck, so I have plenty of comparisons) but this was cooked to perfection! The veggies were also very fresh and tasty. Because our protein was so amazing, the mashpotatoes just didn't stand a chance, they faded in comparison, but weren't bad, just not over the moon amazing like the other 2/3 of the plate.
We shared the crab cakes - also amazing, and they had a very good wine selection as well.
You get what you pay for, and I was sad that we didn't have time for desert, because I am convinced that it would be fantastic as well!
We will be back and highly recommend over the moon cafe.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Love this place - my favorite when I visit Tacoma. Short rib rage is excellent

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 26, 2017

The over the moon cafe was a wonderful find! We loved the quarter size crab cakes, the roasted scallop bell peppers! Amazing food

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Thur restaurant is cute. The food was delicious. We also really enjoyed the wine list. We went on a Saturday night so it was fairly busy. The service was a little slower for things like drink refills, but we could see our server was working very hard.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Remarkable! A true Tacoma institution devoted to fresh, local, and cooking it right. Very intimate dining, with the right amount of attention. Great wine list (I don't drink wine, though, this comes from my dinner mate). Note: This a wine and beer establishment, which will give you the excuse to check out a near by lounge before or after dinner.

Tags: Cozy, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 22, 2017

❤️❤️ love it here! The duck is incredible!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 22, 2017

We had a wonderful evening. Great service and wonderful food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Our last night in Washington was a lovely dinner
We ordered Duck,Cioppino,Steak and a bunch of Apps
Everything was tasty and there is a lot more to explore
We will come back next time we are in Tacoma

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 13, 2017

2nd time here. We stumbled on this place 4yrs ago and dreamed of coming back to tacoma just to eat here. We are dreaming of going back because the food is just that good!! You must also check out the women's bathroom it's just fun because you don't have to do what they did but that's kind of the point of this place, they do what they do because they want to.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Nice ambiance if sitting upstairs. Food quality was very good except crab cakes tartare sauce had too much vinegar and the desert whip cream was very tart, as if no sugar was added. Not the taste one would expect. The chicken dish (noted as a staff favorite) was excellent.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We visited this restaurant prior to a theater event a few blocks away. Staff was accommodating when traffic and parking made us about 15 minutes later than our reservation. We were greeted and served by a very friendly and accommodating waitress who showed us great patience and concern in ordering with very specific dietary needs. She even knew what vegetables were Night Shade and asked us if black pepper was ok! We ordered a salmon entrée and the Ling Cod entrée and both meals were beautiful as well as tasty. The vegetables particularly were beautifully fresh and perfectly cooked. The sauce on the cod had some wonderful spices such as turmeric and the mashed potatoes were divine. If we are in the neighborhood again we would gladly return for another great meal!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 8, 2017

I love this place! It's been in business for 16 years, which says volumes in for a downtown restaurant that's a bit tucked out of the way. It's definitely worth a visit! I have a sensitivity to a very common ingredient, and the chef found a way to alter the recipe to both accommodate my needs AND present me with a magnificent dinner. I hesitate to praise it too highly, because it's not a huge place, and I don't want to be turned away because people are lined up outside...

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Love OVER the Moon cafe, it's a neighborhood little gem 💎 and highly recommended for any or all occasions!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 1, 2017

We love Over The Moon. I discovered it by accident one day while shopping in Tacoma and it has become the place we go to nearly every time we come to Tacoma. The fantastic gluten free desserts are must-try's!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 24, 2017

We were in town for a concert and came upon this restaurant. The food was wonderful and the atmosphere was quiet and romantic. It was a lovely meal and kicked off our evening perfectly! I'd definitely go back if in Tacoma again.

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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