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Moeca, Cambridge, MA
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Moeca

4.7
4.7
158 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Moëca is a neighborhood seafood focused restaurant inspired by Italy and beyond.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 70 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Fish, Dining Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 945-0040

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Michael Pagliarini

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Cross street

    Massachusetts Avenue

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 158 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston

    Innovative

  • Boston

    Seafood

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  1. D

    Dave

    New England

    58 reviews

    4.0

    58 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    While the service was exceptionally good and food outstanding, the noise level made it really hard to have intelligible conversations - without shouting or having to repeat a sentence... We'd recommend to a friend with that proviso
  2. RB

    RachelB

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Very delicious, unusual and nicely presented mostly seafood fare.
  3. h

    hard2plz

    New England

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Long-time residents of the Cambridge area, we have visited several restaurants in this location. The new incarnation in Moeca is a wonderful addition to the neighborhood. Food was delicious with modest portions, healthy choices, and nice ambience. We'll be back.
  4. F

    Franciszek

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a fabulous restaurant. Great atmosphere, lighting and overall ambience. The food is amazing! Our server explained to us all the ingredients of every dish and the fact that sustainability is important in our world today. We are definitely going back!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing. Would highly recommend. Staff provided a quality experience. All of the dishes they recommended were fantastic. We got the yellowfin tuna (must get if you like raw fish), the octopus (perfectly cooked), the longest acres beef, squash agnolotti, and the branzino (SO FRESH). Wine paired nicely and ambiance was perfect for a cute date night.
  6. CS

    CStrat

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my second visit. In the 2-3 months since my last visit, the menu was completely different. Our favs were the oysters, beef tartar, squash agnolotti, octopus and branzino. For desserts, the smoked vanilla mascarpone gelato and the miso peanut gelato were both excellent.
  7. K

    Kathy

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a table but my friend wanted the bar. It was very warm and welcoming thanks to the staff. The drink menu and advice were wonderful and the meal and service were great. Like it’s sister restaurant, we miss having espresso options with dessert.
  8. BK

    BKels

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, well prepared and presented pristine seafood, and the service was spectacular! Overall expensive, but the meal was perfect for a special celebration!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great cocktails. Ever changing delicious menu. Had 830 reservations, but they had amazing corner seating at the bar so just stayed there. Best seat.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you for making our 28th wedding anniversary such a special event. We can’t wait to come back soon!
  11. ES

    EdenS

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Unfortunately, Moeca just didn't live up to the hype the night that we dined there. The food was good, not spectacular, which it really needs to be to justify the high prices. Service was excellent and the room is pleasant, with plenty of space behind tables. My cocktail was satisfying. I appreciated the ambitious nature of the food, but it was lacking any sort of "wow" factor. Given the fawning reviews I've read, I am open to returning but will not be in a hurry to do so. There is simply better food to be had at other Boston restaurants, especially at these prices.
  12. G

    sharonG

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was perfect, and I am a very fussy dining customer, since I am a very good cook.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and beautiful seafood and desserts 🍨!
  14. B

    Bikergirl

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, the wait staff was excellent and extremely attentive. A memorable meal
  15. S

    Snowberry

    New England

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Food was just okay and expensive for what you get. Nothing to write home about.
  16. B

    Bzeez

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We can't get enough of this place! Delicious and a great vibe!
  17. p

    pomiane

    New England

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, inventive food. Ben was a great waiter.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Just lovely and delicious!
  19. m

    mrcreosote

    New England

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent neighborhood place. Elegant and romantic with terrific food.
  20. JC

    JacobC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fabulous food, great environment, and knowledgeable service. $13 for bread in butter is a bit much though…
  21. f

    farmer2tabler

    New England

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    interesting and varied menu focusing on seafood. livelyvibe. most of the small plates did not disappoint
  22. M

    Maruko

    New England

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed Moeca for a small celebration with my boyfriend. We live down the street and has been looking forward to visiting since it’s opened. Definitely recommend the Brazino! And all the small plates we ordered were very good.
  23. Q

    Queren

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was spectacular! Everything was very fresh and had a lot of flavor. The service was superb.
  24. ST

    SeemaT

    New England

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was inventive and really world class. The care put into each dish was very evident - all the flavors and techniques really added to the experience. It was an amazing meal. I also love the sparkling Nebbiolo on the by the glass menu. Fabulous choice for pairing with everything on the menu.
  25. HK

    HughK

    New England

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I had dinner at Moëca for the second time last night and it exceeded even my high expectations based on my first experience. It has been a few months, but our waiter, Hacene, who is completely charming and knows the wine list backward and forward, recognized me right away, knew where I sat when I came in last time, and even recalled the wines we drank. I mean, I sometimes can't remember the names of my colleagues at work. I had my favorite cocktail, the Eucalipto currency (tequila, cucumber, dry white port, lime, grapefruit eucalyptus bitters), which was absolutely delicious, and my friend and I ordered the yellowfin tuna, house sourdough, roasted radicchio, Brussels sprouts in a chickpea pancake, and beets with green apples and grapefruit. I had one of the large entrées, the Branzino with salsa verde, potato and charred onion. Hacene paired it all beautifully with a 2019 Nerello Cappuccio from Sicily. This is typically a mixing grape but a real star on its own in the right hands. For dessert my friend had the espresso granita and I had the coconut sorbet with meringue, fresh raspberries and passionfruit syrup with a cup of delicious George Howell coffee. I don't eat out at this level very often, especially when I'm paying, and at $380 (which includes the tip) for two people, it's not a regular dinner choice. The room can get very noisy, so you have to lean in a bit to hear your companion, unless you're a party of four or more and you can nab a booth. But Moëca was spectacular. I typically have a bad reaction to at least one thing in a 2.5 hour dinner, yet everything was cooked to perfection, imaginatively flavored, and exciting without feeling pretentious. My first bite of that incredible tuna and I thought, "I'm not just having dinner, I am already having fun." That sense of a meal as a sort of carnival, which I've only had rarely at places like Eleven Madison Park, really gripped me last night. I can't wait to go back, ideally as a non-paying guest. ;-)
  26. K

    Kathy

    New England

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    I very rarely write restaurant reviews, but here goes. We made a 5:30 reservation. The place is lovely and the waitstaff professional. The wine and beer were good, and the raw fish appetizers were okay (albeit overpriced). Beyond that, the food was truly awful. The lowest points were the cod stew (flavorless glop, like a roux paste ... seriously) and the crab custard (a tiny bowl with flavorless glop on the bottom with a few little chips on top ...). This is perhaps the worst food I've ever had, at any price point. After the bad experience with the small plates, we decided to cut our losses. We declined to order entrees or dessert and asked for the check. We didn't complain, as we didn't want to ruin our evening. The house manager did waive the $29 for the crab custard (good). We salvaged our evening by heading to a bar in the square where we had some $12 truffle fries and a beer. Last night, I felt very sorry for the other guests (a lovely older crowd) who had not yet been served the food. They were in for a shock. I also felt sorry for the waitstaff, who will surely be out of a job very soon.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wait staff were outstanding, cordial relaxed, informed efficient and professional. Not distant- we laughed and joked but respecting their time. Refreshing together with delicious dinner. Suggestion- if shared tapas part of the ambiance, a few more salads and veggie sides would be appreciated. Fish dishes excellent/ additional veggies wld help with a group of 3-4. Love Moeca! Thanks.
  28. GM

    GwenM

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Each dish was unique and delicious! Had a tasty pre meal cocktail that was great
  29. L

    Larry

    Cleveland

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Innovative small plates, inspired combinations, excellent beverage selection
  30. CK

    CharlotteK

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really impressed! Flavors were really unique and unlike anywhere else we‘ve been in Cambridge/Somerville. I have Celiacs disease and the menu is mostly celiac friends, plus the staff seemed very knowledgeable. We will definitely being back soon!
  31. G

    Good

    New England

    138 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    138 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First visit. We’ve been fans of the owners having regularly visited Giulia and Benedetto. Food was excellent. Mussels, smelts and clams were all well prepared. We also had the large plate branzino which was cooked and served perfectly. What could make it better? More red wine by the glass selections would be helpful. I think there was just one red burgundy. We will be going back.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Creative and delicious food. Great service. Inventive cocktails. Highly recommended.
  33. BF

    BetterFood

    New England

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Their fish dishes are extraordinary but other dish are only good. Wine was also not outstanding- just ok.
  34. RC

    RunCoffeeBeer

    New England

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Real tasty food. We did a bunch of items off the small plates menu (mussels, clams, ravioli, brussels, beets, and salted cod soup). All the food had a nice twist (except for the beets which were pretty straight forward, but still yummy). We really liked the mussels and the brussels sprouts. Cocktails were good. Did not try out the wines but the selection looked like solid. Don't skip dessert. It was awesome. Got the vanilla gelato and also an espresso gelato dessert. Delightful. Hope to go again soon to try out the large plates the next time around.
  35. F

    Foodie21

    New England

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our waiter, Hassini (?), was so very helpful. He knew the menu well and honestly assessed whether or not we had ordered the right amount to share, the right balance etc. he also told us to leave room for dessert—thank goodness because our choice was perfect, the miso peanut gelato was the perfect end to a beautiful meal. Other high points: green crab custard, gem lettuce salad and the octopus.
  36. AR

    AmyR

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and inventive small plates seafood. Especially loved the (invasive) green crab custard and use of punchy ingredients like yuzu. Pricey but quality of the seafood was excellent.
  37. MF

    MFox

    New England

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The food was a mixed bag. The bread, yellowtail crudo and the branzino were excellent. An order of grilled broccolini was good although the whipped cheese accompaniment added nothing to the dish. The turnip soup was OK but I wouldn't order it again and my wife's lobster spaghetti was a big disappointment. Very little lobster, a sauce that neither enhanced the seafood or the homemade pasta. A dessert of coconut sorbet was too sweet. Service was good and the manager graciously comped the lobster pasta dish. It's an attractive space and the the room was quiet although the restaurant was reasonably busy on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The restaurant clearly has potential once the kitchen learns what works and what doesn't.
  38. JD

    JoanD

    New England

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Moeca deserves all of its great reviews. The food is perfect. My friend and I shared oysters, mussels, smelts, broccoli, and monkfish. Every presentation was beautiful, every dish we tasted was delicious. The ingredients of each dish contribute to making an unbelievably well balanced taste treat. Fried smelts in their airy batter fried to oil free perfection and the sauce defies description. We shared a marscapone gelato with caramelized popcorn that would serve me well as my last dinner dessert course! Fabulous!
  39. CY

    CannedYou

    New England

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They were very accommodating when our party size changed and we’re able to seat seven of us. They handled the ordering and serving beautifully and everything was delicious.
  40. AG

    AmyG

    New England

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We sat at the bar. Seats were spaced nicely so we weren’t on top of our neighbors. The bartenders were friendly and attentive. The cocktails were great. The food was hit and miss. Surprisingly, the potato dumpling were our favorite dish—-at a seafood based restaurant. The dessert of miso/peanut gelato was also a stand out.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Moeca is rated 4.7 stars by 158 OpenTable diners.

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Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 70 times today
Google Map for Moeca

1 Shepard St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Massachusetts Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Fish, Dining Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Pagliarini

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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