Moon Bar

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Seafood
Downstairs from the award winning Mooncusser Fish House serving a selection of local fish and oysters. 25 wine selections by the glass complement the seafood offerings in this casual and convivial space.
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TM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Was looking for a place for my wife and I to have a light dinner and drink after spending the evening at the theater.

Upon entering the front door we were treated by a pair of very friendly hosts who immediately escorted us to the bar where we had reserved a table. The bar was empty but clean, Spartan in its decor, and the music was set at a comfortable level easily allowing for private conversations. There were no tables on the floor and not wanting to sit at the bar we chose a seat with a small shelf for food and drinks looking out the window.

It started out as a nice restaurant but my good impression was shattered as soon as the bartender walked up. She was curt, bordering on rude, and before I had a chance to tell her our order she rudely told me the kitchen was closing in a few minutes and admonished me to be more respectful to the kitchen staff. On her way out of the bar my wife noticed a larger table and asked to be moved so we would be more comfortable. The bartender looked at me rolling her eyes, visibly annoyed that we would even consider such an imposition. That was the best part of the service.

Dinner and drinks were good. My wife had Chardonnay and I had an outstanding California Cabernet Sauvignon. As we decided to split a clam chowder and my wife had fish tacos and I had sautéed calamari, all off the appetizer menu. The clam chowder was okay for Boston, but the calamari was outstanding, sautéed perfectly tender and juicy. My wife enjoyed the fish tacos but they looked a little soggy for my liking. Before we had a chance to finish the chowder the bartender reached across the table and took the almost half full cup without asking if we were finished. She then asked my wife if she wanted another Chardonnay, which she did, however realize she needed to open an bottle and told us that she only had enough for half a glass and therefore would only charge us for a half glass. That cemented the evening so we paid the Check and left.

KR
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

From start to finish, Moon Bar was a triumph - food, wine, ambience and the service was professional and warm. This is a undiscovered gem in Boston. Highly recommended.

B
New England
147 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dollar oysters on Monday are a great deal. Follow with an appetizer and you’re all set

SO
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch stop from roast beef to onion rings and whoopie pie.

RG
New England
12 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 1

Loved our bartender and the quality of the food was good, but the place was dead.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with intimate lighting and friendly staff. Would come back here again when in town

RC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great option for a quick lunch! Limited lunch menu with good food and service.

M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

When the Moon Bar first opened, the menu was more limited. They have upgraded and expanded the menu. Nice variety of both cooked and raw options. The food is very well prepared. The bartenders are great. This is a real find for a casual dining experience that still serves outstanding food. Nicely designed bar where everyone has a good seat.

AK
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lobster pasta was very tasty with a good selection of oysters and wine.

S
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved the vibe and awesome food! Especially the Cevice and dessert

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for seafood and drinks. There were several fancy dressed guests, but I was comfortable and dressed casually.

ME
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

I look forward to their new venue. They are clearly working through some issues here.

MJ
New England
30 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lunch here with family. Friendly and prompt service. Great tuna burger and absolutely the best roast beef sandwich ever! Fish tacos also wonderful. Whoopie pies for dessert were super delicious.

C
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful bar restaurant with nice ambience for couples or small groups offering very tasty small seafood portions

a
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My husband and I tried this for our valentines date and absolutely loved it. Most of the menu consists of seafood oriented snacks/ tapas. We shared oysters, the tuna tartare, the lobster bisque, mussels toast, and grilled squid salad. All were delicious and were unique combinations of flavors, food and textures. We loved it! My favorite was the tartare but it was difficult to choose because everything was excellent. To note- this establishment serves beer and wine only.

KO
New England
19 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed my visit to MoonBar. Had to wait a half hour past my reservation time but the hostess was very attentive and kind. Drinks, food, and seating were all good.

s
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my first time at Moon Bar but it won't be my last. The menu is small but loaded with great seafood options (really, come for the seafood!). We did four small plates between two people and it was perfect. The wine is wonderful and everything is so reasonably priced. Service was good without being pushy. My only complaint is that the window bar seating was a little awkward with the bench(?) in front of your legs, but I got over it. 10/10 will return.

GJ
Cheshire
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A last minute find when looking for somewhere for dinner. The menu is small but don’t let this put you off the food is fantastic!

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, good value

TH
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seating in bar, excellent service and food. The ambience was cool, go check it out.

H
New England
23 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We'd eaten upstairs at the formal Mooncusser's before, which was fantastic-- great food and an elegant setting. But we had not eaten downstairs at the Moon Bar until now. The food downstairs was just as tasty as upstairs, but generally with smaller plates. The selections were very interesting too. We had the ceviche and the poke as appetizers and both were amazing. The fish tacos were also excellent. There is only beer and wine (no hard liquor), but a good selection of both. The Moon Bar is casual, and is mostly set up for couples rather than groups of four or more. Nicely for bar seating, one can make reservations on line. We are definitely going back.

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent. Wish there was more variety on menu.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 3

really underwhelming food, but still average high end dining prices. the wait staff checked in us much too often, even though there was still a lot of room in the bar. not worth going back to.

M
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and ambience. Made a great date night!

L
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic little gem that I will make a point to try every time I am in Boston. I had smoked mussels toast and seafood ceviche both outstanding!

MA
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great.

KR
New England
22 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was our second visit to this establishment. The first time we ate upstairs at the more formal Mooncusser Fish House (which was excellent). This time we opted for the casual Moon Bar on the first level since we had our 10 yr old daughter with us. Moon Bar offers a creative seafood driven menu in a casual atmosphere. There are many starters and small plates, as well as a few larger selections. Everything we tried was excellent. The Smoked Mussel Toast was a big hit. The owner was helpful in recommending dishes to try and with the extensive wine list. I recommend both the formal and casual options at this establishment!

MJ
New England
30 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have had lunch here several times recently, when Moonbar offers sit-down seating at lunchtime for the menu from their takeout window "Cusser's"), plus a few other dishes. Basically, this is the chefs and cooks from the 5-star, dinner-only restaurant upstairs (Mooncusser Fish House) preparing casual lunch food to very high standards, at very reasonable prices (given the quality, generous portions, and area). Fantastic! The "North Shore" style roast beef sandwich may or may not be perfectly authentic, but who cares? (It's better.) It was definitely the best I have ever had. Totally delicious meat and house-made barbecue sauce. (They also offer the roast beef sandwich with the excellent sauce from their sister restaurant, 80 Thoreau in Concord. Also delicious.) Their clam chowder is also the best ever (it's not overly thick and starchy, but beautifully flavored). Everything else is great -- fish tacos, tuna burger, fish and chips, hot or cold lobster rolls, and even the hot dogs. The sides (onion rings, french fries, etc.) are excellent, cooked rapidly to order, and large enough for at least 2-3 people to split. Even the sandwich rolls and buns are made from scratch inhouse, and are wonderful. They have a nice selection of craft beers on draft, and quite a good wine list. Service is friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and prompt, and you can tell that they're proud of what they're serving. (As they should be.)

GP
New England
19 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The ingredients quality were excellent. The preparation had a little too much salt for our taste. Service and ambiance was lovely

B
New England
147 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Limited menu but very good. The roast beef sandwich is great. House made sandwich buns are excellent.

MD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was - as usual - outstanding, but service extremely slow.

B
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, fresh, creative food served quickly. Great for a quick bite or lingering longer with beer or wine.

F
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I decided to try out the Moon Bar. It was on St. Patrick’s day, the restaurant is off the beaten path, away from the crazy partiers. We weren’t too hungry, so we shard the clam and corn fritters. They were tasty, but the oil may have needed to be changed as they were not golden in color, but very dark. We also shared the fish tacos and a side of French Fries. We paid extra for the dipping sauces for the fries, when all I really wanted was a side of mayo. The sauces were good and had lots of variety, but some overpowered the fries, so I would skip them the next time. The menu has lots of variety and had we been more hungry we would have tried a couple more things. I’m sure we will go back.

BD
New England
40 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I wish I had better things to say about it. They serve only wine or beer, which may not satisfy everyone if you're looking for a drink. The service was terrific--very friendly host and hostess, and our server was very helpful and pleasant to talk to. The food was just OK, with small portions costing more than they should. It's a pleasant atmosphere, acoustics carry the sound everywhere, and I would be more inclined to go back if the prices were lower or the food was better. Nothing was "bad", and the dessert was tasty, but again a very small portion for what you pay. The menu for the restaurant upstairs looks very good, though again it is more pricey than most of the surrounding restaurants.

B
New England
16 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Grilled squid dish was tasty, but could have been more cooked. Souvlaki plate was nice combination of flavors. Sitting at a table was more comfortable than the bar, but the bar seems very nice. It is beer and wine only.

It was a rare pleasure to eat at a restaurant where we did not have to yell to hear each other. Service was excellent.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent! Really nice service and the room has great style and atmosphere!

MD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Maybe the best lobster roll in town (and I’ve tried them all). I recommend the one served with butter. Grilled calamari salad is delicious and the brussel sprouts should not be missed. It wasn’t too crowded but, given the quality of the food- on par with any of the fancy oyster bars- it should be packed!! Love the bar ambiance, too. Hope it succeeds - I want more of those lobster rolls!!

E
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Sadly a little underwhelming. The appetisers were first rate, but we were disappointed by the main courses.

MJ
New England
30 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New decor is MUCH more inviting and pleasant. Food is still spectacular! House made ricotta, mussel terrine, fried oyster special were all wonderful, as was the spelt tagliatelle. Crispy Duck confit was the best I've ever had (including several in France). Superb desserts (Moon Bar and Chocolate Pistachio tart)! Excellent service : friendly, attentive , knowledgeable. Interesting wines (I had a lovely glass of Lanzarote with the duck...) All in all, a great evening.

K
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening at Moon Bar. Food was delicious , well priced and the wine list had a perfect variety. The staff was knowledgeable about the wines and generous with tastings. It was our first time there and we will definitely be back !

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