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Mooncusser, Boston, MA

Mooncusser

4.8
4.8
1274 Reviews
$50 and over
Seafood
Cancellation Policy: We ask that if you need to cancel your reservation, do so 24 hours in advance. Guests cancelling within 24 hrs of their reservation will be charged $50 per person.

Mooncusser serves a $115 multicourse menu showcasing local seafood from head chef Carl Dooley. Since opening in 2017, the restaurant has been awarded top seafood honors by Boston Magazine and other local publications.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (617) 917-5193
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Carl Dooley
  • Neighborhood
    Back Bay
  • Cross street
    Columbus Ave.
  • Parking details
    Park at the 10 St. James Garage across the street from Mooncusser. Enter on either Stuart St. or St. James between Arlington and Berkeley. We are directly across from the parking atrium exit. Parking fee is $9 for up to 2 hours and $11 for up to 3 hours. Please ask your server or the host to stamp your ticket.
  • Additional
    Cocktails, Full Bar

Experiences

  • Special Spring Tasting Menu

    $155.00 per person

    Mar 20, 2024 only
    Join us in the Mooncusser dining room for a special Spring tasting menu! We're super excited to start offering special tasting menus throughout the year. While we love our traditional prix fixe format, we feel that these special menus challenge us in new ways and will push us to evolve the Mooncusser experience! See you soon! Tasting Menu: $155 Optional Wine Pairing:$75 Cost listed does not included Kitchen admin fee, tax, and gratuity.

What 1,274 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Greater Boston

    Innovative

  • Greater Boston

    Seafood

  • Boston

    Innovative

  • Boston

    Seafood

1,274 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional food, service and really creative cocktails and a truly lovely evening!

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  2. diner33

    Greater Boston

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent meal. Was our first time. We did the wine pairings as well. In an excellent meal, the snapper and salt cod pasta were standouts. The sommelier was spot on with the wine pairings. Really lovely evening. Highly recommend.

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  3. BarbaraH

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful food in unique restaurant! My second time here, the friend I came with was a newbie. Every dish was delicious, the service was prompt and attentive, and, like a good tasting menu, we went home pleasantly full but not over full.

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  4. Maggie

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mooncusser was such a wonderful experience all around: the service, the impeccable food and mocktails. It is bittersweet to know that we’ll never eat these dishes again. It makes them that much more special. Until next time Mooncusser.

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  5. gppa

    Greater Boston

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simple, clean atmosphere with a pris fixe menu of fusion cuisine featuring beautiful and adventurously seasoned seafood. The optional wine pairings were all well chosen. The service was friendly and charming.

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  6. NishaB

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tried February Pre-Fix menu and had a delightful experience. Every dish was unique, thoughtful, and complimented the previous/next course. Dooley did a great job. Mooncusser is a hidden gem that should explode this year.

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  7. Worldtraveler

    Greater Boston

    103 reviews

    5.0

    103 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This has become my favorite restaurant in Boston for an elevated, interesting dining experience. The wine pairings are fun to try, service is warm and professional, and the food is innovative in a romantic setting. Who could ask for more? Thanks Mooncusser, we will return!

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  8. StephanieS

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just delicious! Beautifully presented. The shrimp was my favorite dish followed by duck/beet wantons. Although we were there for the Valentine's tasting menu, we did not leave feeling overwhelmed. The meal was well paced.

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  9. AnneE

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed this meal. We had the Valentine tasting menu with wine pairings. Usually, I avoid that type of thing as it usually means inferior meals at a higher than usual price. While somewhat pricey, the food was fantastic and creative ... the wine pairings were off the beaten path and thoughtfully paired with the food. The wait staff were excellent and well informed and did not rush us through the meal. When you spend for a multiple course tasting menu with wine pairings, the worst is when you are raced through the meal and can't truly enjoy each course. We were not raced and thoroughly enjoyed our meal. We will definitely be back.

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  10. TomM

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous tasting menu, incredible service. Highly recommend.

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  11. BradfordG

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My fiancée and I enjoyed Mooncusser’s Valentines Day Tasting Menu. This was our first visit to Mooncusser and the mean did not disappoint. Beautifully presented dishes with wonderful flavors. We’ll definitely be back!

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  12. Drew

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Super impressive restaurant with a great fixed menu - we loved the variety and the cocktails were amazing. Our server was a bit cold but the other staff were super friendly and helpful. We dropped close to $500 for 2 people which is a little steep, but it was a good experience

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  13. EmilyS

    New York City

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mooncusser was a wonderful place for a Valentine’s dinner. We went on the 13th and the entire experience was amazing. The service was top notch - so attentive, friendly and engaged. The meal was delicious too. Chef was able to accommodate my gluten allergy and dairy allergy with such ease. 90% of the menu was safe to begin with, and they really went above and beyond to make sure I had a safe and delicious experience. We were pleasantly surprised with how large the portions were for this tasting menu - we went home totally stuffed. Can’t wait to come back and also try Moon Bar downstairs. Thank you for a great experience!

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  14. diner

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sublime food, not for the feint of wallet but so worth it. Creative fresh fish preparations paired with interesting wine selections. My only critique is too many bubbly wine choices on the evening we were there and honestly it was too much food for me!

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  15. RobertS

    Greater Boston

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Definitely interesting and unexpected flavors. Always a great meal

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is always amazing, would like better wine and wine by the glass menus. Best food in Boston, now if can combine with great wine, would be amazing experience.

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  17. Rumination

    Greater Boston

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mooncusser is a major reason as to why we would consider moving to Boston from NH. The blending of ingredients is astounding. The taste is sublime. Every menu change just brings more excitement. Chef Carl is at the top of his game. We have been to some amazing restaurants in my 72 years. Mooncusser is at the top of the list. The wine pairing is also thoughtful and really works. I would also say that the value for the money is impressive. The staff is attentive and knowledgeable. A wonderful experience!!!

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  18. MichaelC

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    As on previous visits, the food at Mooncusser is absolutely beautiful and delicious.

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  19. Amanda

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Came for birthday dinner. Very good food, sub par service. Arrived on time for our reservation and were told table wasn’t ready for 10 minutes. The seafood dishes were outstanding, rest of the dishes and dessert were just average. Service was not very attentive as we had to pour our own wine a few times. Overall would give a 4/5.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Amazing food and wine. Small portions and super price bring this down just slightly. We got out next to the window overlooking the hallway too so ambiance was not that great.

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  21. LauraB

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was beautifully presented and delicious.

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  22. AMYB

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A couple of the dishes were too spicy and overwhelmed the wine pairings, but others were more balanced and the wine and dish enhanced each other. The servers were knowledgeable and had good timing. It would be a lovely date night as it is not too over the top as far as price and ambiance.

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  23. GasTronome

    Greater Boston

    78 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We felt somewhat let down by the newest offerings on the menu. The initial two dishes appeared to be variations on a similar theme, both carrying an unexpected level of spice, a characteristic that seemed to permeate most of the items on the menu. The main courses didn't quite meet our expectations either. Particularly, the pasta dish came across as overly simplistic. Also the other main dish the use of sausage as a primary ingredient, which didn't align with our anticipations of more premium components. The dessert was enjoyable, however. Despite the overall tastiness of the meal, given the $115 fixed-price menu, our expectations were naturally set higher.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The dishes were interesting and, for the most part, very enjoyable. The wine pairings were hit or miss for me. We’ve done many, many prie fixe type dining experiences and the pacing of the courses was way off. Our reservation was for 5:45 and we didn’t leave the restaurant until 8:30. So, as long as you have a lot of time to spend, it’s a nice spot for dinner.

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  25. Chris

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the best meal I have had in Boston for years.

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  26. Nikkileah32

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu was amazing, wine paring delicious, and the server/wait staff was knowledgeable and polite. Plan to go back!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    An elevated tasting menu that left us surprised, full, and satisfied. A great place for a special occasion. Sit by the bar and hope Clayton is working, he’s a wealth of knowledge.

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  28. ArmonS

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always love coming here because the food is amazing and very creative. The menu rotation also means you never know what's in store

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  29. JuliasChild

    Greater Boston

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Hands down one of the best dinners that we have had in Boston in a long time. We thoroughly enjoyed the unique flavor profiles of each of the beautifully-presented dishes and the well-matched wine pairings. My husband and I look forward to going back to see what creative food pairings the chef will come up with next.

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  30. DonnaM

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We very much enjoyed our dinner at Mooncusser. All the courses were delicious and the wine pairings were well done and matched the flavors well. I would definitely recommend Mooncusser to a friend and we hope to dine there again in the near future,

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  31. BruceR

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the tasting menu with the wine pairing. The menu featured some unique dishes that we had never tasted and some delicious wines that were new to us. Clayton was our server. He was great telling us about the food and wine.

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  32. SnehaL

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The menu looked good, but the food as such was just okay. Small portions.

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  33. MichelleG

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was imaginative; the service was warm and friendly, and the atmosphere was perfect. Highly recommend for a nice evening out with delicious food.

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  34. Hobe

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had high expectations based on reviews and Mooncusser did not disappoint. The food was excellent (with flexibility for items my wife did not eat), and equally important the service was terrific. The staff paid attention to small things - always polite and welcoming. We felt attended to but never rushed. The room was quiet and classy.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Small, stylish 3rd floor space. Elevated but comforting cooking with attentive and unfussy service. Every dish on the prix fixe menu was excellent and the wine pairings were innovative and spot-on. A bit spendy, but actually good value for the quality.

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  36. Pittipat

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful tasting menu in a quiet, relaxed room. Wine pairing was quite good, though I'd have recommended a bit more robust choice with the octopus. Every course was delightful. Service was just plain outstanding. Grant was very attentive, personable, and knowledgeable about both food and wine. An outstanding experience!

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  37. LovesToEat76

    Greater Boston

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing culinary experience! Tasting Menu changes every 6 week!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I just do not have any adjectives that would adequately describe this amazing experience. Carl Dooley does it again! This has to be the best restaurant in Boston.

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  39. AronR

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and experience for a special occasion.

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  40. Reed

    Greater Boston

    88 reviews

    5.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A real experience in fine dining. It's not just eating a meal...it is a wonderful tasting menu experience with excellent wines and drinks. The best restaurant in Boston in my opinion. And I've dined at most of them and have lived there for 15 years. Not to be missed!

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FAQs

Mooncusser is rated 4.8 stars by 1274 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Mooncusser

304 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116-5242

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Columbus Ave.
  • Neighborhood
    Back Bay
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American
  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Park at the 10 St. James Garage across the street from Mooncusser. Enter on either Stuart St. or St. James between Arlington and Berkeley. We are directly across from the parking atrium exit. Parking fee is $9 for up to 2 hours and $11 for up to 3 hours. Please ask your server or the host to stamp your ticket.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Carl Dooley
  • Additional
    Cocktails, Full Bar
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