Mooncusser

4.9
673 Reviews
$50 and over
Seafood
Mooncusser serves a $95 4 course prix fixe tasting 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. Mooncusser is on the 3rd floor of the building at the corner of Stuart St. and Columbus Ave. with great views of the Castle and Park Square. Also check out Cusser's Roast Beef & Seafood, our casual ground floor bar open for lunch and dinner.
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vipCowhoma
New England
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I returned because we so enjoyed our meal there in August. I have rarely been in a restaurant in Boston with such warm, friendly service. The chef masters flavor, texture and eye appeal in every dish. I may want the butternut squash and beef cheek risotto on my list of potential last meals. The wine pairings are wonderful and great fun.

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vipAnoopD
Denver
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tasting menu/wine pairings is an awesome culinary journey - don’t hesitate to try!
Exceptional.

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CarlosL
London
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, good service in a relax environment, good experience

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jamesc
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food in the city. Excellent wine pairings as well. Staff was helpful and practiced. Very unique dining room with refined taste.

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vipVzls
Fort Lauderdale
100 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was just going out to another Boston restaurant and had no idea the treat I was in for. Don’t be turned off by the street entrance as the restaurant is 3 floors up. The front door leads to a regular after work bar but the restaurant is upstairs.

Upon arrival We were met by a gracious host downstairs who took us up to the restaurant. After being seated we were met by staff who presented the menu and cocktail and wine selections.

Out menu was a fixed menu with wine pairings. Though fixed we had a choice of two for each course.

We started with a complimentary tuna tostados presented and explained in detail at our table by the chef. It was so good that I realized that I was somewhere special. I googled the chef and realized I was.

Not only was each course magnificent, so was the service. We had several staff presenting our courses and each member knew exactly what was prepared and how special each course was.

I can’t say enough how much I enjoyed my evening at Mooncusser.
I’m in Boston til the end of November and I can wait to go back.

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RobbieH
New England
25 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food - subtle flavors that meld together to create a wonderful dining experience. The wine pairings complement the food perfectly

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BrendanC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Highly recommend. Had the October menu and it was outstanding. The wonton soup and smoked trout dish stood out the most in a terrific meal. Carl was clearing tables which gave the meal a very genuine experience. Only complaint is the setup and decor are a little off, could use some refining.

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KarlaM
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My boyfriend and I went there for the first time for my birthday dinner last night. It was one of the BEST dinners we’ve ever had (and we are big foodies). Every dish from start to finish was phenomenal. Highly recommend going to Mooncusser if you live in Boston or are visiting from out of town.

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hithere
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a special place. The feel is chic and the food is spectacular! Don’t miss this spot.

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AngelinaR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mooncusser did not disappoint. I will be back for sure!!!

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RichardB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Expensive but for a special evening very much worth it. The menu selections, though very limited, are outstanding in terms of creativity with an outstanding array of flavors and textures. People with dietary restrictions might struggle with the limited choices. The servers were very helpful and knew the food. If you are looking for an interesting and innovative meal and are not dining on a budget, this is one place to definitely try. The dining room, even half full, is quite noisy.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is what dining out should be about!!!
Well prepared and balanced “fixed” menu.
Interesting flavor combinations and textures.
Congratulations to the chef.

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DavideR
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s a fish restaurant but I had one of the best bruschetta ever. Reflecting the original farm worker one, this shows how the chef and the team are serious about details, consistencies, tastes, presentation. An epicurian experience.

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vipAlphonsoS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great experience.

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NicoleE
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent! Highly recommend trying the cocktails, we have 3 and they were all fantastic. A wonderful experience from start to end. 10/10 would recommend

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KarenP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most approachable tasting menus we have ever had. We got plenty of food for the price and the wine pairings were fabulous. I loved that Carl, the chef, visited and brought food to each and every table. You never see that anymore.
Going back monthly!

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vipkagey
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food presented artistically, with varied textures and tastes. Attentive waitstaff accommodating specific requests due to dietary restrictions and needs. We sat at the same table as on our previous visit and the waitress remember us and our interests from July. Fabulous location for special occasion celebration!

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vipBruceH
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I've ever had! The lobster and veal sweetbreads in butter sauce was fantastic. Servers were knowledgable and attentive. Wine pairings were perfectly selected. We booked another reservation as soon as the menu changes in 2 weeks

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant by far! Everything was perfect!

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vipOmnivore
New England
220 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was our second visit. My wife eats fish, but no meat, so the beautifully prepared fish available for each of the three savory courses is a huge plus. Our first visit was one of the best dining experiences that we've every enjoyed. This second visit was quite good. The second amuse-bouche was delicious but quite filling--lot of bread. My lamb carpaccio starter and sweetbreads/lobster curry were both dominated by one flavor note. In the case of the lamb, it was difficult to discern which bites were actually the lamb. My wife out-ordered me with the corn cappeletti for the second course. As the server explained, they were going for a high-end riff on Mexican street corn, and they delivered. We both had the black bass for the third course, which was just right--the perfect combination of textures and flavors. The crisp for dessert was rich with butter. A very knowledgeable staff explains each course and each paired wine, which I recommend. In terms of the general execution, this is what high-end dining is supposed to be about. But, although I'm someone who enjoys spicy food, I thought my first two courses lacked nuance. But we'll be back.

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vipKatherineW
New England
15 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was sublime and the service impeccable. The publicized courses exceeded expectations but the little surprises were even better. The only disappointment was that it was a bit noisy - challenging fir a four-person conversation.

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vipJJ22
London
10 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Highly recommend. One of the best chefs in Boston.

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vipMAJfromMA
New England
16 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the creative food and fabulous service. We will definitely go again.

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vipAdam7271
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We chose Mooncusser based on a recommendation from a friend, and we are extremely happy we did! The restaurant is tidy and clean, with tasteful décor and style.

The service was magnificent. Seriously, every single person who stopped by the table (including the chef/owner and general manager) made our experience better. Whether bringing the next dish or stopping by to check in, they did nothing but improve the experience.

The tasting menus were creative, cogent, and most importantly, delicious. We opted for the wine pairings, and they were also well chosen.

If there was any complaint, it's that the tasting menus seems to rotate monthly, which means I need to wait two whole weeks before seeing what they come up with next! We're already looking forward to our next visit.

This really is an excellent choice for a date night or even just to treat yourself to an elevated dining experience. I recommend Mooncusser without hesitation.

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vipHungryBear
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The prix fixe was great, and they always have a great wine list.

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vippatB
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent. One of the very best restaurant in Boston

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vipScottS
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food. Thoughtful wine pairings. Excellent service. Lovely evening

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rital
New England
20 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Exceptional. Best dinner we have had in the city in a long time. Course after course had unique flavors, fresh tasting, and plentiful. We certainly had a "global" experience and can't wait to go back for the next season's menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
34 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing four-course meal with a great wine pairing. Loved the Indian and Thai influences.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Over spiced an overpriced

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Would like to go every month for the new menu if I can!

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vipCowhoma
New England
21 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a memorable dinner. From the amuse bouche which was a mezze assortment with delicious Turkish bread to the dessert, every dish was a combination of being visually beautiful, wonderful textures and flavors that invigorated every taste bud. The waitstaff was attentive without being intrusive. They were well versed on the content of each dish. There is also wine pairings available. Again the waitstaff provided information about the wine, the grape, where it was produced and the anticipated tastes. I loved Carl Dooley at the Table in Cambridge.
Now his artful cooking is surrounded by upscale ambience. I cannot wait for his next menu.

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vipGasTronome
New England
61 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our second visit since the reopening. The portions are generous. The tastes are bold and we liked it. The one comment we have is to ease up a bit on the spiciness of some of the dishes. We also enjoyed the desert which was tasty and creative. The service was excellent although the food came a bit slower than the usual. We will repeat.

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vipLexi
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great restaurant. Expensive, but a lot of food and extremely fresh. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love getting both options on the prefix menu and trading dishes each course. It’s a lot of fun to taste everything on the menu, especially with such an awesome and creative chef!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very exotic menu, drinks are very delicious, waiters very professional and carrying,

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vipbill
Los Angeles
238 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

the flatbread and the baba ghanoush were excellent. We enjoyed the fluke. I liked the magliatele but the curry flavor overwhelmed the halibut. The swordfish was very good but would have preferred less peppers. The sorbet palate cleanser was needed before the banana pudding with chocolate sorbet.

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ovvywin
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the casual yet intimate setting of the 4-course tasting meal choice. I personally liked not having to spend a lot of time choosing what to order, and the flavors were surprising in a great way. The service was great, the chef came out to speak to each table individually, and the whole experience was definitely worth the price.

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vipem12
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Life-changing food and down-to-earth, friendly service -- Chef Dooley imparts his style on this seafood restaurant with approachable yet elevated amuse bouches, tasteful palate cleansers, and layers of funky-fresh flavors in every dish. Words can't describe the treat that is this food! The staff was incredibly professional and knowledgable, but this elegant dining room doesn't feel stuffy. Everyone was incredibly warm and generous, and we left feeling so taken care of.

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vipChanigan
New England
37 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the ambiance, airy, modern and elegant. The food is amazing, both fresh and complex in taste, and at times very delicate like the steamed black bass. The chef always add something crunchy like nuts to create a wonderful texture in every bite. His treatment of swordfish was fantastic. He made his round with the guests and so nice.

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Mooncusser is rated 4.9 stars by 673 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.