Mooncusser Fish House

4.5
398 reviews
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Seafood
Mooncusser serves local seafood in a comfortable environment. Since opening in 2017 the restaurant has been awarded top seafood honors by Boston Magazine and Yankee Magazine. 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 Moon Bar our boisterous ground floor oyster bar open for lunch and dinner.
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JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mooncusser was amazing. We arrived a little late (9:30) so it wasnt busy. the staff was very attentive and even sent over extra apps (that we hadnt ordered, but definitely appreciated). The food was incredible and i couldnt recommend this place any more.

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FM
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mooncusser is one of our favorite restaurants. The service is impeccable and friendly without being intrusive. The seafood is always fresh and delicious. The tuna tartare was fantastic. Other standouts included grilled tuna, seared scallops, and grilled squid. The paring with a crisp and refreshing rose made it a perfect meal. Can't wait to go back!

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EO
New England
14 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Honestly, these were best cooked fish dishes I think I’ve ever had.

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F
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks! Great dinner. The dozen oysters were awesome.

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HD
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The dinning is on third floor and the bathroom was on the second floor. The food was mediocre. The service is fine. Overall nothing really impressive. Just an ok restaurant.

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h
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food in an elegant but unpretentious atmosphere. The service was top-notch, and I will definitely return on my next trip to Boston!

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BR
Richmond
52 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The concierge at our hotel told us that Mooncusser has been voted best seafood in Boston last year. I don’t have a lot of personal Boston experience to compare it to, but what we had was absolutely outstanding. Don’t miss the Tuna Tartare app! I had seared tuna and my wife had the monkfish. Both were phenomenal. We split the Chantilly cream dessert which was a perfect ending.
If you like cocktails you should know that they don’t have a liquor license yet (it’s a Boston thing). Beer and wine only, but great selections of both and good recommendations from our server, Dan.
This place is definitely worth the trip.

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

Exquisite culinary elegance and excellence a stone’s throw from Boston’s Public Garden.

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k
New England
22 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was great, except it was really cold inside because they kicked up the AC and we all had to put our coats on. It wasn’t just our table that were cold, but you can see ladies at other tables putting on their coats/jackets back on. Maybe it’d be fine during summer, but New England Spring still feels somewhat like winter so no need for AC.

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DF
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I hit the wrong button on noise level--it was quiet, not loud at all.

We enjoyed ourselves and were well-cared for.

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ME
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice place, food was good and oysters seemed very fresh. Dishes were well prepared but nothing outstanding, seemed pricey considering it was nothing memorable.

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DV
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

After a lovely meal here last year, we had one of the more disappointing meals in our Boston dining experience in recent memory. Empty tables on a Saturday at 7:30 in early May should have been a tip off when we arrived. Our meal started out fine, appetizers were good. It went so downhill from there. As our endless wait for our meals began. After over 30 minutes, we flagged our server down (in all this time we had only been asked if we wanted another roll). The server offered nothing more then a curt “I’ll check on it” A little longer, the manager approached and shared that our 2 meals would be out soon. The meals did arrive but were luke warm at best and my scallops were gritty. At this point we just wanted out of the restaurant. To be fair the restaurant did comp 2 glasses of wine, however not enough to entice us to return. Too bad, as our first meal there was so good.

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

Very nice experience. Good food and well balanced wine list. Menu is a bit short .

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OT
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We had a very disappointing experience at Mooncusser. The service was friendly but food was very, very slow to arrive. It took almost an hour for our starters to arrive and a further half hour for the other courses. Other tables were having similar issues. The food was good and well presented but not exceptional. I would really struggle to recommend the restaurant.

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BR
New England
51 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A delightful meal! The scallops were outstanding; stuffed skate was delicious. Their modern version of clam chowder is fresh and delightful. This is an elegant place to enjoy a seafood meal from an independent restaurant that offers a fine dining atmosphere at a reasonable price.

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JR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good and the service was adequate. There is no bar / cocktails and is a wine and beer only restaurant. The waitress never provided a dessert menu - so it is unclear if they even offer a dessert menu. No cocktails is a non-starter for a downtown Boston “upscale” restaurant. Better service and comparable food can be easily obtained elsewhere in this city.

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r
New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We were there on a very quiet night (convergence of Easter and Passover - Boston was a ghost town...) so while it was quiet when we dined there, I cannot really comment on the noise level. Aside from that I cannot say enough about how great our experience was. We were a table of 4 diners and each of us felt that our dinners were delicious and the service was perfect. Our fishes were all well prepared and creatively prepared. The sauces and the accompanying vegetables were perfect complements to the fishes. The wine list while not extensive is extremely well curated and reasonably priced. I live on the water and have access to wonderful fresh fish year round so I do not generally go out for fish when in Boston. This restaurant will be the exception as I hope to dine there again soon.

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C
New England
19 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is delicious and beautiful prepared. They also listen to you when you specify how done you like your fish.

The only negatives at this restaurant are that there are no vegetarian entrees (although they would probably make you one on request).

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BR
New England
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Mooncusser always has the loveliest appetizers and meals.
We really enjoy everything we try here and the staff is always wonderful.

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T
New England
43 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent. Very accommodating (chef prepared my fish as requested since I was allergic to sauce on menu) and it was superb. My husband loved his preparation (with the sauce). Environment was calm and noise level low, so we got to talk w/o shouting. Service was pleasant and unhurried with good explanations of food and drink. Wine list is small but well curated. Only reason that I gave a 4 instead of a 5 is that the menu is limited and there are many items I can’t e 😟.

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f
New England
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The wait was ridiculous,

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JK
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere in a lovely old building in Boston

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MB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food, quiet, plain ambiance, a bit slow service

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SM
Dallas
22 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

This was really not the best night. The best part of it was the wine recommended by the manager. Spot on brilliant. The kitchen was really slow just for a cup of chowder. Our waitress was somewhat nonexistent for a really long stretch at a time. Our food was not well prepared, Overly seared scallops on one side that were not cooked, and portions were somewhat inconsistent on the fish fillet.It is a beautiful room.

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s
New England
68 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

There are too many great restaurants in the South End to make this a first stop, though the food is good and you can have a conversation w/out straining to hear. Everyone liked what they ate, but somehow it didn't all come together and there was a certain lack of charm. Good. Just not great.

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SB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was prepared so fresh and just delicious!! In house desserts were amazing!! Service was very friendly and attentive. We will definitely eat there again.

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n
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is wonderful at Mooncusser. The staff is charming and the service is great. The setting is quite simple and chic. There are a lot of stairs to reach the dining room (though there is an elevator so no worries) BUT if it is important, prospective patrons should know that they have yet to get their liquor license. So if you are happy with a nice selection of wine and beer, it's perfect. If you look forward to a martini before dinner, forget about it. But for genuine foodies, fish lovers in search of unusual preparations (eg a completely unique and unforgettable chowder), and diners with a strong aesthetic and no need for a cocktail, this place rocks. It was our second time and we'll be back again.

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DS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Honestly, I wasn't sure what to expect as I hadn't heard of the restaurant before. Everything was absolutely wonderful. The food was spectacular, the service was great (not too much, not too little). The only issue, and it wasn't big, was the noise level, but we certainly did not have to shout. I'd go back there in a flash!

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B
New England
117 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best “high end “ seafood restaurant in Boston.

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F
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A delicious meal in a lovely room. And terrific service. A bit pricey (especially with the incredible bottle of wine that was recommended) but worth it.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great night at a nice table by the window, our server was terrific and the meal was really enjoyable. We really loved the place.

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T
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very much enjoyed dinner at Mooncusser's. We ordered the Tasting menu and we enjoyed each of the courses, my favorite was the scallop course - very tasty and perfectly cooked! The service is exceptional, the team works together (I really like that they bring fresh flatware each time and crumb the table).

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F
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding fish house -- gourmet meal, friendly servers, lovely atmosphere, good value. The fish chowder and other seafood soup was excellent (we also had lunch there the day before for Dine Out Boston). We look forward to going back there.

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KM
New England
10 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Portions a little small, but really yummy! Lovely views watching the setting sun.

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JL
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was superb as was the service. I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves fish. Looking forward to enjoying another meal there soon.

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N
New England
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with some colleagues for restaurant week. Great options, appropriate portions and lovely attention to detail.

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h
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Try this restaurant during the Dine out Boston week and we had a great time.

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner

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W
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting food very good

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D
New England
42 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was great..really creative and fresh. Weird that you can get oysters in the bar downstairs but not up in the main restaurant. But we made it work. Great wine list...not big but good wines. Was dead...but was 530 PM on Saturday. We were first seated at the table closest to the door. We were the only ones there and when we asked to move to another table it was like we had 3 heads. We moved anyway and all was good. Foodies should go. Not your typical spot but worth the money

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