Mooncusser Fish House

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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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G
New England
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Apps were okay. Both fish dishes we got were overcooked and dry (maybe sat on a hotplate or under a heatlamp or something? waited maybe 35-45min after apps plates were taken to when we were served entrees). Pasta came out luke-warm (again, not sure if food was just sitting somewhere waiting?)

l
New England
223 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place for a quiet intimate dinner. Plenty of options. The melon gazpacho was a highlight.

GT
New England
39 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant week menu was good as usual. We enjoyed the melon soup and the the blue fish main dish. Desert was slow to arrive but when arrived it was delicious.

G
New England
161 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A delightful evening w friends enjoying Dine Out Boston. Another beautiful and delicious meal including melon Gazpacho, ceviche and scallops. 😋 and a nicely priced decanted red wine. Thank you Vincent.

MS
New England
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 2

I have been to Mooncusser multiple times and have always had a wonderful experience until my last visit. We raved to friends how it was a great restaurant and took them here. Service was abysmal. We had to wait 20 minutes to be seated after reservation time, a half hour to get menus once seated, an hour between appetizers and dinner, and our servers clearly did not know what was going on. It should not take >3 hours to have a dinner. It was embarrassing for us who invited friends to go there.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

It took very long

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Food is very good. Service was borderline atrocious.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was my first time here. I think if I want to have seafood, I’ll probably go to other restaurants in Boston that I liked much better than Mooncusser.

T
New England
29 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our late summer dinner at Mooncusser last night was excellent on all counts. We took advantage of the Boston Dines Out menu, and with our friends, sampled all they had to offer. The ceviche and mango gazpacho with lobster were delicious. The warm squid salad complemented our offerings. The scallops, bluefish and tagliatelle with mussels all featured local seasonal farm produce and were cooked perfectly. Vince recommended a white Spanish wine that was distinct and worked so well with all the entrees. Finally, the chocolate cake with berries and the panna cotta both were a fitting end to the meal. Atmosphere was great, diners happy, and service was fantastic!! We couldn't have been more pleased and had a wonderful experience, looking forward to coming again soon.

H
New England
13 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pretty and atmospheric third-floor setting -- but not dark, for a change. Lovely, welcoming service, very good food. Great spot for a special date with a special someone -- or a small group of good friends.

b
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We were on the 3rd floor and had a waitress who was "new". She told us about the oysters before even asking us if we wanted drinks (which we did). Not good.

The drinks took a long time and the entrees took a very long time. It was a Saturday night and the 3rd floor was full, but not sure about other 2 floors.

They also did not have hot sauce for the oysters that we ordered nor did they have cocktail sauce?? How is that possible. Very disappointing. All told took us 2 3/4 hours for dinner.

g
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal at Mooncusser Fish House during Dine-Out Boston week! Had a glass of wine downstairs first at the lively Moon Bar, and then headed upstairs for amazing food and great wine selections. Every bite was outstanding! Very knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive staff!

DB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The staff is wonderful. Very friendly and knowledgeable.
Unfortunately, one of the chefs quit that afternoon, so everything was delayed somewhat. No big deal though, as the manager explained everything and refilled our drinks on him. Certainly, the right thing to do. Our server - Mara - was very personable, pleasant and has a great sense of humor. The delays were not her fault, and she dealt with it extremely professionally.
Dinner was served piping hot and delicious.
A return visit is definitely in the cards for us.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The dinner was perfect, with plates very well prepared.
The waitress (who speaks also italian) was very attentive and committed to give the best service. In addiction she gave us very useful informations about spending our days in Boston

A
New England
17 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have already recommended it to one of my Boston Foodie friends! And my husband and I are booked for next week at their sister restaurant 80 Thoreau in Concord MA. The quality of the food, the imaginative presentation and friendly yet professional service are just what we like... love the decor, the view of "The Castle" and being able to hear yourself speak! We will definitely be back!

h
New England
33 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent, innovative seafood
Always superb - never disappointing
Excellent overall experience

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Such a great dining experience here. The staff was incredible and so attentive. The food was delicious! Perfect way to celebrate an anniversary.

B
New England
144 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OK , Why isn’t this restaurant packed when we go? Probably because we eat early. I can’t say enough good about it. Food is wonderful, service is perfect and the room is beautiful. I’d like to see more variety on the menu. We will be back.

A
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another amazing meal at Mooncusser. Ambiance and service is exceptional. As expected the striped bass was exquisitely prepared-moist center and skin crisped to perfection. Looking forward to returning soon!

NH
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is an amazing restaurant!! The food was extraordinary: fresh and creative (but simple), bringing out the best from every ingredient. Great wine list. We are definitely coming back!

MB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Third floor dining, need to take an elevator to reach the dining area. Very limited menu, with no vegetarian options. What they did, they did well. Scallops were perfectly grilled, homemade whole wheat pasta was delightful. There was only beer and wine, if you want a cocktail, you will need to wait until they get a full bar license.

MS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Meh, food was average.

P
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magnificent dinner. The chowder, calamari salad and sea scallops were divine. The service was attentive and the ambience elegant but not ostentatious. A wonderful experience.

W
New England
15 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The service lacks the precision and finesse of the kitchen. We were on the nicer side of the subdivided room, but it all needs a rethink. Spare is fine, but the accent prints lack character and fail as accents.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent! We tried every course and shared all the deserts! The almond cake was fabulous!! Loved the atmosphere... can’t say enough good things about our experience!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We very sorely disappointed in our meal at Mooncusser and were sorry that we had not heeded several of the other reviews on OpenTable. We started with a chowder - which turned out to be mostly potato and was very salty. We had been looking forward to having both the Blue Fish and Striped Bass (fish I had grown up on as a native New Yorker). We were sorely disappointed in both flavorless presentations - each fish may as well have been poached! In addition, the portion of fish delivered was shockingly small in proportion to the price.

The menu itself was incredibly limited as was the wine list. So disappointed were we in the overall experience that we went to a different restaurant for dessert...

OT
Richmond
25 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great meal for our last night. My scallops were perfect. Husband loved his chowder and bluefish. The service was polite and unobtrusive. Beautiful setting.
Oddly, it must have been a slow night because the dining room was mostly empty. Don't miss this one.

C
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location: just near enough to the theater district to be out of the main crowd and be easily accessible. Take the elevator if you can’t walk the stairs. If you can walk the stairs, do it. It invigorates the experience of rising at the top and walking into the open, well-designed restaurant. Or stop before hand at the bar on the bottom floor for reinforcement before climbing up to the top. Interesting menu. Good wine selection. Good service.

TW
New England
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an awesome restaurant if you have an adventurous palate and like fish. It's pricey but well worth the money for an upscale experience.

k
Italy
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed the overall experience of our meal. We like the location of the restaurant and the staff were friendly. The food was good quality and well prepared.

P
New England
12 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal

GC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finally had the chance to try Mooncusser after a friend recommendation. Well worth the trip as the food was exceptional and the service even better

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable dining experience!
Excellent creative food, super tasty, great wine recommendations and service was on point.
Highly recommend. One of the best meals i have probably ever had. Thank you Mooncusser staff :-)

A
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent staff and fantastic food. Absolutely worth a return visit!

h
New England
29 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High quality all around!

L
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice supper. Curated menu. Food was slightly too self conscious. By great whole wheat pasta and the oysters were lovely. The cider mignonette was a very nice touch. Went well with the Cava. Very good Malmsey on the dessert menu

ER
New England
22 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I hadn't been to Mooncusser since it opened in 2017. I had a great experience that time, and decided to return two years later for a business dinner. The restaurant was not very full, but despite that, service was excruciatingly slow. We waited an hour between appetizers and dinner. The food was excellent for the most part -- I had a great ceviche appetizer, and my companions seemed to enjoy their scallop and bluefish entrees. However, my lobster minestrone was lukewarm. The same was the case with the coffee I had with dessert. This restaurant, which serves some great food, would be so much better if the service were improved, and if the attention to detail which is clearly apparent in some dishes, was present for the entire menu.

LN
New England
13 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

To be honest, I was expecting more. The blue fish pate was something I was so excited to have and it was disappointing. The crackers were stale or something but overall not the right consistency . The pate was uneven and even though I love bluefish it was nothing to crave again.
I thought the fish chowder was good but my main entree of the pasta with mussels was very fishy. As a matter of fact once I ate one I couldn't continue. The meal felt heavy not light which I would have expected with the cuisine.
The desert was very good but not enough to elevate the experience.
The water person was very attentive and was on top of his game.

A
New England
27 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very limited menu- needs to offer specials or change menu often because there are so few choices. Because we were told this isn’t the case, I would not choose to return very soon, which is unfortunate.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, professional staff, great experience!

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