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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c
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate here a year ago and should have returned sooner! The second meal was even better, especially the outstanding cold fish plates (tartare, poke, ceviche, etc.) and the warm apps (bay scallops with lentils so delicious! and a velvety cream soup with smoked mussels). The wine list is small, but based on the affordable cabernet sauvignon we had, they are beautifully selected to complement fish. A chocolate dessert was also superb. Service was excellent. It's a place for a romantic dinner for sure, or out with people who really appreciate deftly prepared fish with impeccable French technique and subtle and magical use of spices. They've just gotten a liquor license so will be sure to satisfy those who crave mixed cocktails.

m
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

really anazing food , ambiance and service. This a a hidden gem easy walking distance to the thetre district (just 5 minutes) Highly recommended!

PP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food in quiet, dignified setting with attentive (but not overbearing) and friendly service. Could have chosen any and every item on the menu; enjoyed the fish chowder and monkfish saddle, both of which were excellent. Perfect spot to catch up with a former colleague who was in town for business and staying at a nearby hotel.

P
New England
42 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience1

Fantastic appetizers for sure, as are the desserts.
What is really bizarre though is the fish...all the plates on the menu crowd, over complicate and overwhelm the fish they are supposed to illustrate. It is almost like a fish restaurant for people that don't really like fish! Nothing says simplicity, freshness and wholesome goodness as a simply prepared fish - grilled, steamed, broiled, or baked. Maybe some greens or potatoes and carrots on the side. Period. Not one of the dishes on the menu resembles this.
The service is impeccable. The restaurant was pretty sparsely attended.

GT
New England
46 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We visited this restaurant several times this year. We were never disappointed. The food and service was excellent.

c
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was very attentive. Food was perfectly prepared. I had the pollack and my friend had the tuna. Both were outstanding. Would absolutely return.

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I like this restaurant a lot. My 4th visit there. The soup was delicious. I had the pasta (tagliatelle) and found it heavy with not an ideal mix of vegetables to go with the excellent lobster. The pear tart for dessert was dry.
I'll be back - but keep working on the details!

PJ
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mooncusser is a Boston gem. A fairly compact menu with fish, pasta and a meat offering. Great wine and beer list. And the desserts are amazing. I like how simple the decor is and how professional the staff is. The food is the main event and the service great. Well worth a visit. I will return.

j
New England
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Slow slow service
Limited menu
Cheep wine glasses. Only one size

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

The food here is excellent but the service was execrable. It's not just the blase and indifferent waitstaff but the fact that we waited 63 minutes between the time the appetizers, which came promptly, were removed and the entrees arrived--and at that they only arrived because I inquired of the waiter as to their whereabouts. So, if you have all the time in the world, go here. Otherwise there are equally good Boston fish emporia that don't leave you hungry and anging.

M
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our server was excellent and added to the quality of our experience. The food was truly outstanding in taste, presentation and creativity. However, the kitchen took an exceptionally long time to get the courses out. We enjoy leisurely fine dining and had read reviews ahead of time noting long food delivery but even with that, we were still surprised by how long it really took to get food on the table.

b
New England
138 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The grilled octopus appetizer and clam chowder were both delicious. My tuna entree was not my absolute favorite. I guess I didn't like the accompanying sauces and there were too may beans and not enough squash. My husband said his duck breast was fantastic. We thought the menu was a bit limited and pricey. I am not sure we will be rushing to return and it is in or neighborhood. Too bad.

B
New England
30 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

This use to be our favorite seafood restaurant in Boston, but not sure now. We were there over 2 hours and only ordered scallops and grilled squid appetizers, tagliatelle bolognese, and baked pollack. Appetizers came out quick as usual, then we waited 1 hour and 15 minutes for the 2 entrees with no acknowledgement or apology from wait staff or management. They only acknowledge after I flagged them down at the hour mark. The excuse was a blow off that their dishes are prepared fresh. We have been there nearly 20 times and never waited close to an hour for entrees. Did they have to go catch my fish!?

It was clear the place was having major time management issues and not willing to accept the facts. Some people came in after us ate a full 3 course meal and left while others sat like us waiting forever for food.

We have eaten at Mooncusser almost 20 times. This recent visit’s poor customer service will make us think twice about coming again.

E
New England
14 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful service, great menu and a real treat to find a BOSTON restaurant with a noise level that makes it possible to have an actual conversation with table mates!

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was just ok. Certainly not a top 25 as rated by Boston Magazine. Sorry.

HB
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Mooncusser has an exceptional wine list, and great food to pair with the wines. Their dishes are simple yet very flavorful, and always very fresh. Their dessert menu is seasonal and not to be missed.

B
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu items were generic, but the preparations were unique and delicious. The wine list offered many excellent choices at reasonable prices consistent with the high end nature of the restaurant,. Service was discrete, but friendly and attentive.

AM
New England
17 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Anniversary dinner! Nice romantic. Needs some music in background or if in could not hear it.
Very tasty dishes! Wine great too!

O
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good experience in general. However, long time waiting for the courses.
Fish was good, but excessively done.

HD
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a lovely restaurant with delicious and interesting seafood. It was fun to have preparations that are new and unique.

NJ
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

The decor is spare, the menu has limited selections; none of us were impressed by the entrees. Will not be going back. There are so many great restaurants in Boston. No need to waste time on this one. Can't understand how Boston magazine rates this restaurant in the top 50.

SC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michelin star quality. This place could make it anywhere. Wish they’d open in NY and/or DC.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

It took over 75 minutes for our entrees to arrive. Our waiter (seemingly intentionally) ignored us for almost our entire meal. They even put 3 glasses of wine from another table on our bill. The chowder was actually pretty good, and the scallops were okay, but this was overall a very disappointing experience.

d
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Interesting, delicious food. Lovely service in a wonderful setting.

m
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Menu was limited to 5 ordinary entrees - tuna, scallops, monkfish, halibut, and tagliatelle pasta. Alcohol limited to beer and wine. Need to take an elevator to get to the rest rooms.

B
Miami
75 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit to this restaurant and it was outstanding in every way! The service staff was well trained and top notch. Food was delicious and creatively prepared!! Would definitely return and recommend to my foodie friends!!

h
New England
36 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent seafood (preparation and presentation) - ceviche was excellent
Service is outstanding - not intrusive but spot on
Ambiance also excellent - very pleasant dining experience

GG
Glasgow
32 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A last minute find late on a Thursday night, we were delighted with our meal at Mooncusser. It is the kind of locally-owned, creative-menu establishment that we like to patronize. The staff was friendly, knowledgable and exceedingly helpful. Their wine list contains a lot of Italian white wines I was unacquainted with. The owner came over to recommend one of them. It was outstanding and went well with both our dishes. I had the whole wheat tagliatelle with lobster, pumpkin, mushroom, leeks, fennel and brandy. Very good. Quite tasty and filling. My wife had the black bass with lentil & quinoa salad, saffron, chanterelles, and mustard greens. She was very happy. Very cute little dining room on the third floor. Highly recommend.

MP
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so amazingly delicious. Can’t wait to go again.

B
New England
18 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Boston. Lovely atmosphere, excellent food and service.

JC
New England
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was fantastic. Savory chowder and scrumptious scallops and monkfish entrees were perfectly prepared. Sparkling rose wine pairing was perfect as well. Service was wonderful.

A
New England
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining area on second floor is simple modern elegance with window views throughout. Food was delicious with excellent presentation. Attentive service. I would definitely come again.

F
Wilmington
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Service was a little slow but the food was so fantastic it was well worth the wait!

JY
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our meals very very much. First, the searing job was impeccable; for both the ordered halibut and sea scallops. Our appetizers were refreshingly appealing and we ate them with great gusto.
The service was more than friendly; we had pleasant chats with the staff and the manager several times throughout our dinner time.
We were pleased with the spaces of the restaurant also, with its sophisticated ground level bar area, and the spiffy and upscale dinning area above. The noise level was low, and the lighting was warm and gentle for a warm late summer evening.
The bill in the end is on the high side, but we were not dismayed at all. In the future, we would be very interested in the restaurant's own interpretations of the typical seafood materials of the area, aka lobsters and clams. As visitors from Oakland, California, we highly recommend this restaurant!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

JP
New England
18 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit after the recommendation of friends -who joined us to go again! Everything we ordered was wonderful and it is abundantly clear that the chef knows fish. The fish was cooked to perfection! I am a fan of bluefish and the smoked pate could have been my dinner! We look forward to returning...and the adaptation of that funky building into the bar/restaurant enhanced the experience.

H
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Service was a bit slow, we waited a while for our main course.
The fish was a bit dry. If this were a general restaurant, it might have been forgivable. Forna restaurant that calls itself fish house, I expected better. The scallop was on point. The sides and apps etc were all good.

We went for our anniversary and the gave us free champagne. We don't drink alcohol so that was wasted, but a nice gesture nonetheless.

EK
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. delicious food

BS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Good food, atmosphere and location.
Service was slightly absent minded at the start (took a long time for service, then took 3 tries to get water delivered) Nonetheless, this improved gradually over the night.
Good experience nonetheless. good food. will return

JB
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

The wait for food was intolerable. We arrived at 6:00 and the waitress knew we had theater tickets. Bread arrived at 6:55. Appetizers took forever, even though we ordered them soon after being seated. Entrees arrived just a couple minutes before 8:00. After waiting nearly 2 hours, we needed to eat our dinners in 10 minutes and rush to the theater. The apps were delicious, but I barely noticed the entrees as we needed to eat so quickly. The wait staff showed little interest in facilitating the pace.