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Mooncusser Fish House

4.6
182 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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Mooncusser is an elegant New England Fish House serving local fishes alongside sustainable alternatives. A wine list of 400 selections and gracious service complement the cuisine.
Dining Style
Elegant Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Monday-Saturday: 5-10 PM
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Phone number
(617) 917-5193
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Carolyn Johnson
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Columbus Ave.
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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.
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Beer, Wine

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Sun 11:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 5:30PM
Mon - Fri 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Sat 11:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 5:30PM

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4.7
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4.5
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2.0Dined 3 days ago

Unfortunately, there was an ammonia taste in the skate, one of our four main dishes. It's not harmful, of course, but is off putting and doesn't taste good. It does hurt if you paid $30 for the entree, though. Skate is a cold weather fish, and it is now getting warm so the fish is more perishable and should be eaten the day it is bought. Good fishmongers buy only a little each day because it can't hold well. Selling the fish on a Monday when the restaurant probably had deliveries on Friday or Saturday is probably the cause.

The service was ok, but with so few people in the restaurant, our server should have been more aware that one entree went back to the kitchen barely eaten. He also bungled the bill, not noticing that our two desserts were part of the prix fixe.

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2.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Disappointed...overall

Tuna tartar was excellent. Set my expectations high for the rest of the meal
The bread was lovely

But then...Seafood chowder arrived room temp. Asked the waiter if this was the chefs intention. It wasn’t. Soup returned to the kitchen for a warm up
Bass crudo: maybe it was me but I found it uneatable, the Fish was just plain tough and lacked taste. They , with no issue , returned it to the kitchen
I finished up with a very nice salad of delish greens

The Som helped us pick a good Chardonnay . $100 a bottle. The list was pricy

Not returning here
Too many missteps in the kitchen

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Wonderful evening. Fish tasting menu best meal I’ve had in long time. Interesting tasty and varied. You should try this restaurant

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great seafood restaurant with a wonderful selection of wines. The attentive staff made good suggestions on the menu and was knowledgeable about the extensive wine list. The view of the street from the 3rd floor dining room was great. We were at the Mooncusser Fish House on the evening before Mother's Day, and we are eager to come back for another meal.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Exceptional eating experience, Every dish presented in "The taste of local fishes" was created with attention to flavor, texture, and presentation. A very special evening. Also love to see female chefs making their mark.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We dined here with friends on Saturday night, May 12th. The service was a little slow (we got the tasting menu) but the offerings were interesting and the wait staff was extremely friendly. The delicious warm bread with butter (that was not solid) is a great beginning. Also, love that they offer tap and sparkling water (at no extra charge). This place has mastered the "small touches". Some of the dishes in the tasting were really good (the scallop ravioli and "tubed" fish dish), but the main entrée (the tuna) did not "thrill me" as I had hope -- but it was still good. In short, this place has a TON of potential and I will return again to try a different entrée.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

The fish was outstanding - fresh, flavorful, and the plate had just enough food for satisfaction. I did not do my homework prior to visiting the restaurant - it only serves wine and beer
Overall, the experience was wonderful, I would go again.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Foodie delight! The food at Mooncusser was well above average and fairly priced, matched with a decent wine by the bottle list. Our party of 2 (date night) both had the tuna entrée, absolutely delicious.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

My husband and I loved our first dinner at Mooncusser. The restaurant has made creative use of the space they are in. The restaurant seating is on the third floor and the cool looking bar is on the first. I loved being seated right next to a window with a high up view of the wonderful Armory building across the street. The (mostly) seafood choices on the menu were creative and delicious. I highly recommend Mooncusser.

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2018

The Bass Crudo appetizer was excellent and the Monkfish saddle was quite good although the mussels included in the dish were so so. Service was very attentive without being intrusive and the building is interesting, attractive if sparely decorated. The sound level in the upstairs dining room was very well controlled making dinner conversation easy. This is no small feat given how excruciating loud most restaurants are today. Bravo for a place where one can have an excellent meal and an enjoyable conversation with your dinner companion(s)!

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Wonderful food . Superb service. Lovely ambiance. This is a gem of a restaurant. Highly recommend it.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

An outstanding dining experience.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Excellent service, food, and wine selection. What's not to like?

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Lovely decor, great food!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

We have visited Mooncusser several times and it never disappoints. Great fresh fish perfectly prepared; a really excellent, interesting wine list; and an attentive, warm, friendly waitstaff who are very professional. They know how to provide all the attention you need without being intrusive. Really pleasant dining atmosphere overall. We will certainly be returning to this great new addition to the Boston fine-dining restaurant scene that is carrying on Boston's long-standing reputation for great fish dishes and restaurants.

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Good but expensive.
Next time I will try the bar which I was told is less expensive.
Staff was very nice. Facility is also very nice.

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2.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Lovely setting. Excellent service. Limited but thoughtful menu. Lack of raw bar at seafood restaurant a deal killer for me. Overpriced for pretty straightforward fare.

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3.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Ambiance is stark, with no music.

Service is good and crisp, but not warm.

Food was slightly above avg but not worth the price.

I won’t be rushing back.

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3.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Food was outstanding, service was efficient but not particularly welcoming or engaging. Not sure that I would return now after two visits where on both occasions the thin veneer of hospitality was easily exposed. Pity.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

A complete surprise!

They don’t have their liquor license yet but their beers and wines more than offset. Every other category places them in the top ranks of elegant Boston restaurants. The location is magical, the food was highly creative and perfectly prepared, our wine would rate a 98-99 and the staff is bright, knowledgeable, fun and committed.

Be forewarned - their menu is largely fish - served imaginatively. It’s too bad one can’t check all the occasion boxes because Mooncussers is perfect for each.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

After an outstanding dinner at Mooncusser Fish House, we would rate it the best fine dining fish restaurant in Boston. Food and service were excellent from start to finish. The meal began with Chef Carolyn's signature appetizer, seared gnocchi with escargot and spring peas and fava beans. Broiled Cape oysters with bacon followed and were delicate and flavorful. I had the halibut with spring parsnips and nasturtium butter and my husband the whole grilled scup. Both dishes were prepared to perfection and the flavors well balanced and delicious. The wine we chose, a French pinot noir recommended by owner Ian Calhoun, complemented both fish entrees extremely well. We finished with the classic baba au rhum, a fitting ending to an elegant and memorable meal.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great service, amazing food! The stuffed skate and halibut were both fantastic.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Very good meal - have been twice. Just wish there was more of a vibe/energy going on. Think they should really invest in a liquor license. They have a great sized bar and that could really attract many of the businesses around the restaurant for the after work crowd - something I am sure they could benefit from. Serving a raw bar menu with some light appetizers - makes total sense and would love to go there for just that as opposed to a full, formal menu diving experience.

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2.0Dined on April 3, 2018

This is an upscale restaurant but frankly overpriced for the quality. The presentation was good but I don’t go to eat pretty dishes, I go to eat good dishes. The hors d’oevre tuna tartare was okay but not stellar tuna quality to be honest. The grilled tuna was very poor fish quality. It was a tail cut full of nerves, not tender at all and I had trouble cutting pieces with the knife. Frankly underwhelming. Upscale shouldn’t only be the ambience and fanciness of plates, it should be first and foremost quality of the ingredients!

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Food was excellent, service sttentive but stiff, ambience poor and unexciting, prices somewhat high but not unfair—the level of the food deserves a higher decor!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

My wife and I had dinner at Mooncusser to celebrate our 20th. wedding anniversary. The food and service were excellent. They made a special effort to acknowledge our celebration. I definitely recommend Mooncusser,

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The attention to detail at Mooncusser Fish House is second to none! This is true not only for the impeccable service but every single bite of food was so clearly crafted to perfection. I have never seen a staff working so effectively as a team, with everyone always on the same page; it made for a very smooth and incredibly pleasant experience!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

I have been to Mooncusser four times now and it has been a wonderful experience each time. The food is outstanding and creative and the service is thoughtful and attentive. The wine list is also excellent. Overall, I strongly recommend Mooncusser (and its sister restaurant, 80 Thoreau, in Concord).

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The restaurant is small and the staff plentiful and attentive, a powerful combination. The menu covers the range with a few meats too and special prix fixe additions.
The food is prepared to savor the flavors NOT overwhelm them.

Just a perfect combination. We’ll be back!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Reallt great food and wine--original and delicious. Great and knowledgeable service. Relaxed and friendly.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The stafff was exceptional and the food was excellent. The waiter had exceptional knowledge of the wine selection and was very helpful in our selections. The scallops and duck breast were both flavorful and cooked to perfection.

Most of our experience to the owners has been at their sister restaurant, 80 Thoreau, and they did an exceptional job in transferring their talents to Boston.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Mooncusser is a fantastic restaurant. We were a group of six celebrating with family. We were greeted by a lovely hostess and again upstairs by a professional yet welcoming restaurant manager. The lighting of the restaurant is perfect for a date night or finer dining with friends. The staff was attentive . I ordered the scallops - YUM! The squid ink pasta was also delicious. The desserts were unique and the perfect end to a fabulous meal. The Moon Bar on the lower level had a "cool" vibe but yet it was comfortable. Overall , great place !

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

At last, a new restaurant in Boston that combines fantastic food with a wonderfully designed space - where you can actually have a conversation without having to scream! The halibut and steak we ordered were perfectly cooked and artfully presented - without over doing it. Ask for a table on the third floor, where you can overlook the old Boston Armory and Stuart Street down to the theater district.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Exciting menu. Creative and interesting.
Great service!

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We dined here a month ago and it was fabulous. This time it was just fair. Will give it another try but consistency is huge, especially in an upscale restaurant.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Service was great and the food was very good. A little pricey but the portions were sufficient and we walked away full. We enjoyed the monkfish and halibut entrees aa well as 2 of the soups. Note that they only serve beer and wine, no liquor.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

This restaurant, though still young, should be much better than it is. It is a unique three story arrangement with a pleasant bar on the ground floor, kitchen on the second and restaurant on the third, with a nice view of the “castle.” Some decent money has been spent on the fit out. Both the bar and the restaurant have a pleasant intimate feel, though when full the restaurant is noisy. The waitstaff are friendly, attentive but not intrusive.

The problem is the kitchen. We waited 30 minutes for our fist course after ordering, even though neither dish required any special preparation. Though tasty, they both could have come straight out of the fridge, already plated. The second course took even longer to arrive—1 1/2 hours after we sat down. My wife enjoyed her halibut, though it was nothing special and quite petite for the price. Th s slate wing special, very appealingly described by our waiter, was a dry and bland disappointment. We were not inclined to try the desert.

In my opinion a restaurant that wants to sell itself as a high end “fish house” should have truly exceptional preparations cooked close to perfect. On our limited sample, Mooncusser has a long way to go. Hopefully it will get better as time goes on, but the kitchen needs to be both better organized and more creative.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great ambiance. Relaxed and warm atmosphere. The Tuna is spectacular!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great food, great service and classic place! Love all about the place!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Outstanding food, service and atmosphere. Wonderful.

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